Ellen Schreiber has jumped into the realm of graphic novels. Her popular Vampire Kisses series has been picked up by Tokyo Pop and has transferred rea...moreEllen Schreiber has jumped into the realm of graphic novels. Her popular Vampire Kisses series has been picked up by Tokyo Pop and has transferred really well.
Raven and Alexander continue their nighttime romance in their usual haunt, A.K.A the cemetery, and make the most of their time together. At the beginning of Blood Relatives they notice something strange while they are out on their date. Four empty graves are discovered and clues lead Alexander to believe that his cousin, Claude, has come to Dullsville. The only question is for what reason.
Raven comes into dangerous contact with Claude and his three followers at school. Claude turns out to be a half vampire which allows him to go out in the daylight. Raven can't think of anything worse than them running free during the day when Alexander is stuck inside until the evening.
It turns out Claude is after some blood vials that he thinks is inside the house Alexander is living in. He decides to use Raven in order to get what he wants. Blood Relatives ends with Claude telling Raven that she is going to help him get what he wants, even if it means betraying Alexander.
My only complaint with Vampire Kisses: Blood Relatives is that it is too short. It really leaves you hanging at the end. I'll be anxiously awaiting the next volume.
The Pendragon series is extremely popular at my middle school, but I’ve never read any of them for myself. So, this graphic novel is my first introduc...moreThe Pendragon series is extremely popular at my middle school, but I’ve never read any of them for myself. So, this graphic novel is my first introduction to the series.
Bobby Pendragon is a “traveler,” but he doesn’t know it. His Uncle Press picks him up the day he is on the way to a big basketball game and takes him to an abandoned subway station. Once there, he makes it to the flume and is transported to Denduron. Bobby has no idea what he’s doing there. His Uncle hasn’t had time to explain anything. It turns out he is meant to save worlds like Denduron from disaster.
Bobby becomes very frustrated with the responsibility of saving Denduron and is asked to keep a journal of the events he is going through in order to keep everything straight and for future reference. He was given a way to send his journals to someone he trusts back on Earth and the only person he can think of is his best friend Mark. Through Bobby’s journal entries to Mark, we get the whole story of Denduron and the problems they are facing.
I enjoyed the story, but I do feel that I missed some of the story. I feel like I need to go back and read the whole story. (less)
I was extremely excited when I saw the Coraline in graphic novel form. When the book first came out I totally fell in love with it. For a children’s b...moreI was extremely excited when I saw the Coraline in graphic novel form. When the book first came out I totally fell in love with it. For a children’s book, it was completely frightening. The graphic novel does a great job of hitting the high points of the story and the illustrations are great, but I don’t think it should be used as a replacement for the original book. The illustrations that are in the book publication are even creepier than the color illustrations in the graphic novel. For example, look at this illustration of the Other Mother from the book.
If you aren’t familiar with the story at all, here is a quick summary. Coraline has just moved to a new flat with her parents. School is still a couple of weeks away so she is left to explore her surroundings including the grounds of the building and the flat itself. Her parents are extremely involved in their work and have little time for Coraline so she is left on her own a lot.
There is one door in the flat that is locked and when she asks her mother what is behind the door she is told that it leads to another flat, but the passage way has been bricked over - her mother opens the door to prove it.
Later that night, while Coraline is in bed, she hears a clicking across the floor, curious about what made the noise, she gets out of bed and creeps into the hallway. She notices the door that leads to the other flat is open. Her curiousity forces her to walk into the dark opening and what she finds is a mirror image of her own flat - including her Other Mother and Other Father.
After entering the flat next door, Coraline’s life takes a horrifying turn. She must enter a battle with the Other Mother in order to save not only her life, but the lives of several others.
This is an awesome book. You should definately read the book in addition to reading the graphic novel. (less)
Karin is a vampire - she just isn’t like her other vampire family members. Whereas they drink the blood of humans for nourishment like traditional vam...moreKarin is a vampire - she just isn’t like her other vampire family members. Whereas they drink the blood of humans for nourishment like traditional vampires, Karin has a problem with having too much blood in her body. Her blood constantly increases. It builds up faster the closer she is to a human with the type of blood she is attracted to. If it builds up too much, it gushes out in the form of a horrible nose bleed. Sometimes if someone is around her and the time is right she can bite someone and inject the blood into them. Her problem is, she can’t erase the memories of the people she bites. She must rely on her siblings for help.
Karin’s life becomes even more difficult when a transfer student arrives at her school. Kenta Usui causes Karin’s blood to increase everytime she is around him. She has trouble just looking at him. What is even worse is the fact that Kenta witnesses Karin biting someone, becomes suspicious of her, and is determined to find out what she is doing.
Karin must attempt to control her problem and figure out how to handle her relationship with Kenta. This is an interesting concept for a story and turned out to be pretty cute and I’m glad I gave them a chance (even though I bought the first one because the main character’s name, Karin, is spelled like my first name). I’ve read 5 volumes so far and plan to read the others soon. There are novelizations and an animation series available as well. (less)
In this second installment of the PLAIN JANES series, the gang is looking for new ways to spread art around the community. Problems are looming on the...moreIn this second installment of the PLAIN JANES series, the gang is looking for new ways to spread art around the community. Problems are looming on the horizon though. Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and everyone is looking for a sweetheart for the big dance and pulling their sneak art attacks are getting harder and harder with Officer Sanchez always on the look out.
Jane still maintains correspondence with Miroslaw from the first book. From one of the letters Jane gets from him, she gets the idea to find a legal way to spread her art. She applies for a grant from the National Foundation for the Arts. Her proposal is based on taking an abandoned corner and turning it into a garden paradise to whole community can enjoy.
Despite some ups and downs, the Janes stay focused on their goal. This installment is just as entertaining as the first one. I’m assuming there will be another one, but I have no idea what it will be about since JANES IN LOVE wraps up so nicely.(less)
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 arreste...moreRue 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...moreRaven 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.