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“A satisfying, brilliant sequel, solidifying Steinkellner’s reputation as a graphic novelist to watch.” —School Library Journal (starred review) In this hilarious and heartwarming sequel to the bestselling and critically acclaimed graphic novel, The Okay Witch, half-witch Moth Hush uses magic to boost her confidence with disastrous results—perfect for fans of Raina Telgeme “A satisfying, brilliant sequel, solidifying Steinkellner’s reputation as a graphic novelist to watch.” —School Library Journal (starred review) In this hilarious and heartwarming sequel to the bestselling and critically acclaimed graphic novel, The Okay Witch, half-witch Moth Hush uses magic to boost her confidence with disastrous results—perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Molly Ostertag! Moth Hush is starting to settle into her newfound witch heritage and powers, but life at school continues to be rough. Even her best friend, Charlie, doesn’t entirely understand what it’s like for her to always be the one who gets mocked, and things only get worse when Moth’s mom starts dating one of the dorkiest teachers in the school! Then Moth gets hold of a mysterious charm that can unleash another version of herself—one who is confident, cool, and extremely popular. What could possibly go wrong?


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“A satisfying, brilliant sequel, solidifying Steinkellner’s reputation as a graphic novelist to watch.” —School Library Journal (starred review) In this hilarious and heartwarming sequel to the bestselling and critically acclaimed graphic novel, The Okay Witch, half-witch Moth Hush uses magic to boost her confidence with disastrous results—perfect for fans of Raina Telgeme “A satisfying, brilliant sequel, solidifying Steinkellner’s reputation as a graphic novelist to watch.” —School Library Journal (starred review) In this hilarious and heartwarming sequel to the bestselling and critically acclaimed graphic novel, The Okay Witch, half-witch Moth Hush uses magic to boost her confidence with disastrous results—perfect for fans of Raina Telgemeier and Molly Ostertag! Moth Hush is starting to settle into her newfound witch heritage and powers, but life at school continues to be rough. Even her best friend, Charlie, doesn’t entirely understand what it’s like for her to always be the one who gets mocked, and things only get worse when Moth’s mom starts dating one of the dorkiest teachers in the school! Then Moth gets hold of a mysterious charm that can unleash another version of herself—one who is confident, cool, and extremely popular. What could possibly go wrong?

30 review for The Okay Witch and the Hungry Shadow

  1. 5 out of 5

    Rod Brown

    Mocked by her classmates on social media, our eighth-grade witch turns to a magic wish charm to boost her popularity at school, and we all know how wishes go. Though the plot may be predictable, the characters and dialogue really clicked with me this time, showing much improvement over the first volume, just making me happy and eager to see what might happen during the next go round.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Geoff

    A ya graphic novel sequel that lives up to the promise of the first book. The okay witch series is about discovering who you are and finding your way as an outsider; this volume explores the temptation of changing who you are and giving in to (literal) tempting demons to get along with the mainstream. While I still wish the rules of magic were a little more fleshed out, the characters are great and the lessons are just as good. **Thanks to the artist, publisher, and NetGalley for a free copy in e A ya graphic novel sequel that lives up to the promise of the first book. The okay witch series is about discovering who you are and finding your way as an outsider; this volume explores the temptation of changing who you are and giving in to (literal) tempting demons to get along with the mainstream. While I still wish the rules of magic were a little more fleshed out, the characters are great and the lessons are just as good. **Thanks to the artist, publisher, and NetGalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Cat

    A middle-schooler witch learns that magic can't always solve her problems. Steinkellner portrays Moth's solution to bullying, which exists beyond the surface-level advice of "don't let them get to you," or "stand up for yourself", and challenges the flawed trope of nerdy-girl-takes-nerdy-disguise-off-and-is-actually-cool-girl-all-along to solve all her problems, with tender understanding and expertise. This book acknowledges that bullying is not often so random as it is systemic, prolonged, and s A middle-schooler witch learns that magic can't always solve her problems. Steinkellner portrays Moth's solution to bullying, which exists beyond the surface-level advice of "don't let them get to you," or "stand up for yourself", and challenges the flawed trope of nerdy-girl-takes-nerdy-disguise-off-and-is-actually-cool-girl-all-along to solve all her problems, with tender understanding and expertise. This book acknowledges that bullying is not often so random as it is systemic, prolonged, and sometimes influenced by social factors like racism, xenophobia, ableism, et al. By taking this approach, Moth's feelings are expressed and validated (and hopefully, readers will take note). I think this is one of the better, more helpful, books about dealing with bullying that I've read recently, and I think kids will feel seen, and perhaps more importantly, empowered. I am so happy to have picked up (and be sent!) this story about witches, friendship, and all the tough experiences of middle school. And with a yiddish-speaking (queer coded? eye emoji?) Cat? A CENTURIES OLD COOL MASTER WITCH GRANDMOTHER?? I love it ARC from Aladdin books (Simon & Schuster) through my place of work, Oxford Exchange in Tampa, Florida.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Lata

    Back in Founder’s Bluff, it’s time to return to school after a vacation and the events of book one. The kids step up their bullying of Moth, and much as her mom and Charlie care for her, they don’t fully appreciate how badly Moth has wanted to be accepted by her classmates and how their unkind words and many aggressions hurt and devalue her. It’s not enough to just laugh it off or ignore it because it doesn’t stop, especially as it’s not just what Moth wears, or likes, but also her skin colour an Back in Founder’s Bluff, it’s time to return to school after a vacation and the events of book one. The kids step up their bullying of Moth, and much as her mom and Charlie care for her, they don’t fully appreciate how badly Moth has wanted to be accepted by her classmates and how their unkind words and many aggressions hurt and devalue her. It’s not enough to just laugh it off or ignore it because it doesn’t stop, especially as it’s not just what Moth wears, or likes, but also her skin colour and single parent family, and anything else her classmates can pick on. Is it really surprising that her pain and hurt overrule her understanding of the downsides of using the magical necklace? The artwork is great again, and I love the way Emma Steinkeller deals with bullying, showing its effects and possible causes, including racism, classism, etc.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Steff Fox

    Oh my goodness, this was such an amazing read with a brilliant commentary! I’m so impressed with this book, sequel to the original The Okay Witch. This is definitely a story worth reading and one I imagine many young readers will relate to and learn a lot from. It’s even better than the first book! Full review to come.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jay G

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* Moth Hush is getting used to the discovery that she is a witch, but the kids at school are still bullying her any chance they get. Things get worse when her mom starts dating one of her teachers. Wanting to be liked by her peers, she takes a magical necklace from her grandmother, which gives her the abi Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my Youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review* Moth Hush is getting used to the discovery that she is a witch, but the kids at school are still bullying her any chance they get. Things get worse when her mom starts dating one of her teachers. Wanting to be liked by her peers, she takes a magical necklace from her grandmother, which gives her the ability to emulate somebody else. Someone cooler, and more confident than she could ever be. Similar to the first book, this was a cute middle grade graphic novel about discovering who you are and that its okay to be different. The book begins with a recap of the first book, so you can read this without reading the first book and still understand the overall gist of the book. I enjoyed the social commentary in this and the way a lot of it is handled in the end. Mr. Laszlo, the talking cat, is still my favourite part of the story. BUT, Mr. Gor-Gar, the dorky teacher Moth's mother begins to date is a close second. Also a big fan of the art style and colours used! Overall, I think this is a cute read that middle schoolers will truly enjoy.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Tatiana

    Guess I'm in the minority. The Okay Witch and the Hungry Shadow did not meet the standard set by its predecessor, The Okay Witch, an almost 5-star read for me. There was a recap from the first book, but I still felt a little lost. And there were a lot of threads here that didn't fit together as well as the multitude of threads did in the initial story. If that makes sense? Plus the addition of several new characters to take up space, like Mr. Gorski-Garcia. (I finally figured out who he reminds Guess I'm in the minority. The Okay Witch and the Hungry Shadow did not meet the standard set by its predecessor, The Okay Witch, an almost 5-star read for me. There was a recap from the first book, but I still felt a little lost. And there were a lot of threads here that didn't fit together as well as the multitude of threads did in the initial story. If that makes sense? Plus the addition of several new characters to take up space, like Mr. Gorski-Garcia. (I finally figured out who he reminds me of - Bob in Stranger Things! He's dating a main character's mom, gets dragged into the weird paranormal stuff, etc. Totally vibes the same.) My favorite part of this series is when it addresses race and the inequality faced by the Hush women (and others like them, i.e. witches) in the past and present. That wasn't as big a theme here, just a little at the beginning and then it popped up right at the end. I wish there was more! All in all, a bit of a disappointment, but I'm glad we got to revisit Moth and her world. P.S. lemme guess, if there's a third installment, it'll focus on Moth's "dead" dad, right? Kind of reminds me of the progression in the Carpe Demon series...

  8. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    Pretty much I want Moth's wardrobe, I think it's adorable and her quirkiness is what I love about her but what her classmates loath and try to make fun of her at every turn-including when she shows up in an almost identical winter vest as her teacher who everyone thinks is a dweeb anyway (plus he ends up dating Moth's mom in this book too). But Moth is battling that anxiousness of middle grade that is navigating friendships and bullying, being yourself while trying to fit in and be liked. There's Pretty much I want Moth's wardrobe, I think it's adorable and her quirkiness is what I love about her but what her classmates loath and try to make fun of her at every turn-including when she shows up in an almost identical winter vest as her teacher who everyone thinks is a dweeb anyway (plus he ends up dating Moth's mom in this book too). But Moth is battling that anxiousness of middle grade that is navigating friendships and bullying, being yourself while trying to fit in and be liked. There's witchiness and a cat, her adorable mother and her straight-as-an-arrow witch grandmother, and a whole lot of hijinks before Moth learns to stand up for herself. The colors, Moth's wardrobe, Moth's best friend, her family, all make it a fun series to adore. It's a perfect graphic novel format choice.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    Moth, of the Okay Witch, returns in this one which is heavy on bullying, and how it makes you feel. Moth hates it so much she would rather use magic to gain the confidence to talk back to the bullies. She also uses this same magic to call out the paeople who just stand by and let the bullies say what they are saying. Too bad there is a price to pay for using this sort of magic, in this case a demon that will take over your body. Good story. And good examples of what to say to bullies. I also loved Moth, of the Okay Witch, returns in this one which is heavy on bullying, and how it makes you feel. Moth hates it so much she would rather use magic to gain the confidence to talk back to the bullies. She also uses this same magic to call out the paeople who just stand by and let the bullies say what they are saying. Too bad there is a price to pay for using this sort of magic, in this case a demon that will take over your body. Good story. And good examples of what to say to bullies. I also loved the talking cat liking a TV show that appeared to be a mix of Betwitched and Sabrina, the Teen Age witch, that is shown in the background throughout this novel. Thanks to Netgalley for making this book available for an honest review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Keisha | A Book Like You

    Emma Steinkellner has done it again! The first book in this series is still my favorite, but I really enjoyed the message in this one! I can’t wait to purchase a finished copy! *ARC provided by School Library Journal.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Rajiv

    [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] I loved this book so much! Even though I have not read the previous book, “The Okay Witch,” I had no trouble catching up, thanks to Mr. Laszlo, who gives us a recap. Firstly, I adored the storyline and thought it was superb! As someone bullied in school and found myself average, I always thought of possible ‘what if’ situations to quickly fix and famous with my peers. It was so exciting to see this portrayed in the tale, and I [Blog]::[Youtube]::[Twitter]::[Instagram]::[Pinterest]::[Bloglovin] I loved this book so much! Even though I have not read the previous book, “The Okay Witch,” I had no trouble catching up, thanks to Mr. Laszlo, who gives us a recap. Firstly, I adored the storyline and thought it was superb! As someone bullied in school and found myself average, I always thought of possible ‘what if’ situations to quickly fix and famous with my peers. It was so exciting to see this portrayed in the tale, and I loved reading every page. The author provides a beautiful message on how to accept and love yourself, irrespective of your shortcomings. Moreover, all the characters are simply adorable! Moth is terrific in the lead, and I loved her family and friends. Charlie always sticks by her side, and I adored their friendship. Mr. Gor-Gar is a sweetheart, and it was fun to see Moth’s reaction when she finds out about her mom. I also loved Peter and hope he has his spin-off series where he experiences the modern world. Furthermore, the illustrations are also excellent! I loved the bright colors and tone used to give the story a special touch. The character’s expressions are unique, and I loved some of the emotions that characters express. Probably the only thing I would have liked to see more of is Moth’s family history with her father. As I have not read the previous book, maybe we get more information there. I am going to pick out Book one to see how it all started! Overall, “The Okay Witch and the Hungry Shadow” is my favorite graphic novel of 2021 so far, and I cherished every moment of it!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carmen

    Just when Moth Hush thought being a witch would solve all her problems, life lets her know that is not the case. She’s still being bullied at school and only has one friend, Charlie. When the bullying meets new heights on the first day back at school, Moth has had enough and she’s ready change everything when she finds a magical charm. What’s the use of magic if she can’t use it to help her fit in with her peers? I loved the first book, so I was extremely excited when I heard that it was getting Just when Moth Hush thought being a witch would solve all her problems, life lets her know that is not the case. She’s still being bullied at school and only has one friend, Charlie. When the bullying meets new heights on the first day back at school, Moth has had enough and she’s ready change everything when she finds a magical charm. What’s the use of magic if she can’t use it to help her fit in with her peers? I loved the first book, so I was extremely excited when I heard that it was getting a second installment. I’ll be even more excited if it turns into a several book series because I’d love to see Moth’s adventures as she faces different problems. Plus, I’d love to continue learning more about her family as the series continues if that’s something that happens. This time around, we follow Moth as she tries to face her bullies once and for all. Of course, using magic to create a version of herself that is accepted by her peers goes south when it turns out the magical charm is revealed to be a curse. Through this excellent story, the story teaches its readers that changing yourself for other people doesn’t always give you the intended results. We see the other side of what Moth’s bullies really think about her even after starting to accept her in addition to the magical consequences of her choices. I also liked that we saw how four different people dealt with their different situations with not being accepted by society, and that each had a different outcome. One of them had quite a dramatic supernatural outcome that clearly represented what could happen after changing who you are long-term. I thought the moral of the story was excellently weaved with magic. I’m excited to see how this story continues should the series continue. I’ve enjoyed both books so much. I’ve got my fingers crossed that there’s a third installment at some point because Emma Steinkellner has developed such a stellar story with wonderful characters.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Moth and Charlie have had such a good winter break that they don't want to go back to school, but Moth's mother won't let her stay home even though she's just found out about her magic powers and traveled to her grandmother's realm, Hecate. Pike, who is descended from the founders of their town, is an enormous jerk who blows everything out of proportion and is relentless in his bullying of Moth. The other kids play along, although Moth hears a few girls who seem s E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Moth and Charlie have had such a good winter break that they don't want to go back to school, but Moth's mother won't let her stay home even though she's just found out about her magic powers and traveled to her grandmother's realm, Hecate. Pike, who is descended from the founders of their town, is an enormous jerk who blows everything out of proportion and is relentless in his bullying of Moth. The other kids play along, although Moth hears a few girls who seem sympathetic to her. When she travels to Hecate for a celebration, she is glad to see Peter, and finds an amulet called a nyklum. It is supposed to absorb the traits that Moth admires from other people and transfer those things to Moth. She uses it when she goes back to school, and is able to stand up to Pike. Her mother is dating her English teacher, Mr. Gorski-Garcia, and the other students have given her a hard time about this, but wearing the nyklum gives Moth the self confidence she needs to stop hiding. She is nominated for Founderella, a time honored position at a local festival, and wants to keep using the amulet until after the winner is announced, but there is a catch. Will Moth be able to withstand the forces of evil with her limited magic, and find a way to get through middle school? Don't want to spoil the twists in the story by giving away too much of the plot! Strengths: Graphic novels usually are a bit light on storyline and character development, but this book had a lot of character backstory and development. The secondary characters are fun as well; Mr. Gorski-Garcia is delightfully goofy, and even the cat, Lazlo, has quite a history. There's a fair bit of social commentary as well, with the social hierarchy of the small New England town being called into question, and a significant discussion about the racial discrimination experienced by Moth's grandmother. The Founderella tradition is handled in an interesting fashion as well. On top of all of that, there is some fantastic magic at work. Weaknesses: The noses. Why do they always bother me so much? What I really think: Definitely purchasing, and glad to see a graphic novel with a girl of color on the cover. We're seeing more of these, but graphic novels have been less diverse than middle grade books in general.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    I absolutely loved the moral of this story! Moth is being bullied in school and turns to magic to solve her problems, but it's not all that it's cracked up to be. The commentary within this book is quite topical as it addresses the beauty standards that have plagues POCs of all colours, shapes, and sizes for years. The book also looks beyond simple platitudes and delves into the actual hurt that bullying causes its victims. More fun characters and beautiful art, I absolutely love this series! The a I absolutely loved the moral of this story! Moth is being bullied in school and turns to magic to solve her problems, but it's not all that it's cracked up to be. The commentary within this book is quite topical as it addresses the beauty standards that have plagues POCs of all colours, shapes, and sizes for years. The book also looks beyond simple platitudes and delves into the actual hurt that bullying causes its victims. More fun characters and beautiful art, I absolutely love this series! The art is detailed in such a way that Moth's emotions really come through the pages and the dialogue, as well as the subtle changes in her demeanour throughout the story. Absolutely fantastic! The only thing I hate is how long I'll have to wait for the next installment! ARC gifted by Simon and Schuster in exchange for an honest review.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dylan

    one of the principles of working with/teaching/writing for children is that they can understand any concept as long as you approach it with generosity and clarity - this takes on weighty topics like finding your place, valuing your self, having moral integrity, and how cool having a talking cat would be, and does it all with generosity of feeling and clarity of understanding. delightful. cool. fantastic.

  16. 4 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    #1) The Okay Witch ★★★★☆ ➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[racism, persecution for witchcraft, and bullying (hide spoiler)] . Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram #1) The Okay Witch ★★★★☆ ➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[racism, persecution for witchcraft, and bullying (hide spoiler)] . Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  17. 4 out of 5

    Dubzor

    While perhaps not as enjoyable as its predecessor, this still manages to be an extremely fun read. If I had one complaint it would appear that the art is not as dynamic or engaging as it once was.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Scratch

    This is very much a middle-grade book. The characters were all middle-schoolers and the problems were very relatable, but very middle-school. The story was largely about the protagonist's attempts to navigate bullying at school. She struggled with adults giving her repetitive advice (that was more about themselves than her), and she struggled with classmates who didn't quite care enough about her to stick up for her. But because the protagonist is a witch, she tried to use magic to solve her pro This is very much a middle-grade book. The characters were all middle-schoolers and the problems were very relatable, but very middle-school. The story was largely about the protagonist's attempts to navigate bullying at school. She struggled with adults giving her repetitive advice (that was more about themselves than her), and she struggled with classmates who didn't quite care enough about her to stick up for her. But because the protagonist is a witch, she tried to use magic to solve her problems. And there is a rule to speculative fiction saying that that can never work out. Enjoyable, but not quite deserving of 5 stars.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    A great follow-up! Laszlo the cat is turning into an all-time favorite character for me.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Eliani

    I loved The Okay Witch. Originally read through my library, enjoyed it so much it's now part of my personal collection. Book 2 however, didn't hold quite the same spark. The story picks up on what seems the natural progression of events we left off with Moth Hush, exploring her magic and with school. Overall the focus of this story was very unclear at first. It seems like multiple topics of this story, while important, felt a strain to make them center stage. Given the title, I had some ideas, but I loved The Okay Witch. Originally read through my library, enjoyed it so much it's now part of my personal collection. Book 2 however, didn't hold quite the same spark. The story picks up on what seems the natural progression of events we left off with Moth Hush, exploring her magic and with school. Overall the focus of this story was very unclear at first. It seems like multiple topics of this story, while important, felt a strain to make them center stage. Given the title, I had some ideas, but by page 80 (1/3 of the book) I wasn't sure where the story was going or what it was really building towards. Quite the slow burn. That said, the ending was SO SWEET and definitely worth the read. I simply felt book 2 wasn't quite the continuation I was looking for, but more of a strive to be a different story. Is this story going to make you fall in love with magic? Probably not. But it might help you fall in love with the Hush family and what they have to offer, if you haven't already.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Mariela

    If you love the first one, then you'll want to read this! Moth's life did not get easier just because she has powers. Instead, it may be harder because she still feels so helpless. When she finds a magical object that helps her become more than what she really is, she decides to take a chance. What she discovers is that trying to be something that you're not can completely overwhelm you and run away pretty quickly if you're not watching. I love the artwork, I love the story, I love the character If you love the first one, then you'll want to read this! Moth's life did not get easier just because she has powers. Instead, it may be harder because she still feels so helpless. When she finds a magical object that helps her become more than what she really is, she decides to take a chance. What she discovers is that trying to be something that you're not can completely overwhelm you and run away pretty quickly if you're not watching. I love the artwork, I love the story, I love the characters, and I really hope that I get to read so much more about Moth's adventures! I received this arc from the publisher for my honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Savannah Breckenridge

    Representation. Inspiration. A hilarious talking cat. I LOVE THIS SERIES SOOOOO MUCH 💕💕💕💕

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lost in Book Land

    Hello Again! It is August third and I have somehow almost finished five books this month already! I am honestly really happy with myself for being off to such a fabulous start to the new reading month. This month I decided I wanted to pick up a few more graphic novels and manga, I feel like I have a small stack building up calling for my attention. One of those is the newest Okay Witch! Last year, I read the first graphic novel in Okay Witch series as an E-ARC and I absolutely enjoyed my time wi Hello Again! It is August third and I have somehow almost finished five books this month already! I am honestly really happy with myself for being off to such a fabulous start to the new reading month. This month I decided I wanted to pick up a few more graphic novels and manga, I feel like I have a small stack building up calling for my attention. One of those is the newest Okay Witch! Last year, I read the first graphic novel in Okay Witch series as an E-ARC and I absolutely enjoyed my time with it. It was such a fun, cute, adorable, witchy graphic novel with an unexpected plot. So when I saw that there was going to be a second one I was absolutely in! I was super fortunate to receive an E-ARC of this second book from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinions (and honestly super excited for more witchy fun)! So without further ado, let's talk about the next story in the Okay Witch series (and hopefully not the last)! SPOILERS AHEAD Moth is just getting started as a witch but unfortunately, school is not going as great as being a witch in training is. Moth still has her best friend but she is constantly getting picked on at school and when she goes back to school after winter break and on the first day happens to be wearing the same sweater as a teacher, all the kids start to make fun of her over again. But when Moth visits her grandmother on Hecate she finds an item that starts to help her stand up to her bullies and be a bit more cool. Moth starts using the item a lot to help her solve her problems but is this new found helper, without consequences? Or is something really bad about to happen to Moth? I really enjoyed getting to revisit Moth and everyone from the last book (and also a few new people)! In addition to the characters, I loved the little nods to Sabrina the Teenage Witch (the 90's show), I was such a huge fan of this show as a kid, and in this second book the cat is watching a witchy show and it just felt like a nod to the show, it might not be but I absolutely loved it and it really made me want to hop onto a streaming service and watch some favorite episodes. I am really hoping there are more books in the Okay Witch series because I could read about Moth and her friends/ family for a long time to come (plus something more with her father could be really interesting)! Goodreads Rating: 5 Stars P.S.I want to give a huge thank you to the publisher for the E-ARC in exchange for my honest opinions!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jill Jemmett

    Moth Hush is a witch, but she’s not allowed to do magic at school. She gets teased at school, and it would be easier if she could just use a spell to make herself more likable. The bullying gets worse when her mom starts dating one of her teachers. Then, Moth discovers a magic charm necklace that can make her popular. But every kind of magic has a price. This graphic novel started out with a recap of the first book. I was really glad to see that because it’s been a while since I read the first bo Moth Hush is a witch, but she’s not allowed to do magic at school. She gets teased at school, and it would be easier if she could just use a spell to make herself more likable. The bullying gets worse when her mom starts dating one of her teachers. Then, Moth discovers a magic charm necklace that can make her popular. But every kind of magic has a price. This graphic novel started out with a recap of the first book. I was really glad to see that because it’s been a while since I read the first book. It was told by her talking cat, Lazlo, who is a hilarious character. I appreciated seeing this brief recap at the beginning of the book. Moth faced bullying in her school. Her classmates were quite mean. Moth felt like an outsider since she had just discovered she was a witch, but she couldn’t tell anyone except for her best friend. Using a magic charm didn’t solve her problem. It masked it for a while, but it ended up causing a bigger issue in the end. Rather than fighting back or changing what kind of person she was to please her classmates, Moth had to learn how to be herself. The Okay Witch and the Hungry Shadow is a great middle grade graphic novel! Thank you Simon and Schuster for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Grace

    Thank you to Riveted by Simon Teen, Simon & Schuster, and Goodreads for sending me an ARC of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed The Okay Witch, so I was thrilled to learn that I had won an ARC of the sequel. I found this book just as enjoyable as the first. I love the art style of these graphic novels, it's adorable! The story and characters are also enjoyable and charming. In this story, Moth, who has only recently discovered that she is a witch, attempts to use her newfound powers to fit in better Thank you to Riveted by Simon Teen, Simon & Schuster, and Goodreads for sending me an ARC of this book. I thoroughly enjoyed The Okay Witch, so I was thrilled to learn that I had won an ARC of the sequel. I found this book just as enjoyable as the first. I love the art style of these graphic novels, it's adorable! The story and characters are also enjoyable and charming. In this story, Moth, who has only recently discovered that she is a witch, attempts to use her newfound powers to fit in better at school. Moth has always felt like an outsider, so when she discovers some magic that is meant to help her become more like the people she wishes to emulate, she believes she has finally found, quite literally, a magical solution to her problems. Unfortunately, this magic comes with a downside, and Moth is soon left to deal with the consequences of using magic she does not fully understand. The storyline of this volume may not be completely original, but I still enjoyed seeing how the story unfolded and the consequences were dealt with. I also felt that this book did a good job of dealing with some pretty heavy issues in a middle-grade-friendly way. Such issues include bullying, self-image and self-worth, and family relations. It's great to see Moth's growth through the story and the way she learns to accept herself and stand up for herself. Where the first book in this series focused heavily on the past and Moth discovering her family history, as well as the magical land of Hecate, this book focuses more on Moth dealing with her life in the present in the human world. It was a fun read and I look forward to seeing the finished book in full color (only the first couple chapters or so of this ARC were in color).

  26. 4 out of 5

    Megan Mann

    Ugh, I adore these stories so much. It’s another adventure in Moth’s witchy life, but this time she wants to stop being the butt of the joke. She wants to be more popular and just be able to get through the day without being made fun of. So, she steals a Nyklum from her grandmother Sarah and doesn’t know that there’s a parasitic demon inside that wants to take over Moth’s body and make the real Moth disappear forever. How will she defeat her? How will she realize being herself is JUST FINE? I lov Ugh, I adore these stories so much. It’s another adventure in Moth’s witchy life, but this time she wants to stop being the butt of the joke. She wants to be more popular and just be able to get through the day without being made fun of. So, she steals a Nyklum from her grandmother Sarah and doesn’t know that there’s a parasitic demon inside that wants to take over Moth’s body and make the real Moth disappear forever. How will she defeat her? How will she realize being herself is JUST FINE? I loved the standing-in-your-power of it all. It was amazing. I want more!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Darcy Roar

    I really enjoyed this follow up to The Okay Witch! It tells a fairly familiar story (our protagonist is labeled a weird kid & bullied in ways that everyone tells them to brush off, magic self improvement gone awry, parent dating a teacher causes drama, etc.) but it tells it well and with strength. Moth is allowed to both be upset/sad about her treatment and be strong in her responses in a way that felt authentic. As always the art is lovely and cat familiar is the best of all things forever (tho I really enjoyed this follow up to The Okay Witch! It tells a fairly familiar story (our protagonist is labeled a weird kid & bullied in ways that everyone tells them to brush off, magic self improvement gone awry, parent dating a teacher causes drama, etc.) but it tells it well and with strength. Moth is allowed to both be upset/sad about her treatment and be strong in her responses in a way that felt authentic. As always the art is lovely and cat familiar is the best of all things forever (those little feet mittens!!!!). Well worth the read!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ada

    5.0 TWs (i don't think there's any!) I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK I LOVE HOW IT HANDLE ED EVER2UGTHIHI I AM SO GLA DTHIS SEQUEL WAS MADE JUST THINKNING ABOUT UIT AMKES ME SOI HAPPY TO TYPE HOLY JESUS I LOVE HOW THEY WROTE ABIOUT ALL OF THESE THINGS KIDS CNA GO THROUGH ESPECIALY THORUGH THEB POV OF A PERSON OF COLOR ALTHOUGB IT WASN'T REALLY TOLD ALOUD YOU COUOLD TEL AND TH EART STYLE OHHHHHHHHHHH MY GOD I WILL SHOBE THIS DUOLOGHY DOWN ALL YOUR THORUAT S READ ITB Y0U DUMB BITCHE NOW 5.0 TWs (i don't think there's any!) I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS BOOK I LOVE HOW IT HANDLE ED EVER2UGTHIHI I AM SO GLA DTHIS SEQUEL WAS MADE JUST THINKNING ABOUT UIT AMKES ME SOI HAPPY TO TYPE HOLY JESUS I LOVE HOW THEY WROTE ABIOUT ALL OF THESE THINGS KIDS CNA GO THROUGH ESPECIALY THORUGH THEB POV OF A PERSON OF COLOR ALTHOUGB IT WASN'T REALLY TOLD ALOUD YOU COUOLD TEL AND TH EART STYLE OHHHHHHHHHHH MY GOD I WILL SHOBE THIS DUOLOGHY DOWN ALL YOUR THORUAT S READ ITB Y0U DUMB BITCHE NOW

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ives Phillips

    So much of this is incredible, from the plot to the art to diversity and dynamics! There were some points in which the writing was weaker, and the ending chaptered were too after school special preachy, but it's still a book every child needs to boost their self-esteem. So much of this is incredible, from the plot to the art to diversity and dynamics! There were some points in which the writing was weaker, and the ending chaptered were too after school special preachy, but it's still a book every child needs to boost their self-esteem.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Ava Budavari

    This middle grade graphic novel series about an okay witch is just wonderful! And the sequel did not disappoint!

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