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Bloodlust and Bonnets
Bloodlust and Bonnets | Emily McGovern
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Georgette Heyer meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer in this smart, funny graphic novel by Emily McGovern, the award-winning author of My Life as a Background Slytherin. The year is 1820, and bored young debutante Lucy knows there must be more to life than embroidery and engagements - no matter how eligible the bachelor might be. Some bachelors, she has discovered, are less 'eligible' than they are 'bloodthirsty,' however... literally. It turns out that there are a lot of vampires in late-Regency England, and Lucy has an eye for spotting them and the desire to rid the world of them. It's not long before Lady Violet Travesty, leader of a mysterious vampire cult, spots Lucy's talents and offers her a place amongst her vampire acolytes. Unfortunately, Lady Violent is most horribly slain by the famous Lord Byron before Lucy can accept. Lucy instead joins Lord Byron and his enormous, psychic eagle Napoleon in their ongoing fight against evils such as bloodsucking ghouls and bad taste. Before long they're joined by the mysterious Sham, an androgynous bounty hunter, who catches Lucys eye. The trio lie, flirt, fight and manipulate each other as they make their way across Britain, disrupting society balls, slaying vampires, and making every effort not to betray their feelings to each other as their personal and romantic lives become increasingly entangled. A balm for the soul for readers who love Gail Carriger's Parasol Protectorate series, novels by Eloisa James and Jane Austen, and the action and adventure of Xena, Warrior Princess, Bloodlust & Bonnets is the most modern action-heavy love-story set two hundred years ago that you'll read this year.
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kathrynhoss
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This was a fun read full of adventure, cartoonish violence, friendship, romance, and gender exploration. Both Lucy and Lord Byron crossdress at various points for ~subterfuge purposes~, and Sham appears to be nonbinary. It did bum me out that all the characters call Sham “she“ or “he.“ It's not like Sham ever requests certain pronouns, and I know people weren't using “they“ or “ze“ in the 1800s, but they also weren't hunting vampires, so ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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RiaWritten
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I absolutely adored this. I can't decide if it was high or low brow humor and that is 100% ok with me.

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RiaWritten
Bloodlust and Bonnets | Emily McGovern
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I have so far only read the prologue and I am CACKLING. This is a good one, folks.

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TheAromaofBooks
Bloodlust and Bonnets | Emily McGovern
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Sometimes I purchase a book to show support and gratitude towards an author, even if I'm not sure the book is really for me. I've enjoyed McGovern's webcomic (My Life as a Background Slytherin - SO funny) for years - for free - so I felt it was only right to purchase her first book, a graphic novel about Regency-era vampire hunters! As I suspected, it was an entertaining one-time read for me, but not a classic I will revisit time and again.

TheAromaofBooks This one will be heading for the giveaway box, so if you are interested in a snarky, colorful, blood-splattered (not literally) graphic novel, just let me know and I'll be happy to send it your way! 3mo
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rachelsbrittain
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I enjoyed this-- not nearly as much as My Life as a Background Slytherin (McGovern's webcomic), but still a fun read overall. Lucy, Sham, and Lord Byron (yes that Byron) team up to track down a vampire. Except Lucy doesn't want to track her down so much as be turned by her. And she's definitely not the only one keeping secrets. The story felt a bit rambling at times, but the humor was very dry and I enjoy some good Regency vampire humor.

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rachelsbrittain
Bloodlust and Bonnets | Emily McGovern
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The creator of My Life as a Background Slytherin is coming out with a full length graphic novel that sounds pretty awesome

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