Book Review: Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! (Lumberjanes #1) by Mariko Tamaki

Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! (Lumberjanes #1) by Mariko Tamaki brings the beloved Lumberjanes characters into a novel format with brand-new adventures. Welcome to Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types. The five scouts of Roanoke cabin—Jo, April, Molly, Mal, and Ripley—love their summers at camp. They get to hang out with their best friends, earn Lumberjane scout badges, annoy their no-nonsense counselor Jen and go on supernatural adventures. That last one? A pretty normal occurrence at Miss Qiunzella’s, where the woods contain endless mysteries. Today is no exception. When challenge-loving April leads the girls on a hike up the TALLEST mountain they’ve ever seen, things don’t go quite as planned. For one, they didn’t expect to trespass into the lands of the ancient Cloud People, and did anyone happen to read those ominous signs some unknown person posted at the bottom of the mountain? Also, unicorns.

Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! is a a fun to read adventure. I loves that the personalities of April, Jo, Mal, Molly, and Ripley were consistent with those from the graphic novels- and the illustrations were a lovely addition. I liked that there was a good deal of back story and character building, so that newcomers to the series are not completely lost as to who is who. I do think that fans of the graphic novel will enjoy the read more than others, but new readers will still be able to enjoy the read. The story of the Lumberjanes and the unicorns was fun, silly, and a little goofy. exactly what I expect from the characters and their slightly hyper personalities. I enjoyed the humor and friendship that is so much a part of the graphic novel series, and think that this switch of mediums was very well done.

Lumberjanes: Unicorn Power! is a great, fun read. I prefer the original format- the artwork and stories in the graphic novels are fabulous- however this book is well worth your time. Fans of the graphic novels, and anyone that wants to read about adventurous girls having amazing adventure will fully enjoy the book. 

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