March reads by Saleena


Cat Massage Therapy is exactly what it looks like it will be....a sweet, adorable story filled with cute cats and people who adore them.  The basic premise is that these cats (who can talk) give massages, complete with purr therapy and other cat-like cute behaviors and when one man discovers their talent at relaxing him.....he can't help telling everyone.  As their popularity skyrockets, bodegas nearby are finding it hard to stock any tasty treats that the cats might like (they are paid in food, as is proper...don't ask about how they pay rent or how they sign are thinking too much).

If you want a fun, silly read to take you away from the problems of the world; this is an excellent choice with really beautiful artwork and a fun, silly story.

Adventures in Arden High continue with King Cheer.  Cheer Captain Leah is having trouble with college admissions and is really stressed out.  She decides the best course of action is to step down as Captain and focus on figuring out how to fix whatever went wrong with her application so she can get into the school of her choice.  Because she is feeling so overwhelmed, she starts to push away everyone who cares about her, including the cheer team, by firing an excellent team member and promoting the twins....who promptly start to turn the cheerleading team into a mess.  This is an interesting comic, with the school dynamics, queer representation and the fact that it is essentially urban fantasy (real life world + magic is real); which adds to the options for craziness and for fixes.
I do enjoy this series, but if you aren't a fan of a universe with magic in it; this may not be for you.

This story has AMAZING artwork but a pretty typical fantasy storyline.  A young woman with magical powers (Pirate's daughter), isn't told about her powers or that she is in danger or that the entire town (and her mother) are pirates who are ruthless in their means to protect her.  Of course she finds out, in the worst way possible and the story ends on a cliffhanger.  

I enjoyed the story, and will likely read the next one as I'm hoping some new twists will come.

Boo Meadows has a vivid imagination that she loses herself to; and so when she meets a new girl at school, she begins to see her everywhere....she is also struggling with personal issues that she keeps hidden from everyone and so this new girl could be a great friend (maybe more?)

I really enjoyed the vibe of this, but did find it confusing that the author/artist doesn't differentiate between the fantasy & reality of the world often enough...there are definitely times (like when she sees the girl she likes everywhere) that it is her imagination.  I understand that the character is lost, but it would have helped me to not also be lost as much....otherwise the story is sweet and heartbreaking and is recommended.


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