Nimona, by Noelle Stevenson (book review) – graphic novel villains with a grudge

book cover of Nimona by Noelle Stevenson published by HarperTeenA shapeshifter ready for battle,
a good guy and a bad guy with long shared history,
many secrets… many, many secrets!

Like any good sidekick, young Nimona is right in tune with her boss’s mission of revenge, but sometimes it’s hard to tell who’s running this operation.

Read the first three chapters of this May 2015 graphic novel here for free to meet the shapeshifter and the villain she chooses, then ask for Nimona at your local library or independent bookstore – before Sir Goldenloin and the Institute get to them first!

Would you rather be sidekick to a villain or to a hero?

Book info: Nimona / Noelle Stevenson, art by Noelle Stevenson. HarperTeen, 2015.  [author site]  [publisher site]  Review copy and cover image courtesy of the publisher.

My book talk: Villainous Balister Blackheart thinks he needs no sidekick in wreaking havoc, but shapeshifting young Nimona convinces him that she can help him get revenge on the Institute and Sir Goldenloin.

Never mind that Nimona’s origin story changes every time she tells it or that Sir Goldenloin assures her boss that he didn’t plan to ruin Blackheart’s chances to be a good hero during a training joust, the Kingdom and the Institute are going down!

Fire-breathing dragon overhead or shark in your tent? That’s Nimona.
Infiltrating the secret labs of the Institute? Our pair of baddies together.
Trying to find out where their youthful fondness for one another went? Goldenloin and Blackheart.

All is not as it seems in this graphic novel which began as a webcomic – and the leaders of the Institute want to keep the Kingdom’s people in the dark about their real purpose forever! (One of 6,000 books recommended on

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