Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Review of Anya's Ghost by Vera Brosgol

Title: Anya's Ghost
Author: Vera Brosgol
Format: Hardcover Graphic Novel
Release Date: June 7th, 2011
Publisher: First Second (An Imprint of MacMillian)
Source: Library
Pages In This Edition: 224

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Beyond the Cover:

Summary from Goodreads:

"Anya could really use a friend. But her new BFF isn’t kidding about the “Forever” part . . . Of all the things Anya expected to find at the bottom of an old well, a new friend was not one of them. Especially not a new friend who’s been dead for a century. Falling down a well is bad enough, but Anya’s normal life might actually be worse. She’s embarrassed by her family, self-conscious about her body, and she’s pretty much given up on fitting in at school. A new friend—even a ghost—is just what she needs. Or so she thinks. Spooky, sardonic, and secretly sincere, Anya’s Ghost is a wonderfully entertaining debut from author/artist Vera Brosgol"

This is the first graphic novel that I've ever read, and I'm happy to say I'm not disappointed! I was afraid that if I read something that was written and illustrated by the same person, It would be lacking in the plot department. And I was SO wrong.

There were plot twists in this one even I wasn't expecting. I'm usually one of those people who's good at predicting what comes next. (I hate that I am most of the time.) But Brosgol managed to pull the rug from right under my feet quite a few times! And the ending was so creepy there aren't even words to describe it. I don't want to give anything away, but for awhile there I was afraid that I was going to have nightmares. And that's what adds the real horror elements; the pictures.

The pictures were my favorite part of the book, which I'm guessing is a good thing considering that it's a graphic novel. There were times that there weren't even any words on a page, but the way the pictures came together made it easy to understand and follow along. I was never left guessing "Wait, what happened there?" The whole thing was great, and seemed to flow together in perfect harmony.

Anya as a main character was also amazing. She was believable, and that's one of my favorite traits in a book character. Anya has her flaws, but she also seems to have a good grasp on what's right and wrong, so she had me rooting for her the whole book; I wanted her to be happy, to solve the mysteries that may present themselves...

A note on graphic novels: don't flip through the pages. YOU WILL BE SPOILED. Trust me on this. I learned the hard way

In summary, Anya's Ghost was an amazing graphic novel as far as I'm concerned, as it pulled together the best of both worlds; amazing plot and characters, and breathtaking art. I would recommend it to anybody who likes and good story, and to reluctant readers too. I picked it up and finished it in an hour.


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Kris said...

I've never read a graphic novel before but I think you have inspired me to finally do so. I thought images could be distracting from the story but I guess if it's done so well the the images tell the story without words, I think that's amazing.
I might actually grab myself a copy of this.
You have a great way of describing the books you read, makes me want to buy them all.
Fabulous blog!

Also thanks for your comment on mine!


Alexis L. said...

It really was a great read! Humorous and well thought out. :)
Thanks for the comment!


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