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The Hockey Saint Forever Friends #2 Lately I've been obsessed with reading books that feature hockey as a main theme But this graphic novel did not center on hockey as much as I'd like it to Which is okay because it centered on friendship and it dealt with some important and tough topics I came for the hockey but stayed for the friendship and the characters and I enjoyed reading it It's about an unlikely friendship formed between a hockey player and his idol who is a hockey starIt was very interesting and realistic and does not let you go until the last pageJust to mention the illustrations which were great but at times they lacked detailI had no idea this was the second book in the Forever Friends TrilogyCopy given in exchange for an honest review 5 stars for The Hockey Saint a graphic novel ARC provided to G the Book Diva blog in exchange for an honest review The author asked me to review this and since he seemed like such a nice guy I decided to step out of my reading box and try something new Imagine my surprise to find that I couldn't put it down The Hockey Saint is the story of an unlikely friendship between Tom and Jake Tom is an everyday kid who plays college hockey and Jeremiah Jake Jacobson is a young professional hockey player who has been deemed The Best Player In The World Like everyone else on the planet Tom idolized Jake He imagined that Jake lived an awesome celebrity life full of money and glory What he learned is that for Jake fame isn't all that it's cracked up to be The real Jake is much down to earth yet troubled What he needs than the limelight is a true friend This is an amazing story of friendship loyalty and new beginnings I've never read a graphic novel before and I thought it was fantastic Well done I highly recommend I may actually start a monthly Stepping outside my reading box challenge I would like to thank NetGalley and Animal Media Group for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review45 stars Introduction After I had finished reading Howard Shapiro’s previous graphic novel “The Stereotypical Freaks” I was excited to find out that “The Stereotypical Freaks” was a part of the “Forever Friends Trilogy” and I was even excited to find out that I was approved of the second book in the series “The Hockey Saint” by NetGalley After reading this graphic novel I found this story to be just as memorable as “The Stereotypical Freaks” What is this story about? Tom Leonard is back once again as he is now a college sopho who is a part of the school’s hockey team and he now has a new dilemma to face The story starts off with Tom’s parents being killed in a car accident and Tom is still trying to deal with this tragedy Also around that time Tom has been offered a scholarship for his talents in hockey and Tom is striving to get that scholarship as much as possible One day however Tom ends up meeting his favorite hockey player Jeremiah Jacobson who is known as the world’s best hockey player Tom then uickly becomes good friends with Jeremiah and the two of them started spending a lot of time with each other But later on Tom discovers that Jeremiah has a terrible secret he is a heavy drinker and a smoker and Jeremiah refuses to acknowledge that he has this problem Can Tom help Jeremiah with his drug addiction before it is too late? Read this book to find out What I loved about this story Howard Shapiro’s writing Howard Shapiro’s writing is as usual a delight to read as the characters are written extremely well and I loved the real world plot of this volume as it addresses the dangers of drug addiction that has rarely been addressed in many comic books I loved the fact that we actually have a comic book that details drug addiction in a realistic way by showing that Jeremiah is in denial about his addiction and how it was difficult at first for Tom and his loved ones to try to get Jeremiah to understand about the severity of his drug addiction I also loved the way that Howard Shapiro wrote the relationships between the characters especially between Tom and Jeremiah as I loved the fact that Jeremiah shows Tom that there is to life than just playing hockey all the time and Tom cares enough for Jeremiah to go out of his way to help out Jeremiah with his drug addiction Maricia Inoue and Andres Mossa’s artwork Maricia Inoue and Andres Mossa’s artwork is beautifully done as the characters look truly realistic and I loved the way that the characters glow off the pages Now I will admit that there were some facial expressions on the characters that looked a bit odd especially regarding Tom always smiling during some serious moments; but other than that the artwork really captures the raw emotions that the characters feel during this serious situation that deals with drug addiction What made me feel uncomfortable about this story The reason why I took off half a point from this rating was because I felt like the pacing was a bit slow at times especially at the beginning and I sometimes wished that the plot moved at a much faster pace to get to the main point of the story Final Thoughts Overall “The Hockey Saint” was a truly heartwarming and realistic story about drug addiction that anyone who wants to read about the conseuences of drug addiction and the importance of true friendship will truly enjoyReview is also on Rabbit Ears Book Blog This is perfect for young adults The Hockey Saint is relatable and covers real life issues It also has a friendship between a hockey sports star and an average kid the everyday and something that would be a fantasy for many The artwork is great and the message a good one Copy given in exchange for an honest review Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents Website  Facebook  Twitter  Google  Pinterest  Goodreads  Tumblr  Bloglovin'  Instagram This book was provided by the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review Thank you Netgalley and Animal Media Group The Hockey Saint is the second book in the Forever Friends Trilogy and tells the story of Tom Leonard and Jeremiah Jacobson Tom is a 19 year old student who loves playing hockey and who's fascinated by Jeremiah a hockey player Tom and Jeremiah meet one night and from that they on they're friends But is Jeremiah the hockey player that Tom thought he was? The Hockey Saint is such a nice graphic novel about some tough topics just like The Stereotypical Freaks I think that it's a good seuel but I loved The Stereotypical Freaks I do love that all the comics are in colour thoughI cannot wait to see what Hockey Karma has in store for me The main character is a teenaged boy and prodigy hockey player who looks like a girl A very emotional girl With a grocery list And his hero a famous hockey player looks like Jesus Very weird40 pages in we were still getting to know the characters and nothing meaningful happens I skimmed my way through another 30odd pages The star chain smokes and drinks the boy fangirls there is the obligatory best female friend All that's missing is the star making a pass at the boyOn top of the plot not being exactly gripping I did not like the artwork much The proportions of the characters looked weird at times it was all a bit too simplistic for my tasteDNF at 76 pages about halfway through I received this free copy from the publisherauthor via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review thank you Free ARC received from Netgalley and Animal Media Group in return for an honest review This in no way affected my opinion on the ARC that I read Rating 375 5Publication Date 14th October 2014Review Date 09th August 2017First book in the series The Stereotypical Freaks – Review here 4 5 stars Tom looks so tiny in his hockey jersey he’s so tiny and adorable I want to hug him Twenty one year old Jeremiah Jacobson is the world's best hockey player but he wasn't prepared for the frenzy and scrutiny that came with that title Tom Leonard is an average college sopho just a guy trying to find his place in the world as he sorts through issues that are both very real and seemingly insurmountableThrough a chance meeting these two strike up an unlikely friendship Their bond is tested when Tom discovers that his idol isn't as perfect up close as he seems from afar With Jeremiah living a little too much in the moment and with his past catching up to him will Tom be able to help him before it's too late?In my review of The Stereotypical Freaks the first book in this series I had one major ualm – and that was that it wasn’t coloured and it was hard to read The first thing I found much to my joy when I opened this comic is that it is coloured Praise Although I found a new thing to be a little annoyed at Does the writing have to be so small? Adobe always freezes when I zoom in to read it and I’m having to suint and I’m ruining my eyesight even trying to read this I am so sorry I don’t want to complain about every little thing but seriously It’s painfulOne thing I am so glad is back is the recommended listening at the start of each chapter I love this As I said in my review for The Stereotypical Freaks I find that these are much better when read with the recommended listening for each chapter and honestly? Shapiro does it again I have not only extended my music library and enjoyed of a series I’m highly enjoying but I got to have a bit of an enhanced reading session with this even if I did have to look around YouTube forever oopsHowever I do have an issue uite early on in this graphic novel The seeming stalkerish behaviour A friend gives Tom the address of his favourite ice hockey player as though it’s his to give and then of course Tom scribbles it down This made me a little uncomfortable I understand plot lines and that it’s probably important for the story but still it made me uncomfortable and I can’t ignore that and I will highlight it because I know there are some people that will want to avoid this sort of behaviour in graphic novels and the material they read Because of how uncomfortable I felt watching Tom basically drive to this guy’s house knowing he doesn’t have permission or right to be there or to be in possession of his address I have to knock a star down Sorry Howard but this is a little bit on the creepy side in my personal opinionIt took me a while to get back into this after leaving it for uite a while due to college getting down on me and some personal issues but I am so glad to be able to have finished this I did notice though the art wasn’t as good as I remembered from previously and it saddened me a little bit to realise this It wasn’t amazing almost two dimensional and the aspect of the characters seemed a little off at timesThis was really a wonderful graphic novel This really deals with a lot of themes that aren’t ice hockey and even as an ice hockey fan expecting sports I really enjoyed this story The terms of alcohlism hero worship not knowing who you are learning other people to learn yourself are all themes that many people can relate to in this world and I found it an absolutely stunning readShapiro really did wonders with this and it’s a brilliant follow up to The Stereotypical Freaks I can’t wait to read I was given a text only review copy of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review I'd like to start out that the star rating would probably be higher if I had read the finished version of the book as the artwork will greatly contribute to the experience of this read The cover of the book promises an exciting visualsThe Hockey Saint wasn't at all what I expected although I am not sure what that was Howard Shapiro has written an extremely honest account of the lives of a world class hockey player and a college athlete that come to a head when the two meet by chance As college hockey player Tom gets to know hockey star Jake he realizes that there is to famous athletes that their goal scoring stats autographs and their media image As a person Jake has many admirable ualities but his life isn't perfect either Jake learns that he has to deal with the issues in his life that he is working so hard to avoid recognizing that being a famous hockey player is not limited to the rinkAlcoholism grief and a critical look at the media and sports fans all add to the eye opening experience of this graphic novel Although as a graphic novel the book is comparatively short there is depth to this story and Howard Shapiro presents the reader with well developed characters and honest emotions which I hope to see in the artwork I believe this book will be very popular with young adults who have an interest in sports and I look forward to reading of Howard Shapiro's work and to see this book in its finished version It's hard to figure out why this wasn't for me as good as The Stereotypical Freaks even when the story is in essence kind of similar maybe because i'm not into the hockey world or maybe because even when still have recommended songs isn't centred in musicAnyway the merit of this work is the same that with the Forever Friends' first book a typical plot treated in not as usual way even when this didn't catch my attention so much the tory is complete character that grown thanks to the situation and the art is gorgeous The thing that i enjoy so much is the friendship and loyaltyin every page you can feel it and wish have a mate like thatEven when i don't like the characters in this one i get why they became friends and why they can help each other so i enjoy it but just didn't love itI Will read the next one the plots and characters isn't connected and that increased my curiosity because Shapiro create a little world where friendship is the most important thing so A digital copy of this book was provided by NetGalley The highly anticipated seuel to The Stereoypical Freaks and the 2nd book in the Forever Friends Trilogy this is The Hockey SaintTwenty one year old Jeremiah Jacobson is the world's best hockey player but he wasn't prepared for the frenzy and scrutiny that came with that title Tom Leonard is an average college sopho just a guy trying to find his place in the world as he sorts through issues that are both very real and seemingly insurmountable Through a chance meeting these two strike up an unlikely friendship Their bond is tested when Tom discovers that his idol isn't as perfect up close as he seems from afar With Jeremiah living a little too much in the moment and with his past catching up to him will Tom be able to help him before it's too late

About the Author: Howard Shapiro

I live in Pittsburgh PA with my wife and two sons I am the Controller for the Pittsburgh based Visual Effects firm Animal Inc and I have written four children’s books and The Stereotypical Freaks will be my debut Graphic Novel My 2008 book Hockey Player for Life has been the #1 downloaded children’s hockey e book on ’s Kindle chart since its arrival as an e book in November of 20

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