Tuesday, May 17, 2016

#Tuesdaybookblog: Nimona, A Review

The New York Times bestselling graphic novel sensation from Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic. Kirkus says, “If you’re going to read one graphic novel this year, make it this one.”
Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel has been hailed by critics and fans alike as the arrival of a “superstar” talent (NPR.org).
Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are.
But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

Kory's thoughts:

Even if I didn't have a thing for comics/graphic novels, I would have fallen in love with this story. And if we are being completely honest here, I loved it the moment I read the inscription "To all the monster girls".  First thought: Hell, yes. This book is for me.

And it had everything that I love in a story. Moral ambiguity, awesome, badass woman running around, and a (gay!) love story and a blurred lined considering who is really good and who is really evil.

On the cover Rainbow Rowell is quoted: "Full of humor and heart." This is pretty darn accurate. But seeing Rainbow Rowell's name made me think of Carry On (no, guys, I'm still not over that book hangover). For me there were some similarities between the stories (two men in love; fantasy elements; who is really good or evil)--and that is a compliment.

So bottom line, it's a fun, quick read that I highly recommend. At the end, you might have a little more respect and love for your inner monster.

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