Bloomsbury. Aug. 2024. 240p. Tr $24.99. ISBN 9781547611188.
Gr 7 Up–Cousins Jalissa and Kim move to the city of Los Aguaceros together, each with their own goals in mind. As the story goes backwards and forwards in time, readers learn that the girls have unusual superpowers and grow to understand the strengths and weaknesses of their personalities. Parts of the book are action-packed, with the girls using their newfound powers to fight the mysterious monsters that are attacking the city. But at other times, Bowers gives readers glimpses through flashbacks into how and why these girls each hit their crisis points and needed to start over. It’s then up to readers to put the pieces together and understand how Jalissa and Kim came to depend on each other. Visually, this book stands out from the crowd. The artwork is luminous and vibrant, featuring lots of bold reds and blues that fold and blend into each other. Readers will turn the pages more slowly than with most graphic novels, just to take some extra time to soak in all of the visual details.
VERDICT For fans of the HoverGirls web comic, as well as teens and even adults who are ready for a thought-provoking and surreal adventure featuring magical girls.

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