Bloodlust & Bonnets by Emily McGovern

Bloodlust & Bonnets

by Emily McGovern.

From the creator of the hit webcomic My Life As a Background Slytherin comes a hilarious graphic novel pastiche of classic Romantic literature led by a trio of queer misfits—and several angry vampires.

Set in early nineteenth-century Britain, Bloodlust & Bonnets follows Lucy, an unworldly debutante who desires a life of passion and intrigue—qualities which earn her the attention of Lady Violet Travesty, the leader of a local vampire cult. 

But before Lucy can embark on her new life of vampiric debauchery, she finds herself unexpectedly thrown together with the flamboyant poet Lord Byron (“from books!”) and a mysterious bounty-hunter named Sham. The unlikely 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.

Both witty and slapstick, elegant and gory, Emily McGovern’s debut graphic novel pays tribute to and pokes fun at beloved romance tropes, delivering a joyous, action-packed world of friendship and adventure.

Taken from book blurb

Release Date: September 17, 2019.

Length: 261 pages.

Series: Stand alone.

Genre: Graphic Novel.

Read as: an eBook.

Sourced: NetGalley.


My Thoughts

As a fan of Emily McGovern and her comic My Life As a Background Slytherin, I was honour bound to pick up this graphic novel. I am glad I did because even though it is a step away from her Slytherin comic, Bloodlust and Bonnets retains the irreverent humour and distinct art style.

Similar to how Slytherin is shadowed by the famous Harry Potter cast, Bloodlust and Bonnets features some larger than life but still real life characters – I’m talking Lord Byron. The actual Lord Bryon.

Well not the actual actual Lord Byron, but a humourous and extremely over the top characterisation of the famous and larger than life poet. It is an absolute delight to read and see the exaggerated swooshing and arrogance of Lord Byron in this graphic novel.

From start to finish, Bloodlust and Bonnets is action packed and full of over the top antics that will have you smiling down into the book. I would really recommend this book for people who are fans of McGovern’s comics and really anyone is after a humourous and out there graphic novel.


Please note: I received a copy of Bloodlust and Bonnets from NetGalley.


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