Book Review: A Gift For A Ghost

Book Review: A Gift For A Ghost

An untalented punk band and a parallel dimension what could go wrong?

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A Gift For A Ghost

Author: Borja Gonzalez
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
Publisher: Abrams ComicArts
Page Count: 128
Format: Physical ARC
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Cover Artist: BorjaGonzalez
My Rating: ★★

A Gift for a GhostA Gift for a Ghost by Borja González
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher, Abrams ComicArts, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.


A Gift for a Ghost is an odd story that bridges the gap between two eras over one hundred and sixty years. The two timelines converge and contrast, from a young aristocrat in 1856 to a group of three girls in 2016. Teresa, destined for a life of duty, would rather write risque poetry than find a suitor. Her appreciation of horror poetry, in particular, sets her apart from the others in her class, and is discouraged to do so.

Three girls, Gloria, Laura, and Christina, in the future possess a deep passion to become a band but have terrible lyrics. When they stumble upon the poetry of Teresa left in a box by a secret lake in the woods, it just may be their key to a successful start-up.

The deliniation between these two timelines is, unfortunately, difficult to decipher. Each timeline runs into the other, and is only clearly depicted in the illustrations themselves of the shift. If the pace and change in plotline were more clearly noted, this odd little read would be much more palatable. Furthermore, the overall meaning of the story isn’t strong enough, leaving the story with an unclear direction.

The illustrations are by far the most enjoyable aspect of A Gift for a Ghost. Simple, yet elegant drawings of the characters in pastels and sharp black and white (in the final edition–the ARC is printed in black and white) easily drawsj the eye of the curious peruser.

Vulgarity: Minimal.
Sexual content: Some nudity.
Violence: None.

My Rating: ★★

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