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Enter the rich and fantastical world of Rema in the first installment of this middle-grade graphic novel series with sweeping adventure and light romance! Tabby Simon is determined to learn what happened to her father, who was found dead after researching a tree that leaks a mysterious mist in her neighborhood. She is unexpectedly led to Rema, a distant world of magic and b Enter the rich and fantastical world of Rema in the first installment of this middle-grade graphic novel series with sweeping adventure and light romance! Tabby Simon is determined to learn what happened to her father, who was found dead after researching a tree that leaks a mysterious mist in her neighborhood. She is unexpectedly led to Rema, a distant world of magic and beauty that is periodically invaded by a nearby planet desperate for resources. While Tabby searches for the truth surrounding her father's death, she meets a handsome blue-haired boy named Philip. He has his own dangerous secrets, but he has promised to help Tabby get home. As Tabby learns more about this strange world, she discovers that she is destined for something far greater than she ever could have imagined.


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Enter the rich and fantastical world of Rema in the first installment of this middle-grade graphic novel series with sweeping adventure and light romance! Tabby Simon is determined to learn what happened to her father, who was found dead after researching a tree that leaks a mysterious mist in her neighborhood. She is unexpectedly led to Rema, a distant world of magic and b Enter the rich and fantastical world of Rema in the first installment of this middle-grade graphic novel series with sweeping adventure and light romance! Tabby Simon is determined to learn what happened to her father, who was found dead after researching a tree that leaks a mysterious mist in her neighborhood. She is unexpectedly led to Rema, a distant world of magic and beauty that is periodically invaded by a nearby planet desperate for resources. While Tabby searches for the truth surrounding her father's death, she meets a handsome blue-haired boy named Philip. He has his own dangerous secrets, but he has promised to help Tabby get home. As Tabby learns more about this strange world, she discovers that she is destined for something far greater than she ever could have imagined.

30 review for Realm of the Blue Mist

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jasmine from How Useful It Is

    A fantastic read! I loved this graphic novel. I loved portal traveling and interplanetary traveling though I don’t read enough of it. Some stories I have read that have this kind of travel: A Wrinkle in Time, Corridor, A Darker Shade of Magic, and probably a couple more but can’t think of it right now. Well developed storyline. I enjoyed the humor and loved the magical powers. Fantastic adventures into a new world. Amazing sceneries. There’s a hint of love or at least fondness for someone. So it A fantastic read! I loved this graphic novel. I loved portal traveling and interplanetary traveling though I don’t read enough of it. Some stories I have read that have this kind of travel: A Wrinkle in Time, Corridor, A Darker Shade of Magic, and probably a couple more but can’t think of it right now. Well developed storyline. I enjoyed the humor and loved the magical powers. Fantastic adventures into a new world. Amazing sceneries. There’s a hint of love or at least fondness for someone. So it’s okay for young readers younger than teens to read. The main character Tabby didn’t care for dresses and didn’t have friends. She often spent time alone sketching in her book. In another world, she was however likable to anyone she met. One guy, Paeter, found Tabby very interesting and maybe because she was an alien from Earth. This book followed Tabby (Tabetha), 15 as she sat on the forest floor sketching and listening to the wind, trees, and birds around her. She gasped when she heard the crows cawed and saw that they have 5 eyes each. She hurried to a tree called Yggdrasil. It’s still leaking mist. Her dad was a lab director at a research facility nearby and their focus was to study this particular leaking mist. The mist was believed to keep life from dying. Tabby was hoping to see the ghost woman she first saw when she was 8 years old. The mist wasn’t believed to affect human. Her dad died after talking to someone at the mist and the research building was closed out. When he died, his body looked like he was 200 years old. No one go into the woods anymore except Tabby. She wanted to know who killed her dad and why because she believed it was the ghost woman instead of the mist. For 7 years she went into the forest after school but no one came, until one day a guy with blue hair appeared for a short time and then he disappeared. The next dawn she saw a light from her room in the direction of the mist tree so she went and caught the last image of the guy, Philip, as he disappeared into a portal. She stood there staring until a hand reached out and pulled Tabby in. It was the ghost woman. She couldn’t resist and fell in. She ended in another planet and Philip was there too. He said he will try to get her home, but with difficulty. This book was divided into three parts. The Rema Chronicles: Realm of the Blue Mist was well written and illustrated. Definitely breathtaking graphics! The only horror in this book were the ghost woman, ghost creatures, and the five-eyed crows. Every other views were spectacular and friendly. I liked how Tabby didn’t just accept that her dad died. She wanted answers. She’s a curious character who will ask questions and read up new information to learn more about what she didn’t know. A good book for young readers to explore imagination with beautifully crafted world. Philip, Lina, Paeter, and Nelsi were excellent characters. They brought wit and humor to the scenes. I’m excited to read book two which is called Kingdom of Water. I highly recommend everyone to read this graphic novel! xoxo, Jasmine at www.howusefulitis.com for more details Many thanks to Scholastic for the opportunity to read and review. Please be assured that my opinions are honest.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marie the Librarian

    Oh I liked this a lot. Excited for the sequel.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Brandie Shanae Bridges

    This graphic novel was absolutely amazing. In this story we are following a girl named Tabetha Simon who is trying to get in contact with the ghost her father was obsessing over and then wound up getting killed by the ghost at a particular tree that is considered a biohazard. But Tabetha paid no mind and went to the tree everyday because she felt close to her dad. Then out of no where she sees this boy flying in the air but soon disappears into some portal. Once he disappeared Tabetha wanted to This graphic novel was absolutely amazing. In this story we are following a girl named Tabetha Simon who is trying to get in contact with the ghost her father was obsessing over and then wound up getting killed by the ghost at a particular tree that is considered a biohazard. But Tabetha paid no mind and went to the tree everyday because she felt close to her dad. Then out of no where she sees this boy flying in the air but soon disappears into some portal. Once he disappeared Tabetha wanted to know who and what he was. So of co9urse she draws him in her journal and then the next thing you know her mother tells her it is time to move on and that she has found someone and wants to marry him. Tabetha feels that her mother was trying to replace her dad, but her mom just wanted to be happy. Anyway Tabetha snuck out of the house towards the tree and then stumbles upon a portal and finds the boy she say. His name is Philip who lives in a world called Rema and he is also a keeper and keeps a low profile because he is also a Geist. Geist are look down upon and many people want them dead because they are bad news that according to the people they only bring destruction and chaos. Overall I really like this graphic novel because it has a little bit of a love interest and I like that a lot. Honestly I can not wait for the second graphic novel to be released because I want to know what happens next.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jenna

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Intriguing start to a fantasy series, although I'm still rather confused why flying is fine but the rest of the other elements are EVIL. Couldn't wind be equally used for violence, ala air-bending? And ahh, could've done without the instalove. But he's so...handsome! Will continue! Intriguing start to a fantasy series, although I'm still rather confused why flying is fine but the rest of the other elements are EVIL. Couldn't wind be equally used for violence, ala air-bending? And ahh, could've done without the instalove. But he's so...handsome! Will continue!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus This was a very beautiful graphic novel that had a decidedly manga feel to it. The story was a fairly standard fantasy quest, with Tabi trying to solve the mystery of her father's death and getting sucked into another realm. It is the start of a series. Readers who liked Larson's Nimona or Aldridge's Estranged will like this a lot. I don't have a lot of graphic novel readers who like fantasy books, and so many of my graphic novels get lost that I am a bit leery of E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus This was a very beautiful graphic novel that had a decidedly manga feel to it. The story was a fairly standard fantasy quest, with Tabi trying to solve the mystery of her father's death and getting sucked into another realm. It is the start of a series. Readers who liked Larson's Nimona or Aldridge's Estranged will like this a lot. I don't have a lot of graphic novel readers who like fantasy books, and so many of my graphic novels get lost that I am a bit leery of investing in series. Definitely a must purchase for public libraries and school libraries that can afford it. Here's a great trailer by the author: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4aaB...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mel

    This was such a fun graphic novel! Full of adventure, magic, mystery, and interesting lore. I found this hard to put down, as the story was so immersive and the manga inspired artwork was stunning. The banter in this was hilarious and I fell in love with almost every character. There was also a light romance in here that I couldn't help but be invested in. This first volume ended on a cliffhanger and I found myself actually upset that there wasn't more to read lol. Need to read volume 2 ASAP bec This was such a fun graphic novel! Full of adventure, magic, mystery, and interesting lore. I found this hard to put down, as the story was so immersive and the manga inspired artwork was stunning. The banter in this was hilarious and I fell in love with almost every character. There was also a light romance in here that I couldn't help but be invested in. This first volume ended on a cliffhanger and I found myself actually upset that there wasn't more to read lol. Need to read volume 2 ASAP because I crave more of this story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    The first in a new series, this intermediate graphic follows Tabatha who is struggling with life after her father's death in mysterious circumstances. Her curiosity leads her through a portal into a different world and a quest to try to return home. As with any teenagers, the emotions come and go and switch up really quickly which I am sure will appeal to the market of readers but slightly did my head in. However it's a promising premise and I enjoyed it enough to want to know what's going to ha The first in a new series, this intermediate graphic follows Tabatha who is struggling with life after her father's death in mysterious circumstances. Her curiosity leads her through a portal into a different world and a quest to try to return home. As with any teenagers, the emotions come and go and switch up really quickly which I am sure will appeal to the market of readers but slightly did my head in. However it's a promising premise and I enjoyed it enough to want to know what's going to happen next.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Caitlyn

    I've been waiting for this to come out for a long time. I read the webcomic as a kid and was OBSESSED, and since then, Amy Kim Kibuishi spent years developing this rich and detailed world and that hard work really shows. Rema is a portal fantasy/scifi about a girl who is transported to another world. It's filled with magic, adventure, and so jaw-droppingly gorgeous scenes. The care taken to develop the lore and culture of the alien world is fantastic. Kibuishi's art style is a joy to look at, I I've been waiting for this to come out for a long time. I read the webcomic as a kid and was OBSESSED, and since then, Amy Kim Kibuishi spent years developing this rich and detailed world and that hard work really shows. Rema is a portal fantasy/scifi about a girl who is transported to another world. It's filled with magic, adventure, and so jaw-droppingly gorgeous scenes. The care taken to develop the lore and culture of the alien world is fantastic. Kibuishi's art style is a joy to look at, I found myself pausing at certain scenes just to take it all in. I'd suggest it to anyone and everyone! :)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Nic

    (Technically, the map is in the back, not the front, but I'm still tagging it.) Interesting story! Maybe 3.5 stars for me, really, but I definitely would have loved it when I was a tween, so I think the target audience will enjoy it a lot. I'll link to my full review once it's posted on No Flying No Tights. (Technically, the map is in the back, not the front, but I'm still tagging it.) Interesting story! Maybe 3.5 stars for me, really, but I definitely would have loved it when I was a tween, so I think the target audience will enjoy it a lot. I'll link to my full review once it's posted on No Flying No Tights.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Smith

    Really excellent new graphic novel series that has everything: planet hopping, romance, intrigue! I especially love all the mythology included that really brings the world to life. Read my full review here: https://mrssmithisreading.blogspot.co... I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Really excellent new graphic novel series that has everything: planet hopping, romance, intrigue! I especially love all the mythology included that really brings the world to life. Read my full review here: https://mrssmithisreading.blogspot.co... I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Aaron

    I actually don't enjoy first books enough for five stars but base this on how much I think I would like it in relation to the rest of the series. Great world building should lead to a fun, fantastic series. I actually don't enjoy first books enough for five stars but base this on how much I think I would like it in relation to the rest of the series. Great world building should lead to a fun, fantastic series.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Diana-christie Biancardi

    Loved it!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amanda [Novel Addiction]

    Definitely looking forward to seeing where this goes. This author created a seriously awesome fantasy world, and I want to know more about it. The mythology alone would have been enough for one book, let alone all the other cool stuff added in.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Llyr Heller-Humphreys

    Beautiful art and a great cliffhanger!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Raven Black

    A familiar fantasy, this first in a series has new twists and turns. There are the warring nations, an "Us vs. Them" (The "Good Guys" vs. The "Bad Guys"), magic, little romance (in a most chaste manner, the most exciting thing is they hold hands!) and a bit of action. There is mystery, Godfathers in their late 30s who look 10, and are generals; and even a maybe not so friendly ghost. Fun illustrations (I had a reader copy so not sure of final product/final coloring) that move the story along as A familiar fantasy, this first in a series has new twists and turns. There are the warring nations, an "Us vs. Them" (The "Good Guys" vs. The "Bad Guys"), magic, little romance (in a most chaste manner, the most exciting thing is they hold hands!) and a bit of action. There is mystery, Godfathers in their late 30s who look 10, and are generals; and even a maybe not so friendly ghost. Fun illustrations (I had a reader copy so not sure of final product/final coloring) that move the story along as they show action, and the "little details" you can't see in text alone.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Emmie Rose

    I flew through this one so quickly and loved every minute of it. I loved the time travel element of it and honestly I loved Tabby and how determined and brave she was! All the characters in this were so intriguing and I just want to know everything about them! ⁣ ⁣ I really do recommend picking this one up if you're new to graphic novels and like fantasy! I cannot wait to read the next one to see how Tabby's adventure continues! ⁣ ⁣⁣ I flew through this one so quickly and loved every minute of it. I loved the time travel element of it and honestly I loved Tabby and how determined and brave she was! All the characters in this were so intriguing and I just want to know everything about them! ⁣ ⁣ I really do recommend picking this one up if you're new to graphic novels and like fantasy! I cannot wait to read the next one to see how Tabby's adventure continues! ⁣ ⁣⁣

  17. 4 out of 5

    Pei

    Rema is the beginning to such a beautiful masterpiece and I can't wait to see what's next on Tabby's adventure! Full review to come. Rema is the beginning to such a beautiful masterpiece and I can't wait to see what's next on Tabby's adventure! Full review to come.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Fiberlous

    Non-spoilery, blind review for new readers: - The Rema Chronicles: Realm of the Blue Mist is a fantastic start to lay the foundations for a series to take you on an adventure. A bit fantasy, a bit sci-fi, and a bit ghost story. We get introduced to a beautiful, full color world with its own mythology, culture, and laws. We have a mystery that’s bordering on creepy and scary woven throughout the story. The two main characters are kind and good natured, and there’s some cute romantic flavor there i Non-spoilery, blind review for new readers: - The Rema Chronicles: Realm of the Blue Mist is a fantastic start to lay the foundations for a series to take you on an adventure. A bit fantasy, a bit sci-fi, and a bit ghost story. We get introduced to a beautiful, full color world with its own mythology, culture, and laws. We have a mystery that’s bordering on creepy and scary woven throughout the story. The two main characters are kind and good natured, and there’s some cute romantic flavor there if that’s your thing. (It’s very cute.) The story moves along so fast and fluidly that it keeps you gripped to the page, but every step feels logical and progressing the story the right way. My only lament is that I have to wait for book #2! I want to live in this world and with these characters for so much longer. ** A bit more thoughts for those who maybe read the web comic like me: - So I first fell in love with this story in one of its early lives as a web comic in the early 2000s. And it must speak to the story and the characters that it has never left my mind since. I would often check in every so often to see if it got a new update. (That last cliffhanger panel is probably burned into my retinas.) So I can say that I’ve been waiting to see this story again, and see these characters again, for almost 20 years. There’s a conflicted feeling I had when finally getting to go back to Rema after all this time. A bit of “the book was better”, but if the “book” was my nostalgic memories of a comic that I haven’t laid eyes on in nearly 2 decades. I am homesick for what I remember. But - BUT - reading this still felt so *good*, and so warm and fuzzy, just seeing Tabby and Philip again and knowing that Amy, the author and artist, had climbed over that mountain and completed this book for everyone - not just old fans - to enjoy. To my fellow fans of ye old web comic, it is *not* just an updated redraw of the old web comic. The story has changed (I mean, not the main parts). The plot has been changed and streamlined. There are no recycled panels that I could tell. (Which, to my once again nostalgic homesick brain, was a little bit “awwww, my favorite bit of the web comic is gone now.”) There’s less humor, but more forward-moving plot. More seriousness as you really get the feeling that Philip has a JOB and responsibilities in this world. I would say the plot got tightened up, but I did find myself missing the meandering slow bits. Perhaps I just want to spend more time in this world. One thing I was afraid of when I saw the target age group for this graphic novel series, was that the romance element would be completely toned down. But to my delighted surprise, it was not. The blushing, the crushing, the cute warm feelings are still there! Huzzah! I LOOOOOOVE Amy’s art style, and I say this as a compliment of the highest order, that the art is just as beautiful as I remember. It’s hardly changed, and I wouldn’t want it to. Her soft lines and expressive faces are a joy, and the details and style of the architecture of Rema are fantastic. AND ITS IN FULL COLOR. *Thats* something we didn’t get in the webcomic. The colors and world are just stunning and come to life. So, while I did end up a little homesick for the web comic I loved so much in my teens, I also felt satisfied when I finished the last page. I was happy that I got to see these characters again at all. And I found myself wanting to start reading it again from the beginning right away, just to make sure they were still there. Also, UGH. I NEED BOOK 2. “I did my waiting!”

  19. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Bange

    Reviewed from an ARC from the publisher. This is the first of a new series by the author of the manga series, Sorcerers & Secretaries (TokyoPop, under her maiden name Amy Kim Ganter. Yes, this is Kazu Kibuishi's wife.). It should be read in sequence, as this title sets up this fantasy world, introducing characters and giving backstory for the action. Tabitha "Tabby" Simon is pulled through the same travel portal that killed her father and onto Rema, a planet across the galaxy filled with magic a Reviewed from an ARC from the publisher. This is the first of a new series by the author of the manga series, Sorcerers & Secretaries (TokyoPop, under her maiden name Amy Kim Ganter. Yes, this is Kazu Kibuishi's wife.). It should be read in sequence, as this title sets up this fantasy world, introducing characters and giving backstory for the action. Tabitha "Tabby" Simon is pulled through the same travel portal that killed her father and onto Rema, a planet across the galaxy filled with magic and danger. There, she meets and crushes on Philip, a keeper/geist (magical being) who promises to help her get back to Earth. Kibuishi has constructed a fantasy world filled with danger featuring a plucky heroine, a hint of romance, and a promise of adventures to come. Briefly, it is a smart series that will have great appeal for girls. The book is divided into four parts: the background/motivation of the civilizations, setting the action and introduction of characters, Tabby in peril, and the promise of the future to come. There is intrigue, action, mystery, and a bit of melodrama that keeps the fast-paced story moving to the end. Artwork will be in full color (ARC is largely in B&W) and shows much detail about the story. Readers will be pouring over the art as they read this one. This high-interest/easy reading graphic novel is a welcome step up from Dog Man. Highly Recommended for grades 4-8.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    Book provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Rating: 3.5/5 stars In Realm of the Blue Mist (The Rema Chronicles #1), a teen named Tabi struggles with not knowing what exactly happened to her father who passed away. Her mom is ready to move on and marry another man which makes Tabi sad as she wishes things could be the way they were. Hanging out underneath a tree that her father tended to spend time at, Tabi finds herself transported to a magical world called Rema, with a magical boy Book provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Rating: 3.5/5 stars In Realm of the Blue Mist (The Rema Chronicles #1), a teen named Tabi struggles with not knowing what exactly happened to her father who passed away. Her mom is ready to move on and marry another man which makes Tabi sad as she wishes things could be the way they were. Hanging out underneath a tree that her father tended to spend time at, Tabi finds herself transported to a magical world called Rema, with a magical boy Phillip for a guide. Realm of the Blue Mist gets its footing once Tabi is firmly entrenched in Rema with Phillip and the two experience danger in addition to getting to know each other. There is a hint of romance between the two main characters but nothing that will make tween readers (or their parents) cringe. Author Amy Kim Kibuishi does a good job world building and weaving Rema lore into the main plot and includes a map which is very helpful. This particular graphic novel has a manga feel to the illustrations, with dark blues and blacks that make up Earth. The world of Rema has more greens and whites that make it a stark contrast to the Earth environment. Readers looking for a step up from The Babysitters Club graphic novels will appreciate this fantastical first entry into what could be a long running series.

  21. 5 out of 5

    M

    Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an arc in exchange for an honest review. Tabetha is a quiet, and seemingly lonely teenager who lost her father seven years ago. However, Tabetha seems to be the only one who really knows what happened, and what exactly caused her fathers death. When a mysterious stranger shows up in the exact spot where they found her fathers body, dressed in strange clothes and wielding some type of magic, Tabetha is thrown deeper into the mystery of her father, and d Thank you to Edelweiss+ and the publisher for an arc in exchange for an honest review. Tabetha is a quiet, and seemingly lonely teenager who lost her father seven years ago. However, Tabetha seems to be the only one who really knows what happened, and what exactly caused her fathers death. When a mysterious stranger shows up in the exact spot where they found her fathers body, dressed in strange clothes and wielding some type of magic, Tabetha is thrown deeper into the mystery of her father, and discovers who this mysterious stranger really is. The adults in this book, one specifically, seemed extremely insensitive to Tabetha. They invalidated her feelings, and acted callously towards her and how she has dealt with her grief. I didn't love how quickly Tabetha became interested in the stranger, as it felt a little too "insta-love" for me. However, I understand the appeal for young audiences. The artwork is lovely, with this ARC containing a few pages of a muted colour palette (transitions into B&W, because it is an ARC) and clear illustrations. There is quite a bit of info dumping (7 pages worth), but it is all necessary for worldbuilding. I think that many people will enjoy this graphic novel, and the fantasy world that Amy has created.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Michael Lee

    This is a spoiler free review Realm of the Blue Mist: A Graphic Novel (The Rema Chronicles #1) is very good. It's a great adventure story with sci fi elements, romance, planet jumping, and more. The story is awesome and revolves around Tabby as she tries to understand her father’s death when she meets a mysterious stranger... The artwork is beautiful, vibrant, and really compliments the story so well. I love how each planet and location has really distinct bright colors. The art and story reminds This is a spoiler free review Realm of the Blue Mist: A Graphic Novel (The Rema Chronicles #1) is very good. It's a great adventure story with sci fi elements, romance, planet jumping, and more. The story is awesome and revolves around Tabby as she tries to understand her father’s death when she meets a mysterious stranger... The artwork is beautiful, vibrant, and really compliments the story so well. I love how each planet and location has really distinct bright colors. The art and story reminds me so much of Flash Gordon and other pulp novels and comics. The idea of a person being teleported to strange new worlds is the perfect idea to start off any good fantasy story. Realm of the Blue Mist: A Graphic Novel has a deep story where Tabby is trying to understand why her dad died. Trying to understand death and why this happened leads her on a grand adventure on strange planets where she can fly and do many other amazing things. I enjoyed reading this fun fantasy sci fi graphic novel and I look forward to the next instalment of The Rema Chronicles. If you enjoy YA fantasy stories, Flash Gordon, and great fantasy sci fi stories you will enjoy The Rema Chronicles! Stay Awesome and keep reading! Realm of the Blue Mist: A Graphic Novel (The Rema Chronicles #1) Creative Team: Written and Illustrated by Amy Kim Kibuishi

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sonya

    I really enjoyed this graphic novel. Tabby's father dies of mysterious means and she is left with suspicions of what has happened. She is an outcast thanks to her father's research work and spends a lot of her time alone. Eventually she stumbles upon a young man who has stepped out of a whole other place, obviously not of Earth. After being pulled into a portal, she finds a whole other world. Can she get home? Is she safe? Will Phillip, her new found friend be able to help her? The story is real I really enjoyed this graphic novel. Tabby's father dies of mysterious means and she is left with suspicions of what has happened. She is an outcast thanks to her father's research work and spends a lot of her time alone. Eventually she stumbles upon a young man who has stepped out of a whole other place, obviously not of Earth. After being pulled into a portal, she finds a whole other world. Can she get home? Is she safe? Will Phillip, her new found friend be able to help her? The story is really thought out and the graphics do a wonderful job of supporting the plot. Readers are treated to some wonderful elements such as portal travel, other worlds, elemental magic and more. Kibuishi does a wonderful job of world building, especially in so few pages. The feel reminds me so much of when I read A Wrinkle in Time as a teenager and has similar elements. I really enjoyed the creation myth behind the Geist and how it plays into the world. Overall a real solid read and I look forward to reading the next in the series.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Abbey Jones

    I only save my 5 stars for TRULY amazing books, and boy does “Realm of the Blue Mist” deliver! Tabby is a high school student who’s dad died mysteriously under a tree. Tabby soon discovers herseld that this tree is a portal to the magical planet Rema, and is saved by Philip. Philip is handsome, mysterious, and shows her around all while hiding various layers of a double identity. As Tabby learns more about Rema, Philip, and the history and politics that divide this world, she also yearns to get I only save my 5 stars for TRULY amazing books, and boy does “Realm of the Blue Mist” deliver! Tabby is a high school student who’s dad died mysteriously under a tree. Tabby soon discovers herseld that this tree is a portal to the magical planet Rema, and is saved by Philip. Philip is handsome, mysterious, and shows her around all while hiding various layers of a double identity. As Tabby learns more about Rema, Philip, and the history and politics that divide this world, she also yearns to get back home. But when friends and foe alike realize Tabby is in more and more danger the longer she stays in Rema, they wonder what forces brought her there to begin with. — This book was just SO good, I read it in one sitting. This Graphic Novel is beautifully written, drawn, and leaves so much open for future world building. I can’t wait to see how Tabby’s friendships develop further in the series, and how the different mysteries unfold! Utterly breathtaking on all accounts.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca Saxon

    A great read-a-like for the Amulet graphic novels (interestingly Kibuishi is the spouse of the Amulet author), though skewing a little older with some mild romance. Tabby is obsessed with her father's disappearance and death, so always goes to the strange tree her father was researching. One day she follows a strange man through a portal into another planet (Rema). As a fan of the magical parallel worlds book trope, this was a fun read for me. I liked the different yet familiar elements and that A great read-a-like for the Amulet graphic novels (interestingly Kibuishi is the spouse of the Amulet author), though skewing a little older with some mild romance. Tabby is obsessed with her father's disappearance and death, so always goes to the strange tree her father was researching. One day she follows a strange man through a portal into another planet (Rema). As a fan of the magical parallel worlds book trope, this was a fun read for me. I liked the different yet familiar elements and that the magical beings, "geists," may (or may not) be evil. The boy, Philip, who Tabby follows to Rema is a geist and tries to her her return home. The characters feel more like teens (vs the younger protagonists of Amulet) and developing feelings (though nothing else) are depicted between Tabby and Philip. The story mainly focuses on the action and different realm, so there is just enough romance there for those who like it, but not too much to be annoying for those who don't.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Chesca Ugorji

    This book is an exceptional graphic, and if you like it I would DEFINITELY recommend the "Amulet" graphic-novel series (I've only read the first book.) There is the mention of Philip being "uncommonly handsome" in Tabby's diary/journal/sketchbook, there are a few pages discussing the different gods of the realm of Rema. And since I only believe in Christianity's God, Adonai. I stopped reading it a few pages in. This is one of those exceptional book, no bad words, no sexual content to worry about... This book is an exceptional graphic, and if you like it I would DEFINITELY recommend the "Amulet" graphic-novel series (I've only read the first book.) There is the mention of Philip being "uncommonly handsome" in Tabby's diary/journal/sketchbook, there are a few pages discussing the different gods of the realm of Rema. And since I only believe in Christianity's God, Adonai. I stopped reading it a few pages in. This is one of those exceptional book, no bad words, no sexual content to worry about... Nothing! Now, I haven't read the whole book. So you may want to write your own complete review about the whole book. But I really enjoyed it! *(Stay tuned for more books!!!) **TO THE AUTHOR: This book was exceptional! Thanks so much, Amy! I'm sorry I couldn't read the whole book, due to my religious beliefs. But, I would DEFINITELY recommend this book! You are a very talented, graphic-novel writer. Thanks so much!**

  27. 5 out of 5

    Michelle

    When my library ordered this book, I immediately thought there was something familiar about it. It took me a minute to realize it's the new book form of a webcomic (Reman Mythology) I loved waaaay back when I was in high school. So to say I am thrilled that this book exists 15+ years later is not an overstatement; I'm really happy that the story has continued (even though at this point, I remember very little of the original)! The Rema Chronicles is the story of Tabby, a girl who is transported t When my library ordered this book, I immediately thought there was something familiar about it. It took me a minute to realize it's the new book form of a webcomic (Reman Mythology) I loved waaaay back when I was in high school. So to say I am thrilled that this book exists 15+ years later is not an overstatement; I'm really happy that the story has continued (even though at this point, I remember very little of the original)! The Rema Chronicles is the story of Tabby, a girl who is transported to a magical world. Long before the current generation of isekai manga and anime, "otherworld" stories like Escaflowne (and 12 Kingdoms and InuYasha and Fushigi Yugi) were my favorites, and I can definitely see some of their influence here. There's a manga flair to the art that I love, and the world that Tabby steps into is fully realized with color and style. This book is clearly just the beginning, and I'm excited to go along on Tabby and Philip's adventures once more.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Ardin Patterson

    This graphic novel reminded me of some of my favourite series from when I was a kid. I knew instantly that I would like it after meeting Tabby and Philip in the first few pages, and being thrown into this fantastic adventure! There was so much thought and care put into the illustrations, along with great world building throughout. The cast of characters were fun, and I have to say Philip’s god-father is one of my favourites so far (I won’t spoil the reason why, but he’s fantastic). I also loved t This graphic novel reminded me of some of my favourite series from when I was a kid. I knew instantly that I would like it after meeting Tabby and Philip in the first few pages, and being thrown into this fantastic adventure! There was so much thought and care put into the illustrations, along with great world building throughout. The cast of characters were fun, and I have to say Philip’s god-father is one of my favourites so far (I won’t spoil the reason why, but he’s fantastic). I also loved that there were sweet moments between Tabby and Philip throughout this volume, it gave me Howls Moving Castle vibes. I’ll definitely be purchasing the final copy in 2022, and I highly recommend this series for young fans of fantasy, action-adventure and superheroes. I’m already excited for the next book in the series!

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mmmhhmm

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. My sister and I were big fans of this comic way back when it was still online. We were always excited when it updated and were sad when the creator stopped updating (i guess cause they were going for that tokyo pop contest) Unfortunately this version of the comic doesnt match up with the memory I have of it. I find it extremely wordy, the main character boring, and my favorite character Raed, who was extremely badass in the webcomic, comes off as a petulant child, stomping their feet (literally a My sister and I were big fans of this comic way back when it was still online. We were always excited when it updated and were sad when the creator stopped updating (i guess cause they were going for that tokyo pop contest) Unfortunately this version of the comic doesnt match up with the memory I have of it. I find it extremely wordy, the main character boring, and my favorite character Raed, who was extremely badass in the webcomic, comes off as a petulant child, stomping their feet (literally at some points!) and doing very little in this version. I know it's not fair to compare the two when the webcomic was YEARS ago and the author has a right to change their stuff. But even if I step back and look at the comic as is, it just doesnt appeal to me at all.

  30. 5 out of 5

    S

    Tabetha Simon's father died while researching the mystical properties of the mist emanated by the Yggdrasil tree. Although, her mother is over her father's death, Tabetha is not and is still intrigued by the tree. One day, she sees a strange man going through a portal which has temporarily replaced the tree. She follows him and finds herself trapped on another planet. She has to get out before anyone finds out about her. The book introduces the readers to the world of Rema, a world with its own g Tabetha Simon's father died while researching the mystical properties of the mist emanated by the Yggdrasil tree. Although, her mother is over her father's death, Tabetha is not and is still intrigued by the tree. One day, she sees a strange man going through a portal which has temporarily replaced the tree. She follows him and finds herself trapped on another planet. She has to get out before anyone finds out about her. The book introduces the readers to the world of Rema, a world with its own gods, mythology and superstitions. The plot is good and gripping. Some mysteries are left in the end which shall be probably taken into account in the next book. Can't wait for next book.

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