Review: Crystal Cadets by Anne Toole


Crystal Cadets

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Cadets Go! Join this team of darkness-fighting, world-saving, power-packed teen girls from all over the world on their first adventure!
Zoe has always felt out of place; her foster parents are great and all, but she’s long felt like something was missing. That is, of course, until she discovers a mysterious gem left to her by her birth mother and her whole universe gets flipped around! When the crystal grants Zoe mysterious powers of light she becomes the Diamond Cadet, and she’s not the only one; suddenly she’s meeting new friends who shoot flames and glowing green arrows. It’s all fun at first, but when The Darkness possesses Zoe’s foster parents her only choice is to join this wild group of action-hero girls, traveling the globe to defeat The Darkness and find a cure!



When I first heard about this title, it wasn't available on NetGalley for review yet, but the publisher included an option to "make a wish" for the book. So you can only imagine how happy I was when I got an email telling me this colourful graphic novel that was drawing me in for some reason was available to request.

Crystal Cadets has a story that reminded me a lot of Sailor Moon. Remember Jadeite, Nephrite...? Well, in this graphic novel, we have a set of girls who draw their powers from gems that are being passed down from generation to generation. Our main character, Zoe, is an orphan and although her foster parents are lovely, she has always felt a hole in her life. That is, until she is found by the Crystal Cadets and she herself becomes a Diamond Cadet.

   
Each of the Cadet has a personal "mount", some of which having the ability to fly, or swim. Their main goal? Fight against the darkness in humans' souls.
   
In the first part of the book, the girls continue searching for the other Crystal Cadets to form a great time and fight against evil, none other than a Crystal Cadet gone bad. Except for the very last part, I am guessing it sound a lot like your typical mahou shoujo anime, right? And it is! But it's so lovely to read this title, since most mahou shoujo are black&white and this one is in full colour!
   
It's so refreshing to see the girls are racially diverse, each with their unique personalities and traits, good or bad. Mistakes are being made, there's character development and the story definitely keeps you entertained. I can't wait for the next installment.

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