Good morning everyone,
Today’s review of “The Growth Chronicles” was requested, via e-mail, by an anonymous blog reader in early September. The six stories in the “The Growth Chronicles” series were all written by Ivy Maxwell and they were rewarding reads. Therefore, I am very happy that they were suggested! They included breast expansion (BE), female muscle growth (FMG), giantess (GTS), and penis enlargement (PE) themes. Those themes certainly aren’t unique and often appear in illustrated stories, video clips, and written erotica aimed at macrophiles. However, the skillful inclusion of character development and meaningful conflict in addition to those fantastical human transformations set The Growth Chronicles apart from its peers.
First off, let’s discuss the basic plot. The main characters are two University of Houston students Timothy “Tim” Bjergsen and Valerie “Val” Adams. Shortly after their first meeting, a freak laboratory accident imbues them with fantastic abilities. Each book incorporated at least one transformation and a graphic sex scene. Female growth enthusiasts will appreciate the building and clothing destruction.
However, these miraculous powers come with downsides and complicate the couple’s romantic relationship. Questions about consent and the struggle to maintain a meaningful connection in the midst of incredible events were explored. As the series progresses, additional characters and lore were introduced as more students gain magical powers. A few of them have motives and plans which run counter to the well-being of the protagonists!
This is a great series, but nothing is perfect. Regarding areas which could have been improved, there were a few items of note. One of those being words I didn’t understand during the initial reading. Presumably, my difficulty was due to age. Radios played songs such as Captain & Tennile’s “Love Will Keep Us Together,” Carl Douglas’ “Kung Fu Fighting,” and Glen Gampbell’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” when Solo was born. All of that was to note that Solo is middle-aged and thus not conversant in modern slang; plus, he took computer science in San Antonio, not college chemistry in Houston.
So, for the sake of elderly people like myself and also for foreigners less familiar with the everyday speech heard on Texas colleges, I would have preferred if some words had been defined. For example, I had to look up the meaning of “donezo,” “glimflashy,” and “palanquin.” Furthermore, while the meaning of “orgo” (organic chemistry) was clear from context, it would have been better to outline that acronym when first used. To be clear, those were minor issues and it’s good to expand one’s vocabulary. Us size fetish lovers could always benefit from a little brain expansion (the other BE) 😎
Additionally, a Biblical passage, which is part of the Lord’s Prayer, was paraphrased incorrectly. A character says “My will be done, and Earth and in bed” in Book 5, Erin’s Obsession. This referenced Matthew 6:10 “Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” in the King James and “Let your will be done, as in heaven, so on earth” in the World English Bible. However, as it was paraphrased in Book 5, the sentence didn’t make sense. It should have read something like “My will be done, on Earth and in bed.”
Most importantly however, the biggest item to address would be continuity. At the end of Book 5, several opponents rendered Tim unconscious. (NOTE: Keeping this vague on purpose in order not to spoil anything.) My expectation was that Book 6 would include a battle between those foes and Tim or at least an explanation for how he escaped and survived. Instead, he wakes up with amnesia during an organic chemistry class in the middle of an exam. To be fair, memory loss frequently occurs after transformations in The Growth Chronicles and happens often. However, readers were never given at explanation in the following Book 6 or even a little tease that what happened would be described in a future installment. Perhaps that will be addressed in Book 7, but as it stands currently this felt like it missed a crucial step.
Lastly, it must be noted that Book 6 ended on a cliffhanger. That was first published on July 18th, 2021; thus, more than a year has passed since then. Personally, I really hope fans like myself get a Book 7 soon. However, even if worse comes to worse and the series stops with that unresolved cliffhanger these were still worth my money.
(NOTE: When I purchased the six books on September 1st they sold for $18.94 total. The first five cost $2.99 each while Book 6 was $3.99. There may be a sale going on as of the time of this writing, late September, because checking Amazon now they appear to be discounted.)
Overall, “The Growth Chronicles” are strongly recommended. They can be purchased at Amazon using the following link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B078MK8G3TT
That’s it for today folks. Until next time, keep growing!
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8 thoughts on “Requested Review: “The Growth Chronicles” Books 1 through 6 by Ivy Maxwell”
Have you reviewed Sasha Twyst’s “Size Matters”? It features a size shifting Latina. It’s aimed giantess fans, even if the author doesn’t share the fetish. She’s one & done character who later only cameos in the later stories.
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I haven’t reviewed Twyst’s “Size Matters” yet, but I already own a copy and it’s on my To Do list! October is going to be busy, but I’ll do my best to cover it in November.
Of note, Jyminish and ZiggyGTS also made comics with the same title.
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Another thoughtful review. Thanks as always.
Going to leave an unrelated comment here for visibility: I’ve been reading and enjoying the “Kaylee” comic series, partly because it’s unlike any other comic or content out there (although I’m certain there are other examples). Kaylee (the main character) has reached a size and destructive mindset where she is virtually unstoppable and has no intention of showing any kind of mercy. I don’t know how this comic will end but part of me doesn’t want to see her defeated because A) I’d like to see how big she gets and, B) I’m curious to see how vindictive she becomes and, C) I wonder how humanity lives in such circumstances. That said, what do you think about content where the giantess is all but unbeatable? Do you think it’s interesting or boring because the outcome is pretty much assured?
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Glad you enjoyed the review! It’s always a good day when I get a thoughtful comment from Eom 🙂
I’d like to discuss Redfired0g’s “Kaylee” at some point. Although, that idea is becoming ever more intimidating since the series has 18 parts, each 100+ pages, and shows no signs of stopping. That would be a lot! Still, I’m all for long stories so want to grapple with it eventually.
A seemingly unbeatable giantess could be interesting if there’s a clever story. Maybe the military gets creative and puts a Special Forces team into her body to attack from the inside! The giantess would have to tear herself apart to get to the invaders. Marvel Comics did this in Thor volume 1 issues #388 and 389 when Thor attacked the enormous Celestial Exitar the Exterminator from the inside. Or maybe the military and police have no chance so they merely try to delay her until evacuations are completed or create a mock city to divert her attention. A mock city could be a decoy like the military’s inflatable dummy tanks used to fool enemy bombers into attacking fake targets instead of real ones. Then the government gives something she needs or wants. Entertainment, food, sex, shelter, etc., in exchange for mercy. Additionally, if the giantess cared about a regular person then an opponent could threaten that regular person. Sure, the giantess could defeat anyone in battle, but doing so might mean that a friend, lover, or family member is hurt or killed.
However, if the giantess has no motive beyond random destruction and doesn’t care about anything else then there’s nothing people can do to influence her behavior. That would be uninteresting.
Thanks for the reply. Can’t wait to read your take on Kaylee.
I agree with the premise that an unbeatable giantess dedicated to random destruction is boring. But Kaylee is the ultimate example of a giantess using her strength and size in such a violent, thoughtless manner and it’s a refreshing – if not sometimes grotesque – change of pace. The fact that, as you point out, there doesn’t seem to be an end in sight makes the comic appealing; just how outrageous will she get? Will she become bored and stop her rampage? Will she just keep growing and destroying?
Kaylee reminds me a bit of the Borg in Star Trek: TNG: a seemingly unbeatable force where you want to see just how much damage they cause AND how they ultimately end up defeated.
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