Gotham High | Melissa de la Cruz | Review





From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Alex and Eliza and The Witches of East End comes a reimagining of Gotham for a new generation of readers. Before they became Batman, Catwoman, and The Joker, Bruce, Selina, and Jack were high schoolers who would do whatever it took–even destroy the ones they love–to satisfy their own motives.

After being kicked out of his boarding school, 16-year-old Bruce Wayne returns to Gotham City to find that nothing is as he left it. What once was his family home is now an empty husk, lonely but haunted by the memory of his parents’ murder. Selina Kyle, once the innocent girl next door, now rules over Gotham High School with a dangerous flair, aided by the class clown, Jack Napier.

When a kidnapping rattles the school, Bruce seeks answers as the dark and troubled knight–but is he actually the pawn? Nothing is ever as it seems, especially at Gotham High, where the parties and romances are of the highest stakes … and where everyone is a suspect.

With enchanting art by Thomas Pitilli, this new graphic novel is just as intoxicating as it is chilling, in which dearest friends turn into greatest enemies–all within the hallways of Gotham High!


Today is my stop on the FFBC blog tour for the Gotham High by Melissa de la Cruz. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

This is definitely not my normal type of genre but I was drawn in by the synopsis and the fact that it is a graphic novel. I am glad that I read Gotham High because I did enjoy my time reading it.

Can we just discuss the illustrations? Honestly, they are fantastic. Regardless of what I thought of the graphic novel, I would have always picked up the next in the series literally based on the illustrations themselves. I found myself spending a lot of my reading time looking at the illustrations and wanting to turn over the page just to see the next one. If this graphic novel does not appeal to you I would 100% recommend you get your hands on a copy just to look at the illustrations.

I enjoyed the characters however I found that they were underdeveloped. They had so much potential however they fell flat for me in parts. I am hoping that the next in the series, I’m pretty convinced that it is a series – anyway, I hope that the characters are further developed and I am able to build up more of a connection with them. Fingers crossed.

The plot was the biggest thing that appealed to me and whilst I enjoyed it I didn’t feel like it was very original. I feel like there needed to be a little bit more in there in order to separate it from other books, graphic novels that I have read before. I hope that as it progresses more will be added to achieve this.

Overall, I would recommend based on the illustrations alone. There are flaws in the plot and the character development but it should not really deter you from picking this up. I am looking forward to reading the next instalment.

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