Dec 30, 2021

Mini Graphic Novel Review--Black is For Beginnings by Laurie Faria Stolarz, Barbara Randall Kesel, & Janina Gorrissen


It's happening again... The BLUE IS FOR NIGHTMARES series that put a spell on more than half a million readers continues - in graphic novel format!

Prophetic dreams. Near-brushes with death. Killers pursuing her and her friends. Stacey Brown knows that being a hereditary witch isn't all it's cracked up to be. Stacey's nightmares are back. And all she wants to do is go to Colorado and work things out with Jacob, who hasn't been able to remember her since he lost his memory in his brush with death. But before Stacey and Jacob can have a future, they must face their pasts. Black is for Beginnings reveals the never-before-seen backstory--and what lies ahead--for the young, spellcasting lovers.





Another series I read years ago was Laurie Faria Stolarz’s Blue is For Nightmares, a series that involved teenage Stacey who had premonitions about things that happen in the future. Usually scary thriller things that led to possible deaths and kidnappings. It made for entertaining mystery reads for sure!

I belatedly discovered that the series had one final installment told in graphic novel form. Black is For Beginnings is that final conclusion. In the last novel we saw Stacey’s boyfriend Jacob lose his memory and in this one Stacey is dealing with the separation from him as he returned home to gain back his memory. It’s also where his once ex-girlfriend is scheming her way back into his life. 

Meanwhile Stacey is being plagued with nightmares again, about Maura, the little girl she used to babysit and who she had her first terrifying vision of. Maura seems to be telling her something but Stacey can’t figure out what that is. 

It’s truly been years and years since I read this series, yet jumping back in wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. There were helpful little recaps here and there that made getting the backstory easier. 

The illustrations by Janina Gottissen in this one were amazing! It’s weird how you can enjoy a black and white graphic novel as much as a colorful one. It definitely packs a different punch when that happens. 

I’ll admit the story was a tad slow. There was a lot of reminiscing about what had already happened. For both Stacey and Jacob. And since I haven’t read the series in years it was kind of nice but then really after all that, not much happens. 

Since this was a series with romance and things ended openly, we get that more concrete ending here. It was still a cute little read and I’m glad to finally have a happier closure to a beloved series!

Overall Rating 4/5 stars



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