Author: Noelle Stevenson
Publication Date: 12. May 2015
Rating: 5/5. Stars
Diversity: LGBT rep, Disabled rep
Summary: Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.
But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.
Ballister Blackheart, the kingdom’s villain, gets a new sidekick, Nimona, who happens to be a shapeshifter able to take the form of any animate creature or person. Together they decide to uncover the government’s dark secret.
Ballister is an unconventional villain, he doesn’t like to kill or really injure anybody, whereas Nimona doesn’t care who she hurts, after all how are kingdoms destroyed otherwise? These two are very different in many ways and so their relationship is fascinating (and super funny, I mean seriously, they work so well together, but also argue a lot because of their different methods, it’s just so great!!). I also loved that Nimona is a shapeshifter that could take on any form she wants, but decided to take on the body of a plus-sized girl (and sometimes a shark. A shark with boobs. I still love her a lot).
Ballister is heavily implied to have been in a relationship with Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin, his former colleague, now nemesis. Their relationship is super interesting as well, due to their conflicted past. (The ending is super adorable, though. I mean it also killed me because it’s so sad, but it’s also cute.)
The art is very special and kind of weirded me out at first, but just as the character it grows on you and in the end you can’t help but love it. I also liked that there were first design attempts for the characters in the end of the book so you could see how they had changed.
There’s also a lot of funny scenes, full of witty humor and banter that left me smiling, sometimes even laughing aloud.
All in all: if you are looking for a book with a plus-sized MC, great characters and even better relationships, amazing writing, awesome art and something to make you happy: this is it!