Graphic Novel Review: Frostbite by Richelle Mead

Frostbite: The Graphic Novel (Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel, #2)

Title: Frostbite (Vampire Academy Graphic Novel #2)
Author:
Richelle Mead
Adapted by: Leigh Dragoon
Illustrated by: Emma Vieceli
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Young Adult, Vampires, Urban Fantasy, Graphic Novel
Publisher: Razorbill
Publication Date: April 2012
Pages: 164
Rating: 4 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
The drama and romance continue in this 144-page full-color graphic novel adaptation of the second Vampire Academy novel, Frostbite, which was overseen by Richelle Mead and features beautiful art by acclaimed British illustrator Emma Vieceli.

When love and jealousy collide on the slopes, winter break turns deadly.

A Strigoi attack puts St. Vladimir’s on high alert, and the Academy whisks its students away on a mandatory holiday ski trip. But the glittering winter landscape and posh Idaho resort only provide the illusion of safety. When three students run away to strike back at the Strigoi, Rose must join forces with Christian to rescue them. Only this time, Rose—and her heart—are in more danger than she could have imagined.

My Review:

Rose may have saved Lissa’s life in Vampire Academy but there are more threats on the Moroi Princess’ life. With the entire vampire world on guard, the school sends students to a luxury ski resort to try to keep them safe. Whilst St. Vladamir’s might be trying to protect their students it seems that trouble always seems to find Rose and her friends. With fantastic new characters and all the old favourites, Frostbite picks up right where Vampire Academy ended and continues with a lot of action and drama.

I’m not a graphic novel person. I’ve read perhaps one in the past three years. But with the Vampire Academy movies being released soon and the slight withdrawal I seem to go though in between instalments of the Bloodlines series, I couldn’t resist buying a copy of Frostbite last week (and I know I could have bought the first book but I was curious to see an artist’s recreation of Adrian).

Frostbite is the second book in the series but since I’ve read the original books I felt confident that I would be able to follow the graphic novel. And I did. This is a gorgeous visual adaptation of the series I love. There’s a fantastic recap at the start of the book which runs down the different characters that were introduced in the first novel as well as events which took place. If you have read the novel series then you will have no problems picking up this second book in the graphic novel series and there is enough details included that I think even people unfamiliar with Vampire Academy would be able to pick up on what’s going on.

I loved this adaptation. The illustrations are beautiful – and you can tell that the artist is very familiar with the source material. These pictures are fantastically true to the original story! Plot wise – all the important scenes are included. We get to see Rose’s uneasy relationship with her mother, the danger surrounding the Moroi as well as the uneasy political situation with the vampire royalty. Dimitri is around and his slightly inappropriate feelings for Rose are evident in the few pages devoted to it. Lissa and Christian are learning how to use their powers and we get to meet a new enigmatic Spirit user named Adrian (although at times I did get Christian and Adrian confused it was clear via context who was who).

I’m delighted that I decided to check out this graphic novel series. I am absolutely going to go and get the rest of the series that have been released so far. I think this series is a must have for fans of the novels as it gives an extra dimension to the story and characters.

 

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Book Review: House of Night – Legacy by P.C. and Kristen Cast et al.

Title: House of Night – Legacy (Graphic Novel #1)
Author:  P.C. Cast , Kristin Cast, Kent Dalian , Joëlle Jones, Karl Kerschl
Genre: Graphic Novel, Paranormal, Vampires 
Publisher: Dark Horse
Publication Date: July 2012 (I received this book as a digital ARC from NetGalley)
Pages: 128
Rating: 3 stars

Synopsis (from goodreads):
The magical world of New York Times best-selling authors P. C. Cast and Kristin Cast comes to comics!

Until recently, Zoey Redbird was an average high-school student worrying about grades, boys, and breakouts. But priorities have a way of changing when you are Marked as a vampyre, enroll in the vampyre academy House of Night, and have to figure out a whole new social hierarchy, affinities for elemental magic, and physiological changes that make you crave blood.

My Review:

I admit that I wasn’t a big fan of the first novel in the House of Night series, Marked, but I was curious to read the first instalment in the graphic novel series of the same name.

This book picks up a very short time after the first novel ends and assumes that you’ve read Marked. Zoey has just been given the leadership of the Dark Daughters and is unsure how to proceed. The Goddess Nyx comes to her and tells her that there are five lessons to be learned – one for each one of the elements that Zoey has an affinity for – and once learned these lessons will help Zoey lead the Daughters.

With her friends, Zoey reads thought the stories of famous vampyres from history (who knew Cleopatra was a vampyre?) and learns that her abilities can be used for good or selfishly and only by discerning the difference can she be the leader that Nyx believes she can be.

I loved seeing how the authors imagined the marks and tattoos would look. The illustrations in this series of very short stories are gorgeous – the pages in between each story are incredibly beautiful. The stories themselves are a little simplistic and well… if I’m completely honest irrelevant. I also thought that some of the characters – Stevie Ray in particular – looked nothing at all like they were described in the book.

I think it’s a great book to read if you’re a fan of the series and can’t get enough of the characters. Otherwise I’d give it a miss… or borrow it from the library.

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