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Cynthia Leitich Smith’s New York Times bestseller is reimagined as a graphic novel seen through the eyes of Zachary, teenage guardian angel.

Reckless guardian angel Zachary has an unusual assignment. He’s meant to save the soul of Miranda, high-school theater wannabe turned glamorous royal vampire. Completely devoted to Miranda, Zachary takes his demotion to human form in stride, taking a job as the princess’s personal assistant. Of course, this means he has to balance his ...

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Overview

Cynthia Leitich Smith’s New York Times bestseller is reimagined as a graphic novel seen through the eyes of Zachary, teenage guardian angel.

Reckless guardian angel Zachary has an unusual assignment. He’s meant to save the soul of Miranda, high-school theater wannabe turned glamorous royal vampire. Completely devoted to Miranda, Zachary takes his demotion to human form in stride, taking a job as the princess’s personal assistant. Of course, this means he has to balance his soul-saving efforts with planning the Master’s fast-approaching Deathday gala. Vivid illustrations by Ming Doyle elevate this darkly funny love story to a new dramatic level with bold black-and-white panels.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Raina Sedore
Getting to experience a story from the view point of the hunk you drooled over should be awesome, right? Maybe not. This graphic novel depicts the same story as Smith's book Eternal—but this time, from the perspective of Miranda's Guardian Angel, Zachary. Both books describe events in which Zachary saves Miranda from danger by revealing himself, then is banished from Heaven and eventually finds himself back in her service after she has become a vampire. It is an intriguing premise, but seeing things from Zachary's perspective does not enrich the story, especially because this uses the graphic novel form. It is difficult to depict the inner thoughts of characters well in an illustrated format, and attempting to tell the story of an angel in this way makes things even more difficult. The illustrations do the story no favors, either. Doyle's drawings are awkward and stiff. The characters are drawn inconsistently, and it is not always possible to tell the secondary characters apart when you have not retained their names. This could not possibly thrill even the most rabid of fans. Reviewer: Raina Sedore
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Whereas Smith's novel Eternal (Candlewick, 2009) focuses on the character of Miranda and her introduction into the culture of the vampires, called "Eternals," this graphic-novel companion depicts the same set of events from the perspective of Zachary, Miranda's depowered guardian angel. Given this forced perspective, the plot and pacing are often confusing because they require knowledge of events that occur in the novel. That this story is formatted as a graphic novel only serves to emphasize these issues, as passages of time are often inexplicable, secondary character motivations are impossible to decipher, and backstory is nonexistent. Doyle's illustrations are the standout feature here. Her black-and-white ink work is detailed and uses shading to provide clear depth. Furthermore, the framing of each illustration helps to provide a cinematic feel, especially through the use of extreme close-up to highlight facial expressions and character reactions. Overall, this graphic novel cannot break free of its shortcomings and often seems to cram as many supernatural tropes into as few pages as possible. Purchase if students are looking for this specific title after reading the novel.—Ryan F. Paulsen, New Rochelle High School, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780763651190
  • Publisher: Candlewick Press
  • Publication date: 2/12/2013
  • Series: Tantalize Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 1,407,149
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Cynthia Leitich Smith is the acclaimed and best-selling author of Tantalize, Eternal, Blessed, and Diabolical as well as the graphic novel Tantalize: Kieren’s Story, all set in the same fictional universe. She lives in Austin, Texas.

Ming Doyle, the illustrator of the graphic novel Tantalize: Kieren’s Story, has depicted the sequential exploits of zombie superheroes, demonic cheerleaders, vengeful cowboys, and dapper mutants. She lives in Boston.

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  • Posted November 14, 2013

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    The cover of this graphic is exquisite and beautifully done. I w

    The cover of this graphic is exquisite and beautifully done. I was kind of disappointed when I opened this book and found it to be solely in black and white. While I don’t mind black and white, I feel even a touch of one color throughout a graphic novel provides more sell-ability as people are naturally drawn to color.
    “Forget love, forget passion. No way should I deflower the undead.”
    This book is about Zachary, a fallen angel who has been Miranda’s guardian angel since birth, and after she is turned into a bloodsucking vampire, he takes it upon himself to try and see if her damned soul can be saved, or if he is risking the lives of everyone around him. Miranda isn’t just any ordinary “eternal” though. She is the claimed daughter of the acting Dracula. Zachary comes across very disturbing happenings in the dungeon and feels his love for Miranda more alive than ever; he will do whatever it takes to try and save her and hope in the end that even a sliver of hope for her soul still remains, and she will do what is right.

    If you liked this book in novel form and you like graphic novels, you will probably enjoy this version of the story and be pleased to add it to your collection.
    *This book was provided in exchange for an honest review*    
    *You can view the original review at Musing with Crayolakym and San Francisco & Sacramento City Book Review

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