Book Review | Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

23131087Nimona 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. – from Goodreads

This was a hilarious, unique graphic novel in a great style, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

Let’s start with the setting – I really liked the kind of steampunk-esque-ness of the world, with it’s science but also characters jousting and fighting with swords. The world building was put really well together, showing both the city and the countryside really well.

The characters in this graphic novel are just brilliant – they’re so witty, especially Nimona, and have great backstories and dynamics. I loved seeing them all together, and how some of them were cartoonishly villainous or heroic, but it didn’t actually feel stupid in this graphic novel at all.

Nimona was such a great character; her skill (shape-shifting) was awesome, and she has such a great way of speaking. Every other sentence out of her mouth was basically hilarious – I haven’t laughed out loud when reading a graphic novel before!

I wish that we had seen more of Ambrosius and Ballister, as I believe they were meant to be romantically involved but it was only hinted at and ah I love these two! They were both interesting characters in their own right, and when you put them in the same room the realness of their exchanges – like that of a proper friendship – just melted off the page into a lovely heap.

Overall I really loved this graphic novel, and I’d really recommend it if you want a super quick read! It only took me about 40 minutes all in all.

Rating: 4/5

Source: borrowed from the library

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