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Review: House of Night: Legacy (graphic novel)

House of Night: Legacy
Graphic Novel, Young Adult, Vampires
Hardcover $14.99 (88 pages, DARK HORSE)
Release Date: July 17th, 2012
Until recently, Zoey Redbird was an average high-school student worrying about grades, boys, and breakouts. But priorities have a way of changing when you're Marked as a vampyre, enroll in the vampyre academy House of Night, and have to figure out a whole new social hierarchy, affinities for elemental magic, and physiological changes that make you crave blood! Based on the international bestselling series of novels by mother/daughter duo P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast, House of Night: Legacy follows Zoey and her group of devoted friends as they turn to The Fledgling Handbook, a historical vampyre tome, in hopes of better understanding this big, new world of vampyrism.
Author Site: pccast.net

Great all-around, from the art to the story. (4 stars)

As it happens, I actually have most of the House of Night novels sitting on my shelf but have yet to getting around to reading them. When the opportunity to check out the graphic novel popped up I was thrilled. I love graphic novel adaptations and was hoping it would get me ready to read the novels at last. It definitely delivered.

The 'chapters' center on different lessons Zoey must learn and though this is a picture driven way of storytelling I still managed to get a feel for the characters. The art is fabulous, some of the best I've seen recently in an adaptation. As much as I love manga-influenced styles I feel they're being overdone so it was nice to see Dark Horse helmed this one. I cannot honestly make a fair comparison to the books having not yet read them but as a stand-alone this graphic novel is very good. I loved the story, grew fond of Zoey and her companions, and got a delicious taste of the world of the House of Night series.

Having devoured this I am going to have to make a point to set aside time to enjoy the novels! I think if you're someone interested in them as I was you will enjoy this sample of the world. If not it might read a bit childish and random. Overall, an enjoyable graphic novel for the targeted age group.

Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

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