Book Review: Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Posted April 4, 2018 by Amber in Reviews / 6 Comments



by Noelle Stevenson

Publisher: HarperTeen on May 12, 2015
Genre: Fantasy, Graphic Novel, Science Fiction
Target Age Group: Adult, New Adult, Young Adult
Rating: ★★★★½

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Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism!

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.


I love this.

Nimona is this unapologetic, excited girl with totally unexplained superpowers.  She’s a shapeshifter, or a skin changer, or… well honestly who cares because Sir Blackheart’s evil career needs some serious boosting and HERE COMES NIMONA.

This graphic novel is a really well thought-out story about a girl who is lost, two old friends forced by the Institution to be enemies, and a system in power too busy entertaining its own ideas to worry about its people.  There’s deep sentiment and delightful silliness in the panels.  I really enjoyed it.

As a graphic novel, it’s brief.  The characters and world aren’t really as well developed as in a novel.  That said, for the little slice of life you get to see them, they’re delightful. I certainly wish there were additional volumes, but Nimona is based on a webcomic.  I love the characters’ fears and struggles, and enjoyed trying to spot Nimona in various panels.

Many of the best scenes were “filler” – moments where Nimona is complaining about sardines in pizza or hiding in Blackhart’s cape from a scary movie.  Some of my favorite panels include the below:

I tried to pick ones that wouldn’t give away any story points.  That last panel reminds me of Draco Malfoy….

This was a great little book and I wholly recommend it.  I don’t typically pick up graphic novels, and this one is fantastic.

Ratings Breakdown

Setting: ★★★★★
Plot: ★★★★
Characters: ★★★★★
Writing: ★★★★
Pacing: ★★★★ 1/2
Personal Enjoyment: ★★★★ 1/2

4.5 stars overall rating


Nimona Stays On The Shelf

I love this story and would definitely read it again.  The art was fun, the energy was incredible.  There’s not a lot to say about it other than I thought that this was creative, fun, and I enjoyed it.  It was just the type of book I needed this week.


Have you read this book or anything by this author?  If so, did you enjoy it?  Tell me all about your experience in the comments!

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6 responses to “Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

    • Amber

      Definitely grab it! It’s a quick read, could easily be done in one sitting! 🙂 And the art is such fun.

    • Amber

      If you aren’t a graphic novel person but want to try them sometimes, this is a good one – especially if you like fantasy and/or sci-fi. It’s a one-off too, so you get to know the whole story without committing to a gazillion more books! 😀

    • Amber

      There are other shark panels!!! But that was my favorite by far. Even looking back at it now, it cracks me up. XD