Book review: Paper Girls, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan

Paper Girls, Vol. 5 by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: December 11, 2018
Source: Borrowed

Can anyone escape fate? That’s what Mac and her fellow newspaper delivery girls must discover as they escape the year 2000 and travel to the distant future. Plus, the truth behind the mysterious “old-timers” is finally revealed.

So, I’m officially caught up on another one of Vaughan’s series, and I’m not entirely sure what I’m going to do with myself now. Overall, I definitely prefer Saga over Paper Girls, but this was a really fun series to read. One thing I’ll say about it, in general, is that I felt that the quality of it was all over the place. It’s not a bad series by any means, but, to me at least, volumes 2 and 4 were far better than volumes 1, 3, and 5.

One thing I liked in this volume was the reveal about Wari and Jahpo. I was waiting to find out more about them and Vaughan definitely delivered! The cliffhanger that ended this volume, though… when exactly am I getting volume 6 and how am I supposed to wait?


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Book review: Paper Girls, Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan

Paper Girls, Vol. 4 by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: April 10, 2018
Source: Borrowed

The mind-bending, time-warping adventure from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and CLIFF CHIANG continues, as intrepid newspaper deliverer Tiffany is launched from the prehistoric past into the year 2000! In this harrowing version of our past, Y2K was even more of a cataclysm than experts feared, and the only person who can save the future is a 12-year-old girl from 1988.

Volume 4 of Paper Girls was, by far, my favorite of the series. It’s definitely the most exciting of the volumes, and despite being a little jumpy sometimes, I felt like it was really well-written.

The girls end up in 2000 amid the Y2K scare, and wow, that really took me back to elementary school! (Just saying that makes me feel old.) I remember Y2K like it was yesterday and this alternate version of history in which a bunch of crazy things actually happened was so fun to read about! (In real life, the craziest thing that happened was the computers at my school thinking it was 1900 and not 2000.)

I’m really enjoying this series so far and I’m looking forward to reading the next volume!


#ps19: a book that makes you nostalgic
#mmd19: a book in the backlist of a favorite author


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Book review: Paper Girls, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan

Paper Girls, Vol. 3 by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: August 8, 2017
Source: Borrowed

The multiple Eisner and Harvey Award-winning series from BRIAN K. VAUGHAN and CLIFF CHIANG continues, as newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac and Tiffany finally reunite with their long-lost friend KJ in an unexpected new era, where the girls must uncover the secret origins of time travel… or risk never returning home to 1988. 

In volume 3 of Paper Girls, the girls find themselves in prehistoric times. Although I didn’t like this volume as much as the previous one, I thought that this time jump was interesting and I did like the addition of Wari and Jahpo. I’m really curious to see what will happen with them next!

The only other thing I really feel like mentioning about this volume was the development of a certain relationship. I’m trying to say this with no spoilers and it’s really hard, but this was a nice plot twist and I can’t wait to see where Vaughan is going to go with it!


#mmd19: three books by the same author


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Book review: Paper Girls, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan

Paper Girls, Vol. 2 by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: November 30, 2016
Source: Borrowed

Brian K. Vaughan, #1 New York Times bestselling writer of SAGA, and Cliff Chiang, legendary artist of WONDER WOMAN, return with acclaimed colorist Matt Wilson and innovative letterer Jared K. Fletcher for the second volume of PAPER GIRLS, as the hit series continues with a bold new direction.

After surviving the strangest night of their lives in the Cleveland suburb of Stony Stream, intrepid young newspaper deliverers Erin, Mac, and Tiffany find themselves launched from 1988 to a distant and terrifying future… the year 2016.

What would you do if you were suddenly confronted by your 12-year-old self? 40-year-old newspaper reporter Erin Tieng is about to find out in this action-packed story about identity, mortality, and growing older in the 21st century.

Before I get into reviewing volume 2 of Paper Girls, here’s a little summary of how I felt about volume 1: It started off slowly, but picked up toward the end and left me feeling very intrigued about what would happen next. Now that I’ve said that, I want to say that volume 2 definitely kept me interested. There was enough going on that I kept flipping pages to see what would happen next, but not too much to the point where it would be difficult to follow.

One thing that I can say I really loved is the way that the characters from the future speak! I studied linguistics in college and the way language changes over the years has always fascinated me, so that part of this graphic novel made me so happy! It seems like Vaughan really did his research to make it seem natural.

I’ve really started to like these characters and I’m so interested to see what’s going to happen next!


#mmd19: three books by the same author


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Book review: Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan

Paper Girls, Vol. 1 by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: April 5, 2016
Source: Borrowed

In the early hours after Halloween of 1988, four 12-year-old newspaper delivery girls uncover the most important story of all time. Suburban drama and otherworldly mysteries collide in this smash-hit series about nostalgia, first jobs, and the last days of childhood.

In my sadness over Vaughan’s year-long Saga hiatus, I decided to check out some of his other work. Paper Girls sounded the most interesting to me, and luckily my library had the first four volumes available, so I didn’t even have to wait for a hold to come in.

I didn’t connect with Paper Girls as quickly as I connected with Saga. That kind of surprised me since Saga is all this crazy sci-fi stuff set in space and Paper Girls could literally be happening down the street, but it is what it is. It’s a little spooky and a little confusing at first, but everything starts to clear up toward the end. I was very happy that I already had volume 2 checked out so that I didn’t have to wait too long to read it.

I’m really interested to see if I end up liking Paper Girls as much as Saga, since, despite a slow start, it really started grabbing my interest toward the end.


#mmd19: three books by the same author


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Book review: Saga, Vol. 9 by Brian K. Vaughan

Saga, Vol. 9 by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: October 2, 2018
Source: Borrowed

The multiple Eisner Award-winning series returns with a spacefaring adventure about fake news and genuine terror. Get ready for the most shocking, most impactful SAGA storyline yet.

Well, I am officially caught up on Saga and I’ve joined the group of people crying over the year-long hiatus the authors are taking before releasing the next volume.

I’m not sure what I can really say about this one without getting into some serious spoilers, but let me just say that the ending killed me. I’m hoping that it won’t, um, actually be true? I don’t even know how to say this without giving away the ending. That was vague but I think you’ll know what I mean if you read it.

I don’t know what to do with myself for the next year, so I guess I’m just going to read Paper Girls while I wait.

#ps19: a book about a family


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Book review: Saga, Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan

Saga Vol. 8 by Brian K. Vaughan
Rating: ★★★★☆
Links: Amazon • TBD • Goodreads
Publication Date: December 27, 2017
Source: Borrowed

After the traumatic events of the War for Phang, Hazel, her parents, and their surviving companions embark on a life-changing adventure at the westernmost edge of the universe.

Oh my goodness, this book. After the way that volume 7 ended, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on volume 8. I waited seemingly forever for my hold to come in from the library. Coincidentally, it came in while I was 950 miles from home and I was just crossing my fingers that it would still be waiting for me when I got back. It was.

When I first picked it up, I wasn’t sure that I’d like it. It opens in a bit of a… controversial manner, which shouldn’t surprise me, since this is Saga, after all. But it did. But everything is explained and everything makes sense, especially given (again!) that heartbreaking ending of volume 7.

Overall, I don’t know that I liked this volume as much as I’ve liked the others in the series, but it was still very good. I requested that my library purchase volume 9, so hopefully I’ll be able to read it soon. But, then again, after reading some reviews of it on Goodreads, I’m not sure that I’m prepared for the heartbreak (or the year-long hiatus) that will follow.


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