Hello everyone! Today I’m excited to participate in the tour for Squad by Maggie Tokuda-Hall & Lisa Sterle hosted by Literary Bound Tours. 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. On my stop I will be sharing my review of Squad! On my Instagram, I’ll also be sharing brief review of the book, so make sure to go over to my page to check that out! You can see the whole tour schedule at the bottom of this post to see what else everyone is doing! Thank you to Literary Bound Tours, Maggie Tokuda-Hall & Lisa Sterle, and Harper Collins Canada for including me on this tour and providing me with a copy of the book to read and review.
My review and more information about this book will all be in this post so keep reading to find out more!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Author: Maggie Tokuda-Hall & Lisa Sterle
Release Date: June 15, 2021
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Page Count: 512
Synopsis: 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.
I really enjoyed Squad! It is a super fun and spooky graphic novel perfect for Halloween! I loved hearing about this book at the HCCFrenzy Fall preview and I was so excited to be able to read it. Squad was a super quick and enjoyable graphic novel that had so many great themes running through it. There is some Sapphic content in here which I loved and I am so glad it was seen, I love the ultimate couple at the end! The characters were all interesting and I would say most are fairly fleshed out but some did feel a little more flat than others but this is a graphic novel which does mean there isn’t as much time or opportunity to do so, so it is not a super big problem for me.
The plot jumped in fairly quickly and I really enjoyed seeing Becca’s integration with the group and all of the trouble they get into from their “hobby” LOL. Everything happened super fast but I didn’t feel like it glossed over anything too much so I found it to be paced very well. I absolutely loved the artwork in the book. The style and colours fit the theme super well and was just overall gorgeous.
I am so glad to have read this, and would for sure recommend!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Maggie Tokuda-Hall
Maggie Tokuda-Hall is the author of the Parent’s Choice Gold Medal winning picture book, Also an Octopus, illustrated by Benji Davies, and the young adult novel The Mermaid, The Witch and The Sea.
She lives in Oakland, California with her husband, son, and objectively perfect dog.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Lisa Sterle
Lisa Sterle is an artist with work spanning from comic books to concept designs to pop-culture-fueled illustration. She is the co-creator of the monthly comics Long Lost and Submerged, as well as the creator of The Modern Witch Tarot Deck. She received her BFA from Columbus College of Art & Design and currently resides in Columbus, Ohio
Thank you again to Maggie, Lisa, and Literary Bound Tours for including me on this tour. Make sure to check out the rest of the lovely people on this tour!