Thursday, April 21, 2016

Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Author: Noelle Stevenson 
Publication Date: May 12, 2015
Publisher: Harper Collins 
Pages: 272
Source: ALA Midwinter
Format: Hardcover
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Fantasy

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.

So I have been told by a couple people to pick up this graphic novel and how amazing it is but I finally decided to pick it up when my friend told me we could possibly do a book talk on it. I had not really read much into what it was about so I was going in blind except for what I said about my friends telling me how awesome it was. I picked it up and in less than two hours, I done and only wanted more.

Nimona follows the story of three people. Nimona a kick-ass female character with the power to shape shift into anything in matter of seconds, Blackheart, the super villain of the story, and of course our hero Goldenloin. When Blackheart finds out that the Institution of Law Enforcement are conducting experiments using illegal and dark materials, Nimona and Blackheart must find a way to out the wrong doing and show how all villains are not fully evil while heroes have a dark side.

Nimona is a character full of spunk and sassiness. She is eager to join Blackheart and is always first in creating terror and bringing the term evil to both her and Blackheart. However, there is a dark past she does her best to push aside but as time goes on her relationship with Blackheart changes and the truth about where she came from and her ability to shapeshift comes to light. Goldenloin is what you can start to presume as your typical hero but what must someone do to receive the love and admiration of your community. Blackheart was an interesting character for me. Although he was labeled as the villain in the story, there was a lot of hesitation in his actions and motives.

Noelle Stevenson brings up an important topic in challenging the ideals of good versus evil and how not all people who are assumed as evil are what they are made out to be. I do not want to go too much into this because I would rather have you read it for yourselves but this is a concept that people might not always discuss in a light-humored way that Stevenson does.

Overall this was a fast read that I am glad I finally made time to read. I am excited to read further works by Noelle Stevenson and where she goes next with graphic novels.

I give this book 5 souls!

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