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.


Title : Bloodlust & Bonnets
Author : Emily McGovern
Format : Paperback
Page Count : 203
Genre : Fantasy graphic novel
Publisher : Simon & Schuster UK
Release Date : September 19, 2019

Reviewer : Micky
Rating : ★ ★ ★ 


Micky’s 3 star review

Today is my day for the Bloodlust & Bonnets tour. This book is a fun graphic novel in the mode of Pride, Prejudice and Zombies.

This was a fast moving story, where the grass never grew under the protagonist Miss Lucy’s feet. With a full cast of humans, vampires and other beings it was exciting and sometimes it took a moment to catch up. Miss Lucy along with her sidekick or was she his sidekick…Lord Byron were trying to solve a grand mystery/reveal and battling anything standing in their way. There were some interesting side characters.

The illustration appealed to me with a simplistic approach to faces but great detail to costumes and background. That aspect really worked for me. It was colourful, somewhat bloody with great shading to various scenes.

Overall this is a couple of hour’s read that will appeal to fans of regency with a paranormal twist.

Thank you to Darkroom tours and Simon and Shuster UK for the review copy.