Book: Nimonana by Noelle Stevenson
Publisher: HarperCollins, 2015
Genre: YA, Graphic Novel
Source + Date Read: Library, January 2016
Recommend: For those that want some fantasy with their YA and graphic novels.
Book Pro’s: Amazing characterization!
Book Con’s: Eh… I had to grow to like the art but I came to appreciate it quite a bit so maybe this isn’t a con but maybe a lesser pro?
I picked this up on a whim from the local library when I was looking for Nikki’s book club pick for February. I’d heard great things about it and thought, “What the heck?” I was surprised initially by how much I liked it! All in all Nimona is a great graphic novel and I was left wanting more. If there was a second volume I’d be really happy!
The biggest strength in this piece has to be Stevenson’s characterization. All of her characters were so deep and engaging- I loved every single one. I appreciated her play on light and darkness, the bad guys had some good in them and the good guys had some blackness, some darkness in them. I greatly appreciated that beneath every veneer there were a few cracks.
Plus there twists and turns galore! You learned to not assume that the plot was going to go down Route A, and all of a sudden it went down Routes B, C, D and then you somehow ended up at Z then H. It was a twisty and turny thing that was really fun.
My biggest qualm was the artwork. I tend to like art to be a bit more realistic (but not exaggerated in a comic book style) but I came to really, really appreciate Stevenson’s style. I especially came to like the way she shaded, I don’t know why but I came to really appreciate how she did highlight and shadows. It’s odd huh?
Book read before this: This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki and Jillian Tamaki
Book read after this: Currently reading the Fellowship of the Ring