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The Heart Hunter

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Thanks to Netgalley for a review copy!

This comic had a fascinating story set on a cursed, far-off island where people's hearts exist outside their bodies and are basically immortal until they find their soulmate and they can leave the island. Some do want to live forever and employ assassins to destroy their soulmate's heart. The heroine is one such assassin and the king has set her out to kill his soulmate.

I enjoyed the meditation on soulmates, broken hearts, and immortality--the book gave examples of different situations and it was interesting to put yourself in those people's lives. The art style really helped situate the world in that sort of nebulous medieval-ish world and I loved the different renderings of people's hearts and how they reflected their owners.
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The Heart Hunter written by Mickey George and illustrated by V. Gagnon follows the story of a girl whose island has been cursed.

The artwork in this graphic novel was completely flawless, the novel was filled with a range of beautiful colours and graphic layouts, each varying in size and shape which in my opinion added to each page. 

The story was metaphorical and symbolic, in such a beautiful way. The strong metaphorical phrasing and plot line made me feel such strong emotions, involving love, grief and friendship. This was a beautiful graphic novel about appreciating the limited time we have with our loved ones and how we should cherish each moment we spend.
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I would like to start off with im very grateful for the opportunity to have read this in exchange for an honest review. because this was definitely worth the read!! I’ve always been a keep to myself sort of loner but when I read in the lines of how we have the freedom to choose our soulmates, and inner work is definitely very important… mind blown. Makes me want to go search for a lover and go work on self love some more. The graphics as well were amazing, the story was executed so well too. If I could go back in time to reread this book for the first time again I definitely would, over and over again.
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Dare I say that this is my favorite graphic novel(?)/comic(?) in a while. I was long overdue for a good and engaging story like this in the form of a comic. I loved it.
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Thank you to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I've always been fairly indifferent to the Soulmate trope, it doesn't do much for me, but this concept is fantastic! I don't know what it says about me that I'm only interested in Soulmates if one wants to assassinate the other but it sounds fairly On Brand to be honest.

It's very cleverly executed. The writer uses feelings and trauma and intangible concepts in very interesting ways and there also a lot of play on words which I'm always a real sucker for. I also really enjoyed the personifications of Death and Time, and their role in the story.

It has great rep going on too! Very important.

I really liked the art style, it was stunning and bold and engaging. However I thought that parts were a little confusingly drawn, or maybe the issue was with the information given in the word balloons/narrative blocks... I don't know. But it hindered the experience some when I had to stop and try to figure out what I was meant to understand from certain pages/panels.

I will also say that people should approach with caution. It deals with some particularly tough topics: grief and neglect for yourself and suicide and euthanasia. (The last is how I took that plotline, at least, other people's opinions may vary.) Plus, if you're squeamish, be aware you'll be seeing medically drawn hearts in all sorts of states: bloody and split apart and various objects shoved through them.

Highly recommend!
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Thank you to Netgalley for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I've always been fairly indifferent to the Soulmate trope, it doesn't do much for me, but this concept is fantastic! I don't know what it says about me that I'm only interested in Soulmates if one wants to assassinate the other but it sounds fairly On Brand to be honest.

It's <i>very</i> cleverly executed. The writer uses feelings and trauma and intangible concepts in very interesting ways and there also a lot of play on words which I'm always a real sucker for. I also really enjoyed the personifications of Death and Time, and their role in the story. 

It has great rep going on too! Very important.

I really liked the art style, it was stunning and bold and engaging. However I thought that parts were a little confusingly drawn, or maybe the issue was with the information given in the word balloons/narrative blocks... I don't know. But it hindered the experience some when I had to stop and try to figure out what I was meant to understand from certain pages/panels.

I will also say that people should approach with caution. It deals with some particularly tough topics: grief and neglect for yourself and suicide and euthanasia. (The last is how I took that plotline, at least, other people's opinions may vary.) Plus, if you're squeamish, be aware you'll be seeing medically drawn hearts in all sorts of states: bloody and split apart and various objects shoved through them. 

Highly recommend!
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This was hard to get as a PDF as as for that i couldnt read this. due to this trouble I felt it sounds good but unfortunately I couldn't access the book.
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Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for providing an eARC of this title in exchange for my honest review.

Be still my beating heart. Did this break my heart and put it back together again? Absolutely. I ate this up, okay? I can’t quite express how this book gave me exactly what I needed at the time of reading it. (Reading this the day before the anniversary of my little sister’s death became a coping mechanism for my broken heart. If you know, you know.)

I really enjoyed every single aspect about this book/graphic novel, but my favorite thing was the diversity of the soulmates themselves (especially the platonic ones).

This art style was everything to me. I think it perfectly matches the story and effectively brings the characters to life.

11/10 highly recommend.
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The heart hunter has a very new and amazing premises , the world building and art were so brilliantly done .
Psyche as a character was amazing and I love the journey they went . 
I definitely would love to see more of this world and characters related <3
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Synopsis:
On the cursed island of Envecor, everyone is doomed to wear their heart outside their bodies, and are immortal—unable to die, to change, to have children— until they find their soul mate. Paired soul mates are then turned mortal, freed from the curse, and able to leave. But all fairy tales have a dark side: those who don’t want to lose their immortality pay “Heart Hunters” to find their soul mates and kill them so they may remain immortal. Psyche, a Heart Hunter, is hired by the king to kill his soulmate. As she sets out on her quest, she begins her own journey of mending her broken heart and learning to trust again.

The concept was really cool!! I loved the illustrations and the plot overall. Definitely recommend.
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3.5 stars rounded up to 4! I loved the storyline and the characters were likeable, but unfortunately I just didn’t jive with the art style and I found it confusing to follow at times (specifically when there were multiple panels without any words to convey what was happening). I really liked the idea though and I thought it was super cute that the author used metaphors such as “bleeding heart” and “heart on your sleeve” to inspire characters.
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Thank you to Netgalley and the author for allowing me to read this! 

I was instantly intrigued by the synopsis of this book. The art was amazing! This author did amazing. I loved the story and the plot of this graphic novel! I highly recommend.
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Thank you Netgalley and the publisher for the e-arc.

This was an interesting reading. I really liked the plot but I would have enoyed it better if the narrative and panels weren't messy. I got confused at some times. I did understand the general plot but as I said before, the panels were all around the page and I got lost. I've got enough experience at reading comics and I've never felt like this reading one. I don't know if this is because this is a debut comic.

The illustrations were really nice, but I wasn't convinced with the artist choice of colors wich made me confused.

I really liked the characters. I'm pretty sure that Pyche is aro-ace and I'm so glad to find a character like me in a graphic novel. 
We also have a canon no binary character, Jez. Also bi and gay representation.

I recommend this and I look forward to reading more of these authors.
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TW: death, suicide

Premise:
The soulmates we've been hearing about are real in twisted ways, in the land of Envecor, your heart beats outside your chest and you're immortal, until you find your soulmate and get bonded. After exchanging your hearts and place it in your chests, you have to move into the mortal world. And if you won't, you'd suffer for staying in an immortal world with your mortality with immense pain. Many people spend their lives trying to find their soulmates, some hire the heart hunters, the ones with broken hearts, to kill their soulmates, to stay immortal.
The King, Marius, hires the first heart hunter, Psyche, to kill his soulmate, who somehow always escapes the clutches of his death. Marius presumes he is the heart mender, for every heart hunter sent to kill him had gold present in their hearts, and a fixed heart meant a new soulmate.
Hence, starts the journey of getting through personal fears, and doubts, and trying to resolve the problems.

Review:

The illustrations were incredibly well-done, especially when the book ends and how Mickey explains the significance of certain illustrations, the parallels drawn to enrich your reading experience, to give in a deeper depth to the characters. The alternate cover is simply beautiful.

The characters, Psyche, is strong but broken enough to not show vulnerability. She has her own demons and had been avoiding them since so long yet they just never leave her. Maybe confronting them is the only way to let them go.
Marius, is cunning and lonely, and an idealist, he was inventing stuff before the immortality curse, and now he wants to change Envecor because he believes there's no escape from there now and he is the only one who could bring change.
Issac, what a beautiful character. I loved him. He had an innocence, and kindness one finds rarely, his empathy precedes him. He is kind and caring and forgiving.
Other characters have their moments and lend their support to the book.

The book deals with the questions regarding love usually people don't pry into, what if your soulmate isn't the one you love? How to deal with loss? How to love again with a broken heart? Should vulnerability be hidden? Can death of a loved one take away your courage to love, or at times, you ability to love to?

In all, it was a great comic, and I'd recommend it to anyone who wishes to see a different story on the concept of soulmates.
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This was sooo cute!!

I have been waiting for someone to put this concept to paper for so long. It has been going around the web for a while. People do not age or die (unless their heart is pierced with a specific magical arrow) or change at all until they meet their soulmate. And once they do, they must leave the cursed island or risk dying, regardless of whether the soulmates leave their family or children behind. I had a huge crush on this concept and it's so great that it was so well executed. It's so awesome that I found this story and in a comic no less. I love it when an awesome story is illustrated. Fortunately, it was also very well written. I would've been so pissed if this concept was completely butchered and ruined. Not to mention the incredible, beautiful art that accompanied this awesome story.

The idea that some people would rather live forever than have a soulmate, and therefore sent a Heart Hunter to track their soulmate down and kill them adds a bit of more realism into the fantasy of the story and I really liked that. I also liked the idea that hearts can change the way people change and that means they can find a new/different soulmate. So if a soulmate dies, one way or another, and the heart changes then it will be linked to someone else's heart.

The story was so touching and beautiful. People's hearts are outside of their body and they take a form according to how they are treated by their wearers. Just like any living thing, the heart needs to be nurtured, otherwise it tears and bleeds, and rots. The relationships between the MCs, whether soulmates or not, were so beautiful, and sweet, and well-written.

I did find some plot holes, however. I don't understand how more than one child is born on the island if only soulmates can procreate, and once mated, must leave the island or risk dying. Also, while I liked the idea that it's not only romantic love that can mate two people (Psyche, the Heart Hunter mated to her sister because they somehow completed each other), it was specifically mentioned, in the beginning, that people didn't bother forming romantic relationships because of the curse, and those that did were scrutinized and judged. So the mating bond between Psyche and her sister doesn't make much sense.

I still liked the comic, though. It's really, really good and I would definitely recommend it to a friend.
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I got this on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!
3.5 ⭐️

I really enjoyed this graphic novel! Really unique story and I loved the worldbuilding and the complex group of characters! My heart breaks for Psyche and her story, and I just wanted her to have all the happiness in the world! I also loved that it wasn't a typical "king hired a bounty hunter" thing, but that Psyche and the King are actually friends and have been so for AGES! Gave the story a bit more complexity. Also: loved that the story used the wide definition of soulmates, not just limited to romantic love!

The thing that brought it a bit down for me was that I wish we got even more of the backstories, and more buildup in-between the chapters and in the beginning. Otherwise, this was great!
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I am providing feedback based on a very short preview that I was able to obtain. I was unable to read this book in it's entirety due to issues downloading. 

The prologue set the world up nicely. The illustrations were beautiful, I enjoy problematic characters who do things to simply stay in power. I did not get to meet our main character, but the prologue did convinve me to find the full book to read. I'll come back here to edit once I have it,
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This book was an absolutely delightful exploration of what it means to have a heart - making quite literal some of the common expressions used.
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There was just so much to love about this book.
First of all the premise of this book was such a cool idea. I’ve seen the prompt/idea floating around, but I’ve never seen a book with the premise before and I was not disappointed. I love how the author executed the idea and I would definitely read the book again.
I also love the artwork and the colors use. The story was wonderful, but what truly made the book excellent was the artwork and the colors were absolutely beautiful.
Another part I loved was how Mickey George wrote soulmates and the relationships in this book. Of course, we had the idea that soulmates meant romantic feelings, but we also had platonic soulmates and familial soulmates and I loved that George included those types of soulmates as well. I would even go so far to say that there were elements of found family at the end.
The way that heart hunters are created was an interesting idea and I loved how this book was not just about “finding soulmates” but also learning to trust and love again and learning to let others care for you. The final point I want to mention is the different “types of hearts” there were. Some examples: the golden heart, hearts locked away in jars, bleeding hearts, etc.
Overall, I was very pleased with this book and I would definitely recommend it and buy it.
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I almost knocked a star off this rating due to the image about 25 pages in. It probably won’t bother most people, but I’m super sensitive about things going near eyes... so here it is in case you are curious... [ She sticks a dang needle in her eyeball!!!! Like WTF!?!? (hide spoiler)]. But other than that, this is absolutely perfect!!

It took me a bit to get used to the art. It looks just a little rougher than what I’m used to, but now I really think it just adds to the charm!! The characters are each so interesting to look at and I really enjoyed the individual hearts. Who would have thought that everyone’s hearts would be so different from each other!.? It was such a fun little detail. 

The story was just so intriguing that I had a hard time stopping once I got into it. And just when you’re pretty sure you know how it’s going to go, things get flipped over and you don’t know where everything is going to fall. The ending!!! I’m still all mushy from that ending and I am tempted to reread it just to take it all in again. That’s how much I liked it. 

I recommend this to those who enjoy graphic novels that have adventure, humor, and a sweet side. This is such a fun read!!

Thanks so much to NetGalley, Legendary Comics, and Mickey George for providing the opportunity to read this for my honest and unbiased opinion.

Will be posted on my blog and Amazon shortly.
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