Reviews tagging 'Sexual violence'

Squad, by Maggie Tokuda-Hall

14 reviews

emilysreadingbooks's review

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adventurous dark emotional mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.5


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onemamareads's review

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challenging dark emotional reflective sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0


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rachelfayreads's review against another edition

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adventurous dark funny mysterious reflective medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0


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sphinxofblackquartz's review against another edition

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adventurous dark funny fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes

4.0


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megansnextread's review against another edition

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dark tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0


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rgreyreads's review against another edition

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dark funny hopeful tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.25

This was exactly what I expected, but was too short and the ending felt very abrupt. The characters faced barely any consequences either. However, I did like this a lot. I loved the art style, the conversation on internalized misogyny and the girl power. I also enjoyed that instead of the authors just accepting "that its fine to murder people if they're bad", and instead giving other perspectives and showing how selfish and hypocritical Arianna was. I felt like the mean girl aspect of wanting to belong to a group but choosing to belong with toxic controlling people because you want to be popular, was well done, but also I wanted more of it. Overall, I actually just wanted more. I will be looking forward to more from this duo of authors and artists.

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wyldpoetry_'s review

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dark funny mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

This was a fairly easy fantasy graphic novel but did have some tidbits I think others might have issues about. With that being said, there is some cursing and discussion of sexual topics, if that’s not your thing, maybe skip this one. 

This story is about three high school girls in a werewolf pack who need a fourth when a new girl starts at their school that seems the perfect fit. They get her alone and offer to change her and explain how it works: they’re faster, stronger, and better looking but they have to devour a human body once a month. And they always pick jerks and they can leave zero evidence. Except things go very wrong when the alpha’s boyfriend hits on one of the other girls. The art is reminiscent of 80’s neon, but with a modern twist. I thoroughly enjoyed the title and would read more by these lovely graphic artists: Maggie Tokuda-Hall & Lisa Sterle. 

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lil_saddie's review

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adventurous dark fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

3.5

Some casual racism and fatphobia that is shown in a negative light but not ever actually addressed

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funkylitchick's review

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dark funny medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.0


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alyssamakesart's review

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adventurous dark mysterious fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

3.25

What is promoted is pretty spot on. Messy/Grey plot and discussion of rape culture, internalized misogyny, etc were solid and nuanced. The book felt campy a lot in a cute, nostalgic way. Art was stunning.

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(-.25) Name of people to real life predators and rapist made sense, but also didn’t like. Maybe first names, but not lasts. Except queen b because that shit was funny.

(-.5) Class: Glossed over class dynamics in the men they choose except in short discussions about alphas boyfriend. Like the fact that they were dating was more important for plot at expense of seeing the other lost boys/men - specifically the one that was too far. Class was only discussed regarding women (her mom, Queen B, Thatcher, etc.)

(-1) Race: I love the sapphic love, it was slowly built and cute but I can’t get over the fact they came from the biggest micro-aggression perpetrator?? And it was left 100% unaddressed. I’m kinda uncomfortable about how the two black leads (Amanda and the teacher) were portrayed. Like Amanda was played as kinda sassy even though she was like almost always right?!?

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