I was excited to see this second installment in writer Holly Black and illustrator Ted Naifeh's collaborative Good Neighbors teen graphic novel series. The first volume, Kin, was an intriguing start to the series, and I've been wondering what was going to happen to Rue, our heroine, who discovered some disturbing truths about her life in the first book.
I have to mention how delighted I was to open this book and find a one-page synopsis titled "What Has Come Before." It gives a summary of the first book, which I appreciated because with all the books I read, a refresher comes in handy and gives me a framework for the current story. Thank you, Holly Black!
The first book in this series set the stage and introduced the characters. This second book sees events swing into full motion. Rue is having a difficult time of it all around, and her struggles make for a compelling tale. Naifeh's stark and shadowy black-and-white illustrations combine perfectly with the text to create an atmospheric depiction of the story. Once again, the book ends at a crucial moment in Rue's life, leaving me waiting impatiently for the next installment in the series.
Books in The Good Neighbors series:1. Kin
Kith (#2 in The Good Neighbors series) by Holly Black and Ted Naifeh (Graphix, 2009)
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Books Gardens & Dogs: "If you have never thought about reading a graphic novel, think again. The story is very captivating, although I do recommend that you start with Kin, the first book in the series."
Book Reviews and More: "The story that started strong and compelling in book one, becomes even better in this follow-up story. The characters are enticing and draw the readers in, and the artwork is incredible."
The Ninja Librarian: "Its a quick book, but it's chock full of interesting twists and turns. The art is always cool as well - seems very much like a sketchbook of ink drawings."