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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 journey to investi 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 journey to investi 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 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. 5 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!

  3. 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).

  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 wonde 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

    ˗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.

  6. 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!

  7. 5 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 definitely d 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.

  8. 5 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.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Channa

    5 stars for the artwork, 2 stars for the storyline! I didn't really connect with the characters, found the dialogue clunky, and also happen to despise (view spoiler)[deception stories (hide spoiler)] , so the plot just wasn't for me. But the artwork - GORGEOUS! I need more illustrations from this artist, and I need them now! 5 stars for the artwork, 2 stars for the storyline! I didn't really connect with the characters, found the dialogue clunky, and also happen to despise (view spoiler)[deception stories (hide spoiler)] , so the plot just wasn't for me. But the artwork - GORGEOUS! I need more illustrations from this artist, and I need them now!

  10. 4 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.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛

    I loved this so much! The illustrations in this book are simply gorgeous! I adore the art style and paired with the type of story this is telling the artwork really shines. I liked the mystery in the plot and how things ended up. I wasn't able to guess ahead of time what was going on, so I liked the twists and turns. I admit that the ending felt a little unresolved for the most part. I mean, we get an ending but some things felt a little too open-ended for my liking. Overall though, it didn't ma I loved this so much! The illustrations in this book are simply gorgeous! I adore the art style and paired with the type of story this is telling the artwork really shines. I liked the mystery in the plot and how things ended up. I wasn't able to guess ahead of time what was going on, so I liked the twists and turns. I admit that the ending felt a little unresolved for the most part. I mean, we get an ending but some things felt a little too open-ended for my liking. Overall though, it didn't make me like the book any less.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    This cover caught my attention the first time I saw it on the shelf, and I'm so glad I finally picked it up! It has such a spooky, beautiful, Harry Potter-esque atmosphere that I instantly fell in love with. The artwork is gorgeous, the story is compelling... I just can't say enough good things about it. My only complaint is that it's too short! I would easily read a long book series that expanded on this world. (I'm open to suggestions!)

  13. 4 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.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Phoebe

    This story really lacked for me, I’d probably give it 2.5 stars. HOWEVER the artwork is phenomenal and I would give it all the stars in the universe.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Natalya Kahmann

    3.5 It was really good at the start but needed to flesh out a few things to become excellent. Also another volume would be good to. :)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rec-It Rachel

    loooooved the art

  19. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    I picked this up just browsing my local library. This feels like a 3.5 but I'll bump it up to 4 for the art. The art caught my attention while browsing, it's so lovely throughout the book. The story was... good. It's not amazing, for a few reasons. The story is set in a town, Blackwell, that is the only town with magic users (just girls) and there are protections for magic users in society but they are physically unable to leave town. Obviously, story about witches I am all over it. Bucky is our I picked this up just browsing my local library. This feels like a 3.5 but I'll bump it up to 4 for the art. The art caught my attention while browsing, it's so lovely throughout the book. The story was... good. It's not amazing, for a few reasons. The story is set in a town, Blackwell, that is the only town with magic users (just girls) and there are protections for magic users in society but they are physically unable to leave town. Obviously, story about witches I am all over it. Bucky is our main character and it appears that in the start of the book his little sister has gone missing. There's a lot of hearsay about who might have a use for his sister but they can't really break down doors due to the protections of the magic users, unless they have probable cause. Anyway, Bucky starts to investigate on his own since his Dad-the sheriff- is constrained by the law, not to mention he shouldn't be investigating things on a case that is a conflict of interest. There's some history of something bad going down between Bucky and his old friend, Chamomile, so they aren't exactly on friendly terms at the start but they don't outright say what happened to sour the friendship of course. Anyways, I won't say anything else about the story to not spoil but I will list my points that I thought made this book only okay. -It feels like they tried to cram too much into this book. They have the mystery of the lost sister, the history of the town, the sour history of Bucky and Chamomile, and trying to flesh out the other characters you see in the book. -Because they tried to cram too much in it feels disjointed. You only get the surface level of the characters-including our main guy Bucky. So the side characters feel more like window dressing. -I found the ending (no spoilers) unsatisfying and there were still some loose threads I wish had been resolved, however, I know those threads were also too big to explore and resolve by the end of this book. It almost seems like this would be a cool series instead of a singular book. -This book is about a witch town that has a coven and it's not even about that! There are things hinted about (not really spoiler) like Emmaline trying to give her brother magic and failing and ending up in jail and the falling out of Bucky and Chamomile would have been a better book to start with especially since those things seem to have happened relatively close to each other. Obviously, I'm just disappointed that this wasn't more witchy magic story although they do talk about some it in the history of the town.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Alicia

    I am obsessed with this mysteriously magical graphic novel! The illustrations by Bogatch are breathtaking and moody in all the ways that bring the story to life-- a story about Beauregard aka Bucky whose young sister went missing after receiving an invitation from the Crows-- the magical coven of women in their town but was going to reject the invitation. He's on a quest, long trenchcoat and all, to solve the mystery and figure out where his sister is, believing that she is alive. The overarchin I am obsessed with this mysteriously magical graphic novel! The illustrations by Bogatch are breathtaking and moody in all the ways that bring the story to life-- a story about Beauregard aka Bucky whose young sister went missing after receiving an invitation from the Crows-- the magical coven of women in their town but was going to reject the invitation. He's on a quest, long trenchcoat and all, to solve the mystery and figure out where his sister is, believing that she is alive. The overarching mood is made dreary because Bucky's mother's lamentations about her missing daughter are causing a flood-- her tears are raining down, literally, on the town. There are a multitude of connections that Bucky needs to follow up on because his father, a cop in the town, refuses to. There's the strange evil Emmeline who is in prison. There Chamomile whose father is also a copy but leaves her to her own devices- Chamomile who Bucky has been close friends with (and maybe even more) but is putting up some roadblocks for him while also trying to help. There's the coven itself. There's Griselda, the little girl ghost in the well, who was drowned as a child for witchcraft. With the mystery there is accompanying artwork that completely moves the story forward. Bogatch doesn't even need Greentea's writing on certain pages or panels to show what's happening. It's beautiful. It's the color scheme, the chapter transitions, the character illustrations, the mystery unfolding with old houses and even creepier mansions. I can't wait to get a print version in my hands (I had to read it digitally downloaded through the library).

  21. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    A solid read-a-like for fantasy graphic novels like The Witch Boy, Oddly Normal #1, or even The Tea Dragon Society The artwork was amazing as were so many of the characters. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the story line but feel it could have had more depth. I would recommend this title to readers as young as middle grade, although our library does shelve it in the Teen or YA section. I really want there to be a sequel though I realize the open ending is exactly the point. A solid read-a-like for fantasy graphic novels like The Witch Boy, Oddly Normal #1, or even The Tea Dragon Society The artwork was amazing as were so many of the characters. I enjoyed the twists and turns of the story line but feel it could have had more depth. I would recommend this title to readers as young as middle grade, although our library does shelve it in the Teen or YA section. I really want there to be a sequel though I realize the open ending is exactly the point.

  22. 4 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.

  23. 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!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Myah

    I really liked this graphic novel. Magic, some diversity, a mystery, and world building! I did get a little mad toward the end because I felt like the main character, Bucky, finally solves his main mystery and then doesn't ask a crucial question, but whatever. Plus, it seems like everyone is a little too happy at the end considering what happens, but maybe there will be a sequel? Idk. Overall, I really enjoyed the story and ride of this little town where only girls get magic 💕 Plus, the art work I really liked this graphic novel. Magic, some diversity, a mystery, and world building! I did get a little mad toward the end because I felt like the main character, Bucky, finally solves his main mystery and then doesn't ask a crucial question, but whatever. Plus, it seems like everyone is a little too happy at the end considering what happens, but maybe there will be a sequel? Idk. Overall, I really enjoyed the story and ride of this little town where only girls get magic 💕 Plus, the art work is stunning.

  25. 5 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 more of the ch 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.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (aka WW)

    (3.5 stars) The artwork in this cute YA graphic novel is terrific. It has such a unique atmosphere and style. Sadly, though, I found the story lacking. The plot was a good one, but the way it was presented felt very random. It seemed as though revelations came out of left field, as if the reader was supposed to know things that hadn’t been explained. I think it could have benefited from a comprehensive overview of the town and its situation before the story began. Fantastic artwork, though.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Shannan

    3.5 stars. The drawings in this book are beyond fantastic - they’re mesmerizing. They are why I’m rounding up on this one. Yara Bogatch lured me into and led me through the pages. I wish Vera Greentea’s story had been a little more cohesive and structured. I see what she was intending, and I typically enjoy stories like this one, but this one lacked the depth I wanted to go along with the art.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Summer (speaking_bookish)

    This a new favorite graphic novel and and an author/illustrator to watch out for! The storyline is great and the illustrations are absolutely stunning. This is a mix between a 1950's noir style mystery and witchy fantasy with creepy ghosts. The two put together made for a very interesting reading experience. I picked this up on a whim and I'm so, so happy that I did. I recommend this 100%! I read this for the Monster Hunt readathon and #sbooktober2019.

  29. 4 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.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I feel the same way as many of the reviews I’ve read on here. The art work is gorgeous and if it were just for that I would give it 5 stars. The story/plot was OK (3 stars). So, I’ll go with an average and go with 4 stars overall.

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