THE UNDERTAKING OF LILY CHEN by Danica Novgorodoff | Review



Graphic Novel

Deshi Li’s brother is dead—and unmarried. Which means that Deshi must find him an eligible body before the week is up.

Lily Chen, sweet as a snakebite, needs money and a fast ride out of town.

Haunted by the gods of their ancestors and the expectations of the new world, Deshi and Lily embark on a journey with two very different destinations in mind.

They travel through a land where the ground is hard and the graves are shallow, where marriage can be murder and where Lily Chen is wanted—dead and alive.

I was walking through my library when I happened to see this and was taken by the cover.

This is a common example of the never judge a book by its cover rule.

I haven’t read a graphic novel in a long time, and I have yet to find one that I have liked. The artwork in here is nice.

Other than that, it was pretty bad.

The story is just not good. It’s an interesting concept, but the way that it was done was just…not good. Many things happened that I did not like. I also felt the language for the area this was supposed to be set in was just not accurate.

A couple of things I didn’t like (possible spoilers):

  • The main character sleeps with the person he’s supposed to kill and falls in love with her.
  • A random scene with drunk monks
  • The language . . . I’m okay with curse words, but it just felt forced and “icky” to me in this.

Overall, the artwork was nice, which gives it an extra star. And even though this didn’t take me very long to read, I just can not recommend this one.


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Do you like reading graphic novels?Have any good recommendations for me? Let’s talk in the comments!

5 thoughts on “THE UNDERTAKING OF LILY CHEN by Danica Novgorodoff | Review

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  2. Daniel,

    I love me some good graphic novels. Some awesome classics are Frank Miller & Lynn Varley’s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns; Alan Moore & Dave Gibbons’ Watchmen; Neil Gaiman’s Sandman series; and Garth Ennis & Steve Dillon’s Preacher series. Some more recent ones I love are Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodriguez’ Locke & Key series and Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples’ Saga series. I love all of these enough that I own them, although so far I only have volume 1 of Saga.

    Frank Miller, Alan Moore, & Neil Gaiman are probably the three authors most credited with transforming the comics genre as a whole and the encouraging the appreciation of comics as serious literature. If you haven’t read any of the ones I listed above, I strongly encourage you to do so.

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