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Bucky Orson is a bit gloomy, but who isn’t at fifteen? His best friend left him to hang out with way cooler friends, his dad is the town sheriff, and wait for it―he lives in Blackwell, a town where all the girls are witches. But when his little sister is kidnapped because of her extraordinary power, Bucky has to get out of his own head and go on a strange journe Bucky Orson is a bit gloomy, but who isn’t at fifteen? His best friend left him to hang out with way cooler friends, his dad is the town sheriff, and wait for it―he lives in Blackwell, a town where all the girls are witches. But when his little sister is kidnapped because of her extraordinary power, Bucky has to get out of his own head and go on a strange journey to investigate the small town that gives him so much grief. And in the process he uncovers the town’s painful history and a conspiracy that will change it forever.


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Bucky Orson is a bit gloomy, but who isn’t at fifteen? His best friend left him to hang out with way cooler friends, his dad is the town sheriff, and wait for it―he lives in Blackwell, a town where all the girls are witches. But when his little sister is kidnapped because of her extraordinary power, Bucky has to get out of his own head and go on a strange journe Bucky Orson is a bit gloomy, but who isn’t at fifteen? His best friend left him to hang out with way cooler friends, his dad is the town sheriff, and wait for it―he lives in Blackwell, a town where all the girls are witches. But when his little sister is kidnapped because of her extraordinary power, Bucky has to get out of his own head and go on a strange journey to investigate the small town that gives him so much grief. And in the process he uncovers the town’s painful history and a conspiracy that will change it forever.

30 review for Grimoire Noir

  1. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    This is a little tough to rate, because I honestly want to give the artwork 5 solid stars, and the storyline 3 at best. It's a positively stunning book with a lot of lovely and unique characters, but the plot needs more fleshing out and the ending was confusing, anticlimactic, and didn't really make much sense. There are definitely some noir elements to allude to the title, but by the time you reach the conclusion, it feels like there were a lot of vague red herrings thrown out there just to up the This is a little tough to rate, because I honestly want to give the artwork 5 solid stars, and the storyline 3 at best. It's a positively stunning book with a lot of lovely and unique characters, but the plot needs more fleshing out and the ending was confusing, anticlimactic, and didn't really make much sense. There are definitely some noir elements to allude to the title, but by the time you reach the conclusion, it feels like there were a lot of vague red herrings thrown out there just to up the "mystery" of it all. All in all, I wasn't a huge fan of this one, but it has potential and I'd probably give these authors another chance if they release another graphic novel as pretty as this one. Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mads

    This was a fun graphic novel with GORGEOUS art. Fr the art was so good. I could feel the atmosphere of the story just by glancing at a picture. The plot was interesting and I was invested in the lore of the town. I loved that those with magic could never leave, making your powers less a gift than a curse. I just wish the characters were developed more. I couldn't fully attach to the story because their arc's only scratched the surface. Would I recommend this? Yes, if you're looking for an entert This was a fun graphic novel with GORGEOUS art. Fr the art was so good. I could feel the atmosphere of the story just by glancing at a picture. The plot was interesting and I was invested in the lore of the town. I loved that those with magic could never leave, making your powers less a gift than a curse. I just wish the characters were developed more. I couldn't fully attach to the story because their arc's only scratched the surface. Would I recommend this? Yes, if you're looking for an entertaining crime story with magic and witches. Nothing too deep.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Let me just get this off my chest: THE ART IS ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. I mean, seriously. The book is worth it for the art ALONE. The story is also good, but I felt a little cheated. There was so much world building and character building that when it was over I was like, WAIT WHAT NOW THAT CAN'T BE ALL YOU MUST TELL ME MORE! So, yes, I would love a sequel, should the author and illustrator choose to bless us with one. In the meantime here's a wonderful spooky ghosts/witches/detective story, perfect Let me just get this off my chest: THE ART IS ABSOLUTELY STUNNING. I mean, seriously. The book is worth it for the art ALONE. The story is also good, but I felt a little cheated. There was so much world building and character building that when it was over I was like, WAIT WHAT NOW THAT CAN'T BE ALL YOU MUST TELL ME MORE! So, yes, I would love a sequel, should the author and illustrator choose to bless us with one. In the meantime here's a wonderful spooky ghosts/witches/detective story, perfect for Halloween!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jay G

    Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... I was sent a copy of this in exchange for my honest review. Bucky Orson wants nothing more than to find his little sister, Heidi, who disappeared one day from her bedroom without a trace. At first, their parents just think she is playing a trick, she is a witch with the ability to become invisible after all. But as time continues to pass, and Heidi doesn't come home, they begin to wonder if she was kidnapped. Determi Want to see more bookish things from me? Check out my YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfer... I was sent a copy of this in exchange for my honest review. Bucky Orson wants nothing more than to find his little sister, Heidi, who disappeared one day from her bedroom without a trace. At first, their parents just think she is playing a trick, she is a witch with the ability to become invisible after all. But as time continues to pass, and Heidi doesn't come home, they begin to wonder if she was kidnapped. Determined to find his sister, Bucky begins an investigation into the towns people and discovers more than he bargained for. The artwork in this graphic novel is absolutely breathtaking. The colours and facial expressions really bring these characters to life. I was instantly hooked into the story and these characters. I found it so interesting that only the females of the town were able to have magic and that they were never able to leave, almost making their powers more of a curse than a gift. The conclusion was a bit rushed, if I'm being honest, but I still enjoyed the journey to get there. This is the PERFECT Halloween read and I recommend you pick up a copy, for the artwork alone.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

    The art needs it's own stars! 😍 The story was nice but I felt like it needed more work. Thank you to the publishers for the free copy in exchange for an honest review!

  6. 4 out of 5

    ˗ˏˋ aphrodite ˊˎ˗

    OH MY GOD THIS WAS SO GOOD !!! I’m such a sucker for short stories, especially ones told with such beautiful art. the setting of this is exactly what I’ve been into lately: a town where everyone accepts and is conscious of magic. it gives me noir beautiful creatures vibes and I loved it. I imagine there will be more volumes to this considering how it ended but it wasn’t so much a cliffhanger where I’m dissatisfied. I didn’t have any expectations going in but I was pleasantly surprised but how en OH MY GOD THIS WAS SO GOOD !!! I’m such a sucker for short stories, especially ones told with such beautiful art. the setting of this is exactly what I’ve been into lately: a town where everyone accepts and is conscious of magic. it gives me noir beautiful creatures vibes and I loved it. I imagine there will be more volumes to this considering how it ended but it wasn’t so much a cliffhanger where I’m dissatisfied. I didn’t have any expectations going in but I was pleasantly surprised but how entertaining this graphic novel was.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Samm | Sassenach the Book Wizard

    This is yet another library borrow that I will have to go buy my own copy of. The illustrations are GORGEOUS. The character facial expressions are dead on for the entire graphic novel. This would be a fantastic Halloween read. It's got a missing sister, a flooding small town with magical powers, a creepy manor, a ghost in a well and a secretive coven. One of the best graphic novels I've ever read. (Disclaimer: I haven't read a ton. Maybe a 2 dozen).

  8. 4 out of 5

    Rec-It Rachel

    loooooved the art

  9. 4 out of 5

    Max Baker

    Thank You Netgalley for providing me a free review in exchange for an honest review With a title like Grimoire Noir you'd think I'd put together that this graphic novel is...well...a noir. But I didn't, so going into it I was pleasantly surprised by the noir-ish elements and atmosphere before immediately being sucked in by the absolutely gorgeous art style and story. Graphic novels really have to appeal to me because they to not only draw me in, but keep my attention and Grimoire Noir defin Thank You Netgalley for providing me a free review in exchange for an honest review With a title like Grimoire Noir you'd think I'd put together that this graphic novel is...well...a noir. But I didn't, so going into it I was pleasantly surprised by the noir-ish elements and atmosphere before immediately being sucked in by the absolutely gorgeous art style and story. Graphic novels really have to appeal to me because they to not only draw me in, but keep my attention and Grimoire Noir definitely did that. A classic film noir-like story complete with a dark, smokey atmosphere, long shadows, and a juicy mystery that takes place in the modern town of Blackwell. In Blackwell, every girl is born with magic, called Charm and none of the magic users can leave the town less they fall into a magically induced coma that strips their power from them. The story centers around Bucky, a boy whose younger sister mysteriously disappeared. In her grief, his mother causes terrible rainstorms that threaten to flood the town and his sheriff father is bound by the laws of the town to protect every magic user even if they might have kidnapped his daughter. But Bucky can freely move about the town, discovering a mysterious coven of witches who have their claws in his once best friend Cham, a witch whose being released from parole after trying to gift her brother magic, and a well that holds the secret of the Charms' origin. The noir elements are spectacular and honestly, one of the highlights of the book. However, the noir elements constrain the story too, preventing it from flowering almost. The last few pages, the reveal of who kidnapped Bucky's sister was almost disappointing. It's like the author thought a big enough reveal would offset how there was more build up for the red herrings then the actual perp. But even with a weak ending, the art and the overall tone/atmosphere of the novel still makes this a fun read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Jill Kenna

    I really loved this graphic novel. The story is all about a town where all the girls born in the town have magical powers. Our story starts off with Heidi, the daughter of the town sheriff, going missing. Her brother, Bucky, tries to help investigate her disappearance and goes around the town asking questions. I really liked this book because there were plenty of twists and turns throughout. I thought I had figured out what was going on but I was wrong which I actually enjoyed! The worst thing i I really loved this graphic novel. The story is all about a town where all the girls born in the town have magical powers. Our story starts off with Heidi, the daughter of the town sheriff, going missing. Her brother, Bucky, tries to help investigate her disappearance and goes around the town asking questions. I really liked this book because there were plenty of twists and turns throughout. I thought I had figured out what was going on but I was wrong which I actually enjoyed! The worst thing in a mystery type book is when you figure it out from the beginning. The artwork was really gorgeous too. It really added to the story and was very visually pleasing. Thank you to NetGalley for the free review copy in exchange for an honest review.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    I hadn't heard anything about this book before it was advertised for my library online. I'm always down for a missing sister plot line, but then add in witches? Yes, please! I was pleasantly surprised by just how good the art was as well. It was dark, moody, broody, and wonderfully detailed. I was super impressed, and I loved how atmospheric and spooky the art got while still bringing a light to it. The biggest issue that I had with the book was perhaps I never fully grasped it overall. I always I hadn't heard anything about this book before it was advertised for my library online. I'm always down for a missing sister plot line, but then add in witches? Yes, please! I was pleasantly surprised by just how good the art was as well. It was dark, moody, broody, and wonderfully detailed. I was super impressed, and I loved how atmospheric and spooky the art got while still bringing a light to it. The biggest issue that I had with the book was perhaps I never fully grasped it overall. I always felt like there was just something out of reach that I couldn't connect the dots on. I just wanted to fully get it, but I struggled. I also had issues with some of the characters - I never connected with them, and Bucky felt so selfish to me at times especially with Cham. The plot was interesting and I was pretty invested, but it just felt...off? Overall, this was a decent graphic novel that provided an intriguing world and wonderful art. Really, I would recommend this book for the art, but the story was just okay.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    This art work was GORGEOUS. I'm a little obsessed. The story surprised me in some ways and there are things I'd love more developing on - a whole series in this world would be incredible.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea

    Perfect for the fall season and quite cinematic, but underdeveloped overall.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    The illustrations were BEAUTIFUL. All of it was done incredibly well and the extra images in the back of the book are fantastic. The story however......that could use a lot of polishing. It was so choppy and a bit frustrating to read, but there is definitely potential there.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Preethi

    The dialogue was a bit awkward in places and some of the inferences/conclusions drawn about what happened to Heidi seemed straight from the author's head rather than through character actions or observations, but the artwork was gorgeous and I enjoyed reading this!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Natalie

    This book is my jam and the art is stunning.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kate

    The artwork in this is beautiful so I give the art full marks. The story is a little muddled at times, but enjoyable.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alina Karapandzich

    I loved this book! The characters are all super interesting and the plotline of a magical little town secluded from the rest and holding a secret until the secret is in danger of getting out is a classic story line that never fails to grasp the reader's attention! I also love that the leader of the crow cover is this badass WOC who is in conflict with her book-loving/history-loving sister. The author did a great job introducing all the characters and setting up backstories, especially using flas I loved this book! The characters are all super interesting and the plotline of a magical little town secluded from the rest and holding a secret until the secret is in danger of getting out is a classic story line that never fails to grasp the reader's attention! I also love that the leader of the crow cover is this badass WOC who is in conflict with her book-loving/history-loving sister. The author did a great job introducing all the characters and setting up backstories, especially using flashback scenes. And the end implies a sequel is on the way and I cannot wait to see what our witches will be up to next!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tabbiezilla

    The art style was beautiful! Loved it so, so much!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lourdes

    Never heard of this book before, just happened to be looking for something to read at my barnes and nobles and stumble upon it. The artwork gets a full 10*s from me the story gets a 4*s now I want more books like this one.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Marta Ilieva

    I never realized how much I enjoy reading graphic novels, especially this one: Girmoire Noir. It is about a town where girls have magic, but boys do not. It is about a boy whose sister is missing, and he takes it upon himself to find her. It is a mystery and a fantasy. The artwork is beautifully dark, and I enjoyed the color-switch between present and the past. There were several subplots, but it felt like neither of them was fully developed. While there was a clear ending, it seems that there s I never realized how much I enjoy reading graphic novels, especially this one: Girmoire Noir. It is about a town where girls have magic, but boys do not. It is about a boy whose sister is missing, and he takes it upon himself to find her. It is a mystery and a fantasy. The artwork is beautifully dark, and I enjoyed the color-switch between present and the past. There were several subplots, but it felt like neither of them was fully developed. While there was a clear ending, it seems that there should be more to follow? I hope so, because I want to know what happens with the witches who escaped the town! Thank you NetGalley and First Second Books for this eARC. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    Wonderful graphic novel that combines fantastic story of a town with a secret. Witches live among the general townspeople and cannot leave the town. What happens when Bucky's sister Heidi goes missing is at the root of the GN. There are ghosts of the past, ghosts of the present. Haunted houses, soulless boys, evil and good witches, the mystery of the missing Heidi, Bucky who tries to find his sister by playing detective,... The illustrations are on point and add to the slightly sinister feel of Wonderful graphic novel that combines fantastic story of a town with a secret. Witches live among the general townspeople and cannot leave the town. What happens when Bucky's sister Heidi goes missing is at the root of the GN. There are ghosts of the past, ghosts of the present. Haunted houses, soulless boys, evil and good witches, the mystery of the missing Heidi, Bucky who tries to find his sister by playing detective,... The illustrations are on point and add to the slightly sinister feel of the story.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Shay Vande

    Came for the art, stayed for the story. Grimoire Noir was a small town magical mystery including some of my favorite subjects: witches and ghosts--with just the right balance of creepiness and investigation. The story is perfectly whole on its own, but I would've enjoyed even more of it. I'll be adding both the author and artist to my follow list. I certainly picked up a lot of inspiration for storytelling from this. I'd highly recommend it!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jenna Monaco

    Five starts for the artwork. The ending kind of confused me a little but the person I suspected was not the person who did it. That’s super vague, but I don’t want to give anything away. I’ve got to say I was captivated and adored the art. Noir elements for sure. Really want to keep reading, so I’m excited for what comes next.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I really enjoyed this graphic novel, probably my favorite I've read this year. The illustrations are beautiful and intriguing, mostly sepia toned in a way that matches the mood of the book, but so beautifully that you don't notice it isn't full-color. The few splashes of color, mostly of people's eyes or other details are as captivating as the book's mystery--I didn't stop to notice whether the color was significant in any way or ties together with the plot, but it wouldn't surprise me if it did I really enjoyed this graphic novel, probably my favorite I've read this year. The illustrations are beautiful and intriguing, mostly sepia toned in a way that matches the mood of the book, but so beautifully that you don't notice it isn't full-color. The few splashes of color, mostly of people's eyes or other details are as captivating as the book's mystery--I didn't stop to notice whether the color was significant in any way or ties together with the plot, but it wouldn't surprise me if it did. THe authors do a great job of providing flashbacks to help the reader understand important backstory of the town and characters' relationships. My only complaint is that the story begs a sequel. There is definitely something sinister going on with Emmaline and Griselda at the end and I really want to know what happens to Chamomile and what type of witch Heidi grows up to be.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Alory Shannon

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. The art is just AMAZING. I can't say enough good things about it--I'd give the art TEN stars if I could. The story is all right, but while there certainly was a nice "noir" element to it, the "mystery" aspect went kind of flat pretty quickly, and the ending was "just okay". There were a lot of elements I liked in the build-up, and a lot of interesting-seeming characters, but I didn't feel like we really got to know them very well. I do like the 'protective charm' getting shattered in The art is just AMAZING. I can't say enough good things about it--I'd give the art TEN stars if I could. The story is all right, but while there certainly was a nice "noir" element to it, the "mystery" aspect went kind of flat pretty quickly, and the ending was "just okay". There were a lot of elements I liked in the build-up, and a lot of interesting-seeming characters, but I didn't feel like we really got to know them very well. I do like the 'protective charm' getting shattered in the end and setting the women/girls free, and how Cham planned for that to happen was fairly clever, too, but Emmeline (...and...scooping up Griselda?) is a HUGE loose end. I also want to know what happened with Gilbert--what, if anything, did Emmeline do to him? Was that HIS 'soul jar' that she used at the end, or...what? Anyway, tl;dr GORGEOUS art, adequate story. I'll probably buy it, just for the art!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    Despite being exactly what it said on the back cover, this book surprised me - in a good way. The art was stunningly gorgeous, the subtle use of color was excellent, the world-building was utterly captivating. I keep running into the same problem when I read graphic novels, which is that I always want MORE - more to the story, more time with the characters, just more - and that was still true of this one, but to a lesser extent than sometimes. The art and the story are so rich and detailed, and Despite being exactly what it said on the back cover, this book surprised me - in a good way. The art was stunningly gorgeous, the subtle use of color was excellent, the world-building was utterly captivating. I keep running into the same problem when I read graphic novels, which is that I always want MORE - more to the story, more time with the characters, just more - and that was still true of this one, but to a lesser extent than sometimes. The art and the story are so rich and detailed, and I would absolutely love to read more stories set in this universe or about these characters (I need to know Cham's entire life story please and thank you). Definitely going to keep an eye out for more from this author and illustrator!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Ken Yuen

    Pretty interesting mystery! And while the story follows the tropes of a detective mystery (the main kid even has a detective outfit) when the truth of the matter is unveiled, it's far more complicated than what was expected. Also the art is mostly blacks and white, very noir. I'm not sure how to feel about the final revelations. Can ostensibly evil acts be justified if the ends justify the means? Feels like there's some sequel baiting. Kind of wish we could have gotten to know some mo Pretty interesting mystery! And while the story follows the tropes of a detective mystery (the main kid even has a detective outfit) when the truth of the matter is unveiled, it's far more complicated than what was expected. Also the art is mostly blacks and white, very noir. I'm not sure how to feel about the final revelations. Can ostensibly evil acts be justified if the ends justify the means? Feels like there's some sequel baiting. Kind of wish we could have gotten to know some more of the characters a little more, but otherwise a pretty great read.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy // The Bookish Unicorn

    The art in this is absolutely STUNNING and really sets the mood of the story. Sadly the actual story was not as fleshed out as it should have been. It was a really interesting witchy concept and is a perfect story for this October spooky season. But a lot of really interesting plot points are left unresolved or are introduced but never played off at the end. Also the ending was really rushed and barely explained anything. I really wanted this to be an amazing read but sadly I think it should hav The art in this is absolutely STUNNING and really sets the mood of the story. Sadly the actual story was not as fleshed out as it should have been. It was a really interesting witchy concept and is a perfect story for this October spooky season. But a lot of really interesting plot points are left unresolved or are introduced but never played off at the end. Also the ending was really rushed and barely explained anything. I really wanted this to be an amazing read but sadly I think it should have been a 2 or 3 volume story so everything could have been resolved.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Veronica

    The art is GORGEOUS. I could look at it all day. The noir palette, with the ominous splashes of color... absolutely fantastic. The plot is a bit thin and the climax is confusing. It's also unfortunate that the only characters of color are the boss of the Mean Girl witch coven and her older sister, who despite her incredibly cool character design is at least nominally the villain of the book.

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