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Monstress Volume 1: Awakening
Monstress Volume 1: Awakening | Marjorie M Liu
Set in an alternate matriarchal 1900's Asia, in a richly imagined world of art deco-inflected steam punk, MONSTRESS tells the story of a teenage girl who is struggling to survive the trauma of war, and who shares a mysterious psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, a connection that will transform them both and make them the target of both human and otherworldly powers. About the Creators: New York Times bestselling and award-winning writer Marjorie Liu is best known for her fiction and comic books. She teaches comic book writing at MIT, and leads a class on Popular Fiction at the Voices of Our Nation (VONA) workshop. Ms. Liu's extensive work includes the bestselling "Astonishing X-Men" for Marvel Comics, which featured the gay wedding of X-Man Northstar and was subsequently nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for outstanding media images of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Prior to writing full-time, Liu was a lawyer. She currently resides in Boston. Sana Takeda is an illustrator and comic book artist who was born in Niigata, and now resides in Tokyo, Japan. At age 20 she started out as a 3D CGI designer for SEGA, a Japanese video game company, and became a freelance artist when she was 25. She is still an artist, and has worked on titles such as "X-23" and "Ms. Marvel" for Marvel Comics, and is an illustrator for trading card games in Japan.
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iread2much
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This book is FABULOUS, so well written & beautifully illustrated.
Maika has something dangerous in her & must return to the horrendous pit of suffering run by evil nuns. She finds more than she thought, and runs into a political situation that might turn into a war. One of the kids she rescued won‘t leave her, and their cat companion helps him stay safe as Maika tries to figure out her past and the monster inside of her.
4.5/5 wonderful!

Leftcoastzen I need to get back to this series, I have only read the first one.so good! 2w
sarahbellum Boop! 🙃 2w
iread2much @Leftcoastzen it is very good! I need to get the rest 2w
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Bklover What a gorgeous friend you have!❤️❤️❤️ #dogsoflitsy 2w
dabbe That sweet pup certainly isn't monstress! What a face! ❣️🐾❣️ 2w
iread2much @Bklover thank you! He‘s a very handsome boy, but he‘s a lot of work 😅 2w
iread2much @dabbe thank you! He‘s a big fan of Naps so most photos of him are when he‘s trying to 😴 2w
dabbe @iread2much The book colors match him perfectly. He's a Pantone Pup! 🤣 2w
iread2much @Bklover he‘s a dapper fellow 2w
PageShifter I think I have heard great things about this series 🤔 1w
iread2much @PageShifter it‘s really really good! 1w
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IndoorDame
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Volume 2 of this saga is just as phenomenal. I think this is a series I‘d like to own for the artwork. I‘m excited to see what happens next!

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Anya91
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KristiAhlers I love this series!!! 5mo
Anya91 @KristiAhlers so excited go start it. I‘ve been obsessing over sage and paper girls so glad to have my next big read 5mo
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TugstenDragon
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So beautiful and enchanting

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JLaurenceCohen
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Maika travels to a cursed island in search of answers about the cosmic horror with whom her body and mind are intertwined. Bring your appetite for world building, but you get some interesting answers to questions raised in the first volume.

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JLaurenceCohen
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You can see the influence of Princess Mononoke throughout Monstress.

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Leftcoastzen
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A stunner ! The steampunk/ Art Deco style is beautiful! The story intriguing, I want to read more . They had me at talking cats !

Johanna414 I loved this one!! I need to reread it and continue with the series! 1y
vivastory This series gets better with each volume 1y
Leftcoastzen @vivastory Good to know ! Thanks! 1y
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Addison_Reads
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#Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

I loved this one more than the first volume. 💚💚

A trip back to the library soon is needed so I can get the next volumes in this series.

vivastory This is the best graphic novel series that I've really dived into this year. It gets better and better 1y
Addison_Reads @vivastory that makes me even more excited to get the next volumes now. 1y
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Finishing up the last of my October reviews today. #Screamathon @4thhouseontheleft

This is a stunning graphic novel, both in artwork and writing. Intricate world building coupled with immersive dialogue makes it a beauty to read. It's perfect for fantasy fans who like a bit of the macabre mixed in.

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CuriousG
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I'm posting one book per day from the ever growing unread stacks in my personal library. No description or explanation, just books I own and plan to read. #tbr

Day 25

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TheNeverendingTBR
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I really enjoyed Monstress - Volume One, the artwork is stunning, it's also very rich in dialogue, it has an engaging plot which I'm looking forward to continuing and finding out more about Maika Halfwolf; she's a interesting character and there's lots of potential here. 💫

maich Beautiful cover❤💕 2y
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Enjoyed this one - the world, the artwork, the story. Beautifully done. The pictured panels just made me laugh and was definitely one of the lighter scenes in the series.

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AlizaApp
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I loved the first volume of this graphic novel, where a girl/monster is out for revenge on those who have enslaved and tortured her people. The universe-building here was impressive and I loved the artwork.

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That was a lot to pack into one volume. I adore the art in this and you get thrown into the thick of things right away. I still have questions, but the story itself is so captivating that instead of it feeling unfinished it just makes me want to know what happens next that much more. It feels like I'm reading a very dark, mythical, steampunk origin story of a legend in mythology. Can't wait to see where this goes. Read for OWLs #magicalreadathon

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EdenSinger
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Stunning art, breathtaking story.

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phantomx
Monstress Vol. 2 | Marjorie Liu
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1) My favorite spring time activity is taking walks in the afternoon

2) Maybe both

3) I've read 2 or 3 books in March. My favorite is Monstress so far

4) Sending 💖 to @Literary_Siren

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phantomx
Monstress Vol. 2 | Marjorie Liu
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This volume starts with Maika, Kipp and Ren arriving in Thyria, a seaport town, attempting to find answers about Maika's mother, and the Ancient God that rests within Maika. The trio travel to the Island of Bones, and encounter an old future-telling fox imprisoned. He reveals to Maika the truth of her mother and her interest in the gods, and Maika is the Shaman-Empress reincarnated set to harvest chaos in their world.

This volume had me on edge!

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A map to end volume 2 of Montress 😍

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To be continued...can't wait to get volume 3!

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How much longer can Maika control Zinn 🙁

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SPOILER:
Maika Halfblood = Reincarnation Shaman Empress

Zinn × Maika Halfblood = Zinn x Shaman Empress

What is going on?! 😲

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The Shaman-Empress and Zinn! 😲😲😲

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🤤😲😲😲🤤

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😍😍😍#fantasylover

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I can't get enough of Professor Tam Tam's archives 😍 oh man and this one is so realistic

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It can't be true! 😲😲😲

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The Shaman-Empress?! Oldly familiar already...🤔

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Memory of the ancient gods Hajin and Zinn

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The last pureblood fox, and Master Tam Tam with another listen to teach before the next chapter.

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This part is a surprising turn! The old god inside of Maika is remembering something from his past, and Maika's subconcious, which is a child version of herself, is guiding the god through his memories. I love this! Majorie Lu is making the god a front character that is complex Maika; he depends on Maika not only as a host, but as something else. #fantasylover

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The island and Charron are made out of the bones of an ancient god!!😲

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This Charron is seriously creepy and poetic, even Kipp and Master Ren are shaking (I was shaking too!) I love the illustrative design of Charron.

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Whoa! No wonder the Arcanics (non-humans rebel group) hate the Cumaean (human, magical wielders).😲

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Kipp is a true sweet-heart, and she is so loyal to Maika and Master Ren. And she pushes herself beyond her limits to be supportive and helpful within this trio. Crossing my fingers tuat as I continue the series nothing happens to Kipp (the ending of Volume 9 of Saga still haunts me; I hope Marjorie Lui doesn't do THAT with Kipp)

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Maika Halfblood's grandmother is a wolf! I shouldn't be too suprised, but it keeps adding layers of surprise and wonder to the story.

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Kipp and Master Ren look adorable in their off to sea outfits 😍

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I love the archives that Professor Tam Tam shows or explains to get a better sense of the world of Monstress, and how this world cam to be, which includes the creatures that appear in the story. Humans are hated by all non-human creatures in this series.

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Nooow Maika Halfwolf is scary 🤤 #fantasylover

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I love Kipp! 😍 She is so cute, she really is the light in Maika Halfwolf's journey to finding the truth. #fantasylover

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More scheming! #fantasylover

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Ooh some scheming is happening! I'm wondering why there are more animal characters in this series. The first volume didn't explain too much about the fantasy world of Monstress

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