Tiny Navajo Reads: Bloodlust & Bonnets

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January 17, 2020 by TinyNavajo

Yes, I know…I said that I would let you guys know when I would miss a day of writing, but I literally just…forgot to write yesterday. So, I’m sorry! Now, onto the review!

Bloodlust & Bonnets by Emily McGovern

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*Published September 17, 2019*

bloodlust and bonnetsI was so excited when I heard that this book was coming out! I love My Life as a Background Slytherin, a webcomic written and drawn by Emily McGovern and they are just so ridiculous and I love it! YES!!!

From the creator of the hit webcomic My Life As a Background Slytherin comes a hilarious graphic novel pastiche of classic Romantic literature led by a trio of queer misfits—and several angry vampires.

Set in early nineteenth-century Britain, Bloodlust & Bonnets follows Lucy, an unworldly debutante who desires a life of passion and intrigue—qualities which earn her the attention of Lady Violet Travesty, the leader of a local vampire cult.

But before Lucy can embark on her new life of vampiric debauchery, she finds herself unexpectedly thrown together with the flamboyant poet Lord Byron (“from books!”) and a mysterious bounty-hunter named Sham. The unlikely trio lie, flirt, fight, and manipulate each other as they make their way across Britain, disrupting society balls, slaying vampires, and making every effort not to betray their feelings to each other as their personal and romantic lives become increasingly entangled.

Both witty and slapstick, elegant and gory, Emily McGovern’s debut graphic novel pays tribute to and pokes fun at beloved romance tropes, delivering a joyous, action-packed world of friendship and adventure.

I love the whimsy and the ridiculousness of this graphic novel! It was fantastic and I love the three main characters, Lucy, Lord Byron, and Sham. All three are queer and all three are ridiculous and all three are trying to hunt vampires. These Regency loons are just trying to get through this world while trying to figure out what they actually want to do.

If you have ever read My Life as a Background Slytherin, then I highly recommend you read this graphic novel. It’s very similar in style (obviously), as well as just how many shenanigans and hijinks everyone gets involved in. Lucy wants to be a vampire, but she is also with Lord Byron and Sham who wish to end vampires. Lord Byron is just confused ALL  the time, he’s even confused on who the main character of this graphic novel is. Sham is lost; Sham is always lost and they seem to take this out on those around them.

All three are flawed characters, and these flaws make them relatable people. I love Lucy I want to punch Lord Byron in the face (though, this seems to be normal reaction to Lord Byron), and I want to be like Sham just a little bit. Emily McGovern is fantastic about conveying emotion and expression on nearly expressionless characters and I love it! Her art style is so unique, so it may not be your favourite. Give this book a chance though, and I do believe you’ll make a new friend, in book format.

Can a unique art style throw you off of a graphic novel? Are you able to move past it, or does it ruin the graphic novel for you? Comment below and let me know!

2 thoughts on “Tiny Navajo Reads: Bloodlust & Bonnets

  1. indiefan20 says:

    Hi! I sometimes get turned off by certain art styles in graphic novels, and I hate when the story’s great but the art is ugly or vice versa. The last graphic novel whose art I can remember not warming up to was ‘The Rabbi’s Cat.’ Are you more able to forgive the faults of disappointing artwork or a disappointing story when it comes to graphic novels?

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    • TinyNavajo says:

      I think that I’m a little more forgiving if the art isn’t as good, if the story can hold it up. But if the story is bad, but the art beautiful, then the art is not longer as beautiful as I think it could be because the story doesn’t hold up. I would rather have somewhat weirder art but an excellent story, than a crap story with beautiful art.

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