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Rainbow Girls

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If you are in the mood for a light and fun graphic novel about tween superheroes discovering their powers and saving a family member in distress then this is for you. The story is short but super engaging. An evil plant biologist is trying to take over the world with plants that have a mind of their own with nefarious purposes- but the rainbow girls come into their own and save the day.

This was a thoroughly enjoyable story, although the illustrations left a little to be desired. 
3 stars.

***ARC provided by Europe Comics via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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A fun younger “girl power” superhero book with an environmental take on things, while the art is enjoyable, some of the translation was definitely not well done and the pacing wasn’t great,
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This middle grade graphic novel would also work for elementary school. Three girls have to do a school assignment together.  Gwen and Lisa are friends, and Mel is boisterous, daring, and not part of the “friends” group...yet.  Mel is the popular one who doesn’t stop talking about shopping, clothes, shoes, etc.  But when Lulu (Gwen’s sister) is missing, Mel is right there to help find her.  This is a set up story to a longer series about these three girls becoming superheroes, a talking rat, and the scientist sister who is smart but in the hands of an evil professor.  This story was quite fun and I think readers would really like it.  The world building is a bit lacking.  The author glosses over how the girls get their powers.  One minute they are not there, the next they are.  Plus at the end how they become the Rainbow Girls is underdeveloped.  Written like a Rainbow Fairies book for someone much younger.  Overall this book is successful and would find checkouts in libraries, but I hope future volumes have better development.
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A pleasant reading, even if I am not sure about the rythm. Protagonists are fine and fun, and it was entertaining.
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In this comic, we follow Gwen, Lisa and Mel who are looking for Lulu, Gwen's big sister. The story is rather short and quick but very nice. I enjoyed following these three girls in their investigation. I have found Mel the most courageous and likeable, always ready for a new adventure. Story-wise, there are many unanswered questions, so I can't wait to read Volume 2 to better understand the mystery behind the Rainbow Girls. I found the story and reasons behind the villain a bit simple but other than that I liked it overall. The designs are superb and colorful, everything to please me.

I highly recommend it to children and teenagers who love adventure stories and magical powers.

3/5
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𝐏𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐑𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐞𝐬 & 𝐏𝐨𝐰𝐞𝐫 𝐏𝐮𝐟𝐟 𝐆𝐢𝐫𝐥𝐬 𝐟𝐞𝐞𝐥𝐬 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐨𝐫𝐲? Definitely, yes. This graphic novel makes me want to watch them again

𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐈 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞:

-The art style which is really cute. I love how the cute it and light it both feels and to look at. Nothing too flashy just right.

-The adorable and chaotic kids. These little girls are definitely the main reason I enjoyed this one so much. I just love their interaction.

-The messy & cute action scenes. They just looks so cute to me tbh


𝐓𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐈 𝐝𝐢𝐝𝐧'𝐭 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞:

-Too short. That's it.

-Also the lack of details on how they got their powers. Although there are hints about it, I would love it more if it's more explained.

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𝙏𝙝𝙖𝙣𝙠 𝙮𝙤𝙪 𝙉𝙚𝙩𝙂𝙖𝙡𝙡𝙮 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙀𝙪𝙧𝙤𝙥𝙚 𝘾𝙤𝙢𝙞𝙘𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝙡𝙚𝙩𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙢𝙚 𝙧𝙚𝙫𝙞𝙚𝙬 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙨 𝙗𝙤𝙤𝙠。
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Thank you to the publisher for this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

Rainbow Girls by Carbone and Helene Canac is a children's graphic novel that will appeal to fans of Miraculous Ladybug or The Babysitter's Club  The story revolves around a trio of friends in middle school who go looking for one of their older sisters, who has gone missing.  They find themselves in a greenhouse with an evil mad scientist and carnivorous plants.  In a desperate situation with evil on all sides, they develop superpowers.  One gains the ability to use force fields, and one gains the ability to grow into a giant.  With their new superpowers and working together, the girls save the day!  

The art is done in a colorful, cartoonish style that is sure to catch any child's eye.  I was captivated by the detailed yet simplistic style of the art. I felt like I was watching a cartoon like Totally Spies or The Powerpuff Girls.  I took off 1 star, because I found the cover somewhat misleading.  This story was more of an origin story and they don't "suit up" or wear costumes for the majority of the story.  Since they develop their powers in this story, I am guessing that the next volume will see them wearing their costumes to fight crime.  If you're intrigued by the synopsis, or if you know any girls who are into graphic novels, you can check out this book, which is out in bookstores now!
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I agree with other reviewers that this feels very by-the-number mystery/super hero origin story. The art was cute and fun and I definitely liked Mel the best, but it wasn't really offering anything new. But then - I am an adult reading this. I think this would be more entertaining for the target audience of young readers, especially girls who are into super heroes. If you don't take it too seriously it's fun.

Spoilers below:






This is me taking it way too seriously.......

I did find it a bit unsettling that the three young girls go off on their own and very early on discover what looks like a "serial killer wall." Instead of turning to adults for help, they continue on. I know if they turned to adults and were helped, it would not be the fun, exciting story for kids that it is - but there was something about seeing that serial killer wall in a kids book that creeped me out. And the fact that Lulu is kidnapped by adult men. They also turn into super heroes by hiding in gross barrels that have poison/toxic waste stickers all over them. I would hope if they are smart enough to track Lulu down and rescue her, they wouldn't climb into mysterious barrels with poison signage on them. Also, the evil villain's plan is to....make really big weeds so he can get paid to kill them with his special weed killer? And he immediately gets labeled evil for *that*? Not for kidnapping Lulu?



I received a free copy from NetGalley and I am voluntarily leaving an honest review.
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I totally like this book, fast-paced and easy to understand storyline on top of colourful illustrations.

I think it would be good if the author turns it into a series (if it haven't). The characters are resourceful for their age, in which is good for young readers. 

The length is okay, not too long, not too short, just nice and digestible, I read it in one sitting and I love it!
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Rainbow Girls Volume 1 – Let’s Save Lulu! starts out as a mystery story then slowly turns into an origin story for a superhero team. When a young girl name Gwen realizes that her older sister has seemingly been kidnapped, it’s up to her friends and her sister’s pet rat to see what’s going on. Something happens that causes the girls to gain abilities that cannot be explained by modern science, and you start to see the spark of something much greater. This story would actually make a great kid’s TV show or something akin to the very much outdated reference I’m about to make – Totally Spies! It’s pretty action packed all things considered, and it would be interesting to see where the story goes seeing that this is just the beginning.

“When middle school friends Mel, Lisa, and Gwen, along with a pet rat named Razzie, go looking for Gwen’s missing older sister, they find themselves in a greenhouse with giant carnivorous plants, a mad scientist with an evil plan, menacing thugs, and… newly developed superpowers that they mysteriously develop just in time to save the day (and their own butts)!”

I wasn’t sure what to expect with this, as some European comics look kid friendly, but are actually subversive or for adults, but this one is definitely a kid’s book. While not being the target audience for this whatsoever, the story is fine and the art is top notch. This is definitely age appropriate for most children and would be a solid idea for something to get a kid reading. This is especially a great book for young girls as it has a strong all-female cast and handles superhero stories in such a way that even the youngest kids can enjoy them. This would be a great idea for a holiday or birthday gift.

NOTE: I received a free preliminary, and likely unedited copy of this book from Netgalley for the purposes of providing an honest, unbiased review of the material. Thank you to all involved.
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Uneven young adventure comic, aimed at girls under twelve or so.  Two friends and a schoolmate who appears utterly, utterly shallow and consumerist are tasked with a school presentation together, but before they can begin one of them discovers her older sister's vanished.  This looks like a twee investigative thriller at first, then, but it gets to prove it's a lot more serious than that when they find a kidnapper's wall totally devoted to the missing woman – before switching tack again completely pages later where an extended action scene gets to include giant killer plants.  It's not offensively bad, but I don't see many – even of the target audience – thinking this was more than 'worth-a-look', and the whole series this intends to become would have to step up the quality majorly.
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We loved reading this! Although, it is aimed at children, I am 23 and I enjoyed reading it! It was super fun and colourful, and definitely worth a read!
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This is a really cute beginning to a promising new kids graphic. It's a little bit PowerPuff Girls, a little Kim Possible and a little Totally Spies. 3 middle-school classmates must rescue one of the girl's sister who has gone missing, and in the process, they develop superpowers and discover an evil plot.
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Ok, this was cute if nothing else. It was pretty standard superhero comics stuff, sisters kidnaped by evil scientists to do experiments, 3 regular girls go to save her, they miraculously end up with superpowers and save the day. Nothing new, nothing standout. I liked the visuals of this comic a lot but the characters read as a bit flat to me. They were very two-dimensional and I wish there had been more to them. I would have generally liked to see more of anything actually, the whole thing was a bit sparse. I think that younger audiences would enjoy this a lot more than I did. Maybe late elementary school. The powers and plot just feel like the right kind of thing for that age group. Plus the cute rat is totally their speed, not mine.
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I received an electronic ARC from Europe Comics through NetGalley.
Start of a new series about three middle school girls who develop superpowers after being bitten by carnivorous plants. Gwen, Mel and Lisa are searching for Gwen's missing older sister, Lulu, when they stumble on a mysterious lab in an abandoned greenhouse. Working together, they rescue Lulu and defeat the evil scientist and his team. Middle grade readers will appreciate the adventure and humor wrapped together in this series. The artwork is fun to study and highly detailed.
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I thoroughly enjoyed this graphic novels It has a cast of interesting, unique characters that really keep you invested, paired with beautiful illustrations galore. Sometimes it can seem a bit childish as to the way characters seem to simply be okay with everything. That includes randomly getting superpowers and chasing rats, but it’s a middle grade book, so honestly, what did you expect? It is quite short but judging from the 1 on the cover, is the start of a series that I will continue reading. It was thoroughly enjoyable.
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Thanks to NetGalley for giving me this advanced copy of this book, and my legitimate thanks to the author for giving me the opportunity to read his book.

When middle school friends Mel, Lisa, and Gwen, along with a pet rat named Razzie, go looking for Gwen’s missing older sister, they find themselves in a greenhouse with giant carnivorous plants, a mad scientist with an evil plan, menacing thugs, and… newly developed superpowers that they mysteriously develop just in time to save the day (and their own butts)!

It is a story that I could say neither good nor bad. It really entertained me in my dull time but I wanted more, I thought those hundred and something pages were going to bring more, but it passed me by rather quickly.

3.5
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Rainbow girls was a cute little comic about   three girls, Mel, Gwen and Lisa who finds out that Gwen’ sister, Lulu was kidnapped.
They then start to follow clues using their differences and the help of their pet rat, Razzie to learn what truly happened to Lulu, and in the meantime gain superpowers! 

This was a really cute and fast read, I liked the bright colors of the art, it suited a lot with the plot of the comic but I was just a little upset with the way Gwen and Lisa treated Mel, she really didn’t deserved all the mean comments and even though the girls realized at the end Mel's worth, I found Lisa apologize kind of lackluster.

I’m really curious to know what happens next, especially because of the ending, it wasn’t a big cliffhanger but it was enough to pick my interest. 

Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for this e-ARC in exchange of an honest review.
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This was a really cute story. I love that the main characters are all young girls and that they work together to solve the mystery of where LuLu went. Overall I think it is a fun story that ends nicely for a second installment. The only critics I have are that the beginning of the story moves VERY fast and while graphic novels tend to move faster than typical books I think it might be good to extend it just a little bit by adding maybe another page or so of build up. I also think that it may be beneficial to consider breaking the novel up into different timelines or even different installments as a lot is happening in this first one. Overall I think this story is very well done and super cute. Again, I love that it centers around young’s girls being independent and working together to solve a common goal.
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I really enjoyed this.  It was a quick read full of action and adventure, with believable characters who get bitten by plants and develop super powers. 
I love graphic novels and find the variety between titles fantastic.  This would be a big hit with aged 8 and above, suitable for both boys and girls.
The ending seems to wrap up quickly but leaves space for future books in the series.

I would recommend and buy for my libraries!
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