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After sneaking out against her mother's wishes, Artie Irvin spots a massive wolf--then watches it don a bathrobe and transform into her mom. Thrilled to discover she comes from a line of werewolves, Artie asks her mom to share everything--including the story of Artie's late father. Her mom reluctantly agrees. And to help Artie figure out her own wolflike abilities, her mom After sneaking out against her mother's wishes, Artie Irvin spots a massive wolf--then watches it don a bathrobe and transform into her mom. Thrilled to discover she comes from a line of werewolves, Artie asks her mom to share everything--including the story of Artie's late father. Her mom reluctantly agrees. And to help Artie figure out her own wolflike abilities, her mom recruits some old family friends. Artie thrives in her new community and even develops a crush on her new friend Maya. But as she learns the history of werewolves and her own parents' past, she'll find that wolves aren't the scariest thing in the woods--vampires are.


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After sneaking out against her mother's wishes, Artie Irvin spots a massive wolf--then watches it don a bathrobe and transform into her mom. Thrilled to discover she comes from a line of werewolves, Artie asks her mom to share everything--including the story of Artie's late father. Her mom reluctantly agrees. And to help Artie figure out her own wolflike abilities, her mom After sneaking out against her mother's wishes, Artie Irvin spots a massive wolf--then watches it don a bathrobe and transform into her mom. Thrilled to discover she comes from a line of werewolves, Artie asks her mom to share everything--including the story of Artie's late father. Her mom reluctantly agrees. And to help Artie figure out her own wolflike abilities, her mom recruits some old family friends. Artie thrives in her new community and even develops a crush on her new friend Maya. But as she learns the history of werewolves and her own parents' past, she'll find that wolves aren't the scariest thing in the woods--vampires are.

30 review for Artie and the Wolf Moon

  1. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    artie and the wolf moon is a fun, family-focused supernatural graphic novel about preteen photographer artie, who discovers she's descended from a line of werewolves. there are warm themes of family and friendship, but it's also an exciting werewolf/vampire adventure with cool action scenes. the art is really lovely as well!! my favorite thing about this book is its lore. artie's mom tells her that lycanthropy was bestowed from a mother wolf to an escaped slave woman and her children. the woman's artie and the wolf moon is a fun, family-focused supernatural graphic novel about preteen photographer artie, who discovers she's descended from a line of werewolves. there are warm themes of family and friendship, but it's also an exciting werewolf/vampire adventure with cool action scenes. the art is really lovely as well!! my favorite thing about this book is its lore. artie's mom tells her that lycanthropy was bestowed from a mother wolf to an escaped slave woman and her children. the woman's interspecies compassion was rewarded with the gift of transformation and freedom. there's also this piece of vampire lore, which i think is super cool: the book has a month-by-month structure, and takes place over the course of a school year, which helps with cohesion. AND there's an unexpected sapphic relationship, which is adorable until it turns catty and toxic. i do think the tension toward the middle of the book could have been fleshed out better. it's a cool 250ish pages, and some extra length would have helped the book come together even more nicely!! i would have loved to get to know the supporting characters better, and to see the bullying subplot resolved. but i really enjoyed watching artie learn about her family's history, and gradually learn to embrace the wolf side of her. there is such a range of emotion over the course of the book. it's exciting and heartfelt, and the world is fascinating, too. i really enjoyed it!! Thank you to NetGalley and Lerner Publishing Group for providing me with a copy of this book in return for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    laurel [the suspected bibliophile]

    I really enjoyed this cute MG graphic novel! Full RTC I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review

  3. 4 out of 5

    Geoff

    Very entertaining coming of age and social justice twist on the Werewolves vs. Vampires trope. The art was energetic and captured the feeling of discovering who you are as a teenager, but amped up when you discover you're a superpowered werewolf. The themes of growth and family were foregrounded and the themes of racial and sexual equality were more lightly treated but still very important to the plot and character development. And the story was a lot of fun! The plot wasn't the most unique, and Very entertaining coming of age and social justice twist on the Werewolves vs. Vampires trope. The art was energetic and captured the feeling of discovering who you are as a teenager, but amped up when you discover you're a superpowered werewolf. The themes of growth and family were foregrounded and the themes of racial and sexual equality were more lightly treated but still very important to the plot and character development. And the story was a lot of fun! The plot wasn't the most unique, and there were some plot points that were relatively predictable, but the characters and their relationships and growth more than made up for that. And werewolf races! And werewolf fights! **Thanks to the artist, publisher, and NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    charlotte,

    Rep: Black cast, sapphic mc, sapphic li

  5. 4 out of 5

    Maggie Tokuda-Hall

    wholesome, lovely. Sapphic werewolves are obviously my jam, and I love the family element to this as well.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amethyst

    Review on my blog: https://ohnobooks.wordpress.com/2021/... Artie and the Wolf Moon is a beautiful tale about family, loss, and healing. I went completely blind into this graphic novel because the cover immediately caught my eye and I knew I wanted to read it just by looking at it. Let me tell you: the book did not disappoint. We follow the journey of Artie, a young girl who is half human and half werewolf. She has some problems with her newfound abilities, so she and her mother set out to seek the Review on my blog: https://ohnobooks.wordpress.com/2021/... Artie and the Wolf Moon is a beautiful tale about family, loss, and healing. I went completely blind into this graphic novel because the cover immediately caught my eye and I knew I wanted to read it just by looking at it. Let me tell you: the book did not disappoint. We follow the journey of Artie, a young girl who is half human and half werewolf. She has some problems with her newfound abilities, so she and her mother set out to seek the help of family and friends. As she is coming to terms with her new identity and her roots, Artie soon discovers that there is a bigger threat out there than she could’ve ever imagined. I absolutely loved the world-building and the lore the author created. Sometimes graphic novels lack the backstory and the mythology/history of the place and its people, but in this story it was different. We got to learn a lot about the family’s past, the origins of werewolves, and the conflict between werewolves and vampires. Above all, I would say this book is about family. How no matter what happens blood is always thicker than water, and no matter the differences, family can and will forgive you no matter what. Artie had no idea about her relatives, she just lived with her mom, but her family took them in with open arms and helped them with everything they could. The book also focuses on grief and perfectly shows all the struggle and pain that comes with letting go and accepting that our loved ones are gone. There are all these little things preventing you from moving forward, and in order to stop living in the past, you have to let go no matter how painful it is. I think the book delivers that heartbreaking but beautiful journey really well. This book was really emotional and bittersweet but shows that no matter the circumstances, you are never truly alone.

  7. 5 out of 5

    akacya ♡̷̷ˎˊ

    Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary review copy of this novel. This did not affect my rating in any way. This is a great coming-of-age story about a young girl who finds out her mother and herself are both werewolves. This also includes vampires and fights between them and the wolves. There were so many aspects of this book I loved, including but not limited to: the relationship between Artie and her mother; the history surrounding the werewolves, vampires, and Artie’s f Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary review copy of this novel. This did not affect my rating in any way. This is a great coming-of-age story about a young girl who finds out her mother and herself are both werewolves. This also includes vampires and fights between them and the wolves. There were so many aspects of this book I loved, including but not limited to: the relationship between Artie and her mother; the history surrounding the werewolves, vampires, and Artie’s family; the plot; and the art style that felt more like a comic book than a graphic novel. I think this will be great for younger audiences, but older audiences can also enjoy it!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Woc Reader

    Artie Irvin is middle schooler who lives in a small town near the woods. She doesn't really get along with the other kids at her very white school so she prefers to stick to herself and her photography hobby. One night when she wants to take pictures of the full moon she sneaks out and comes across a wolf. She then witnesses the wolf shift into her mother. After being caught her mother informs her that they come from a long line of wolves. Her mother wasn't planning on telling her until she star Artie Irvin is middle schooler who lives in a small town near the woods. She doesn't really get along with the other kids at her very white school so she prefers to stick to herself and her photography hobby. One night when she wants to take pictures of the full moon she sneaks out and comes across a wolf. She then witnesses the wolf shift into her mother. After being caught her mother informs her that they come from a long line of wolves. Her mother wasn't planning on telling her until she started exhibiting more wolf-like abilities and Artie is a bit of a late bloomer. This is a really fun graphic novel that will be perfect for young readers especially young Black girls. I liked what it did with the werewolf lore here. The idea of these werewolves being the descendants of runaway slaves and the traits being passed down through bloodline vs turning was so cool And it even switched it up when it came the the vampire lore I'm used to. I also love this art style which kind of reminds me a little bit of Archie comics. See full review https://womenofcolorreadtoo.blogspot....

  9. 5 out of 5

    Momo

    2.5/5 I thought this overall was very eh. It took me over a week to get through the first half of this digital arc and thankfully the second half was a lot more interesting. I wish it had talked more about the toxic relationship between two of the characters but I don't really have high expectations for middle grades. I loved that there was a wlw relationship in this and I semi enjoyed the series. I disliked most of the characters though unfortunately so I was just kind of annoyed by them through 2.5/5 I thought this overall was very eh. It took me over a week to get through the first half of this digital arc and thankfully the second half was a lot more interesting. I wish it had talked more about the toxic relationship between two of the characters but I don't really have high expectations for middle grades. I loved that there was a wlw relationship in this and I semi enjoyed the series. I disliked most of the characters though unfortunately so I was just kind of annoyed by them throughout the whole reading process of this book. Thankfully there weren't many plot holes in this which is something I see in most graphic novels and mangas. The story was pretty bland and was a little slow, specifically in the beginning, and then the end wrapped up very fast. this was a semi-short read as it was under 300 pages and didn't have heavy writing but it still took me a while to get through it because I was mostly uninterested in what was going on. I think actual readers that are in the middle-grade age range will be much more invested than I was. I would recommend this to middle-grade readers who enjoy wolves/werewolves and a bit of drama and mystery.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Becca

    Thank you to Graphic Universe & Netgalley for providing me with an e-ARC of Artie and the Wolf Moon in exchange for an honest review! What makes Artie and the Wolf Moon so darn special is that deep down -- past the wolves & the vampires -- this story is about family. I absolutely love that aspect, and watching as Artie connects with wolf relatives she didn't know about before. Artie and the Wolf Moon is also unique in the way that it takes on werewolf lore -- such as what a full moon means & how Thank you to Graphic Universe & Netgalley for providing me with an e-ARC of Artie and the Wolf Moon in exchange for an honest review! What makes Artie and the Wolf Moon so darn special is that deep down -- past the wolves & the vampires -- this story is about family. I absolutely love that aspect, and watching as Artie connects with wolf relatives she didn't know about before. Artie and the Wolf Moon is also unique in the way that it takes on werewolf lore -- such as what a full moon means & how someone becomes a wolf. This graphic novel even takes on vampire lore! Olivia Stephens really did a great job at making something so classic her own.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vianne

    ohhh what a lovely little graphic novel Just like this book, I'm going to keep this review short and sweet, so: What's it about? Artie and the Wolf Moon follows Artemis, a Black girl who discovers that she and her mother are werewolves and gets dragged into the world of werewolf-ery and all the joy and dangers that come with it. What I enjoyed: - The lore around werewolves and vampires in this book was really interesting to read about, even as someone who has never been particularly interested in the ohhh what a lovely little graphic novel Just like this book, I'm going to keep this review short and sweet, so: What's it about? Artie and the Wolf Moon follows Artemis, a Black girl who discovers that she and her mother are werewolves and gets dragged into the world of werewolf-ery and all the joy and dangers that come with it. What I enjoyed: - The lore around werewolves and vampires in this book was really interesting to read about, even as someone who has never been particularly interested in these beings. I also liked how real-world issues were woven into the worldbuilding. - There was a sapphic relationship between the MC and another Black girl that was really adorable! - The mother-daughter relationship in this books was *chef's kiss* - All the main characters in this book were really enjoyable to read about (especially Quintin, the most adorable little brother) and I loved the family and found family aspects - The art style and colour palette was very cool to feast my eyes on I only wish there was more! More character development, more plot development, more worldbuilding, more. Nevertheless, I really enjoyed this and would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys graphic novels! eARC provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, thanks!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cass Moskowitz

    Really all you need to say is queer werewolves and I'm in. This was more of a 4.5 but that's more a me thing, than the book lacking. It was fun and family-oriented and had a lot of werewolves and good gay feelings! Really all you need to say is queer werewolves and I'm in. This was more of a 4.5 but that's more a me thing, than the book lacking. It was fun and family-oriented and had a lot of werewolves and good gay feelings!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Briar's Reviews

    I love a good graphic novel, and this book really did it for me! The fantasy and family mix was a very nice flip on the typical tone of werewolves. Normally, werewolves seem to be portrayed as scary monsters who go hide in fear alone from society. This story makes the werewolves as a pack front and centre. The family unit is important and learning about one's self is key. I liked that aspect, especially since this book was more fun and friendly about it. Artie wants to learn all about herself, h I love a good graphic novel, and this book really did it for me! The fantasy and family mix was a very nice flip on the typical tone of werewolves. Normally, werewolves seem to be portrayed as scary monsters who go hide in fear alone from society. This story makes the werewolves as a pack front and centre. The family unit is important and learning about one's self is key. I liked that aspect, especially since this book was more fun and friendly about it. Artie wants to learn all about herself, her family and werewolves in this coming of age story. Her Mother recruits family and friends to help her learn about the story behind her lore. Throw in Artie's crush on Maya and the secret past of her family... and you've got one fun hit on your hands. Oh, and did I mention the illustrations are also SO FABULOUS. I love them. They work so well with this story. The mythology of the story is cool too, with the freedom aspect being heightened. I think, overall, this book did justice to what I would want in a positive spin on werewolves. There's so many ways to do werewolves "wrong" or make them not relate to the reader, but I think this book did a great job of making werewolves not seem as scary and seem more like just a "different" kind of person. Not different in a bad way of course, similar to how your neighbours might drive you insane from their recycling ways but there's nothing bad about them. They're different from you, but not bad. This book will make you smile, laugh and cry as Artie learns more about herself. It's a true coming of age story in a fun, fantasy environment. Add in the LGBT presence, and it's got one heck of a story that does representation well. The whole book felt very cohesive and nice to read. It was elegant and just all around awesome. It's hard to find books like this these days (at least for me), so finding one that wows my socks off... Well, I just have to share it! I highly recommend! Five out of five stars. Thank you to NetGalley for providing me a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Anniek

    This was a perfect comfort read with a touch of suspense. I really loved this graphic novel. I found it so interesting to see how the werewolf lore intersected with Blackness, and how the dynamics between vampires and werewolves worked as a metaphor for white supremacy. At the same time, it's a really cute, comforting story with a touch of suspense and mystery, and it has such a cute romance between two Black girls. This was a perfect comfort read with a touch of suspense. I really loved this graphic novel. I found it so interesting to see how the werewolf lore intersected with Blackness, and how the dynamics between vampires and werewolves worked as a metaphor for white supremacy. At the same time, it's a really cute, comforting story with a touch of suspense and mystery, and it has such a cute romance between two Black girls.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Amargîreads

    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 th 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 really love how Black joy is portrayed and the way all these various Black families stick together and give their all to help each other. I also 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.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Jaclyn Hillis

    Artie and the Wolf Moon by Olivia Stephens is a coming-of-age graphic novel perfect for Spooky Season. Artie Irvin is thrilled to discover she comes from a long line of werewolves. With this revelation, she learns more about her parent’s history and newfound family and friends. But as she learns the history of werewolves, she'll find that wolves aren't the scariest thing in the woods. This book covered a vast array of topics and had way more depth than I was expecting. The themes ranged between l Artie and the Wolf Moon by Olivia Stephens is a coming-of-age graphic novel perfect for Spooky Season. Artie Irvin is thrilled to discover she comes from a long line of werewolves. With this revelation, she learns more about her parent’s history and newfound family and friends. But as she learns the history of werewolves, she'll find that wolves aren't the scariest thing in the woods. This book covered a vast array of topics and had way more depth than I was expecting. The themes ranged between love, loss, reunion, and redemption. There was also symbolism in that the werewolves in the story are black and the vampires are white. I loved seeing the flashbacks of Artie’s parents life through the photographs her father took, but it was so heartbreaking to see how their story unfolded. It was so sweet that Artie also had a love of photography like he did, and it made me so nostalgic to see her in the dark room developing her own photos. I loved the found family aspect and seeing the queer romance spark between Artie and her new friend Maya. And I know I’m saying “loved” a lot, but I also loved the little details snuck in the art. This is a truly special book. Another thing I particularly appreciated was the idea of a toxic friendship, especially at Artie’s age. It was really relatable for me and I imagine for a lot of other readers as well. I don’t want to spoil anything, but I had a bad feeling about that girl!! CW: bullying, racism, loss of a parent, violence

  17. 5 out of 5

    Ana

    This comic was so unoriginal it was painful to finish it, I was bored the whole time I was reading it and honestly I don’t recommend it. Artie is a normal young girl who loves photography and is bullied on school, one day she disobey her mother leaving the house at night on a full moon and discovers that her mother is in fact a werewolf and wait, she’s one too. They travel to some weird town full of werewolves where Artie can learn better about being one, she also discover that vampires are real a This comic was so unoriginal it was painful to finish it, I was bored the whole time I was reading it and honestly I don’t recommend it. Artie is a normal young girl who loves photography and is bullied on school, one day she disobey her mother leaving the house at night on a full moon and discovers that her mother is in fact a werewolf and wait, she’s one too. They travel to some weird town full of werewolves where Artie can learn better about being one, she also discover that vampires are real and the bad guys. Honestly I’ve read this plot on books and comics so many times, imagine how tired I’m. There’s absolutely nothing original about it, it’s so full of cliches poorly done. The only thing I actually liked was the representation, Artie and her family are all poc and she falls in love with a girl ( I got a little confused at that because I thought she was her cousin? or related to her somehow, but it was never really explain the relationship between Artie’s mother and Maise’s father so I don’t really know,) The art is not bad but it wasn’t one of my favorites, I just felt like some of the traces were weird, it seemed like it was done very rushed.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    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 t 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.

  19. 5 out of 5

    sarah

    (netgalley arc) When Artie finds out that her mothers family comes from a long line of werewolfs this brings into motion a deeper acknowledgment of her roots, her past and a new way to move forward. This graphic novel was an exploration of grief and loss, of a mother-daughter-relationship that is very strained and a family that is broken but may not remain so. I really, really enjoyed experiencing this story. I very much loved Artie and could feel for her and the struggles she was going through, (netgalley arc) When Artie finds out that her mothers family comes from a long line of werewolfs this brings into motion a deeper acknowledgment of her roots, her past and a new way to move forward. This graphic novel was an exploration of grief and loss, of a mother-daughter-relationship that is very strained and a family that is broken but may not remain so. I really, really enjoyed experiencing this story. I very much loved Artie and could feel for her and the struggles she was going through, especially her search for the truth about her father. But also the difficulties she faced in school and the feeling of having no real community in which she could feel safe. I think this graphic novel did a great job at exploring those topics and giving us a fantasy background to bring across a bigger message than one would initially think of. The community Artie learns to be a part of throughout this novel immediately felt like a safe space for me and seeing her and her mom build those new roots made me tear up in the last few pages. I'd definitely recommend this graphic novel and will most likely reread this many times in the future.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ness (Vynexa)

    Thank you Lerner Publishing Group for providing me with an early copy of Artie and The Wolf Moon I love this story so much! everything from the art to the story telling was beautiful. This is a story about learning about one’s self, of family, of how family isn’t always just about blood, and also falling in love with life. it’s also about grieving a loved one you never had the chance to meet. I never knew I needed a story, especially a graphic novel, that mixes werewolf and Black culture together. Thank you Lerner Publishing Group for providing me with an early copy of Artie and The Wolf Moon I love this story so much! everything from the art to the story telling was beautiful. This is a story about learning about one’s self, of family, of how family isn’t always just about blood, and also falling in love with life. it’s also about grieving a loved one you never had the chance to meet. I never knew I needed a story, especially a graphic novel, that mixes werewolf and Black culture together. But now that I know that, I want more. I don’t think there will be a second volume by how it ended, but I want more from this author! Will be buying a physical print once it is released. ⭐️ 5 STARS⭐️

  21. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    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, excitin 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. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lorryn Woodward

    I can't wait to have a physical copy in my hands to read. This was everything. It's cute for one and the story has all of my favorite things; werewolves, vampires, family drama and even a little love story woven in. Perfect for anyone who like middle grade graphic novels, supernatural things and stories of lovely found families. I can't wait to have a physical copy in my hands to read. This was everything. It's cute for one and the story has all of my favorite things; werewolves, vampires, family drama and even a little love story woven in. Perfect for anyone who like middle grade graphic novels, supernatural things and stories of lovely found families.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Marie

    5 stars. This graphic novel was so wholesome and fun. I hope there are more because I loved Artie's story and I loved all the relationships she formed throughout. Review to come. 5 stars. This graphic novel was so wholesome and fun. I hope there are more because I loved Artie's story and I loved all the relationships she formed throughout. Review to come.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Nic

    Maybe 3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up. I like all the family stuff. The art doesn't blow me away, but the mythos of the werewolves and vampires is cool. Maybe 3.5 stars, but I'm rounding up. I like all the family stuff. The art doesn't blow me away, but the mythos of the werewolves and vampires is cool.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Eliani

    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 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. **

  26. 4 out of 5

    Mirza Baig

    Is it just me or Werewolves have always end up drawing the short stick in comparison to Vampires when it comes to stories and coverage in mass media? As a Lycan fan, I pleased to inform readers we have a through and through winner in hands and I want to thank you NetGalley for this free ARC in exchange for an honest review. With its freshly tie up of Black history with the werewolf lore, Olivia Stephens's story is constantly engaging, humorous, at time terrifying and always entertaining. I reall Is it just me or Werewolves have always end up drawing the short stick in comparison to Vampires when it comes to stories and coverage in mass media? As a Lycan fan, I pleased to inform readers we have a through and through winner in hands and I want to thank you NetGalley for this free ARC in exchange for an honest review. With its freshly tie up of Black history with the werewolf lore, Olivia Stephens's story is constantly engaging, humorous, at time terrifying and always entertaining. I really hope the story continues and the writers/artists work on further expanding the world they have created...

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly (kimberly_reads)

    3.5 stars Thank you to NetGalley for early access to this graphic novel! I adored this graphic novel so much. The aspect of returning to your family is something I found to be very sweet and the touches of supernatural were well done! I personally found myself having to remember my place at times in this graphic novel as it would scroll way past where I last read so that would take me out of the story at times.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Donald Scott

    1st Line: "Oregon. Early September." Prose (Story): When teenager Artemis "Artie" Irvin accidentally discovers she comes from a long line of werewolves, she sets out to learn more about not only the history or her family, but also of the relationship between her mother and late father - who died before she was even born. But among the many other things Artie's mother needs to teach her is that a far more fierce predator awaits in the darkness. One that takes particular pleasure in hunting fresh, 1st Line: "Oregon. Early September." Prose (Story): When teenager Artemis "Artie" Irvin accidentally discovers she comes from a long line of werewolves, she sets out to learn more about not only the history or her family, but also of the relationship between her mother and late father - who died before she was even born. But among the many other things Artie's mother needs to teach her is that a far more fierce predator awaits in the darkness. One that takes particular pleasure in hunting fresh, young werewolves. Don's (Review): Though the trope of a young girl missing the long-deceased father she never knew, trying to learn more about him from a mother who doesn't talk much about the past - period - is fairly familiar, author Olivia Stephens makes Artie a fresh and sympathetic character from the beginning. So much so, when the girl accidentally sees her mother transforming from wolf to human and learns her full heritage at last, the reader is just as frustrated when Artie's mom still manages to avoid revealing more about her past, their family, and especially Artie's dad. But it's hard to ignore your dauther's budding werewolf traits - especially when the girl has a mild freakout at school, while being bullied by classmates, and very nearly transforms in front of them - so things become clearer at last when Mom brings in some loving found-family members to help teach Artie how to best handle her lineage. It's no spoiler to reveal that Artie also soon learns of the real enemy out there - vampires - and for me at least here is where the book faltered just a bit; the author makes a couple of change-ups to the vampire legend, including what happens when you kill one, that felt just a bit forced, as if changed only to better fit the story here. That said, this graphic novel remains a winner, with strong characters you care about (especially our heroine), plenty of action, and dark, moody illustrations that fit the tale perfectly - not to mention the LGBTQ+-inclusive storyline (Artie develops a crush on another girl) and largely African-American cast. There's a lot to enjoy here, and while I feel the book could have benefitted from one more edit been a bit shorter, it's a no-brainer to recommend this werewolf vs. vamps tale with bite. Yeah - I went there. 4/5 stars NOTE: I received a free ARC of this title from NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Artie and the Wolf Moon is a powerful story about family and freedom that celebrates individuality as a crucial component to community. A community can only grow stronger by accepting members' diverse talents and interests. Artie and her mother learn these lessons as Artie discovers her inherited werewolf powers. (view spoiler)[Werewolves, in Stephens' universe, came into being as a family of escaped enslaved persons met a wolf mother on their run. The mothers recognized their shared responsibil Artie and the Wolf Moon is a powerful story about family and freedom that celebrates individuality as a crucial component to community. A community can only grow stronger by accepting members' diverse talents and interests. Artie and her mother learn these lessons as Artie discovers her inherited werewolf powers. (view spoiler)[Werewolves, in Stephens' universe, came into being as a family of escaped enslaved persons met a wolf mother on their run. The mothers recognized their shared responsibility for protecting their communities, and the wolf granted the whole family the power to transform into wolves. The major enemy of werwolves are vampires, who are born from death and thrive on it. Killing a vampire results in more vampires: everyone a vampire has killed will rise when they are killed. Werewolves in the story are black, and vampires are white, but not every black person is a werewolf nor every white person a vampire -- the story is more nuanced than that. The vampires are not mindlessly evil, either, they are calculating and cruel, and dead set on destroying werewolves for no other reason than they exist. (hide spoiler)] Artie is a junior high student discovering not only her wolf powers, but also her sexuality. She finds her first love when her mother finally brings her back into the werewolf community. It's very sweet. I enjoyed this book, even though I'm not the intended audience. I would definitely recommend it to middle grade and YA comic fans. I was provided an ARC copy through Netgalley for a fair and honest review.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lexi

    ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 Artie and the Wolf Moon is a fast paced graphic novel, and a fairly quick read. It focuses on Artie, a preteen photographer that finds out her mother is a werewolf, and that so is she. This book has fantastic world building and lore that pulls you into the story right from the beginning. One thing that really makes this book stand out is it’s diversity. Not only is the main character black, but she’s also a member of the LGBTQ+ community. This book provides diversity that many books lac ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 Artie and the Wolf Moon is a fast paced graphic novel, and a fairly quick read. It focuses on Artie, a preteen photographer that finds out her mother is a werewolf, and that so is she. This book has fantastic world building and lore that pulls you into the story right from the beginning. One thing that really makes this book stand out is it’s diversity. Not only is the main character black, but she’s also a member of the LGBTQ+ community. This book provides diversity that many books lack, which is a big reason to give it a chance! I didn’t have many issues with this book, besides the fact that it could have used more development at times. One thing that could’ve been slowed and further developed was the relationship between Artie and Maya, which felt very sudden. If the novel would’ve slowed down the pace in general just a little, it would’ve received five stars from me. Overall, this is a story about finding where you belong, family, and most importantly, love. Love resonates through the core of this novel, and is probably the best thing about this book. The ties between the characters are strong, and you don’t see that in every book you read. I recommend this to anyone looking for a good graphic novel, a story packed with diversity, or someone looking for an immersive middle grade read! I was provided with an arc of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Having an arc has not affected my rating, and these are my honest opinions. Thank you to Lerner Publishing Group and NetGalley for providing me with this arc!

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