Noelle Stevenson

N is for Nimona

nimona1Nimona is a kid but she’s a kid who can shapeshift into just about anything. She’s dangerous and volatile but she is still a child that scary things happen to.

Nimona is the titular character in a web-comic that’s now a published graphic novel and it’s a great story full of fantasy and science-fiction tropes that are often turned on their head. Nimona is the sidekick of supervillain Lord Ballister Blackheart but she doesn’t always do as she’s told. She’s not the best sidekick as she has her own ideas about how to do things, often her ideas include death and destruction which is a little disturbing.

Nimona is an independent young woman who enjoys causing mayhem with her shapeshifter powers. She’s also very closed off about her past and doesn’t always tells Blackheart the truth and sometimes gets caught out by her tall tales. You feel for Nimona because something horrible must have happened to her in her past and she really is troubled but at the same time she has a great, sarcastic attitude to everything.

A lot of time I just feel like giving Nimona a hug because she’s had such a tough life but she still finds it in herself to care about people and want to protect them, but I know if I tried to give Nimona a hug she’d probably shapeshift into some sort of vicious animal and bite me.

You can read my review of Nimona here.

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REVIEW: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

nimonaNimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter who has decided she is now Lord Ballister Blackheart’s sidekick. Blackheart is a supervillain who wants to wreck some serious havoc and prove to the people that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his bosses at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes as they appear to be. But as their escapades become more dangerous and deadly, Blackheart realises that Nimona’s powers are as mysterious as her past, and her wild side might be more dangerous than he wants to admit.

Nimona is one of those graphic novels that just about everyone has heard of and deservedly so. I’d read a little of Nimona when it was a web comic but even though I liked it I soon stopped reading as I don’t really like reading comics on a screen. It was great to finally get my hands on a physical copy of Nimona and I’m so glad I’ve now read the full story.

Nimona is funny but it’s not afraid to get a bit darker. It has a great take on what it means to be a villain or hero and how there can be a grey area in between. The art is bright and the mixture of science and medieval means that the world of Nimona isn’t your standard fantasy world. (more…)

REVIEW: Lumberjanes Vol. 1: Beware the Kitten Holy by Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters and Brooke Allen

lumberjanes vol1 elenasquareeyesLumberjanes is about a group of girls spending their summer at a scout camp discover strange creatures and weird goings on in the woods around the camp.

Lumberjanes is a completely different comic to anything I’ve read so far. The protagonists are all young teenagers who are looking for adventure, there’s action and drama but there’s also an innocence to it all. Their friendship is amazing as well – more awesome lady friends please!

The art style is different to what I usually like to look at/read as well. It’s so bright and the characters are sometimes quite cartoonish – not that cartoonish is bad, it’s just normal that’s not an art style I’d like. I’ve heard a lot of good things about Lumberjanes but it’s taken me this long to read it because it’s so different to what my usual taste in comics is. I’m pleased I’ve now given it a go and found that it is just as fun as everyone has said it is.

I love the way the characters are all different and you can see their personalities through just four issues. Jo is the calmer one of the group, April looks small and weak but is super strong (and references Kelis’ Milkshake which I love), Molly often thinks she isn’t good enough compared to the rest of the girls, Mal is the more cautious one and Ripley is like the baby of the group. And then there’s the girls camp counsellor Jen – I love Jen! She wants to follow the rules and keep the girls safe but she’s so long suffering it’s kinda wonderful.

While a lot of stuff happened in this volume and set up the characters well, it did leave me wanting something more. I’m not sure if it’s because I liked it so much and I just wanted to continue with the story or if I expected something different to happen.

Lumberjanes is really sweet and fun and I can’t wait to read the next volume. 4/5.

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TOP TEN TUESDAY: Top Ten Books On My Autumn TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a feature run by BrokeAndBookish each week – I’m thinking I might not take part every week but just see if a week takes my fancy. This week is all about our Autumn TBR’s so here are the books I want to read before the end of the year. I have a few challenges to complete by the end of the year so some of these books will go towards them and I also want to read more books by women as I wanted to my reading to be a 50/50 split between male and female authors but at the moment I’ve read more books from male authors.

Anna and the Ffrench Kiss ElenaSquareEyesAnna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
This would fill the “contemporary romance” section of the Eclectic Reader challenge. I’m not a big fan of contemporary romance but I’ve heard nothing but good things about Anna and the French Kiss and I always like reading a fun, quick read in between more dense stuff.

Winter – Marissa MeyerWinter EleanSquareEyes
I’ve started The Lunar Chronicles series by taking part in the #TLCReadAlong and now I’m really looking forward to seeing how the series comes to an end. I still have Cress and Fairest to read but the excitement around Winter is definitely getting to me.

The Husbands Secret ElenaSquareEyesThe Husband’s Secret – Liane Moriarty
This would fill the “a familial relation” section of the What’s in a Name challenge. My mum actually bought this book for herself but it sounds intriguing and is a family drama which could turn into a bit of a thriller. (more…)