Bloodlust & Bonnets | Emily McGovern | Review

“Gentlemen I do hope you like honey because I have a bee in my bonnet.”





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.


Today (25/09/2019) is my stop on the Dark Room Tour for Bloodlust and Bonnets. Firstly, I would like to thank Dark Room Tours, Simon & Schuster and Emily McGovern for giving me a chance to review this graphic novel.

I haven’t really read many graphic novels, it is a genre that I would like to expand my reading experience with. When I was asked whether I wanted to review Bloodlust & Bonnets I couldn’t refuse. The brief artwork that I saw and the synopsis had me intrigued. I really enjoy Emily McGovern’s “My Life As A Background Slytherin” so I knew that this would be something I would enjoy.

This graphic novel did not disappoint, it had me laughing throughout. It is definitely aimed at an audience with a dry sense of humour but I am one of those people and I appreciated it so much. I love a book that can make me laugh and Bloodlust and Bonnets achieved that.

I really enjoyed the queer element in this book, it was portrayed so well. I found myself routing for it from the beginning. Yeah I knew it was coming, it wasn’t very subtle but did it need to be? I’m not sure that is what Emily will have been going for. All the same, I really liked this part of the novel.

The characters were brilliant. I loved Sham, I love how she can be bribed with snacks .. she reminds me of myself so much. Want me to do anything? Offer me a snack and I am all yours. Am I the only person who thinks Byron is just like Professor Lockhart? Honestly the similarities are so close, I love Lockhart so it just made me love Byron even more. Some of his scenes had me howling, he was probably one of my favourite character. However NAPOLEON is the best, I absolutely loved him. I would have liked to have seen a little bit more of him.

All in all, I really enjoyed this graphic novel and will be looking out for more from this author in the future. I think the only real negative thing I have to say about this graphic novel is that it was quite long and at points I did lose interest. There was a lot of words on the page and it is over 200 pages long. Regardless I did enjoy it and I would 100% recommend that you pick this up!

Predictable, but I have to end this post with the following. If you know, you know.

“Vas te faire foutre”

(sorry mum)

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