Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Review! (Graphic Novel Edition!) Luna The Vampire by Yasmin Sheikh

luna the vampire grumpy spaceTitle: Luna the Vampire, Vol 1: Grumpy Space

Author: Yasmin Sheikh

Genre: Graphic Novels, Sci-Fi, Paranormal, Humour, Vampires

Series: Luna the Vampire

Release Date: 14 July 2016

Amazon: UK - USA




A few starting notes:

I received a free digital review copy of this book via NetGalley. NetGalley provides review copies from publishers in exchange for fair and honest reviews.


Sometimes I get distracted by shiny covers. This, my dear readers, was one of those times...




Premise:

Luna is a vampire who lives in space. So do a bunch of other monsters.

Just accept this and move on.

Get ready for some fun as she navigates pet ownership, nerdiness, and the challenges of parents and roommates.




Best bits:

This suits my warped sense of humour down to the ground. I chuckled. A lot.

To be honest, for an interstellar vampire, Luna was pretty damned relatable.

Nothing quite goes her way, and she'd much rather hang around eating snacks and watching TV than, well pretty much anything else.

She's kind of an 'every-millennial,' only in space vampire form. Which is perfectly normal ofc ;)

I also really liked the lettering. Yep, you heard me, the lettering.

You know why? Because Sheikh actually does something with it - gives it a floopy-loopy style which is not just functional, but fun too.

And it fits in with the whole bright-and-fun Internet-y vibe of this book.

(Y'know, the Internet-y vibe... I really don't know how else to explain it -
That random, YouTube-ish attitude, which gave us Charlie the Unicorn and other animated awesomeness.)

And I adore Luna's pet fat-worm, Moopsy. It's just great.




Not so great bits:

Looking at the Goodreads reviews, it seems like this was lost on a lot of people.

I think maybe people didn't realise that this isn't a kids book.

Sure, there's nothing in particular that you wouldn't want kids to read here, but the whole thing has an adult vibe.

It's aimed at adults, not kids.

Kids may enjoy this book, sure, but they're not the target audience here, so reviewing it as a kids book is probably not the best of plans.

Clearly, a lot of people also didn't get the heavy snark and sarcasm involved here.

That's fine, this kind of bitter, more-than-slightly-random, humour isn't for everyone. But I'm a pretty random and sarcastic kinda gal ;)

My main criticism of this book is that I didn't find it consistently funny - the story about the dress, in my eyes at least, fell flat. But they can't all be winners, my friends.



Verdict:

Are you are a wacky random kind of person? Then you will love this book.

Do you feel like having a giggle? Or at the very least a smirk? Then give this a try.








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2 comments:

  1. From the cover I would have assumed that this was a book for kids as well. But I guess that isn't really the case! I'm glad you could enjoy it though, and the lettering even being nice is a bonus touch. Oh, and I like the sound of the main character being so relatable even though she's completely different from humans!

    I just noticed that I'm in your 'check out some of my favourite blogs list'. That's so sweet of you <3 Thank you so much! I feel so honoured D: <3

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    1. Yeah, it's not a kids thing. More like for 20-somethings who haven't grown up ;) (guilty!)

      Of course you are Liv! Your blog's one of my favourites, and you're one of my favourite bloggers XD

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