The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
Review: This book has had a lot of hype for a while now, and I have to say that this was the loveliest and sweetest comic book I have ever had the privilege to read. The tea Dragon Society leaves you wanting more on the first page, because going into the book you know it’s not a series and that there will only ever be one book.
Since checking this book out from my public library, I’ve read it twice. Back to back, and can’t wait to get my own copy . Mostly because of the sweetness of this story, I get teary eyed just looking at the book or thinking about getting to read it again.
The three romances that we get to see in The Tea Dragon Society, the first is between Greta and Minette. Who are just the flipping cutest and have such a great friendship, but has you rooting for them in the romance side of things. The romance between these two is very budding and just starting out, so very cute and soft (with lots of blushes). The second romance kind of sneaks up on you and hits you in the gut from the overwhelming love shared between the two, Hesekiel and Erik. These two were my absolute favorite in the book, and I think favorite couple in a long while. The third and final romance are the dragons and the reader, you can not help yourself when reading from falling in love with these tea dragons.
The artwork of this comic is so soft and beautiful, I just want so much more of this style and colors. Lastly, I’ll talk about the dragons and their tea that grow on top of their heads. These dragons are the personality of what these tea are and what they sooth, but the sad part of this is that dragons bond very deeply with their owners (in this case, more like friends). Now the bonding is not sad, but the fact that these dragons live for such a long time, therefore long outliving their friends. This leaves the dragons without owners to tend to their teas, or give them the care and companionship they need. The author,Katie O’Neill, also includes that the tea leaves the dragons grow, contain and share the memories with their owner. Although, when a tea dragon moves on to the next person to care for them, the no longer grow the memories of their previous owners, but growing new ones of their current ones. Overall, this comic fills your heart so fully that all you can do is start reading it all over again and hope to get your own tea dragon (the author sells plushies!!)
Minette, if you ever get lost, I’ll come and find you! I promise!
You shouldn’t have to give up exploring and adventure because of me you love that.
It was never the adventure that I loved.
Would I? Reread? I already have and plan to many more times. Recommend to everyone? YES!!! Read more from this author? Hell Yeah.
Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.
Edition: Hardcover, 72 pages.
Comic. Fantasy. Dragons. Children’s. Lgbt. Romance. Tea.
Published October 31st 2017 by Oni Press (first published October 18th 2017).
Summary: From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever Aftercomes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.
After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.
-Summary from GoodReads.com