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Acclaimed New York Times Bestselling author Charlaine Harris, the writer of the Sookie Stackhouse series, has joined the Dynamite Entertainment family with the first book of her hit Harper Connelly series, Grave Sight. For the past five years, readers have been thrilled by the Harper Connelly series which follows a woman who has what you might call a strange job: she finds Acclaimed New York Times Bestselling author Charlaine Harris, the writer of the Sookie Stackhouse series, has joined the Dynamite Entertainment family with the first book of her hit Harper Connelly series, Grave Sight. For the past five years, readers have been thrilled by the Harper Connelly series which follows a woman who has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who's passed, and share their very last moment. The way Harper sees it, she's providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living - but she's used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her step-brother, Tolliver, as manager and sometime-bodyguard, she's become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it's always urgent - even if the dead can wait forever. At the age of 15, Harper Connelly was struck by lightning, an event that gave her the ability to find the dead and see how they died. Since then, Harper's scratched out a living selling her services to anyone with a checkbook. It's not the best life, but it beats the alternative - at least until Harper and her brother Tolliver roll into Sarne, Arkansas and find themselves embroiled in a murder mystery!


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Acclaimed New York Times Bestselling author Charlaine Harris, the writer of the Sookie Stackhouse series, has joined the Dynamite Entertainment family with the first book of her hit Harper Connelly series, Grave Sight. For the past five years, readers have been thrilled by the Harper Connelly series which follows a woman who has what you might call a strange job: she finds Acclaimed New York Times Bestselling author Charlaine Harris, the writer of the Sookie Stackhouse series, has joined the Dynamite Entertainment family with the first book of her hit Harper Connelly series, Grave Sight. For the past five years, readers have been thrilled by the Harper Connelly series which follows a woman who has what you might call a strange job: she finds dead people. She can sense the final location of a person who's passed, and share their very last moment. The way Harper sees it, she's providing a service to the dead while bringing some closure to the living - but she's used to most people treating her like a blood-sucking leech. Traveling with her step-brother, Tolliver, as manager and sometime-bodyguard, she's become an expert at getting in, getting paid, and getting out fast. Because for the living it's always urgent - even if the dead can wait forever. At the age of 15, Harper Connelly was struck by lightning, an event that gave her the ability to find the dead and see how they died. Since then, Harper's scratched out a living selling her services to anyone with a checkbook. It's not the best life, but it beats the alternative - at least until Harper and her brother Tolliver roll into Sarne, Arkansas and find themselves embroiled in a murder mystery!

30 review for Grave Sight, Part 1

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anne

    Seems as though a lot of books are getting the graphic novel treatment lately. Unfortunately, not many of them are all that good. This one is no exception. I was never a huge fan of the Grave Sight series to start with, so that may have colored my opinion somewhat. Or maybe it's just sucky? One thing I really find annoying is that they always break the book up into volumes when they turn it into a graphic novel. Teeny-tiny volumes. As in, it takes 15 minutes to read the whole thing. What a rip-off Seems as though a lot of books are getting the graphic novel treatment lately. Unfortunately, not many of them are all that good. This one is no exception. I was never a huge fan of the Grave Sight series to start with, so that may have colored my opinion somewhat. Or maybe it's just sucky? One thing I really find annoying is that they always break the book up into volumes when they turn it into a graphic novel. Teeny-tiny volumes. As in, it takes 15 minutes to read the whole thing. What a rip-off. Don't waste your time on this unless you're just a huge fan of the series.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Emily May

    Reading this comic series is my excuse not to put myself through any lengthy Charlaine Harris disappointments again. I've repeatedly thought about reading her Harper Conolly series, but everyone says it's not as good as the Sookie novels and even those have gone massively downhill. So the easy way out is to read the graphic novels - you get the general gist of what's happpening without spending hours on a series that is just going to sputter out and die towards the end. As it happens, I thought t Reading this comic series is my excuse not to put myself through any lengthy Charlaine Harris disappointments again. I've repeatedly thought about reading her Harper Conolly series, but everyone says it's not as good as the Sookie novels and even those have gone massively downhill. So the easy way out is to read the graphic novels - you get the general gist of what's happpening without spending hours on a series that is just going to sputter out and die towards the end. As it happens, I thought this was a decent opening and I look forward to reading further installments condensed into graphic novel format. Harper Conolly was struck by lightning as a child and has gained the strange ability to locate dead people and sense how they died, sounds interesting enough and so far it is. Harper Conolly, as much as I can tell from a graphic novel, seems a very different character from Sookie Stackhouse. Physically, she reminds me of Lisbeth from The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, no blonde-haired, big-boobed girly-girl here it seems - but then it's hard to get a huge grasp on the characters when reading a graphic novel (one of the downsides). She also seems a lot more of a detached and "I take shit from no one" kind of heroine, which is fine by me. I will definitely look out for more, there wasn't enough here to really rate successfully so I might re-think the 3 stars as the series progresses.

  3. 4 out of 5

    ALPHAreader

    ‘Grave Sight’ is a graphic novel adaptation of the first book in Charlaine Harris’s paranormal ‘Harper Connelly’ series. ‘Sight’ Volume 1 was released in June this year, with two more instalments due for release (the second instalment is coming in September). When she was younger Harper Connelly was struck by lightning. Ever since then, she has been able to ‘sense’ death. If she is near a dead body she can recount the final moments of the corpse’s life, often giving clues as to the where, what, ‘Grave Sight’ is a graphic novel adaptation of the first book in Charlaine Harris’s paranormal ‘Harper Connelly’ series. ‘Sight’ Volume 1 was released in June this year, with two more instalments due for release (the second instalment is coming in September). When she was younger Harper Connelly was struck by lightning. Ever since then, she has been able to ‘sense’ death. If she is near a dead body she can recount the final moments of the corpse’s life, often giving clues as to the where, what, how and who of their death (and often, murder). Harper is the ultimate lemons into lemonade girl, turning her ability into a profession; she (along with her step-brother, Tolliver) tours the country, helping search for missing persons (for a price). When ‘Grave Sight’ begins, Harper finds herself in Sarne Arkansas, helping local law enforcement and a grieving family search for answers in a runaway teen cold case. But the longer Harper and Connelly stay, the messier their investigation gets. Harper finds more mysteries with her ‘sense’ and the longer she stays in town, the murders keep piling up . . . It seems that 2011 is the year of the underappreciated paranormal. I just recently read Volumes 1 and 2 of Richelle Mead’s ‘Dark Swan’ graphic novel, adapted from her least popular paranormal series of the same name (least popular in comparison to ‘Vampire Academy’, mind you!). ‘Harper Connelly’ is the same sort of beleaguered darling of literary juggernaut, Charlaine Harris. Harris’s ‘Southern Vampire: Sookie Stackhouse’ series has been ruling bestseller lists and dominating the box with its HBO ‘True Blood’ TV adaptation. By comparison, Harris’s other work of paranormal fiction is an under-appreciated afterthought. For a little while there was rumblings that ‘Harper’ could be as big as Sookie, especially when CBS bought the film and TV rights to Harris’s work, with every intention of turning it into a TV series. But this year CBS passed on the ‘Harper Connelly’ pilot and it looked as though Harper has missed her time in the spotlight . . . but now the series has been given a new (and better?) revisit, via the ever-popular graphic novel adaptation! I have been a big fan of ‘Harper Connelly’ for years now. It’s not as supernatural as the ‘Sookie’ books – there’s not a vampire or werewolf in sight. But Harper has a somewhat similar ‘ability’ to Sookie, not telepathy, but rather a sixth sense for death. Harper’s world is our world, real life examining the supernatural from a realist perspective – and Harper is a protagonist dealing with other people’s pessimism and blatant distrust of her and her abilities. In this series Charlaine can explore the ‘what if’ aspects of the supernatural in everyday life. The ‘Harper’ series is darker than ‘Sookie’ (or, rather, it’s as dark as the most recent Sookie books). Not only is Harper frequently fleeing from pitch-fork-wielding townies who claim she is a witch, but Harper and Tolliver are dealing with their own grief over a missing person. When they were younger, Harper’s older sister and Tolliver’s step-sister was abducted while walking home from school . . . never to be seen nor heard from again. As Harper tours the country, selling her ability to uncover death, she is always on the lookout for Cameron, hoping that the next body she ‘senses’ will be that of her missing sister. The ‘Harper’ series is dark indeed, as can be expected when it’s all about a woman’s ability to find the truth of death. But this is also a series with real heart – seen in the bond between Harper and Tolliver, and the step-siblings constant hunt for the truth about Cameron’s abduction. This graphic novel adaptation is covering the plot of the first book, ‘Grave Sight’, in three volumes. To be honest, ‘Grave Sight’ is perhaps not the best ‘Harper Connelly’ novel to visually adapt. That first novel is a lot about the nuances and whisperings of the small town of Sarne, Arkansas. In the novel, Harper and Tolliver spend the majority of their time wheeling and dealing with the town folk who hired them to find a missing girl . . . meanwhile, having talks with a few locals who have a few things to say about the missing teen. So in this graphic novel there’s lots of speech boxes and little action. Regardless, I’m quite impressed with William Harms’s screenwriting of Charlaine Harris’s work. There’s lots of back-story about Harper to condense – both about the lightning strike that changed her, and Cameron’s disappearance. Harms uses very poignant storytelling, coupled with some sublime images from Denis Medri, to communicate a lot of story in very few panels. I was also impressed at the way Medri visualized Harper’s ‘sight’. In the novel, Harris writes a visceral experience of the visions that plague Harper when she approaches a dead body . . . Medri has done well to make these visions equally chilling, represented in distinctive blood-red panelling with a mesh-effect to disorientate and frighten. This first instalment of the ‘Grave Sight’ graphic novel is slow-going, but only because of the back story that must be told in order to understand the complicated Harper Connelly. It’s dragged down by a lot of conversation and nuanced double-dealings. But both Medri and Harms shine in the scenes of more action, and eerie flashback. There is promise for a graphic Harper yet. I know that the books get darker, and Harper comes up against some formidable foes – I look forward to these future instalments, because I also know that Harper is an impressive leading lady in her own right. 3.5/5 Written by: Charlaine Harris & William Harms Art by: Denis Medri Colors by: Paolo Francescutto Letters by: Bill Tortolini Cover A by: Benoit Springer Cover B by: Denis Medri Contributing editor: Rich Young Consultation: Ernst Dabel & Les Dabel

  4. 4 out of 5

    Allie

    My first Charlaine Harris. I liked it, but golly -- it's short.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    4.5/5 stars I read the Harper Connelly series years ago and loved it. I just noticed that my library had the first three graphic novels (Grave Sight #1-3) so I grabbed them. If you loved this series then I would recommend reading these graphic novels. The illustrations are gorgeous. And the story is fast-paced and easy to follow. I loved this book. *The graphic novels Grave Sight #1-3 make up the first book (Grave Sight) in the Harper Connelly series. So #1 and 2 end with "to be continued".

  6. 4 out of 5

    Theresa

    Somehow I happened upon Charlaine Harris at BEA 2018 and got an autographed copy of this graphic novel adaption from 2011 of her Harper Connelly series. While the Sookie Stackhouse book series didn’t hold my interest, I thought this was a fabulous format for her supernatural story ideas. After an accident Harper Connelly can sense dead bodies and see how they met their demise. Her and her brother are stuck in a towns drama and a new murder. The art was professional, the story crisp and easy to f Somehow I happened upon Charlaine Harris at BEA 2018 and got an autographed copy of this graphic novel adaption from 2011 of her Harper Connelly series. While the Sookie Stackhouse book series didn’t hold my interest, I thought this was a fabulous format for her supernatural story ideas. After an accident Harper Connelly can sense dead bodies and see how they met their demise. Her and her brother are stuck in a towns drama and a new murder. The art was professional, the story crisp and easy to follow, and it left me wanting the next volume immediately. Fans of iZombie both the graphic novel and TV show will like this too. Language sways adults over teens.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sue Smith

    I enjoyed this one - it actually had a pretty good plot with a satisfying ending! Also can see where it will lead to some interesting future scenarios.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Nico

    3.5 stars. So let me start off by saying I haven't read the novels that this was based on. I know, I know. Big no-no right off the bat. A couple of things put me off this. There was continuous relations and references to Christianity. Let me make this very clear: there is absolutely nothing wrong with Christianity or Christian Lit. That being said, hi, my name's Nico, I'm currently representing my crew of atheists. The constant "Do you think God approves of what you're doing?" was a little annoy 3.5 stars. So let me start off by saying I haven't read the novels that this was based on. I know, I know. Big no-no right off the bat. A couple of things put me off this. There was continuous relations and references to Christianity. Let me make this very clear: there is absolutely nothing wrong with Christianity or Christian Lit. That being said, hi, my name's Nico, I'm currently representing my crew of atheists. The constant "Do you think God approves of what you're doing?" was a little annoying, but it was the "I've asked myself that question every day of my life" answer that just made me roll my eyes. Mmmkay, movin' on. Somethings seemed to happen a little too easily. Her brother getting out of court? Waaayyy too easy. Suspending my disbelief about Harper 'forgetting her wallet'? Yeah, no. But of course the piece de résistance, Hollis showing up at the end there? Really??? It didn't take too much away from the overall story, I just would've liked to see how Harper reacted to a more difficult situation. Speaking of our protagonist, she certainly has a temper. A couple of times I found myself seeing an angry expression looking back at me and being completely confused and having re-reading the last few panels to try and understand why she is ready to punch the Sheriff. I really did enjoy the art though, and the sequencing was very clear. Sometimes I get when authors are trying to make it chaotic and intentionally confusing, but that just generally pisses me off. Epic way to make me dnf it. In any case, this didn't do that, so I digress. The plot held my attention, although I did keep getting characters mixed up with each other, but that's probably because I may or may not be half asleep at the moment. I did enjoy this, so a solid 3.5 stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Nikki Bywater

    When Harper Connolly is struck on the head by lightning, she discovers that she has the ability to find dead people. This becomes her job she gets paid to help people find the bodies of the missing. Harper is an honest, decent and loyal person and she has to face the fact that most people do not believe in what she does and think that she is taking advantage of the bereaved. Harper travels with her stepbrother to the Ozarks, to find a local missing teenager who is believed to be dead. They are mad When Harper Connolly is struck on the head by lightning, she discovers that she has the ability to find dead people. This becomes her job she gets paid to help people find the bodies of the missing. Harper is an honest, decent and loyal person and she has to face the fact that most people do not believe in what she does and think that she is taking advantage of the bereaved. Harper travels with her stepbrother to the Ozarks, to find a local missing teenager who is believed to be dead. They are made to feel unwelcome by most of the locals. Her stepbrother Tolliver ends up unfairly arrested and thrown in jail for no good reason and Harpers own life is put under threat. Who would go to such lengths to want Harper and Tolliver out of the way to stop the truth from being revealed? This is a great paranormal mystery. It only touches lightly on the paranormal so is not a scary or creepy story. The books main focus is on the main character Harper Connolly who comes across as a person who has come to terms with her unique ability, but has to deal with people who doubt it. It’s an interesting and original storyline that comes to a satisfying conclusion.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Holly Letson

    At age 15, Harper Connelly was struck by lightning. Ever since then, she can sense dead people's presence whenever she is around them, and can also tell how they they died. The catch to this is that she cannot tell who killed them. As an adult, she is pursuing this as a job, and her brother--Tolliver--is also tagging along. She is called to a small town, and does exactly as she promises, and provides the answers that she discovers, but just after they leave the town, they are called back. What At age 15, Harper Connelly was struck by lightning. Ever since then, she can sense dead people's presence whenever she is around them, and can also tell how they they died. The catch to this is that she cannot tell who killed them. As an adult, she is pursuing this as a job, and her brother--Tolliver--is also tagging along. She is called to a small town, and does exactly as she promises, and provides the answers that she discovers, but just after they leave the town, they are called back. What does this town hold in store for them the second time around? ------------------ Let me note that I checked out the 1st 2 volumes of GS, just to see what Charlaine's writing is like, since I had heard so many good things about her *Sookie Stackhouse* (Southern Vampires) series, but had never read any of her writing myself. And, the story is really good. Pity that the volumes are far too short, but the art is wonderful, too. If you want a quick-read by a good author, I'd recommend this to you.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    'Grave Sight' is the first book in the graphic novel collection based on the Harper Connelly series. Harper travels around the country with her step-brother Tolliver using her skill to make money, Harper's skill being she can sense dead bodies and knows how the person died. Harper also uses her power in the hope that she will find her sister who mysteriously disappeared years before. Can Harper find the answers she seeks? 'Grave Sight' was slightly darker than the Sookie books and was action pack 'Grave Sight' is the first book in the graphic novel collection based on the Harper Connelly series. Harper travels around the country with her step-brother Tolliver using her skill to make money, Harper's skill being she can sense dead bodies and knows how the person died. Harper also uses her power in the hope that she will find her sister who mysteriously disappeared years before. Can Harper find the answers she seeks? 'Grave Sight' was slightly darker than the Sookie books and was action packed from the start, a great mystery but at the same time you get to know the characters of Harper and her step~brother, Tolliver and their background. The illustrations are superb, bright, eye~catching and an impressive vision of Harper. 'Grave Sight' will not leave you disappointed if you enjoy this type of book, an easy, fun read which draws you in.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay

    Graphic novels are pretty new to me and I'm not sure how I feel about them, being so unaccustomed to the format. My boyfriend is nuts about them and was trying to spread the love when he picked this up for me. Having been exposed to some Alan Moore and lots of Warren Ellis, I found this a bit pedestrian in comparison. Having read a fair bit of Charlaine Harris, I think you miss out on her humour and subtle observation in this format. So overall, I don't think this comic brings anything particula Graphic novels are pretty new to me and I'm not sure how I feel about them, being so unaccustomed to the format. My boyfriend is nuts about them and was trying to spread the love when he picked this up for me. Having been exposed to some Alan Moore and lots of Warren Ellis, I found this a bit pedestrian in comparison. Having read a fair bit of Charlaine Harris, I think you miss out on her humour and subtle observation in this format. So overall, I don't think this comic brings anything particularly earth-shattering to the world...

  13. 5 out of 5

    Matej

    Grave Sight graphic novel collects six chapters from Harper Connelly series that were published as three single issues in early 2000s. The story starts of interesting enough, but unfortunately gets unnecessarily overcomplicated in later chapters. The art looks pretty good, even though it feels a bit static. Overall, a good read even though the ending is not that great.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    While I enjoyed Grave Sight, it did not compare to the Skokie Stackhouse series and I found Harper Connelly a little bit annoying. The premise is cool. Charlaine Harris tells a great story, but I was a little weirded out about Harper and Tolliver's relationship.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Nico

    I read the whole thing in one big binge reading sitting. It was great. It was a nice mystery, and it made me want to read the book series that it's based on, so all in all, I think it was definitely worth the hour or so it took to read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Richard Cardenas

    Loved the novel version and graphic novel is pretty good as well. :) Need to get a hold of part 2 and 3 now from the library.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Shelly Kittell

    I just might become a graphic novel fan. This was a fast and fun read. To see it played out in comic form is exciting. Harper is a fun character. It was cool to follow her as she tried to solve the mystery.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I have not read the novel series, but I have read the Sookie and Aurora series by Harris and like them. I was worried that this was only going to make sense to someone who had read the series, but I fully enjoyed and understood this. Like it a lot!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Simply_Tyquail

    This graphic novel was a fun short read. The art style is great! The colors and panels are vibrant and easy to follow. If your a fan of the television show “Midnight Texas” then you would love this book. The show is based on Charlaine Harris books!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    The story is engaging, and I liked the illustration quite a bit. The length is a major flaw, though-- it feels about 20 pages long; it barely gets the story going. It's a very silly way to package the story, in these separate, tiny volumes.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Lisa

    It was a bit too convoluted for me. When the murderer was revealed who was related to who who was related to who, I was like "what?"

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kayleen

    Nice short read. Interesting story, wish it was longer. Will try to find the next book

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christine (KizzieReads)

    I liked it. I've only read the Sookie Stackhouse series from Charlie Harris so I had no idea what this series was about. Can't wait to read the books!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Steven Abercrombie

    Good! Fast paced, characters have substance, would make a good SyFy series

  25. 5 out of 5

    Courtney

    Introduction to characters and powers with a murder mystery.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tim Shepard

    Well worth the read. Definitely an interesting story line. Makes me want to continue reading her books.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Avanders

    This graphic portrayal of the novel I was reading kind of ruined the characters and images for me.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Beth

    Gives a good feel for the story

  29. 5 out of 5

    Dani C

    This is my first experience with a graphic novel, and I have to say that I wasn't sure whether or not it would be a good one. I used to read Manga when I was quite a bit younger - probably around 13/14, but it has been a long time since I've read anything like that, and I wasn't sure if it would still be my kind of thing. This is why I bought this graphic novel in particular - I absolutely adore Charlaine Harris, and have already read all but one of the Harper Connelly series, so I already know This is my first experience with a graphic novel, and I have to say that I wasn't sure whether or not it would be a good one. I used to read Manga when I was quite a bit younger - probably around 13/14, but it has been a long time since I've read anything like that, and I wasn't sure if it would still be my kind of thing. This is why I bought this graphic novel in particular - I absolutely adore Charlaine Harris, and have already read all but one of the Harper Connelly series, so I already know that it's a story I enjoy. It also meant that I was able to compare the full story to the graphic novel, and see how well the Graphic novel matched up the original book. I was definitely pleasantly surprised. I know that art in Graphic Novels and Manga can vary A LOT from one book to the next, so I didn't know, again, whether or not I would like the style of this one, but I really did. The artwork is really crisp and bold, and at the same time, really shows the facial expression of each character, so you can imagine exactly how they're feeling / how they're saying something, and it adds real depth to something that could potentially fall a little flat (in my opinion - seeing as you don't get the depth of the details on the characters or story, like you would in the full novel version). So the artwork is definitely really eye-catching and atmospheric, which I guess is one of the most important things with a graphic novel, so it gets a huge thumbs up from me for that. Harper's character though, looks absolutely nothing like I had imagined her in the novel. I can't quite decide on whether or not this is a good thing. I didn't expect her to look quite so grungy, and I can't remember if she is described as having really short hair in the novel, but it's not at all how I imagined her. I actually don't think, though, after some consideration, that this is a problem. It kind of sets the graphic novel apart from the original story a bit, and gives it a little more edge, which I love, and I guess actually suits the story really well - it's not a light-hearted, 'fluffy' story, in any way, shape or form - it's gritty, thrilling and mysterious. As for the actual story, this is quite a difficult one for me to comment on properly, under these circumstances. As I've already said, the story is familiar to me, as I've previously read the original novel that this is based on, so I can't say whether or not the story was entirely clear to me SIMPLY from reading the graphic novel. If I was to comment on the ORIGINAL story, I'd say that it's really gripping, thrilling, interesting, and that I absolutely adore it, but as I already know it, I don't know how good a job the graphic novel does of communicating it on its own. Obviously, the graphic version has to leave out A LOT of detail that the novel has, because it's not as long, and it's done mostly in pictures, so it's not quite as in depth, but I would say that it is still entertaining in its own way. I think what I'd have to do, to see if I enjoy the story in a graphic novel, is to pick up one that I am entirely unfamiliar with. But as far as this one goes, I did really enjoy it. What I would say about the plot, if you're thinking of picking these graphic novels up, is to make sure you get volumes 1,2 and 3 before you start reading, as the entire story is cut up into sections, and just reading this graphic novel on its own, will not conclude the story. Overall, I'm really impressed by my first graphic novel experience, and I am definitely excited to pick up more, both in this series, and others. I have ordered the first volume in the True Blood graphic novels, which I believe are whole, and different stories to the original books, so this should be something a little different, and will hopefully develop my love of the graphic novel further. I recommend that all Charlaine Harris fans DEFINITELY pick this one up and give it a go, but also fans of graphic novels, manga, fantasy and even horror. I just urge you to give it a try!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dark Faerie Tales

    Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick & Dirty: This graphic novel is a mixture of death, deceit, and one woman’s determination to use her unique gift to help find the truth. Opening Sentence: “Get away from her!” The Review: I have noticed a trend lately of beloved books being re-expressed through the graphic novel medium. I think that this is one of the greatest ideas yet. How better to rope in potential younger readers than to tap into the current obsessive visual stimuli? Or have long-tim Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales Quick & Dirty: This graphic novel is a mixture of death, deceit, and one woman’s determination to use her unique gift to help find the truth. Opening Sentence: “Get away from her!” The Review: I have noticed a trend lately of beloved books being re-expressed through the graphic novel medium. I think that this is one of the greatest ideas yet. How better to rope in potential younger readers than to tap into the current obsessive visual stimuli? Or have long-time fans enjoy a visual representation of their favorite characters that doesn’t involve the television. Brilliant, I tell you. The Grave Sight Graphic Novel is no exception to the rule. This is a story of a girl that can find dead bodies. When Harper Connelly was fifteen years old, she was struck by lightning. Since then, she can sense the dead, find their bodies, and experience their last moments alive. Her and her step-brother, Tolliver, travel around the country locating bodies and telling their cause of death for money. One such case leads them to the little town of Sarne, Arkansas. Without meaning to, Harper and Tolliver are sucked into a murder case and the conspiracy to cover up the crime. Can the two of them make it out alive? Do they get to charge hazard pay for people trying to keep them quiet, permanently? This is a wonderful adaptation of Charlaine Harris’s Grave Sight. It stays true to the book while exploring the more visual aspects of the story. Harper and her brother look like they had in my mind while reading the series. This book in particular, addresses their close relationship that hints of more than a family-type bond. This added tension is explored later in the series itself, but I appreciate the heads up in the graphic novel. The artwork is raw. It gives that creepy/mystery vibe that is intricate to the storyline. The colors used portray the darker side of events that lead Harper and Tolliver deeper into the plot surrounding the death of a young girl, Teenie. I really enjoyed how Harper’s “gift” is drawn. Her eyes look vacant but contain an otherworldly light that reflects her internal slideshow. It helps that her “viewings” are in a reddish tint, reinforcing the point of murder and death. I recommend this graphic novel to those that don’t have the time to spend on one of Charlaine Harris’s more edgy forays into paranormal mystery. It gives a reader just enough of a taste to leave you wanting to know how it all ends. FTC Advisory: Dynamite Entertainment graciously provided me with a copy of Grave Sight: Book 1. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. The only payment I’ve received are in hugs and kisses from my little boys.

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