Fantasy (Teen), Horror (Teen), YA Fiction

Coyotes, Volume 1 by Sean Lewis, Caitlin Yarsky

Thank you to the publishers and Edelweiss for this eARC in exchange for my honest review.

I don’t read graphic novels often. But I really really like them and want to spend more time reading them. The problem is that I never know which ones are out and nobody I know reads them. My favourite one right now has got to be Monstress by Marjorie Liu, but I’ve been itching to see what else is out there. This one caught my eye right away and I decided to read it all in one go! Here is my review:

36861079Summary (Goodreads): Women are going missing in the City of Lost Girls, a border town in the desert. Officer Frank Coffey is trying to get to the bottom of this when he meets Red, a thirteen girl with a katana blade and a mission: murder the Werewolves stalking the border picking women off one by one. When it’s discovered that the Wolves are the men of these villages, both Red and Officer Coffey are thrown together in a thriller of mythic proportions with he lives of their friends and loved ones in the balance.

Review: I’m going to start by saying that I really liked the artwork here. It’s got some beautiful illustrations, courtesy of Caitlin Yarsky. But I also really liked the story!

It’s important for readers to read the entire Volume rather than single issues because the story won’t make sense otherwise. I love the concept of this story: women are being hunted by werewolves. But they’re fighting back. For a first volume in a series, I think that the novel generates a lot of intrigue. I wanted to know how these women decided to band together, how they learned to fight, how long these attacks had been going on. Not many of these questions are answered in this book, but I feel confident that they will in future issues. The story has some great flow to it and I like the idea of a band of women fighting together. There’s a lot of symbolism in this story and the message is very clear – but I’m going to let you figure that out for yourself by reading this novel!

I did have one negative thing to say: I didn’t like having Officer Coffey’s involvement. He was an unnecessary character. I also wish there had been more details given of the circumstances to tighten up the story. Both of these things are easy to resolve in future volumes, so I am excited to see what the creators will do with this story!

This may have just been the first volume but it has me hooked! I’m interested to see how the story will continue! I’m giving this 4/5 stars.

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