I read Nightlights by Lorena Alvarez Gomez earlier this year and fell in love with it. I loved the story, but I especially loved her artwork. Naturally, when I saw that Nightlights had a sequel, I had to go pick up Hicotea. I think I liked this one even more than the first, and Lorena’s artwork and storytelling skills did not disappoint. I think my only complaint was the flow of the dialogue, which at times felt like it was sacrificed for the sake of the composition of the visuals.
The artwork is stunning, and I aspire to someday have one of her prints on my wall. I’m seriously jealous of her skill, and hope that I can draw like that one day. The colors are eye-catching, and her characters are adorable. I loved them all, but I thought that Livion was a really cool concept especially. To me he seemed like the all-consuming void of time and space, a reminder that nothing lasts forever.
Still, I liked that it had an environmentalist message, and Sandy, as always, is adorable.