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Artie and the Wolf Moon

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This is the story of a bunch of werewolves descended from escaped enslaved people who were befriended by wolves, and given the power to transform. Artie is half human, and her mother has neglected to tell her that she might also be a werewolf. Oops.

Artie is bullied at school, until her wolf blood starts to come out.

And then she discovers for herself.

Oh, and there are vampires. And they don't exactly like werewolves.

Notice I am not trying to give away too much, because it is a fun, quick, exciting read, and I wouldn't want to spoil it for anyone.

Great book. Good story. 

<em>Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.</em>
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Artie and the Wolf Man is as adventurous and engaging as the cover and description would lead you to believe. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would gladly share it with young readers.
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Artie and the Wolf Moon is a great little middle grade graphic novel about a girl named Artie who finds out she actually comes from a family of werewolves. And she learns that she herself is also one! But while the main characters are indeed werewolves, that’s not really what the story is about. It’s more of a coming-of-age story, and a story about finding your community. 

But that being said, this story isn’t lacking in the supernatural! You can’t have a werewolf story without including a feud with vampires. I really appreciated the little twists on the lore in this story. These creatures are familiar but different enough that it makes it feel a little more fresh. And I can’t do this review without mentioning how gorgeous the artwork is!
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A coming of age story with fur, fangs, and family, moves at a blistering pace and doesn't leave any unsolved mysteries by the end of the book.  This was a wonderful story with good characters that had believable intentions, it didn't go Twilight at any point, and presented a good story that just happened to have supernatural creatures in it.  I'm not the intended audience, but I really enjoyed the read, and I'd recommend this without hesitation.
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What happen if one night you found that your mom is a werewolf, and it turns out that you, too?!

Aside from this fantastic myth storytelling about werewolves and vampires, I love how this graphic novel tells how important a family is in the whole story. How the family connections deepen, know more about your family backgrounds, and a big family who come together to help each another. My favorite part from the story is when Artie searching hint and clues about the truth, and her strong character that grow through the story,

I describe the storyline is dramatic and an empowering one. It is also raise awareness of issues such as injustice, racism, and bullying.

Thank you :)
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I received an e-arc from NetGalley in an exchange for an honest review. 
Artie and the Wolf Moon by Olivia Stephens felt like a refreshing re-telling of the werewolf myth. It’s a story about family, acceptance and change. It had a very interesting narrative, and I can’t wait to read more from this author. I definitely recommend this read! The story is fast-paced and very entertaining. It doesn’t avoid talking about heavy subjects and deals with them spectacularly. 
Cw: racism and violence. 
Spoiler alert: The queer romance between the main character, Artie and another girl was surprising and very charming. It helps normalize queer love to a young audience.
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This story is totally in my wheelhouse.
It's got paranormal, coming of age, finding yourself both in ways that hurt and ways that show how amazing trusting the right person/people can be.

Plus FAMILY. So much of his books is about family and how important it is to know who's got your back and who's looking for a piece of it. (Chosen family included.)

Amazing and empowering story of the strength of black lives and communities; werewolves or not. Such a wonderful element to this story.

Would recommend this for a read that'll leave you feeling happy for where our main character ends up and still wanting more!

** Thank you to Lerner Publishing Group and Netgally for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. **
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This is a very fun middle grade/YA graphic novel. It's sweet at times and pretty intense/scary at others, which makes a nice balance for a fairly lengthy comic. I appreciated Stephens' focus on family, found family, and community, and I loved that Artie was queer and had a girlfriend (and that this was just a casual thing and that no one was homophobic in the story). Content warning for violence, death of a parent (before birth), and brief racism (from terrible bullies).
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At its core, this graphic novel is about family and a sense of belonging in one. The explanations behind vampires and werewolves are extremely well done and very unique. I wish the art was a bit more expressive in some panels but the illustrations were pleasant in general. 

Overall, I enjoyed it but it feels like it left a few plot points unanswered or simply lacking enough closure.
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A story about family, finding where you belong, and accepting yourself - even if you are, sometimes, a wolf. Artie (short for Artemis) doesn't really fit in at her school and doesn't have any friends. That begins to change when she discovers that her mom is a werewolf, and there is an entire werewolf culture that Artie belongs to, where she can find friends, romance, and finally start to feel like she belongs. There are one or two subplots that could have been developed more, but overall this was a good read that delivered on its messages.
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A great read and story line. The art is good and the cast was inclusive. I loved how the author incorporated being free from slavery and the bond between wolf and humans. Hope there will be more. I expect great things from this author.
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The growing pains of a young werewolf in this comic nicely pitched at tweenagers.  I mean it's racist as all hell – almost everyone's of colour except the school bullies who are of course white (and some other characters I'll leave to you to discover) - but apart from that it's pitched well.  Our heroine, running from being given a boy's name (Artemis), doesn't even know her mother's a werewolf until spotting her transition back to woman one night – and certainly doesn't guess she's got a bit of the lupine about herself.  Add to that her photography hobby that allows her to follow in her missing, presumed dead, human father's footsteps, finding out her family's history and her heritage, and falling for the wrong girl – there's a lot here to make it a rich, welcoming story.  The artwork is reasonable, bordering on the needs-improvement in the action scenes, but generally there's stuff to like here.  I just wish it had been presented in a more inclusive fashion.  Three and a half stars.
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This book was SUCH a fun and amazing take on werewolves!! I adored the way the author tied in Black culture/history with werewolf lore. It was so refreshing!
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I reviewed a copy made available by the publisher via Netgalley - Thank you very much for that!

Artie and the Wolf Moon is  about Artemis, a young black woman who finds out that she comes from a line of werewolves on her mother's side and from then on wins a new family, which consists of old friends of her mother, who help her to use her skills.

In addition to the everyday life of Artie, who is busy leading a typical teenage life in addition to her werewolf existence, the novel is accompanied by the story of her dead father - at the beginning Artie knows almost nothing about him, only that she likes to take photos - Just like he did.
Throughout the story she learns how her parents got to know each other, what kind of creative head her father was and how he died.

I love the fact that Olivia also built in an explanation for the existence of werewolves by letting Darius explain it to Artie, who by the way is such a lovely father figure - I also really love the art that comes with the explanation, it‘s simple but stunning - The illustrations in general are really lovely and very nicely colored.
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This was a cute read, I liked the changes in werewolf/vampire lore from the classic stuff. It was a little campy, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit.
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Thank you NetGalley and Lerner Graphic Universe for a free ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Artie and the Wolf Moon is a beautiful book about friendship, forgiveness, rebirth, and breaking toxic cycles. It centers Black joy and community and was wonderful to read. As I got closer to the end, I found myself wanting more of Artie and her family's story, but the book ended on a very sweet and satisfying note. I was also happy to see an on-page sapphic/lesbian relationship. The relationship was shown as complex, and its ups and downs played into the overal story arc.

Artie and the Wolf Moon is the werewolf-vampire book I've been craving, and I'm excited to read Olivia Stephens' future work.
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