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"This fantastical, stunning tale shines in both story and artwork." — School Library Journal (star review) "A noir fantasy — part adventure, part love story, all the way spectacularly creepy." — Kirkus Reviews (star review) The Hazards of Love follows the story of a queer teen from Queens who makes some mistakes, gets dragged into a fantastical place, and tries to hustle "This fantastical, stunning tale shines in both story and artwork." — School Library Journal (star review) "A noir fantasy — part adventure, part love story, all the way spectacularly creepy." — Kirkus Reviews (star review) The Hazards of Love follows the story of a queer teen from Queens who makes some mistakes, gets dragged into a fantastical place, and tries to hustle their way back home. Amparo's deal with the talking cat was simple: a drop of blood and Amparo's name to become a better person. Their mother and abuela would never worry about them again, and they'd finally be worthy of dating straight-A student Iolanthe. But when the cat steals their body, becoming the better person they were promised, Amparo's spirit is imprisoned in a land of terrifying, flesh-hungry creatures known as Bright World. With cruel and manipulative masters and a society that feeds on memories, Amparo must use their cleverness to escape, without turning into a monster like the rest. On "the other side," Iolanthe begins to suspect the new Amparo has a secret, and after the cat in disguise vanishes, she's left searching for answers with a no-nonsense medium from the lesbian mafia and the only person who might know the truth about Bright World.


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"This fantastical, stunning tale shines in both story and artwork." — School Library Journal (star review) "A noir fantasy — part adventure, part love story, all the way spectacularly creepy." — Kirkus Reviews (star review) The Hazards of Love follows the story of a queer teen from Queens who makes some mistakes, gets dragged into a fantastical place, and tries to hustle "This fantastical, stunning tale shines in both story and artwork." — School Library Journal (star review) "A noir fantasy — part adventure, part love story, all the way spectacularly creepy." — Kirkus Reviews (star review) The Hazards of Love follows the story of a queer teen from Queens who makes some mistakes, gets dragged into a fantastical place, and tries to hustle their way back home. Amparo's deal with the talking cat was simple: a drop of blood and Amparo's name to become a better person. Their mother and abuela would never worry about them again, and they'd finally be worthy of dating straight-A student Iolanthe. But when the cat steals their body, becoming the better person they were promised, Amparo's spirit is imprisoned in a land of terrifying, flesh-hungry creatures known as Bright World. With cruel and manipulative masters and a society that feeds on memories, Amparo must use their cleverness to escape, without turning into a monster like the rest. On "the other side," Iolanthe begins to suspect the new Amparo has a secret, and after the cat in disguise vanishes, she's left searching for answers with a no-nonsense medium from the lesbian mafia and the only person who might know the truth about Bright World.

30 review for The Hazards of Love Vol. 1: Bright World

  1. 4 out of 5

    Madara

    4/5 Quality of writing: 4 Plot development: 4 Pace: 4 Characters: 4 Enjoyability: 4 Ease of reading: 4 Such a weird book! The art is really nice - the heavy outlines, the coloring... The storyline is definitely weird but fun at the same time. Review copy provided by the publisher and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa Menezes

    The artwork in this graphic novel was definitely excellent especially with the use of all the different colours to aptly depict the various scenes. While the premise sounded exciting, the actual storyline was quite queer. Initially it was interesting but then it got slightly confusing in between which eventually lead me to lose interest half way into the book. Hopefully the next volume will be more engaging for me. Thank You NetGalley and Oni Press for this ARC!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Isaiah

    To see more reviews check out MI Book Reviews. I got an ARC of this book. Where do I even start with this one? It is better than I could have imagined. I got it because it said queer. That was it. I am not a big fantasy person and really not a cat person. I will pet cats and spoil them, but I don’t generally seek them out. So the idea of a cat character that is big enough to make front and back cover doesn’t do anything for me. This is the coolest graphic novel from a new author I have read in a lo To see more reviews check out MI Book Reviews. I got an ARC of this book. Where do I even start with this one? It is better than I could have imagined. I got it because it said queer. That was it. I am not a big fantasy person and really not a cat person. I will pet cats and spoil them, but I don’t generally seek them out. So the idea of a cat character that is big enough to make front and back cover doesn’t do anything for me. This is the coolest graphic novel from a new author I have read in a long, long time. There is enough spooky and enough mystery to keep me coming back for more. There were enough set rules that I was able to enjoy the fantasy without feeling like everything was just super easy or cheating me out of plots. I adored this world. I am terrified by this world. I loved that there is a conversation about the cat plot and someone else is like “oh, why would you trust someone you don’t know”. It just felt so great to see an element of fairy tales that never made sense to me get questioned. The characters are so alive. I didn’t even mean that joke, but I will take it. There are so many interesting characters. Who actually is this dear dude? What about the orange man? I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS. I am so mad right now. Why did this book have to end before I had my answers? The queer content is just wonderful. A character who may or may not have a label, just living their life. The characters are all an intense mixture of good and bad. Some of the characters think they are worse than they are. Some think they are better than they are. There is just so much raw pain and emotions. I was really surprised that this book was that intense with emotions. I don’t see magical talking cats and go “this book will make me feel things”. It was a wonderful surprise. I really could gush about this book all afternoon. From the art to the story, I loved this story. I need book two immediately.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Carmen

    Amparo is always up to something and is known as a delinquent. When a talking cat comes in through their window and offers to grant one wish, Amparo is game. All they need to do is offer up a drop of blood and they’ll become a better person. What could possibly go wrong? Everything! The cat steals Amparo’s name and life, banishing them to some place called the Bright World. Nameless, shoeless, and confused, Amparo is left fighting to get their name and home back while trying not to get eaten alo Amparo is always up to something and is known as a delinquent. When a talking cat comes in through their window and offers to grant one wish, Amparo is game. All they need to do is offer up a drop of blood and they’ll become a better person. What could possibly go wrong? Everything! The cat steals Amparo’s name and life, banishing them to some place called the Bright World. Nameless, shoeless, and confused, Amparo is left fighting to get their name and home back while trying not to get eaten along the way. I received a copy from Oni Press through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have to say that this is one of the neatest graphic novel concepts I’ve seen in a while. I’m a fan of fantasy, and Bright World is an entirely new and fascinating world. I’m obsessed! We mainly follow Amparo as their life takes quite the turn when they become tapped in Bright World. The main rule of Bright World is that there are no rules. They’re always changing, so any humans who find themselves there can’t seem to find a way to escape. I’m fascinated by this world. I’m also interested in learning more about Amparo’s patron, El Ciervo, as the story continues. We also loosely follow Amparo’s crush, Iolanthe, in the human world. Iolanthe is a straight edge, rule following, and serious person. When she gets looped into dating who she thinks is Amparo, she slowly becomes aware that something isn’t right when they seem to do a complete personality flip. Once the imposter everyone thinks is Amparo goes missing, we see her leading the search to find out what happened to them. I wish that Iolanthe’s story was mapped out a little better between each issue. There were times that having the human world suddenly pop up side by side was out of place. In one instance, the human and bright world were depicted side by side across several panels, which was completely and utterly confusing. I had to read the human world panels and come back to read the bright world panels separately because it was just too confusing to read in the order it was laid out in. The artwork was also absolutely beautiful. I loved looking at how rich and vibrant each panel was on top of the beautiful drawings. I’m super excited to eventually read the second volume and see where the story takes Amparo and company next.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Avani ✨

    The Hazards of Love Vol. 1: Bright World by Stan Stanley is a fantasy graphic novel which follows a queer teen from Queens who happens to fall in some mishaps and ends up in a world which is completely different from ours and is called - Bright World. I liked how the main character doesn't have a label and is open to everything. Amparo just wanted to be a little bit bright and a better person in order to show the girl - Iolanthe he has a crush on in school that he is genuinely worth it. Amparo fi The Hazards of Love Vol. 1: Bright World by Stan Stanley is a fantasy graphic novel which follows a queer teen from Queens who happens to fall in some mishaps and ends up in a world which is completely different from ours and is called - Bright World. I liked how the main character doesn't have a label and is open to everything. Amparo just wanted to be a little bit bright and a better person in order to show the girl - Iolanthe he has a crush on in school that he is genuinely worth it. Amparo finds a cat who would help him change in exchange for a drop of blood. The cat changed into Amparo and now the cat stays in the human world and the real Amparo goes into the Bright World. Well this is a great debut fantasy graphic novel I've read. The book ended on a very bad cliffhanger and I really cannot wait to the read the next book. In the Bright World we see creatures who strive on memories and nobody can escape from Bright World into the Human world again. The characters in this book are so rare, some of them are the good ones whereas the other ones are evil ones. The emotions experienced by all of them felt so real and authentic. The starting was a little haphazard but later ones we get engaged in the world, it's different and beautiful at the same time. The amount of spook and mystery in this book is just amazing. ______ Thank You to NetGalley and Oni Press for the eARC in exchange for a honest opinion. Release Date: March 30th 2021

  6. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Amporo is a bad kid, and doesn't want to be, not really. So they makes a deal with a magical cat to be better. But the cat is not honest, and instead, the cat takes over their life, and their body, and sends their spirit to BrightWorld, a world beyond the pale, which is dangerous for humans, where they both eat you and your memories for the fun of it. This is only the first volume of this story, so not everything is wrapped up at the end of this. But, wow, yes, I do want to read the next issue. T Amporo is a bad kid, and doesn't want to be, not really. So they makes a deal with a magical cat to be better. But the cat is not honest, and instead, the cat takes over their life, and their body, and sends their spirit to BrightWorld, a world beyond the pale, which is dangerous for humans, where they both eat you and your memories for the fun of it. This is only the first volume of this story, so not everything is wrapped up at the end of this. But, wow, yes, I do want to read the next issue. This may be super-crazy, but it is fun super-crazy, and Amporo is very sympathetic, in a crazy sort of way. Good world building, and I look forward to volume 2. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    RoshReviews

    I opted for this ARC just because it was a graphic novel and I was in the mood to read one. But DAYYUM! One of the best and most creative graphic books I've read since The Sandman! Ampara is a queer teen from Queens who makes a really bad deal with a talking cat. They soon find themselves dragged into fantastical world called Bright World while the cat takes their place (and shape) in the human world. The adventures of Amprao in Bright World amid all the weitrd creatures and captured humans form I opted for this ARC just because it was a graphic novel and I was in the mood to read one. But DAYYUM! One of the best and most creative graphic books I've read since The Sandman! Ampara is a queer teen from Queens who makes a really bad deal with a talking cat. They soon find themselves dragged into fantastical world called Bright World while the cat takes their place (and shape) in the human world. The adventures of Amprao in Bright World amid all the weitrd creatures and captured humans forms the rest of the story. Mind you, the story doesn't end at the end of this volume, so if you are looking for closure, you still have a long wait ahead of you. I loved the wacky creativity of the story. The characters are so interesting and, in some cases, absolutely spooky. I also loved the queer content in the book; having a queer writer for a queer story makes a huge difference. The illustrations, the panel structuring, the narrative flow all are fantastic. Eagerly awaiting Volume 2 of this fabulous book! I received an advance review copy of the book for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily. ************************************* Join me on the Facebook group, Readers Forever! , for more reviews, book-related discussions and fun.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Paige

    Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for the digital ARC of The Hazards of Love Volume 1! The Hazards of Love follows queer, non-binary teenager Amparo as they try to find a way to turn their life around. Rather than putting in the hard work, Amparo strikes a deal with a cunning, talking cat. A drop of blood later and we are in the Bright World. An amazing, colourful place inspired by Mexican culture. The artwork of the Bright World is beautiful, rich and quite literally a Bright World. You can s Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for the digital ARC of The Hazards of Love Volume 1! The Hazards of Love follows queer, non-binary teenager Amparo as they try to find a way to turn their life around. Rather than putting in the hard work, Amparo strikes a deal with a cunning, talking cat. A drop of blood later and we are in the Bright World. An amazing, colourful place inspired by Mexican culture. The artwork of the Bright World is beautiful, rich and quite literally a Bright World. You can see how the author has used her Mexican heritage and poured it in to her work. I really, really, really enjoyed this graphic novel. It was like a breath of fresh air for me. The concept was so unique, and to make it even better- it was queer. The idea of a world on the other side of the veil inhabited by superior animals was a wonderful concept for me. I really got invested in Amparo and how they were going to get back to their world, Mother and girlfriend. This book was really fun, it had some fantastic twists and really was a one-of-a-kind story. I am already looking forward to the next instalment, and I plan on buying myself a hard copy of this novel when it is published.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Galy

    4.5/5 I recieved this ebook from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! All opinions are my own. This was so interesting! I want to read all the volumes now! Queer non-binary teenager Amparo made a deal with a talking cat: a drop of blood and their name in exchange of becoming a better person. But when the cat takes their shape and they are sent to another place called Bright World they fight to find a way back while the cat steals their life. This graphic novel is 4.5/5 I recieved this ebook from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! All opinions are my own. This was so interesting! I want to read all the volumes now! Queer non-binary teenager Amparo made a deal with a talking cat: a drop of blood and their name in exchange of becoming a better person. But when the cat takes their shape and they are sent to another place called Bright World they fight to find a way back while the cat steals their life. This graphic novel is really interesting as I said, it's full of plot twists, it's funny and it's fascinating. Bright World is a strange place and it has its own rules, it's amazing (bit scary though!). I really like the idea of the story, another world or dimension (not really sure yet) where there are lots of creatures and almost no humans. Also, it's so colorful! The art and the colors were wonderful! There's so much intrigue that it keeps you reading until you finish it! I was watching the pages get closer to the end but then it ended!! There were more pages but the story was over! I really need the next volume cause I need to know everything.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sebastian

    Thanks to Netgalley for giving me an ARC of this graphic novel in exchange for my honest review. This is about Amparo, a normal nonbinary teen that it’s badass and irresponsable and go out in a date with a good girl, but then a magic cat steals their shapes and his name and his life, and now, he got stucked in the bright world, a new strange place that they know nothing about. I gotta say, I love the graphics and the way it was represented, I saw also that you censored some bad words and it was co Thanks to Netgalley for giving me an ARC of this graphic novel in exchange for my honest review. This is about Amparo, a normal nonbinary teen that it’s badass and irresponsable and go out in a date with a good girl, but then a magic cat steals their shapes and his name and his life, and now, he got stucked in the bright world, a new strange place that they know nothing about. I gotta say, I love the graphics and the way it was represented, I saw also that you censored some bad words and it was cool. I mean I love the use of Spanish, and every cover of every issue that Amparo has to deal with. About the plot… I was lost sometimes, but It was because there was a new world that we barely knew anything about, I loved the development that Amparo got in the story, and I was gagged with the fate that waited for them. I want it’s second volume, and I surely wanna know if Amparo would survive what is coming, I recommend it, although it’s a little confusing but I love that and… I cannot wait to see what’s next.

  11. 4 out of 5

    DeAnne

    *I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I was really intrigued by the premise of this one so though I would pick it up. The art style was vibrant and punchy and had me instantly enjoying it but I did find the story a little hard to get into. It starts with action off the bat and the introduction of Bright World is like being thrown in head first. This made it a little hard for me to understand at first, but as the story goes on we learn along with the main character *I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. I was really intrigued by the premise of this one so though I would pick it up. The art style was vibrant and punchy and had me instantly enjoying it but I did find the story a little hard to get into. It starts with action off the bat and the introduction of Bright World is like being thrown in head first. This made it a little hard for me to understand at first, but as the story goes on we learn along with the main character as they navigate it and it definitely picks up. The second half was more and more enjoyable as it went along and I was a little bummed when I reached the end. Though the first half definitely was slow for me, I would be eager to read the next volume to see what happens!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kayla

    OH MY GOSH! I don't know what I was expecting when I started this comic...but it was definitely not this. So so soooooooooo goooood! Meet Amparo. Girl? Boy? Who cares! A rough and tough kid just trying to find their way - through life and also through love? Along comes a magic cat promising all the things Amparo could ever wish for. But not everything is as it seems and magic always comes with a price. Now Amparo is stuck in the Bright World (which may or may not eat them alive) and home might ju OH MY GOSH! I don't know what I was expecting when I started this comic...but it was definitely not this. So so soooooooooo goooood! Meet Amparo. Girl? Boy? Who cares! A rough and tough kid just trying to find their way - through life and also through love? Along comes a magic cat promising all the things Amparo could ever wish for. But not everything is as it seems and magic always comes with a price. Now Amparo is stuck in the Bright World (which may or may not eat them alive) and home might just be impossible to return to. Also the cat has taken their place, their name, and their life as its own. Will Amparo make their way back to the human world, or will they make a new home for themselves in the Bright World. Beautiful art and incredibly fun story! I was sad when I realized I had reached the end of the current volume. Can't wait to see where it goes next!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah

    A beautifully illustrated graphic novel, with the scenes set in The Bright World being particularly vibrant and eye-catching. An exciting premise and intriguing characters, however the plot was slightly difficult to follow for a little while in the middle. But I would definitely recommend this, and will be interested to read further volumes to find out how Amparo's journey continues. Thanks to NetGalley & Oni Press for the ARC in exchange for an honest review. A beautifully illustrated graphic novel, with the scenes set in The Bright World being particularly vibrant and eye-catching. An exciting premise and intriguing characters, however the plot was slightly difficult to follow for a little while in the middle. But I would definitely recommend this, and will be interested to read further volumes to find out how Amparo's journey continues. Thanks to NetGalley & Oni Press for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Moore

    Thank you NetGalley, Oni Press, and Stan Stanley for the opportunity to review The Hazards of Love Vol. 1 as an ARC. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The Hazards of Love follows Amparo as they try to become a better person to impress their crush. Never did they think that along the way a trickster talking cat would send them to a whole other world where humans become the servants and anim Thank you NetGalley, Oni Press, and Stan Stanley for the opportunity to review The Hazards of Love Vol. 1 as an ARC. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced reader's copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own. The Hazards of Love follows Amparo as they try to become a better person to impress their crush. Never did they think that along the way a trickster talking cat would send them to a whole other world where humans become the servants and animals are the masters. The fantasy world was creepy and interesting and I loved how bright and vivid the art work was. I really enjoyed this graphic novel!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sean M

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The Hazards of Love Vol. 1: Bright World by Stan Stanley What makes horror a compelling genre? The Hazards of Love answers this question by treating the reader to hundreds of pages of stunning and imaginative backgrounds, compelling characters, and a thrilling antagonist. The story follows the life of Amparo, a delinquent girl (later non-binary) with a crush on one of their classmates, as they make a bad deal with a cat and are thrust into a fantastical yet unkind world. Bright world is where the The Hazards of Love Vol. 1: Bright World by Stan Stanley What makes horror a compelling genre? The Hazards of Love answers this question by treating the reader to hundreds of pages of stunning and imaginative backgrounds, compelling characters, and a thrilling antagonist. The story follows the life of Amparo, a delinquent girl (later non-binary) with a crush on one of their classmates, as they make a bad deal with a cat and are thrust into a fantastical yet unkind world. Bright world is where the majority of the story is set and introduces the audience to a host of bizarre and dangerous characters. Despite the colorful appearances and vibrant backgrounds, which have a feel similar to that of a tropical jungle, Bright World’s citizens are anything but bright. Many of the citizens lead rather simple lives, with humans often being treated as second class citizens. Oh, and every native citizen in Bright World eats humans. Amparo, who becomes Paola before eventually becoming Fawn, is forced to work as part of the wait staff or be eaten. They quickly learn many interesting facts about this new world, such as the fact that memories are used as currency, and names are similarly used and highly valued. While working in a system of indentured servitude, they meet Juliana who explains the system Amparo (now Paola) has gotten into. Under this exploitative system, Paola is eventually able to approach and strike a deal with El Ciervo, this story’s antagonist. He agrees to hire Paola and gives them the name ‘Fawn’. The rest of the story follows Fawn as they slowly adjust and grow in Bright World, never losing hope that they can one day leave Bright World and get revenge on that cat. As previously mentioned, this story works very hard to answer what makes horror such a compelling genre. Stan Stanley helps answer this by placing a heavy emphasis and care on the world she’s made. All of the characters help expand on the themes of the story, and more importantly they all help highlight the dark and twisted nature of Fawn’s growth. Stanley juxtaposes the grimdark aspects with a constant, unyielding belief held by Faun that they can escape. It would be safe to consider this story to be a rather unconventional in the horror genre, as it borrows ideas from more lighthearted sources to let the story breathe at times. Stanley succeeds in creating an environment for the reader to explore that at once feels both suffocating and breathtaking. The characters also help fill the world and highlight the messages of the story. Hope and growth are key themes while the story also highlights themes of abuse and exploitation and how they can damage people. The relationship between Fawn and El Ciervo is abusive, and attention is consistently brought to that. Bright World also does a good job of complimenting the themes by being an unforgiving nightmare with pockets of everything feeling relatively less nightmarish. The story tends to push and pull its characters in multiple directions but leaves the hopeful tone intact. Gender is a very interesting that gets explored rather well through Amparo as they change into Paola and as they adjust to become Fawn. Initially, they are rather gender neutral as Amparo and when Paola is forced on them, they are also forced to perform femininity, which is rejected by them quite consistently. Throughout the story, Amparo consistently questions how to define themselves, and as Fawn they are able to perform their gender as best as they can, even obtaining a well-tailored suit from a spider that wishes to eat them. Fawn has more than one conversation about their gender as the story goes on, highlighting that they feel confused about parts of it, but certain about many others. I just wanted to say, excluding Amparo, El Ciervo is the best character in this story. In many cases, with as messed up a world as Bright World is, many would think there isn’t a way to make it more messed up than it already is. Enter El Ciervo. He is a deer man who terrifies every native citizen of Bright World. Why? Because he is a silhouette and can kill everything. No exceptions. His job is to extract memories from people, among other things. He is both a massive part of the local economy and an extremely powerful demigod (or at least this world’s equivalent). He is a surgeon by practice and is very fond of making deals. There is an inherent creepiness to his design on top having a very vicious personality. It’s clear from the moment he is shown that he is meant to contrast with Bright World and its vibrant colors. This story was an insane ride, and I can’t wait for the next volume. I generally don’t tend to read horror but this was engaging because of the world building, story, characters, and general imagination.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alice 🦋🥀🦄

    *Thank you to NetGalley and OniPress for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review* !!!SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD!!!! Wow. I honestly didn’t know what to expect going into this graphic novel, but I was pleasantly surprised, if not slightly weirded out. In a good way. This story is only just beginning, but I can see the potential. The 250ish pages of this graphic novel were over really quickly, and I look forward to the next installment. I gave it four stars because I haven’t formed any *Thank you to NetGalley and OniPress for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review* !!!SLIGHT SPOILERS AHEAD!!!! Wow. I honestly didn’t know what to expect going into this graphic novel, but I was pleasantly surprised, if not slightly weirded out. In a good way. This story is only just beginning, but I can see the potential. The 250ish pages of this graphic novel were over really quickly, and I look forward to the next installment. I gave it four stars because I haven’t formed any emotional connection to the characters, but that’s not reflective of the author in any way, that’s on me. However, I always found myself rooting for Amaparo and Iolanthe, and was constantly wondering what would happen to Amaparo/Fawn/whatever their name is currently. I hope they are able to return home and that evil deer man El Ciervo leaves them ALONE. LET THEM LIVE IN PEACE. Iolanthe, the ‘sapphically inclined person’ as described in the graphic novel, is an awesome character, who goes through so much development in such a short arc and I am looking forward to seeing where author takes her. The strange, alternative timeline of Bright World is very intriguing. In future volumes, I am excited to see where the author take us readers, because the vibrant colours and real life influences make for a dark, seedy world where humans are subservient to the animal/monster hybrids who are the first-class citizens. It’s differentiated from ‘our’ reality by a green tinge, which is a fab addition by the artist that I think really draws home the contrast between the two worlds. The currency of Bright World is memories, names and experiences of the humans that the animals barter to control and take ownership of the humans. As you do. The fact that it runs alongside the real life world and time works differently made the intrigue and mystery of the situation so much more thrilling. Honestly, I was wondering what would happen next. The plotting, therefore, was a tad confusing in small places, but on the whole, pretty solid and consistent. Please check the trigger warnings I will list below, because this graphic novel isn’t overly violent, but does contain some aspects that might be upsetting to some readers. Recommendation: Author maybe putting a content warning at the start of the graphic novel, considering the things that happen during the course of the graphic novel. Only so their readers are aware of the potentially triggering content for them. Just a thought. The art style is vibrant, colourful, and the text is just the right size to be readable. Well done author for creating such an aesthetically pleasing book that adds to the creepiness of the whole story. There was a slight case of insta-love that kinda threw me off and the fact that Iolanthe was seduced by the cat form of Amparo…yeah. That was something if not hilarious and slightly concerning. Also, the generously gifted necklace of fingers was something I did not expect, but it got Amparo out of a sticky situation, so that was advantageous. Concluding thoughts: I WANT MORE OF THE LESBIAN MAFIA. The evil cat is not in my good books. El Ciervo is a scary animal. Genuinely terrifying. Love the introduction of diversity and representation. Pretty colours. Great start to the story, excited to see where it continues in the next volumes. Did I mention this book has representation? Things that are canon: non-binary, queer MC, black sapphic female side character/LI, gay character and a whole bunch of introduced LESBIANS. Gimme more of that please. TRIGGER WARNINGS: Misgendering, violence/deliberate body mutilation, swearing and mentions of alcohol. A great, enjoyable, creepy read that anyone who is a fan of morally grey animals (and just morally grey humans, because let’s face it, everyone apart from Amparo’s aunt is a bad person in some way), unreliable narrators, burgeoning friendships and scary adventures, will enjoy. Onto the next one, when it releases. Thank you for reading and I’ll see you soon with my next review :)

  17. 4 out of 5

    Atlas Thompson

    This is a colorful, highly detailed novel with a lot of light-hearted, comedic banter juxtaposed to its violent plot and imagery and its dark subtextual elements. The Hazards of Love, by Stan Stanley, switches back and forth frequently between two main setting, Queens and the Bright World. The Bright World seems to be another dimension or universe, and is shown as extremely complex, full of traditional Mexican-style art, architecture, and geography. It is a land full of monsters, with art so det This is a colorful, highly detailed novel with a lot of light-hearted, comedic banter juxtaposed to its violent plot and imagery and its dark subtextual elements. The Hazards of Love, by Stan Stanley, switches back and forth frequently between two main setting, Queens and the Bright World. The Bright World seems to be another dimension or universe, and is shown as extremely complex, full of traditional Mexican-style art, architecture, and geography. It is a land full of monsters, with art so detailed that it gives off a very apt stressful visual effect. The novel focuses in on the character Amparo, a queer, and genderqueer, teen who is constantly breaking the rules and getting into trouble at school who makes a deal with a strange talking cat who walks in through their window and offers to make them a better person. The cat steals their name, which is what starts the story line with Amparo, now nameless, being thrown into the Bright World, a place which is immediately dangerous to Amparo, and, as time goes on, shows this to be more and more true, with Amparo at every turn being harmed and manipulated by various Bright Worldians who all seem to want to kill them and eat their soul. The plot and artwork continuously highlight the juxtaposition between their life in Queens, and their new life in the Bright World. It seems that Stanley may be trying to draw a comparison with Bright World and Amparo’s intersectional identity, as a queer, trans person of color in America. Stanley definitely succeeds at showing how conflicting and separating these identities would be for a person in this environment, and Bright World is definitely just as confusing and dangerous to navigate. Overall, the acheived effect is a very queer, thrilling novel with heavy themes surrounding these intersectional identities, as well as gaslighting, manipulation, and the redeemability of a morally-grey character. As far as queerness goes, the piece centers first around Amparo as a queer character, and then smoothly transitions as Amparo discovers more about themself and their identity, as they begin to actually establish their use of they/them pronouns a little later into the comic. We also get the experience of another queer character, Iolanthe, who dates Amparo both as themself and the cat that steals their name and form. As the novel goes on, we see more and more about how cat-Amparo’s residency in real-Amparo’s life affects her, and we are able to see her develop a queer friend group to support her. Overall, The Hazards of Love is an extremely engaging and thought-provoking novel. It’s definitely well worth a read, for way more than just the queer representation. The gritty, horror-filled plot, the excellent world building, and the dynamic characterizations and relationships of the main characters within it make it something to keep analyzing long after you’ve finished reading it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Deviki

    I got a e-copy from Netgalley's "Read Now" Oh gosh look at the cover design !! It's beautiful, eye catching and colorful. I didn't even bother to read the book synopsis before deciding to read it. I would like to apologize if I am mistaken with the non-binary pronouns. Oh Amparo, you have it bad for Lolanthe!! Alright, I see how opposite Lolanthe and Amparo is with each other. It's very interesting how each of them are quite opposite in their personality, character and interest. I find this very I got a e-copy from Netgalley's "Read Now" Oh gosh look at the cover design !! It's beautiful, eye catching and colorful. I didn't even bother to read the book synopsis before deciding to read it. I would like to apologize if I am mistaken with the non-binary pronouns. Oh Amparo, you have it bad for Lolanthe!! Alright, I see how opposite Lolanthe and Amparo is with each other. It's very interesting how each of them are quite opposite in their personality, character and interest. I find this very interesting. A talking cat casually walks in Amparo's room and makes a deal, wow! Amparo is extremely trusting of a cat that wants to grant wishes with blood trade. Anything involving a blood trade/contract is bad news!! The Bright World is amazing, full of fantasy like tropical plants and unusual creatures. Creatures who are very sinister and manipulative. Bright World is not a good place for humans, apparently Minion human is not eaten and works for a sponsor but a Morsal human is edible and does not have a sponsor. Lucky thing Amparo is street smart and was able to talk herself out of a tense situation. However, Miss Mimi is one step ahead of her always, she is a double edged sword! Reading this comic/GN remind me of the anime movie "Spirited Away" Because it somewhat felt like that, traveling to an alternate reality and forgetting her identity along the way. Not to mention all the wonderful creatures she meets along the way some is human friendly while others is out to get you. So far the story is great and kept you interested in the Amparo's experiences in the Bright World. If I must complain, it would be the lack of surprise and panic portrayed by Amparo with all the magical creatures he meet in the fantasy world. He just didn't see very surprised to have made a deal with a cat or that he is now in a fantasy Bright World. I find that to be slightly weird. While the artwork is amazing, at times the story seem to progress very slow and the artwork can be quite overwhelming and I find myself loosing interest in the story plot. I guess one being it focused a lot on Amparo rather than a balance of two world. This GN is very long and when we reach the end, I felt like there are so many questions yet to answer. Perhaps this will be answered in the next vol.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Cerys

    Find the full review here :) https://hundredsandthousandsofbooks.b... I WAS SO EXCITED TO READ THIS. The Hazards Of Love is a queer, dark fantasy, romance graphic novel about a chaotic delinquent sent into another dimension. Want to read it yet? It follows Amparo, a non-binary teen who makes a deal with an untrustworthy talking cat that steals their name and their body in the human world and sends Amparo off to the Bright World. Yeah, don’t trust talking cats. The Bright World gives me Mexican ’Da Find the full review here :) https://hundredsandthousandsofbooks.b... I WAS SO EXCITED TO READ THIS. The Hazards Of Love is a queer, dark fantasy, romance graphic novel about a chaotic delinquent sent into another dimension. Want to read it yet? It follows Amparo, a non-binary teen who makes a deal with an untrustworthy talking cat that steals their name and their body in the human world and sends Amparo off to the Bright World. Yeah, don’t trust talking cats. The Bright World gives me Mexican ’Day Of The Dead’ undertones from the colours and the creatures – who Amparo has to try and survive. I fell a little bit in love with all the characters and it’s really nice to see a non binary protagonist. Does it affect the story in any way? No. But does it make me smile? Yes. The Hazards Of Love is not a book for kids… or readers with a weak stomach. Whilst the plot isn’t an uncommon trope, there’s some violence that’s slightly disturbing and the entire book is dark and kind of creepy. It’s not exactly a light read… but that’s only because I was so stressed about what was going to happen to the characters. I just couldn’t put it down. I LOVE the characters and the vibrancy of the illustrations makes them jump right off the page and into your heart. Amparo is hilarious and real and I just want them to be happy 😦 The title is a little misleading – it’s not really the love story I’d imagined between Amparo and a girl we’re introduced to at the beginning, Iolanthe. Mainly because they’re together for about a page (evil cat, remember?). But it’s a story of survival and other types of love and desperation… and also exploitation. Some pretty serious stuff is covered in the guise of this mad fantasy world. Also, please note, I haven’t cried at a book in about a year and a half but this may have set me off. Possibly… although I admit nothing. The Hazards Of Love ends on a bit of a cliffhanger – let me tell you I physically gasped – but the rest of the series is luckily online. I am now suffering a severe book hangover, it’s so good. To sum up, The Hazards Of Love is a weird and wonderful book. From badass female characters to the gorgeous illustrations and the gay jokes – this is just genius, I can’t praise it enough. If you love queer fantasy and dark graphic novels, read this on the 30th March! You won’t regret it.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Katie

    I honestly did not know what to expect from this book based on the blurb, but I requested it because it was about queer characters and looked weird, and that's right up my alley. I ended up reading it all in almost a single sitting, and I'm obsessed! Amparo is a fantastic character: tough, snarky, deeply caring, and flawed but definitely still someone you root for. I love their vibrant character, and how they fight to maintain their sense of self throughout all the fantastical things that happen I honestly did not know what to expect from this book based on the blurb, but I requested it because it was about queer characters and looked weird, and that's right up my alley. I ended up reading it all in almost a single sitting, and I'm obsessed! Amparo is a fantastic character: tough, snarky, deeply caring, and flawed but definitely still someone you root for. I love their vibrant character, and how they fight to maintain their sense of self throughout all the fantastical things that happen to them. I don't really want to spoil things, so I'll speak more generally. From a worldbuilding standpoint, Bright World is incredibly creepy, and absolutely fascinating. Every detail intrigues me more and more, and the art makes it even more stunning. Another review compared it to Spirited Away, and I totally agree; while the art style and story are different, the themes (losing one's name and identity but finding oneself, fighting to escape an other world to return to those one loves) and the vibe (beautiful, atmospheric, super creepy) are similar, and in a way that I love. The characters are all fantastic; everyone is interesting, if not always likeable, and most characters, even the cat who steals Amparo's name and life, have enough depth that you can at least sympathize with them a little. The romance is charming, but not the focus; rather, it's enjoyable to see a story where queer identity is a part without being the focus, normalized but not glossed over. The incorporation of Spanish words and references to (I'm assuming, because I read it in another review) Mexican culture are also really cool, and definitely contribute to the overall mood. All in all, this is the kind of book that queer kids need, and that queer kids deserve. I didn't start seeking out queer lit until college, and before then I didn't even know it existed because you had to look to find it. This hits both my love of weird fantasy and my love of positive LGBTQ+ representation, and it makes me incredibly happy to know that more and more books like this are being published. I'll end this review by saying that I don't often track down Netgalley books to buy, but I'm already so excited to buy and read Volume 2 when it comes out!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    I received a copy of this book on netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The Hazards of Love Vol 1: Bright World is a YA graphic novel that follows Amparo, a non-binary teen wanting to become a better person, so, naturally, he makes a deal with a talking cat in order to achieve this. Talking cats are not to be trusted however as this one proceeds to steal Amparo's name, body and life, condemning them to Bright World, a world full of monsters, where humans are either eaten or turned into min I received a copy of this book on netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The Hazards of Love Vol 1: Bright World is a YA graphic novel that follows Amparo, a non-binary teen wanting to become a better person, so, naturally, he makes a deal with a talking cat in order to achieve this. Talking cats are not to be trusted however as this one proceeds to steal Amparo's name, body and life, condemning them to Bright World, a world full of monsters, where humans are either eaten or turned into mindless, memory-less slaves. This book was so weird and not at all what I expected. That being said, I still found it very intriguing and the strangeness just added to that. The mysteriousness of Bright World and its inhabitants was engaging throughout, and the characters seemed very real. I really enjoyed the art style, which definitely contributed to my enjoyment, and the colourful plant life of Bright World was beautiful. There were many bits of this graphic novel that shocked me, and this only increased my desire to continue, and I will definitely be picking up the next volume when it's released. I can't comment on the non-binary representation, but I can comment on sapphic rep, and I loved how normally the relationship is portrayed, despite how abnormal some aspects of it actually were. I also thought that the way Iolanthe's school mates see her as a way to boost their school's perceived inclusion felt very accurate. This book is full of diverse characters; all of the main characters in the real world are poc, and while I am unable to comment on how good the representation is, I thought it was a great inclusion to the book. There were also some aspects of this graphic novel that I didn't love, part of it being some of the logic behind the characters' actions, as there were points when some characters seemed to act completely differently than the way they had been throughout the rest of the book, but this didn't impact my overall enjoyment too much, and it still got 4 stars. This book is not definitely for everyone, but if you are interested in dark, confusing fantasy worlds then I would recommend it to you.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    Read more graphic novel reviews at The Graphic Library. Amparo is a teen prankster, desperately trying to impress the super-smart Iolanthe, but succeeding in only stressing out their mother and abuela. When a talking cat comes to Amparo's bedroom, Amparo becomes convinced that the magical cat can grant them their wish: to be a better person Unfortunately, the magical cat is a better trickster than Amparo, and steals their name and identity. The former Amparo is doomed to Bright World, a vibrant, Read more graphic novel reviews at The Graphic Library. Amparo is a teen prankster, desperately trying to impress the super-smart Iolanthe, but succeeding in only stressing out their mother and abuela. When a talking cat comes to Amparo's bedroom, Amparo becomes convinced that the magical cat can grant them their wish: to be a better person Unfortunately, the magical cat is a better trickster than Amparo, and steals their name and identity. The former Amparo is doomed to Bright World, a vibrant, terrifying land squished in between the mortal world and what lies beyond. Fierce creatures feed on humans and use memories as currency, and it's all former-Amparo can do to survive! They become an indentured servant to cafe owner, Mimi, who dubs them "Paola," but Paola soon finds a new master - El Ciervo, a creepy "doctor" who specializes in performing medical procedures on humans. Now "Fawn," Amparo must fight their way out of Bright World and back to their life before they become a demon only worthy of Bright World. Bright World is so imaginative and deeply developed through this story, and the summaries only scratch the surface of what's in this volume. Stanley's vibrant colors make this book a wonder to behold. There are a few instances of narrative hiccups where transitions could have been smoother, and I didn't care as much for the two tandem storylines of Bright World and the Mortal Realm happening on the same page, but it was a different way to show progression in each realm. This small choice only slightly detracted from my overall enjoyment of this story. There is also some beautiful representation in this story. Bright World is a beautiful, boldly colored world with heavy Latin folkloric influences. There are several panels of dialogue entirely in Spanish. Fawn/Paola/Amparo is nonbinary, and the topic comes up a few times throughout the story. ​ There is some mild language - some of it is censored, and other times, when Amparo/Paola/Fawn gets really upset, it's not. Sara's Rating: 9/10 Suitability Level: Grades 9-12

  23. 5 out of 5

    Victoria Mendes

    I was given this book as an uncorrected proof/ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The blurb on the back of the book accurately sets the stage for what to expect in this graphic novel as does the cover match the art within. During the story our MC who loses their name to aforementioned magic cat (cover blurb) goes on a slow quest of adjusting to their new life in Bright World, and while trying to find their way back to the human world they begin to go through a sort of transfo I was given this book as an uncorrected proof/ARC through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The blurb on the back of the book accurately sets the stage for what to expect in this graphic novel as does the cover match the art within. During the story our MC who loses their name to aforementioned magic cat (cover blurb) goes on a slow quest of adjusting to their new life in Bright World, and while trying to find their way back to the human world they begin to go through a sort of transformation - where exactly this transformation leads is unknown as of this ARC, but I have been sufficiently enticed to very impatiently await the next story to find out more. Since this is an uncorrected copy, I’m not sure if the typos are fixed in the final (there were several, though that is presumably fixed by now). There is also a discrepancy with some curse words being scratched out while others are fully included - which again I’m presuming will be fixed in the final copy. The only panel I’m completely unsure of is the last one on page 10. We meet a new character that doesn’t seem significant to the story who makes a remark, “Okay, but remember that my dad’s had a ‘no lesbians in my home’ rule after what happened with my mom.” While the people saying these lines do attend an all girls school, I don’t feel like this line really serves the story well. Also I’m rather confused as to why it’s there since one of the people in this relationship being referenced is non-binary which then would not make it a lesbian relationship??? Nothing else like this comes up again, and I’m really glad to see a non-binary main character talking about their journey throughout the book. Overall, I would be totally happy to pick up a finished copy for my collection, and I can’t wait to see what happens next in this story.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Simoné Eloff

    ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. The Hazards of Love really surprised me. Twice. At first, I was surprised when, at around mark 2 of the 11 collected issues, I was NOT feeling it. I was surprised by this because I'd been looking forward to it for ages, and the artwork and storyline looked absolutely perfect for me, but neither was working out at all once I actually started reading. At that point, I honestly couldn't tell you why this was happening. Then surprise #2 came ARC received via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. The Hazards of Love really surprised me. Twice. At first, I was surprised when, at around mark 2 of the 11 collected issues, I was NOT feeling it. I was surprised by this because I'd been looking forward to it for ages, and the artwork and storyline looked absolutely perfect for me, but neither was working out at all once I actually started reading. At that point, I honestly couldn't tell you why this was happening. Then surprise #2 came when I suddenly and violently got sucked straight into this gem of a graphic novel, out of nowhere! I don't know exactly at which point this change occurred, but before I knew it, I was lost in Bright World and Amparo's (both of them) adventures and travails, and I had no intention of leaving anytime soon. The Hazards of Love is richly populated with weirdness and intrigue and depth and slyness, and I love it. Fake cat-Amparo's story arc was my least favourite of the two, because come on, get to the super strange deer-guy already! but it didn't detract from the story in any way. I'm just glad Stan Stanley's imagination birthed something as creepy-fun as this, fake-Amparo storyline and all. After finishing this volume, which collects the first 11 issues and spans the full first arc of this story, I looked up the author, finding that The Hazards of Love is actually a webcomic that's released weekly. Yay me! I get to continue the story! But what this information also provided was a possible explanation for my initial disappointment with the comic - I think it might have been a case of the author finding her way throughout her own story and art style a bit before really settling into it and producing some great content. Or it could totally have been a me-problem - I'll own that too - but I'm glad I could move past it, either way.

  25. 4 out of 5

    iam

    Very cool, creepy and queer comic that doesn't shy away from absurdity and gore. Content warnings include: amputation, violence, humans get eaten, murder, death, misgendering (corrected). The comic is bright, fully of colours and shapes, making every panel a pleasure to look at. Sometimes it took a few moments for me to make out what was even shown, there were lots of great details despite the simplicity of the style. I loved Amparo, a nonbinary (though they don't use that label, they simply don' Very cool, creepy and queer comic that doesn't shy away from absurdity and gore. Content warnings include: amputation, violence, humans get eaten, murder, death, misgendering (corrected). The comic is bright, fully of colours and shapes, making every panel a pleasure to look at. Sometimes it took a few moments for me to make out what was even shown, there were lots of great details despite the simplicity of the style. I loved Amparo, a nonbinary (though they don't use that label, they simply don't think they are a girl of a boy) teen, as protagonist. After a cat steals their identity, they finde themself stuck in a bizzare alternate world, Bright World, where cunning creatures hungry for human flesh and memories rule. Much like in their previous life, they keep getting into trouble while trying to find their way back - but what the monsters didn't account for was a human just as cunning as they are. Amparo is the perfect protagonist for this, with a clear goal of wanting to go back home, but willing to do a lot on the way there, while never losing their sense of humanity. The glimpses into the cat's life as Amparo, or more precisely Amparo's love interest Iolanthe realizing something is off about them, wasn't quite as prominent, but still interesting. I am very curious about where the story is headed next. I loved the casual diversity of the cast. The Mexian influence from the author is clear, but there's so much more than that in the different characters, both humans and monsters. I received an ARC and reviewed honestly and voluntarily.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    This young adult graphic novel is a collection of issues that were originally available as a webcomic. Following Amparo, a nonbinary teen from Queens, this graphic novel tells the story of Amparo’s hasty deal with a mystical cat whom they hoped would help them become a better person to ease the worries of their family and potentially develop a relationship with a Iolanthe, a girl from their school. Instead, the cat tricks Amparo and transforms into their image, essentially becoming Amparo and le This young adult graphic novel is a collection of issues that were originally available as a webcomic. Following Amparo, a nonbinary teen from Queens, this graphic novel tells the story of Amparo’s hasty deal with a mystical cat whom they hoped would help them become a better person to ease the worries of their family and potentially develop a relationship with a Iolanthe, a girl from their school. Instead, the cat tricks Amparo and transforms into their image, essentially becoming Amparo and leaving Amparo to recover their spirit from the dangerous Bright World. The art style of this work is very unique, using very vibrant colors and bold black lines and borders throughout. The bright colors fit well with the mystical Bright World, making the world come alive. Additionally, this graphic novel features some diverse representation with multiple main characters of color, including the Latinx Amparo, as well as nonbinary representation. There is humor throughout, as well, which will appeal to readers. This graphic novel is very “out there” and has a pretty wild premise with some wild illustrations to go with it. This story ended up not being the right read for me personally. While the art style is very unique, it is not the kind I typically gravitate towards. Additionally, the story and world was a little too weird for me, and I found myself losing interest throughout. That being said, this is purely a matter of preferences, and I think there are readers who would love this story and embrace the weird. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for providing this arc in exchange for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    Amparo is suspended from school as he pulled the fire alarm. He wants to not be a prankster but he is. He’s fallen for Iolanthe who is interested in getting good grades. A cat appears on Amparo’s windowsill and offers him a chance to be “good.” He agrees but finds himself in Bright World which is a terrifying land in between earth and what lies beyond. Bright World has creatures that live on humans and uses their memories as currency. Amparo is indentured to a cafe owner who gives him the name “ Amparo is suspended from school as he pulled the fire alarm. He wants to not be a prankster but he is. He’s fallen for Iolanthe who is interested in getting good grades. A cat appears on Amparo’s windowsill and offers him a chance to be “good.” He agrees but finds himself in Bright World which is a terrifying land in between earth and what lies beyond. Bright World has creatures that live on humans and uses their memories as currency. Amparo is indentured to a cafe owner who gives him the name “Paola.” But then he finds a new master, El Ciervo who is a creepy doctor that specializes in medical procedures on humans. His new master names him Fawn. The cat who took over Amparo’s body and life is enjoying living on earth. Amparo knows he must figure out how to escape Bright World but will he? Can he? Amparo appears to me as a nonbinary person — not just queer and Latix, while Iolanthe is Black. Bright World is very well developed making it seem like a real place. My summary of this book only “scratches the story of this graphic novel. There are two stories. It shows what is happening on earth as well as Bright World. There are many panels in Spanish. The pacing of the novel is well done. The colors are bright. I enjoyed the creepiness of this story that is filled with adventure, mysteries and romance. The ending is a cliffhanger making me want to read the next volume! Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book from the author/publisher from Netgalley. I wasn’t obligated to write a favorable review or any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.

  28. 4 out of 5

    July C. B

    4,5 stars. This graphic novel is just magnificent. The story starts when Amparo, who is a little bit of a troublemaker, trusts a talking cat and ends up losing their name and being sent to Bright World. This world is vibrant, nonsensical, with an Alice in Wonderland vibe, but I would say way darker. There are lots of creepy creatures that treat humans as meat and drain their memories, just for fun. The rules of Bright World are always changing, and time is all messed up. Amparo longs for their fam 4,5 stars. This graphic novel is just magnificent. The story starts when Amparo, who is a little bit of a troublemaker, trusts a talking cat and ends up losing their name and being sent to Bright World. This world is vibrant, nonsensical, with an Alice in Wonderland vibe, but I would say way darker. There are lots of creepy creatures that treat humans as meat and drain their memories, just for fun. The rules of Bright World are always changing, and time is all messed up. Amparo longs for their family and friends, but they are trapped in this world and they will have to fight to find their way back home. The beautiful illustration style brings the story to life, and I love the contrast between the intriguing and wonderfully dark world, and the bright colors used to depict the place. Besides Bright World itself, the best part of this graphic novel is Amparo. They are a great main character; not exactly a hero, but good-hearted. They’re witty and impulsive, and cunning enough to get by in a world that sees humans as either slaves or a tasty meal. They had me laughing from the first pages with their dialogue and then I was worried about their safety for the rest of the story. The side characters are also well-developed and I’m hoping to learn more about them, especially El Ciervo. The storyline in the human world wasn’t my favourite part, but besides that, I can’t find any flaws in this graphic novel. I was thinking about rereading it even before I finished it, and that’s a sign of a really good book. I’ll be impatiently waiting for the next volume.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alexandra

    *Thanks to NetGalley for the e-ARC.* Okay, this was an interesting graphic novel. The artwork itself is absolutely beautiful! Future prints of the artwork will be amazing. I do have a slight complaint that at times some of the text was difficult to make out on the first look of the words, so maybe there should be a consideration for ensuring the font of the text is clearly shown. Now the plot is super interesting where our main character of Amparo makes a deal with a cat that gets Amparo sent to *Thanks to NetGalley for the e-ARC.* Okay, this was an interesting graphic novel. The artwork itself is absolutely beautiful! Future prints of the artwork will be amazing. I do have a slight complaint that at times some of the text was difficult to make out on the first look of the words, so maybe there should be a consideration for ensuring the font of the text is clearly shown. Now the plot is super interesting where our main character of Amparo makes a deal with a cat that gets Amparo sent to Bright World. There Amparo finds a much different world with a different culture than the human world. They attempt to figure out a way back to the human world, as the cat that tricks them takes Amparo’s place in the human world. This graphic novel overviews the cat taking over Amparo’s life in the human world and Amparo navigating Bright World. Content warnings include swear words, gore, blood, body horror, death, and more. Bright World includes having these creatures that are in power and the humans are second-class citizens that are manipulated physically (like body parts could be cut off or modified) and mentally (memories is a form of currency), so be aware of that before you read this graphic novel. I gave this graphic novel 4 out of 5 stars because of my critiques on the text and that there is something missing in the plot for me. I liked the author’s choices, but I felt like I needed something more. I thought the ending was a tad abrupt for me and while I am extremely curious how this story will progress, I am not overly obsessing over it.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shona H

    I received an ARC of this graphic novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. First and foremost: this book is stunning! Stanley's style is bright and colourful and intricate and captivating - I often found myself staring at pages for ages before remembering I had a story to read. The contrasts between the real world and the Bright World - where Amparo, our hero, ends up after a misjudged deal with a magic cat - are well established with colour and detail. I can't wait to get a copy of I received an ARC of this graphic novel from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. First and foremost: this book is stunning! Stanley's style is bright and colourful and intricate and captivating - I often found myself staring at pages for ages before remembering I had a story to read. The contrasts between the real world and the Bright World - where Amparo, our hero, ends up after a misjudged deal with a magic cat - are well established with colour and detail. I can't wait to get a copy of this on my shelf so I can show off how gosh darn pretty it is. The story is unlike anything I've read before. A queer story that, at the outset, feels like a folk story warning against making deals with fey folk or strange creatures, but soon becomes esoteric, badass, and full of intriguing characters (sometimes equal parts terrifying) and a fast-moving plot. The story is easy to read, even when the page set up is funky, and I read it all in one sitting! I did find that I wanted to get more of an equal balance on the real world and Bright world stories. I hope Stanley is planning on fleshing some of the real world plot points out in the upcoming volumes - I want to know more about the cat's adjustment and Iolanthe's story! I also found I was a little confused about some of the rules of the Bright World, but this did not affect my enjoyment of the story. Overall a definite recommendation and one I look forward to following.

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