Book - 2015
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"Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren't the heroes everyone thinks they are. But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona's powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit"--
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2015.
ISBN: 9780062278234
Characteristics: 266 pages :,colour illustrations ;,24 cm


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ArapahoeTiegan Nov 08, 2019

Nimona - I love her. I actually laughed out loud throughout this graphic novel. I do hope more Nimona novels come someday, because what amazing characters!

Oct 07, 2019

What starts out as a seemingly light-hearted, witty camaraderie story about villains and sidekicks soon turns into a darker and more action-packed science-fantasy tale! This was a great comic filled with everything needed to keep things fresh and interesting. I loved the character dynamics and seeing everyone evolve and mature during the course of the story. The humor was great, and the adorable artwork was an absolute plus. This is one book I wish I could forget, just so I can experience it all over again. SPOILER: the ending might not wrap things up as tightly as some may want, but it is still a lovely ending in my opinion.

Aug 28, 2019

funny, npr

Aug 16, 2019

I don't normally read fantasy novels, so this one surprised me. I enjoyed the portrayal of the characters--especially Nimona, of course. She presents a challenge for Blackheart, who despite being a supervillain, is not as evil as he may seem. I enjoyed reading about the complicated relationship between Blackheart and Goldenloin and the way it progressed from childhood to adulthood. I recommend this book to everyone, especially those who enjoy fantasy.

Gr33nbird May 16, 2019

This is the kind of book I'd want my kids to read.

IndyPL_ShainaS Feb 18, 2019

Nimona is such a fun romp through a beautiful mash-up of science fiction and fantasy tropes. The fast pacing and distinct art style, as well as the moral ambiguity of most of the characters, makes this a unique offering for teen audiences. Nimona, the title character, is such an enthusiastic, complicated, powerful young lady creature. And her relationship with Ballister Blackheart, this world's Dr. Horrible, is endearing and nuanced and oh so heart-breaking. I had a few minor quibbles with the ending (and most of the choices there were likely made because this is a novel meant for younger audiences). Overall, if you're looking for a humorous adventure that gets surprisingly deep, don't skip out on this tome. It is a fab introduction to Stevenson's work.

Jan 13, 2019

This was a great graphic novel, even better that it was standalone which is rare. The story was easy to follow and kept me on my feet. The characters were lovable and I wanted to see where they were going next. Overall, this graphic novel would be appropriate for children, teens and adults.

Jan 01, 2019

I'm normally not a graphic novel person - I prefer print books mostly - but I loved this book! It's a short read, an hour if you're a fast reader, no more than three if you're a slower reader and prefer to take everything in, but every minute is incredible. The characters are so fun, especially Nimona. Although if you just read the back, it seems like sort of a dumb plot, after about 10 pages, you get hooked! What I first thought was a book that I was going to hate and would be filled with dumb attempts at humor turned out to be an amazing book! The characters are all so compelling, and the fact that it's from the perspective of the villain is a refreshing change from the normal boundaries of literature. I actually cried at the end of it, which isn't something I do a lot! One thing I would like to note is that if Ballister Blackheart was actually considered a villain, he probably wouldn't be able to FaceTime all of the good guys. I mean, they would be able to track him down. The Institute didn't exactly seem serious about catching the man they called "the infamous Lord Blackheart". Other than that though, it was great!

Dec 29, 2018

I read this book when I was young and going through difficult times trying to find who I was amidst a lot of medical chaos. This book helped me realize that being different doesn't mean you can't still be amazing. With a cast of some unusual and underrepresented people, Nimona is an important read for any kid, or adult, going through a difficult period in their life.
Warning: I spent too much time trying to jump onto the fridge

Sep 28, 2018

Great short read. Fresh and funny!

It's an interesting and humorous take on the villain-sidekick-hero story type. It's fun and original, mixed in with enough exciting plot to keep my attention to the end. Although character's growth is a bit lacking, I finish this book a happy reader. The story is not afraid to get serious, and that's what makes the ending fulfilling for me.

Warning: personally I find the text a little too small. Over all 7/10, would reread if looking for something fun.

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IndyPL_ShainaS Feb 18, 2019

I'm not a kid. I'M A SHARK!!

IndyPL_ShainaS Feb 18, 2019

You can't just go round murdering people. There are rules, Nimona.

Laura_X Jul 27, 2015

What do you mean there are rules? Why would you follow the rules? Isn't that the whole point of being a villain? That you don't follow the rules?

Jul 23, 2015

Blackheart: I can't have some kid following me around all day.
Nimona: I'm not a kid.
Nimona: I'm a SHARK!


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Aug 09, 2018

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Yes

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Violence: A bit

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Coarse Language: Swearing!


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Oct 07, 2019

Ever since Lord Ballister was in freak incident that left him disgraced and with a mechanical hand, he swore vengeance on Lord Goldenstein, his former best friend (now rival) who caused the incident. Ballister has since taken on the role of the kingdom villain, and spends his time committing petty crimes. But everything changes when the rambunctious Nimona shows up to his lair and declares herself his sidekick. She’s reckless and unafraid to kill, a drastic departure from Ballister’s more gentlemanly way of villainy. But she also has mysterious shape-shifting powers that come in handy! Together Ballister and Nimona stumble upon a dark conspiracy hiding right within the kingdom, and vow to take out the real bad guys. But Nimona’s past holds a dark secret, one that may affect the entire kingdom...

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