Title: Crystal Cadets
Author: Anne Toole + Illustrations by Katie O’Niell
Publication Date: Jan 5th, 2016
**I received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions, as always, are my own.**
I enjoyed reading this book. The art is cute, the colors are vibrant, and the plot is enjoyable. However, I found that things progressed too fast for my liking. I understand that this is how it should be, considering it’s a middle grade book but that didn’t suit me very much. Don’t get me wrong, I love me a fast paced graphic novel, but this one was almost too fast. A lot of things happened in this book that I originally thought that it was a standalone but when the book ended and they hadn’t freed Zoe’s parents yet, I checked it out on Goodreads and apparently it’s a series. Which is why I didn’t get why they wanted to stuff so much into one book. The events that happened here could have easily been split between two books and elaborated more upon and that would have made everything more enjoyable.
I really liked Zoe and all the girls. And Edward. I hope we see more of Edward in the following books. Him and Zoe would make a spectacular couple. I also really liked the diversity of the characters. Jasmine and Nahla are Indian, Gwen is a ginger, and Liz is gothic (and Asian, I think???), and Edward is black.
Reading this reminded me of WITCH. I was addicted to that series during middle grade and this book gave me that girls-saving-the-world vibe again and that made me really happy. If only things weren’t so rushed, then I could have given it four stars.
Recommended to: Those who were/are fans of WITCH and girl power.