Nimona by Noelle Stevenson | Book Review

★★★★☆
April 1st – 3rd

Nimona is a graphic novel by Noelle Stevenson, which I read for the Magical Readathon (it was my Transfiguration prompt choice!) This book was absolutely adorable, with fun characters, a captivating plot, and really good stylized artwork.

We follow Nimona, a shapeshifter with a mysterious past who becomes the sidekick of Lord Ballister Blackheart, a villain with a vendetta against Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin. The dynamics between Nimona and Blackheart were great, and took on a father/daughter or mentor/mentee quality fairly early on. I liked the relationship between Goldenloin and Blackheart as well, though I wished it was further expanded on whether their relationship was strictly friendship or something more.

Nimona herself was a bit of a mystery as well. The reader is given some clue into her backstory, but it’s unclear (at least it was to me) later if she was telling the truth or if there was something more. Maybe this is something that I missed, but the ambiguity of her past took away from her relationship with Blackheart for me.

I also thought this story would focus more on her, and less on Blackheart, though I ended up being glad that it didn’t. Nimona as a character was somewhat one-dimensional, and didn’t seem to learn or change by the end. In contrast, both Blackheart and Goldenloin did grow and change, and learn more about each other.

The two have an enemies to friends (or something more?) dynamic which is really well played, showing their transition from best friends to enemies and back, which became more of the plot than I was initially expecting.

Overall, this was good. I may check out Noelle Stevenson’s series, Lumberjanes in the future.

-Siobhan

April (Magical Readathon) TBR | 2020

My goal for this TBR has two parts:

  1. I want to read mostly books that I physically own already
  2. I want to complete the Magical Readathon

If you’re not familiar with the Magical Readathon, it was created by Book Roast on YouTube, and takes place over the months of April and August. Based on Harry Potter, April has the OWL prompts (named after the exams in the series). In the readathon, you choose a career you’re interested in which takes place in the magical world. From there, you’re given a list of courses you must complete, and therefore prompts to read. I’ll be doing the Mage of Visual Arts career, and will also be doing the Animagus training for a few additional books.

That brings us to what the actual TBR is, with the prompts they correspond to:

The Southern Book Club’s Guide to Slaying Vampires by Grady Hendrix (Astronomy)
A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab (Charms)
The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger (Divination)
The Near Witch by V.E. Schwab (History of Magic)
Middlegame by Seanan McGuire (Arithmancy)
Beverly by Nick Drnaso (Potions)
Nimona by Noelle Stevenson (Transfiguration)

I’m really excited to take part in this readathon after watching countless videos of it last year. I’m really looking forward to reading these books, and I’m hoping that I like them!

-Siobhan