Cheshire Crossing

Cheshire Crossing

The three meet here, at Cheshire Crossing--a boarding school where girls like them learn how to cope with their supernatural experiences and harness their magical world-crossing powers.But the trio--now teenagers, who've had their fill of meddling authority figures--aren't content to sit still in a classroom. Soon they're dashing from one universe to the next, leaving...

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Title:Cheshire Crossing
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Cheshire Crossing Reviews

  • Jenny

    Has there ever been a book more up my alley? I don’t think so. Fairy tale base, bad ass young women, twists and turns and some favorite big bads.....the only downfall is that I have to wait for a sequel!!

  • julianna ➹

    a graphic novella that is above three stars...

    Maybe it was that it was in a physical format? Maybe it was that this was a gift to me from my friend?? (thank you to her!!!!! idk if she reads my trashfire reviews or immediately clicks away before grimacing, which I would totally understand) But anyways, this was so FUN to read and also really short, so it could be easily added to my reading challenge. :)

    I love Sarah Anderson and her Sarah's Scribbles, and it was so interesting to see an

    a graphic novella that is above three stars...

    Maybe it was that it was in a physical format? Maybe it was that this was a gift to me from my friend?? (thank you to her!!!!! idk if she reads my trashfire reviews or immediately clicks away before grimacing, which I would totally understand) But anyways, this was so FUN to read and also really short, so it could be easily added to my reading challenge. :)

    I love Sarah Anderson and her Sarah's Scribbles, and it was so interesting to see an altered art style from her that I previously hadn't seen! There were so many really beautiful page spreads??

    The entire story was pretty entertaining, although I wouldn't say hilarious-funny as more of just... weird with sarcasm mixed in?? (I feel like from the point of a millenial/gen z, this isn't as funny vs. the perspective of someone older, like Andy Weir.) But I really liked the expansion of the character's powers as well as seeing all of the worlds be visited again by our three girls. Also, I'm 99% sure one of the characters is basically Mary Poppins.

  • Rod Brown

    When you get famous enough as a writer, the joke goes, you can even get your grocery list published. Or, in this case, a graphic novel of your online fan fiction. And the publisher will even offer to have a high profile artist like Sarah Andersen of

    redraw it for you. Fortunately, this book is quite clever and pleasing in its crossover of Dorothy of Oz, Alice of Wonderland, and Wendy of Neverland.

    Weir bumps them in age up into their teens, explains their previous adventures as

    When you get famous enough as a writer, the joke goes, you can even get your grocery list published. Or, in this case, a graphic novel of your online fan fiction. And the publisher will even offer to have a high profile artist like Sarah Andersen of

    redraw it for you. Fortunately, this book is quite clever and pleasing in its crossover of Dorothy of Oz, Alice of Wonderland, and Wendy of Neverland.

    Weir bumps them in age up into their teens, explains their previous adventures as being due to their inherent super powers, and unites them as a sort of Edwardian Age X-Men pitched in battle against Captain Hook and the Wicked Witch. The story is fun and packed with Easter eggs and cameos galore.

    Curiously and coincidentally, I also have the newest edition of Alan Moore's

    on my shelf of library books to reread. That should make for an interesting contrast this weekend.

  • Fernanda Granzotto

    Audiobook!

    The audiobook is amazing but the story was bad and nothing special didn’t like. If you wanna read this book I highly recommend the audiobook is fantastic.

  • Calley Odum

    W-wh-what did I just read?

    Like... um...

    The art is appropriate for ages 8+

    The language is appropriate for ages 14+

    The content is appropriate for ages 15+

    The general plot will appeal to ages 12-25

    The plot pacing was geared toward ages 10-

    The concept – literary ladies manipulating portals through their various worlds and defeating their childhood baddies together – was super appealing, but it definitely struggled in execution. More than anything, I think it needed more *time.* Just to sit in it's

    W-wh-what did I just read?

    Like... um...

    The art is appropriate for ages 8+

    The language is appropriate for ages 14+

    The content is appropriate for ages 15+

    The general plot will appeal to ages 12-25

    The plot pacing was geared toward ages 10-

    The concept – literary ladies manipulating portals through their various worlds and defeating their childhood baddies together – was super appealing, but it definitely struggled in execution. More than anything, I think it needed more *time.* Just to sit in it's premise, explore the characters and the world. Instead, it zoomed through everything. In such a rush to accomplish what it promised, its pace suffered.

    That said, I'd read a second volume. I think there's potential here – a strong idea, a cute art style. With some extra page time, it *might* become something worth reading.

  • La Coccinelle

    This is just painful. I thought perhaps it would be a decent graphic novel. After all, it's Andy Weir (of

    ) and Sarah Andersen (of

    ). Aside from the decent illustrations, though, this is just bad fanfiction.

    I can't take historical fiction seriously when it's this modern. The story takes place in 1910, so the inclusion of Dorothy, Alice, and Wendy all make sense, as their stories were published before that time. The inclusion of Mary Poppins is questionable (her story

    This is just painful. I thought perhaps it would be a decent graphic novel. After all, it's Andy Weir (of

    ) and Sarah Andersen (of

    ). Aside from the decent illustrations, though, this is just bad fanfiction.

    I can't take historical fiction seriously when it's this modern. The story takes place in 1910, so the inclusion of Dorothy, Alice, and Wendy all make sense, as their stories were published before that time. The inclusion of Mary Poppins is questionable (her story may be set around that time, but she wasn't written about until decades later). Even accepting that all these characters fit in this time period, their speech often does not. The characters "swear" (usually represented by "#%$@&" or something similar). At one point, Wendy uses the word "turd". Dorothy says, "Holy crap!" And there's even a reference to

    , which... I don't even know.

    If you love the characters in the original stories, you might not be too pleased with what's been done with them here. The Wicked Witch of the West is beautiful... presumably so she can have a relationship with Captain Hook. Alice has black hair, which really messed with my head (as she's usually portrayed as blond). Peter Pan has a mishap and grows up, at which point he gets super horny and "needs" to have sex. (I wish I were kidding.)

    The writing is just... really bad. I know it's a graphic novel, but that doesn't mean you can throw grammar and punctuation out the window. Combined with the overly modern speech of all the characters, it's just a painful book to read.

    Andersen's illustrations are probably the best thing about this, although (as I mentioned before) I don't like the way Alice is drawn. Or Wendy. She's had a haircut since her time in Neverland, and wears pants. This isn't really commented on, but it would be highly unusual for a young girl in 1910 to dress like that. It's almost as if there was an attempt to modernize the story by doing this, but since it's historical fiction, it's not really necessary. (Also, take the dark-skinned Captain Hook as another example of trying to modernize the story and add diversity... while trampling on the tradition of the original story. The only way this would've worked would have been if Wendy had been dark-skinned as well. There's a tradition in the original play to have Captain Hook and Wendy's father played by the same actor. It's some sort of statement about fathers and daughters... and it's completely ignored here with the artistic choices that were made.)

    So... it's basically bad fanfiction, written by people who don't appear to be that familiar with the original stories or their nuances. Fanfiction is fine, of course... but if I wanted to read it, I would do so. I kind of feel like I got duped into reading this one.

  • N (they/them)

    Sometimes, you read a book about women and you can really really tell that it was written by a man. And that was this book. And I'm not talking about the art style here, because it was amazing and I actually really enjoyed it in this book! I'm talking about the dialogue and the actually written part of the book. Just,,, the way these girls talk,,, is so unrealistic and I could not get over that. So I really can't say that I enjoyed these characters a lot. Which is a shame because the premise of

    Sometimes, you read a book about women and you can really really tell that it was written by a man. And that was this book. And I'm not talking about the art style here, because it was amazing and I actually really enjoyed it in this book! I'm talking about the dialogue and the actually written part of the book. Just,,, the way these girls talk,,, is so unrealistic and I could not get over that. So I really can't say that I enjoyed these characters a lot. Which is a shame because the premise of this book was really interesting and it could have been amazing if someone else had written it. I also find it Very Questionable that both of the villains are characters of color, while we only get one PoC protagonist,,, I wonder why,,,

  • Tucker

    Oh, this was such a mess. I had such high hopes because I love Sarah Anderson's art and I've heard so much praise for Andy Weir. Now, the art was great. Sarah did her best with what she was given but the story. And the characters. Oh dear god.

    First off, it read like very poorly written fanfiction. It is based on The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland. It felt as though the author was trying to

    Oh, this was such a mess. I had such high hopes because I love Sarah Anderson's art and I've heard so much praise for Andy Weir. Now, the art was great. Sarah did her best with what she was given but the story. And the characters. Oh dear god.

    First off, it read like very poorly written fanfiction. It is based on The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland. It felt as though the author was trying to make the old-timey characters "hip" and relevant. But it just ended up being cringey. Like when your grandparents try to quote a vine.

    The whole thing felt very juvinelle. Relating back to the above mentioned point, this was aimed at young adults but it felt like it should have been aimed at elementray schoolers. But it didn't fit any of those age ranges.

    Overall, this was cringey, crappy and unenjoyable.

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  • Sarah

    This work is getting an awful lot of buzz and excitement and accompanying favorable reviews. This tale of Wendy, Dorothy, and Alice after their adventure coping with life now in the early 1900s told in graphic novel format by Andy Weir.

    Perhaps the same crowd who is excited about this would also be interested in the tale of Wendy, Dorothy, and Alice after their adventure coping with life now in the early 1900s told in graphic novel format by Alan Moore. Written in 1991.

  • emma

    reading this was a Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad idea.

    review to come / 1 star

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    i am legally obligated to read any graphic novel involving

    or really anything involving it at all.

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