Title: Crystal Cadets
Author: Anne Toole, Katie O’Neill, and Paulina Ganucheau
Release Date: December 22
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Source: Lion Forge on NetGalley (A copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.)
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Cadets Go! Join this team of darkness-fighting, world-saving, power-packed teen girls from all over the world on their first adventure! Zoe has always felt out of place; her foster parents are great and all, but she’s long felt like something was missing. That is, of course, until she discovers a mysterious gem left to her by her birth mother and her whole universe gets flipped around! When the crystal grants Zoe mysterious powers of light she becomes the Diamond Cadet, and she’s not the only one; suddenly she’s meeting new friends who shoot flames and glowing green arrows. It’s all fun at first, but when The Darkness possesses Zoe’s foster parents her only choice is to join this wild group of action-hero girls, traveling the globe to defeat The Darkness and find a cure!” (Source: Goodreads)
Zoe feels out of place in every situation, she doesn’t know where she comes from, and suddenly strange things are happening around her. One birthday her parents give her a letter from her birth mother that tells her she is from a long line of Crystal Cadets, defenders of the Earth against the darkness. She meets group of girls all like her who control different crystal powers and together they must find the rest of the Crystal Cadets and protect the world from the encroaching darkness.
This series is so cute!! I would say this is a good mixture of a number of things – Sailor Moon, The Prophecy of the Stones, and many other girl focused super power team-ups. I adored the story it was cute and all about these girls growing and learning to control the powers they’ve inherited. The art was also super adorable! It was unfortunate that the ARC didn’t have fully coloured pages at the end, but that just means I’ll have to buy the book to enjoy the rest of the adorable art.
The story is particularly focused on Zoe, but you get to know and love the other girls in the group too. It would be nice if the series continues to get to know the other girls a little more, establish some more background for them. It would also be great to know more of the history of the Cadets, because there is a lot that could be done with it which was left untouched in this book.
I found the relationship building a little rocky, just because it was kind of rushed, but I think there’s potential for a lot of really strong friendships being built. The writing on this series would definitely convey that really well because it’s strong writing. I think we see some good relationships between Zoe and some of the other girls but there is a lot of room for more growth. I also think Zoe and Edward have a lot of potential because they had good chemistry.
The art was absolutely lovely, so adorable! I think the style was perfect for the age range and the target audience of the book. The colours were gorgeous and really worked well to convey the magic of the crystals throughout the book. I would love to see more from these illustrators and from the series as well.
I would highly recommend this book, and would love to see more in the future.