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The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (Review)

Title: The Prince and the Dressmaker
Author: Jen Wang
Type: Fiction, Sequential Art, Graphic Novel
Genre: YA, Historical, LGBT
Publisher: First Second (Macmillan)
Published: February 13, 2018

A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by Raincoast Books, in exchange for an honest review.

Paris, at the dawn of the modern age:

Prince Sebastian is looking for a bride―or rather, his parents are looking for one for him. Sebastian is too busy hiding his secret life from everyone. At night he puts on daring dresses and takes Paris by storm as the fabulous Lady Crystallia―the hottest fashion icon in the world capital of fashion!

Sebastian’s secret weapon (and best friend) is the brilliant dressmaker Frances―one of only two people who know the truth: sometimes this boy wears dresses. But Frances dreams of greatness, and being someone’s secret weapon means being a secret. Forever. How long can Frances defer her dreams to protect a friend? Jen Wang weaves an exuberantly romantic tale of identity, young love, art, and family. A fairy tale for any age, The Prince and the Dressmaker will steal your heart.

– My Review –

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I don’t even know where to begin with this book! It was just fantastic! Maybe I’ll start with the cover. As you may see in my Top Ten Tuesday post for today, this cover features my (current) favourite colour (and goes very well with my current theme I must sayyy). I also like how Frances and Sebastian are depicted and how just their poses alone speaks a million words about the friendship and love that they feel for one another. I also love how Crystallia can be seen in the background, kind of encompassing them and who they are individually as well as to each other. I noticed more every time I look at this cover!

Now, as for the interior, I loved it just as much (if not more) than the cover! I really like Wang’s style, and will be sure to pick up more of her work ASAP! I not only liked the aesthetic of her art, but also how she depicts characters, and how they all actually look and feel different from one another. She also has a fantastic way of making her art give off actions and emotions (when necessary). I also loved the story itself and what it intends to tell readers of all ages. The characters, especially Frances and Sebastian, really stuck with me as well. I loved how they interacted, how they developed, and just who they are as people. I loved reading their story, and I will be recommending this graphic novel to anyone who will listen (and even those who won’t)!

– About the Author –

 

Hi, I’m a cartoonist, writer, and illustrator based in Los Angeles. I’m also a co-founder and organizer for Los Angeles based comics festival Comic Arts LATwitter / Instagram

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THANK YOU FOR READING MY BOOK REVIEW! HAVE YOU READ THIS BOOK? WHAT DID YOU THINK? AND IF YOU HAVEN’T READ IT YET, DO YOU WANT TO, OR NOT? HOW COME? LET ME KNOW IN THE COMMENTS BELOW!

19 thoughts on “The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang (Review)

    1. Ahhh it wasn’t an ARC haha. I actually got denied for the ARC on NetGalley, but then they sent me a finished copy hahaha. Thank you so much for reading!

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