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Reader beware, you're in for a scare! The kid-friendly horror series returns with a spooky new graphic novel from New York Times bestselling YA author Marieke Nijkamp! When twelve-year-old Blake is shipped away to stay with her weird aunt in Fever Swamp for the summer, she expects her weeks to be filled with video games, mosquito bites, and a whole lot of nothing. Instead, Reader beware, you're in for a scare! The kid-friendly horror series returns with a spooky new graphic novel from New York Times bestselling YA author Marieke Nijkamp! When twelve-year-old Blake is shipped away to stay with her weird aunt in Fever Swamp for the summer, she expects her weeks to be filled with video games, mosquito bites, and a whole lot of nothing. Instead, she finds herself in a spooky turf war between wolf hunters and werewolves! Blake's never let anything--including her prosthetic hand--slow her down or stop her from crushing her opponents in a game of Lore Hunter, but real-life monsters on all sides take danger and fear to a whole new level. Blake will need to use all of her gaming skills to escape in this all-ages scarefest from New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp (This Is Where It Ends, Before I Let Go) and artist Yasmin Flores (Marvel Action: Captain Marvel, Tilly).


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Reader beware, you're in for a scare! The kid-friendly horror series returns with a spooky new graphic novel from New York Times bestselling YA author Marieke Nijkamp! When twelve-year-old Blake is shipped away to stay with her weird aunt in Fever Swamp for the summer, she expects her weeks to be filled with video games, mosquito bites, and a whole lot of nothing. Instead, Reader beware, you're in for a scare! The kid-friendly horror series returns with a spooky new graphic novel from New York Times bestselling YA author Marieke Nijkamp! When twelve-year-old Blake is shipped away to stay with her weird aunt in Fever Swamp for the summer, she expects her weeks to be filled with video games, mosquito bites, and a whole lot of nothing. Instead, she finds herself in a spooky turf war between wolf hunters and werewolves! Blake's never let anything--including her prosthetic hand--slow her down or stop her from crushing her opponents in a game of Lore Hunter, but real-life monsters on all sides take danger and fear to a whole new level. Blake will need to use all of her gaming skills to escape in this all-ages scarefest from New York Times bestselling author Marieke Nijkamp (This Is Where It Ends, Before I Let Go) and artist Yasmin Flores (Marvel Action: Captain Marvel, Tilly).

30 review for Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp

  1. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    Another fun Goosebumps graphic novel re-vamp! This one was just alright for me as far as the storytelling went, but I definitely loved how diverse the cast of characters was. Most of the primary characters are BIPOC and the protagonist has a prosthetic arm, which I don't think I've ever seen in a graphic novel's main character and I thought was pretty great! Like the other graphic novels in the new Goosebumps line, this one is "inspired" by a Goosebumps book but is not a direct adaptation of Fev Another fun Goosebumps graphic novel re-vamp! This one was just alright for me as far as the storytelling went, but I definitely loved how diverse the cast of characters was. Most of the primary characters are BIPOC and the protagonist has a prosthetic arm, which I don't think I've ever seen in a graphic novel's main character and I thought was pretty great! Like the other graphic novels in the new Goosebumps line, this one is "inspired" by a Goosebumps book but is not a direct adaptation of Fever Swamp, for anyone curious about that. I think it's a great addition for new Goosebumps readers as well as those of us who still love the nostalgia, because while it is modern and very different from the old books, it has that really fun, high-stakes, creepy vibe that we all know and love from Stine's stories. ♥ Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this review copy in exchange for an honest review!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Luna

    I had a lot of fun reading this. Now I have very limited experience with Goosebumps as a whole so I’m not really able to compare it to the franchise but as a spooky comic for the target audience I think this has got to be a winner. Let’s start with the art, it’s vibrant and engaging. Plus, every character gave me serious hair envy, like every character. So much brilliant hair…. So jealous. Storywise I think this really works at being mysterious, spooky but also really having a good “heart”. It c I had a lot of fun reading this. Now I have very limited experience with Goosebumps as a whole so I’m not really able to compare it to the franchise but as a spooky comic for the target audience I think this has got to be a winner. Let’s start with the art, it’s vibrant and engaging. Plus, every character gave me serious hair envy, like every character. So much brilliant hair…. So jealous. Storywise I think this really works at being mysterious, spooky but also really having a good “heart”. It could have been cheesy, but it really didn’t read like that, instead it was fun, with some good chapter cliff-hangers and a teasing ending plus some meaningful character growth. If all Goosebumps comics are like Secrets of the Swamp, then I will certainly be picking up more.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cori // ghostlightbooks

    This summer, 12-year-old Blake is sent to her aunt's house in Fever Swamp, a town with its fair share of legends. But, Blake is no stranger to legends since she's one of the ranked players of the game Lore Hunter. When her aunt introduces her to Lily, a neighbor her same age (who just happens to be one of the all-time best Lore Hunter players) she finds herself out in the swamp at night trying to figure out just exactly what might be lurking in Fever Swamp. I've loved Goosebumps for years and I This summer, 12-year-old Blake is sent to her aunt's house in Fever Swamp, a town with its fair share of legends. But, Blake is no stranger to legends since she's one of the ranked players of the game Lore Hunter. When her aunt introduces her to Lily, a neighbor her same age (who just happens to be one of the all-time best Lore Hunter players) she finds herself out in the swamp at night trying to figure out just exactly what might be lurking in Fever Swamp. I've loved Goosebumps for years and I was really in the mood for a quick graphic novel or comic so when I saw this on NetGalley, I was excited to give it a try. I had a lot of fun with this spooky tale, and it totally delivered what I was looking for. The art and the coloring were both well done and clearly matched the tone and vibes of the story. I especially liked the characters in this graphic novel because even though we only had a short time to discover them they were all distinctive both in their writing and in their design. I also really loved that we had some cool girls playing, and being great at, an online RPG- these are the kinds of stories I am here for right now. I thought that the swamp was an exciting and spooky setting to spend most of the story in and that it was artful how many details we were able to fill in about the town and characters while we were submerged in the trees. Overall, I really enjoyed this graphic novel and I'm really interested to see what adventures happen to Blake next! *Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!*

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hew La France

    FINALLY! A Goosebumps graphic novel not adapted from Stine's work that still FEELS like a story Stine would have written! Absolutely loved it: felt like traditional Goosebumps. FINALLY! A Goosebumps graphic novel not adapted from Stine's work that still FEELS like a story Stine would have written! Absolutely loved it: felt like traditional Goosebumps.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Nicole (book.quill)

    I didn’t realize how much I was enjoying this until it ended on a cliffhanger and I was irritated. Pretty solid storytelling, great cliffhanger. Not as spooky for kids as Goosebumps usually are but great nonetheless.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    An ARC was provided by the publisher for an honest review. With the rising popularity of graphic novels, it’s no surprise that Goosebumps books have grown into a graphic novel series. This particular book Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp by Marieke Nijkamp takes the original spookiness of a RL Stein Goosebumps novel and sets our heroines smack dab in the middle of the Fever Swamp. The Fever Swamp is taken directly from the original Goosebumps series, a creepy place that houses real life monsters An ARC was provided by the publisher for an honest review. With the rising popularity of graphic novels, it’s no surprise that Goosebumps books have grown into a graphic novel series. This particular book Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp by Marieke Nijkamp takes the original spookiness of a RL Stein Goosebumps novel and sets our heroines smack dab in the middle of the Fever Swamp. The Fever Swamp is taken directly from the original Goosebumps series, a creepy place that houses real life monsters. Main character Blake is skeptical about visiting her Aunt near the Fever Swamp but her parent insists she make the trip. As a teen, she’d much rather play video games than visit people she doesn’t really have a connection to. Upon arrival, Blake meets Lily who challenges her to head into the swamp at night to track monsters. Blake, not wanting to seem afraid, agrees to meet Lily at night and the two head into the swamp armed with flashlights. Blake and Lilly find themselves caught between a turn war between werwolves and the people who hunt werwolves. As a graphic novel, this is something both my tween and I adored. The coloring matches the spooky vibe of the book with lots of blueish grays and blacks. I liked that the main character had a disability (check out her futuristic prothetic arm) but that didn’t hinder her at all during her monster hunting. I also really appreciated the diversity with a Black main character who finds common ground with someone who she initially viewed as her competitor. Like a typical Goosebumps story, this ends on a bit of a cliff hanger and we are all looking forward to the next installment!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    It takes the makers here only up to the second page for the first big reveal – they have given their heroine, Blake, a futuristic-looking, metallic artificial arm. Stuck for the summer with an aunt for reasons unspecified, she would have every reason to be arsey (in the comic book, everyone-must-shout-at-everyone world, that is, at least) when she is forced to befriend Lily, who is only the queen of the online game they have in common, Lore Hunt. Lily is determined to hunt the monsters that loca It takes the makers here only up to the second page for the first big reveal – they have given their heroine, Blake, a futuristic-looking, metallic artificial arm. Stuck for the summer with an aunt for reasons unspecified, she would have every reason to be arsey (in the comic book, everyone-must-shout-at-everyone world, that is, at least) when she is forced to befriend Lily, who is only the queen of the online game they have in common, Lore Hunt. Lily is determined to hunt the monsters that local legends say live in the local swamp – only not just the two of them will find out where Lore, legend and lycanthropy end and begin... Luckily, the creators do more with the twists they can offer than just the artificial arm, which serves almost zero purpose. They do a lot more – and then bodge the results. The world's worst disguise? Check. A weird fixation on jumbo hairdos? Yup. A silly final sting? Here and a half, if that's even a phrase. Before then we get a truly dramatic book, right up there with the best of the comics I've seen for a young audience for many a year, but unfortunately that high-brow storybuilding nous cannot translate into fully coherent action. So yes, come to this for surprises – surprises with the way the book pans out as a story, and surprises from how variable the quality on offer is. When the pendulum stops swinging, it points at three and a half stars, but it was up and down most pronouncedly before then.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Alexandra Power

    Rating: 5/5 stars. “Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp” by Marieke Nijkamp is a collection of the fourth arc of the Goosebumps comic series presented in a graphic novel format. This creepy tale is reminiscent of a vintage Goosebumps story. It is set in the classic location of Fever Swamp, from the 14th original Goosebumps book. I absolutely adored this graphic novel. I loved the diversity in the characters, and that the main protagonist is a person with a disability, one of the first to be featured Rating: 5/5 stars. “Goosebumps: Secrets of the Swamp” by Marieke Nijkamp is a collection of the fourth arc of the Goosebumps comic series presented in a graphic novel format. This creepy tale is reminiscent of a vintage Goosebumps story. It is set in the classic location of Fever Swamp, from the 14th original Goosebumps book. I absolutely adored this graphic novel. I loved the diversity in the characters, and that the main protagonist is a person with a disability, one of the first to be featured in the Goosebumps franchise. The main themes of resilience, bravery, and loyalty shine through the story and the characters. The plot is fast-paced and quite scary. The art style fits the spooky tone of the story very well. The standard Goosebumps twist ending brought a huge smile to my face. This is one of my favourite books this year, and I highly recommend it to all young adult and adults, especially fans of horror or the Goosebumps franchise. *I received a complimentary copy of this book on NetGalley and have provided an honest review.*

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kylie

    Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. For me personally, a lot of graphic novels don't have enough plot or character development for a good story. This one unfortunately fell into that category. I felt like we were thrown into a story already halfway through and not too much was well explained along the way. The characters kind of fell flat and I didn't have time to get attached to any of them. I did like the artwork and think it was a really great style Thank you to Netgalley for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. For me personally, a lot of graphic novels don't have enough plot or character development for a good story. This one unfortunately fell into that category. I felt like we were thrown into a story already halfway through and not too much was well explained along the way. The characters kind of fell flat and I didn't have time to get attached to any of them. I did like the artwork and think it was a really great style to go along with the story. I've never actually read a Goosebumps book because I was terrified of anything even the slightest bit scary when I was young, but I have watched the show and it did almost read like an episode of the show. The show kind of gave off more of a scare factor though. While I didn't really feel to attached to any of the characters, I did like the wolf pack's loyalty to each other. The most important thing to them was to stay together and stay safe. Overall, a cute spooky graphic novel, but I wish it had a little bit more.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Robin Pelletier

    Goosebumps was my favorite series when I was littler. I am so pleased to see the series has adapted to the graphic novel form. I loved the artistic vision for this novel, but I already loved Marieke Nijkamp's style. I think the art fits perfectly with the narrative and the classic R.L. Stine feel. The Secrets of the Swamp was such a delight. The main character, Blake, is super into a video game when she's sent to the swamp for the summer with her aunt. She meets the #1 slotted player from the ga Goosebumps was my favorite series when I was littler. I am so pleased to see the series has adapted to the graphic novel form. I loved the artistic vision for this novel, but I already loved Marieke Nijkamp's style. I think the art fits perfectly with the narrative and the classic R.L. Stine feel. The Secrets of the Swamp was such a delight. The main character, Blake, is super into a video game when she's sent to the swamp for the summer with her aunt. She meets the #1 slotted player from the game, Lily, in person and Blake is swept away on a swampy mystery. There are a few monsters lurking in the swamp and they aren't the werewolves. I was expecting a little darker narrative and a bit more of a twist from a Goosebumps novel, but it was still fun.

  11. 5 out of 5

    The Erudite Gryffinclaw

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Overall I liked the story. The art also helped to convey the mood of the swamp. The characters were also likeable. I just found it surprising that there would be monster hunters in the Goosebumps universe. My only complaint is that it could have been longer. I know the ending on a cliff hanger is regular Goosebumps fare, but I think it needed to be longer than 5 parts. It could still end on a cliffhanger but be longer.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 Total review score: 2.1 Individual issue reviews: #1 | #2 | #3 | #4 | #5 Total review score: 2.1

  13. 5 out of 5

    Simon Giles

    I love a good Goosebumps story, especially if it's about werewolves. Secrets of the Swamp seems to have that sense of nostalgia, but somewhat predictable. Aside from that, because of the setting in Fever Swamp and the usage of the Wolf Skin, it is the perfect tribute for all Goosebumps werewolves and a good introduction for any Goosebump fan who wants to read about werewolves. I love a good Goosebumps story, especially if it's about werewolves. Secrets of the Swamp seems to have that sense of nostalgia, but somewhat predictable. Aside from that, because of the setting in Fever Swamp and the usage of the Wolf Skin, it is the perfect tribute for all Goosebumps werewolves and a good introduction for any Goosebump fan who wants to read about werewolves.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    Felt too rushed. And everyone was way too chill. Maybe if this hadn't been a gn format it would have worked better for me? Part the the terror of Goosebumps is the not knowing, but with a gn (or at least the way this one was constructed) you can see it so that suspense is gone. Felt too rushed. And everyone was way too chill. Maybe if this hadn't been a gn format it would have worked better for me? Part the the terror of Goosebumps is the not knowing, but with a gn (or at least the way this one was constructed) you can see it so that suspense is gone.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pinky

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Blake finds out werewolves are real and helps save them from hunters.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Simon

    Vintage Goosebumps vibes galore, paired with representation, cute art and an unfortunately languidly-paced story

  17. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Wolverinefactor

    This might have been a 4 but the last 3 panels literally make no sense. It’s like it’s missing a few pages to flesh out the random 3 panels

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bjorn

    Very cute kid-friendly horror comic. It was also a super quick read.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Tenzin

  21. 4 out of 5

    Teresa

  22. 5 out of 5

    Faust

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nathan Moynihan

  24. 5 out of 5

    Miles

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jordan Meyer

  26. 5 out of 5

    Robert

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Rummel

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jayme

  29. 5 out of 5

    J.R.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Sonya

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