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Spring comes to the supernatural town of Blitheton, which can only mean one thing: It's time for the annual mermaid festival! Werewolf barista Julie meets one of her girlfriend Selena's friends, but as per usual, things take a turn for the worst. Why does everything seem to go wrong for Julie and Selena? Is the universe conspiring against them, or is it something more sini Spring comes to the supernatural town of Blitheton, which can only mean one thing: It's time for the annual mermaid festival! Werewolf barista Julie meets one of her girlfriend Selena's friends, but as per usual, things take a turn for the worst. Why does everything seem to go wrong for Julie and Selena? Is the universe conspiring against them, or is it something more sinister? More importantly, will their relationship survive once it starts taking on water? The third chapter of the popular, all-ages magical adventure from Lumberjanes creator GRACE ELLIS and talented newcomer SHAE BEAGLE.


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Spring comes to the supernatural town of Blitheton, which can only mean one thing: It's time for the annual mermaid festival! Werewolf barista Julie meets one of her girlfriend Selena's friends, but as per usual, things take a turn for the worst. Why does everything seem to go wrong for Julie and Selena? Is the universe conspiring against them, or is it something more sini Spring comes to the supernatural town of Blitheton, which can only mean one thing: It's time for the annual mermaid festival! Werewolf barista Julie meets one of her girlfriend Selena's friends, but as per usual, things take a turn for the worst. Why does everything seem to go wrong for Julie and Selena? Is the universe conspiring against them, or is it something more sinister? More importantly, will their relationship survive once it starts taking on water? The third chapter of the popular, all-ages magical adventure from Lumberjanes creator GRACE ELLIS and talented newcomer SHAE BEAGLE.

30 review for Moonstruck, Vol. 3: Troubled Waters

  1. 5 out of 5

    M.L.D.

    Oof. I keep wanting to love these books. Please, let me love them! First, the stuff I adore: The art is pitch-perfect, and I adore the looks and inclusivity: enby, gay, lesbian, fat, thin, varying skin tones, disabilities--it's all great. The worldbuilding is really intriguing, especially since there so much yet to be revealed. But. Julie and Selena's relationship continues to be extremely problematic. Toxic. Unhealthy. I would hope that eventually it'll resolve in a healthy fashion (which honest Oof. I keep wanting to love these books. Please, let me love them! First, the stuff I adore: The art is pitch-perfect, and I adore the looks and inclusivity: enby, gay, lesbian, fat, thin, varying skin tones, disabilities--it's all great. The worldbuilding is really intriguing, especially since there so much yet to be revealed. But. Julie and Selena's relationship continues to be extremely problematic. Toxic. Unhealthy. I would hope that eventually it'll resolve in a healthy fashion (which honestly, involves them staying apart), but the current arc isn't encouraging. While Julie has severe self-esteem issues (and am I supposed to believe that wolfing out during a school program is the root cause of her low self esteem?? It seems...insufficient, in light of Julie's acceptance of Selena's emotional, verbal, and physical abuse), Selena's abuse is just...gross. And disheartening to see in a book that is always marketed as "all ages". I've removed these from my kid's reading list, because as presented, this is horrible relationship modeling for "all ages". All this to say, I cheered when they broke up and I hope they stay that way. Anyway, can't rate this higher, but I'll give it 2 stars for cute art, cute world, and Chet, who is the awesomest.

  2. 5 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    #1) Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew ★★★★☆ #2) Moonstruck, Vol. 2: Some Enchanted Evening ★★☆☆☆ Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram #1) Moonstruck, Vol. 1: Magic to Brew ★★★★☆ #2) Moonstruck, Vol. 2: Some Enchanted Evening ★★☆☆☆ Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram

  3. 5 out of 5

    Hunter

    This was interesting, and a little all over the place. I enjoyed it though. The characters are amazing and have grown a lot, and I love the art style. It did seem like this book was only a filler book, which I didn’t like, and as always there were some toxic things. Overall, I still found it fun to read.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Autumn Byrd

    ✨ Moonstruck Vol. 1 ✨ Moonstruck Vol. 2 Content/Trigger Warnings: Toxic relationships, anger issues (from a side character), manipulation anxiety depictions, depression, trauma I truly wish I would have loved this graphic novel. I truly do, but it wasn’t in my cards when I first started this series and it’s still not looking good now. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why many readers love this series. The world is fascinating, the characters are interesting, and there’s ✨ Moonstruck Vol. 1 ✨ Moonstruck Vol. 2 Content/Trigger Warnings: Toxic relationships, anger issues (from a side character), manipulation anxiety depictions, depression, trauma I truly wish I would have loved this graphic novel. I truly do, but it wasn’t in my cards when I first started this series and it’s still not looking good now. Don’t get me wrong, I understand why many readers love this series. The world is fascinating, the characters are interesting, and there’s still so much we don’t know. However, there’s a lot of details that I just couldn’t over look. Maybe I’m too much of a critical reader, but one thing is for sure, this didn’t improve my feelings about a lot of things in this series. Spring break is on the horizon for the town of Blitheton and with spring break comes the highly anticipated mermaid festival. Julie, our werewolf barista, and her girlfriend, Selena are ready to have a wonderful day together! There’s just one catch, actually, make that several. With the new introduction of an uninvited friend, a mysterious force that keeps randomly appearing, and Julie’s friend appearing to pass along an omen, what could possibly go wrong? Everything. Let’s start with some of the good things I loved about this graphic novel. As usual, I love a lot of the side characters. Cass is probably my ride or die for this entire series. Not to mention, I love that we get new characters introduced into this series. Of course the artwork is absolutely stunning. The cover and the art has been one of the biggest things for me about this series. Also, we have a lot of diversity within this series. From f/f relationship between our two main characters, a side m/m romance, on page plus-size characters and BIPOC characters, to the recently added disability representation, this graphic novel does a fantastic job at delivering diversity. “Sometimes it’s better in the long run for things to turn out differently than you expected.” Despite the good things I have to say about this graphic novel, there are still some lasting issues that haven’t been resolved since the first volume. When this series first started, I love the concept of Julie and Selena being the couple of focus for this graphic novel. I loved that they weren’t perfect and I loved how the relationship wasn’t perfect. However, now that we’re on volume three, I feel like there should have been some form of growth, some learning, or something. Instead, we’re still given a toxic relationship that is fueled by lack of communication, anger, and jealousy. The fact that in the first two volumes we’re given scenes of physical fights between the two main characters and now in volume three they’re still fighting, and refusing to work through their problems isn’t something I want to be reading about. This is the third volume in the series and this is the kind of relationship that can make an impressions on young readers. It’s not my cup of tea and the author should have done something to improve the relationship instead continuing to portray an unhealthy relationship between two young adults. My second issue with this graphic novel is the fact one of the side characters hasn’t seen any personal growth either. They suffer from really bad aggression/anger issues and they’re constantly starting/picking fights with everyone. On top of that, my biggest issue with this character is how it impacts another side character. This kind of toxic relationship is so powerful that another side character literally tells our main character they want to become that horrible themselves. Now this wouldn’t be a problem except the author is continuing to promote toxic relationships and trying to normalize this as a positive thing. This is a continuous theme since the first volume of this series and I don’t see anyone talking about this. To further solidify these statements and how the author wants to normalize toxic, and abusive relationships, I present one of the new characters introduced into the series. We get introduced to a new side character who’s a kitsune. This character’s entire purpose of being introduced into this graphic novel is to stir up chaos, drama, and negatively charged areas for other characters for no reason. We don’t know why she’s there, we don’t know her back story, all we know is she’s there to cause trouble. This character causes so many issues for those around her especially the main character. So much so that the outcome caused by this new character leads the main character to make a very rash decision that's going to change a lot about this series. It really wasn’t a fun time reading this book. And I’m not going to lie, I almost regret preordering this book. But I truly thought there would be improvements, we would get the answers we deserved. We really didn’t though. Overall, this just wasn’t the book I expected it to be. I don’t know if my hopes were too high. Maybe my critical reading got in the way. Honestly, I’m not sure anymore. I went into this book thinking we would get some resolution or personal growth from our main character especially after the first two volumes because of all the fighting and arguing, but this wasn’t it. I was cringing so much throughout this book and I had a lot of second hand embarrassment from reading this. And that’s one of the things I can’t stand when I read a book, the second hand embarrassment. And the fact that no one is talking about how the author constantly promotes toxic and abusive relationships without ever trying to have a positive resolution, any form of communication, or even anyone stepping in to say, “knock it off right now” or “this is not okay, stop” absolutely blows my mind. This just wasn’t it folks and I can’t recommend this book or series especially knowing that there will be some youths who see the relationships in this book, and think that’s the kind of treatment they deserve in their relationship. Blog|Instagram|YouTube|Twitch|Ko-fi

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ellyn → Allonsythornraxx

    01/01/2020 This cover!! 100% my aesthetic! 😍😍😍

  6. 4 out of 5

    Dany

    Troubled waters finally takes on the character driven action it was hinting at in the earlier books. TW : Toxic relationship They removed the lighter Chet and the lighter storytelling and turned it fully dark and focussed on Julie's Arc. I seriously can't get enough of the art and especially the storytelling. How they described the root of Julie's issues and how she tackles them and the decisions she's taking. Spoilers for first&second volume: -Julie has had issues with her self esteem , her behavi Troubled waters finally takes on the character driven action it was hinting at in the earlier books. TW : Toxic relationship They removed the lighter Chet and the lighter storytelling and turned it fully dark and focussed on Julie's Arc. I seriously can't get enough of the art and especially the storytelling. How they described the root of Julie's issues and how she tackles them and the decisions she's taking. Spoilers for first&second volume: -Julie has had issues with her self esteem , her behavioral issues and how she related to other people - especially Chet in the first volume which was skipped over with a joke and eyeroll . -Julie also ended the first volume saying she and her girlfriend will be going to therapy which.. didn't take i guess because they struggled with the same issues with open communication in the second book. I'm just really glad the toxic relationship is being described as such - toxic and something you need to get away from in order to be happy. I'm super looking forward to reading this book but there are tw for toxic relationship and abuse in relationship so please take care of yourself

  7. 5 out of 5

    Bridgette

    This was all over the place in terms of plot and story. The art is amazing and beautiful, as always, but it was confusing. I also really didn't appreciate Cass telling Julie that she just needed to grow up when Julie was clearing experiencing some pretty anxiety. What julie needs is probably therapy and anti-anxiety meds, not chastisement. Hopefully the next volume is better. This was all over the place in terms of plot and story. The art is amazing and beautiful, as always, but it was confusing. I also really didn't appreciate Cass telling Julie that she just needed to grow up when Julie was clearing experiencing some pretty anxiety. What julie needs is probably therapy and anti-anxiety meds, not chastisement. Hopefully the next volume is better.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    Probably the best volume so far. I've always liked the art and the supernatural world, but I had issues with the characters. Let's just say some of those issues were addressed or are beginning to be addressed. I think I'll continue with this series. Probably the best volume so far. I've always liked the art and the supernatural world, but I had issues with the characters. Let's just say some of those issues were addressed or are beginning to be addressed. I think I'll continue with this series.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Celia

    The worst part of reading this volume is that it ENDS and I am left wanting to know what's gonna happen!!! The worst part of reading this volume is that it ENDS and I am left wanting to know what's gonna happen!!!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Hanna

    There will be spoilers! *I'm still not enjoying this as much as I would've hoped. I did find it a bit more enjoyable than the last volume, but I still didn't get into it. *I want to say before I get into the negative part of my review, the art was beautiful. The quality of the art has been consistent throughout each book. *One thing I can say the Volume 2 did better was inserting other pages. In this book, the extra pages were in the middle of chapters, which broke up the book in a strange way. There will be spoilers! *I'm still not enjoying this as much as I would've hoped. I did find it a bit more enjoyable than the last volume, but I still didn't get into it. *I want to say before I get into the negative part of my review, the art was beautiful. The quality of the art has been consistent throughout each book. *One thing I can say the Volume 2 did better was inserting other pages. In this book, the extra pages were in the middle of chapters, which broke up the book in a strange way. At least in the last one, it was between chapters. *I still struggled with the plot. In my opinion, there were still things that happened that weren't given clear reasoning. *Something that's been bothering me the most and still hasn't been fixed are the toxic relationships. - Somethings that have happened can't be brushed away as "it's a new relationship they're just figuring it out" when there are consistent issues that they've made no effort to fix. - No one ever talks about their problems despite some being easy to fix. If they actually communicated in a healthy way, then their problems wouldn't be happening. They just let it build up until they explode. - I can't stand the jealousy over the best friend when there's no reason for it. The jealousy started before they even greeted each other. - There's a new character whose purpose was to cause drama. Honestly, her character was confusing since there was no information to explain who she is. She was just thrown into the story to cause drama, and then she was gone. - The ending could imply that Julie is going to change who she is because Selena broke up with her. *I'll still read the next book even if I'm not really enjoying them. I have theories about what's happening, and I want to see if they come true.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    This volume gets like a 3.5 instead of a 3. It was more coherent than the first two volumes, plot-wise. And some of the scenes and art were just really freaking cool. While I didn’t love HOW something happened, I am glad that it happened (trying to avoid spoilers here). Let’s just say it had to do with Selena and Julie’s relationship, and that Selena is still trash. (One might say the chaos bringer made the situation worse, but Selena was always awful and needs to look inside herself before she s This volume gets like a 3.5 instead of a 3. It was more coherent than the first two volumes, plot-wise. And some of the scenes and art were just really freaking cool. While I didn’t love HOW something happened, I am glad that it happened (trying to avoid spoilers here). Let’s just say it had to do with Selena and Julie’s relationship, and that Selena is still trash. (One might say the chaos bringer made the situation worse, but Selena was always awful and needs to look inside herself before she starts pointing fingers at someone else’s issues.) The ending was a mother of a cliffhanger, and while I didn’t agree with Julie’s decision, I feel like we’re really starting to get to know her and the root of her anxiety/lack of self-confidence. I just want to see her learn and grow and do shit without Selena around making her feel bad all the time. Idk, this volume just felt more tangible to me than the previous volumes, and I’m actually really looking forward to volume 4! Especially if Chet is involved and not off doing a side thing like in this one!!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kayleigh Didion

    When I saw the third volume was out I was so excited to read it but to say this was disappointing is putting it mildly. After rereading the first two and finding a lot of issues I was very apprehensive about going into this one and honestly regret reading it. After volume two I really didn't think Selena's behavior could get worse but boy was I so wrong. None of the toxic behaviors is ever discussed and really just laughed off or brushed under the rug until the end when things just explode. In t When I saw the third volume was out I was so excited to read it but to say this was disappointing is putting it mildly. After rereading the first two and finding a lot of issues I was very apprehensive about going into this one and honestly regret reading it. After volume two I really didn't think Selena's behavior could get worse but boy was I so wrong. None of the toxic behaviors is ever discussed and really just laughed off or brushed under the rug until the end when things just explode. In the little side comics, which I don't like to begin with, there was a joke about obsessively reading and it just gave me a bad taste in my mouth. I will not be picking up anymore in this series.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Annamarie Carlson (she, her)

    I always love reading a new Moonstruck collection, but I am also always a little confused? I think I need to read these back to back to remember the details of the world building. Girlfriends Julie and Selena are excited to head to the annual mermaid festival, but when Selena's best friend shows up, Julie feels left out. And there is a new face in town very interested in befriending Julie...what exactly is going on? I'm not sure I followed all of this, but I think it has just been too long since I always love reading a new Moonstruck collection, but I am also always a little confused? I think I need to read these back to back to remember the details of the world building. Girlfriends Julie and Selena are excited to head to the annual mermaid festival, but when Selena's best friend shows up, Julie feels left out. And there is a new face in town very interested in befriending Julie...what exactly is going on? I'm not sure I followed all of this, but I think it has just been too long since I read the last volume. Julie and Selena's relationship dynamic is pretty toxic, and that is never really addressed. I didn't like this one quite as much as past volumes, but I will still pick up the next one in the series.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Rauch

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book was good, probably the better one of the three that have been released but def not the best. The plot seemed kind of all over the place because it was more focused on Julie than it was on an ensemble cast like the rest of the books. I’m glad that the toxic relationship between Julie and Selena came to its natural end. I just wish that the rest of the novel had had the same energy the last scene did. Each moment didn’t seem connected. Just floating without a plot, you know. Anyways good This book was good, probably the better one of the three that have been released but def not the best. The plot seemed kind of all over the place because it was more focused on Julie than it was on an ensemble cast like the rest of the books. I’m glad that the toxic relationship between Julie and Selena came to its natural end. I just wish that the rest of the novel had had the same energy the last scene did. Each moment didn’t seem connected. Just floating without a plot, you know. Anyways good, but not great.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Brown

    I want so badly to like this series. I love the art, but boy oh boy is there some toxic relationship mess going on. I feel like this may have been better served coming out in more of an omnibus format? I’m a bad graphic novel/comic person (especially since I’m a librarian) but having these short, all over the place books are really not doing much to make me fall for the characters or really understand them. The main stars are for Chet and Manuel, the diversity in character body types and gender I want so badly to like this series. I love the art, but boy oh boy is there some toxic relationship mess going on. I feel like this may have been better served coming out in more of an omnibus format? I’m a bad graphic novel/comic person (especially since I’m a librarian) but having these short, all over the place books are really not doing much to make me fall for the characters or really understand them. The main stars are for Chet and Manuel, the diversity in character body types and gender expression, and the artwork. They are carrying this series for sure. Selena? The absolute worst.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emma

    I preordered this as a gift for my 11yo. It took forever to arrive. Worth the wait, new characters, new locations and maaaaaajor plot changes and character development. This one is a step up from the previous two and both my kid and I are deeply invested in this story. This one felt so real, especially with the relationship, boundaries and emotions playing out as they have. I can't recommend this series enough I preordered this as a gift for my 11yo. It took forever to arrive. Worth the wait, new characters, new locations and maaaaaajor plot changes and character development. This one is a step up from the previous two and both my kid and I are deeply invested in this story. This one felt so real, especially with the relationship, boundaries and emotions playing out as they have. I can't recommend this series enough

  17. 5 out of 5

    (a)lyss(a)

    This was a great issue! As always the art is beautiful and the story was interesting. The plot of this issue is a little abstract and there's some jumping around but the ending packs a real emotional punch. I also liked the activities subplot included throughout the book. It's a unique and interesting read! This was a great issue! As always the art is beautiful and the story was interesting. The plot of this issue is a little abstract and there's some jumping around but the ending packs a real emotional punch. I also liked the activities subplot included throughout the book. It's a unique and interesting read!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lewis

    (3.5 stars) I really enjoyed this! So much so that my lowering of the rating was due to the fact that I feel that this volume needed to be longer. Stories established (or continued) in this volume deserved some conclusion that wasn't reached. This was definitely a bridge-volume in the best way possible. Fun note: this was the first time I'd seen the title Mx. used for a character <3 (3.5 stars) I really enjoyed this! So much so that my lowering of the rating was due to the fact that I feel that this volume needed to be longer. Stories established (or continued) in this volume deserved some conclusion that wasn't reached. This was definitely a bridge-volume in the best way possible. Fun note: this was the first time I'd seen the title Mx. used for a character <3

  19. 5 out of 5

    Artnoose McMoose

    The story of the lesbian werewolves and their fabulous queer friends continues. This time it seems like the relationship is fated to end, either via a prophecy or else because they have unresolved codependency. This one was a bit intense, with the main characters having serious relationship battles throughout. Suddenly their cuddly romance seems like a real dysfunctional problem.

  20. 4 out of 5

    AMBER (BAMBIEreads)

    2.5 this one was missing my adorable chet for too long. there was a lot of filler. i feel like some characters were randomly introduced with no explanation. the cliffhanger was cool. the character development was nice, i feel like it could’ve happened more gradually throughout rather than all at once.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    Cute, like the other volumes. However, I feel like I was just getting into the story when it ended. It felt too short. Also, Selena is a trash person and I don't care what her garbage excuses will be in the next volume. She can choke for how horrible she always is. Cute, like the other volumes. However, I feel like I was just getting into the story when it ended. It felt too short. Also, Selena is a trash person and I don't care what her garbage excuses will be in the next volume. She can choke for how horrible she always is.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Stephen

    I think the cliffhanger just killed this series for me. It's never been the best. Light and fluffy and a quick read, still, but not self-contained. Maybe if it's story telling had leveled up to write a serious arc I would be in, but it hasn't. I think the cliffhanger just killed this series for me. It's never been the best. Light and fluffy and a quick read, still, but not self-contained. Maybe if it's story telling had leveled up to write a serious arc I would be in, but it hasn't.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Nadina

    Another cute volume with cute characters, a good storyline and pace, and fun "bonus" stuff like the Pleasantville Sisters comic book pages and in this colume the puzzle pages. I look forward to seeing what the series will bring. Another cute volume with cute characters, a good storyline and pace, and fun "bonus" stuff like the Pleasantville Sisters comic book pages and in this colume the puzzle pages. I look forward to seeing what the series will bring.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

    This series is adorable and so much fun, I honestly can’t recommend it enough if you’re looking for something cheerful to read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Dawkins

    I liked this volume way more than volume 2! Still very cute!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    Not my favourite of these volumes, but I think it's mostly set up for what comes next, so I get that. Still beautiful artwork, and I love the characters. Not my favourite of these volumes, but I think it's mostly set up for what comes next, so I get that. Still beautiful artwork, and I love the characters.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    The story line is kinda eh, but the art is so darn cute and innovative. Loved Mermaid Lake and Skyla!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Amber Graham

    I love this series so fucking much.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Heather Troglin

    I really like these books. This one was a bit all over the place, but I really love the art and the dialogue. If you love Giant Days or Lumberjanes this one is right smack dab in the middle.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    As always, Moonstruck leaves me utterly charmed.

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