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In this fun graphic novel, a talented young chef is selected to participate in a baking reality show and finds herself mixed up in spicy competition, bitter rivalry, and sweet romanceIn Leisl Adams’s debut graphic novel, Batter Royale, an aspiring amateur baker enters the toughest, ugliest, most fearsome fight she'll ever experience: a baking reality show. When seventeen-y In this fun graphic novel, a talented young chef is selected to participate in a baking reality show and finds herself mixed up in spicy competition, bitter rivalry, and sweet romanceIn Leisl Adams’s debut graphic novel, Batter Royale, an aspiring amateur baker enters the toughest, ugliest, most fearsome fight she'll ever experience: a baking reality show. When seventeen-year-old small-town waitress Rose impresses a famous food critic, she and her best friend, Fred, find themselves thrust into the tough world of competitive baking. The contest is an intense ten days of bizarre challenges, and the competition is cutthroat. Some competitors are willing to lie, cheat, and sabotage their way to the top. Rose may be in over her head, but she is determined to show that she can become a top chef. Batter Royale is a fish-out-of-water style romantic comedy about climbing out of the circumstances you're in and making your dreams come true.


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In this fun graphic novel, a talented young chef is selected to participate in a baking reality show and finds herself mixed up in spicy competition, bitter rivalry, and sweet romanceIn Leisl Adams’s debut graphic novel, Batter Royale, an aspiring amateur baker enters the toughest, ugliest, most fearsome fight she'll ever experience: a baking reality show. When seventeen-y In this fun graphic novel, a talented young chef is selected to participate in a baking reality show and finds herself mixed up in spicy competition, bitter rivalry, and sweet romanceIn Leisl Adams’s debut graphic novel, Batter Royale, an aspiring amateur baker enters the toughest, ugliest, most fearsome fight she'll ever experience: a baking reality show. When seventeen-year-old small-town waitress Rose impresses a famous food critic, she and her best friend, Fred, find themselves thrust into the tough world of competitive baking. The contest is an intense ten days of bizarre challenges, and the competition is cutthroat. Some competitors are willing to lie, cheat, and sabotage their way to the top. Rose may be in over her head, but she is determined to show that she can become a top chef. Batter Royale is a fish-out-of-water style romantic comedy about climbing out of the circumstances you're in and making your dreams come true.

30 review for Batter Royale

  1. 4 out of 5

    Ms. Woc Reader

    Rose is a waitress working in a small town restaurant. She has big dreams of attending culinary school and becoming a pastry chef. But her parents are seperating and they don't have the money to send her to her dream school. When a critic is impressed by a bold dessert choice she sneaks to her at the restaurant, she gets the opportunity of a lifetime to participate in a reality baking show. Rose flies to London with her best friend, Fred to compete against teams from around the world. The challan Rose is a waitress working in a small town restaurant. She has big dreams of attending culinary school and becoming a pastry chef. But her parents are seperating and they don't have the money to send her to her dream school. When a critic is impressed by a bold dessert choice she sneaks to her at the restaurant, she gets the opportunity of a lifetime to participate in a reality baking show. Rose flies to London with her best friend, Fred to compete against teams from around the world. The challanges are a little crazy, one of the constestants is trying to sabatogue teams, and their friendship gets tested. During the competition Rose and Fred also have to acknowledge the feelings they have for each other. This was a cute story with great artwork. I loved how little recipes for various desserts were included. I thought that was a unique touch. I did want some more drama though. Rose's parents announce that they're seperating and she doesn't even get to really deal with any of that before she flies to London for the competition. Fred's mother is in danger of losing her restaurant but we only see that a little bit. The reality tv show filming goes by so fast the other contestants aren't that developed. So I would've loved to see a little more time spent on the behind the scenes of the competition. I think younger teens will enjoy this one because it's a quick and easy read. The little romance between two best friends is cute. And the recipes are easy enough to inspire any young baker. https://womenofcolorreadtoo.blogspot....

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hannah

    This was so incredibly disappointing I want to cry. Nothing about it makes any sense. Even if I suspend my disbelief about two teenagers being invited to a reality show overnight and going to a foreign country alone--I kind of did that when I was 17 for a Model UN conference and I turned out okay--I just can't sit with the idea that this reality show is shot in one week. There are no producers anywhere until they are randomly mentioned when there is (view spoiler)[some kissing people want to kee This was so incredibly disappointing I want to cry. Nothing about it makes any sense. Even if I suspend my disbelief about two teenagers being invited to a reality show overnight and going to a foreign country alone--I kind of did that when I was 17 for a Model UN conference and I turned out okay--I just can't sit with the idea that this reality show is shot in one week. There are no producers anywhere until they are randomly mentioned when there is (view spoiler)[some kissing people want to keep a secret (hide spoiler)] , which is a waste because all the drama and manipulation that producers engage in on reality shows would actually add some depth. I was so excited to see a brown girl character who is just existing without a trace of trauma porn, but an international cast with no language barriers whatsoever? Challenges like (view spoiler)[fucking trap doors in the floor that just open up and drop competitors? Statistically impossible that there wouldn't be a broken ankle or concussion.Squid Game's glass bridge was more believable! Swinging on literal rope over a ring of fire (hide spoiler)] ? No production like this would ever be insured. And the cast was so one-sided that I couldn't care about any of their arcs because they didn't have any. Nobody learned anything. Nobody changed. Nobody grew. Nobody was any different. This had all the elements necessary for a really kickass book that could have gone soapy and over the top yet still possible in our world and its limitations (such as linear time) OR make some interesting statements about manipulation and conniving your way to your dreams OR the perils of searching for 15 minutes of fame OR any combination thereof, but there's no there there.

  3. 4 out of 5

    aarya

    Nothing in this graphic novel makes sense, sorry. Read via library.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Becca

    Thank you to Harry N. Abrams & Netgalley for providing me with an e-ARC of Batter Royale in exchange for an honest review! !!! this graphic novel is the perfect mix of growing up, following your dreams, BAKING!!!! and a cute friends-to-lovers romance! the art is SO CUTE. the characters are lovely! & there are even recipes you can follow throughout! also, the baking competition show in Batter Royale is so off-the-rails, it's a blast. Thank you to Harry N. Abrams & Netgalley for providing me with an e-ARC of Batter Royale in exchange for an honest review! !!! this graphic novel is the perfect mix of growing up, following your dreams, BAKING!!!! and a cute friends-to-lovers romance! the art is SO CUTE. the characters are lovely! & there are even recipes you can follow throughout! also, the baking competition show in Batter Royale is so off-the-rails, it's a blast.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley, but read the hardcover final edition for this review. All words, thoughts, and opinions are my own. This is a delightful, fun graphic novel. I love food competitions and the ways food can bring people together, so I was very excited when I first saw this graphic novel. The competition is a little bonkers and weird, but the food puns from the show’s host are pretty delightful. I also really enjoyed the friendship between Rose and Fred an I received an advance copy from the publisher via Netgalley, but read the hardcover final edition for this review. All words, thoughts, and opinions are my own. This is a delightful, fun graphic novel. I love food competitions and the ways food can bring people together, so I was very excited when I first saw this graphic novel. The competition is a little bonkers and weird, but the food puns from the show’s host are pretty delightful. I also really enjoyed the friendship between Rose and Fred and their growth and better understanding of their goals and strengths over the course of the competition. All around a really fun graphic novel and I highly recommend if you enjoy stories featuring baking competition and a little added sweetness of romance.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Amy Pickett

    Rose has just been accepted at her dream school, Fieldberry Culinary School in Toronto, but her recently separated parents aren’t sure if they can swing the tuition. When an influential food critic visits the Quayga Diner where she works, Rose presents her with a strawberry shortcake (her own creation) and scores an invitation to participate in a televised baking competition called Batter Royale. The prize is a life-changing $500,000 and a book deal. However, the taping is in London and Rose nee Rose has just been accepted at her dream school, Fieldberry Culinary School in Toronto, but her recently separated parents aren’t sure if they can swing the tuition. When an influential food critic visits the Quayga Diner where she works, Rose presents her with a strawberry shortcake (her own creation) and scores an invitation to participate in a televised baking competition called Batter Royale. The prize is a life-changing $500,000 and a book deal. However, the taping is in London and Rose needs a teammate. She convinces her longtime friend Fred - whose mom owns the diner - to join her in hopes that the publicity will help the struggling Quayga, and the pair jet off across the pond. Will their friendship blossom into something more, or will the pitfalls of a reality TV show (including booby traps, sabotage, and flirty competitors) drive a wedge between them? Exciting competition scenes, a heartwarming friends-to-romance trope, and adorable characters make this graphic novel a guaranteed crowd-pleaser!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea 🏳️‍🌈

    Pretty cute, but not super memorable for me personally. Rose is an aspiring chef who needs to earn money for culinary school. So, she convinces her friend Fred to enter as her partner in a cooking competition in London. They fight to win the competition with sabotage from their other teammates, the emotional weight of Rose's parents' marital issues and hidden romantic feelings. I think, even if I was younger, this wouldn't have been a hit for me. Everything was just a little too bland, for my tas Pretty cute, but not super memorable for me personally. Rose is an aspiring chef who needs to earn money for culinary school. So, she convinces her friend Fred to enter as her partner in a cooking competition in London. They fight to win the competition with sabotage from their other teammates, the emotional weight of Rose's parents' marital issues and hidden romantic feelings. I think, even if I was younger, this wouldn't have been a hit for me. Everything was just a little too bland, for my tastes. The other teammates, except for the saboteur, all blended together. The romance was seen from a mile away, but I also didn't really feel like they had any chemistry at all. Rose annoyed me, to be honest(view spoiler)[, because I hate when stories set up a character with a dream that consistently doesn't work hard to accomplish that dream. They set up that she's always late to her job working for Fred's mother and she doesn't plan well or know how to crack eggs? (hide spoiler)] Anyway, a younger person might like this more than me. I was not impressed.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth Mellen

    Thanks to Netgalley and Abrams Kids for the ARC of this! I will say off the bat something was wrong with the formatting that made it really difficult to read and stay immersed because I had to keep stopping to try to decide what was being said. As that will probably not be an issue in the final product, I rounded up. I thought this was overall a cute, fun story. It was pretty fluffy and surface level, but sometimes that’s what you want. For fans of Space Battle Lunchtime and Pumpkinheads, this f Thanks to Netgalley and Abrams Kids for the ARC of this! I will say off the bat something was wrong with the formatting that made it really difficult to read and stay immersed because I had to keep stopping to try to decide what was being said. As that will probably not be an issue in the final product, I rounded up. I thought this was overall a cute, fun story. It was pretty fluffy and surface level, but sometimes that’s what you want. For fans of Space Battle Lunchtime and Pumpkinheads, this friends to lovers cooking show graphic novel is full of tasty looking food and fun competition.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Brianna - Four Paws and a Book

    This was really cute and the art style is adorable. It just felt like really low stakes and the plot moved along too continently.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Reading with Cats

    Cute, but didn’t make a whole lot of sense. Also, I really wanted to like Rose but her refusal to ever listen to Fred and her insistence that she always knows best were off-putting. That title is pure genius, though.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Adria Goetz

    What’s not to love about a rom com set at a reality TV baking competition?✨🧁

  12. 5 out of 5

    Sirah

    Rose dreams of one day becoming a professional chef with her own restaurant, but for now, she's just a waitress who can't afford to go to a prestigious culinary academy--that is, until she is invited to attend Batter Royale: the international baking competition reality TV show! She and her partner do their best to make quality food items, but it's obvious that some competitors are willing to do whatever it takes to win, even sabotaging their fellow bakers! This was a sweet story (pun intended) wi Rose dreams of one day becoming a professional chef with her own restaurant, but for now, she's just a waitress who can't afford to go to a prestigious culinary academy--that is, until she is invited to attend Batter Royale: the international baking competition reality TV show! She and her partner do their best to make quality food items, but it's obvious that some competitors are willing to do whatever it takes to win, even sabotaging their fellow bakers! This was a sweet story (pun intended) with a simple moral. I liked Rose's character, and while the story didn't strike me as realistic, it definitely had its fun moments. I enjoyed the recipes that are sprinkled throughout the book, and I hope middle grade readers will use them to explore the delights of baking without the risk of food fights or excess salt.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shauna Morrison

    A lot of baking, romance, family drama, and some intrigue, put it all together and you have a recipe for a great graphic novel. Rose is tenacious, knows what she wants, and isn't afraid to reach for her dreams. I read an advance copy so it did not have color yet but the illustrations were great and I cannot wait to see the final product. I loved the recipes sprinkled throughout the novel, can't wait to try a few. Would highly recommend this book. A lot of baking, romance, family drama, and some intrigue, put it all together and you have a recipe for a great graphic novel. Rose is tenacious, knows what she wants, and isn't afraid to reach for her dreams. I read an advance copy so it did not have color yet but the illustrations were great and I cannot wait to see the final product. I loved the recipes sprinkled throughout the novel, can't wait to try a few. Would highly recommend this book.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Rich in Color

    Review copy: Public library Even before reading, I could see Battle Royale was going to be a treat. The jacket design by Andrea Miller was lovely and the endpapers are pink and cute with strawberries floating here and there. The dedication page even has a smattering of sweet looking little macarons. It’s really not advisable to read this while hungry, but if you do, you’ll be wanting something to munch on pretty quickly. There aren’t a lot of huge surprises in the story if you read the summary, bu Review copy: Public library Even before reading, I could see Battle Royale was going to be a treat. The jacket design by Andrea Miller was lovely and the endpapers are pink and cute with strawberries floating here and there. The dedication page even has a smattering of sweet looking little macarons. It’s really not advisable to read this while hungry, but if you do, you’ll be wanting something to munch on pretty quickly. There aren’t a lot of huge surprises in the story if you read the summary, but sometimes I like a book that I can just read without having to worry about huge twists. There are some shenanigans during the contest, but it never really goes into nail biting territory. I appreciated that the characters had some high stakes things happening, but the book wasn’t stressful to read. It was mostly like a cozy evening watching a baking competition on tv. Of course you might be cheering on a contestant or two and having hopes or small disappointments, but mostly, it’s just fun to watch. There is a question about whether or not the main characters are interested in each other so there’s a little romantic tension, but again, not super stressful. The book is open. There is a recipe for blueberry scones. The ingredients have small images next to each. Above the portion of the pages that are visible is a plate that has a scone sitting on it.There are recipes between quite a few of the scenes. I hadn’t anticipated them, but after reading, I knew I would have to try something. I gave the blueberry scones a shot. They had less sugar than I usually use so they definitely weren’t overly sweet which I appreciated. The texture was perfect and they made for a wonderful breakfast. Recommendation: This is a fun and quick story that anyone could enjoy especially if they lean toward low-key romance and like the potential for yummy treats.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    I received an eARC courtesy of Amulet Books/ABRAMS Kids via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. There is an awful lot to unpack with this one.... If I'm being honest, I don't quite know where to start. Who would want to participate in this kind of cooking competition. Something about this just feels too light-I need/want more from it. For Libraries: I think this is meant to be YA, but the style evokes more middle grade. I received an eARC courtesy of Amulet Books/ABRAMS Kids via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. There is an awful lot to unpack with this one.... If I'm being honest, I don't quite know where to start. Who would want to participate in this kind of cooking competition. Something about this just feels too light-I need/want more from it. For Libraries: I think this is meant to be YA, but the style evokes more middle grade.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Myranda

    3.5/5 Overall, this graphic novel was sweet ;) I really enjoyed the art style and I appreciated the recipe pages they added in for the recipes that were made in the story. Inherently, this graphic novel wasn’t bad, it’s just that I’ve seen this type of story told many times before so there was nothing really new or anything that put it apart from the rest of these competition type stories. It was predictable and cliche.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Candice

    The story was faced paced but the artwork was beautiful. This was a young, young adult graphic novel but a sweet read. The book includes recipes and can be used as a way to connect the reader with the content.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kerison (kiwireads)

    This graphic novel was pretty good, but for some reason it felt really rushed. I felt like I flipped one page and it had completely cut off the conversation from the last page. The story line was good, but I felt it was missing something.

  19. 4 out of 5

    haley ⊹

    this was a cute and quick read, though a bit too shallow? there wasn't really any character development happening, but it was fun so we vibe this was a cute and quick read, though a bit too shallow? there wasn't really any character development happening, but it was fun so we vibe

  20. 5 out of 5

    Molly Dettmann

    Nice artwork and a super cute baking competition storyline! I got Total Drama Island vibes with Check, Please’s art style and light heartedness.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tana

    Fun GN about a couple of kids that enter a baking competition.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Christiana

    Cute, fun, and clean. Plus recipes! Basically everything you could want in a graphic novel about cooking.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christina

    Thanks again Amulet Books and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! Rose is a passionate baker who just got into the culinary school of her dreams. But with money tight and her parents’ relationship so strained, her dreams may be over before they’ve even begun. When Rose sneaks a dessert she made to a top food critic, she’s invited to be a contestant on a food competition show. Winning could be the answer to her problems. Batter Royale was a cute story that flowed nicely. I liked the artwork Thanks again Amulet Books and NetGalley for the eARC to read and review! Rose is a passionate baker who just got into the culinary school of her dreams. But with money tight and her parents’ relationship so strained, her dreams may be over before they’ve even begun. When Rose sneaks a dessert she made to a top food critic, she’s invited to be a contestant on a food competition show. Winning could be the answer to her problems. Batter Royale was a cute story that flowed nicely. I liked the artwork a lot even having to view it all in black and white. Everything came full circle. I expected more and wanted more from the story, so it was a disappointing and okay read. While there was a dash of romance, Battle Royale didn’t really feel like a rom-com. More cutesy and low-key than anything. Rose has the natural, raw talent to become an excellent baker. I normally love characters who are so passionate about what they love to do. But I had a hard time liking Rose. She’s eager but very impulsive to prove her worth as a baker that it often gets her into trouble. I feel she kind of took advantage of her friendship with Fred by not listening whenever he said when something was a bad idea. Fred’s a nice guy. I wish she’d been more considerate of his feelings. I’m conflicted about Rose and Fred as a couple. These long-time childhood friends clearly like each other. They had good and bad moments, but were kind of a hot mess together, especially since both want different things at this point in their lives. As for the competition itself, it’s not one I’d watch myself. I love food competition shows, but this one was a little over the top and the logistics didn’t make much sense even for fiction. Nichole, one of the contestants, made a good adversary. And I liked how helpful and considerate Rose was to the other contestants even when it risked losing the competition. I think one of the best things about Batter Royale was that it includes several dessert recipes in between sections. Definitely made me hungry for all of it. I wanted to like Batter Royale, but it just fell flat for me. It’s a cute story with great artwork. And I think some readers will be able to relate to Rose, her passion, and her struggles. I just needed more.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Lastblossom

    tl;dr Beautiful, lively artwork and a fun set of lead characters. Ambitious story moves a little too fast for my tastes. About Rose has always wanted to be a baker, but lack of experience and money seem like insurmountable odds. But a chance opportunity to compete in a reality TV baking competition might just be what she needs to make her dreams come true. Thoughts I usually start with the story and then talk about the art, but the art is just too good to hold off on. It's very good! Distinct and app tl;dr Beautiful, lively artwork and a fun set of lead characters. Ambitious story moves a little too fast for my tastes. About Rose has always wanted to be a baker, but lack of experience and money seem like insurmountable odds. But a chance opportunity to compete in a reality TV baking competition might just be what she needs to make her dreams come true. Thoughts I usually start with the story and then talk about the art, but the art is just too good to hold off on. It's very good! Distinct and appealing character designs, expressive characters, and some really solid paneling. The layout when Rose's parents broke the news to her was especially poignant. Art is consistent across the board with bright colors, competent backgrounds, and tantalizing food illustrations. I absolutely loved the energy of the artwork. The story was a fun ride, although albeit a bit too ambitious for the page count. Everyone loves an underdog story, and Rose's dedication to being a good person, even in the face of adversity really warmed me. I think the romance between friends was probably my favorite thread (I love a childhood friend romance!), and the confession while on the London Eye was very romantic. Outside of the two leads though, other characters don't have much time to develop, which is a shame. The main antagonists in particular get very little time to develop as characters. Is Nicole so good she's definitely going to win, or is she a cheat who needs to sabotage others? Does she actually see a kindred spirit in Fred, or is she just trying to make things hard for Rose? And does her partner have any contribution to the story at all? I see the framework of a great story that I enjoy, but I suspect I'd enjoy it more if it had time to breathe over more than one volume. The book also includes recipes, which I appreciate, because after reading all that, I desire baked goods!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jenna

    **I was provided an electronic ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.** Leisl Adams debuts with a contemporary graphic novel, Batter Royale. Marketed as Check, Please! meets The Great British Bake Off, readers follow Fred and Rose as they compete on a reality cooking show. Fred wants the prize money to help save his mother's restaurant. Rose wants the money to fund her attendance at culinary school. The competition reveals that Fred and Rose's feelings for each ot **I was provided an electronic ARC from the publisher through NetGalley in exchange for honest review.** Leisl Adams debuts with a contemporary graphic novel, Batter Royale. Marketed as Check, Please! meets The Great British Bake Off, readers follow Fred and Rose as they compete on a reality cooking show. Fred wants the prize money to help save his mother's restaurant. Rose wants the money to fund her attendance at culinary school. The competition reveals that Fred and Rose's feelings for each other might be extending beyond friendship. I went into this graphic novel expecting it to be cute and fun, and it definitely met my expectations. I love the art style and the inclusion of recipes for the various desserts being made through the story. Rose is a protagonist you can't help but root for. I do feel that Chopped! would be a better tv show comparison than The Great British Bake Off, given that there are traps, twists, obstacles, and heated competition between the various teams. This would set the expectations in a way that would be more representative of the tone of the story. My only real complaint is that the story was kept heavily surface level. Adams did introduce the background of Rose's parents separating and the potential for Fred's mom to lose her restaurant, but these issues were mostly background problems. Rose and Fred in general, while our most developed main characters, were pretty two dimensional. None of the other competitors were developed significantly beyond the main antagonist, and even then the characterization remained flat. Overall, I absolutely enjoyed this work for what it was and recommend this graphic as a light-hearted good time. I look forward to future works from this author and find Batter Royale to be a lovely debut.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tamara

    Even being geared for a younger audience, I found this book boring. The panels in particular lacked a lot of interest with most being conversation panels with zero background. Talking heads doesn't cut it for me in a comic, and there were a lot of talking heads. The character art is definitely the highlight of this book, the designs are charming and diverse (and shout to Canadian characters!) but the plot and cast are just so, I want to say cliched, that even paired with the bonkers idea of an i Even being geared for a younger audience, I found this book boring. The panels in particular lacked a lot of interest with most being conversation panels with zero background. Talking heads doesn't cut it for me in a comic, and there were a lot of talking heads. The character art is definitely the highlight of this book, the designs are charming and diverse (and shout to Canadian characters!) but the plot and cast are just so, I want to say cliched, that even paired with the bonkers idea of an insane obstacle game course smashed together with a cooking contest show makes me feel like I've been here before many times. And I shouldn't feel that way with the premise I just described!! The book also follows the pause in between chapters to give recipes for the in book recipes made, which is an oft used gimmick in a lot of food comics and manga, so it was no surprise to see it employed in this book. Tbh, I skipped those pages, though I did find it amusing we were given a recipe for a cake the in comic judge hated. All in all, this wasn't a bad read, but it wasn't a great one either. I feel like the author played it too safe and was busy painting by the numbers and checking boxes rather than really telling the story they wanted to. I am curious to see what they do next, bc I see the potential. Also that title? Batter Royale? It's genius. Such a solid win that it'd be fun to see this premise done as a series with a new cast competing in the show each book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leighton

    Thank you to Abrams, Amulet, and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! Batter Royale by Leisl Adams is a lovely debut graphic novel that will appeal to fans of Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-off and The Princess and the Frog. When I saw that the creator worked on several of my favorite Disney Channel TV shows, I knew that I needed to read this graphic novel right away! The story revolves around Rose, a teenage waitress who is selected to participate in a high-stakes, televised rea Thank you to Abrams, Amulet, and NetGalley for this ARC in exchange for an honest review! Batter Royale by Leisl Adams is a lovely debut graphic novel that will appeal to fans of Eddie's Million Dollar Cook-off and The Princess and the Frog. When I saw that the creator worked on several of my favorite Disney Channel TV shows, I knew that I needed to read this graphic novel right away! The story revolves around Rose, a teenage waitress who is selected to participate in a high-stakes, televised reality baking show. She brings her best friend, Fred, along. Is winning the competition their goal, or will they find something even better? Overall, Batter Royale is a fun graphic novel that will appeal to kids everywhere. One highlight is the amazing art, which brought me right back to my cartoon-watching days. I did take off 1 star, because I wanted a little bit more. This felt more aimed at kids than teens, so I wish there had a been a little more romance or a few more high-stakes situations. Even though I was never really on the edge of my seat, I still enjoyed reading this lovely graphic novel. If you're intrigued by the description, you can check out this book when it comes out in June!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This cute YA GN doesn't cover any new ground but is a quick, sweet read. There are a lot of elements-- the main character's parents separating, money trouble, college applications, work performance-- that surprisingly don't feel overwhelming or crowded. The only part that feels vague is actually the contest: is it all teens? some of them seem professional, some look older. Challenge elements are constantly a surprise to the contestants and in general the show seem unplanned, which is the least r This cute YA GN doesn't cover any new ground but is a quick, sweet read. There are a lot of elements-- the main character's parents separating, money trouble, college applications, work performance-- that surprisingly don't feel overwhelming or crowded. The only part that feels vague is actually the contest: is it all teens? some of them seem professional, some look older. Challenge elements are constantly a surprise to the contestants and in general the show seem unplanned, which is the least realistic aspect. The illustrations are consistent and readable with a sweet, round style. Suggest to readers who liked Pumpkinheads, Space Battle Lunchtime Vol. 1: Lights, Camera, Snacktion, and Check, Please! Book 1: #Hockey. ARC from NetGalley.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Fischer

    Batter Royale by Leisl Adams is a YA graphic novel about a baking competition. Fred and Rose have been friends since they were children and now Rose is a waitress in the restaurant that Fred’s mom owns. Rose dreams of being a chef one day and loves to experiment in the kitchen. A series of events leads her to be invited to participate in a cooking competition called Batter Royale, but a few obstacles stand between Rose and achieving her dream. Batter Royale is a sweet graphic novel. There is a ro Batter Royale by Leisl Adams is a YA graphic novel about a baking competition. Fred and Rose have been friends since they were children and now Rose is a waitress in the restaurant that Fred’s mom owns. Rose dreams of being a chef one day and loves to experiment in the kitchen. A series of events leads her to be invited to participate in a cooking competition called Batter Royale, but a few obstacles stand between Rose and achieving her dream. Batter Royale is a sweet graphic novel. There is a romantic element to the story, but that isn’t the primary storyline and it doesn’t distract readers from the main point of the story…Rose working to overcome obstacles to achieve her goals. In true graphic novel fashion, the story is told through both words and illustrations and readers must pay attention to both to get the full story. One of my favorite aspects of this book is that the recipes Rose bakes are all included in the book! I would recommend this book to readers age 12 and up. There is a little mild language, but nothing too extreme and the romantic aspects of the story are very PG. #netgalley #batterroyale #leisladams #graphicnovel #yabooks #yagraphicnovels #bookreview #booklover

  30. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    The description in the galley copy says its British Baking Show meets Check, Please! While I know enough about the British Baking Show, I know much more about the delightful Check, Please! and couldn't agree more that is has the wonderfully round characters with the delightful humor, grit, and fun that makes Adams' graphic novel simply the best. Of course I love food. I love graphic novels. I love a saccharine romance (this one simmers the entire time before heating up during the competition!) I The description in the galley copy says its British Baking Show meets Check, Please! While I know enough about the British Baking Show, I know much more about the delightful Check, Please! and couldn't agree more that is has the wonderfully round characters with the delightful humor, grit, and fun that makes Adams' graphic novel simply the best. Of course I love food. I love graphic novels. I love a saccharine romance (this one simmers the entire time before heating up during the competition!) It moves fast, it's not one to slowly move through any of it. Rose goes from the help in a family restaurant to a foreign country for a baking competition in the blink of an eye and then the book is done. It's doesn't belabor anything which I enjoy when sometimes books run on for chapters about nothing, however, as a reader I loved the characters so much I didn't want it to end. It's got a bit of the drama, a bunch of the intrigue, and all the elements of entertainment plain and simple. A brain break book. I can't wait to see it in full color when it's published. I know I'll be ordering several copies for my HS library!

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