Title: Snow, Glass, Apples
Author: Neil Gaiman
A retelling of the Snow White fairy tale from the point of view of the “wicked stepmother.”
First off, the pictures in the book I have were glorious and beautiful and I couldn’t stop looking at them! I also love Snow White retellings because I freaking love Snow White.
This was an original and unique graphic novel on the original story. I will admit, there was some really weird stuff going on that I need some answers to! It was an addicting little tale and I’m glad I found it, but again, what in the world? Anyway, I definitely recommend checking it out!
What’s your favorite Snow White retelling?
Title: The Phantom Twin
Author: Lisa Brown
Date of Publication: March 3rd, 2020
Isabel and Jane are the Extraordinary Peabody Sisters, conjoined twins in a traveling carnival freak show—until an ambitious surgeon tries to separate them and fails, causing Jane’s death.
Isabel has lost an arm and a leg but gained a ghostly companion: Her dead twin is now her phantom limb. Haunted, altered, and alone for the first time, can Isabel build a new life that’s truly her own?
Graphic novels are always iffy for me because I feel like I need more, but I really like this one! Especially the carnival setting!
The drawings were also beautiful and easy to follow along with the sometimes-heartbreaking story of these conjoined twins.
I also loved getting to see the carnival acts as well as the emotion between sisters, etc. There was prejudice involved from some of the people that would see the acts but who really got the last laugh because those customers were out money? Very cute and touching graphic novel!
What’s your favorite graphic novel?
Title: Kin (The Good Neighbors)
Author: Holly Black
Date of Publication: October 1st, 2008
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.
So I’ve only read one Holly Black book which was The Cruel Prince. Also, I don’t read graphic novels or any comic books really since I was like nine, and even then it was only the Archie comics. So I didn’t know how I was going to feel about it.
First, the pictures were great! Seriously loved the illustrations. The graphic novel overall felt a bit lacking, but that may just be because I feel like I can get more of a story from an actual book. However, it was still really fun!
I did like the main character Rue—she had a cool vibe, but I still didn’t feel like there was a whole lot of characterization here for the characters. Again, that could just be because it was a graphic novel. So if you like comic book type books and fairies, I’d suggest giving this one a try!
Do you read graphic novels?