Nimonaby Noelle Stevenson
YA Fantasy/Graphic Novel
5 of 5 stars
Debut graphic novel – May 12, 2015

I know I’m late to the party on this one, but better late than never, right? I first saw Stevenson’s artwork on the cover of my copy of Fangirl and I thought it was cute. Then I started following her on Twitter and she’s hilarious. Then I finally grabbed this! I’ve only read a handful of graphic novels, but I want to read many more of them now – this is so fun! (With biting commentary as well).

There’s so much to love about this story: Nimona’s unconventional appearance and moral compass for one. Her relationship with Blackheart. Her crazy cool shapeshifting. Blackheart’s ties to Goldenloin. A world of knights, swords, science, technology and magic. Humor alongside sharp observations. And of course the art itself. Is this a “traditional” story format? Yes. Does that make it weaker or predictable? Nope! Genre conventions here are purposeful and fun, which is just the way I like it.

Sure, there’s a message here, but it doesn’t detract from the enjoyment of the story. Nimona and her world will pull you in for a rollercoaster ride. Laughter one minute and brain-teasing sobriety the next. It’s hard to say more without spoilers, so just go read it, okay? Anyone who loves fantasy or superheroes and villains will love this!

If you’d like to see more reviews or buy a copy for yourself, Nimona is available on Goodreads and on Barnes & Noble’s website here. Stevenson’s website is here. Please consider supporting your local bookstore!

Similar reads:

  • Vicious by V.E. Schwab – College roommates Victor and Eli conduct an experiment regarding superpowers with disastrous (and compulsively readable) results. They didn’t expect to succeed. Now pitted against each other, “hero” and “villain” take on new meanings. See my review here.
  • Carry On by Rainbow Rowell – Also the supplier of Rainbow Rowell’s art, this is eerily similar to Nimona (destined hero Simon Snow must deal with his obviously super-evil roommate Basilton Grimm-Pitch while at magic school). Although it takes its time to get going, the last third or so is quite fun. If you liked the Blackheart-Nimona-Goldenloin dynamic you will love this. See my review here.
  • Bones & All by Camille DeAngelis – Maren has a slightly complicated issue for a 16-year-old: she tends to eat anyone she cares about. When her mother abandons her, Maren sets out to find her estranged father and whether or not she’s truly a monster. See my review here.
  • The Abyss Surrounds Us by Emily Skrutskie – This short book is packed with pirates, betrayal, and adventure! Cas trains sea monsters to defend cargo ships, but the Pirate Queen Santa Elena has decided Cas can train a sea monster for the pirates instead. See my review here.

7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. elissalynch
    Dec 22, 2015 @ 19:45:45

    I like your review style, Amanda. Very authentic :). Would love to feature your reviews in our weekly curated email digest that goes out to thousands of people.

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