This version is is designed for a device with colour display. The 17-year-old (vampire) Demi Chevalier is angry, fed-up and socially indifferent, yet she has accepted that Elizabeth Rose Convent will be her home for the next two years. She anticipates many hindrances, but does not expect her curiosity to be so deeply ignited by what she is told of the Convent's infamous legend of Dollaretta. According to the legend, those who speak of Dollaretta will find themselves fated to peril, and incidentally, the first student to tell Demi about the legend, finds herself in a grave situation. Demi refuses to acknowledge the strange coincidence, although there is a part of her that begins to feel a deep-rooted sense of paranoia. For the next few weeks Demi experiences vivid nightmares about the legend then as if to test her better judgement, she is confronted by a student who is convinced that the legend is real. Despite the eerie and suggestive nature of Demi's nightmares, she tries to tell herself that paranoia is to be expected under the given circumstances. The girls in the dormitory (Kea, June, Lorain and Angelica) begin to notice Demi's strange fascination with the dead student, but they're unaware that Demi is convinced that the murderous and mythical vampiress (Dollaretta) is very much real and haunting the convent.
I received a free copy of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Cherry Gunzenhauser!
Okay, so I really liked the illustrations. They were simple and easy, they had a somewhat “manga” style(-ish) feel to them and seeing that that’s the only style I myself can draw at least a little bit, I had to appreciate that, lol. But seriously, if you don’t like manga or graphic novels, or simple illustrations, better keep your hands off this one, you probably won’t like it. I myself loved the technique, the characters, again the simplicity of how everything looked. I liked that it was black&white it gave the story its own feel, which you’ll understand if you read it. There’s this vibe you get from this novel, I don’t really know how to explain it, yet it did its artistic job in getting a reaction from me.
And a big thumbs up for the chapter pages, they were awesome, beautiful and in colour!!!
I loved the plot! Here’s why: • it has vampires in it (you know me, I’m a sucker for a good vampire novel) • it’s paced very nicely, I really didn’t see the end until I finished the story and was like “What the fuck? That’s it? I want MORE!” wink at the author who hopefully will give me the next ARC soon? • a very interesting story overall, quite original, has a mysterious feel to it which I do appreciate very much. I loved the twists and turns and how everything unfolded, yet I have to complain at least a little – it’s too short! 😀 • this story is very memorable and I always seek that in books, I don’t like to read and then forget everything, I mean where’s the point in that, right? Yet this story still stays in my mind almost as if I read it a week ago. I don’t remember it by heart, though I do remember some pages and most of the story. That’s a big plus for the plot!
The Characters I won’t name the characters this time, I just don’t know what to say about most of them. I do know that the main character was making me feel very conflicted, seeing that sometimes I understood her and her actions, other times I was really annoyed by her. And still I can’t say anything bad in this section either, it’s probably not the strongest part of the book, yet still good enough for me to like the characters and story.
All in All
This graphic novel deserves 5 stars! I loved it and I definitely recommend it to everyone who thinks it might interest them. It's a creepy story, very mystical, very intriguing, with a cliffhanger at the end. I WARNED YOU, THERE'S A CLIFFHANGER, SO DON'T COMPLAIN ABOUT IT WHEN YOU READ IT! It's worth it though, lol.
After the great introduction, I was very intrigued and expecting a nice pace, but unfortunately I felt it was a bit of a slow start. This isn't to say that it didn't eventually get its hooks in; it just took a little longer than I would have liked. It is immediately apparent as you progress, that more and more detail in the images is added from chapter to chapter. In this regard, I loved the art style in the introduction, but following that, it was a bit plain until around chapter 3 when the world really started coming to life. Luckily the storytelling is able to carry the reader's interest through. The antics and interactions between the girls in the hostel is fun, while slowly creating an air of mystery and developing the relationships at the same time. The character development under these circumstances, is great to experience and the characters themselves are quite relatable. Overall, a bit of a slow start but absolutely worth getting to the later chapters. Consider my curiosity piqued. I'll definitely be picking up the next volume.
Beautifully drawn, and amazingly written, this graphic novel will creep you out. Not really what I usually read, but I loved it. Pulled me in, didn't let me go, and I'll really look out for vol. 2. Recommended!