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Book Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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Genre: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Fantasy
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: 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.

 

My Review: Nimona is a really cool graphic novel. I wanted to read this story because the villain (Lord Ballister Blackheart) and not the hero (Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin) is the main (morally grey) character.

Things aren’t as they seem in the best possible way. I liked Blackheart far more than Goldenloin because Blackheart was more of a dynamic character than the other. I also loved his often comedic interactions with Nimona. Nimona surprised me with her care-free attitude to commit evil. There are some pretty violent killings in this novel.

As the story developed, I became emotionally invested in Blackheart and Nimona’s plot to take down Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics. I couldn’t help but sympathize with Blackheart but don’t condone his actions to achieve that goal. The Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics is super suspicious.

The artwork was splendid and accentuated the mood and tone of the story. The ending was sad but fitting. I highly recommend this fun read!

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Manga Review: Haikyu!! by Haruichi Furudate (Vol. 1-3)

*combined review*

Genre: Manga, Sports, Shonen
Series: Haikyu!!
# of Volumes: 39 (ongoing)
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: [Vol. 1] A chance event triggered Shouyou Hinata’s love for volleyball. His club had no members, but somehow persevered and finally made it into its very first and final regular match of middle school, where it was steamrolled by Tobio Kageyama, a superstar player known as “King of the Court.”

Vowing revenge, Hinata applied to the Karasuno High School volleyball club… only to come face-to-face with his hated rival, Kageyama!

 

My Review: [Vol. 1-3] A really great start to a very heartfelt and passionate story!

I am so happy to be reading this series because I love the anime so so much! The story opens wonderfully, foreshadowing the beginning of something special. Matches were captivating the view with all the right moments captured.I really like the art style and felt every impact of larger or full page panels.

Foundations are laid as Karasuno slowly comes together. There’s a lot of raw emotion in just these beginning volumes, everyone has something to improve upon to be the best player and teammate they can be. I adore each character so much, especially Hinata and Nishinoya!

I could barely contain my joy as I was reading and now I want to start collecting all of the volumes. I enjoyed re-experiencing this story anew through the manga. It has reaffirmed my love for this story and team.

 

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Vol. 1  |  Vol. 2  |  Vol. 3

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Manga Series Review: Kamisama Kiss by Julietta Suzuki (combined review)

*this is an overall review*

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Genre: Manga, Young Adult, Romantic Comedy
Series: Kamisama Kiss
# of Volumes: 25
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: When Nanami inherits a shrine, it comes with divine powers and a hot fox spirit!

Nanami Momozono is alone and homeless after her dad skips town to evade his gambling debts and the debt collectors kick her out of her apartment. So when a man she’s just saved from a dog offers her his home, she jumps at the opportunity. But it turns out that his place is a shrine, and Nanami has unwittingly taken over his job as a local deity!

 

My Review: I am more in love with Kamisama Kiss than when I started reading this manga. This was such a fantastic series and I’m so sad to have finished it.

Nanami is a kind-hearted but stubborn girl. She really adjusts to all the supernatural happenings very well for a human. There were times I didn’t like her – when she’d act without thinking things through. But I like her and could imagine anyone else for this particular role.

Tomoe I love a lot. He’s so brash but sure of himself. He’s dedicated and mysterious. He’s gone through so much but that doesn’t stop him – maybe stall a bit – from doing what must be done. I enjoyed his character development most of all.

Really all the quirky characters are lovable in their own way! Mizuki is adorable and contributed a lot of comedic moments. Kurama is cool in everything he does. Ami and Kei, Nanami’s best friends, were the perfecting supporting characters and anchor to Nanami’s human side.

The final volume was really emotional for me. Things wrapped up so nicely and with such finality but much hope and happiness for the future. I could not have asked for a more perfect ending. I’m so happy for Nanami and Tomoe! This is a bittersweet goodbye to these characters and series but I can honestly say I am one happy reader.


My Review of Volume 1