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The Bowen Press – May 1, 2009

It was such a treat to get this graphic novel and realize it was a completely different story within the WICKED LOVELY world.  Keenan makes a brief appearance, but other than that the reader is introduced to totally new characters.

Rika lives in the isolation of the desert.  She maintains invisibility around humans in order to observe them.  She misses her humanity and feels some animosity toward Keenan for turning her into a faery when she attempted to become his Summer Queen.  Rika wasn’t THE ONE and instead had to take on the chill of the Winter Queen until another girl came along and took her place.  Rika didn’t want to be around Keenan after she became a regular faery because of the painful memories attached to him, so she made her home in the desert far away from the Faery Court.

Lately she has been observing Jayce, an artistic and handsome young man.  When some mischievious faeries cause Jayce to fall during rock climbing, Rika must become visible in order to save him.

As Rika and Jayce get to know each other, they are pursued by other faeries and Jayce is put in danger.  It seems that Rika is being manipulated by someone she trusts.

The reader will definitely be anxious to read the next installment in this graphic novel series.  Melissa Marr has given us all new characters to fall in love with.  Thank you Melissa.


Wicked Lovely:
Desert Tales, Volume 1:
Sanctuary

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Little, Brown Young Readers – May 1st, 2008

Imagine, in the blink of an eye, in the flash of a blue light, you and every other human on the planet are reduced to less than six inches tall.

Imagine what it would be like in the world where nothing else was reduced in size.  All the animals, insects, food, and shelter remained their regular size.  Your backyard literally becomes a jungle.

IN THE SMALL presents just that scenario.  Survivors struggle to make it to the safety of the home of their make shift leader, picking up stragglers along the way.  Word has it, there are demons in their midst so Mouse, the leader, does his best to keep everyone together until they they make it to the safety of his home where he is hoping he’ll find his mother, sister, and grandfather alive. 

The story moves very fast and anyone who enjoys reading about the post-apocalypse and survival will love this graphic novel.  It is scheduled to be made into a movie in 2010.

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daniel-xDaniel X is an alien hunter from another planet.  He has powers that most people would consider pretty cool.  Daniel can create anything using his mind.  The most impressive thing he creates are his best friends.  During times when he is the most lonely, he has his best friends appear and join him for talks, meals, and games.  

Daniel is on a mission.  He is after Number 7 on the list of the worst aliens on Earth.  Daniel found the list after his parents were killed by the most dangerous alien on earth and took over their alien hunting duties. 

Number 7 is the Chairman of a corporation called the Game Consortium.  The Game Consortium makes its money by organizing brutal urban safaris.  It breeds and releases creatures into cities and some of the worst scum in the galaxy pay for the opportunity to hunt and kill the target.  Daniel gets more than he bargains for when he takes on the Chairman.  He’ll have to rely on wisdom his father passes down, his friends, and a new and unlikely ally in order to survive.

Daniel learns a lot about himself and friendship during his adventure to put a stop to Number 7.  James Patterson does a good job of giving a short recap of Daniel’s background without making it redundant.  The illustrations are great and the full-color panels really make the scenes come alive.  Reading the first book in the series, THE DANGEROUS DAYS OF DANIEL X, might be helpful to understand the entire background of the Daniel’s world, but it isn’t necessary in order to enjoy this graphic novel.

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Daniel X is an alien hunter from another planet.  He has powers that most people would consider pretty cool.  Daniel can create anything using his mind.  The most impressive thing he creates are his best friends.  During times when he is the most lonely, he has his best friends appear and join him for talks, meals, and games.  

Daniel is on a mission.  He is after Number 7 on the list of the worst aliens on Earth.  Daniel found the list after his parents were killed by the most dangerous alien on earth and took over their alien hunting duties. 

Number 7 is the Chairman of a corporation called the Game Consortium.  The Game Consortium makes its money by organizing brutal urban safaris.  It breeds and releases creatures into cities and some of the worst scum in the galaxy pay for the opportunity to hunt and kill the target.  Daniel gets more than he bargains for when he takes on the Chairman.  He’ll have to rely on wisdom his father passes down, his friends, and a new and unlikely ally in order to survive.

Daniel learns a lot about himself and friendship during his adventure to put a stop to Number 7.  James Patterson does a good job of giving a short recap of Daniel’s background without making it redundant.  The illustrations are great and the full-color panels really make the scenes come alive.  Reading the first book in the series, THE DANGEROUS DAYS OF DANIEL X, might be helpful to understand the entire background of the Daniel’s world, but it isn’t necessary in order to enjoy this graphic novel.

Rue is trying not to worry.  Her mother has disappeared after a terrible fight with her father.  Right after her mother disappears her father is arrested and accused of murdering one of the students he teaches at the University.  Rue knows her father didn’t do anything wrong, but doesn’t know how to prove it.  To add to her stress, Rue starts seeing things.  Things that shouldn’t be possible in the real world.  Things with wings.  Things that look like faeries.

While Rue’s father is in jail she is taken to meet the grandfather she’s never met – her mother’s father.  She finds out that her grandfather is one of the fey and what he has planned for the world is a danger to all mankind.  Rue is the only one who can stop him.

When Rue’s mother makes a reappearance, she is extremely ill. Rue picks up some clues as to why her mother disappeared in the first place and puts others information together on her own.

In between looking for clues to the real story behind the girl her father is accused of killing, finding out about her mother, and coming to terms with her heritage, Rue is trying to maintain her life at school and with her friends.

THE GOOD NEIGHBORS is the first volume in the KIN series.  Holly Black wraps up this volume nicely while still leaving readers begging for more.  Fans of Black’s novels Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside will enjoy seeing the faeries come alive on the page of the graphic novel.  Be looking for sequels sometime in the future.

Rue is trying not to worry.  Her mother has disappeared after a terrible fight with her father.  Right after her mother disappears her father is arrested and accused of murdering one of the students he teaches at the University.  Rue knows her father didn’t do anything wrong, but doesn’t know how to prove it.  To add to her stress, Rue starts seeing things.  Things that shouldn’t be possible in the real world.  Things with wings.  Things that look like faeries.

While Rue’s father is in jail she is taken to meet the grandfather she’s never met – her mother’s father.  She finds out that her grandfather is one of the fey and what he has planned for the world is a danger to all mankind.  Rue is the only one who can stop him.

When Rue’s mother makes a reappearance, she is extremely ill. Rue picks up some clues as to why her mother disappeared in the first place and puts others information together on her own.

In between looking for clues to the real story behind the girl her father is accused of killing, finding out about her mother, and coming to terms with her heritage, Rue is trying to maintain her life at school and with her friends.

THE GOOD NEIGHBORS is the first volume in the KIN series.  Holly Black wraps up this volume nicely while still leaving readers begging for more.  Fans of Black’s novels Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside will enjoy seeing the faeries come alive on the page of the graphic novel.  Be looking for sequels sometime in the future.

Raven is back for another adventure with the vampire love of her life, Alexander. Together they plot to keep Alexander’s cousin, Claude, from finding the blood vials he needs to turn into a full-blooded vampire.

If you haven’t read the actual books you’ll be missing some of the backstory.  It would be best to start at the beginning and then read the graphic novels in order to get the whole picture.  While this volume is longer than the first, it’s still not long enough.  It is too hard to wait for the next installment, which comes out Fall 2009.