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Grimoire Noir

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  843 ratings  ·  236 reviews
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 it―he 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
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
Aug 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The VIBES this gave me ...more
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Let me just get this off my chest: THE ART IS ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. I mean, seriously. The book is worth it for the art ALONE. The story is also good, but I felt a little cheated. There was so much world building and character building that when it was over I was like, WAIT WHAT NOW THAT CAN'T BE ALL YOU MUST TELL ME MORE! So, yes, I would love a sequel, should the author and illustrator choose to bless us with one. In the meantime here's a wonderful spooky ghosts/witches/detective story, perfect ...more
Jay G
Sep 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Bucky Orson wants nothing more than to find his little sister, Heidi, who disappeared one day from her bedroom without a trace. At first, their parents just think she is playing a trick, she is a witch with the ability to become invisible after all. But as time continues to pass, and Heidi doesn't come home, they begin to
˗ˏˋ aphrodite ˊˎ˗
Sep 21, 2019 rated it really liked it

I’m such a sucker for short stories, especially ones told with such beautiful art. the setting of this is exactly what I’ve been into lately: a town where everyone accepts and is conscious of magic. it gives me noir beautiful creatures vibes and I loved it.

I imagine there will be more volumes to this considering how it ended but it wasn’t so much a cliffhanger where I’m dissatisfied. I didn’t have any expectations going in but I was pleasantly surprised but how
Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard
This is yet another library borrow that I will have to go buy my own copy of. The illustrations are GORGEOUS. The character facial expressions are dead on for the entire graphic novel. This would be a fantastic Halloween read. It's got a missing sister, a flooding small town with magical powers, a creepy manor, a ghost in a well and a secretive coven. One of the best graphic novels I've ever read. (Disclaimer: I haven't read a ton. Maybe a 2 dozen).
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!
I hadn't heard anything about this book before it was advertised for my library online. I'm always down for a missing sister plot line, but then add in witches? Yes, please! I was pleasantly surprised by just how good the art was as well. It was dark, moody, broody, and wonderfully detailed. I was super impressed, and I loved how atmospheric and spooky the art got while still bringing a light to it.

The biggest issue that I had with the book was perhaps I never fully grasped it overall. I always
Rec-It Rachel
Sep 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
loooooved the art
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
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 ...more
Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
I loved this so much! The illustrations in this book are simply gorgeous! I adore the art style and paired with the type of story this is telling the artwork really shines. I liked the mystery in the plot and how things ended up. I wasn't able to guess ahead of time what was going on, so I liked the twists and turns. I admit that the ending felt a little unresolved for the most part. I mean, we get an ending but some things felt a little too open-ended for my liking. Overall though, it didn't ...more
This art work was GORGEOUS. I'm a little obsessed. The story surprised me in some ways and there are things I'd love more developing on - a whole series in this world would be incredible.
Oct 05, 2019 rated it liked it
The illustrations were BEAUTIFUL. All of it was done incredibly well and the extra images in the back of the book are fantastic.

The story however......that could use a lot of polishing. It was so choppy and a bit frustrating to read, but there is definitely potential there.
The dialogue was a bit awkward in places and some of the inferences/conclusions drawn about what happened to Heidi seemed straight from the author's head rather than through character actions or observations, but the artwork was gorgeous and I enjoyed reading this!
Aug 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is my jam and the art is stunning.
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
The artwork in this is beautiful so I give the art full marks. The story is a little muddled at times, but enjoyable.
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 ...more
Aug 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The art style was beautiful! Loved it so, so much!
Aug 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Never heard of this book before, just happened to be looking for something to read at my barnes and nobles and stumble upon it. The artwork gets a full 10*s from me the story gets a 4*s now I want more books like this one.
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 ...more
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
Shay Vande
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Came for the art, stayed for the story. Grimoire Noir was a small town magical mystery including some of my favorite subjects: witches and ghosts--with just the right balance of creepiness and investigation. The story is perfectly whole on its own, but I would've enjoyed even more of it. I'll be adding both the author and artist to my follow list. I certainly picked up a lot of inspiration for storytelling from this. I'd highly recommend it!
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.
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I picked this up just browsing my local library. This feels like a 3.5 but I'll bump it up to 4 for the art. The art caught my attention while browsing, it's so lovely throughout the book.

The story was... good. It's not amazing, for a few reasons. The story is set in a town, Blackwell, that is the only town with magic users (just girls) and there are protections for magic users in society but they are physically unable to leave town. Obviously, story about witches I am all over it.

Bucky is our
I really enjoyed this graphic novel, probably my favorite I've read this year. The illustrations are beautiful and intriguing, mostly sepia toned in a way that matches the mood of the book, but so beautifully that you don't notice it isn't full-color. The few splashes of color, mostly of people's eyes or other details are as captivating as the book's mystery--I didn't stop to notice whether the color was significant in any way or ties together with the plot, but it wouldn't surprise me if it ...more
Alory Shannon
Sep 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: comic-books
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Sep 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Despite being exactly what it said on the back cover, this book surprised me - in a good way. The art was stunningly gorgeous, the subtle use of color was excellent, the world-building was utterly captivating. I keep running into the same problem when I read graphic novels, which is that I always want MORE - more to the story, more time with the characters, just more - and that was still true of this one, but to a lesser extent than sometimes. The art and the story are so rich and detailed, and ...more
Nov 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this graphic novel. Magic, some diversity, a mystery, and world building! I did get a little mad toward the end because I felt like the main character, Bucky, finally solves his main mystery and then doesn't ask a crucial question, but whatever. Plus, it seems like everyone is a little too happy at the end considering what happens, but maybe there will be a sequel? Idk. Overall, I really enjoyed the story and ride of this little town where only girls get magic Plus, the art work ...more
Ken Yuen
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pretty interesting mystery! And while the story follows the tropes of a detective mystery (the main kid even has a detective outfit) when the truth of the matter is unveiled, it's far more complicated than what was expected. Also the art is mostly blacks and white, very noir.

I'm not sure how to feel about the final revelations. Can ostensibly evil acts be justified if the ends justify the means? Feels like there's some sequel baiting.

Kind of wish we could have gotten to know some more of the
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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...

Vera Greentea's first traditionally published book is GRIMOIRE NOIR (July 2019, Macmillan/First Second),
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