Thank you so much to Literary Bound Tours, Harper Collins Canada, and HCC Frenzy for letting me participate in the blog tour for Squad, written by Maggie Tokuda-Hall and illustrated by Lisa Sterle.
As soon as I saw the cover for this graphic novel, I knew I had to read it. The artwork and colors were incredible, and I knew right off the bat it would have paranormal elements, which are my absolute favorite. I had very high hopes going into this one, and friends, it did NOT disappoint!
If you took the movie Mean Girls, added in some werewolves, murder, queer characters, and beautiful artwork, you get this story. It will make you rethink what it means to be hungry, how important it is to stick by your pack of friends, and will make you claw your way through the pages, wanting to find out how it all ends.
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Author: Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Illustrator: Lisa Sterle
Page Count: 224
Genre: Paranormal, LGBTQ+, graphic novel
Pretty Little Liars meets Teen Wolf in this sharply funny, and patriarchy-smashing graphic novel from author Maggie Tokuda-Hall and artist Lisa Sterle. When the new girl is invited to join her high school’s most popular clique, she can’t believe her luck—and she can’t believe their secret, either.
When Becca transfers to a high school in an elite San Francisco suburb, she’s worried she’s not going to fit in. To her surprise, she’s immediately adopted by the most popular girls in school. At first glance, Marley, Arianna, and Mandy are perfect. But at a party under a full moon, Becca learns that they also have a big secret.
Becca’s new friends are werewolves. Their prey? Slimy boys who take advantage of unsuspecting girls. Eager to be accepted, Becca allows her friends to turn her into a werewolf, and finally, for the first time in her life, she feels like she truly belongs.
But then things get complicated. As their pack begins to buckle under the pressure, their moral high ground gets muddier and muddier—and Becca realizes that she might have feelings for one of her new best friends.
Lisa Sterle’s stylish illustrations paired with Maggie Tokuda-Hall’s sharp writing make Squad a fierce, haunting, and fast-paced thriller that will resonate with fans of Riverdale, and with readers of This Savage Song, Lumberjanes, and Paper Girls.