A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir

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“It takes only a split second for life to go horribly wrong. To fix the mess, I need a thousand things to go right. The distance from one bit of luck to the next feels as great as the distance across oceans. But, I decide in this moment, I will bridge that distance, again and again, until I win. I will not fail.” -Sabaa Tahir, A Torch Against the Night

Goodreads Blurb

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

 

Spoiler Review

I’m not sure if I liked this book more of the first one, An Ember in the Ashes. They’re both so awesome that I rated them both 5/5 stars. I hate how we have to wait until 2018 for the third book to come out! I’ll have to reread A Torch Against the Night before then. I’m really bad about forgetting what happens in books because I read so many throughout the year. I read for pleasure and with my kiddos at school so I start getting plot lines and characters all jumbled up.

I liked the switch in dynamics with the characters in this second book. It was as if each one was out of their element and you had to watch as they tried to adapt to their new lives. Not that their lives were great in the first book because everything was horrendous. From Laia becoming more independent and growing into her power, to Elias being an outlaw on the run and becoming the new Soul Catcher, Helene adapting to her new loyalty of being the Blood Shrike, Marcus as Emperor and dealing with his brother’s death, etc.

I knew from the get-go this was going to be more sad than An Ember in the Ashes. It’s one of those books that tells you how it’s going to end and then fills you in afterward on how they got there. I hated knowing Elias was doomed. Be it death, or stuck as Soul Catcher. Both destinies are tinged with grief. He always has to sacrifice so much. They all did in this book. Laia lost Izzy and her brother was not the same, Keenan betrayed her, Elias had to choose death or a lonelier version of death, Helene lost 3 of her family members… the list goes on.

Bu I feel like the plot is building up to something way bigger than what it already was. Like a Sarah J. Maas novel. Almost every character has been turned into a dynamic character. I though Cook and Izzy and Marcus were just going to be static… but everyone has grown and changed in some major way.

I’d love to be the sort of author that could accomplish all of that on top of awesome world building. No wonder it’s taking her so long to finish the books! They’re so intricate.

I hope someone buys the rights to make this into a movie at some point. It has the potential to be fantastic if it’s done right. I could totally see Theo James playing Elias. I know he’s not as dark as Elias is supposed to be but their characters, Elias and James’ as Four in Divergent, seem similar.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

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Goodreads Blurb

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.
 
It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.
 
But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.
 
There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself.

Review

I read this book in a matter of days. This is the first novel I have read by Tahir. I’ve followed her on Instagram for over a year now just because she’s hilarious but now I love her even more because of this book!

I remember there was a lot of hype when this book came out but I haven’t heard much about it since A Torch Against the Night (the second book) released. I’ve had it siting on my self for about a year now and sometimes I have my husband help me pick out my next read and this was the one he picked because he liked the cover.

I feel in love with this book about 80 pages into it. Don’t get me wrong, it was fast paced from the get-go but you don’t really understand what’s happening until the backstory has been explained. It was set up almost like a pilot to a TV show.

I quickly fell in love with Elias Veturius. I like his tough, but troubled personality. He’s like the most perfect man ever! Another thing I noticed that was unique about these characters was that not all of them were young adult age. I think the novel still is considered a YA just because Laia is 17 but Elias is 20. Usually author’s stay away from characters in their 20’s because it makes the book easy to label as a New Adult versus Young Adult and supposedly the audience isn’t as big for New Adult. It is growing but I don’t think it will ever be as popular as YA.

I ordered the second novel, A Torch Against the Night, a day before I finished the book because I knew I was going to have withdrawals if I didn’t get my hands on it quick. After doing a bit of research, it looks like this is going to be a set of 4 books but the third installment isn’t expected to be released until 2018. 2018! Why must we suffer so long without it!? I’m sure Mrs. Tahir is very busy with her kids and husband but the readers are suffering!!!!

I have yet to reach the end of the second book but I have a feeling it’s going to be sad and leave us with a cliff hanger.

I give this novel 5/5. If you haven’t picked it up yet I highly suggest that you do. The Greek/Roman style world is new and exciting compared to anything else out there and you will instantly fall in love with Elias and Laia.

Every Hidden Thing by Kenneth Oppel

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Goodreads Blurb

Somewhere in the Badlands, embedded deep in centuries-buried rock and sand, lies the skeleton of a massive dinosaur, larger than anything the late nineteenth-century world has ever seen. Some legends call it the Black Beauty, with its bones as black as ebony, but to seventeen-year-old Samuel Bolt, it’s the “rex,” the king dinosaur that could put him and his struggling, temperamental archaeologist father in the history books (and conveniently make his father forget he’s been kicked out of school), if they can just quarry it out.

But Samuel and his father aren’t the only ones after the rex. For Rachel Cartland this find could be her ticket to a different life, one where her loves of science and adventure aren’t just relegated to books and sitting rooms. And if she can’t prove herself on this expedition with her professor father, the only adventures she may have to look forward to are marriage or spinsterhood.

As their paths cross and the rivalry between their fathers becomes more intense, Samuel and Rachel are pushed closer together. Their flourishing romance is one that will never be allowed. And with both eyeing the same prize, it’s a romance that seems destined for failure. As their attraction deepens, danger looms on the other side of the hills, causing everyone’s secrets to come to light and forcing Samuel and Rachel to make a decision. Can they join forces to find their quarry, and with it a new life together, or will old enmities and prejudices keep them from both the rex and each other?

Review

This was a really refreshing read. it was a stand alone novel and it was different than any other novel I have read. I loved the Western setting to it. In the beginning the story starts off in the city but then Rachel and Sam end up running into each other with their father’s on a train headed West towards the Wyoming area. Worried that they may be after the same boon, remains of a t-rex they try spying on each other to see if the other is spying on them.

Along the way, what goes from friendly competition turns into friendship and eventually sparks fly. Sam is drawn to Rachel’s beautiful eyes and her general “I-don’t -give-a-crap-what- people- think” attitude. And Rachel finally gives into her emotions and falls for how carefree and open Sam is. They are polar opposites and it makes their relationship witty and cute.

At first you think this is just a happy, carefree novel but then the teams come across harsh land and wild Native American’s who are not fond of the white settlers coming in and digging up their home and artifacts. The story takes a dangerous turn.

What starts out as such a cute, adventurous story about flirtation and ambition takes a turn about 3/4 in. After Rachel and Sam get caught talking without supervision, her father threatens to send her back to her Aunt on the East Coast where she will have to be taught to be a proper lady. Rachel’s dream is to go to University and become an established paleontologist like her father so this is the complete opposite of what she wants to do. Marriage is not even on her radar.

After finding out she is to be sent home, Rachel and Sam concoct a plan to marry so that they can become their own team and hunt for the t-rex remains without their father’s bickering and taking all of the glory.

They think the hardest thing is surviving the wild West and the Natives but it turns out, marriage and sharing a destiny is even tougher. Sam becomes irritated because he may lose all the money to be had with finding the rex and also lose a way to send Rachel to University after he’s promised to help get her there.

Rachel becomes increasingly unhappy because Sam is working so hard that their relationship ends up on the back burner and she feels like she’s given up her family and all of the luxuries that come with her father’s money for Sam.

You will have to read to see how the book ends and to see if they’re relationship makes it out in the wild wild West. I wouldn’t want to spoil anything. I give this one 4/5 stars. It’s rare that I find a standalone novel that I enjoy. I find it hard to be invested inthe characters in the story line usually but this one was so different and fast paced!

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo


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Goodreads Blurb

Darkness never dies.

Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land. She finds starting new is not easy while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. She can’t outrun her past or her destiny for long.

The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling’s game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her–or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.

Review

In this second installment to The Grisha Trilogy, Mal and Alina are running away from the Darkling, only to be captured but then saved by a suave pirate by the name of Strumhond. From there the cutthroat pirate helps them capture and kill the sea serpent so that Alina now has two amplifiers. They begin to trust Sturmhond until he informs them that he has been paid to take them back to Ravka. What they later find out is that he is actually the younger Prince Lanstov and he is trying to save Ravka and eventually take the throne from his older brother Vasily.

The whole second book is a play for power. They’re on the run from the Darkling, Mal and Alina don’t know whether they can trust each other or those around them, they’re running from the Apparat and his eccentric followers, all the while looking for the third amplifier the firebird of Ravka.

I loved this book as much as the first one. There were so many twists and turns and the plot was a roller coaster of emotions. I want so badly for Mal and Alina to work it out but there’s something endearing about Prince Nickolai. The Darkling just sucks all around. I especially hate him after what he did to Bagrha and Genya.

Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs

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Goodreads Blurb

The adventure that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued in Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls. As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all. Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography to create a one-of-a-kind reading experience.

Review

First off I would like to say congratulations to Ransom Riggs and Tahereh Mafi! They just announced she’s expecting their first child together!!!! Yay! I love seeing their pictures together on Instagram. I think it’s cute how two author’s in similar genres connected!

But anyway, I loved this conclusion to Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. I was worried it was going to have a really sad ending, like most trilogies often do. But this one left me pleasantly surprised! This another action packed story from Riggs about the peculiar children having to rescue their comrades from the hollows and the wights. Addison the dog, Emma, and Jacob must venture through London and into a loop called The Devil’s Acre to find Miss Peregrine and the other children who were taken there to have their souls harvested for a drug that Peculiar’s take there for enhanced abilities. Devil’s Acre is not a good place, it’s where all of the outcasts and criminals are sent from Peculiardom. The worst of the worst reside there. And this is where the wight’s and the hollows have made their evil lair.

Along the way they meet a helpful boatman who almost seems Peculiar but seems to have a secret and a lawyer who is not really a lawyer at all. He actually turns out to be Miss Peregrine’s and Caul’s brother who’s ambition rivals that of Caul’s. But in his own way and for his own reasons he wants to help the children find their friends and Miss Peregrine. It’s just a bonus that Jacob can now control hollows. Isn’t it?

I really enjoyed seeing the perspective of Jacob connecting with the hollows because honestly that’s what it was. He could become one, like an out of body experience. He began to sympathize with them and see that they were not all bad. But he ended up having to persecute them just the same so that he and the other Peculiar’s could live in peace without fear of being hunted down and having their souls harvested.

There’s an almost heart breaking scene of a hollow helping two neglected bear cubs down the road  back to Bentham’s house. It shows that they aren’t just evil monsters. There’s a heart deep, down in there somewhere.

In the end, Caul leads them to the Library of Souls. They need Jacob’s ability to see the hidden jars in order for Caul to take on other, ancient souls. This is where you think the story is about to end but then a great betrayal happens and the ending of the story just begins.

I love love love Riggs world building. His ideas are so fresh and unique. I wish I could write the way he writes. Or even hope to dream up his kinds of stories. The only thing I wasn’t as crazy about in this book as the other’s were the pictures. I felt like they were the leftovers… They weren’t as intriguing as the other’s in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and Hollow City.

I feel ike I don’t know what to do with myself now that this series is over! I think I’ll eventually reread the whole series. I give this one 5/5 stars.

The Hidden Oracle: The Trials of Apollo by Rick Riordan

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Goodreads Blurb

How do you punish an immortal?

By making him human.

After angering his father Zeus, the god Apollo is cast down from Olympus. Weak and disorientated, he lands in New York City as a regular teenage boy. Now, without his godly powers, the four-thousand-year-old deity must learn to survive in the modern world until he can somehow find a way to regain Zeus’s favour.

But Apollo has many enemies—gods, monsters and mortals who would love to see the former Olympian permanently destroyed. Apollo needs help, and he can think of only one place to go… an enclave of modern demigods known as Camp Half-Blood.

Review

I finally got around to reading this book! It’s took me forever. I always like to read Rick Riordan in between series I’ve been reading because they’re always an easy read and always fun and lighthearted. This one was no exception. I loved Apollo from the beginning. His conceitedness was humorous and he and Meg made quite the team.

This book is the perfect mixture of action and adventure and comedy. I wasn’t sure if Percy or Jason would make an appearance in the book and was excited when they did! I wish Annabeth would but she was preparing for SAT’s like Percy. It made me sad to see how much they’re grown up! I’ll miss their adventures. I hope that Rick Riordan can keep writing them into his stories. Percy Jackson and The Kane Chronicles are my all time favorites of Riordan’s.

I loved Meg and Apollo together. I think Riordan comes up with the best friendship pairs/groups. Everyone always brings something special to the group but they all manage to be different and quirky at the same time. And Leo came back with his dragon and Calypso! YAY! I loved that!!!! He’s one of my favorite characters.

Rick Riordan recently released the cover of the second book The Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo #2) and it looks just as awesome as the first one!

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Goodreads Blurb

Surrounded by enemies, the once-great nation of Ravka has been torn in two by the Shadow Fold, a swath of near impenetrable darkness crawling with monsters who feast on human flesh. Now its fate may rest on the shoulders of one lonely refugee.

Alina Starkov has never been good at anything. But when her regiment is attacked on the Fold and her best friend is brutally injured, Alina reveals a dormant power that saves his life—a power that could be the key to setting her war-ravaged country free. Wrenched from everything she knows, Alina is whisked away to the royal court to be trained as a member of the Grisha, the magical elite led by the mysterious Darkling.

Yet nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. With darkness looming and an entire kingdom depending on her untamed power, Alina will have to confront the secrets of the Grisha . . . and the secrets of her heart.

Review

I’m doing these reviews a little out of order. I actually read Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo before reading Shadow and Bone. Not that they are apart of the same series but from what I read (while reading Six of Crows) there are some small spoilers in the duology for the Shadow and Bone trilogy. Whoops! But I was already halfway through the book when I realized this so I finished reading it and then picked up Shadow and Bone before buying Crooked Kingdoms.

I read Shadow and Bone within 3 days. It was actually 4 but one day doesn’t count because my husband stole it away from me and decided to start reading it himself! Needless to say, we both loved the book and we’re fighting over it when we were on vacation in Oklahoma for New Years. Anytime one of us would set it down or go take a shower the other would steal the book! That’s how good this book was.

I think Leigh Bardugo is one of my new favorite authors! I think her world building skills are pretty close to those of Sarah J. Maas. I love the whole old-Russian feel to the plot. The names and places are very interesting. Most YA historical fiction stories take place in Europe like London or Scotland. I appreciated the change of scenery.

I also love fantasy so the Grisha concept intrigues me. I like how certain people are born with special abilities. Their abilities are really unique like summoning the sun, and being able to change the way people look, control of different elements such as wind, water, and fire. I think if I was born a Grisha I would want to be an inferni because it sounds really bad-ass to be able to control fire.

Alina and Mal are the main characters in the beginning. They’re orphans in Ravka who go live in a children’s home. Alina is actually Grisha but manages to suppress her powers until she’s almost a grown woman. Her fellow Ravkans and The Darkling (he’s basically a dark prince) find out about her powers when they’re trying to cross The Fold ( a place where there are demons that attack people). From there she is whisked away to the Palace to be trained as a proper Grisha. There she meets many people who she befriends and learns to harness her power as a Sun Summoner. How cool is that? She may be the only hope in destroying The Fold, and she thinks that’s what the Darklings plan is but by the end of the story some of the characters turn out not to be the people you thought they were. Alina and Mal must make an escape in order to save Ravka from the darkness that is about to encompass the land and for their lives.

I immediately ordered Siege and Storm (book 2) and Ruin and Rising (book 3) and Crooked Kingdoms (book 2 in the Six of Crows duology). I give Shadow and Bone 5/5.

Saga by Brian K. Vaughn (Volume One)

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Goodreads Blurb

When two soldiers from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.

From bestselling writer Brian K. Vaughan, Saga is the sweeping tale of one young family fighting to find their place in the worlds. Fantasy and science fiction are wed like never before in this sexy, subversive drama for adults.

Review

I’ve been chewing this one over for a few days. I still feel like a newbie to the graphic novel world.. I’ve only been on the bandwagon for about 2 years now. I did read The Walking Dead graphic novels in college. Volumes 1-6 anyway. They got a little ridiculous. But I started reading The Lumberjanes and Nimona by Noelle Stevenson and then picked up Ms. Marvel on a whim almost two years ago.

I then heard about Saga on Instagram. I think it started to get popular due to all of the Star Wars movies coming out recently. It’s about a young couple who are not meant to be together but it starts off the story with their newborn daughter narrating their story. The woman is ex-military and the man was a soldier as well but they met at a prison and fell in love. The woman is giving birth to their daughter in the beginning of the graphic novel but they are on high alert since they are basically on the run since they’re countries are at war.

They go on a whirlwind adventure across the galaxy when a “prince”/military commander is told to find them at all cost. The commander is weird creature… He’s a man with a weird television head…right? Strange. Then there are these assassins that have been hired to find them too. Whoever finds them first gets paid and the other doesn’t. The man assassin is in love with the female assassin and she’s part spider and doesn’t wear a top. Yup! I cannot make this up people. This graphic novel is soooooooo odd. I think I would have enjoyed it more had it been a little less out there. It got to where it was hard to follow the story. The author was really out there and making stuff up.

While all this is taking place the couple and their newborn baby are racing across the galaxy and they meet this group of ghost-children and befriend a girl who needs a body host in order to leave the planet she’s one. She’s basically cut in half and you can see all of her organs hanging out from her stomach. It was disturbing. Maybe this is more of a guy graphic novel because it was hard for me to swallow.

Brian K. Vaughn has another graphic novel series out called  Paper Girls that I think I may enjoy better. It’s very 80’s looking. When I flipped through it at Barnes and Noble it gave me a Stranger Things feel. But instead of the motley crew in Stranger Things it’s a group of girls who have a paper route who are fighting villians. If anyone has read this I would love to hear what you thought about it!

Anyway, as for Saga, I’m thinking I probably won’t be buying the other volumes.

Passenger by Alexandra Bracken

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Goodreads Blurb 

Passage, n.
i. A brief section of music composed of a series of notes and flourishes.
ii. A journey by water; a voyage.
iii. The transition from one place to another, across space and time.

In one devastating night, violin prodigy Etta Spencer loses everything she knows and loves. Thrust into an unfamiliar world by a stranger with a dangerous agenda, Etta is certain of only one thing: she has traveled not just miles but years from home. And she’s inherited a legacy she knows nothing about from a family whose existence she’s never heard of. Until now.

Nicholas Carter is content with his life at sea, free from the Ironwoods—a powerful family in the colonies—and the servitude he’s known at their hands. But with the arrival of an unusual passenger on his ship comes the insistent pull of the past that he can’t escape and the family that won’t let him go so easily. Now the Ironwoods are searching for a stolen object of untold value, one they believe only Etta, Nicholas’ passenger, can find. In order to protect her, he must ensure she brings it back to them—whether she wants to or not.

Together, Etta and Nicholas embark on a perilous journey across centuries and continents, piecing together clues left behind by the traveler who will do anything to keep the object out of the Ironwoods’ grasp. But as they get closer to the truth of their search, and the deadly game the Ironwoods are playing, treacherous forces threaten to separate Etta not only from Nicholas but from her path home… forever.

Review

I started reading Passenger during the summer. I had to put it down a few times and actually finished the book in November. I’m not sure why because I did enjoy Bracken’s writing style and the plot of the story. It reminded me of Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and that’s why I purchased the book. I love love love Outlander, and really anything that has to do with time travel.

I think maybe every time I tried reading it that I was in the middle of  reading slump and I wasn’t ready for it. I kept thinking, “I love time travel so I’ll just dive into this one!” I don’t know. I feel like this book is worth 5/5 stars but I can only give it 4/5 because I didn’t feel fully engrossed in the story until the end. I definitely will buy Wayfarer (the 2nd book) once it comes out (January, maybe?). The ending was way too intriguing not too. It was like a whole new story began the last few chapters of the book and it seemed immensely more entertaining to me than Passenger.

I think another qualm I had with the novel was the main character Etta. I didn’t feel attached to her character until the end of the book. I think she had a good coming of age story throughout the novel but she went from being this scared, timid girl who couldn’t perform her violin solo in front of an audience to a badass who was taking on men who were shooting at her and probably trying to murder her. I liked the stronger Etta but it took some time for her to get to that point. I actually enjoyed Nicholas and Alice’s characters much more. Alice seemed very loyal and it was neat that she had actually met Etta as a young woman then essentially became her tutor and grandmother basically. I hated her character’s ending. I kept hoping there was a way for them to help her.

As for Nicholas he was just admirable. He had been through his family disowning him and the world prejudicing against him. Yet he had this unshakable moral compass that never wavered. He’s the type of man that would have caught my fancy 😉

Something else I feel that must be said about this book is the cover is absolutely stunning. I love the font, the picture of the city within the bottle but it’s actually reflecting Nicholas’ ship. It shows how their fates would be intertwining. You can tell some thought went into the detail.

The purple and gold on Wayfarer is aesthetically pleasing too. I like how the blue and silver on the first novel and the gold and purple on the second one compliment each other.

I have several other reviews coming soon. I’ve been on Christmas break since the 16th and I’ve been relaxing with my husband and family so I’m about 2 books behind. Almost 3! I recently finished reading The Rose & The Dagger by Renee Ahdieh, a graphic novel called Saga (Volume 1) by Brian K. Vaughn, and I’m about to finish up Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo.

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Goodreads Blurb

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.

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Review

I have really been into graphic novels this year. I think my obsession started with Lumberjanes, which Noelle Stevenson also helped create. I started reading those towards the end of last year and finished them up in 2016. After reading those I bought Ms. Marvel  and fell in love with that story as well. This isn’t the first time I’ve read graphic novels. I read The Walking Dead volumes 1-7 in college but quickly became disenchanted with those around volume 6. The language and content in those is basically equivalent to a 13 year old boy trying to cuss and talk dirty. It was gross.

But Lumberjanes restored my faith in the graphic novel genre! Probably because they were written by females and focused more on humor and fun than on gross stuff.

I’ll admit I wasn’t sure about Nimona going into it. The beginning of the story just throws you in. It felt a little too rushed. But as the story went on I enjoyed the characters! Sir Blackheart and Sir Goldenloin are probably my favorites. Nimona was awesome but I feel like her character was mostly there to help Goldenloin and Blackheart find themselves and to bring them closer again.

I think the ending was a good one. You know that Nimona basically survived and that she was always watching from afar. It was pretty sweet. I just wished that her and Blackheart had stayed besties. They really grew to care about one another.

I gave this one 4/5 stars. Loved the story but I wish the beginning would have been easier to get into. I had to force myself to read about 50 pages before I actually got into the story.