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Nightschool : le livre des sorcières, Vol.1 (Nightschool: The Weirn Books #1)

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NIGHTSCHOOL answers the age-old question: Where do demons get their diplomas? Schools may close for the night and the lights may be off, but the classes still run. The Nightschool is education for a different crowd -- vampires, demons and weirns, a special breed of witches. When Alex, a young weirn, enrolls in a Nightschool to learn what has become of her sister, will she ...more
Published 2011 by Le Lombard (first published January 1st 2009)
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Miriam
Feb 19, 2010 Miriam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: graphic, school
I bumped this up my to-read list after really enjoying Chmakova's contribution to Flight, Vol. 5.

Based on the description I was expecting it be a bit different. That expectation continued through the first few pages, where three girls leaving school late after club activities come within moments of discovering that a secret supernatural school uses their campus at night (night starts at 6 pm, apparently, which does seem to be cutting a bit close). But in fact, those girls are irrelevant; you'll
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Nicola Mansfield
The book jumps right into the story which takes some time to figure out exactly what is going on. (I highly recommend reading the summary on the back first otherwise you may not completely understand the story until you do!) This high school takes on a completely new set of students and staff each evening where teens of the night take their lessons. The story focuses on two sisters, one much older who is a teacher at the school and her younger sister, Alex, a Weirn, (a certain type of witch) who ...more
Andre
All in all I think this is a decent start in terms of plot, pacing and writing. It is interesting and I plan to read the second volume.
It is not the most original concept, no doubt about that, but the author makes it work and I will see what these special witch species is about and how the school here works.
You notice that this is not a Japanese manga due to the reading style from left to right and the bigger color scale of the characters. Actually it was odd that the first 5 pages of chapter 2
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Storm
May 04, 2014 Storm rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, fiction
So, where do Witches, Demons, Vampires and the like go when their kids? School, of course! Nightschool. Nightschool takes place in regular schools once the daytime students have all gone home, that's when the Nightschool takes over the building, portals open, spells are cast, fights break out among the students... Basically, the same as school for mortals! :D

The main character is Alex Treveney, she's a type of witch called a Weirn. She has a sister who's one of the Night Guardians for Nightschoo
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Soobie's heartbroken
Uhm... I didn't quite like this one!

I mean, I liked the art. Čmakova knows her way around the page. Unfortunately, the action scenes were a bit confused.

And also the plot... There was something missing in it. It was like I was introduced into a world without all the necessary elements to understand it. Sometimes people would appear out of thin air and I didn't know where they came from or what was their role in the whole story.

Alex is a homeschooled witch who can't go to school for a mysterious
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Amanda P
Aug 30, 2015 Amanda P rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was not sure what to expect when reading this, but then realized it was a graphic novel. I enjoyed that aspect as it was a quick read, but I thought the story line was a little difficult to follow. The beginning made sense, but half way through, I started to not follow the day and night shift. I think overall it was an okay book, but I do not have any desire to continue reading.
Alissa K.
Apr 01, 2013 Alissa K. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was unlike any book about supernaturals I've ever read--really unique and cool! :)
Penny Raspenny
Mar 06, 2015 Penny Raspenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
At last! A 5* comic for this year!

The drawings were A-mazing and the characters so well presented! I'm very intrigued by the story and I must say I can't wait to read the others.
Jessica D.
Jul 20, 2017 Jessica D. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting manga. Read from left to right it was a bit hard for me to get used to at first but once I did, I saw that the story was very well structured. While there are very interesting characters, somethings are left unexplained in the story. I am unsure if this is a strategy and will all be explained at the end, but it does not seem so and has left me confused at some moments. The art is well done and the few pages of color are beautiful. The story could be a bit more structur ...more
Anna Martin
Oct 19, 2016 Anna Martin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book with the art styles and how the characters were given magic. I really liked the main character Alex who is a siren or in this case a weirn. She had a curse put on her to where she cant express love or that thing or person will disappear. After something really bad happens she ended up having to go to a night school to try to solve a problem. I would totaly recamind this to someone.
Luna
Jun 29, 2017 Luna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
AWESOME! Waiting to get the next 3 from the library! :)
Aria
Jun 24, 2016 Aria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Review can also be found here.

Rating:4.5 stars

Nightschool: The Weirn Books isn’t my first series from Russian comic creator Svetlana Chmakova—and I find it delightful that the first volume to this one is all that I’ve hoped for and more.

As a long-time manga reader, I found this comic volume perfectly-paced (everything happened in one night). The transitions from one point of view to another was smooth, and despite some character speech inconsistencies, the script was both lean, sufficient an
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LG (A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions)
I found the first and second volumes of this series at a used bookstore and snatched them up. Although I never fell in love with Chmakova's Dramacon the way some others did, I liked it well enough. I enjoy fantasy and was interested in seeing how well she'd handle a switch to a new genre.

Although I didn't hate this volume, I was a bit disappointed in it. There was just too much going on, too many characters being introduced. I'm going to guess that Alex is the series' main character, since she
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Abigail
It was amazing, a brand new light into the world of the supernatural.
Courtney
Sep 12, 2012 Courtney rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is from my blog, Studies in Storytelling. To see the complete version, please visit http://studiesinstorytelling.blogspot...

Nightschool is an American-published manga by Russian-Canadian mangaka Svetlana Chmakova, most famous for Dramacon.

A normal school by day, The Nightschool teaches vampires, weirns, mermaids, etc. The coarse, homeschooled Alex Treveney tries to track down her sister, Sarah, a teacher at the Nightschool. She also has a slight tendency to black out and leave slow,
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Andrew Waldron
Mar 22, 2015 Andrew Waldron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jenna
Sep 25, 2012 Jenna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of The Mortal Instruments; Harry Potter
Review for the entire series on my blog The Otaku Librarian.

Alex is a home-schooled Weirn, but when her sister goes missing, she enrolls in the Nightschool to find out what has happened. It's just her and her Astral against whatever malevolent spirits are out to destroy the world.


I read the first volume a while back, and didn't really enjoy it that much. But then I picked up the entire collection (1-4), not realizing that it was the entire set, and read it all. It was a fun and interesting world
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78sunny
Jan 16, 2014 78sunny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Kurz-Meinung:
Die Bewertungen sind ja wirklich total unterschiedlich. Auf Amazon ist es schlecht bewertet, auf Goodreads dagegen ziemlich gut. Ich bin total hin und weg von diesem Manga und habe mir gleich die nächsten beiden Bände bestellt.

Die Story ist sehr komplex und leider etwas unübersichtlich in diesem ersten Band. Vieles wird nicht erklärt. Zum Beispiel laufen einige Leute hier mit einem Astral herum, bei dem man nie erfährt was er eigentlich ist und wozu er da ist. Er folgt den Leuten ei
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Will
Jan 16, 2016 Will rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'd like to start off with the fact that I'm not an avid fan of manga. While I do enjoy it my taste can be finicky and hard to feed in the "otaku" market of today catering to fetish books. I was lucky enough to stumble on this series in my local library and take home the first volume.

By page one I was hooked since I'm a fan of the spooky school trope, and by page fifteen or so I felt comfortable in the world and had a basic grasp on the nightschool rules. Like some of my favorites this volume i
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Diana Dang
Nov 16, 2009 Diana Dang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are things that go bump in the night when the day sleeps. From vampires to demons, all exist without human knowledge. Like students, these paranormal beings can also go to school and earn their own diplomas. Unlike regular schooling, their education is far from normal.

Alex is a young weirn (witch) who has been home-schooled for her education. There are magic and mysteries lurking within the Nightschool, at which her older sister, Sarah, works at and for some reason, there is a mysterious f
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Laurie
Apr 04, 2011 Laurie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Rachel Nabors
Hmm. I wanted to like this more. Neat idea, kids with powers, tensions between two factions that will obviously need to unite against a sinister and mysterious third, and lots of ethnic diversity. And all by a woman creator, too!

But it failed hard in a few key places.

1. There is only one cool character. The rest feel insubstantial. We're given tantalizing peeks at cool powers and cool backgrounds, but none of them, not even the character from the cover of the book, are fleshed out enough to car
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Alanna King
Nov 23, 2013 Alanna King rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to admit that this is the first Manga I've ever read, although I'm an emerging fan of the graphic novel format. The artwork varies with the characters' emotions from mysterious and flirtatious, to outraged and scary. The colour panels at the outset of Chapter 2 when our main character, the young Weirn and her pet Astral, are introduced are rich and ethereal in their hues of blue. The other section that stands out is the fight sequence when The Hunters take on The Rippers is about 6 pages ...more
Mel
Dec 23, 2015 Mel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Diese Serie im Manga-Format, hat nichts mit den Büchern “Night School” von C.J. Daugherty zu tun. Es geht um Hexen, Vampire, Gestaltenwandler und Weirn (eine stärkere Form der Hexe). Alex ist ein junges Mädchen, die durch einen Vorfall, Zuhause unterrichtet wird. Ihre große Schwester Sarah ist Nachtwächterin an der Nightschool, die speziell für die Geschöpfe der Dunkelheit besucht wird. Ok, Hexen sind ja nicht per se Geschöpfe der Dunkelheit, aber ich denke ihr wisst schon was ich meine. Eines T ...more
Shazza Maddog
Sarah Trevaney is the Night Keeper at the Night School - a school for werewolves, vampires and witches. She is adored by the students, and annoys her counterpart, the Day Keeper, who watches the school during the daylight hours. She has a sister, Alex, who is a weirn - a particular kind of witch, with an astral - a sort of external part of her self. Alex is teaching herself, though the reader isn't quite sure why - something happened, and Alex doesn't want to go to the Night School.

Enter either
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Jennesis Vargas
Apr 28, 2015 Jennesis Vargas rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed the book Nightschool by Svetlana Chmakova. The story is about a building called Nightschool.It is an ordinary high school during the day that transforms into a safe institution for Weirns,Vampires ,Werewolves and other supernatural beings.The main character is a teenage girl named Alex,who is weirn,a specific type of witch.Her sister goes missing and it is Alex responsibility to find her sister.I will be telling you want I really enjoyed about this book.

One thing that I really
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Emily Honn
NightSchool was a great book but not something i would read again the characters are each unique but it takes to long to get to the plot and most conflicts are common and stereotypical when it comes to it.
Sara
A very nice beginning to what I hope will be a long series! We're introduced to the Nightschool, a high school of students with needs beyond that of typical teenagers. We've got vampires, magic wielders and some you've never heard of.

There was a lot going on here and for a set up book the plot was surprisingly high action and entertaining. We meet a lot of characters first among them being Alex who is a witch with very specific abilities. For most of her life she's been home schooled by her sis
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Selena
So when I saw the creator of Drama Con had another manga out, I went, "OMG MUST READ!"


(visual approximation)

I was not disappointed.

Chmakova has a talent for weaving together a wonderful plot with just the right mix of serious and serious laughs. She knows when to throw in a witty (and many times snarky) comment to break up the sad, solemn, or OMGWTFBBQ moments.

I found myself going from O.O to ^o^ within a page, and laughing so hard that my mother was looking at me strangely.


(another visual appro
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Dov Zeller
Nov 01, 2015 Dov Zeller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Chmakova's "Nightschool" is a bit uneven and confusing at times in terms of storytelling, but it's entertaining, compelling, mysterious and the characters have enough complexity to keep me curious.

Alex is a Weirn with an Astral, who is something between a daemon in The Golden Compass series, and a very floppy and hairy and feathery dog, and then something else entirely, something more shape-shifty and malleable.

Alex lives with her older sister, who cares for her and works at the magical creatu
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Svetlana Chmakova (Russian: Светлана Шмакова) (born 1979 in Russia) is a comic creator. She is best known for Dramacon, an original English-language (OEL) manga spanning three volumes and published in North America by Tokyopop. Her other work includes the 2-page The Adventures of CG for CosmoGIRL! magazine and the webcomic Chasing Rainbows for Girlamatic. Though born in Russia, she immigrated to C ...more
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