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Sanctuary (Wicked Lovely: Desert Tales #1)

3.63  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,224 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
Discover Melissa Marr's mesmerizing world of Faerie . . .

The desert is far away from the schemes of the Faerie Courts—and that's how Rika likes it. Once a mortal and now a faery, Rika seeks isolation and revels in her ability to appear invisible to humans. Then, she meets him. Artistic and kind, Jayce is the last person Rika wants to hide from.

But change is coming, challen
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 21st 2009 by HarperCollins
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Rain Misoa
Mar 28, 2012 Rain Misoa rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Wicked Lovely fans and those who have a high tolerance for pathetic girls.
Recommended to Rain by: Library
Shelves: manga
Yup! You guessed it! I am still going strong with my manga binge. I don't plan to stop anytime soon. I'm just having so much fun with these. I cannot wait to keep going~ So I decided that after the last bomb I reviewed (seriously, that manga was utter crap) I had to go for something that had a little more promise. A little more. I've read the first three books of the Wicked Lovely series and... I have mix feelings of it. I liked the first book enough to read the second. The second was okay but I ...more
Jul 15, 2009 Yan rated it did not like it
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Vanessa *Bluest Ribbon*
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Jul 23, 2014 Justine rated it it was amazing
This is officially my first graphic novel and honestly I was super nervous about it but I friggin loved it. I read it in like 15 minutes and I loved everyone of those minutes. The illustrations were amazing and very detailed. I just wished that they had been in colour to get the full effect. Regardless of the lack of colour, I still loved the story. I'm really glad that I have the sequel to this novel and I went out and bought the third one as soon as I was finished as well.
I would recommend th
Angela L. Clay
May 31, 2014 Angela L. Clay rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fae, fantasy, manga, paranormal
I am an avid manga reader, so I found it rather weird having to read front to back and left to right. lol. But, I really did enjoy reading this. Of course it helps that I am a HUGE fan of Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely novel series. It was kinda cool seeing Keenan as a manga character, his calm cool collected stance, ego flowing out of him like a storm.

The storyline was a bit slow at the beginning for me, but prevail guys, it is worth it. I found myself flipping through the pages pretty fast, and

It's the great Melissa Marr reread that won't die! Don't worry folks, I only have two more books to read after this, I swear! (Well, three if you count the third manga to this series coming out in 2011). I just finished the first of the manga spin-off series - Wicked Lovely Desert Tales: Sanctuary. Volume 1. There, I think I got the whole cursed title.

Rika was once a consort of Keenan, the infamous Summer Court King. When she picked up the staff of Beira she became of the Winter Court, intaking
Sep 08, 2011 Yuko86 rated it liked it
Ho appena finito di leggere questo volumetto e devo ammettere di non esserne completamente soddisfatta. Il tratto è molto bello e i personaggi sono molto ben disegnati, su questo nulla da eccepire, ma è la storia a non avermi convinto.

Rika è una ragazza d’inverno che ora si ritrova a vivere nel deserto, lontana da tutto, in pace. Un ragazzo che passa spesso da quelle parti ha colpito la sua attenzione ma lei è un essere fatato e invisibile, non ha alcuna speranza, e poi non vuole fargli del male
Marr books always make me feel old, just because the kids in the stories feel more like real kids than most books. Add manga and I'm a bit lost. I like the story so far. The main characters are sympathetic. Rika is a former winter girl, if I remember the mythology correctly, which lends her a lot of sympathy for readers of the Wicked Lovely series. Those girls really have been through a lot. Jayce is an adorable human boy (although the manga often makes him look like a girl with odd ropey hair). ...more
Oct 31, 2010 Larissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
It has been a long time since Rika has been human, mortal, but now as a faery Rika has chosen a life away from the cities, and not just because the iron and steel makes her sick. Rika has found a home for herself out in the desert, a sanctuary quite literally in the middle of nowhere. Rika has wanted to escape the politics of the Faerie Courts, but even out here as a solitary faery she can not escape her past.

Jayce lives out in the desert, spending his days unknowingly in Rika's company. While h
Aug 06, 2011 Suzie rated it liked it
I am a HUGE fan of Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely books and usually devour any little scrap I can get my hands on. I had put off reading these graphic novel due to bad reviews but now with the series completed I had been going through withdrawl! Unfortunately I can see why people were disappointed with the spin off. I thought it was a great idea and I'm all about exploring the WL world in every aspect but these graphic novels seem rushed. Maybe they were pushing to get them out too fast because th ...more
Dec 20, 2011 Sonia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Non sono una gran lettrice di fumetti, manga o graphic novels, o meglio non lo sono più.
Un tempo impazzivo per le storie disegnate, parlanti attraverso nuvolette, ma che erano in grado di raccontare un mondo attraverso le immagini, semplicemente attraverso espressioni facciali.
Ritrovarmi di fronte ad una narrazione del genere mi ha un po' spaesata, un po' confusa.
Ero pronta a tornare a quel tipo di racconto, a vivere la storia in maniera diversa... ma l'incanto non è scattato.
Non ne faccio una c
Oct 08, 2011 Cyna rated it really liked it
Thank God for Melissa Marr, seriously. In an ocean full of been there-done that - or, as our friend Gwen would say, "Same Shit, Different Author" - Marr's stories have formed an oasis of sorts for us. They're beautiful, tragic, unique, and captivating - Wicked Lovely is one of the best contemporary series out there, not to mention one of our favorites. Which is why we were so very EXCITE to find out that Marr had done a Wicked Lovely manga.

Well, that and because manga is AWESOME.

The best part is
Krystl Louwagie
Jul 19, 2011 Krystl Louwagie rated it it was ok
This was a short, quick read that left me feeling basically still confused and like I had just seen a preview for the real story. The art was pretty, but conventional and without a lot of feeling or anything unique. It's based off of a young adult novel series I believe, and those might be better. I feel like when manga or comics are made from a book or movie, they're usually just cheap in comparison to the original and unnecessary. However, I am guilty of having fun with the Artemis Fowl and En ...more
It was such a treat to get this graphic novel and realize it was a completely different story within the WICKED LOVELY world. Keenan makes a brief appearance, but other than that the reader is introduced to totally new characters.

Rika lives in the isolation of the desert. She maintains invisibility around humans in order to observe them. She misses her humanity and feels some animosity toward Keenan for turning her into a faery when she attempted to become his Summer Queen. Rika wasn't THE ONE a
Karen Wapinski
Jan 20, 2013 Karen Wapinski rated it really liked it
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Feb 11, 2010 Allyson rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
i would actualy give this book 3 1/2 stars cause (a)traditionaly mangas start from right to left, so thats considered readding backwards for us, and thats how i read mangas!! thats how they are supposed to be read!!!but beacause its a western influenced book the story is flipped and it really annoys me. the second reason (b) is mostly it was way to short mangas usually have another 30-40 more pages, the lack of keeping japanese culture alive in western influenced books makes me sad =(. anothe re ...more
Angelia Fransisca Rusli
I really loved Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely series, especially after the Dark court thingy. Then I read Stopping Time and hey! I enjoy it a lot better than Ink Exchange, which is by far my favourite book! And of course, I expect this manga to be good.

I've read some Tokyopops of course, like Avalon High. And it did okay. But I dislike this one. The storyline is kinda ridiculous and it's not for those who haven't read Wicked Lovely. There are so many unexplained things if you haven't read the nove
Layla Bing
Jul 17, 2009 Layla Bing rated it it was ok
I'm a big fan of Melissa Marr's and I really loved her first two books set in the Wicked Lovely world. I followed the development of the manga and all the hype surrounding it on Marr's blog with anticipation and excitement. However, I found Desert Tales: Sanctuary, which is the first of her stories to be made into a manga and also supposedly able to be read as a stand-alone, to be unusually full of fluff and weirdly confusing. The panels didn't always seem to match up seamlessly with the story-t ...more
May 23, 2011 Gemma rated it liked it
I'm not much of a Manga person. Perhaps I would have enjoyed this one a little bit more if I was.

The story, as comics tend to go, is short. Doesn't take more than fifteen minutes to read. I enjoyed seeing Keenan in comic-form, although the character I was reading this book for, in hopes of finding him (read my reviews of the series; you can guess) never actually made an appearance. How disappointing, because Irial he would have been really pretty in Manga, especially this one.

The pictures wer
L. Benitez
Aug 05, 2014 L. Benitez rated it liked it
I picked up this book at a dollar store so it's not like I went through any trouble acquiring it. I read it on the ride home from the dollar store, actually. It was an okay book. I didn't feel any connections to the characters. I liked the artwork and the fight scenes were pretty cool. Overall, it's a nice little book and killed fifteen minutes for me. Good enough :)
Jenn Dattilo Watts
Had heard about these & found them at the local library. Rika is a former Winter Girl and readers of the Wicked Lovely series will have heard Donia mention her. The artwork is lovely & we get introduced to two new characters: Jayce & Sionnach (Shy). Both are lovely and Rika may look delicate, but she's as tough as Donia & Aislinn.
Sep 24, 2015 fennie rated it really liked it
i'm going to say 3.5 stars - i keep fluctuating...

my main gripe is that this manga was WAY too short. and that could just be a function of me as a reader wanting more, but you do have to put into account the fact that i breezed through in less than an hour... that said, i really enjoyed it. it's been a while since i've read graphic novels and the only reason i picked this up is because it is part of the 'wicked lovely' world. it was really nice seeing a graphic novel take on characters like keen
I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked the concept but at the same time I'm not sure that there was really much to the book.
I liked the drawings although I found it difficult to tell who was a guy and who was a girl. I only found out when they referred to the person in question.
Also there weren't many words even for a manga type book. So I found it hard to tell what was going on.
One redeeming factor was that it was about fairies and it also had a character I knew from the book Wicked Lov
Shannon McGee
Mar 01, 2010 Shannon McGee rated it did not like it
Shelves: faeries
Rika, a faerie who used to be human, likes life in solitude away from the faerie world. She finds herself attracted to a human named Jayce. But as Jayce gets pulled into Rika's life, the faerie world comes knocking.

This is the manga version of Wicked Lovely. I wasn't thrilled with this version. I felt like I was dropped in the middle of the story, and sometimes the art work confused me. I wasn't clear who was who and what sex they were. I had to reread the first couple of pages a couple of times
Mary (BookHounds)
Nov 27, 2009 Mary (BookHounds) rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
I have just discover manga and find it is very addictive. Whenever I get stuck in a reading slump, I pick one up and find that the pictures stimulate me enough to get over it. This story didn't disappoint me. If you are familiar with Wicked Lovely, you know how faeries can sometimes be dark and this is no exception. The drawings are just fantastic and can convey so many more details that written descriptions. They even help tell the story with showing the emotions of the characters rather than j ...more
Jul 29, 2014 Mak rated it did not like it
Umm... maybe I should have read Wicked Lovely first? But, I saw this manga series at the library and picked them up. I really don't think I'll be reading the books...
Ashley D--
Mar 24, 2012 Ashley D-- rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adults, manga
I haven't read Wicked Lovely, and I thought this was going to be a comic adaptation of it, so I was a bit surprised when I was just plopped into what seemed like the middle of Rika's character development. Still, I enjoyed the story well enough and although I didn't really like the characters I was happy to see a person of colour in a manga (even though Jayce looks white on the cover). I would probably read the second one, but I wouldn't seek it out.

Read my full review at http://respectablecolle
Kaelea Bearwald
Nov 05, 2015 Kaelea Bearwald rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! It's so nice to revisit the world of faeries, this time in a whole new format. excited to see what the rest of this series brings.
Nov 10, 2011 May rated it it was amazing
So I finally managed to find the third one and read the whole trilogy, so I will now post up my review of them.

I liked this. A lot. It wasn't as captivating as the books, but I liked how it wasn't a graphic novel adaption of the books, but rather a parallel story. It made it more interesting, and it's always fun to learn more about side characters.

It's brief, but the characters are Melissa Marr's kick-butt style, and it's not as captivating and intense as the books can be, but it's quick and fun
Apr 25, 2009 Dancechica rated it liked it
Shelves: manga
This was okay, though not much happened.

Rika is a former Winter Girl who now lives in the desert as one of the solitary fey. She falls in love with an artistic mortal whom she regularly observes, unbeknownst to him. When a group of faeries threaten his life, Rika is forced to stop hiding behind her invisibility to save him.

Even though the plot never really goes far, and it ends on a cliffhanger, I did like the faery world, and the characters interested me enough that I would like to see where t
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