I read pretty much any chance I get. I mostly read YA books but some adult ones as well. To me all books are precious gems and are meant to be treasured.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Review: True Blood Graphic Novel #1 & WoW:

True Blood Volume 1:
"All Together Now"
By Alan Ball, David Tischman, Mariah Huehner, & David Messina

Release Date: February 15 2011
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Reading Level: Adult
Pages: 146
Type: Hardcover
Source: Bought from B & N

Blood and Passion mix on a hot rainy night at Merlotte's as Sookie and the usual suspects settle in for the long haul. Until, that is, they find themselves unexpectedly trapped by a vengeful, vile creature, one who feeds off the miserable shame of others--- and none will survive until morning unless all their dirty little secrets are revealed. So Sookie, Bill, Eric, Sam, Tara, Jason and Lafayette are forced to dig deep and tell painful tales of their pasts---- the kind you never willingly reveal.

-- Back Cover Description

I had really high hopes for this graphic novel. When I heard that they were coming out with these volumes I couldn't wait to dive more into the world of True Blood. However, if you think they follow the format of the show or the books, you are completely wrong. I sat down to read this book thinking it would be the show, only in book form, and played out in beautiful illustrations. Thought the illustrations are very nice and life like, the story goes a complete different direction. Don't get me wrong this isn't a bad thing it just wasn't what I was expecting. These graphic novels are more like side stories of the show.

That said I really enjoyed seeing the world of True Blood, and its unique band of characters at my finger tips. It takes place in Merlotte's on a hot rainy night, but all of us True Blood watchers know that there is never a normal night in Bon Temps, and especially not at Merlotte's. It starts off like any other night, with Sookie showing up to work and the usual characters in turn showing up at Merlotte’s. Their night quickly down spirals as a horrible creature is revealed in the mist of Merlotte's customers. This vial creature goes on a rampage. Who dies and who survives? I'm not going to tell you, you will have to check it out yourself!

Overall I was delighted to get more True Blood action. Though I thought the villain in this book was a bit over the top, I have to remind myself that it is a graphic novel and most villains are a bit eccentric. I did enjoy learning about the secrets the characters had to reveal; that we would otherwise not have learned. It was almost like living a day in Sookie's shoes. I couldn't imagine knowing all the dirty secrets she knows, and still treating people the same, as if she didn't know.

If you enjoy True Blood and its band of characters, or just graphic novels in general you will enjoy this book.

Overall Rating = B

*Don't Forget: True Blood Vol. #2 "Tainted Love"
comes out Sept. 20 2011.
Be looking for my review coming up soon.*

Waiting On Wednesday  (7):

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. Its about what books you just can't wait to get your hands on.

True Blood Volume #2:
"Tainted Love"
By Marc Andreyko, & Michael McMillian

Release Date:  Sept. 20 2011
Publisher: IDW Publishing
Pages: 160
Reading Level: Adult

Hoyt, the human boyfriend of Jessica, tries to do a good deed......... and it doesn't go unpunished. Hoyt notices that Jessica has been starting at a poster for a local prom night, which leads him to romantically scheme to throw a surprise one for her at Merlotte's. Unfortunately, things go awry when Jessica drinks a bit too much punch, which just happens to be part of a tainted batch of True Blood.

Now out of control on a rampage into the night, Hoyt, Bill, and Jason do their best to help their friend. Meanwhile, Sookie and Lafayette try to help Jessica a little differently, by seeking Eric, and the local Sheriff.

-- Publisher's Description

My Thoughts:

I am really looking forward to the next installment of this graphic novel series. Above you got to read my thoughts on the first volume, and in this next volume I am excited to see that its more about Jessica and Hoyt. Although I was a bit surprised with the introduction of Jessica in True Blood, because she is not in the books, I love her character. She is so sweet and adorable even as a vampire. I also love Hoyt, and in this one he throws a prom for Jessica. Isn't that just so romantic. He is the sweetest guy ever. I can't wait to see what happens.


  1. I really want to watch the show, but I haven't had time yet. That's really cool that there's graphic novels too! Great pick this week!

    Here's my WoW!

  2. Interesting! I had no idea they had True Blood graphic novels, I would buy them just to see the illustrations:) Though I would have expected them to follow the show as well, it's kind of nice that we don't get the repetition, but rather something new. Thanks for sharing Laura!

  3. Oh wow...graphic novels...:D

    I actually really liked the Twilight one...

  4. I've been wondering how the graphic novels are since I love the show and books and I'm really glad you reviewed them. I'm interested in reading them more now.