Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism!
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.
Back in my teenage years when I used to read a lot of webcomics, Nimona was one of those I stumbled upon and would eagerly await the next page (some webcomics updated/update once a week, others twice, if you’re lucky, a lot have hiatus where they have guest comics coming in).
When I saw it in Waterstones it was like stepping back to the past and reminding myself how much I loved webcomics. (Nowadays I only follow a couple) SO of course I got a copy of it. And I read through it in bed before sleeping. It made me smile, and it made me remeber how much I liked it.
The art work is nice and cute, the story is original and fun. Worth a read, specially if you like Lumberjanes and Moonstruck.
This will be a less formal review because it is a graphic novel. The artwork is a bit messy but that is the style it is going for and that is interesting in itself (also, it is seriously NSFW).
I don’t know exactly how I came by Heathen, but I do know that I enjoyed reaing it and that there’s a second volume coming out soon so I really want it because it is about a girl viking and there is also gods and mythology, and there’s a lot of sexy stuff going on too.
But it is also about breaking the norm and what is expected of you and going against the current and just trying to figure who you are and want you want and if you are able to go and be yourself and live with the consequences of that. It is about love and family and friendship.
And there are wolves waiting for the end of the world in it (well one isn’t, it is napping) but I like the fact that it isn’t just one bit of the story but several and this was one of my favourite scenes because it made me smile and laugh a little. (I don’t know, maybe I have a weird sense of humour, who knows?)
All in all I recommend you read this but be aware there it is definitely NSFW.
Tea and Dragons, seriously? This book was one of those that I just had to have and I treated myself to it for this payday.
The Tea Dragon Society by Katie O’Neill
From the award-winning author of Princess Princess Ever After comes The Tea Dragon Society, a charming all-ages book that follows the story of Greta, a blacksmith apprentice, and the people she meets as she becomes entwined in the enchanting world of tea dragons.
After discovering a lost tea dragon in the marketplace, Greta learns about the dying art form of tea dragon care-taking from the kind tea shop owners, Hesekiel and Erik. As she befriends them and their shy ward, Minette, Greta sees how the craft enriches their lives—and eventually her own.
Let’s start by saying that the illustrations are gorgeous and the characters are interesting (some human some not, very aesthetic either way and so cute). The story starts with Greta learning her mum’s trade, blacksmithing and doing her best to keep it and learn it so it isn’t forgotten (because people have quicker better ways to do things now).
Also the dragons are really cute, I want one of every kind (plus, tea is awesome and I’d love to have tea dragon tea). There’s a little appendix at the end which explains how to take care of a tea dragon and the different varieties.
All in all highly recommended cute graphic novel with a sweet look and lovely artwork. Plus, yes, I love tea!
The Tea Dragon Society or The Princess and The Pony are super cute graphic novels.
Apparently I have been in a reading craze, and have a lot of stuff to review, so yeah, bear with me.
Wayward Volume 1: String Theory by Jim Zub, Steve Cummings and John Rauch
Rori Lane is trying to start a new life when she reunites with her mother in Japan, but ancient creatures lurking in the shadows of Tokyo sense something hidden deep within her, threatening everything she holds dear.
Can Rori unlock the secrets of her power before it’s too late?
I rushed through this volume, without intending to. And it surprised me. I had added this to my list since I like graphic novels and wanted something to get my eyes into but wasn’t sold on Saga which is what others were raving about (I am more of a Monstress/Fables kinda girl). So I decided to give this a go.
I loved it, it is like a mix of American graphic novels and manga, with all the crazy and nonsense of both and the good artwork too. I quickly liked the characters and wanted to know more about what was happening and as much as you can guess a little where the story goes, it ends up surprising you at times.
I can’t wait to learn more about Rori and her group of misfits.
As I mentioned above, Monstress is a definitely good one however I will warn you it is not for everyone, and then there is Fables which is more well known. And of course, this lovely first volume.