Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
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.
SOURCE: finished copy gifted
I LOOOOOVE a good series, if it’s done right, of course. I like the series that are organically meant for something more, unlike a couple I could name that were meant to be a single story but then stretched out into four books (*cough* Twilight *cough*). So here are the books that maybe should have series because I love the world so much and don’t want to leave or I feel there was more to say.
Maggie McKay hardly knows what to do with herself. After an idyllic childhood of homeschooling with her mother and rough-housing with her older brothers, it’s time for Maggie to face the outside world, all on her own. But that means facing high school first. And it also means solving the mystery of the melancholy ghost who has silently followed Maggie throughout her entire life. Maybe it even means making a new friend—one who isn’t one of her brothers.
Maggie McKay is the youngest child and only daughter of the recently elected Chief of Police. She has three older brothers and a mother who’s run off. We meet her on the her first day of high school. Maggie and her brothers had all been home schooled until high school and Maggie is a little anxious about the whole process. She doesn’t know anyone other than her brothers, who aren’t exactly chomping at the bit to help their sister acclimate to her new situation.
High school isn’t the only thing going on right now. Maggie’s twin brothers, Lloyd and Zander, are fighting and oldest brother, Daniel, seems to be very popular at school. When Maggie is befriended by a brother and sister, Alistair and Lucy (who are creative in their style of dress and appear to be the “freaks” of school), Maggie finally starts to feel less lonely. Daniel, however, doesn’t seem to like Alistair and Maggie is kind of caught in the middle. Also, there’s a ghost who seems to be haunting Maggie.
Though this is not my first foray into the world of graphic novels, I am still a novice. I read this in about 45 minutes because it was it entertaining, cute, funny, and I loved Maggie and her family. I also really loved Lucy, who was like an eager little puppy wanting to be friends with Maggie. My only issue is that I wish it was longer or there was a sequel or two. There are a lot of directions it could go and some plot points that could be filled in. I would like to learn more about the ghost and Maggie’s mother and why she left. I would also like to expand on Maggie’s seemingly one-sided crush with Alistair. I definitely will be keeping an eye on this author/illustrator and pick up anything she’s involved in. This book also has a website that includes the first 20 pages of the book, which you can access here.