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Review: Over My Dead Body by Sweeney Boo

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Am I going to read a book, graphic novel, or comic just because it has witches in it, regardless of the actual plot? Indeed, I will. On my corpse follows Abby to Younwity Hidden Institute of Witchcraft, who is looking forward to a year to finally buckle up and take her studies seriously. However, all her plans are turned upside down when her mentee Noreen goes missing. Abby’s classmates are quick to put Noreen’s disappearance behind them – they’re sure the Coven will find her soon. But Abby can’t let Noreen’s absence pass her by and decides to search for answers, which leads her down a rabbit hole that threatens to uncover old secrets that others will do anything to keep her from exposing. As Abby begins to connect Noreen’s disappearance to a similar disappearance years and years ago, the mounting evidence lures Abby into the forbidden woods outside the academy…and what she finds there might just blow it all up.

This is definitely one of those perfect reads for fall, y’all! Now, I’m absolutely no connoisseur of artwork or illustrations, but Boo’s art style really worked for the portrayal of this magical school. Many panels are wide, allowing you to see much of the scenery beyond where the characters are at any given time. There were so many details to The Hidden School of Witchcraft Younwity and the wild woods that I could almost imagine walking down the halls or tripping over the grass and the emotions of the characters were also so clear! Sometimes you could almost tell what they would say based on their expression before reading the actual text I really like in graphic novels?

While the story might be a bit predictable, it didn’t take my enjoyment away because Boo manages to put his own spin on it all. We have fun mystery bits as Abby uncovers evidence that could help her locate Noreen, we have fierce friendships that are turned upside down when Abby wants to take matters into her own hands to find Noreen who looks more like a sister than a a classmate for her and we have a ticking time bomb as Samhaim, a time “when the veil between the world of the living and the dead is at its thinnest”, is fast approaching. All of these elements combined with a very interesting relational dynamic (reluctant enemy-ally image) make for a fast and atmospheric read that will make you want to try some spells yourself!

With vibrant characters, gorgeous artwork, mystery, and all the creepy vibes, On my corpse is the perfect witchcraft read for anyone who’s ever wanted to attend witch school or just can’t get enough of fall!

On my corpse is available from Amazon, Book Depository and other good book retailers, like your local bookstore, starting August 30, 2022.

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fans of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will love delving into the mysterious and wizarding world of nominated designer Sweeney Boo. Enchanting full-color illustrations are sure to charm readers as they explore the halls of Younwity’s Institute of Magic and the forbidden forest that lies beyond.

In the days before Samhain, the veil between the world of the dead and that of the living is thinnest.

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One day, everything was exactly as it should be. And the next thing, the closest thing Abby ever had to a sister, Noreen, was just…gone.

Distracted by the annual preparations for the Samhain festival, Abby’s classmates rush to put Noreen’s disappearance aside. The Coven will find her, Abby’s friends say. They have it under control.

But Abby can’t let go. Soon, a search for answers leads her down a rabbit hole that uncovers more secrets than Abby can handle. As more and more evidence points her to the forbidden woods surrounding the academy, she begins to see that Noreen’s disappearance mysteriously has a lot in common with another girl who disappeared all those years ago…