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"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: New York : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780062278234
Characteristics: 266 pages :,colour illustrations ;,24 cm


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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.

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!

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.

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.

Jan 11, 2018

A supervillian and a sidekick. Institution. Good vs. evil. But which is which?

An entertaining story that demonstrates the moral complexities of life, and of the labels we use in that arena of thought.

My wife requested it from the public library for some reason and thought I might like it. I most certainly did!

The lettering borders on tiny frequently, but it otherwise is readable and legible. The drawing style is not extremely nuanced or detailed but almost always tells the story extremely effectively. There are only a very few panels where I’m like, “Not sure what that was …,” unlike say the two manga by Toboso that I read right before it where it frequently happened (and other manga, and other graphic novels). So while I would’ve preferred the lettering just a bit bigger most of the time (old eyes with slight astigmatism and serious shortsightedness), I found the text and images worked extremely well together to tell the story with neither getting in the way or being all flashy and attracting attention to one or the other.

I found this a rather endearing and morally complicated story which I think is a great story for teens (and adults). There’s plenty of negativity and broodiness and Nimona is just a girl (or is she?) and such a bad-ass with a go-getter, in-your-face attitude. Circumstances made Lord Blackheart a supervillian but his heart really isn’t in it. Who is the villain or hero, and who is the sidekick? And does that imply that the sidekick is neither villain or hero?

There are nemeses, dragons, science and symbolism and many other exciting things in this endearing tale of friendships.

fineplan Dec 14, 2017

A sweet and funny graphic novel with engaging artwork. It lightly explores important themes, gently easing readers into considering larger issues.

GeeksInTheLibrary Oct 17, 2017

A delightful subversion of a lot of our favorite fantasy tales, Nimona is our hero (although she's really the bad guy, or the bad guy's apprentice!) Good for readers who want a non-traditional fantasy sure to leave them laughing.

BostonPL_LauraB Sep 24, 2017

This was really great! I enjoyed this much more than the few I've read in the Lumberjanes series so far. Very fun, yet the right amount of dark and emotional.

Library_Jill Aug 09, 2017

A fun, quick read with a lot of heart, featuring a villain who likes to play by the rules, his spunky sidekick who...well...doesn't, their "good-guy" arch-nemesis, and an organization of heroes that may be less heroic than it appears. I don't always enjoy stories in which I am supposed to root for the bad guys, but Blackheart was just so endearing, I couldn't help myself! Here's hoping there will be a sequel someday...

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Aug 09, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Yes

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Violence: A bit

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Coarse Language: Swearing!


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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?

Jul 23, 2015

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


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