Graphic Novel Review: Alison Dare

Graphic Novel Review: Alison DareAlison Dare, The Heart of the Maiden by J. Torres, Jason Bone
Series: Alison Dare #2
Published by Tundra Books on May 11th 2010
Genres: Graphic Novel
Pages: 104
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Alison Dare: Indiana Jones meets Lara Croft in fabulous, graphic adventures.Alison Dare is not your typical twelve-year-old. She's the daughter of an archaeologist/adventurer and the masked hero known as the Blue Scarab. To top it off, she's also the niece of an international super-spy; it's no surprise that a craving for danger is in her blood! Unfortunately, her parents have locked her away at the prestigious St. Joan's Academy for Girls, hoping that this would lead to a more "normal" life for their daughter.

But despite all the strict rules at the school, Alison and her best pals - Wendy and Dot - somehow manage to find themselves involved in adventures that rival those of Alison's globetrotting, planet-saving relatives. Whether it's magic genies, super-powered bank robbers, or a dastardly baron bent on world domination, Alison Dare delivers the best thrills since Indiana Jones and more action than Lara Croft! 

Alison Dare: The Heart of the Maiden is an exciting and action packed graphic novel aimed at younger readers. With a famous archaeologist for a mother and a superhero father, Alison Dare has some mighty big shoes to fill.

The Heart of the Maiden is an interesting introduction to the Dare family. Told in mini-episodic stories, the novel is sure to keep a younger reader's attention. But for me, it was a little all over the place. It seemed that every time I would get into the flow of the novel, the episode would be over and on to something else. Thankfully, this did not occur for the whole novel. As the novel progressed, the story-lines merged into one coherent story-line allowing me to really feel connected with the overall story.

The Heart of the Maiden is a novel that I would definitely recommend for younger teens. It has plenty of action, fun characters, and is full of adventures. However, for readers 16+, this series may be a little juvenile for you.

Alison Dare: Little Miss Adventures

Alison Dare is not your typical 12-year-old. The daughter of an archeologist/adventurer and the masked hero known as the Blue Scarab (and the niece of an international super-spy), Alison's life has always been different from other girls her age. A craving for danger is in her blood. Unfortunately, her parents have locked her away at the prestigious St. Joan of Arc Academy for Girls, hoping that this would lead to a more "normal" life for their daughter. But despite all the strict rules at the school, Alison and her best pals — Wendy and Dot — somehow manage to get into adventures that rival those of Alison's globetrotting, planet-saving relatives.

Alison Dare: Little Miss Adventures is a collection of three exciting tales: The Arabian Knights, The Secret of the Blue Scarab, and The Mummy Child.

Honestly, I went into Little Miss Adventures a little wary. While I did enjoy the first novel, it was a little all over the place for my liking. Thankfully, Little Miss Adventures puts the series on the right track. Each story was a lot of fun to read, and gave a nice amount of back story for Dare family. In comparing the two novels, I must admit that Little Miss Adventures was a vast improvement for me. I thoroughly enjoyed Alison's (mis)adventures, and the humor that is sprinkled in.

Alison Dare: Little Miss Adventures shines as an excellent graphic novel series for younger readers. Each adventure is a lot of fun and will have young girls dying for an adventure of their own. If the series continues in this manner, I will definitely be seeing more of Alison Dare in the future.

 

To accompany this really fun blog tour, Tundra Books is hosting an amazing contest for a prize pack of the Alison Dare books.

For those wanting to participate, you basically have to print out a picture of Alison and add your own personal caption. Here is what I came up with:

 

 

Genie… when I said I wanted to go to a galaxy far, far away… I did NOT mean this one!!

 
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5 responses to “Graphic Novel Review: Alison Dare

  1. I love the sound ot this book even if it’s for young readers; Well, I’m a girl who still enjoy the fairly odd parentes so this book might be a huge adventure to me.

    Amazing review 🙂 .

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