Ahhh sorry for the technical difficulties earlier this morning! I had to basically redo my post so here it is. And thank you so much to those that liked it already! You are the real MVPs.
Thank you again so much to the team at FFBC for hosting this blog tour and for having me on it. The schedule and more details are linked to the banner so check that out and see all the other posts for this tour. Have I ever done a graphic novel tour before? No! This was so much fun.
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Alex and Eliza and The Witches of East End comes a reimagining of Gotham for a new generation of readers. Before they became Batman, Catwoman, and The Joker, Bruce, Selina, and Jack were high schoolers who would do whatever it took–even destroy the ones they love–to satisfy their own motives.
After being kicked out of his boarding school, 16-year-old Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City to find that nothing is as he left it. What once was his family home is now an empty husk, lonely but haunted by the memory of his parents’ murder. Selina Kyle, once the innocent girl next door, now rules over Gotham High School with a dangerous flair, aided by the class clown, Jack Napier.
When a kidnapping rattles the school, Bruce seeks answers as the dark and troubled knight–but is he actually the pawn? Nothing is ever as it seems, especially at Gotham High, where the parties and romances are of the highest stakes … and where everyone is a suspect.
With enchanting art by Thomas Pitilli, this new graphic novel is just as intoxicating as it is chilling, in which dearest friends turn into greatest enemies–all within the hallways of Gotham High!
Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.
Her books for adults include the novel Cat’s Meow, the anthology Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys and the tongue-in-chic handbooks How to Become Famous in Two Weeks or Less and The Fashionista Files: Adventures in Four-inch heels and Faux-Pas.
She has worked as a fashion and beauty editor and has written for many publications including The New York Times, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, Allure, The San Francisco Chronicle, McSweeney’s, Teen Vogue, CosmoGirl! and Seventeen. She has also appeared as an expert on fashion, trends and fame for CNN, E! and FoxNews.
Melissa grew up in Manila and moved to San Francisco with her family, where she graduated high school salutatorian from The Convent of the Sacred Heart. She majored in art history and English at Columbia University (and minored in nightclubs and shopping!).
She now divides her time between New York and Los Angeles, where she lives in the Hollywood Hills with her husband and daughter.
Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Thank you to Fantastic Flying Book Club, Netgalley, and DC Ink for this free copy. All quotes in this review are taken from the Advanced Reader Copy and may change in final publication.
Okay I know Bruce Wayne always gets some sort of new rendition in the world and maybe some people are over him, but I sure the heck am not! Bruce has been one of my favorite dudes in the DC world, and seeing him as this teenager with the swag you would expect him to have as a Wayne, but also that deductive reasoning skills that makes him an amazing Batman was just so great to see.
Who else caught that reference to Richard Grayson in the beginning though? I had to do a double take to make sure I read that correctly. Those jerk boys at Arkham Prep, but then you think about that name of the school and maybe some of it makes sense. Like it said, they were cruel at that school. Maybe it was a good thing Bruce got expelled for standing up to the bullies that were tormenting Richard. They needed a little ass-kicking anyway.
I thought this rendition of Bruce Wayne, Selina Kyle, and Jack Napier – who would grow up to be The Joker in this case – was really great. The Joker is one of those characters that you never really know what their true background story is and it’s all the more alluring to find out what made him into the sadistic clown we all know him to be. Seeing these three characters interact with one another in Gotham during their teenage years was so much fun, and I feel like there was a totally different power play at game here. Sure, Bruce seemed to be into himself from the beginning, meaning he wasn’t going through some awkward teenage phase like we all hope to see to make him seem more human and relatable, but it was still so awesome to see him in high school. I could only imagine the kind of issues he may have had to deal with during that period, and de la Cruz gave us that insight that I really didn’t know that I needed in my life!
Also huge shout out to Pitilli for the amazing artwork for this novel. I think it matched the story that de la Cruz created so perfectly, and the colors were great also. Everything about this graphic novel made me want to watch more shows about Selina Kyle to be honest, as a teenager or even a young adult. I think this may be my favorite rendition of Selina. Thank you for this!
Isn’t it weird to have a dream cast for a graphic novel? Not really! Because even though Pitilli did such an amazing job with the illustrations, I still have some thoughts on who I want as a TV or movie adaptation of this graphic novel. You know how I am.
My playlists just hit different for me, okayyyyy.
Oooh there we go, fam! This was so much fun, and I appreciate you all for being patient while I figure out what happened to all of my hard work for my blog tour! That was weird, but hey what can I do. At least it’s here and I worked my butt off on this so yeah. Please enjoy!