Fiction. Alternating between comics format and prose, The Year of the Beasts
weaves "an innovative, moody story about jealousy and grief" (Publishers Weekly
). Fifteen-year-old Tessa is hurt and infuriated when her younger sister, Lulu, begins dating the guy Tessa has a crush on, fanning the smoldering coals of the sisters' rivalry. Tense prose chapters relay the sisters' story, while dramatic graphic novel sections tell the parallel tale of a tortured girl with snakes for hair; the way the two parts come together to shed light on the whole is both tragic and fascinating. And if you're looking for another intense graphic novel hybrid, check out Chasing Shadows
by Swati Avasthi.