Review of Unfamiliar by Haley Newsome @lavendertowne

It’s been a while so let’s review a quirky graphic novel!

Blurb: Young kitchen witch Planchette gets an incredible deal on a new house in a magical town. Turns out, there’s a reason: it’s haunted! After unsuccessfully attempting to get these unwanted ghosts to leave, she realizes the only thing to do is to help them with their problems. Along the way, she befriends a shy siren who hates being popular, a girl battling a curse, and a magically-challenged witch from a powerful coven.

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Unfamiliar by Haley Newsome is an absolutely delightful graphic novel about a young witch, Planchette, who moves to a new house with her familiar, a snarky bunny named Winston. Unfortunately upon entering, she understands why she received such a good deal on the house. It’s haunted. Knowing that she now lives in a town with other witches, she seeks help, finding other witches and magical beings who are as different as she is.

Haley Newsome’s art work is really charming, making me wish that when I picked up a pencil I could portray half of what she does.

While the plot seems obvious, a stranger in a new town kind of thing, it’s really about a young woman who has always been different finding a place where there are other people like her. In fact, different seems to be the commonality among the young woman in this new town.

She meets Pinyon, who seems to be the only non-magical being in her family; Babs, a siren, who really wants to not be so popular; and Sun, who has been cursed and is trying to find a way to break the curse.

This first book in the series deals with Planchette trying to find a way to help the ghosts in her house move on and Babs seeking Sun’s help to alienate people or, at least, keep them at a distance. Pinyon who has never been able to find a familiar because she can’t talk to animals is suddenly talking to a bird that was almost fox food.

Quirky, with interesting and equally charming artwork, Unfamiliar is quickly devoured and leaves you wanting more. I can’t wait to see the next installment. A lovely read.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

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