Graphic Novel Mini-reviews: Anya’s Ghost, Cinderella, and Hera

Anya’s Ghost

Vera Brosgol

224 pages

Publication Year: 2011

Publisher: FirstSecond Books

Source: Won it.

Anya Borzakovskaya is your typical teenager: she would rather be anywhere else instead of school or church, her mother embarrasses her, and she thinks no one understands her. One day while ditching school, Anya falls down an old well and meets Emily Reilly, the ghost whose bones lie at the bottom of the well for the past ninety years. Anya may have thought her life was dull before, but after meeting Emily, things will never be the same again.

Any adult who reads this book remembers what it’s like to be a teenager who doesn’t fit in. As the daughter of a Russian immigrant, Anya does all that she can to fit in better with her peers: learns English, loses her accent, smokes, and ditches school. What Anya forgets is that being yourself is better than fitting in any day.

Anya’s Ghost is a book that was perfect for the R.I.P. Challenge and this autumn weather. The black/white/purple illustrations blend well with the content of this story. I love how Brosgol starts this story off so simple and normal before the creepiness of Emily the ghost inches slowly through the storyline, scaring both Anya and the reader. Anya’s Ghost is a book that’s great for middle school readers and their parents alike. My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Cinderella: From Fabletown with Love

Chris Roberson and Shawn McManus

114 pages

Publication Year: 2010

Publisher: Vertigo

Source: Public Library

I’ve been a reader of Bill Willingham’s Fables series for years, so when I saw that there was a spin-off of the series featuring Cinderella, it was a no-brainer for me to read this.

 Though many in Fabletown think Cinderella is just some dumb blonde who spends as much money as she can, she’s really a super spy who sabotages Fabletown’s enemies at every turn. When someone starts smuggling magical items from the Homelands into the real world, it’s up to Cinderella and Aladdin to put a stop to it.

Cinderella is a character that you don’t see much of in the Fables series, so giving her a spin-off was a great idea. She’s smart, not scared to get in a fight, and has some baggage of her own to deal with. The writers did a great job with keeping the same style as the Fables series while giving readers something different.  My rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory

George O’Connor

80 pages

Publication Year: 2011

Publisher: FirstSecond Books

Source: Public Library

Author George O’Connor is on fire with his Olympians series. The first two books in the series were Zeus and Athena. Hera is the third volume. The problem with dedicating a whole book to Hera, the Greek goddess whose story is intertwined with the infidelities of Zeus and the hero Hercules, is that not much of her story is hers. There’s not a lot known about the goddess outside of her role of wife which is the reason why most of Hera is about Hercules and Zeus. Hera: The Goddess and Her Glory was a great read but not finding out more about the goddess left me disappointed. My rating: 3 out of 5 stars.


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8 Responses to Graphic Novel Mini-reviews: Anya’s Ghost, Cinderella, and Hera

  1. Kailana says:

    Oh, the post on Cinderella made me think to look up volume 2 and there is a release date now. Not until next year now, though…

  2. BermudaOnion says:

    Of the 3, Anya’s Ghost looks the most appealing to me.

  3. zibilee says:

    I like the idea of the Cinderella book, and also like Anya’s Ghost. I am not a big reader of graphic novels, but I need to start to be! Great mini-reviews today!

  4. I really want to start back on the Fables graphic novels and especially this Cinderella spinoff. I was never very interested in trying the Jack of Fables series, though.

  5. Aarti says:

    I think I need to start reading this Fables series- people seem to really be quite loyal to it, and the art looks beautiful. I like that it features different characters, too.

    I really liked the art in Anya’s Ghost, too- loved how there was so little color, it made it all so dramatic.

  6. Beth F says:

    You know I’ll be reading Cinderella in the near future! I think I’ll have to look for Anya’s Ghost too — I love the cover.

  7. Athira says:

    I loved Anya’s Ghost! It was just well-done and I loved the story.

  8. Akilah says:

    That’s actually the problem I had with Athena. I think the books are great introductions to the gods/goddesses, but I would like to get a sense of them as real characters. Which means Rick Riordan for me, haha.

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