Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Book: Coming Back
Author: Jessi Zabarsky
Book Series: Standalone
Diversity: BIPOC characters, f/f romance and side f/f romances
Recommended For…: young adult readers, graphic novel, fantasy, romance, LGBT+
Publication Date: January 18, 2022
Genre: YA Graphic Novel Fantasy Romance
Recommended Age: 13+ (grief, death)
Explanation of CWs: There are scenes of death and grief shown in the book.
Publisher: Random House Graphic
Synopsis: Preet is magic.
Valissa is not.
Everyone in their village has magic in their bones, and Preet is the strongest of them all. Without any power of her own, how can Valissa ever be worthy of Preet’s love? When their home is attacked, Valissa has a chance to prove herself, but that means leaving Preet behind. On her own for the first time Preet breaks the village’s most sacred laws, and is rejected from the only home she’s ever known and sent into a new world.
Divided by different paths, insecurities, and distance, will Valissa and Preet be able to find their way back to each other?
A beautiful story of two young women who are so focused on proving they’re meant to be together that they end up hurting each other in the process. This gorgeous graphic novel is an LGTBQ+ romance about young love and how it can grow into something strong no matter what obstacles get in the way.
Review: I absolutely loved this book so much. I really loved the message about change and growth and moving forward without constantly looking back. The book is a very sweet romance about going on your own journey to find the truth about yourself and about each other. I loved the illustrations and the ending had me crying a little. The characters are well developed as is the world building. The book is also very reminiscent of Moana if you’re a fan of it because the main message is the same: sometimes you have to leave to find yourself and to expand your story.
The only issue I had with the book is that I wish more of the world was developed. What we had was well done, but I’d love to see how the world works as it was previously and I’d love to see expansion on this all-female society.
Verdict: It’s absolutely amazing and I highly recommend it.