I finally started reading the graphic novel from 2019 and it honestly has been a great journey so far. In my 5th semester, I decided to pursue a Visual Studies elective. I was lucky enough to have a great teacher under whom I explored this genre and saw what fun it is!
Graphic novel: Pumpkinheads
I recently picked up Pumpkin Heads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks and it was my first graphic novel of the year. To be very honest, I was suffering from a terrible reading slump and so I wanted to read something fun and not very intense. That is the reason why I decided to pick up Pumpkinheads, about which my bestie Gayatri had been raving about from the time she read it. and I really enjoyed it. It certainly helped me get over my slump.
However, on that very note, it span over the time period of just a few hours. It is not a book with a lot of depth, so if that is what you are expecting it to be, you might be disappointed. I found it be a fun and flirty read. Moreover, it has great LGBT representation and it definitely broke free of the generic stereotypes of boys and girls. Lastly, I was blown away by the amazing art. The predominant colours were that of orange, burnt ochre, and all the autumn colours, which made the book an art piece to feast on. I certainly enjoyed every bit of it. It was a 3.75 star read for me.
Graphic novel: Vyasa
After that I was so in love with pictures that can take over your imagination, that I decided to go after another graphic novel and this time, I picked up Vyasa. This book is on the Indian epic Mahabharata, a personal favourite. The story is by Sibaji Bandyopadhyay and the art is by Sankha Banerjee. The way this book was written was amazing. I loved the recurrent jumps in time and the overall framing structure that combined the stories within the story. However, it was only the first part and I was left dangling.
Now I am eagerly waiting for the sequel to Vyasa: The Beginning. The art in this book is stunning as well and I was spellbound throughout. The fact that I finally have pictures that can accompany the stories I, and we all, grew up with, was a wonder in itself. I absolutely loved this book and I rated it 4.5 star read for me.
In a realm where toxic mist sweeps the lands
and magic is forbidden, all Bleak wants is a cure for her power.
Still grieving the death of her guardian and
dangerously self-medicating with alcohol, Bleak is snatched from her home by
the Commander of the King’s Army, and summoned to the capital.
But the king isn’t the only one interested in
The leader of an infamous society of warriors,
the Valia Kindred, lays claim to her as well, and Bleak finds herself in the
middle of a much bigger battle than she anticipated.
Heart of Mist is the gripping first book in The
Oremere Chronicles, a fantasy series of epic proportions.
I received a digital copy of this via my participation in a blog tour organized by Shealea from ShutUpShealea . Thank you, Helen Scheuerer and Talem Press!
of Mist is the first book in the Oremere Chronicles and I was so glad I picked
it up. I read it in less than 6 hours I think, spread over two days. As soon as
you pick up this book, I assure you that you will not be able to stop. The book
is very fast-paced and thus, it is of no wonder that you are pulled in.
author has also brought in various themes such as addiction, alcoholism, human nature
(which is so unreliable sometimes), the issue of identity etc. Bringing in such
aspects within the lives of the characters has made it very relatable for the
readers. Mental health is also another theme that is explored here. Sahara is
one such character who suffered a lot (from what I have inferred so far). In one
way or another, many other characters have also faced such issues that have
affected their mental health in one way or another. Trauma is one such factor
that has ssailed Bleak – her past is something she tries to run away from, and
yet, she cannot let go completely. Oppression – the dominance over a people
(the Ashai in this case) is also shown in the book and this is always a sad
instance no matter where we read about these instances. Segregation of the
Valians – into the kindred and the rest is also portrayed.
world building is amazing – we see a lot of the Valian life in this book and their
world really gave me James Cameron’s Avatar vibes. I would love to see more of
the rest of this world. And I am so very excited to read about Oremere.
as a person is very complex. I love how by the end of this book she is strong
enough to resist her temptations and her addiction. Her character arc has been
slow and consistent and I hope to see more of her growth throughout the series.
Bren is so supportive – I love how he is always there for Bleak and when the
time comes, she is willing to do everything possible to save him as well. I
would love to see more of Bren throughout the rest. The friendship he shares
with Bleak is amazing and their friendly banter, full of humour and wit, is fun
to read. There are so many instances in the book when you laugh out loud, and
so many times when you feel like crying. It is an emotional ride. And the fact
that Bren is such an honourable man is also another plus point for him. Olena and
Dash’s friendship is beautiful. At first I was wondering what importance these characters
might have in the books and now – oh my god, you need to pick up this series as
soon as possible! Henri is also going on her own journey and I look forward to
see where she ends up. I would also love to know more about Swinton – his history.
He is a very dynamic character – and I admit I still have mixed feelings about
him. The multiple points of views used throughout were also great as they
focused on various characters and gave us a glimpse into their minds.
of political intrigue, adventure, magic and some amazing friendships, Heart of
Mist was a really great start to the trilogy. I finished the book today and I am
going to pick up the sequel Reign of Mist tonight!
loved this book. I rate Heart of Mist a full 5/5 stars and look forward to the
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