Book Reviews

[ARC Review] The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York by Kory Merritt

Title: The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York

Series: No

Author: Kory Merritt

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Published Date: October 6, 2015

Genre: Comics and Graphic Novels

 Format: EARC

Pages: 130

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Thank you to Netgalley and Andrews McMeel Publishing for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Synopsis (From Netgalley)

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!

My Review

Wow! I haven’t read many comics in my life, but this is definitely the first time I have LOVED one! Seriously the only thing this is lacking is a short film for it done by Tim Burton!

“…maybe adventures make you better. They build you up.”

It is important to sometimes step out of our perfectly safe boxes. Jonathan York is a man we can probably all relate to. He has anxiety, he hates adventures, and public speaking, and god forbid he ever takes a risk. Well, he finds himself lost in a forest, a spooky forest, and is thrown into a world where he doesn’t know how to function. He must think on his feet, overcome gruesome quests with no hope in sight, and overcome his inability to take charge of situations. In other words he must come to terms with risk and danger being unavoidable and somehow learn to be brave and strong.

He does so wonderfully. I believe this short and easy read is a great lesson about life and how often we cannot do anything other than take a deep breath and muddle through to the best of our capabilities. Stepping out of our safe and reliable boxes, taking risks, and going on adventures makes us stronger, more well-adjusted to handling those curve balls life can throw.

Well done to the author, this will be one of my favorites. Plus the artwork is beautiful.

Happy Reading



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