Book Review: Blackwater

Posted October 18, 2022 by geograph in achillean, graphic novel, horror, paranormal, queer, review, YA / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Book Review: BlackwaterBlackwater by Jeannette Arroyo, Ren Graham
Published by Henry Holt and Company (BYR) on July 19, 2022
Genres: Young Adult Fiction / Comics & Graphic Novels / LGBTQ, Young Adult Fiction / Comics & Graphic Novels / Paranormal, Young Adult Fiction / Comics & Graphic Novels / Romance
Pages: 304
Format: ARC, eBook
Source: Netgalley

Riverdale meets Stranger Things in this debut queer YA graphic novel, developed from a hit webcomic. Set in the haunted town of Blackwater, Maine, two boys fall for each other as they dig for clues to a paranormal mystery.

"For fans of Heartstopper and Teen Wolf." —School Library Journal

Tony Price is a popular high school track star and occasional delinquent aching for his dad’s attention and approval. Eli Hirsch is a quiet boy with a chronic autoimmune disorder that has ravaged his health and social life. What happens when these two become unlikely friends (and a whole lot more . . .) in the spooky town of Blackwater, Maine? Werewolf curses, unsavory interactions with the quarterback of the football team, a ghostly fisherman haunting the harbor, and tons of high school drama.

Co-illustrated by Jeannette Arroyo and Ren Graham, who alternate drawing chapters in their own unique and dynamic styles, Blackwater combines the spookiness of Anya's Ghost with the irreverent humor of Nimona.

Pitched as Riverdale meets Stranger Things, I found this short comic to be neither of these things but it is definitely a readalike for Teen Wolf. Unfortunately this eARC was ‘printed’ in black and white, which caused it to be very dark and impossible to see anything, similar to Teen Wolf. I thought a lot of the dialogue was very funny but unfortunately I didn’t really know what was going on. Three and a half stars, rounded up for NetGalley/Goodreads.

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