Book Reviews, Graphic novel

Review | The Scarecrow Princess

Publisher: Diamond Book Distributors          Genre: Graphic Novel/YA 
Release date: October 24, 2017                Pages: 160

Morrigan Moore moves around. A lot. Both her mother and her brother are novelists who co-write a series based off local myths and legends. The town they’ve moved to this time is possibly the worst yet, and Morrigan has reached a whole new level of moody. It doesn’t help that her family keep forgetting about her…

Then, to make matters worse, Morrigan finds herself drawn into the myth that her family is researching – that of the King of Crows. The King of Crows is a dark character who barters in deceit and whose cycles of evil involve stealing from the town whenever he starts to get ‘hungry.’ At such times, the only one who can stand against him is the Scarecrow Prince… or in this case, Princess.

The future of her family and the town are at stake, and Morrigan must fight to save them. What she doesn’t realize is that each of her decisions move her closer to the ultimate showdown. A showdown in which even her own future may be in the balance.

I absolutely LOVED this graphic novel. I was immediately drawn in by the creepy, fall feeling that was obvious in the first few pages. I mean, a Crow steals Morrigan’s barrette and then shows up again to taunt her deep in the woods… creepy! The creepy twists and turns continue throughout the novel leading to one exceptional twist in particular.

Unfortunately, because of the nature of the story and all the twists, I can’t go into too much detail without spoiling the story. I will do my best to summarize the things that made this such a great read.

First, Morrigan is an awesome female lead. She is a moody teenage, who wants nothing more to be an individual separate from her famous mother and brother. She wants to live her own life, and she is resentful for how often she has to move around. And then she finds herself forced into the role of hero. A role that turns out to be much more complicated than initially expected, especially since the King of Crows knows how to use her weaknesses against her.

I think what I liked the most about this graphic novel was the way it approached the ‘hero’ story line. The situation was messy. It wasn’t as clear as good versus evil, even though it seemed that way in the beginning. I can’t say any more about it, because spoilers, but oh my goodness. I loved the way the conflict resolved and the decisions Morrigan had to make in the end.

Being thrust in to the role of hero didn’t automatically make Morrigan a ‘good’ or perfect hero (yes, I know, I am using way too many quote marks in this review…). She made some really bad decisions, and she hurt some people who could have helped her and who wanted to be her friends. And she didn’t get away from the consequences of those decisions after she dealt with the bad guy. She came across as a real girl with typical teenager problems. One of those just happened to involve saving the town.

My one criticism of this graphic novel was that it was not always easy to follow the stream of the narrative. I found myself re-reading panels to figure out who was speaking – and this was often at vital parts in the story. I’m not going to get into anything that might spoil the story, but when a main character is dealing with a bad guy that tempts her towards certain thoughts and behaviours, it is very important to know who is talking at all times. It was unfortunate, but I often found myself frustrated and confused.

The problems with stream of narration did not detract enough from the story to lower my enjoyment level. I still really loved the story and think it is an wonderfully creepy graphic novel that looks at becoming your own person and what that means when it comes to making difficult decisions.

I give The Scarecrow Princess 4 out of 5 stars.

I received a copy of this book from Diamond Book Distributors via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. 

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