Nimona

Nimona

eBook - 2015
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Indies Choice Book of the Year * National Book Award Finalist * New York Times Bestseller * New York Times Notable Book * Kirkus Best Book * School Library Journal Best Book * Publishers Weekly Best Book * NPR Best Book * New York Public Library Best Book * Chicago Public Library Best Book The New York Times bestselling graphic novel sensation from Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic. 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 has been hailed by critics and fans alike as the arrival of this talent. 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.
Publisher: [United States] : Harper Collins Publishers, 2015
ISBN: 9780062278241
006227824X
Characteristics: 1 online resource
text file
Additional Contributors: Stevenson, Noelle
Alternative Title: hoopla (Digital media service)

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Gr33nbird May 16, 2019

This is the kind of book I'd want my kids to read.

IndyPL_ShainaS Feb 18, 2019

Nimona is such a fun romp through a beautiful mash-up of science fiction and fantasy tropes. The fast pacing and distinct art style, as well as the moral ambiguity of most of the characters, makes this a unique offering for teen audiences. Nimona, the title character, is such an enthusiastic, complicated, powerful young lady creature. And her relationship with Ballister Blackheart, this world's Dr. Horrible, is endearing and nuanced and oh so heart-breaking. I had a few minor quibbles with the ending (and most of the choices there were likely made because this is a novel meant for younger audiences). Overall, if you're looking for a humorous adventure that gets surprisingly deep, don't skip out on this tome. It is a fab introduction to Stevenson's work.

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Sammydsp
Jan 13, 2019

This was a great graphic novel, even better that it was standalone which is rare. The story was easy to follow and kept me on my feet. The characters were lovable and I wanted to see where they were going next. Overall, this graphic novel would be appropriate for children, teens and adults.

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SpeedyLlama
Jan 01, 2019

I'm normally not a graphic novel person - I prefer print books mostly - but I loved this book! It's a short read, an hour if you're a fast reader, no more than three if you're a slower reader and prefer to take everything in, but every minute is incredible. The characters are so fun, especially Nimona. Although if you just read the back, it seems like sort of a dumb plot, after about 10 pages, you get hooked! What I first thought was a book that I was going to hate and would be filled with dumb attempts at humor turned out to be an amazing book! The characters are all so compelling, and the fact that it's from the perspective of the villain is a refreshing change from the normal boundaries of literature. I actually cried at the end of it, which isn't something I do a lot! One thing I would like to note is that if Ballister Blackheart was actually considered a villain, he probably wouldn't be able to FaceTime all of the good guys. I mean, they would be able to track him down. The Institute didn't exactly seem serious about catching the man they called "the infamous Lord Blackheart". Other than that though, it was great!

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theythem
Dec 29, 2018

I read this book when I was young and going through difficult times trying to find who I was amidst a lot of medical chaos. This book helped me realize that being different doesn't mean you can't still be amazing. With a cast of some unusual and underrepresented people, Nimona is an important read for any kid, or adult, going through a difficult period in their life.
Warning: I spent too much time trying to jump onto the fridge

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Vicky_H
Sep 28, 2018

Great short read. Fresh and funny!

It's an interesting and humorous take on the villain-sidekick-hero story type. It's fun and original, mixed in with enough exciting plot to keep my attention to the end. Although character's growth is a bit lacking, I finish this book a happy reader. The story is not afraid to get serious, and that's what makes the ending fulfilling for me.

Warning: personally I find the text a little too small. Over all 7/10, would reread if looking for something fun.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Aug 02, 2018

The cover and art style of this book is what originally caught my eye. It was a very quick read, only took around two hours. Not only is the art style beautifully simple and unique, but the characters are complex and loveable, and the story is interesting. The symbolism and darkness behind the story are not something to be expected from a seemingly adorable graphic novel, and they connect deeply with the reader. Since I finished reading Nimona, I've bought it for two close friends who I knew would enjoy it. This is a good book for anyone looking for a quick and interesting summer read. Rating: 5/5
- @Mae of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

VaughanPLAlison Jun 12, 2018

That was great! Compelling characters, real stakes, a great build up and it sticks the landing (meaning it ends well). Ballister Blackheart may be one of my new favorite fictional characters. Could not recommend enough!

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AlignedStars
Apr 28, 2018

Nimona is a wonderful pilot graphic novel for Noelle Stevenson. It's fresh and original, funny and entertaining. As soon as I finished, I just wanted to read it again! I only wish that the main character experienced more character development, but the ending was still satisfactory, even if it was unexected.

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kwsmith
Feb 25, 2018

This popular book's ample teenage humor and colorful quickly sketched art might remind you of low-budget Saturday morning TV cartoons. The story and characters had enough depth to hold my interest but the stylishly quirky and colorful art sometimes made my eyes bleed.

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IndyPL_ShainaS Feb 18, 2019

I'm not a kid. I'M A SHARK!!

IndyPL_ShainaS Feb 18, 2019

You can't just go round murdering people. There are rules, Nimona.

Laura_X Jul 27, 2015

What do you mean there are rules? Why would you follow the rules? Isn't that the whole point of being a villain? That you don't follow the rules?

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Dixie16
Jul 23, 2015

Blackheart: I can't have some kid following me around all day.
Nimona: I'm not a kid.
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Nimona: I'm a SHARK!

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Frightening or Intense Scenes: Yes

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Violence: A bit

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Aug 09, 2018

Coarse Language: Swearing!

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