Published: December 6th 2016 by BOOM! Studios
Genres: Graphic Novels, Horror/Gothic
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Rowan’s Ruin is a standalone trade paperback graphic novel about a girl named Katie who participates in a house swap, only to find that the house is haunted. But Katie isn’t scared off–instead she goes to the library and tries to figure out the house’s mysteries. As she learns about the house’s history, she has to fight for her life to keep from becoming the house’s next victim.
I’m feeling a bullet-point review today:
- The atmosphere in this book is excellent. The illustrations convey exactly the right kind of dark suspense to reinforce the story.
- My favorite character was the librarian. And I loved that she was portrayed in a way that’s accurate to the profession–she’s an information professional, and constantly points Katie to things she might not have found on her own. There are so many stereotypical librarians in books and movies, so it makes me happy to see it done right.
- I did see the plot twist coming, but it didn’t interfere with my enjoyment of the book.
- It’s really nice to read a standalone. As much as long-running series can be good, it’s nice that I could sit down and read this and not feel like I’m committing to 3+ books.
Overall, I enjoyed this one a lot. Mike Carey’s writing is atmospheric and suspenseful. This is the third book I’ve ready by him (The Girl With All the Gifts and God Save the Queen were the others), and it makes me want to find everything he’s written and devour it.