Overall: 4 out of 5 stars
Nimona is a teen (tween?) girl who teams up with the kingdom’s main villain, Ballister Blackheart, who is really a good guy (wants to expose The Institution for poisoning the people in the name of weapon development). Blackheart soon learns that Nimona is a shapeshifter, but that’s not all. It seems she’s not a girl who can hide as a monster, she’s a monster who can hide as a girl. There’s a backstory with Sir Goldenloin (whose name makes me giggle, and who reminds me a bit of Gilderoy Lockhart), Blackheart’s nemesis, that makes you think they have some sort of sexual or romantic history. The story ends with lots of loose ends and it doesn’t seem that there will be a sequel, which is sort of too bad. Nimona seemed very immature and annoying at the beginning, but she really grew on me and was more complex a character than I had originally thought.