Girl Haven || eARC Review

Title: Girl Haven
Author: Lilah Sturges, Meaghan Carter
Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy, LGBTQIA+
Age: Young Adult
Page Count: 160
Publication Date: February 9, 2021
Publisher: Oni Press
Themes: Friendship, Self-discovery, Fear, Self-Acceptance, Adventure


Three years ago, Ash’s mom, Kristin, left home and never came back. Now, Ash lives in the house where Kristin grew up. All of her things are there. Her old room, her old clothes, and the shed, where she spent her childhood creating a fantasy world called Koretris.

Ash knows all about Koretris: how it’s a haven for girls, with no men or boys allowed, and filled with fanciful landscapes and creatures. When Ash’s friends decide to try going to Koretris, using one of Kristin’s spellbooks, Ash doesn’t think anything will happen. But the spell works, and Ash discovers that the world Kristin created is actually a real place, with real inhabitants and very real danger.

But if Koretris is real, why is Ash there? Everyone has always called Ash a boy. Ash uses he/him pronouns. Shouldn’t the spell have kept Ash out? And what does it mean if it let Ash in?

Thank you to NetGalley and Oni Press for an eARC of this title.

I adored this graphic novel! It was diverse and cute and so heartwarming. It was defintely a bit short, but I loved so much about it. For one, I really enjoyed the art style. It was colourful and soft and all the characters were unique.

I also really liked the characters and story. The main characters are all unique and different. They have a great friend dynamic and are caring and loyal. I also really enjoyed that all the characters are at different points of self-discovery.

I absolutely loved the topic of identity and self acceptance within this book. I think this would be a really great book for all age groups. I am absolutely going to be looking out for more within this series (if it’s going to be a series).

Rating: 4/5 stars

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