Series: Vampire Academy: The Graphic Novel #3
Published by Penguin Australia on January 1, 2014
Genres: Graphic Novel, Paranormal, Young Adult
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What if following her heart means Rose could lose her best friend forever?
A strange darkness begins to grow in Rose's mind, and ghostly shadows warn of a terrible evil drawing nearer to the Academy's iron gates. The immortal undead are closing in, and they want vengeance for the lives Rose has stolen. In a heart-stopping battle to rival her worst nightmares, Rose will have to choose between love, life, and the two people who matter the most . . . but will her choice mean that only one can survive?
If Zoey Deutch and Lucy Fry weren’t the Rose and Lissa you expected, the graphic novel is the next best thing – provided you’ve read the novels already.
The VA graphic novel illustrations are spot on with accurate depictions of the characters as per the novel’s description. Rose is curvy, sexy and fiesty, and Lissa is regal, beautiful and demure. Illustrations are delivered in a bright, colourful format with a serious art style that isn’t too cartoony.
If you haven’t read the series yet, you’d find the graphic novels to be difficult to follow without reading Rose’s perspective on the happenings of St Vladimir Academy. The selection of dialogue was more focused on moving the plot along instead of offering the characters’ thoughts, so it may seem to jump around quite a bit. Much has been truncated in this graphic novel, which seems to be delivered more as a fan service than attracting new readers to the series.
It’s been a few years since I read this series but I remember Shadow Kiss to be the most dramatic of the lot, and the graphic novel bought back the key moments perfectly. Much of what the characters are experiencing is delivered well through their facial expressions, actions and background images, and surprisingly even that hot bedroom scene with our favourite couple is dedicated to a full colour page.
I did have trouble remember who some of the side characters were though, especially when they popped up without an introduction and were only given brief dialogues. It’s clear the writer of the novel expects the reader to have followed the graphic novels from the start.
The VA graphic novels are the perfect way to experience an illustrated version of the series with accurate depictions of the characters and their actions. The art style and dialogue captures the mood of VA perfectly, a witty vampire story set in an Academy with a fiesty dhampir at its core. Although slightly difficult to follow, it’s worth seeing the scenes and characters come to life in this beautiful format.
Thank you to Penguin Australia for sending me this graphic novel in exchange for an honest review.
Rating: 4 out of 5
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