I’ve finished this book a loooong time ago, then I forgot to write the review. I think that this is my first “unpopular opinion” review, so let’s begin…
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
- Genre: Graphic Novel, Fantasy
- Pages: 272
- My rating: ⭐⭐⭐ and half a star out of 5!
- Plot: The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”
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 is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.
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.
This is a really fun and cute graphic novel… but nothing more for me??
Before buying this graphic novel I read a lot of reviews, really good reviews, so my hopes were very high.
The plot was simple, with very short chapter, but interesting with amazing characters. The main character is Nimona a SHAPESHIFTER that dreams of becoming a villain, though I didn’t get along well with her; another important character is Ballister a villain that is in his way caring and precious.
Fantasy is a genre that I like, but maybe this was too much fantasy for me? I’m sorry I’m weird, but there were dragons, magic and everything. But I really enjoyed the world: I loved the mix of medieval and science!
I have mixed feelings about the art as well. I love the cover and the colors are amazing (for example she used sepia for the flashbacks)! But I didn’t really like the style of the characters and their proportions. Anyway I liked that the text is handwritten and the fanart at the end. Also the quality of the paper is great!
Even if I gave it only 3.5 stars it is a cute and funny story and I’m happy I read it.
- Plot: 3 out ot 5
- Design: 5 out of 5
- Characters: 3 out of 5
- Writing: 4 out of 5 (AMAZING)
- Interest: 3 out of 5
- The Feels and emotions: 3 out of 5
- Ending: 3 out of 5
So what do you think about the book? Have you read it?
Thank you for reading,
I’m finally back! The holidays are so near and I’m so excited to rest in my bed all day! To get in the Christmas mood I decided to join “The Christmas Song Book Tag” and these are my answers, hope you enjoy!
“You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch”: Name a villainous character you couldn’t help but love.
I love Lord Ballister Blackheart from Nimona by Noelle Stevenson.
“All I Want for Christmas is You”: Which book do you most hope to see under your Christmas tree?
First of all I hope to see many, many books under the Christmas tree, even if my family said “we don’t want to give you books everytime” leaving me speachless, like “excuse me!?”. I don’t hope to see one specific book more than others under the tree, but I hope I’ll find Harry Potter: A History of Magic there! 🙂
Today I’m going to join the “Down The TBR Hole”, a meme by Lia @ Lost In A Story, checking 10 books on my TBR and trying to get rid of the ones I’m not going to read any time soon!
- Go to your goodreads to-read shelf.
- Order on ascending date added.
- Take the first 5 (or 10 (or even more!) if you’re feeling adventurous) books. Of course, if you do this weekly, you start where you left off the last time.
- Read the synopses of the books
- Decide: keep it or should it go?
Since I have all the books I want to read now in the first 35 books on the shelf I’m going to start from there:
172 Hous On The Moon
by Johan Harstad more “Down The TBR Hole #2”
I’ve finished this book a loooong time ago, then school started and i completely forgot about it. So now I’m so excited to post this review, because finally a 5 star read!! Also I read this book with Chloe @Blushing Bibliophile, go check her review here!
A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab
- Genre: YA, Fantasy
- Pages: 399
- My rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ out of 5!
- Plot: Kell is one of the last Antari—magicians with a rare, coveted ability to travel between parallel Londons; Red, Grey, White, and, once upon a time, Black.Kell was raised in Arnes—Red London—and officially serves the Maresh Empire as an ambassador, traveling between the frequent bloody regime changes in White London and the court of George III in the dullest of Londons, the one without any magic left to see.Unofficially, Kell is a smuggler, servicing people willing to pay for even the smallest glimpses of a world they’ll never see. It’s a defiant hobby with dangerous consequences, which Kell is now seeing firsthand.After an exchange goes awry, Kell escapes to Grey London and runs into Delilah Bard, a cut-purse with lofty aspirations. She first robs him, then saves him from a deadly enemy, and finally forces Kell to spirit her to another world for a proper adventure.Now perilous magic is afoot, and treachery lurks at every turn. To save all of the worlds, they’ll first need to stay alive.
First of all THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST FANTASY BOOKS EVER!
This is a really engaging novel even if it is, for me, a little bit slow paced. I could describe this book with just one word VITARI (for you, mundane, it means magic in arnesian). The plot is slow in the beginning, but the characters and world were more than enough to keep me interested in the story. The action picks up a lot toward the end and I read the majority of this book in one day.
The writing is AMAZING it’s a little bit more complex than the normal books (that I read), in fact at the beginning I struggled a little bit to get into the plot without thinking about what I was reading. She has an amazing and original voice. I also took note of quotes as always, but this time I also “post-it-ed” so many descriptions and paragraphs that were amazingly written. English is not my mother tongue and I think this book actually improved my english, in fact as I kept reading I got used to the writing and got into it!
For example read this:
The vivid glamour of the world outside paled in comparison to the world within. It was a palace of vaulting glass and shimmering tapestry and, women though it all like light, magic. The air was alive with it. Not […], but a loud, bright encompassing thing. Kell had told Lila that magic was like an extra sense, layered on top of sight and smell and taste, and now she understood. It was everywhere. In everything. And it was intoxicating She could not tell if the energy was coming from the hundreds of bodies in the room, or from the room itself, which certainly reflected it. Amplified it like sound in an echoing chamber.
And it was strangely – impossibly – familiar.
Beneath the magic, or perhaps because of it, the space itself was alive with color and light. …read the book to continue reading 🙂
The book isn’t actaully full of descriptions, but I really wanted to show this one, without any spoilers. I think she deserves a prize just for this, okay??
I usually don’t like fantasy, but this convinced me to get more into this genre! I don’t like fantasy things when they’re all great and fluffy and there is a villain, that’s isn’t really complex or at least 3D. But with this book there’s a darker shade of magic with a lot of adventure!
The worldbuilding is amazing and intricate! In the book there are three Londons and a destroyed one, which are similar but different at the same time. Grey London is were the mundanes live and is your version of the Victorian London. Red London is full of magic an it’s like it is full of hufflepuffs and gryffindors and it smells like flowers. White London is ruled by two siblings, it is full of people who crave power and it smells like metal. The last London destroyed and sealed from the others London is Black London where magic took the power and destroyed the city.
“I’m not going to die,” she said. “Not till I’ve seen it.”
Her smile widened. “Everything.”
Notice! “New crushes and role models ahead!”
The novel deals with Kell who is an Antari, someone who can travel between worlds. He’s a part of the Red London’s royal family and his best friend is Rhy the prince of his London. Then there is Lila a Grey London’s adventurous lady, a wanted thief and an aspiring pirate.
This is one of my notes I took while reading: I really really really really really really really like Kell, you know what Rhy as well…
A better version of Carly Rae Jepsen’s song I Really Like You.
The design has been created by Will Staehle and I love it so much! So extra points for that!
I’d rather die on an adventure than live standing still.
Final thoughts This book was such an adventure, a little bit slow-paced, engaging and magical. The only thing that disappointed me is that I don’t have many feels for it, but it’s okay, IT’S STILL AMAZING!
I’m looking forward to buy the next book and I want to know more, his background story I want to know more about Lila as well! Also I want more fanart and a more active fandom!
By the way did you know that Rick Riordan reviewed it? Can you believe it?? Because I can’t!
- Plot: 5 out ot 5
- Design: 5 out of 5
- Characters: 5 out of 5
- Writing: 5 out of 5 (AMAZING)
- Interest: 5 out of 5
- The Feels and emotions: 4 out of 5
- Ending: 5 out of 5
QUIZ ON BUZZFEED
Last but not least I also found a quiz on buzzfeed which tells you “Which London do you actually belong in?”
And I got…. Red London!
So what do you think about the book? Have you read it?
Thank you for reading,
I’m so excited to join this tour about the book The West Woods by Suzy Vadori. In this post there are the various infos, an excerpt and a giveaway!
About the book The West Woods:
- Release date: September 22nd 2017
- Publisher: Evil Alter Ego Press
- Genre: YA
- Plot: Magic, sacrifice and the quest for freedom.Courtney Wallis wants nothing more than to escape St. Augustus boarding school. After uncovering a well-kept secret about the school’s founder, Isaac Young, Courtney turns to the school’s magic to convince her dad to let her leave. Things take a turn when she meets Cole, who lives in the nearby town of Evergreen. He gives her hope that things might not be so bad. However, the school’s fountain has other ideas, and binds Courtney to her ambition, no matter the cost.
As Courtney struggles to keep the magic from taking over, she and her friends get drawn into the mystery woven into the school’s fabric. Everything seems to lead back to the forbidden West Woods. Together, she and her friends seek out the spirits of the past to ask for help, and find themselves in much deeper than they’d bargained for. If they succeed, Courtney could be free of the magic. If they fail, she may never be the same.
Friday lines is a weekly meme where I post both Book Beginning on Fridays hosted by Rose City Reader where you share the first sentence of the book, along with your impressions and Friday 56 hosted by Freda’s Voice where you grab a book and turn to page 56 or 56% in your e-reader; Find any non-spoilery sentence(s) and post.
This week’s book is A Darker Shade Of Magic by V.E. Schwab:
- Thank the creators: Namitha @Teen Memoir and Jasmine @How Useful It Is
- Answer the questions
- Add pictures! (if you want to)
- Tag (about) 5 people
A+ on the test: A book or character that makes you smile?
The book that made me only smile the most, no crying and other things like that, is Kindered Spirits by Rainbow Rowell a short cute story that I recommend to all fandoms!
Sports team: A fictional family that you want to be a part of?
I’m going to agree with Chloe and say the Weasleys from Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling! They’re great, super cool, amazing, funny and I want to be one!
Class President: A book that tries to make a difference?
I think Out Of The Easy by Ruta Saepetys in its way tries to make a difference. It deals with a girl whose mother is a prostitute and her daughter just wants a good life and a good education.
High School Sweetheart: A book character you have a crush on?
I have a crush on many, many characters from books. L from death Note is a big crush, Peeta from the Hunger Games, Jacob from Miss Peregrine, Levi from fangirl, Newt from Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, and I’m going to stop here since the list continues for too long *sigh*. Usually they’re either weird, mysterious, a little bit evil or the cutest hufflepuff in the world!
Prom Night: A book with a beautiful cover?
Not all my books have beatiful covers, many of them are just cute. *actually gets up to see her shelves*
I think the most beautiful cover on my read shelf is Note To Self by Connor Franta.
P.S. I think I don’t own any book with an ugly cover, in my opinion… I know I judge a book from its cover (but not people!)
Spring Break: A book you can always turn to when you need an escape?
This is a tough one because I don’t like to reread books, so I really don’t know. But when I need an escape from school, so I want to free my head I like to read graphic novels and YA.
School Lunch: A book character(s) you want to have lunch with?
I want to have lunch with the peculiar children from Miss Peregrine’s home for peculiar children by Ransom Riggs so much! They’re so cool and awesome!
Halloween Party: A book character you would like to be for one day?
Newt from Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling, IMAGINE PLAYING WITH ALL THOSE FANTASTIC BEASTS!
School Bully: A villain you don’t want to go to school with?
I usually don’t hate villains I think they’re pretty cool! And I also don’t read many books with villains.
But I’m going to choose Holland from A Darker Shade of Magic By V.E. Schwab, I haven’t finished the book yet, so Imight change my opinion.
Graduation: A book with a bittersweet conclusion?
Just one?? The first that pops into my head is Looking For Alaska by John Green, I don’t want to give any spoiler, so I’m just going to say that towards the end there is a big bad plot twist but it actually ends great!
I’m so excited to join this tour about the book The Book Knights by J.G. McKenney. In this post there are the various infos, an interview and a giveaway!
About the book The Book Knights:
- Release date: July 5, 2017
- Publisher: J.G. McKenney
- Pages: 272
- Formats: Paperback and Ebook
- Plot: From the award winning author of EON’S DOOR comes an Arthurian tale like no other. When her parents are condemned to death by Morgan Fay for the crime of reading, Arti Penderhagen becomes a fugitive. Hunted by Mordred, the sadistic police captain who recites poetry to enhance his physical strength, Arti escapes to the Isle of Avalon, a sanctuary for outlaws. There she meets an old librarian named Merl who tells her about the Grail Tome, an ancient book in Morgan Fay’s possession that can alter the course of history. Can Arti steal the book in time to save her family?THE BOOK KNIGHTS is a fantasy adventure in which knights wield words as weapons, librarians are wizards, and books can change the future.
I’m so excited to join this tour about the book Joined by Mara Gan. In this post there are the various infos, an excerpt and a giveaway!
About the book Joined:
- Release date: September 12th 2017
- Publisher: Inkspell Publishing
- Genre: YA/NA, Sci-fi, Romance
- Plot: Duty and prophecy get in the way of everything.
All I ever wanted to do was read my books, play my sports, and help people. Life and prophecy had other things in mind.
Helping people is what I do; as an empath and semi-frequent telepath, I can easily sense and understand people’s needs and emotions. Sometimes even before they do. Being able to read everyone’s thoughts and feelings all the time can drive me crazy with anxiety, but that moment when I can finally make someone’s life better makes everything worth it.Unfortunately, I’m also the next in line to rule the galaxy, I’m the only diplomat most planets will listen to, assassins try to kill me on an annoyingly regular basis, and a much-vauntedProphecy has decreed that I’m going to die. Oh, and someone blew up my home planet. Kind of a lot to deal with, right?Too bad I just got another problem: a big, irritating, overbearing bodyguard with serious anger management issues.
And I think I’m falling for him.