Graphic Novels, yes you have heard of them, those books with all the bright colorful pictures. A part of your brain calls it a book the other part lumps it together with your childhood comics from the local convenience store. You have even been tempted to pick one up because of the shiny cover and unusual title. But still you are wavering and can’t decide if a Graphic Novel is right for you. Well I am here to tell you, my friends at Sea Lion Books have got you covered. In this post I will show you a Graphic Novels to supplement every type of geek. So get your pens ready, your Christmas list might just get a little bit longer.
Richelle Mead’s Storm Born Issues 1-4
Paranormal Romance fans probably all know Richelle Mead from her coveted YA/Adult novels and series, Bloodlines, Vampire Academy and Georgina Kincaid. And if you have been hiding under a rock, or just out of the preverbal loop, well I am going to let you in on a little secret…she has a Graphic Novel Collection too. That’s right paranormal romance fans, the Dark Swan series has indeed been turned into a comic series. Hot, Hot, Hot, I know. Check out the preview below and my review will be out later this year.
Overview: Eugenie Markham never asked for any of this. Until now, she's been content with her job as a freelance shaman, battling and banishing Otherworldly creatures. When a prophecy suddenly makes her the Otherworld's most popular bachelorette, Eugenie finds herself fighting off unwanted supernatural suitors, as well as the evils that begin emerging from her past...
Also, sink your teeth into Hush, Hush. Another YA sensation turned into a Graphic Novel to enhance your viewing pleasure.
Hush, Hush: The Graphic Novel By Becca Fitzpatrick
Overview: For Nora Grey, romance was not part of the plan. She's never been particularly attracted to the boys at her school, no matter how much her best friend, Vee, pushes them at her. Not until Patch came along. With his easy smile and eyes that seem to see inside her, Nora is drawn to him against her better judgment. But after a series of terrifying encounters, Nora's not sure who to trust. Patch seems to be everywhere she is, and to know more about her than her closest friends. She can't decide whether she should fall into his arms or run and hide. And when she tries to seek some answers, she finds herself near a truth that is way more unsettling than anything Patch makes her feel. For Nora is right in the middle of an ancient battle between the immortal and those that have fallen - and, when it comes to choosing sides, the wrong choice will cost her life! This title also contains an exclusive, original story written especially for this book by the author. This bonus story tells what happens to the characters between Book 1 and Book 2 of this series and will only be available in this book.
Who doesn’t like a good scary book? How about one that is told visually with explicit artwork, hair-raising narrative, and a spine-tingling story? Are you interested? Check out,
This Haunted World By Mark Powers
Overview: THIS HAUNTED WORLD, which will be published in digital format initially, sees a world is awash in conflict and suffering. Some believe the Biblical End Times have arrived; others believe a civilization too often driven by greed has simply begun the inevitable process of devouring itself. Amid the fear and chaos walks a shadow. In the war-torn hills of Afghanistan, in the tragedy wracked hills of Hiroshima. He is called by many names in many places – and where he walks, he brings death. Two men – one whose ivory tower has been shattered by scandal, another sprawled on life's rock bottom – unknowingly hold mankind's only hope for survival. For a war unlike any other is about to be declared – one in which 10,000 years worth of sins and pain come back to haunt us… Terrifyingly illustrated, stunning told, THE HAUNTED WORLD will leave you gasping for breath.
Science Fiction and Fantasy
For those of you who love living in the realm of strange creatures, unusual technology, aliens, and superpowers. I strongly urge you to check out the titles listed below. Each brings something exciting and different to the table. Be on the lookout for my upcoming reviews.
Extraterrestrial Compendium By Pat Lee
Overview: Just in time for the approach of the reputedly transformative year 2012, a comprehensive collection of extraterrestrial life-forms as visualized and vividly-rendered by Pat Lee of Transformers, DC, and Marvel comics fame. Within the UFO and exopolitics communities, there is both debate and consensus about many of the "known" extraterrestrial races, but seldom have they been revealed in this level of detail. To the believer, the curious, or just open-minded, the Extraterrestrial Compendium provides fuel for thought.
The Pendulum By Anne Elizabeth
Overview: Power up! Destiny is a choice! Anne Elizabeth takes her heroine, Tia Stanton, on an off-world journey to a land with strange creatures, power struggles, and an evil dictator. Even with all her magical power, she is no longer just a stock girl by day at Vivant, the sentient supernatural store, or a monster-hunting vigilante at night, Tia is being courted to become a queen! Our heroine is at a serious turning point in her life and difficult choices face her, but it is crucial that she make her own decision.
Carnal: Pride of the Lions By John Connell
Overview: The first graphic novel in the Carnal series, Pride of the Lions takes place on the continent of New Africa and focuses on three main species of humanistic animals. After the Great War decades earlier between the hyenas and the lions, the victorious and once united lion prides now lay scattered across the land, torn by civil unrest over territory disputes and food shortages. The hyena clans that survived the war were forced deep into the Earth and now live in a massive underground city under the control of a terrible witch. The buffalo race is indifferent to most other species and have walled themselves off from the rest of the kingdoms. Humans have lost their hold on the African territories long ago and live as a simple, nomadic species. The first book opens with Long Eyes, an old sapphire-eyed lion who is determined to save the lion kingdom and rescue his warrior son, Oron, who has gone missing. Long Eyes believes Oron is the key to uniting the prides. A young lioness tracker named Omi is sent out with the protection of two lion brothers to locate the missing warrior, but what they find is something that may unravel the very foundation of life for all species.
Pariah By Aron Warne
Overview: Brent Marks is not a freak. He is one of the Pariah, a group of teens who become extremely intelligent after being cured of a genetic disorder. Although in most ways a normal teen, Brent is considered dangerous and is tracked down by the government who see these kids as an enormous threat. Can he evade them? What do they have planned for Brent and the others? Aron Warner is the Academy Award®-winning producer of the animated blockbuster “Shrek” series. Mr. Warner joined PDI/Dreamworks in 1997 working as the producer on the animated film, Antz. He is currently in partnership with director Andrew Adamson in Strange Weather where they and partner Jeff Fierson are developing a slate of live action and animated feature films and television shows. He, producing alongside James Cameron, just wrapped the Untitled Cirque Du Soleil 3-D project, which was written and directed by Adamson. Pariah is his first graphic novel series.
Good old Epic Fantasy…
Still not convinced that a Graphic Novel is for you, and maybe you’d like to have your fantasy in an epic formation with over 500 words? The good folks at Sea Lion have you covered in that area too. Be on the lookout for my reviews coming next year for these pretty epic, Epic Fantasies.
Dragon Mound (Knight in Shadow #1) By Richard A. Knaak
Overview: More than two centuries ago, the three kingdoms of Rundin, Wallmyre, and Tepis banded together at the urging of the wizard Paulo Centuros to combat the ambitions of the sorcerer-king, Novaris. Yet, although they were triumphant and the forces of the sorcerer-king were scattered, Novaris himself was not to be found. Uncertain as to whether their foe was dead, the wizard sent forth the knight Evan Wytherling on a quest to seek the truth about Novaris, no matter how long it took. Still alive despite the great passage of time and the dark forces he has confronted during his fruitless search, Evan returns to the scene of the climactic battle and discovers that the truth may have been under his nose all this time. However, in ferreting out the secrets of Novaris's disappearance, Evan uncovers the sorcerer-king's long-dreamt plot of vengeance...and the fact that not only is he key to them, but that the dead - even dragons - may not rest easy!
Elfhunter: A Tale Of Alterra, The World That Is by C.S. Marks
Overview: Elfhunter is the first of the tales of Alterra, the World that Is. It concerns the quest of an unlikely pair of heroines, Gaelen and Nelwyn, who are Wood-elves of the Dominglas Forest. They are hunter-scouts in the realm of King Ri-Aruin, and they have sworn to protect their woodland home, but they are drawn into a quest to defend all the Elves of Alterra as they seek to destroy the 'Elfhunter', a monstrous entity sworn to exterminate the Elves until none remain. Along the way, Gaelen and Nelwyn are joined by other interesting characters as they make their way through the realms of Alterra in pursuit of the Elfhunter, whose true name is 'Gorgon'. What headstrong Gaelen and her gentle cousin do not know is that Gorgon is in league with the Dark Power, and that the forces of Evil have forged an entanglement between Gorgon and Gaelen herself. Now she and all she loves are in jeopardy, and only an inspired plan put forth by Orogond, a mortal man, can save her.
*Please Note: All images and review copies were made available by Sea Lion Books, LLC.
About Sea LionSea Lion Books LLC's recent roster of authors include: International Bestselling author, Paulo Coelho, New York Times Bestselling authors Richelle Mead, Richard A. Knaak and more to be announced in the upcoming months. In Spring 2010, David Dabel and Pascal Dabel, who come from a family of publishing industry professionals, sought to realize their continued interest in the field by establishing their own house--Sea Lion Books LLC. Since then, Sea Lion Books LLC (SLB) has expanded with staff and consultants who have a wide range of experience with major houses such as Harper Collins, Simon & Schuster, Image Comics, Tor Books, St. Martins Press, Marvel, Random House, Penguin group, and many others. SLB's dynamic team of experts have also have had the pleasure of working with many New York Times bestselling authors such as Laurel K. Hamilton, George R. R. Martin, Jim Butcher, Dean Koontz, Orson Scott Card and Patty Briggs to name a few. Sea Lion Books successfully launched to a viable consumer outlet in the publishing industry at the 2010 American Library Association Conference where details of upcoming releases:SLB's dynamic team of experts have also have had the pleasure of working with many New York Times bestselling authors such as Laurel K. Hamilton, George R. R. Martin, Jim Butcher, Dean Koontz, Orson Scott Card and Patty Briggs to name a few. Sea Lion Books successfully launched to a viable consumer outlet in the publishing industry at the 2010 American Library Association Conference where details of upcoming releases:SLB's dynamic team of experts have also have had the pleasure of working with many New York Times bestselling authors such as Laurel K. Hamilton, George R. R. Martin, Jim Butcher, Dean Koontz
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