Neil Gaiman is a a pretty big deal when it comes to sci-fi and fantasy books/comics. I came across his work a while back but I only really started to look into it seriously when I saw that he had written a book with Sir Terry Pratchett entitled Good Omens. To be fair I thought I would review one of his own books and so I picked up a copy of The Graveyard book.
The Graveyard book focuses on the early life of Nobody Owens (aka Bod) who was raised by ghosts in a graveyard after his family was brutally murdered. Definitely not your average storyline! The story covers some of his adventures within the graveyard as he grows older and his eventual move outside of the graveyard where he is no longer protected. Eventually he meets the man known as Jack who killed his family and is on the hunt for the boy that got away.
Throughout the book Nobody Ownes has a good few mini adventures which are tied fairy well into the story as a whole. I found it a fair bit slow for the first 3/4 of the book. I liked the idea of the story but in reality it did nothing for me. I wasn't keen to read the next page and I never had the urge to skip ahead to make sure my favourite character lived (I'm brutal for doing that) The last 1/4 of the book had me enthralled however and I couldn't put it down from that point on. The ending had me in tears as it wasn't your usual "and they all lived happily ever after" kind of story. It genuinely moved me and I had to put the book down a few times to muster up the courage to read on (This is how deep I was into the story at this point!)
One thing I would highly recommend reading is the Newberry medal acceptance speech Gaiman included at the end of the novel. I normally skip them but it was one of the best speeches I have ever come across. If you only take one thing from this review I really hope it's to make it your mission to read that speech, I promise you it is worth it.
Overall The Graveyard book had an easy to follow story line, it had a nice twist at the end that was unexpected, the graphics included throughout the book were a complete surprise and I loved them! I wish more authors would think to include them in their novels (particularly those working in the sci-fi/ fantasy genre) and the last part of the book was absolutely gripping. The speech at the end deserves a read (I think that made the book a bit special to be honest) I still want to read more from Gaiman but I'm kind of iffy on what to pick up next. I had high hopes for this book given the amazing reviews I had read on it but it was a bit of a let down for me personally. If ye have any recommendations then please do let me know!
For my nails I kept with the same colour scheme that features on the cover of the book. I have on 2 coats of Nails inc Motcomb street (deep navy blue) on each nail. Then using striping tape I marked off 3 nails before adding on Sinful Colors Sugar rush (light blue) and Barry M Denim (denim blue) and a topcoat. For the accent nail I replicated the gravestone featured on the cover of the book using white acrylic paint. This is by far one of my favourite designs I have ever done! I'm really pleased I was able to do the cover some justice because it is a beautiful looking book.