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Grimoire Noir

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  210 ratings  ·  70 reviews
It tells the story of a town where every woman is a witch, and what happens when one of them goes missing.
Hardcover, 290 pages
Published July 23rd 2019 by First Second
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destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
This is a little tough to rate, because I honestly want to give the artwork 5 solid stars, and the storyline 3 at best. It's a positively stunning book with a lot of lovely and unique characters, but the plot needs more fleshing out and the ending was confusing, anticlimactic, and didn't really make much sense. There are definitely some noir elements to allude to the title, but by the time you reach the conclusion, it feels like there were a lot of vague red herrings thrown out there just to up ...more
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
The art needs it's own stars! 😍 The story was nice but I felt like it needed more work.

Thank you to the publishers for the free copy in exchange for an honest review!
Jill Kenna
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really loved this graphic novel. The story is all about a town where all the girls born in the town have magical powers. Our story starts off with Heidi, the daughter of the town sheriff, going missing. Her brother, Bucky, tries to help investigate her disappearance and goes around the town asking questions. I really liked this book because there were plenty of twists and turns throughout. I thought I had figured out what was going on but I was wrong which I actually enjoyed! The worst thing i ...more
Max Baker
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thank You Netgalley for providing me a free review in exchange for an honest review

With a title like Grimoire Noir you'd think I'd put together that this graphic novel is...well...a noir. But I didn't, so going into it I was pleasantly surprised by the noir-ish elements and atmosphere before immediately being sucked in by the absolutely gorgeous art style and story.

Graphic novels really have to appeal to me because they to not only draw me in, but keep my attention and Grimoire Noir definitely d
Jan 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Wonderful graphic novel that combines fantastic story of a town with a secret. Witches live among the general townspeople and cannot leave the town. What happens when Bucky's sister Heidi goes missing is at the root of the GN.

There are ghosts of the past, ghosts of the present. Haunted houses, soulless boys, evil and good witches, the mystery of the missing Heidi, Bucky who tries to find his sister by playing detective,...

The illustrations are on point and add to the slightly sinister feel of
Jenna Monaco
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Five starts for the artwork. The ending kind of confused me a little but the person I suspected was not the person who did it. That’s super vague, but I don’t want to give anything away.

I’ve got to say I was captivated and adored the art. Noir elements for sure. Really want to keep reading, so I’m excited for what comes next.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The artwork in this is beautiful so I've give the art full marks. The story is alright, its a solid, but a little muddled.
Marta Ilieva
Jan 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never realized how much I enjoy reading graphic novels, especially this one: Girmoire Noir. It is about a town where girls have magic, but boys do not. It is about a boy whose sister is missing, and he takes it upon himself to find her. It is a mystery and a fantasy. The artwork is beautifully dark, and I enjoyed the color-switch between present and the past. There were several subplots, but it felt like neither of them was fully developed. While there was a clear ending, it seems that there s ...more
Chrissie Morrison
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I was a newly minted librarian, I saw Nancy Pearl speak at the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library.  (And now I work there as a storytime and substitute librarian -- yay!)  Nancy Pearl is best known for speaking up about the importance of and pleasure that can be found in reading.  One piece of advice, in particular, has stuck with me all these years.  She emphasized the fact that librarians need to read a wide variety of books instead of just sticking to our favorite genres and authors so ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and the publishers for the ARC of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review. My reviews are spoiler-free and unaffected by the free copy.

I like to get my criticisms out first so I can end on a positive note, but honestly there's very little to pick on here. Probably the biggest one I noticed was the lettering. Sometimes the "D" and "O" looked very similar, which made reading certain words a little difficult. There was also a hand-written letter I couldn't read ve
Andrea Johnston
Let me begin this review with a reader's advisory: if you want to fully enjoy this work, you have to do two things. Number one: read the work as a hard copy and not an e-version. The digital edition is extremely fuzzy and very hard to read. Number two: learn to suppress your gag-reflex over the name "Bucko." I'm still working on it dear readers so best of luck with that.

Now! Onto the story itself! Firstly the illustrations are absolutely stunning and beautifully capture the tone and tension of t
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars rounded up for the artwork

This graphic novel would be a good choice for fantasy-loving preteens and younger teens.

Grimoire Noir is built around magic and a mystery. Bucky Orson’s sister Heidi is missing, and although his father is the sheriff, his powers are limited in a town built on magic where almost every woman and girl is a witch. So, Bucky decides to investigate her disappearance himself. He tangles with a group of “mean girls”—a coven of young witches—but perseveres with the he
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Grimoire Noir is surely something! It's a fantasy, ghost story and crime story all in one with a noir twist to it. It's set in Blackwell, which is a small town where girls are witches because of an old happening and the town is closed, so that the witches cannot leave without losing their powers. Bucky's little sister goes missing and he starts to unravel the mystery and eventually the mystery of the whole town, and there's a grand plan for the witches to get out with their powers of course. The ...more
Dec 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
Blackwell is a haven, of sorts. The town's girls are all born with powers. The charmed ones, or witches, whichever you prefer, are protected by laws against witch hunts and a barrier around the town that keeps them contained. Bucky Orson is your average boy in Blackwell, meaning there's nothing special about him. Boys don't have the capacity for magick. His little sister however, is one of the more powerful witches born in the town for some time. She's still young, but that hasn't stopped others ...more
The creepy small town setting full of witches is totally my thing. In this town girls are born with power and anyone with powers is unable to leave so when the main characters powerful little sister goes missing, he knows she cant have gone far. He believes the crow coven might have something to do with her disappearance, but since no ones taking him seriously he decides to start investigating on his own. When he does find the person who took his sister he just lets them leave without finding ou ...more
This beautifully illustrated graphic novel has a few plots going on at once: set in a town called Blackwell, where all the girls are witches, a teen named Bucky yearns for power of his own - despite the fact that no witch can leave the town. Ever. Bucky's younger sister, Heidi, is kidnapped, and Bucky joins forces with his estranged friend, a teen girl named Chamomile, to look for her. Within this main story are threads of other plots; the hostility Chamomile's father, Blackwell's deputy, has to ...more
Jan 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked Grimoire Noir. While I'm not the most avid graphic novel reader, this one was really easy to read and kept me interested throughout.

There were a few strengths of this book that really stood out to me: I liked the way the artist left little word clues in the drawing so that you had to really pay attention to the art as you read. I don't know if this is a standard quirk of the genre, but with the detective element of the story, I thought it was a neat addition and made me feel like
Enter Bucky Orson who is on the case of who kidnapped his sister. Blackwell is a quirky little town where every female is born with special powers. Bucky's friend... er possibly former friend Chamomile may or may not be involved with the local teenage girl coven's nefarious dealings. Think Mean Girls with witchy skills! Bucky's parents are bereft. His mom can’t stop crying and it’s beginning to flood the whole town. Even though his dad is the local sheriff, it's all up to Bucky to save his littl ...more
The artwork in this graphic novel is absolutely beautiful. So much of it I just want to print out and have available on my walls. The story is decently crafted, but felt rushed at the end, and it feels unresolved, so I'm not sure if that means a sequel is going to come out, or if that is the true ending.

Bucky lives in Blackwell, a city where every woman has magical powers. His little sister disappears one day, and Bucky is determined to discover who has kidnapped her. Since his father is the she
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a story about the town of Blackwell and it's magical inhabitants. The main character Bucky Orson has a sister, Heidi, who has gone missing. He spends the novel trying to find out who kidnapped her and why. He also struggles with the strained relationship he has with his childhood friend Chamomile.

The story bouncing between the story around his sister Heidi's disappearance and a town curse that happened 300 year ago when a young girl was branded a witch and killed. The story does not fle
Emily Hanges
Aug 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grimoire Noir was a charmingly spooky tale of Blackwell-bred Bucky Orson.

The world in which Blackwell exists feels detailed and developed, like Grimoire Noir only captures a small, significant snippet of history. This impression comes from the world-building. The characters felt multifaceted and dimensional, with relationships that are complex and relatable (I loved reading Bucky and Chamomile’s relationship). The story web spanned the history of Blackwell, and characters were affected by event
Jun 27, 2019 rated it liked it
The story is a bit jumbled. If that puts us in Bucky’s shoes a bit, that is good… but it seems confusing and only through select flashbacks did I really start to figure out what was going on in the town and between Bucky’s supposed allies. I appreciated the art and the varied backgrounds and the grim aesthetic, yet found many of the characters limited by the style and the color palette.

Overall, Grimoire Noir is a story with links to Salem and small-town amateur sleuthing. Pick this one up for a
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
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
Alina Karapandzich
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: graphic-novels
I loved this book! The characters are all super interesting and the plotline of a magical little town secluded from the rest and holding a secret until the secret is in danger of getting out is a classic story line that never fails to grasp the reader's attention! I also love that the leader of the crow cover is this badass WOC who is in conflict with her book-loving/history-loving sister. The author did a great job introducing all the characters and setting up backstories, especially using flas ...more
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm torn about this book
The art is amazing. . .
Like. . . BREATHTAKING (the kind breathtaking that will literally kill you. your corpse probably would still be staring at in amazement!!! no i'm not kidding.)
but the plot is disappointing.
but hey, on the positive side, the artwork is so AMAZING that it made up for the plot.
so i gave it FOUR AND HALF stars. If the art weren't so breathtaking and i focus everything on the plot - if i'm being honest - i'll probably give it one stars. . .
and i
Aug 08, 2019 rated it liked it
When Bucky's little sister Heidi goes missing, his mother starts crying and rain starts to flood the town. That's because the town is home to magical girls and women, who are trapped there. Bucky tries to find his sister, investigating into the teen girl coven and reconnecting with a childhood friend. It's really the art that makes this so-so story come alive. There's a real style to it. The teen girls totally give off a "Mean Girls" vibe and the flashbacks add the most interest to the story.
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: arc
The art is an almost washed out water colour, it’s lovely. I love how vivid the eye color was. I really enjoyed the art but the story wasn’t enough. It tried but didn’t make it.
One annoying thing about the copy I received is that the text was fuzzy. I know I was receiving an advanced copy but I expected it to be clearer. It was hard to read most of the time.
ARC provided by Edelweiss+ in exchange for an honest review.
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-manga
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

The art in this book is so beautiful. It perfectly compliments the dark and mysterious tale that is woven throughout the book. The story is a fascinating tale about a town who embraces the witches that live there, rather than shun them. But what happens when one little girl (a prodigy) goes missing and witches are suspected?
Tesha Ham
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
This title was interesting and unique. I enjoyed the art style and think this book is good for anyone who enjoys magic and mystery. The reason for the four stars is that some sections feel drawn out and made it hard to get through for those few spots. Overall a very decent book.

I received a free ARC copy of this title through NetGalley in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Jul 19, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Netgalley and First Second Books for the early review copy. The artwork is amazing! I was completely blown away by the artist's talent. However, I can only give this 3 stars because of the fuzziness of the digital copy, and the the mediocre story. The mystery was wrapped up in such a ridiculous way. No spoilers, so I'll just say that the characters were hardly developed at all, and the story felt very rushed . I highly recommend the artwork, though. It is definitely top notch!
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Vera Greentea really wants to buy a haunted house one day. In the meantime, she spends her time writing YA and middle-grade about witches, and pretending that the footsteps behind her are ghosts. (They're not. They usually belong to her rather large and clumsy cat, Caspian.) One day, though...

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