Sunday, April 25, 2010

Book Views (5)

Again, I am copying Kate over at The Neverending Shelf in these Book Views. Basically, I give you a picture, the summary and a review (in less than 75 words).

Summary (via Goodreads): It's a mad, mad, mad world as Royal Bodyguard Hatter Madigan's maniacal quest to find Alyss continues! In Volume 2, Mad With Wonder, Hatter follows the Glow from London to the battlefields of America's Civil War in search of the Princess who must some day be Queen. The America that Hatter encounters is a sprawling, wounded, boiling landscape of innocence and energy run amok. The war is tearing the country apart, yet Hatter must maintain his sanity in this maelstrom of holy rollers, child healers, prophetic snake handlers, deranged outlaws, and passionate southern belles. As Hatter searches he learns he is not the only Wonderland presence that has found its way to the Promised Land. Queen Redd's black imagination is fueling the Civil War and threatening our world with her evil!

Review: Another fantastic graphic novel taken from Frank Beddor's Looking Glass Wars. In this second volume, Hatter M is searching for Alyss during the Civil War in America. At one point, he ends up in a psychiatric wards and meets some very interesting characters.

Final Verdict: Beautiful illustrations, fabulous plot and recommended for 8th grade and up.

by Holly Black

Summary (via Goodreads): Rue Silver's mother has disappeared . . . and her father has been arrested, suspected of killing her. But it's not as straightforward as that. Because Rue is a faerie, like her mother was. And her father didn't kill her mother -- instead, he broke a promise to Rue's faerie king grandfather, which caused Rue's mother to be flung back to the faerie world. Now Rue must go to save her -- and must also defeat a dark faerie that threatens our very mortal world.

Review: A gorgeous graphic novel illustrated by Ted Naifeh and written by Holly Black. The story follows a girl who finds out her mother is fey, making her part-fey. She must search for who she really is and what it means to be part-fey.

Final Verdict: Lovely premise and even lovelier black and white graphics. Definitely Young Adult.

by Holly Black

Summary (via Goodreads):
Rue Silver's life is not what it appears to be. Her mother is a faerie, and has been taken back to the faerie realm. As Rue goes to bring her back, she must travel deep into an inhuman world. At the same time, the faerie realm is venturing into our world too, and taking its toll on those Rue loves. When her grandfather's plans threaten Rue's city, she realizes that she's the only one who can stop him. But is Rue a human or a faerie? Where does she fit? How does she know the difference between love and enchantment?

Review: The continuation of Holly's Good Neighbors graphic novel series does not disappoint. Rue starts to see more around her than she wishes to. In this book she must decide what is more important - saving her world or joining the faerie realm.

Final Verdict: Absolutely loved it and can't wait for more. Young Adult reading and subject matter.

Summary (via Goodreads): Discover Melissa Marr's mesmerizing world of Faerie . . .

The desert is far away from the schemes of the Faerie Courts—and that's how Rika likes it. Once a mortal and now a faery, Rika seeks isolation and revels in her ability to appear invisible to humans. Then, she meets him. Artistic and kind, Jayce is the last person Rika wants to hide from.

But change is coming, challenging Rika's freedom and her new romance, as her past pursues her, even into the heart of the desert. . . .

Review: A great manga styled graphic novel that tells the story of Riku - one of the girls Keenan had once turned into the Winter Girls during his quest to find a queen. Riku avoids love but cannot help falling for Jayce - a Human who comes to the desert to paint. Will she be able to save him from the fae who wish to do him harm?

Final Verdict: Loved how it took a different aspect of Marr's faerie world. Recommended for 6th grade and up.

Summary (via Goodreads): The Emperor of a faraway land prizes fancy clothes above tending to his threadbare Kingdom. Two Tailors make him a magical suit but is has one major flaw - No one can see it!

Review: A gorgeous graphic novel retelling the tale of the Emperor's New Clothes. This retelling delves a little deeper into the cunning of the clothes makers who convince the Emperor into the invisible set of clothing.

Final Verdict: Definitely recommended for 2nd grade and up.


  1. love the cover of the last one!! =)

  2. Wow, these all look great! I didn't know Frank Beddor had graphic novels so now I am psyched! I loved his Looking Glass Wars books.


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