Beautiful, spooky, and utterly enchanting, Vera Greentea and Yana Bogatch's Grimoire Noir is a charming graphic novel about coming to terms with your own flaws and working past them to protect those dear to you.
Bucky Orson is a bit gloomy, but who isn’t at fifteen?
His best friend left him to hang out with way cooler friends, his dad is the town sheriff, and wait for ithe lives in Blackwell, a town where all the girls are witches. But when his little sister is kidnapped because of her extraordinary power, Bucky has to get out of his own head and go on a strange journey to investigate the small town that gives him so much grief. And in the process he uncovers the town’s painful history and a conspiracy that will change it forever.
About the Author
Vera Greentea is best known for her dark fantasy comics, including Nenetl of the Forgotten Spirits and Recipes for the Dead. Vera does her best writing when it rains, lives with a klutzy cat who needs a helmet and a husband that doesn't, and owns a growing library that keeps overtaking more rooms. Grimoire Noir is her graphic novel debut novel.
Yana Bogatch is a freelance illustrator/character designer/comic artist. She has a Bachelor's degree in Traditional Animation, and a background in music. She is committed to creating an immersive experience with her illustrations / comics, and let the viewer feel like they are there with the characters.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher I was able to read this book in exchange for an honest review. *** This is a fun enjoyable story that feels like it could have been fleshed out a little more but is still delightfully enchanting. The art is wonderful and spooky and eerie. Bucky Orson lives in the town of Blackwell, which was created to protect their witch inhabitants... by also never letting them leave. The story starts shortly after Bucky’s younger sister Heidi goes missing. He starts an investigation of his own after his father, the sheriff, hits a dead end and can’t go any further without causing unrest with the local witches, whom their laws were designed to protect. Bucky’s investigation teaches him about the history behind the town and what is currently going on there and why exactly it is someone may want Heidi to disappear. While the story was enjoyable it felt like there we’re some areas that could have been fleshed out a bit more and the ending has me hoping that Vera Greentea will return to this world and explore it some more.
This book was received as an ARC from First Second Books in exchange for an honest review. Opinions and thoughts expressed in this review are completely my own. This book was totally unexpected from what I've read in the description. Also, I did not expect this book to be a graphic novel which made the story totally better. As I read the book, I could not help but think that this is the life for most pre-teens and then they get hit with an unfortunate situation and are forced to step up and save their loved ones. This book is a prime example to never judge a book by the cover and this book was even better than what I had imagined it to be. We will definitely consider this title for our YFiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.