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Nancy Drew is seventeen and good at everything... ESPECIALLY solving crimes. But her totally-in-control-and-obviously-running-perfectly-smooth-(but-not-really) life hits a snag when a mysterious message drags her back to the hometown she left behind. There she'll have to find out which of her friends are still her friends, which are enemies, and who exactly is trying to ki Nancy Drew is seventeen and good at everything... ESPECIALLY solving crimes. But her totally-in-control-and-obviously-running-perfectly-smooth-(but-not-really) life hits a snag when a mysterious message drags her back to the hometown she left behind. There she'll have to find out which of her friends are still her friends, which are enemies, and who exactly is trying to kill her...and (hopefully) stop them before they succeed. KELLY THOMPSON (Hawkeye, Star Wars, Rogue & Gambit) and JENN ST-ONGE (Giant Days, The Misfits) team up to present an all-new modern spin on a classic mystery icon!


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Nancy Drew is seventeen and good at everything... ESPECIALLY solving crimes. But her totally-in-control-and-obviously-running-perfectly-smooth-(but-not-really) life hits a snag when a mysterious message drags her back to the hometown she left behind. There she'll have to find out which of her friends are still her friends, which are enemies, and who exactly is trying to ki Nancy Drew is seventeen and good at everything... ESPECIALLY solving crimes. But her totally-in-control-and-obviously-running-perfectly-smooth-(but-not-really) life hits a snag when a mysterious message drags her back to the hometown she left behind. There she'll have to find out which of her friends are still her friends, which are enemies, and who exactly is trying to kill her...and (hopefully) stop them before they succeed. KELLY THOMPSON (Hawkeye, Star Wars, Rogue & Gambit) and JENN ST-ONGE (Giant Days, The Misfits) team up to present an all-new modern spin on a classic mystery icon!

30 review for Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom

  1. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom by Kelly Thompson and Jenn St. Onge (Illustrator) is a 2019 Dynamite entertainment publication. This is not your grandmother’s Nancy Drew! This graphic novel gives our favorite teenage detective a long overdue makeover of sorts. I’m not sure if one would categorize it as an updated version of the classic or if it might qualify as a reboot. Either way, these teenagers might stun fans of the traditional version. Young Adult readers, however, will probably love it. Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom by Kelly Thompson and Jenn St. Onge (Illustrator) is a 2019 Dynamite entertainment publication. This is not your grandmother’s Nancy Drew! This graphic novel gives our favorite teenage detective a long overdue makeover of sorts. I’m not sure if one would categorize it as an updated version of the classic or if it might qualify as a reboot. Either way, these teenagers might stun fans of the traditional version. Young Adult readers, however, will probably love it. The colorful illustrations are amazing, capturing the character’s personalities and the scenery, beautifully. The mystery is geared towards a younger audience, as it should be, but is solid enough, though not on the same scale of the Nancy Drew novels. I think it is great fun to have a Nancy Drew graphic novel, and I'm glad someone has thought to give Nancy and her friends a much -needed makeover. However, some changes were too drastic for a YA series, which has always been geared toward middle grade and younger teens, not the older YA crowd- in my opinion. A nice balance between the old and the new might be the better approach. Other than that, I like the concept and enjoyed seeing the Hardy Boys featured in this story, too. I hope there are more installments in the works. 3.5

  2. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    I've never been the biggest Nancy Drew fan, but I remembered the characters well enough that my favorite thing about this graphic novel was seeing them re-imagined as modern, fun teens. (HIGH key loving the fact that my fave from my childhood, George, grew up to be a queer punk girl?!) The plot was okay—a little underwhelming, maybe, and certainly predictable—but the characters were fun and the art was lovely, so I feel pretty comfortable giving this 4 stars. I assume this creator is going to ma I've never been the biggest Nancy Drew fan, but I remembered the characters well enough that my favorite thing about this graphic novel was seeing them re-imagined as modern, fun teens. (HIGH key loving the fact that my fave from my childhood, George, grew up to be a queer punk girl?!) The plot was okay—a little underwhelming, maybe, and certainly predictable—but the characters were fun and the art was lovely, so I feel pretty comfortable giving this 4 stars. I assume this creator is going to make more in this 'series', and if that's the case, I think I'll check them out, too. Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jes Reads

    Wow. I actually really loved this. I haven't read anything involving Nancy Drew growing up, so I was pleasantly surprised by this comic. I think the art was stunning and the characters enjoyable. I thought the mystery was fun as well!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kal ★ Reader Voracious

    "We have so much history...those ties go deep and aren't easily cut." Friends, this was such an enjoyable read! I've been suffering from the worst reading slump for the past couple of months and just wanted to read and finish something. I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy books, and I figured that there is probably no better cure for a slump that a dose of nostalgia -- and how right I was! One of the things I loved most about reading Nancy Drew was how strong, smart, and capable she a "We have so much history...those ties go deep and aren't easily cut." Friends, this was such an enjoyable read! I've been suffering from the worst reading slump for the past couple of months and just wanted to read and finish something. I grew up reading Nancy Drew and Hardy Boy books, and I figured that there is probably no better cure for a slump that a dose of nostalgia -- and how right I was! One of the things I loved most about reading Nancy Drew was how strong, smart, and capable she a character she is. I loved the reimagining of the characters we know and love as modern day teenagers, and unlike some other reboots that I've read this is written in a way that doesn't alienate a younger reader unfamiliar with the source material but also doesn't alienate people my age that are in it for the nostalgia factor. I don't read a lot of graphic novels, but I was impressed with how good the character development is in these first 5 issues! Thompson managed to give the reader a real sense of who the characters are and their complicated backstory effortlessly. With Nancy returning after seven years of drifting apart from her friends, the graphic novel briefly touches on that hurt but also shows how with some friends you can just fall back into patterns as if no time passed at all. I liked that the Hardy boys are also in these comics and how gloriously diverse this is. There was a conversation between George and Nancy that I especially loved that dealt with our propensity to apologize for being emotional or crying. George's response was so perfect: "Why is crying dumb anyway? What are we -- freaking robots?"I really appreciate the normalization of crying in fiction, and the way that both Nancy and Pete are processing their grief in different ways but also are kind of brought together through their loss as well. Overall this was a really fun read and I will be watching for the next issue because OH GOODNESS THAT ENDING! I loved the art style and the writing is easy to follow, witty, and full of life as the voices of the characters shine through the pages. I definitely recommend this to fans of strong female characters that aren't all pointy (can be soft, too), mystery lovers, and those that read Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys as a kid. CONTENT WARNINGS: grief, loss of a loved one, murder Many thanks to the publisher for sending me an eARC via NetGalley for review. Quotations are taken from an uncorrected proof and may change upon publication.Blog | Twitter | Pinterest

  5. 5 out of 5

    Danika at The Lesbrary

    Fun! I really liked this cast of characters, and of course especially grumpy George and her girlfriend Danica! Shout out too to Bess being fat and a romantic lead. I will admit that I was never a Nancy Drew fan as a kid, so I don't have any prior connection to these characters, but I really liked this. It's definitely slightly more adult than the originals (including drugs and murder), but there's still a lightness and humour in the band of friends working together to solve a mystery. I'll defin Fun! I really liked this cast of characters, and of course especially grumpy George and her girlfriend Danica! Shout out too to Bess being fat and a romantic lead. I will admit that I was never a Nancy Drew fan as a kid, so I don't have any prior connection to these characters, but I really liked this. It's definitely slightly more adult than the originals (including drugs and murder), but there's still a lightness and humour in the band of friends working together to solve a mystery. I'll definitely keep reading!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sanna (sannareads)

    Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom is quick, thrilling and fun to read. We get to follow teenage detective Nancy Drew as she and her friends solves mysteries in her old hometown. I have never read any Nancy Drew books and at first I didn't understand that this was one either. I'm from Sweden and here Nancy Drew is called Kitty so I guess it was quite understandable that I didn't get it at first. But once I figured it out the story itself became more captivating and interesting. My mother was Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom is quick, thrilling and fun to read. We get to follow teenage detective Nancy Drew as she and her friends solves mysteries in her old hometown. I have never read any Nancy Drew books and at first I didn't understand that this was one either. I'm from Sweden and here Nancy Drew is called Kitty so I guess it was quite understandable that I didn't get it at first. But once I figured it out the story itself became more captivating and interesting. My mother was a huge Nancy Drew fan in her teenage years, so reading something that she loved so dearly — and probably still enjoys — I found the graphic novel even more fun to read. The story itself has plots that is quite hard to figure out and the ending was nothing like I'd imagined it would be. Therefor the book felt like a classic (in a good way) mystery novel. I really enjoyed the illustrations. They were beautifully made, colorful and full of life. I feel like this Nancy Drew was a lot more "cool" when it comes to looks than the "old" Nancy, but to me it seemed really fitting considering all the bad ass things she does. Thank you NetGalley and Dynamite Entertainment for the e-ARC of Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom , I really look forward to the next novel in the series! Also a big thanks to Kelly Thompson for the fun, mystery read. ❤️

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    The art was really really good, but I really didn't feel Nancy Drew that much. I loved the added diversity that we don't see in the original, but Nancy herself didn't feel like Nancy. She really only focused on herself, and continuously did things that would have made me ditch her as a friend. I was really bored through a lot of it, and it was just super eh. But that art was so good, though.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Devann

    I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley So pretty much the only experience I've had with either Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys [who are in every issue of this as well, despite not being mentioned in the title] was another reboot comic I read a little over a year ago called The Big Lie [from the same company I think, although I'm not sure if they're supposed to be connected or not]. That being said, I really enjoyed this but I'm not sure how die-hard fans of the originals will feel about I received an ARC copy of this book from NetGalley So pretty much the only experience I've had with either Nancy Drew or the Hardy Boys [who are in every issue of this as well, despite not being mentioned in the title] was another reboot comic I read a little over a year ago called The Big Lie [from the same company I think, although I'm not sure if they're supposed to be connected or not]. That being said, I really enjoyed this but I'm not sure how die-hard fans of the originals will feel about it, but if you're open to new interpretations of classic stories then I think it will be a really fun read. The art is super cute and I loved all the characters and character designs. The mystery was exciting and held my attention and I'm definitely interested to see what is going to happen in the next volume.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Etienne

    I’m not a Nancy Drew fan. I never read one of those classic books and maybe someone who knows the characters would have a better opinion of it all. But for me, this wasn’t really good. The story isn’t so bad but the characters really get on my nerves. I never was able to like any of them, don’t really know why, but this was very irritating while reading. Maybe it’s my fault...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Artwork was A+++ and I enjoyed the story enough that I'll continue on with the series. I liked that it was Nancy Drew AND the Hardy Boys, with the focus on Nancy. Honestly though, even for it being the beginning of the series it was generic. Overall, I'm not sure if this is better for people with no knowledge of Nancy Drew or people who are already familiar with the characters. I'd say if you're interested, give it a try.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Christy

    A modern take on a classic!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Bailey

    Kelly Thompson has brought new life to this well-loved character with her quick, witty graphic novel. I was an occasional mystery lover growing up and though I was never an avid fan, I fondly recall the Nancy Drew books I took from my elementary school library. I enjoyed the reintroduction to familiar characters (including The Hardy Boys!) and how Thompson portrays them in their late teen years. The story begins with the midst of her hi-jinks, finishing up a mystery involving the disappearance of Kelly Thompson has brought new life to this well-loved character with her quick, witty graphic novel. I was an occasional mystery lover growing up and though I was never an avid fan, I fondly recall the Nancy Drew books I took from my elementary school library. I enjoyed the reintroduction to familiar characters (including The Hardy Boys!) and how Thompson portrays them in their late teen years. The story begins with the midst of her hi-jinks, finishing up a mystery involving the disappearance of her school's mascot. As Nancy begins searching for her next case, she is suddenly drawn back to her hometown by a mysterious letter relating to the death of her mother. Back in Bayport, Nancy reunites with her old friends and rallies the group to aid her investigation. The artwork throughout the entire graphic novel is gorgeous, I'm a huge fan of Jess St. Onge's style. The story is filled with interesting twists and a diverse cast of characters. Though the plot didn't completely thrill me, I was definitely hooked by the cliffhanger and I will be looking forward to the next installment. I received my copy of Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom from Diamond Book Distributors via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Kate Buechler

    All I ask from a Nancy Drew reboot is a legit plus sized Bess and a queer George and this book had both.

  14. 5 out of 5

    rachel

    a solid attempt to freshen up and modernise nancy drew ➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[racism mentioned, dubcon, suicide mentioned, recreational drug use, overdose mentioned, hospital, death of a mother recounted, murder, gun violence, kidnapping, and hostage sitation. Note: The dubcon concerns a scene where a sc under the influence of recreational drugs kisses a sober mc (hide spoiler)] . ▷ Representation: Bess (mc) is plus-sized; George (mc) is sapphic; Pete (li) is Black & Mexican. ◯ Rev a solid attempt to freshen up and modernise nancy drew ➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[racism mentioned, dubcon, suicide mentioned, recreational drug use, overdose mentioned, hospital, death of a mother recounted, murder, gun violence, kidnapping, and hostage sitation. Note: The dubcon concerns a scene where a sc under the influence of recreational drugs kisses a sober mc (hide spoiler)] . ▷ Representation: Bess (mc) is plus-sized; George (mc) is sapphic; Pete (li) is Black & Mexican. ◯ Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Blog • Goodreads • Twitter • Instagram

  15. 4 out of 5

    Derryn

    A fun female lead GN with a pretty predictable mystery. ❤ The art style was beautiful and I love the gothic Nancy drew A fun female lead GN with a pretty predictable mystery. ❤️ The art style was beautiful and I love the gothic Nancy drew

  16. 5 out of 5

    Manon the Malicious

    *4.25 Stars* I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have never read the Nancy Drew novels, however this was my second ND graphic novel though to be honest, I don't really remember the other one. In this book, Nancy is 17 and doesn't live in the same city she used to, where she lived with her mother before her death. But she goes back when she receives an anonymous letter and reconnects with all her friends. Then a lot of things happen, including cadavres, explosions, *4.25 Stars* I was provided an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I have never read the Nancy Drew novels, however this was my second ND graphic novel though to be honest, I don't really remember the other one. In this book, Nancy is 17 and doesn't live in the same city she used to, where she lived with her mother before her death. But she goes back when she receives an anonymous letter and reconnects with all her friends. Then a lot of things happen, including cadavres, explosions, drugs and kisses. This was really good. I really got into the story, loved the characters and their relationships. I just loved the way it was told, the plot really kept me on edge and I felt a connection to the characters I rarely get when reading comic books. I'm gonna be on the lookout for more books from this author and from this illustrator too because I really loved the art.

  17. 5 out of 5

    April

    I grew up reading Nancy Drew, so I was very curious and anxious to delve into this graphic novel. It did not disappoint! The storyline and plot was very engrossing and enjoyable and the illustrations absolutely gorgeous. I loved that the Hardy Boys were also brought in, which leant another intriguing layer to the story.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Jen Petro-Roy

    Enjoyable! I loved that they made Bess a lot tougher.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Meg

    I freaking love Nancy Drew.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jess

    I read this in one sitting and I'm absolutely obsessed. I've been a Nancy Drew fan since I was a girl, mainly of the point-and-click video games but also the novels, and let me tell you: The Palace of Wisdom doesn't disappoint. The art is gorgeous, they've nailed Nancy both with her looks and the bad-ass attitude, and—I can't stress this enough—I love the modern changes they've made to Nancy's backstory and the characters. I mean, sapphic George with a WOC girlfriend? Nancy having a crush on an a I read this in one sitting and I'm absolutely obsessed. I've been a Nancy Drew fan since I was a girl, mainly of the point-and-click video games but also the novels, and let me tell you: The Palace of Wisdom doesn't disappoint. The art is gorgeous, they've nailed Nancy both with her looks and the bad-ass attitude, and—I can't stress this enough—I love the modern changes they've made to Nancy's backstory and the characters. I mean, sapphic George with a WOC girlfriend? Nancy having a crush on an adorable mexican-black boy? Bess as a chubby woman who is not only desirable and desired, but a key player in the story? SIGN. ME. UP. I really hope they make more of these, because that cliffhanger was evil and I need another series, stat.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Katherine

    The edgy/hipster Nancy Drew reboot I didn't know I needed.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Margaret

    I love these characters so much!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Nancy gets a threatening letter that calls her back to her hometown of River Heights in this updated version of Nancy Drew. I really liked the characters and their interactions. Along with Bess, George, the Hardy boys, and a new friend, Nancy must face some of her past in order to solve a dangerous, new murder case. The teens are funny, smart, and back each other up. Ready to read the next one!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Meghan

    Thank you Netgalley and Dynamite Entertainment for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom by Kelly Thompson (author) and Jenn St. Onge (illustrator)  Published : March 27th? April 2nd? March 20th? So many conflicting dates. Read : March 2019 Format : ebook ARC Genre : mystery, YA, graphic novel Rating : 5/5 Moose Synopsis  Nancy Drew is led back to her home town for the first time since her mother died. In fact, someone is hinting that there m Thank you Netgalley and Dynamite Entertainment for an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review! Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom by Kelly Thompson (author) and Jenn St. Onge (illustrator)  Published : March 27th? April 2nd? March 20th? So many conflicting dates. Read : March 2019 Format : ebook ARC Genre : mystery, YA, graphic novel Rating : 5/5 Moose Synopsis  Nancy Drew is led back to her home town for the first time since her mother died. In fact, someone is hinting that there may be a mystery surrounding her mother's death. With the help of her old friends - Bess Martin, George Fayne, Danica, and even the Hardy Boys! - she dives head first into figuring out what happened all those years ago. Characters Nancy Drew - teen detective Bess Martin - Nancy's best friend. Kind hearted, always underestimated George Fayne - Nancy's best friend. Tough exterior, marshmallow center. Willing to yell at Nancy when she's being stupid. Joe Hardy - Half of the Hardy boys, and in love with Bess Frank Hardy - the other half of the Hardy Boys Rants, Raves, and Thoughts  Hi, yes, Andrew Fleming? This is how you modernize Nancy Drew. Not keeping her in an oddly old fashioned outfit, very weird from everyone else (but still endearing). You just let her be Nancy, in her intelligent and fashionable way. I love everything about this comic. The beginning in media res of Nancy solving a mystery for her school, her team of crime fighting helpers who....aren't Bess and George what? But we quickly find out it's because Nancy ran away after some stuff went down and has lost touch with her friends. Then she receives a creepy letter that leads her back home to explore the death of her mother. Very, very Nancy Drew. Not overly gory or gross (the one body found is mostly off screen) and the overall tone is very cozy mysteries for teens. And I mean that in the best way possible. All the characters are updated - George isn't just coded to be a lesbian, she actually is openly one. She's still tough and willing to yell at Nancy, which is exactly what she needs. There's even a scene where George says "if I stop hugging you, I'll start yelling" which made me actually laugh out loud. Bess, George's cousin, is still the sweetest, kindest, and nicest of the bunch, but she is less damsel in distress and terrified. She's more bad ass and easy to underestimate. Plus she's on the larger side, something that isn't a plot point at all, but it's nice to see. And her relationship with Joe Hardy is swoon worthy. I wasn't much of a Hardy Boys fan as a kid - I think I read one or two? And those may have just been the Nancy/Hardy Boy cross over. Still, their personalities come through, reminding me a little of the series I maybe read as a kid. Also, Frank is really hot I am so sorry. I also was under the impression that they were twins, but I am wrong about this? There is a great discussion between Bess and Joe about not wanting to disappoint Nancy and the look she'll give if you do - seriously, this book is wonderful for the nostalgia while also being great for anyone who didn't read Nancy Drew growing up. It doesn't rely heavily on knowing anything about her or the series as it updates and makes it new. And while I definitely expected Ned to show up, I was pleasantly surprised by the boy Paul who did. No more info about him though - you need to read it to find out! But he's the other guy in the picture, if you've been looking and scratching your head. Final Moments I'm just going to point out Nancy's fashion again: [gallery ids="5470,5468" type="rectangular"] I want to figure out how to get my hair to look like this, which I know has to be impossible. And again that this is the best crime fighting crew: If you aren't intrigued by now, this comic isn't for you. Just.... Dynamic, can we get issue 6 ASAP? That cliffhanger!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shantavia

    I received an ARC of this on NetGalley. I really enjoyed this book. This is a more modern version of Nancy Drew and it features some LGBT+ if that is something that you are looking for in a book. This was the first Nancy Drew novel that I ever read, simply because I was more of a Hardy Boys girl. I grew up reading all of the Hardy Boys books, so imagine my surprise and happiness when I discovered that the Hardy Boys were in this graphic novel! I really enjoyed the story over all. Of course, they I received an ARC of this on NetGalley. I really enjoyed this book. This is a more modern version of Nancy Drew and it features some LGBT+ if that is something that you are looking for in a book. This was the first Nancy Drew novel that I ever read, simply because I was more of a Hardy Boys girl. I grew up reading all of the Hardy Boys books, so imagine my surprise and happiness when I discovered that the Hardy Boys were in this graphic novel! I really enjoyed the story over all. Of course, they all have to solve a mystery and that was intriguing. I do think the plot could have been developed more than it was; it seemed a bit rushed because it's not supposed to be a long book. I personally would have preferred a longer and more thought out book. Recommend: I recommend this book to anyone who loves Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys, anyone who enjoys graphic novels, and anyone who enjoys mysteries. Rating: 4/5

  26. 5 out of 5

    Aspen Bassett

    Yeah, I'll definitely be reading more of this. This modernized Nancy Drew fits the girl in my head better than any other story. She's tough, she's clever, and she's confident. When Nancy has to travel to her own hometown and reunite with Bess, George, and the Hardy Boys to solve a cold case involving her mom, I felt like grown up me was returning too. Things had changed and yet, in a way, nothing had changed. It was both new and comforting. I grew up reading Nancy Drew and playing every single H Yeah, I'll definitely be reading more of this. This modernized Nancy Drew fits the girl in my head better than any other story. She's tough, she's clever, and she's confident. When Nancy has to travel to her own hometown and reunite with Bess, George, and the Hardy Boys to solve a cold case involving her mom, I felt like grown up me was returning too. Things had changed and yet, in a way, nothing had changed. It was both new and comforting. I grew up reading Nancy Drew and playing every single Her Interactive Nancy Drew game (you know, before they betrayed all the fans) so this issue was perfect for me.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    This is a fun reimagined graphic novel of one of the most beloved fictional character of American mystery series! Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom revamps the young detective for the new generation. This novel follows a 17-year-old Nancy who receives a mysterious letter which prompts her to travel back to her hometown. With her detective skills on hand, she will have to find out which are still her friends, her enemies, and who is trying to kill her. Full Review on my blog: https://levicorpvsblog. This is a fun reimagined graphic novel of one of the most beloved fictional character of American mystery series! Nancy Drew: The Palace of Wisdom revamps the young detective for the new generation. This novel follows a 17-year-old Nancy who receives a mysterious letter which prompts her to travel back to her hometown. With her detective skills on hand, she will have to find out which are still her friends, her enemies, and who is trying to kill her. Full Review on my blog: https://levicorpvsblog.wordpress.com/...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Myrage

    Thanks to Kelly Thompson, Dynamite Entertainment and NetGalley for sending me this free copy in exchange for an honest review. 4 stars I'd never read a Nancy Drew book before. Shame on me. I know. But, I'm French and Nancy Drew wasn't as popular in France when I was growing up so... Not my fault, really ! But since my teenage years, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and when I saw Nancy Drew : The Palace of Wisdom on NetGalley, I just had to have it ! Seriously : A Nancy, all grown-up, Thanks to Kelly Thompson, Dynamite Entertainment and NetGalley for sending me this free copy in exchange for an honest review. 4 stars I'd never read a Nancy Drew book before. Shame on me. I know. But, I'm French and Nancy Drew wasn't as popular in France when I was growing up so... Not my fault, really ! But since my teenage years, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about and when I saw Nancy Drew : The Palace of Wisdom on NetGalley, I just had to have it ! Seriously : A Nancy, all grown-up, comes back to Bayport to solve a mystery with her former crime-solving buddies and a sexy AF new character... Tell me it doesn't sound awesome to you ? It's a Graphic Novel, so I find it hard to review. But I loved it. The art was gorgeous. I'm a big fan of this "simplistic and colorful" art style. I didn't know anything about Nancy and her crew going in, so I can say if they acted on par with their younger selves, but I really liked every single one of them. Nancy was my favorite, obviously, but I also had a soft sport for Pete who I found adorable. You can also feel that the all have a long history with one another and I think that's what made this Graphic Novel so great. The plot was simple but enjoyable. I didn't found the culprit before Nancy, but I think I wasn't supposed to. In my opinion, Nancy Drew novels (or at least this one) is more about Nancy's adventure than about the mystery in itself. What I mean by that is that there's no clue you, as a reader, are supposed to pick on in order to solve the mystery before or alongside Nancy and her friends. It's more like you are here to enjoy the process and the adventure. I quite liked that actually. I'm not a big Thiller/Crime reader (I would love to!) so I'm really bad at figuring out clues anyway, so it made my life easier that way. And that ending... I'm confused, I'm shocked, I want to know more ! So yeah, I guess I'm hooked now and I'll have to wait for the next book to come out. GIVE IT TO ME PLEASE

  29. 5 out of 5

    Hanna

    I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley. All thoughts are still my own. Shall we start with the obvious? Artwork! I really, really enjoyed all the artworks in this one! Especially the extra ones in between chapters and at the end of the book. Those are so gorgeous that I could spend a whole day watching them. I did really like the actual graphics too. The pictures are great and clear and lively, if that makes any sense. But the one thing that really bothered me in the arts were the texts. A I received an eARC of this book from Netgalley. All thoughts are still my own. Shall we start with the obvious? Artwork! I really, really enjoyed all the artworks in this one! Especially the extra ones in between chapters and at the end of the book. Those are so gorgeous that I could spend a whole day watching them. I did really like the actual graphics too. The pictures are great and clear and lively, if that makes any sense. But the one thing that really bothered me in the arts were the texts. At some points it just didn't fit in the bubble which made it really hard to read and kind of left me guessing the correct word for the part. Either the bubbles should have been bigger or the font just a tad smaller. The story though! Gosh I didn't realize how much I missed Nancy Drew before I read this one. And as a graphic novel even! Probably made the whole experience even better. Nancy was just like herself. Her little posse is a great mix of different types of people. Nerdy ones, the good girls etc, you get what I'm trying to say, right? The storyline grabbed my attention from the very beginning and kept me interested in the book the whole time. Never once did I just want to quit reading, quite the opposite. Yet I still hoped for something more. It felt too short for my liking. A little rushed, even. I know I like fast paced books but Nancy Drew was a little too fast paced. In one second we were at Nancy's new home, with her new posse and the next second she was already back at her old town with her old posse, all deep in this mystery. Pretty much just as fast it was all solved. The ending. Let me just tell you that that cliffhanger was bad! I don't even know if there's another one coming out and if there is, when is it coming? Because I needed it like yesterday! It was kind of that bad, the cliffhanger. All in all this was an amazing fast read to get me finish at least one book every now and then but also one that didn't need that much brain work to read and understand what's going on.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ruthsic

    In this modern comic of Nancy Drew, she is a high school detective solving crimes like the theft of a mascot, when lured back to her hometown with a threatening letter and a cold case. Nancy Drew's mother's accident the year prior is the reason she comes back to investigate, and coming back means reuniting with her friends. As she tries to find out who could have sent the letter, she is roped into solving a cold case that goes back years - with many women of the town as victims. I'll get one thi In this modern comic of Nancy Drew, she is a high school detective solving crimes like the theft of a mascot, when lured back to her hometown with a threatening letter and a cold case. Nancy Drew's mother's accident the year prior is the reason she comes back to investigate, and coming back means reuniting with her friends. As she tries to find out who could have sent the letter, she is roped into solving a cold case that goes back years - with many women of the town as victims. I'll get one thing out of the way first - some pages of the comic didn't seem to have any dialogue at all, even though there were expressions and gestures that made it seem like they were (and in a couple of cases, empty speech bubbles) - heck, the last page was one such anomaly, which was worse because ending! So, I feel some things were lost and some things weren't explained. Also, the story doesn't make any attempt to explain the rift between her and her friends, or why George was so mad at her (can't be just because she failed to keep in touch) or why Nancy left the town (did she move?) - I'm not even sure if this was supposed to be the first volume or not, or if I am missing something. Granted, it had much more important things like a murder mystery to set up, but I felt that was an important part of characterization that was glossed over. The characters are casually diverse, though, which was a good addition to the story. The artwork is simple, yet detailed enough, and the vibrancy was apt for the setting. The mystery was also good, and I loved how Nancy solved various problems that arose during solving it. Overall, it is a good volume and I look forward to more. Is it diverse? When it comes to main character Nancy? No. But it has a lesbian secondary character with a black girl as her love interest, and a fat secondary character and a Mexican-Black boy as Nancy's crush. Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Dynamite Entertainment, via Edelweiss.

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