Grimoire Noir
It tells the story of a town where every woman is a witch, and what happens when one of them goes missing.

Grimoire Noir Details

TitleGrimoire Noir
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 23rd, 2019
PublisherFirst Second
Rating
GenreSequential Art, Graphic Novels, Fantasy, Young Adult, Comics

Grimoire Noir Review

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 the "mystery" of it all. All in all, I wasn't a huge fan of this one, but it has potential and I'd probably give these authors another chance if they release another graphic novel as pretty as this one.Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
    January 1, 1970
    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!
  • Max Baker
    January 1, 1970
    Thank You Netgalley for providing me a free review in exchange for an honest reviewWith 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 Thank You Netgalley for providing me a free review in exchange for an honest reviewWith 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 did that. A classic film noir-like story complete with a dark, smokey atmosphere, long shadows, and a juicy mystery that takes place in the modern town of Blackwell. In Blackwell, every girl is born with magic, called Charm and none of the magic users can leave the town less they fall into a magically induced coma that strips their power from them. The story centers around Bucky, a boy whose younger sister mysteriously disappeared. In her grief, his mother causes terrible rainstorms that threaten to flood the town and his sheriff father is bound by the laws of the town to protect every magic user even if they might have kidnapped his daughter.But Bucky can freely move about the town, discovering a mysterious coven of witches who have their claws in his once best friend Cham, a witch whose being released from parole after trying to gift her brother magic, and a well that holds the secret of the Charms' origin.The noir elements are spectacular and honestly, one of the highlights of the book. However, the noir elements constrain the story too, preventing it from flowering almost. The last few pages, the reveal of who kidnapped Bucky's sister was almost disappointing. It's like the author thought a big enough reveal would offset how there was more build up for the red herrings then the actual perp. But even with a weak ending, the art and the overall tone/atmosphere of the novel still makes this a fun read.
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  • Jill Kenna
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 in a mystery type book is when you figure it out from the beginning. The artwork was really gorgeous too. It really added to the story and was very visually pleasing. Thank you to NetGalley for the free review copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Julia
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 the story.
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  • Jenna Monaco
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Marta Ilieva
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 should be more to follow? I hope so, because I want to know what happens with the witches who escaped the town!Thank you NetGalley and First Second Books for this eARC. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
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  • Chrissie Morrison
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 that we can best serve our patrons.  Though I don't shy away from reading the books and authors that I prefer, I definitely do my best to push myself outside of my comfort zone on a somewhat regular basis so that I can be prepared to make recommendations to people across genres and formats.  And although I don't dislike them, for example, I don't prefer graphic novels and might not choose to read any if I wasn't making a conscious choice to expand my horizons.  Every now and again, I am really glad I make this concerted effort because I find a book like this!In a small town where magick is strong and witches live among non-magical folk, there is a very tentative balance.  When the sheriff's own daughter, Heidi, goes missing, he is caught in a difficult position.  Yes, he wants to find his daughter and he is in a position that should grant him some power, but he also has to respect the vow he made to protect those with magick.  His son, Bucky, and his wife don't really understand how he doesn't just change the law to keep looking for further evidence of who took Heidi, but the sheriff is worried about fanning the flames of suspicion and starting another round of witch trials.  Especially since a witch named Emmeline is set to be released from prison in only a couple of days. But Bucky refuses to just let things go and takes it upon himself to go back over the evidence and timeline of Heidi's disappearance to see if he might be able to figure out who took her.  This was a good mystery with some seriously great art, and it will be released on July 23rd.Happy Reading!
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  • Kacey
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 very well because of how the script looked on the page. The solution to the mystery also might be a bit of a let-down with some people. Especially considering everything else that was built up in the story. I'm assuming that there's going to be a sequel or a continuation that will pay off all that building up. I hope so, anyway, because this world is fascinating and I would love to see more happen in it.Before I dive into the story and characters, I have to praise the art style of this graphic novel. It was absolutely gorgeous! The use of color was so good, and all of the characters were unique and nicely designed. It definitely pulled off the noir atmosphere with the gloomy setting and the darker shades. Whenever a brighter color showed up, it really popped and drew the eye.The story was really good. I liked Bucky's character a lot. I thought it was a cool choice having him dressed in a classic noir style with the hat and trench-coat. His progression through the story was captivating-- I didn't want to stop reading and learning more about his world. It was compelling, too, and a very interesting take on magic. All of the other characters were done well. I would've liked more fleshing out, but they at least had unique enough designs and powers that I knew who was who. And when it came to investigating the mystery, all of the suspects had logical reasons for being the culprit.It was imaginative, intriguing, had a great noir style and built up a fascinating world that I hope is revisited.
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  • Andrea Johnston
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 the work. Secondly the characters are well-developed and quite likable. I also greatly enjoyed the world Vera Greentea and Yana Bogatch created and learning how things came to be in the town. The basic premise of "only women have magic" is reminiscent of Molly Ostertag's "The Witch Boy" but Greentea and Bogatch do a commendable job of making the trope their own.And yet, with all that, I think the creators did themselves and the story a disservice when they rushed the ending. Indeed, as I was reading and getting further and further along in the page counts, I was *certain* that it was leading to a "continued in part 2" or something similar. You can imagine my surprise when suddenly the band-aid holding the plot line together was brutally ripped off and everything was wrapped up within the few remaining pages the work had left. Boom. Done. And because of this, I felt that the concluding events were too convenient to be really believable and I was disappointed. The creators have a great story and a very cool cast of characters to work with so it's disheartening when the brakes are stomped on, a "bad" character bursts in proclaiming "I've been good all along!" just for the sake of a happy ending. The novel is still worth a read but in this humble reader's opinion, the ending could have been so much better.
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  • Sherry
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars rounded up for the artworkThis 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 3.5 stars rounded up for the artworkThis 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 help of his ex-best friend, Chamomile. He ultimately learns what happened to his sister, but he also discovers the dark history of his town and the source of its magic.The story is fairly simple and only occasionally creepy, which is why I think it would be best for younger readers. One thing that I liked was that the fantasy and mystery elements of the story rest on personal lives of the characters. The lost friendship between Bucky and Chamomile is very important to the plot, as are their relationships with their parents. Each of them struggles with who they are expected to be and how they fit into their world, something many kids can identify with.The quality of the illustration was a standout for me. I really liked the artwork in general. The limited color palette of browns, purples, and blues used in most scenes highlights the melancholy noir aspects of the story, too. The ending suggests that there’s more to come in this world, and I’m curious to see what the author does next.A copy of this book was provided through NetGalley for review; all opinions expressed are my own.
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  • Siina
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 setting is very interesting and well constructed. You have to read till the end to know what happens. The rhythm is wonderful and the spookiness is awesome. There's this looming darkness and loss all over the pages and was it really a happy end? The magic was thick and suffocating, which was great. The art looks noir and still oddly cute, which is an interesting combination. It slightly bothered me that Bucky looks like an adult, but otherwise the art is more than fine. The color world is perfect with brown, black and violet hues with magical touches all over the place. The girls look better than the boys and men actually, which is kind of a bummer, since our main character is a boy. The other thing was the unsolved things that bothered me like the case with the brother that lost his soul and whatnot. Perhaps I wished for plot strings to get tied better. Still, an awesome comic and something totally different once again.
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  • Katherine
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 from seeking her out for her power. Then, she disappears. Sheriff Orson, Bucky's father, and the police are unable to investigate into the charmed ones because of their laws, so it's up to Bucky to get to the bottom of the mystery. He teams up with an old friend, a witch named Chamomile, to investigate the town's coven, the Coven of Crows. As danger lurks in the shadows, Bucky begins to unravel the town's past and secrets that're keeping his sister out of his reach.I loved the art style of this book. The sepia, muted coloring of everything, but with focus on certain color charateristics. Cham's blue eyes and Heidi's purple toys. It had just the right affect of drawing the reader's focus. The story was also very compelling. It hits all the notes of a traditional detective noir, with the addition of magic. I would love to see more of these characters. I neeeeeeed more. Thanks to NetGalley and First Second for the eARC.
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  • Crazy4Books
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 out where she is.I loved the beautiful art style and how the color scheme fit the dark and dreery atmosphere of the story. The flow between scenes was a little jarring at times and made me feel like we were missing some information. The dialogue could have used some work. I personally cant remember the last time Ive had a conversation where someone said my name for any other reason than trying to get my attention. Its just not how natural conversations work in most cases.I think my enjoyment of the graphic novel would have increased had my reading experience not been hindered by the fuzzy text. It took me way longer to read as I spent quite a lot of time trying to decipher the words and some of them I couldnt make out at all. Overall Im still happy I read it and would recommend picking up a physcial copy for the spooky season. Id love to see more work from the artist.Received for an honest review
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  • Rosemary
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 toward Bucky (who also happens to be the sheriff's son); a coven of Mean Girls/The Craft witches called The Crows, who want to set plans in motion that will set them free to leave Blackwell, and a ghost of the very first witch, a child named Griselda, whose death at the hands of witch hunters set the curse on Blackwell's daughters into motion.The storyline has moments where the storyline becomes confusing to follow, but has some touching relationship bits that I'd like to have seen more about. The relationship between Chamomile and her father runs deep, and we only get a surface glimpse, for instance. Will we get more Blackwell stories from Vera Greentea and Yana Bogatch? We can sure hope so; I think there's a lot more to tell in a town with a history like theirs. Tween and young teens will enjoy this human, paranormal tale with a twist.
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  • Brittany
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 I was more active in the storyline. I also liked the darkness of the book. This story feels really timely; reminiscent of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Riverdale, it combines elements of teen drama, family drama, magic, and mystery in a way that's very enjoyable. I would definitely recommend this book to a tween or early teen and I imagine they would eat it up.Thank you, NetGalley, for the ARC I was given in exchange for a fair and honest review.For a more in-depth review of this and many other awesome books, please check out my blog:https://bibwithblog.blogspot.com/2019...
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  • Bexa
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 sheriff, Bucky knows he can't investigate the case in as depth as he would like, so Bucky decides to go after the different witches in town to figure out who took his sister and bring her back home. The world building is pretty well done for a graphic novel. The town's women received their powers after the first little girl with powers was drowned in the town's well. Her magic leaked into the water system, and now every woman has powers, but the magic is dying and something needs to happen for it to stay strong. ARC provided by Net Galley and by First Second Books.
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 flesh out very well leaving much unknown. However, there is enough here to enjoy the story. I give the story 3 stars but I bumped it up one because the artwork is absolutely beautiful!Thank you Netgalley and First Second books for an e-arc of this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Paul
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 twisty tale that at times takes you down one too many bends.For my full review: https://paulspicks.blog/2019/06/26/gr...FOr all my reviews: https://paulspicks.blog
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    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 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 their loved ones. This book is a prime example to never judge a book by the cover and this book was even better than what I had imagined it to be.We will definitely consider this title for our YFiction collection at our library. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
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  • Tesha Ham
    January 1, 1970
    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.
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  • Kari
    January 1, 1970
    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?
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  • Angela
    January 1, 1970
    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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  • Shin
    January 1, 1970
    That Bucko dum dum is amazing in his detective skills, and emotional leackage on duty xD Love this graphic novel! Though, the summary made me expect more secrets and twisted wicked things to await that wasn't there or were put out to the reader mildly. Though, I expect it's not over yet?Anyway, love the art, and faces, and ominous, eerie atmosphere, and the color pallete of it all! Characters are gorgeous!!!
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  • Emily
    January 1, 1970
    From a story standpoint, it's a little clumsy. The world is really cool, and I wish it was fleshed out more so that everything made sense. The art, however, is STUNNING. I want to rate this much, much higher because it is just superb. It's a quick little read, so I still recommend giving it a go.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    3.5! The art is really, really beautiful and the story has a lot of potential, but the ending seemed rushed and hodgepodgey.
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    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.
  • Mariana Calderon
    January 1, 1970
    Gorgeous and evocative artwork that works really well at invoking a classic film noir atmosphere
  • Court_knee_h
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars
  • Asha Chawla
    January 1, 1970
    A cute story! I love the art + premise. Cover is super beautiful. Hope there's a sequel!
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