Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in 2016, 5 stars, Book Review, Comics, Noelle Stevenson | 4 comments

Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson and Grace Ellis
Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis art by Brooke Allen

Genre: Fantasy
Format: Trade Paperback Comics Collected Edition
Series: #1 in the Lumberjanes series
Publisher: BOOM!
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 127
Source: Library

The Book:
This volume collects issues 1-4 of the comic series.
From the publisher:

FRIENDSHIP TO THE MAX!

At Miss Qiunzella Thiskwin Penniquiqul Thistle Crumpet’s Camp for Hardcore Lady Types, things are not what they seem. Three-eyed foxes. Secret caves. Anagrams! Luckily, Jo, April, Mal, Molly, and Ripley are five rad, butt-kicking best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let a magical quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! The mystery keeps getting bigger, and it all begins here.

My Thoughts:
I want to go to a camp like this with friends like this.

It seemed like everyone I knew was reading and singing the praises of this when it was first released. It wasn’t just the usual comics reading folks either. People who normally don’t read comics and graphic novels were talking about how great this is.

They were absolutely right.

The only benefit to waiting to read this is that now I can get the next two volumes from the library instead of waiting for the next to be published. This is just so darn much fun.

The main characters are smart, loyal and out to have a great time. That they end up trying to solve a mystery that has them dealing with some pretty scary supernatural stuff. They’re up to the task however and each of them helps in her own way.

If you’re one of the three people on the planet who hasn’t read this, you need to.

Friendship to the Max!

4.5 stars Rating 4.55/5

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Posted by on Aug 25, 2015 in 2015, 4.5 stars, Book Review, Graphic Novel, Noelle Stevenson | 2 comments

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Genre: Fantasy
Format: Graphic Novel
Publisher: HarperTeen
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 266
Source: Library

The Short Version:
Nimona is a young shapeshifter who announces to the evil Lord Blackheart that she wants to be his sidekick and chaos ensues.

Why I Read It:
It seemed like everyone I know who read this loved it which both intrigued and frightened me.

The Book:
From the publisher:

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.

My Thoughts:
I am always wary when a book seems to get almost universal praise from the wide variety of readers who are my friends. I worry that I will be the one who thinks otherwise. I worry about expecting too much when I start the book and being disappointed when I don’t think it’s as great as everyone else seems to think.

I hesitated a long time before requesting this one from the library. I’m not sure which of my friends made the positive comments that tipped me over the edge into requesting it from the library but whoever it was I wish I could send a personal thank you note.

I LOVED this one! It’s quirky. It’s full of dark humor and sarcasm. It’s got a heroine who’s not exactly a role model. It’s got fun villains. Many of the real villains are disguised to their public as good guys. Its got heart. It’s full of heart. You can stop reading now and just go get this book and read it.

You’ll thank me when you’re done.

If I haven’t convinced you yet – here is the information about the main characters from the author’s website:

NIMONA
Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter who aspires to supervillainy and has convinced Lord Ballister Blackheart to take her on as his squire. While quick-thinking and innovative with her powers, she is disturbingly destructive and rarely gives any thought to consequences. She’s trouble.

LORD BALLISTER BLACKHEART
Ballister Blackheart was once a fierce enforcer of the law until his best friend betrayed him and blew up his right arm, after which he decided that the law was wrong. He follows his own moral code now, which occasionally involves genetically engineered dragons.

SIR AMBROSIUS GOLDENLOIN
Goldenloin is the kingdom’s darling and the figurehead of the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics. He is Ballister’s nemesis and former best friend, and responsible for Ballister’s lack of right arm – not that he’ll ever admit it. He has a very high opinion of himself. He wears a codpiece.

THE DIRECTOR
The Director is the shadowy figure at the heart of the kingdom’s inner workings, and the hand behind many of its darkest dealings. As far as anyone can tell her name is actually Director. No one knows much about her, and no one really likes her, but it’s not her job to be liked. She has work to do and no one had better get in her way.

DR. MEREDITH BLITZMEYER
Enthusiastic, optimistic, and a little scatter-brained. She’s traveled far and seen some things and nothing much fazes her anymore. Very excited about science. Not a witch. (Probably not a witch).

You want to read it now, don’t you?

4.5 stars Rating 4.5/5

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