Review: The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #1) – Rick Riordan


The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #1) – Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel

Title: The Lighting Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #1)

Author: Rick Riordan

Release Date: October 12, 2010

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 128

Source: Public Library

Mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking out of the pages of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson’s textbooks and into his life. And worse, Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now, he and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.

4 out of 5 stars


I picked this up because I was in the mood for something light and short, and it did not disappoint! I love the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books, and this was just a graphic novel version of the first book.

I feel like this graphic novel was more based on the movie than on the actual book. It seemed to me like some of the plot points were different than the book, but I also did read that book a long time ago.

This graphic novel followed Percy, Annabeth, and Grover through their quest to retrieve Zeus’ lighting bolt from the Underworld. It happened similarly to how it happened in the original book, but was made more brief, as it was a concise version of the story.

I look forward to reading the second one of this series because I got it from the public library at the same time as this one! I think it will be interesting, because Sea of Monsters is one of my favorites of the series as a whole. I love getting back into this world that Rick Riordan has created, and I’ve missed his easy-going writing style.

I would recommend this to middle-school aged kids. I think that it would be interesting to read this graphic novel right after finishing the first book, and comparing it. I feel as though it would be an interesting way to take in the story. The characters also did not look like sixth graders, but that’s just me. They looked hecking old, but whatever. You do you, Rick Riordan.

Series:

The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #2)

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Review: In Real Life – Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang


In Real Life – Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

In Real Life

Title: In Real Life

Author: Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang

Release Date: October 14, 2014

Publisher: First Second

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 175

Source: Public Library

Anda loves Coarsegold Online, the massively-multiplayer role-playing game where she spends most of her free time. It’s a place where she can be a leader, a fighter, a hero. It’s a place where she can meet people from all over the world, and make friends.

But things become a lot more complicated when Anda befriends a gold farmer–a poor Chinese kid whose avatar in the game illegally collects valuable objects and then sells them to players from developed countries with money to burn. This behavior is strictly against the rules in Coarsegold, but Anda soon comes to realize that questions of right and wrong are a lot less straightforward when a real person’s real livelihood is at stake.

4 out of 5 stars


Anda is a gamer, and she gets invited to join a game called Coarsegold Online by a woman who comes to talk to her computer class at school. She gets told that she won’t have to pretend to be a boy in the game because there is an all girl group in this game. Everything is great, until she’s told she needs to go and kill some gold-farmers, because they’re just mooching off the system.

So she goes, but she finds that they don’t fight back, but she goes through with the orders anyway. Later, she meets a gold-farmer who speaks English and talks back to her about what’s happening. She befriends him against her leader’s wishes.

She finds times to talk to him and finds out he lives in China and doesn’t make much money, so he has to work a lot. She decides to try and help him…

The artwork is literally everything I’ve ever wanted from a graphic novel. It’s kind of like watercolor, and the colors are so vibrant and beautiful. It’s pretty much all pastels and very saturated color; I highly recommend reading it just for the fact that the art is GORGEOUS.

I’d say that the story is a pretty solid 3/5 stars, but the artwork sold me. Oh my gosh I’m in love. I think the message was good, and this would be good for any gamer girls who just feel out of place in the male dominated gaming world. I am personally not a gamer, but I could still relate to this.

I’ve been really getting into graphic novels/comics recently and would LOVE some recommendations. The library in my town for college is amazing and has tons of different options. Please, please, please give me some graphic novel/comic/manga recs!

Review: Nimona – Noelle Stevenson


Nimona – Noelle Stevenson

Nimona

Title: Nimona

Author: Noelle Stevenson

Release Date: May 12, 2015

Publisher: HarperTeen

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 266

Source: Public Library

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”

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.

3 out of 5 stars


I’m just on a graphic novel kick, and I’m loving it :)

This book follows a girl named Nimona who is a shapeshifter. She wants to be a villain just like her idol, Ballister Blackheart. She finds him, and convinces him to let her be his sidekick and the story takes off from there.

Nimona is different from a lot of people her age because she’s constantly dealing with issues from her childhood, and finding out who she wants to be. Ballister Blackheart holds a grudge that’s so deep to him that he blocks everything else out. They end up making the perfect team.

I enjoyed this book. I didn’t give it higher than 3 stars just because the writing seemed very childish. I understand that Nimona is a kid, but it was very immature sounding. I liked the idea of the story, that the villain becomes someone he wants to be not what society has been telling him to be. I enjoyed that, and I also really liked the artwork. It was interesting to look at and easy to understand. The colors were beautiful, and I would recommend this book to a younger audience.

There wasn’t much plot, so again, I find it a little hard to review, but I did enjoy it. I liked the little adventures that Nimona and Ballister went on. I liked that Nimona called Ballister, “Boss.” It was cute. They became close friends, and I thought that was an important element to the story.

This hinted at Ballister being gay, and I was all for that. I really liked this because it wasn’t obnoxiously stating that he was gay; it was subtle and I don’t know if a lot of people would have caught that. I really loved the little story at the end with Ballister and Goldenloin. It was so cute. Aww.

Overall, I think this is targeted towards middle grade readers, and I think if I would have been exposed to books like this when I was the right age it would have changed my reading experiences.

Review: Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn


Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1) – Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Alex + Ada, Vol. 1

Title: Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #1)

Author: Jonathan Luna and Sarah Vaughn

Release Date: July 16, 2014

Publisher: Image Comics

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 128

Source: Public Library

The last thing in the world Alex wanted was an X5, the latest in realistic androids. But after Ada is dropped into his life, he discovers she is more than just a robot.

3 out of 5 stars


I went to my new public library in the city I just moved to for college, and they have a HUGE selection of comics and graphic novels. My roommate loves this series, so I decided to give it a try.

I like the idea of this; I love sci-fi, but the art style is very strange and it’s going to take some getting used to. The concept and plot is quite interesting, but there’s just something about it that is strange to me.

Graphic novels have always been hard for me to review because they’re a completely different format than I’m used to, but I’m excited to read the second and third books in this series. I think I’m giving this 3 stars because I’m a little iffy about it right now. I think it could be really good, but I don’t know yet.

This is about a guy named Alex. He talks to his grandma a lot, and she has an android who she loves. She decides to get him one for his birthday so then he can be happy, but Alex feels guilty about getting one. He goes and gets it to be more like a human. He names her Ada, and he starts to have feelings for her. I’m not sure about it yet, but I am anxious to see what happens next…

Kinda confused, but also realizing it’s happily confused.

Series:

Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #2)

Alex + Ada (Alex + Ada #3)

Review: Amulet Volume 4: The Last Council (Amulet #4) – Kazu Kibuishi


Amulet Volume 4: The Last Council (Amulet #4) – Kazu Kibuishi

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Title: Amulet Volume 4: The Last Council (Amulet #4)

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Release Date: September 1, 2011

Publisher: GRAPHIX

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 209

Source: Library

Emily and her friends think they’ll find the help they need in Cielis, but something isn’t right. Streets that were once busy are deserted, and the townspeople who are left live in crippling fear. Emily is escorted to the Academy where she’s expected to compete for a spot on the Guardian Council, the most powerful Stonekeepers. But as the number of competitors gets smaller and smaller, a terrible secret is slowly uncovered–a secret that, if left buried, means certain destruction of everything Emily fights for.


4 out of 5 stars

I think that this book has been my favorite out of the Amulet series thus far. It was fast paced, entertaining, kind of creepy, and beautifully drawn and written. I love the Elves who are traveling with the group. The two of them have so many redeeming qualities, I mean I’m sure the point of them being in the group is to show sides of people/creatures that get overlooked by outward appearances. I do believe that by the end of the series, the Elves will be allies with the Stonekeepers. That is my prediction, let’s see if I’m correct.

The premise behind this volume was the beginning of the journey through Cielis with the other Stonekeepers Emily meets while she’s there. There was somewhat of a plot twist at the end, but now that I look back at it all the clues were there. I cannot wait to continue on with this series. I highly recommend reading this graphic novel series if you’ve never read graphic novels or want to get into them. It’s, again, fast paced, and very easy to read. It is a middle grade series, but it will give you an idea of how you feel about reading graphic novels. I also recommend getting graphic novels from your local library; graphic novels are very expensive, but they’re worth the read.

I would choose to be Emily still. I love her and her brother Navin, the two of them are helpful and will actually be beneficial to one another. It isn’t very common that you read a book with a strong family element. It’s nice to read about a family who gets along and loves each other. I am so excited to finish this series in 2016! Let me know what your favorite graphic novel was of this year in the comments below!

Series:

The Stonekeeper (Amulet #1)

The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet #2)

The Cloud Searchers (Amulet #3)

Prince of the Elves (Amulet #5)

Escape from Lucien (Amulet #6)

Firelight (Amulet #7)

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