Saturday, April 26, 2008


Rating : 3.5/5
Number of Pages : 160
Number in Series : #1 Nightmares and Fairy Tales
Reason for Reading : Graphic Novel Challenge, Once Upon a Time II Challenge and just because it looked interesting

A collection of six dark comics telling the stories of life seen through the eyes of Annabell, a little rag doll as she changes owners. After witnessing the gruesome demise and violence surrounding her owners, Annabell believes herself to be cursed. Later owners begin to be able to hear her warnings and she discovers she may be able to help the innocent after all.

The first two tales are about Morgan who is dating Dominique who claimes to be a vampire. She stays with a friend when things start to get creepy, but wakes up to find him dead next to her along with his housemate. She is taken to a mental institution when it turns out Dominique is dead and branded insane, all because she refused Dominique's gift of immortality. The third tale shows Dominique in a nunnery giving birth. Her son is taken to his adoptive parents, but has possibly been sacrificed to monsters in the attic. It shows Dominiques origins and the truth behind her earlier claimes. Annabelle then meets Snow in the fourth tale with a look at Snow White before helping Gwen in the fifth tale. Gwen is moving to a new house with her parents that seems haunted. There are monsters in her closet and her neighbour gives her Annabell to protect her. The real monsters aren't in her closet however, and Annabell is able to protect her from her parents until her neighbour rescues her. It seems Gwen is the first to hear Annabelle. The final tale looks at Annabelle's role in Cinderella's life.

This was a beautiful collection. The tales were quite short and simple, but chilling and stuck in the mind afterwards. The illustrations by FSc are beautiful and it is worth reading for those alone. It leans more towards horror than fairy tale and is possibly more suited to female readers as it is always woman who seem to own Annabelle.

12 comments:

Nicola said...

This looks really interesting. I love the cover! I wish my library carried more than just a handful of graphic novels.

Nymeth said...

I'm going to order this one from the Amazon Market place soon. I've had a single issue of the comic for ages and I've wanted to read more ever since. It really sounds like my kind of thing!

Trish said...

Very haunting! I'm a little bit of a wimp (had to close my eyes at the end of Sweeny Todd because the excessive gore was getting to me), but I love fairytales retold.

Carl V. said...

I love Nightmares and Fairytales. I have purchased almost all of the run of comics in the series. The art is always incredible and the stories range from good to great but have never been a disappointment. They are haunting and eerie and chilling and delightful all at the same time. Sadly the series is ending in the next few months with issue 23 I believe. Serena Valentino has turned into my consistent heartbreaker as she ends series much sooner than I want them to end. First Gloomcookie and now this.

Becky said...

It looks quite interesting. I'm not sure it's quite my style, but I enjoyed your review.

Alessandra said...

Thank you for the great review! I'd love to read this book.

Tasses said...

This sounds like something my daughter might like, but a bit too scary for this chicken ;-) Thanks for the info.

(Jumped here from the Bookworms Carnival)

Lightheaded said...

Gee, is that a gothy rag doll on the cover? I'm sold already! I wish this one's available here though.

Mrs S said...

Wow this sounds intriguing but also a little creepy!

Amanda said...

Wow! How interesting and creepy! I agree with Nicola that library's need to carry more graphic novels. It's sometimes even hard to find them in some book stores. Great review!

bookroomreviews said...

Love the creepy cover. I enjoyed your review:)

Rebecca Reid said...

A story from the eyes of a child seems like an interesting take on things!