ARC review: Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill

Aquicorn Cove by Katie O’Neill


Middle grade, graphic novel

Published on the 16th of October 2018



I received a free ebook of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher! This is truly my honest review, and receiving a free copy has not affected my opinion in any way.

Lana returns to a little sea-side village with her father to help out in cleaning the village after a storm. The village is Lana’s mother’s homeplace, which still brings out painful memories to Lana’s dad by reminding him of the awful loss of her. But Lana’s mother taught Lana to not be afraid of the ocean. And she won’t be.

This graphic novel is completely heart-warming and mesmerising. Katie O’Neill’s artistic talent is breathtaking, and I love the playful style. There are magical, soft-looking creatures and gorgeous scenes.


Aquicorn cove is middle grade, but it is something that an individual who prefer adult books can fully enjoy too. Although O’Neill’s style stays consistent, not all the things that are described are fluffy and fun. Aquicorn Cove is a heart-breaking story with a meaning.


Aquicorn Cove is a rather short novel. I started reading it and then completely disappeared into its world and suddenly resurfaced 96 pages later. I could hear the ocean roaring in my ears when I was reading this book. I feel like if I had held my ear close to my ereader screen, I would have heard the merpeople sing.


But now I have a problem: I fell in love with the Aquicorn Cove. And it hurts so deeply to think that this beautiful beautiful thing is a standalone. What should I do to make Katie O’Neill to give us a second part of the story with Lana grown up? I will give anything. Do you want a cake? My new winter jacket? My left kidney? My soul craves for a continuation.

I strongly recommend you pick up the Aquicorn Cove. I’m hoping to buy a hardcopy for myself so that I can return to this beautiful thing whenever I’m feeling down.


Are you planning to read Aquicorn Cove? Have you read anything else by Katie O’Neill?

I noticed that she has written the Tea Dragon Society and now I really want to read that one!

Do you like reading graphic novels? I love reading in different formats! Any graphic novel recommendations? I would love to know!

Thank you so much for reading!

– Pauliina



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