Sunday, April 15, 2012

Tour Review: Nuncio and the Gypsy Girl

Nuncio and the Gypsy GirlTitle:  Nuncio and the Gypsy Girl
Author:  Kristin Alexandre
Illustrated by:  Tom Leopp
Where I got it:  From the blog tour, in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Summary:
Intense, passionate, and thrilling—Nuncio is a romantic thriller series for anyone wanting a good read (or even perhaps a good television series). Come on this journey filled with drama and mystery. Nuncio is a romantic thriller based on the intense and passionate relationship between Ezra, a composer and the insightful and lustful gypsy girl Neci. This graphic novel series is narrated by the magical African Grey Parrot, Nuncio and takes place at the turn of the Century.

Neci, the young and willful gypsy, is willing to risk everything to fulfill her need to be with Ezra, the object of her affection. She feels a calling to protect Ezra from his love, Marlene, a beautiful pianist. We hear her mental wanderings and feel her pain as she struggles to make a place for herself in Ezra’s world. She feels no connection to girls her own age and Ezra struggles to resist her allure. This drama and romantic thriller is based on real people and real events that take place between 1912-1960. Ezra interacts with Orville Wright, Charles Kettering and Elbert Hubbard, celebrities from the day.

My Thoughts:tourbutton
We all know that I don’t generally read graphic novels or comics (same thing I think) because they’re so short that it’s hard to connect with the characters and the story, and because I find following those little speech bubbles a tad difficult.  :-)  However, Nuncio and the Gypsy Girl sounded really interesting, so I was more than happy to give it a chance, and I am pretty glad I did.

Granted, my challenges with graphic novels still apply here, but I really enjoyed the story line anyway.  It’s actually narrated by Nuncio, a magical parrot, which I found pretty cool.  The story follows Neci and Ezra – Neci is a free spirited gypsy determined to get Ezra to fall in love with her, and Ezra is a musician who wants to be a success.  And he thinks Neci is too young for him.  When Ezra meets up with another musician, Neci tries to talk him out of his engagement, as Nuncio has been spying on Ezra the whole time, and Neci is convinced that something’s off with this woman.

This is an amazingly well illustrated graphic novel – I loved the pictures, and they really set the stage for me in following the story.  And I have to say, this looked fantastic on my iPad!  Plus, the story was pretty cool as well.  Gypsies are neat!  Nuncio and the Gypsy girl is the first in a trilogy, and just released today – if you’re at all interested in graphic novels of a historical nature, I would definitely recommend this.

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