Hey y’all! So I will be doing mini reviews for all three of the books in this trilogy. Now, before I get to that I need to put a little “disclaimer”. So I received Hockey Karma from the author, The Hockey Saint from NetGalley, and I bought The Stereotypical Freaks. I was approved on NetGalley for all three of these books though. I bought The Stereotypical Freaks because I was having trouble with downloading it and I didn’t want to bother the author again since I had the same problem with Hockey Karma. I didn’t mind buying The Stereotypical Freaks because it was the last book I needed and the author had been so nice to me and I don’t know, I was fine with purchasing the book myself. 🙂
If you didn’t know I kind of messed up and read the trilogy backwards! So, yay…that’s my life in a nutshell for y’all. Let’s get started on these mini reviews!
The Stereotypical Freaks by Howard Shapiro: 4/5 Stars
The Stereotypical Freaks is the first book in the Forever Friends Series. Four dissimilar high school seniors come together to compete in their school’s battle of the bands. When one member reveals life altering news, winning the competition takes on more of a meaning to each member. They set out to win one for the good guys… will they?
I’m gonna keep all these reviews relatively short and pretty simple. I just don’t want to make this post too long. Anyway, let’s just get into this review.
I wish this graphic novel had color, but it was only black and white. Not a bad thing, but I prefer color haha. The art was good and I really enjoyed that about the novel.
All three of these novels are quick and easy reads which is always a plus in my book! We’ll get into the other two later, so let’s just focus on this one.
I gave this novel four stars. I had no reasoning other than it just didn’t stand out as a five-star read. It didn’t stick out in my mind after I was done with it. No bookhangover, but I definitely enjoyed it. It was a good book just not amazing.
I didn’t have a problem with the writing. I didn’t really have any problems with any of these books honestly. I thought the dialog was written well and that the characters were stereotypical. Not necessarily a bad thing. I didn’t have any expectations going into this book. I just wanted something fun and easy to read after a rough week and this book was perfect. I do wish it had more hockey like the other books, but that’s fine since that’s not what this one was about.
Speaking of which this book had a great message> I love how the message was portrayed and I loved the message in general. Don’t want to give too much away so that way y’all can read if for yourselves! 🙂
Overall this book is a great read for anyone who’s looking for something fast and easy. I found this book kinda relatable and if you think you will too then go ahead and pick it up!
The Hockey Saint by Howard Shapiro: 4/5 Stars
Through a chance meeting, Tom and hockey legend Jake form an unlikely friendship. Tom discovers that his idol isn’t as perfect up close. With Jake living too much in the moment and with his past catching up to him, can Tom help him before it’s too late?
Once again I received this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
One thing I love about this trilogy is that they’re all connected but they don’t spoil one another. They could almost be stand alone novels if I’m honest. I just love how they’re loosely connected.
I had trouble reading this book because the way it downloaded on my device was weird. It could be a little jumbled. That’s not why I gave it four stars though. I didn’t take the jumbled download problem into account when rating the book because it’s not the author’s fault and it’s not an actual problem with the book. I gave it four stars for the reason I listed above in my first review.
This book had a great message as well. We got to see Tom a little older and we also got to see some of the things Tom has gone through now that he’s grown a little. Tom has a good story and I like seeing him grow a little more as a character.
The writing was great along with the dialog. Even better is that this book is in color! Yay for that. The art is really good again so that’s always a plus. I honestly thing you see the books and the story get better as the trilogy continues.
I was also able to connect with this book as well. It was a quick easy read and I was able to connect with Tom just enough for it to make me feel closer to the book in a way. Hope that makes sense.
Overall this book was really good. I think these books are for anyone who likes graphic novels and a good message. They all come with good messages and I think they have good stories too. Of course I don’t want to give too much away since these are all spoiler free.
Hockey Karma by Howard Shapiro: 4/5 Stars
The highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning “The Hockey Saint” taking place ten years after “Saint” ends. The legendary Jeremiah “Jake” Jacobson, now thirty-two, has been the world’s best hockey player over his fourteen year career because of his out of this world talent and his smart play. But he can’t stay on top forever, and when he starts making mistakes on the ice, his career and family life start to crumble.
At the same time, Tom Leonard, his agent and best friend, is completely overwhelmed by a project that he and Jake were supposed to be working on together. A project that could have a huge impact on people throughout their city in need of a helping hand. As Jake sinks deeper into a funk over his lost status due to his deteriorating play and the emergence of teammate and rookie phenom Barclay Pedersen, Tom realizes he’s on his own. At the same time he
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I am very thankful to have received this book.
I personally think this book was the best one out of the whole trilogy. I’m probably biased in thinking that though considering I love hockey and this book had the most hockey.
One again the writing and dialog were spot on and just great. The art was also great. I really enjoyed seeing Tom grow and how his life evolved through three books. It didn’t feel like it took too long or dragged on it was done very well.
This book revolves around Jeremiah more than Tom though. Jeremiah was in the second book and if you read that book you’ll see how their relationship forms. I think it’s pretty cool to see that Tom isn’t forgotten, but that the focus shifts more to Jeremiah.
In this book you follow Jeremiah and you see him go through so many troubles and you get to see if he conquers these problems or if they conquer him. It was written so well and I found it super easy to follow and read.
Overall I think this trilogy is great. They’re all super quick, easy, and fun reads. If you’re having a rough reading month then this trilogy may help you out of that. Each book has its own message and they’re all really good messages as well.
I hope y’all enjoyed these mini reviews!! Have a great day everyone!