STORIES | The graphic novel I wish I created. A review of Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona.

STORIES | The graphic novel I wish I created. A review of Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona.

If I were to write a graphic novel (and I just might someday!) you can almost guarantee it will include villains, mythical beasts, and a good amount of silliness.

Taking that into consideration, it’s absolutely no surprise that I absolutely love Noelle Stevenson’s Nimona. Just look at this blurb:

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism!
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.

Villains? Yes.
Mythical beasts? Does a shapeshift who turns into a dragon count? Yes.
Silliness? THE NAME OF HIS NEMESIS IS GOLDENLOIN. YES YES YES.

I mean, it’s everything I could ever want from a story. I love it so much I’m almost mad that it even exists. 

Of course, I know that that might not be enough for everyone else to decide to read this book, so let me also highlight a couple of other great things about this graphic novel.

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STORIES | Shocking and disturbing, but I loved it. A review of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Saga.

STORIES | Shocking and disturbing, but I loved it. A review of Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Saga.

Can I let you in on a little secret? (Okay, if you’ve known me long enough this will definitely be no surprise.)

I am not one to enjoy happy, fluffy, love-filled reads.

I get why people read them, I do, but for some reason they’ve just never appealed to me.

I think my heart has always just strayed more towards the pessismistic side of things. Sure, it would be great for Prince Charming to sweep his way into a lonely girl’s life and for them to fall in love with things ending happily ever after. But that doesn’t happen! I just don’t believe it. Life is never that simple.

So for me, the books that tend to draw me in and keep me turning the pages are those that shock and disturb. And I’m not sure when’s the last time I’ve read a series that has done it so effectively as Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Saga.

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STORIES | I’m not a fan of spooky stories, except for this one. A review of Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods.

STORIES | I’m not a fan of spooky stories, except for this one. A review of Emily Carroll’s Through the Woods.

I don’t tend to do horror. Scary movies, haunting books, spooky stories, they’re generally not my cup of tea. I mean, c’mon, I am one of those adults who still sleeps with a teddy bear and doesn’t trust the dark. I’m definitely not made for the grim and disturbing.

That being said, I have found it incredibly hard to resist reading all the graphic novels these days so when Stacey recommended Through the Woods by Emily Carroll I knew I had to give it a go no matter how unsure I was of the spooks inside. (You can read her review here!)

And I’m so glad I did.

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STORIES | Six reasons the Six of Crows duology is amazing.

STORIES | Six reasons the Six of Crows duology is amazing.

I’m going to be honest with you, I don’t feel like I fit the typical description of most bookworms on the internet. I’m not an overly voracious reader who consumes hundreds of books every year. Instead, I like to read books in small doses over long spans of time, meaning I’m lucky to hit the double digits of books read by the time the year is up.

I’m just someone who is always in the midst of reading something, even though I’m not often reading. (Does that make any sense?)

Anyways, the point I’m trying to get to is that because I don’t read many books each year, I get really excited when a book (or series) I devote my time to ends up blowing me away. I become relieved that the book (or series) I’ve chosen to read wasn’t a waste of time, since I’ll read so few in a year, and feel compelled to shout about it so other on-again off-again readers like myself get a chance to read only good books too.

Today’s post is dedicated to one such series I want to shout about: the Six of Crows duology by Leigh Bardugo.

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STORIES | The trees are alive! My favorite trees in fiction.

STORIES | The trees are alive! My favorite trees in fiction.

When it comes to my stories posts, I’ve decided reviews and recommendations are not enough. I also want to talk a little more generally about the overarching things that pull me into stories, whether that be themes, characters, genres, tropes, etc. Reading about specific books or shows is nice, but sometimes it’s easier to interact with a post if it touches on broader themes (and I’m all about interaction here).

To start off, today I wanted to highlight one of my favorite types of characters in fiction: tree people!

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