Kory Merritt – The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York: A Yarn for the Strange at Heart | Review

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Discover the horrible fate of Jonathan York as he sets out on his journey through a spooky forest with an alarming party of travelmates!
Jonathan York has led a boring life – a pointless degree from the community college, a lackluster job at the General Store, and never any desire for something more exciting. But when fate leaves him stranded in a sinister land,
he finds himself seeking an adventure of his own. Along the way he encounters ghoulish thieves, ravenous swamp monsters, a dastardly ice cream conspiracy, and a necromancer bent on human sacrifice.
In this beautifully illustrated, four-color novel, Jonathan York’s life takes a decidedly spooky turn!


I was provided with an e-ARC  of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Andrews McMeel Publishing for letting me read this!

I’ve been wanting to get into graphic novels for quite a while now, but I was always kind of delaying it. So in July I finally got my first graphic novel from NetGalley and read it. The only reason I’m posting this review now, and not in July when I finished it, is because this book comes out on October 6th, which is now in a few days.25363432

First, I need to say that I absolutely love the art in this book. It’s so beautiful, I love the colors used in each part of this book and how pictures went beautifully with the story. The font used in this graphic novel was very pretty and I like it, but sometimes it was a bit hard for me to figure out which word was written, but other than that, I think it went really well with the whole style of this book. The way this book is put together is very good and I really like all the creepy monsters that made an appearance throughout the book.

I found it interesting that the main character is an adult, since I really did not expect that (guess I didn’t read the synopsis very carefully). Jonathan York was a very relatable character and I liked how he was actually very afraid, but he made some clever decisions later in the book, However, I think the character development was a bit rushed and it just happened all of a sudden, but I definitely like a person Mr. York became. I also really like the old man who wanted to hear stories of his guests (forgot his name) and I really love the point he made at the end of the book. You’ll always have your story. So freaking beautiful!

I didn’t enjoy this graphic novel as much as I thought I would and that’s quite disappointing, but it was still a relatively good book. The plot was a bit weird and for me it didn’t always make much sence, but what confuses me the most is the targeted audience. Is this a children’s book? Or an adult book? The writing style is very juvenille, but there are also a lot of creepy and just weird stuff which I don’t think children would like. Something just didn’t work with that. And because of that, I have no idea to who to recommend this book. I guess if you’re interested in reading this, you can try it, but it definitely is for everyone. And I would not recommend it to children.