Bloodlust & Bonnets Blog Tour

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The Year is 1820, and bored young debutante Lucy knows there must be more to life than embroidery and engagements – no matter how eligible the bachelore might be. Some bechelors, she has discovered, are less ‘eligible’ than they are ‘bloodthirsty,’ however…literally. It turns out that there are a lot of vampires in latje-Regency England, and Lucy has an eye for spotting them and the desire to rid the world of them.
It’s not long before Lady Violet Travesty, leader of a mysterious vampire cult, spots Lucy’s talents and offers her a place amongst her vampire acolytes. Unfortunately, lady Violet is most horribly slain by the famous Lord Byron before Lucy can accept. Lucy instead joins Lord Byron and his enormous, psychic eagle Napoleon in their ongoing fight against evils such as bloodsucking ghouls and bad taste. Before long they’re joind by the mysterious Sham, an androgynous bounty hunter, who catches Lucy’s eye. The trio lie, flirt, fight and manipulate each other as they make their way across Britain, disrupting society balls, slaying vampires, and making every effort not to betray their feelings to each other as their personal and romantic lives become increasingly entangled.
A balm for the soul for readers who love Gail Carriger’s Parasol Protectorate series, novels by Eloisa James and Jane Austen, and the action and adventure of Xena, Warrior Princess, Bloodlust & Bonnets is the most modern action-heavy love-story set two hundred years ago that you’ll read this year.

Book Information:
By: Emily McGovern
Published By: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: September 19, 2019
Format: Trade Paperback
Price: £14.99
ISBN: 9781471178955
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My Review

Do you enjoy dramatic walks in the park? Reading the poetry of Lord Byron and scoffing at Walter Scott? Historical fiction with vampire hunting and endless adventure? What about amazingly funny and witty humour?

This may be the graphic novel for you.

Lucy finds herself being approached by the vampire Lady Travesty and before she can consider the woman’s offer, Lord Byron takes care of Lady Travesty with his sword.

They run off together to start a string of adventures in their pursuit of Lady Travesty, to vanquish her…of course.

Along the way they meet and interact with some hilarious characters, BB, Walter Scott, a quadrille society. You heard me.

But the best character they interact with along the way is Sham, the androgynous and mysterious third to their newly made trio as Sham is also seeking out Lady Travesty.

Are there sparks between Sham and Lucy? They do both reach for the same piece of bread after all.

Guys, there is even a psychic eagle named Napoleon who speaks French and honestly, he is the one I can connect with most bahaha. He’s hysterical and seems to be going through a bit of a mid-life/existential crisis. [To be fair, if I had to be Lord Byron’s loyal animal sidekick, I might also be acting that way.]

Also, Lord Byron lives in a magical castle who though capable of speaking, seems to enjoy carrying its own schedule and doing as it pleases, always mysteriously gone when they need its answers most.

I was cackling [as Slytherins tend to do] through this so much. It is a longer graphic novel at around 200 pages but it kept me chuckling cackling the whole time. I loved how ridiculous their plights were and the villains were appropriately hilarious and gifted with bad timing, well, to be fair the bad timing was more on Lord Byron’s part.

Funny, great queer rep, and with vampires and poetic rivals Byron and Scott, I really truly enjoyed this. The colours are brilliant and I really love the art/comic style that is used.

Already a huge fan of McGovern’s ‘My Life As A Background Slytherin’ I knew that I needed to read this, something different but still full of her wonderful sense of humour and the art that has become so easily recognizably McGovern’s.

Four and a half cups of coffee from me, and I can’t wait to read what McGovern comes out with next.

Thank you to Anne Cater and Simon&Schuster for a copy of this in exchange for my honest review. Expect this to continue tomorrow as part of Darkroom Tours as well.

 

About the Author

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Emily was born in the UK but grew up in Brussels, where she attended the European School of Brussels II. After graduating, she began a Foundation Art Diploma course at London College of Fashion. She studiously avoided any fashion, and instead spent her timemaking hand-drawn animations and weird paintings of witches.
She began a BA degree in Russion Studies at the University College Lonon and spent a year in Russia working in a rural commune, where she ran a weekly art “gathering” for the kids. The year abroad allowed her to go to many Russian art galleries, which were a revelation to her – artists such as Vereshchagin and Vasnetsov she found influenced her greatly.
She graduated with First Class Honours and by 2016 was uilding a comic driven social media platform based around the regular posting of her ‘My Life as a Background Slytherin’ comic. Emily’s instagram account @emilyscartoons has over 135K followers. Bloodlust & Bonnets is her first graphic novel.

 

The Rest of the Tour

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Horizontal Collaboration Blog Tour

 

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Blurb:

“Horizontal Collaboration” is a term used to describe the sexual and romantic relationships that some French women had with members of the occupying German forces during World War II. In this poignant, female-centered graphic novel created by writer/artist duo Carole Maurel and Mademoiselle Navie, the taboo of “sleeping with the enemy” is explored through the story of a passionate, and forbidden, affair. In June 1942, married Rose (whose husband is a prisoner of war) intervenes in the detainment of her Jewish friend and then accidentally embarks on a secret relationship with the investigating German officer, Mark. There is only one step between heroism and treason, and it’s often a dangerous one. Inside an apartment building on Paris’s 11th arrondissement, little escapes the notice of the blind husband of the concierge. Through his sightless but all-knowing eyes, we learn of Rose and Mark’s hidden relationship, and also of the intertwined stories and problems of the other tenants, largely women and children, who face such complex issues as domestic violence, incest, and prostitution. This fascinating graphic novel tackles the still-sensitive topic of who it is acceptable to love, and how, and the story’s drama is brought vividly to life by intimate and atmospheric illustrations.

Book Information:
Hardcover: 144 pages
Publisher: Korero Press; None ed. edition (18 Jun. 2019)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 191274001X
ISBN-13: 978-1912740017

 

My Review

The art in this was simply gorgeous and the stories combined with it made for a breath taking and well…quite frankly, hear breaking read. The emotion on the characters was so raw and powerful, it made the art flawless by making them so utterly believable. There is a large mix of characters, they all board in the same building and we’re given insight into all their toils and dreams. The pressure of WWII wears down on France, and on Parisians especially in this beautiful graphic novel. There is no one without strife or causing it, and in the darkness of war one woman has fallen in love with a German Soldier.

For those who don’t know their history, it was severely ‘frowned upon’ [and that’s putting it mildly] by the people of Paris for the French women to liaison with German Soldiers. Of course some women did it to survive, others because they were true to the German cause, and some, because they fell in love. Rose’s is not the only love story in the book, and everyone’s heartache and hopes really spilled through the pages. It’s an emotional read and one that left me a bit breathless. Things are believable, they’re palpable whether in the actions of the characters or in the setting of history itself and the author and artist have blended everything together beautifully.

I could not say enough good things about this graphic novel. If you are someone who likes history or graphic novels, or even someone who s intrigued by a devastatingly gorgeous story and art, I would definitely recommend this book to you all. By far the best graphic novel read of the year for me so far and I don’t see it slipping out of the top rank anytime soon.

Below you’ll find a couple of examples of the beautiful art and at the very bottom make sure to check out the rest of the tour.

Five huge cups of coffee from me.

 

The Art

 

 

About the Authors/Artists

 

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Carole Maurel cut her teeth on animated films before devoting herself to illustration, in particular, graphic novels. Her 2017 book The Apocalypse According to Magda was awarded the Artémisia Avenir award, which celebrates women in comics. 
Navie is a screenwriter for press, cinema and television. She has a degree in history from The Sorbonne in Paris, where she specialized in the history of fascism – making Horizontal Collaboration an excellent fit for her first graphic novel.

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Rest of the Tour

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