Digital Mini Reviews | Dear Pandemic, Leave Us Alone

Hi there!

I haven’t been able to blog for the past 10 days because of recent important life developments that have led me to be beyond occupied: I’m going to be a first-time homeowner! A first-time co-condo owner with my girlfriend, to be specific! We’ve been dealing with the sellers, the bank, and the notary lately and getting all excited for this new adventure. While our search for a new home has been insane with this current pandemic-housing market, we’re so relieved to be in the final stages of the process now.

Unfortunately, one thing that’s not done is the pandemic and with this new Omicron variant, 2021 is ending on such an ugly note. While we’re trying to make the most of our big life event, reminding ourselves of all the awesome projects to come, sometimes you also need to try and escape into fuzzy universes just to temporarily get a break from all the chaos, especially with today’s latest health measures revealed by our Quebec government. So here’s a look at comic book creator Kate O’Neill’s soft and cute collection that is bound to teleport you to places you never thought you needed in your life! ๐Ÿ™‚


This feature, published at an undetermined frequency (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, who knows), will present a couple of mini reviews on anything that isn’t in a physical format that I own (ebooks, comic books, TV series or movies).

Click on the covers to be redirected to their Goodreads/IMDB page!
Anything presented in this feature doesn’t necessarily mean that it won’t get a full-review treatment in the future. That will entirely depend on how much I loved it, how interested you are in hearing more on it, and how much I have to still say about it! ๐Ÿคฃ

Princess Princess Ever After by Kate O’Neill.

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Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment.
Pages: 354.
Format: Digital.
Rating: โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†โ˜†.
“I am no prince!”
When the heroic princess Amira rescues the kind-hearted princess Sadie from her tower prison, neither expects to find a true friend in the bargain. Yet as they adventure across the kingdom, they discover that they bring out the very best in the other person. They’ll need to join forces and use all the know-how, kindness, and bravery they have in order to defeat their greatest foe yet: a jealous sorceress, who wants to get rid of Sadie once and for all.
Join Sadie and Amira, two very different princesses with very different strengths, on their journey to figure out what happily ever after really means — and how they can find it with each other.

A cute, bit preachy, stereotype-breaking tale of princes, princesses, and witches, centered around standing up for what you believe in and taking the throne from the unworthy.

Princess Princess Ever After : O'Neill, K., O'Neill, K.: Amazon.ca: Books

Aquicorn Cove by Kay O’Neill.

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Publisher: Image Comics.
Pages: 128.
Format: Digital Comics.
Rating: โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†โ˜†.
When Lana and her father return to their seaside hometown to help clear the debris of a storm, the last thing she expects is to discover a colony of Aquicornsโ€”magical seahorse-like residents of the coral reef. As she explores the damaged town and the fabled undersea palace, Lana learns that while she cannot always count on adults to be the guardians she needs, she herself is capable of finding the strength to protect both the ocean, and her own happiness. 

An adorable and fantastical story exposing the threatened exquisite ecosystem resulting from unaware selfishness due to instinctual survival and greed, while exploring the intergenerational bond between sea and humans.

Aquicorn Cove: O'Neill, K., O'Neill, K.: 9781620105290: Books - Amazon.ca

Dewdrop by Kay O’Neill.

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Publisher: Vertigo.
Pages: 136.
Format: Digital Comics.
Rating: โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†โ˜†.
The tale of an axolotl who cheers on his underwater friends as they each bring their talents to the pond’s sports fair! 

Dewdrop is an easygoing, gentle axolotl who enjoys naps, worm pie, and cheerleading. When the yearly sports fair nears, he and his friendsโ€”Mia the weightlifting turtle, Newman the musical newt, and three minnows who love to cookโ€”get ready to showcase their skills to the whole pond! However, as the day of the fair gets closer, Dewdrop’s friends can’t help putting pressure on themselves to be the best. It’s up to Dewdrop to remind them how to be mindful, go at their own pace, and find joy in their own achievements. 

A devastatingly cute picture book featuring adorable animals questioning their individual abilities only to be motivated by Dewdrop and its adorable morals about doing your best for yourself and not for others.

Dewdrop: O'Neill, K., O'Neill, K.: 9781620106891: Books - Amazon.ca

The Tea Dragon Society by Kay O’Neill.

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Publisher: Marvel.
Pages: 96.
Format: Digital Comics.
Rating: โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†.
After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their livesโ€”and eventually her own. 

An adorable and beautifully-drawn story that, unfortunately, has no proper narrative guideline to justify itself. Although there are some cute moments depicting kindness and friendship, as well as a hint of action, this story mostly served as an introduction to this world filled with ‘smol’ tea dragons and the unique drinks they allow humans to make.

The Tea Dragon Society by K. O'Neill | Oni Press

The Tea Dragon Festival by Kay O’Neill.

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Publisher: BOOM! Studios.
Pages: 144.
Format: Digital Comics.
Rating: โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†โ˜†.
Rinn has grown up with the Tea Dragons that inhabit their village, but stumbling across a real dragon turns out to be a different matter entirely! Aedhan is a young dragon who was appointed to protect the village but fell asleep in the forest eighty years ago. With the aid of Rinnโ€™s adventuring uncle Erik and his partner Hesekiel, they investigate the mystery of his enchanted sleep, but Rinnโ€™s real challenge is to help Aedhan come to terms with feeling that he cannot get back the time he has lost.

A superior and just-as-cute-as-its-predecessor sequel that further embraces diversity and gentle morals centered around kindness, altruism, and understanding.

The Tea Dragon Festival (Volume 2): O'Neill, K.: 9781620109830: Books -  Amazon.ca

The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Kay O’Neill.

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Publisher: Image Comics.
Pages: 160.
Format: Digital Comics.
Rating: โ˜…โ˜…โ˜…โ˜†โ˜†.
Over a year since being entrusted with Ginseng’s care, Greta still can’t chase away the cloud of mourning that hangs over the timid Tea Dragon. As she struggles to create something spectacular enough to impress a master blacksmith in search of an apprentice, she questions the true meaning of crafting, and the true meaning of caring for someone in grief. Meanwhile, Minette receives a surprise package from the monastery where she was once training to be a prophetess. Thrown into confusion about her path in life, the shy and reserved Minette finds that the more she opens her heart to others, the more clearly she can see what was always inside.

An adorable finale to the Tea Dragon series as it fully embraces diversity within a messy and forgettable narrative that builds upon its central themes of purpose, love, and growth.

The Tea Dragon Tapestry by Katie O'Neill | Oni Press | Shop

Have you read any of these?

Share your thoughts on anything and everything with me! ๐Ÿ˜

TILL NEXT TIME,

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