Alena by Kim Andersson
Published by: Dark Horse Books on September 6, 2016
Review Source: Publisher, Edelweiss
Genres: Graphic Novel, Horror
Plot: Alena’s life is dark and full of terrors.
Review: Yes. Just yes. I really enjoyed this one! Three reasons why you will to:
- It’s pretty twisted. Fancy boarding school riddled with horrible people? I can dig it. Said horrible people get what’s coming to them? Yes, please.
- Every time I see characters that portray something other than the perfect suburban Mary Jane, I rejoice a little. Alena touches on how difficult it can be to navigate adolescence, sexuality, and identity. Sure, it’s a supercharged, graphically violent trip down introspection lane, but the message is still there. Bullying, homophobia, and fear mongering are prevalent in todays world, and I feel like Andersson forces you to take a long hard look at all that ugly.
- THERE IS A MOVIE! I’m sure I am violating some librarian code here, but yes, there is a movie adaptation of this… and I am excited for it. Clutch your pearls, folks, because that NEVER happens. This volume dives into the film and it looks amazing. Excuse me while I fangirl.
In the name of honesty, I will also throw it out there that the plot was *slightly* predictable, but it was so rad that I didn’t care. This was a win for me.
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Who Should Snag It: If you like classic psychological horror meets Mean Girls, jump on it.
*I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*