Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Graphic Novel Spotlight: Princess Reborn - Chapter 1

Princess Reborn: Chapter 1 (Graphic Novel)
by Lee Tidball

Lari’s puzzled. What’s Mom’s secret? And could it have anything to do with Lari’s, secret? Lari’s family will never be the same again when an unspeakable evil is unleashed on the world. a dark nemesis from mom’s phantom past, bent on ruling and revenge. The world will stand helpless against it. 
The time for heroes has come again. One must be born, though she has no idea who she is. And the other must, against all odds, be REBORN.

This is the first graphic novel I'm featuring on my blog.

I don't read as much of them as I'd like to. Although Neil Gaiman's graphic novel version of Coraline will always be a favourite.
Princess Reborn is a superhero story. And even better? Female superheroes. We don't get to see much of them as their male counterparts, do we? So this immediately scored brownie points for that. 

It's a very slim novel and considering that it's a graphic novel, a quick one, too. 

Seventh grader Lari has always suspected there's something strange about her mother, who has maintained a discreetness about her past ever since she can remember. What Lari doesn't realise is that there are bigger secrets and conspiracies at work than she can imagine. And it all builds up to a pulse-racing climax. 

I cannot elaborate much for fear of giving anything crucial away. And there's a lot of that - crucial details. 

Princess Reborn: Chapter 1 is filled with action, suspense and a lot of excitement from start to finish. It is very well illustrated and structured - which means that I didn't have trouble following the conversation bubbles which I sometimes have. I think the illustrations capture the action sequences particularly well. 

The only thing that frustrated me is the ending. It ends on such a cliffhanger. And I'm not a fan of the big cliffhangers. They bug me to no end. I guess the fact that this is just 'Chapter 1' implies there's a long adventure to come and I have to wait for Chapter 2 before I get the answers to at least some of the questions raised. 

Overall, this was fun to read. I let my 14 year old brother read it after me. He enjoyed it and called it 'exciting'. So if you are a graphic novel nerd or know someone who is, here's a new recommendation to consider picking up next time you have hours to kill :) 

Author website
Amazon <-- there's an excerpt available here, if you're interested.

Do you read graphic novels?


Lydia Kang said...

I used to read them but not as much anymore. Thanks for the review. How can I not resist female superheros? That's awesome.

Lydia Kang said...

Er, that should be "How can I resist female superheros?" Me and my double negatives...

Rida said...

Dude, the only comic books I read are Tintin. I don't think I could read graphic novels without a big headache. But I might just try this...

Please tell me you've read Tintin?

Bee said...

Back in middle school I used to read a lot of comic books. Archies used to be my favourite.

Haha. Yeah, I've read Tintin, but not as much as I'd like to. They used to be so expensive! I own a couple of Bengali versions, though.

Bee said...

No worries :)

There aren't as many female superheroes as there should be.

Christa said...

I actually don't read them...but my kids LOVE them. (And I did love Coraline as well!)
I think they are a great medium for kids and especially for "reluctant readers."

Anonymous said...

I read graphic novels once in a while. I'd like to read more and will look into reading this one.

Bee said...

Yup. Quick reads will obviously make non-readers pick up book more readily.

Bee said...

I'm more of a novel rather than graphic-novel person, too, but it's enjoyable once in a while.

Lee Tidball said...

Thanks for this great review, Bee! I just saw it on Amazon today. What a kick! And I love how your 14 year-old brother likes it too! Female superheroes (glad you appreciate that), but NOT just for girls :)! I'm glad you're readers commenting here are thinking about giving PRINCESS REBORN a try. You guys'll like it!! And tell your friends! Love to see PR take off in India :).

And as to the cliffhanger ending, there's good news there! Chapter Two is NOW OUT on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and you can even get it in digital download form! I've put in a link here you can paste into a browser. And Chapter 3 (the final one) is currently being scripted and penciled--hopefully be out by late spring.

Thanks again so much! A link for this review is going all over my website, my FB page, and PRINCESS REBORN'S FB page. Hopefully you'll get some more traffic on your site as a result.

Chapter Two Paperback link... http://www.amazon.com/Princess-Chapter-Graphic-Readers-Fiction/dp/1927384028/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1329329125&sr=8-2

Chapter Two Kindle Download link... http://www.amazon.com/Princess-Reborn-Chapter-Graphic-ebook/dp/B006TIQW1I/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1329329320&sr=8-1

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