If you haven't read the previous 5 books in the series, you should probably stop reading this review. Book reviews for books in a series are differentIf you haven't read the previous 5 books in the series, you should probably stop reading this review. Book reviews for books in a series are different than normal ones (other than the first book in a series) because they are often comparative -- "I liked this book better than book 3." or "Why so many cliffhangers? Can't my OTP be happy for longer than 50 pages?" This is the last book in this particular series, so happily we are left with many more resolutions than any of the other books in the series. This series as a whole isn't my favorite (Clare's Infernal Devices series, starting with Clockwork Angel, is my favorite of hers), as there were a few plot points and characters that annoyed me immensely, especially through the first 3 or 4 books. The last 2 books really picked up the pace, though, and all in all, especially with all the resolution this book provided, I quite enjoyed this last book.
There was a lot of great action in this one, from the battle in Alicante to the journey through Edom. I'm glad people didn't just sit around and chat and feel angsty, but actually made plans and followed through. There were a few parts that made me sad ((view spoiler)[RIP, Jordan, whose girlfriend was about to break up with him and fairly quickly moved on. You were a good friend, but sadly, it doesn't seem like you will be missed very much, except as an afterthought. And farewell, Raphael, Simon's maker. Thank you for remembering your life debt to Magnus, even though saving his life cost you your own (hide spoiler)]), but for the most part, I was really happy with how everything turned out.
(view spoiler)[As predicted, Jace's heavenly-fire possession made it so that he and Clary couldn't have their full on make out sessions for a while, but that was actually resolved sooner than I anticipated, what with Clary figuring out how to capture the fire in her own sword. And of course, all that waiting led them to a highly anticipated sexy time in the hell cave. So there's that. I'm relieved that there wasn't any doubt that Jace and Clary would be together, because this series has had enough back and forth with their relationship to last a lifetime. Even when Clary was pretending to want to be with Sebastian, Jace knew what was going on the whole time and trusted her to her part of the plan, arguably the most important part.
Alec and Magnus were happily able to find resolution of their issues and get back together, though what they went through to get to that point wasn't exactly desirable. I doubt Alec would have wished Magnus' kidnapping, imprisonment, and near death, even if he had know the end result would be their reunion. It was nice to delve more into Magnus' past and emotions, and see how much he truly cared for Alec. Alec wasn't wrong for wanting to know more about Magnus' past in book 5, but he went about it in completely the wrong way, by sneaking around behind his back and conspiring to take away his immortality. In book 6, Alec was honest and spoke his mind and wishes to Magnus: that he wanted to be together for as long as they could, provided Magnus opened up to him and truly let him see who he was, including his past. I'm guessing the Magnus Bane Chronicles that are out are Magnus' letter/journal to Alec? I might have to read that one soon.
Simon. And Isabelle. But Simon first. I was truly sad when I thought Simon was the only one that was really going to have to pay the price for their exodus from Edom. Yes, Clary and Isabelle were suffering tangentially, because they lost their best friend and boyfriend, but Simon lost who he had become as a person. And Simon was REMARKABLE. He was truly a hero. He was brave and trustworthy and strong and bold and caring. And also funny. Even though his eventually memory retrieval (because of course his memory couldn't be COMPLETELY wiped) seemed like a bit of a cop out, I don't care, because Simon deserves to be happy. And now, not only is he not a immortal vampire anymore, but he might actually be able to become a Shadowhunter himself, provided his ascension goes well! It couldn't get any better than that. I'm happy for Clary that Simon is getting his memories back, but I'm more happy for Isabelle. She isn't my favorite character, but you can see how much she's grown over the course of the books, and how much she needs Simon in her life to see beyond her glamorous and snarky exterior to the sweet and gentle-hearted girl beneath.
Obviously, the only way this book and series could end for Sebastian was death. I really appreciated how Sebastian died, though. Having Clary be his undoing was fitting, as she was the only one he ever really cared about, in his twisted, uncomprehending way. What I loved the most, though, was once the fire burned through and destroyed all the demon in Sebastian, that last 5% of him that was left was the true Jonathan Morgenstern, the brother Clary should have had, the son Jocelyn should have had; a shadow of what might have been had Valentine not corrupted his son both before and after his birth. Just as Clary weeped for her brother who never truly existed, I almost wished he could have survived in that form, so he could have had a chance at real life. Unfortunately, that just couldn't happen. But at least the two women at least had a chance to say goodbye to the lost possibilities.
One of my favorite things about this book was that we got to see how Jem (you know him as Zachariah, haha! My guess as to Zachariah's identity during my review of book 5 was totally wrong!) and Tessa finally together and happy! Yes, they miss Will, and will always miss him, but he will also always be with him. I loved seeing all the Shadowhunters' responses to the newly hot and talking Zachariah, and am so glad he and Tessa got to spend at least a little time with their family, Emma and Jace. I honestly wanted them to explain who they are to everyone, but I guess keeping some things secret is probably for the best. "Hi Jace, I'm actually your great-great-great-grandmother, and this is your great-great-great-grandfather's parabatai, who also happens to be your third cousin, twice removed, or something like that, and also we're in love." Hopefully over time, they can establish some sort of relationship with Jace and Clary, and Jem's great-great-great-great-niece Emma as well.
What else? Luke and Jocelyn finally got married! Yay! Maia is the leader of the werewolves and I guess dating Bat. Mostly yay! Everyone figured out it was the faeries that helped Sebastian and they were punished. Yay! Mark & Helen Blackthorn, half-faerie half-shadowhunters, were also punished. Boo! The faeries were punished so harshly there is no way they will NOT retaliate sometime in the near or distant future. Boo! (hide spoiler)]
Which brings us to the next series of books Cassandra Clare has planned: The Dark Artifices. From what I've read, this new series is set 5 years in the future, in 2012, and will center around Emma Carstairs and Julian Blackthorn. This book was a great introduction to those characters and set up really well the conflict that will likely make up most of the new series. Emma will be trying to figure out why her parents were killed instead of turned by Sebastian. Julian, I'm sure, will be trying to find his brother Mark, taken by the Wild Hunt. Emma and Julian will be parabatai, even though you could tell Emma wasn't quite sure about that since she could already tell she was starting to have romantic feelings for Julian. It's one of those decisions, though, that she had to make in order to stay in LA, both to be with Julian and the Blackthorns and to be onsite to investigate and hunt down her parents' killers. I'll be curious to see how this future Julian views Emma, whether he ends up falling in love with her, too. And I'm even more excited because a new series 5 years down the line means we get to see where Clary, Jace, and the gang are five years later, even if it's only by word of mouth! I love getting updates on the characters I've grown to love. Hopefully we will get appearances from Jem and Tessa, too!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Why do I keep on torturing myself like this, reading the first book of a trilogy when I know I'll have to wait years for the story to be finished? WhyWhy do I keep on torturing myself like this, reading the first book of a trilogy when I know I'll have to wait years for the story to be finished? Why, Internet? Once again, I've finished a book and still desperately want to know what will happen to these characters that I've grown to love.
The core of this story is a love triangle (as it often is) and the main question seems to be whether America will choose the love and life she always wanted and expected with Aspen, or will she choose to challenge herself by becoming more than what she ever could have anticipated by choosing a politically powerful and dangerous life and love with Maxon. That's not to imply that choosing a life with Aspen is not without danger, especially at this point. If their relationship should come to light, they would both be charged with treason and likely killed. Even if that never happens, Aspen is a soldier for the next four years and could die at any time. And even if that never comes to pass, America has had her heart broken by Aspen once before; who's to say he won't do it again?
--Side note: I cannot stand the name America. Even if it is no longer the name of their country, it's not even close to being an appropriate name for a person or a character. Aspen is pretty terrible, too, but seriously, America is the worst.--
The other identifying element to this story is its similarity to reality shows like The Bachelor. There's something that always seems a little false about shows like that, because they exist on the surface as a vehicle for someone to find love, while the real purpose is for a production company to create an entertaining tv show. The Selection's goals are also multi-layered. For one, the prince really does need to find a wife, and if you can invest the whole country in his search for her and his courting of her, then they are happier and more united. Of course, the process isn't nearly as democratically random as it appears at first. Though the girls are supposedly chosen by a drawing, the fact that pictures are sent with their applications is a clear indication that someone is handpicking the candidates. Also, none of the girls come from a caste below 5, which is a statistical improbability. In the end, we also find out that several of the girls are excellent matches for Maxon that might have been made if his parents and government were arranging his marriage for political gain. In the end, Maxon can choose who he wants, but not without "consulting the producers," Bachelor style.
The caste system is an interesting one that developed after the reconstruction of the former Americas post world war 4. Apparently, those that had skills that were "of use" to the government were giving a higher caste with more privilege, and once the castes were initially assigned, there were few ways to move up in the world. Though she loves that her caste allows her to play music, America and her family have suffered quite a bit as 5s, sometimes starving, barely making a living wage. And the fact that she fell in love with Aspen, a servant 6 who can barely support his mom and 6 younger siblings, makes life really challenging. Maxon had no idea how the lower castes lived, but once America explained some of it to him, he stepped up and did something to help.
The other stressor in this book is the constant threat of attacks from numerous rebel groups, none of which can be appeased. In the next several books, that tension if going to have to explode in some way.
A quick word here on America's boys. Maxon really is a sweet, caring, kind, funny guy. He never pressures America, and just enjoys spending what time he can with her. He is earnest and honest and doesn't hide how he feels. He works hard, is fair, and is going to be an excellent king someday. Maxon and America have some great moments together. I love that he made her tell the story of their first meeting to a live television audience. I also love their sweet first kiss, after America succeeded in wiping the awkward one from their memory. I love how excited Maxon was to be near her, and I love seeing America start to open her heart up to him little by little. Aspen, on the other hand, seems a little too aware of his own situation, and a little too careless about America's feelings. Having too much pride, or having someone do something just so you'll feel better -- neither of those are good things. And though Aspen can be sweet with America, he's also extremely selfish by pushing his love back on her at the palace, when he knows the dangers. Interestingly enough, I liked both boys throughout most of the book, and it wasn't until the last bit, and while I wrote this review, that I realized I'm definitely Team Maxon!
So, since it's going to be ages until the next book comes out, here is a reminder of how things were left. (view spoiler)[ After the invasive attack by the Southern rebels, Maxon has decided that he doesn't want to risk the lives of the girls unless they really have a shot at being together. He sends all but six girls home. Marlee, America's best friend amongst the girls, is staying because she is the people's favorite, even though she has no feelings or connection with Maxon, and also has a mysterious meaning of her own for staying. Celeste is staying, even though she's absolutely terrible, because she's powerful and comes from an important family to align with. Natalie and Kriss are staying because he doesn't mind them and his family likes them. Elise is staying because her family connections in New Asia might help end the current war. And America is staying because Maxon loves her. She is his choice. America has told Maxon that though she's not certain, there's a possibity still that she could live him. What she hasn't told him, though, is that Aspen the guard is the boy she told him about, who broke her heart. She also didn't tell him about the 15 minute make out session she and Aspen had the other night. Oops! As for Aspen, America finally tells him they can't date or anything in the palace, and that even though she still loves him, she also now has feelings for Maxon that she needs to explore. Aspen vows to fight even harder for her. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
Finally! Kayano and Takeru's relationship is out in the open! And guess what -- it's not the end of the world! There is an initial freak out by KayanoFinally! Kayano and Takeru's relationship is out in the open! And guess what -- it's not the end of the world! There is an initial freak out by Kayano's Mom, which lands her in the hospital and reveals that she is pregnant. Luckily, Takeru's dad comes to the rescue and smacks some sense into everyone: "So what? We'll all be happy!" Finally, someone has a brain, and is using it. And we can all do a group happy dance now....more
I'm SO relieved this series is finally coming to an end, and I think you can tell by the writing and plotting that the author is, too. I'd put off reaI'm SO relieved this series is finally coming to an end, and I think you can tell by the writing and plotting that the author is, too. I'd put off reading this one because I was so annoyed by the last one. When I saw that the last book in the series would be coming out this year, I figured I might as well read them and get it over with. I'll admit to being curious to how the author thinks the series should end, although I no longer accept her word as law in regards to these characters, as I would most authors.
My main problems with this book are the same as in the last few: there's not really a beginning or an ending to the events that happen in the books. Sure, there's a Big Bad, and that case technically gets resolved, but there are way too many other issues and stories that carry over from book to book for this "ending" to be satisfying.
I will say, it was nice to get some old storylined FINALLY wrapped up, after they carried on for volumes. In particular, I'm not sad to see the end of Claude, Niall, and the rest if the fairies. Given that there is only one book left, I feel confident that this really is the last we'll see them. Whew! No more evil cousins trying to sleep with Sookie or elves roaming the woods, chewing on deer.
Other than that, though, things are pretty much wide open for how the final book is going to go, especially romantically. The author has pretty much shown that Sookie has her pick of guys at this point, other than possibly Eric. The issues Sookie had with Eric throughout this whole book were pretty frustrating. I love these two together, but not in the way they were portrayed in this book, with little love, no trust, constant anxiety, and awkward tension. They started off the book technically together, but not really on the same page, and ended up in an even worse position. I totally understand Sookie's frustration with Eric seemingly refusing to fight for their love and relationship. I don't believe the real Eric, my favorite Eric, would ever put power and money above his love for Sookie, so that tension felt really fake to me. It's as if the author was specifically looking for a reason to separate Eric from Sookie, so that Sookie could end up with the guy the author herself preferred.
Regardless of how I feel things should have gone, this book ended with Eric and Sookie in a particularly bad place, though not Officially Broken Up. Eric had left Sookie at Alcide's without saying a word, and I'm not surprised. (view spoiler)[Eric had expected her to use the cluvial dor on him, to make it so they could stay together, and instead, she used it to bring Sam back from the dead. Even though Sookie had the right to use the cluvial dor as she chose, and had a right to assume Eric should fight to stay with her, not just wait to be saved, the fact that Sookie even could use the cluvial dor on Sam is proof that she loves him. What kind of love that is remains to be seen. (hide spoiler)]
So, what are Sookie's options for the final book? She could stay with Eric, and they could fight to stay together, despite all the negative outside influences trying to tear them apart. There's Sam, who happens to be newly single and whom Sookie obviously loves a great deal, though the nature of that love is up in the air. In addition to their long friendship, they are business partners now, and oh yeah, (view spoiler)[Sookie saved Sam's life. Something like that brings people together. (hide spoiler)]
Then there's Bill, who has made no secret of the fact that he still loves Sookie, and dreams of them being together again. There's the sudden and random reappearance of Quinn, who, despite becoming a father soon, will at the same time somehow become single. Even Alcide doesn't seem to be definitively ruled out, despite Sookie's disappointment about the naked-in-her-bed incident from the last book. These last three guys seem like more of long shots at this point, but a lot can happen in one book, as we've seen many times.
At this point, I don't really care who Sookie ends up with, and not just because it will always be Sookie+Eric in my heart. I just hope that she doesn't choose to be alone and reject all the guys in favor of being a single, independent woman. That's fine for real life people, but this is practically a romance novel, and that would be a cop-out.
Bring on the last book!["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
There were a few moments I chuckled, but for the most part, I just didn't get it. Maybe I'm not intellectual enough to appreciate it, or maybe I justThere were a few moments I chuckled, but for the most part, I just didn't get it. Maybe I'm not intellectual enough to appreciate it, or maybe I just get bored too easily. Regardless, my favorite thing about this one was it was short....more
This was truly terrible. I've read books by Janet Evanovich before, and enjoyed them. The problem in this graphic novel seems to be that neither EvanoThis was truly terrible. I've read books by Janet Evanovich before, and enjoyed them. The problem in this graphic novel seems to be that neither Evanovich has any clue how to write for this medium. It's like they thought, "Hey, it has pictures! That's less work! We don't need a plot, or character development! They can see it all for themselves! In the pictures!" Just because a comic has a visual element doesn't mean you can slack off on the storytelling, ladies. Hooker and Barnaby are annoying and forgettable, and I was barely able to get through this volume. I don't even care enough about the little storyline that there is to pick up the second volume.
I will say, I did enjoy the artist's style, which is why I bothered picking this up in the first place. For that reason, I am giving this one star. That, and the fact that goodreads won't let me rate something zero stars.
Great storytelling and great art come together to make this book an enjoyable read. I have to admit, my favorite part is Juanjo Guarnido's gorgeous anGreat storytelling and great art come together to make this book an enjoyable read. I have to admit, my favorite part is Juanjo Guarnido's gorgeous and lush illustrations. I love the animalistic characteristics each person has. It's not like they are animals that walk and talk, but the appearance of a specific animal is an extension of each character. Most characters seemed to be either cat or dog-like (or an unidentifiable mix of both), but Blacksad himself is always distinct: solid, dependable, sexy, strong, fierce, unafraid. The art style itself is both subtle and dynamic, with emotion and depth on display in each frame.
Of course, even such wonderful art would be pointless if there wasn't great story at the core. Each of the three stories in this volume is entertaining and well-written. The last one turned a little too politically heavy for my own personal tastes - I can't say I'm particularly interested in communists and the cold war, whether and how we'll survive a nuclear holocaust, or the ethics of sharing scientific knowledge with those you know intent it for harm. Or maybe it's just that references to the cold war and communists made that story feel much more dated and irrelevant? The first two stories, though, were more in line with classic murder mysteries, but with personal, heart-rending twists: a old love is murdered, a young, innocent girl is kidnapped.
Overall, I would definitely recommend this one to both fans of the comic/graphic novel genre and fans of the noir/crime drama genre. And if I can find any more Blacksad volumes, I'll definitely give them a read....more
This one started out intriguing, but quickly turned aggressively and inexplicably violent. I still don't understand the character progressions. Walk tThis one started out intriguing, but quickly turned aggressively and inexplicably violent. I still don't understand the character progressions. Walk through this with me. (view spoiler)[Val hates her life and is mad at her father and step-mother, Linda, so she puts on a devil mask and black clothes and stalks through the neighborhood, spying on people in their homes. She spends a lot of time watching her father and Linda have sex. Linda knows the peeping tom (who she doesn't know is Val) is watching, and enjoys putting on a show for them. Val is in love with Paul, who is kind of her boyfriend, but doesn't want to have sex until he sees Val is the peeping tom. Then they do it in the cemetery. This continues. Paul eventually puts on Val's peeping tom costume and goes to her house and has sex with Linda, who assumes he's the peeping tom she'd been seeing. They have a lot of sex. Until Val comes home unexpectedly and catches them, and proceeds to try and murder them with a knife.
Here's where it gets weird. I know what you're thinking, "It hadn't gotten weird yet?" Trust me. Val stabs Paul but doesn't kill him. He runs off. Eventually, though, the 3 somehow make up and come together to kill Paul's abusive father and mother. The 3 then run away together after staging Val's house to look like they were abducted. They go on a killing road trip, the girls taking turns having sex with Paul. It seems like Val does most of the killing, and has an obsessing with gouging eyes out. Linda eventually leaves the younger two and goes home to her husband, claiming to have "escaped" from their abductors, who are actually very kind and treated them nicely.
Suddenly and quickly, everyone starts being killed. Val kills Paul. She goes to her mother's house to hide and when her mother tries to kill her, Val violently beats her to death. She heads back home, kills her father, and frames it on Linda, who is devastated to find out the real peeping tom was Val. Linda stabs herself in the throat as the police are about to storm the house. Val's best friend Patty, who had been devastated by her disappearance, sees the murders through the window. Val tells her everything. Then Patty kills Val, out of "self defense" she says. The last frame is the most confusing: random gymnastics friend of Patty's that likes her is going to see her and has the mask peaking out of her bag. (hide spoiler)]
Even after I write it all out, it makes no sense. So here is what I'm going to take away from this one:
1) Don't spy on people. 2) Don't wear devil masks, because they are evil-inducing. 3) Don't have sex in a cemetery. 4) Don't go on murder sprees. 5) Don't kill anyone in general, especially your parents. 6) Don't read this book again.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I liked the art, but the story was pretty weak. A couple that have been dating for 3 years shouldn't randomly start sleeping with strangers so easily,I liked the art, but the story was pretty weak. A couple that have been dating for 3 years shouldn't randomly start sleeping with strangers so easily, even if they are on separate vacations and having "problems." And then they shouldn't get back together so quickly and easily. In the end, I didn't really care about or particularly like Jack or Jill. Not one I'd read again or recommend....more
I still love these characters, and this story, but I'm having a hard time really understanding Ren's backstory of Kuon. Maybe I need to go back and reI still love these characters, and this story, but I'm having a hard time really understanding Ren's backstory of Kuon. Maybe I need to go back and read a bunch in a row? Regardless, whenever he has flashbacks, it makes me sad. I just want more interactions with Kyoko! I'm glad she's come to mean so much to him, and happy that she's starting to realize how much he means to her. Hopefully, the next volume will have more of them together!...more
Yay, we're finally back to Kyoko and Ren's relationship! And we finally get to know what this mysterious project is that Ren has to be Cain Heel for! Yay, we're finally back to Kyoko and Ren's relationship! And we finally get to know what this mysterious project is that Ren has to be Cain Heel for! The past few volumes had gotten a little tedious, so this one was a welcome relief.
It's interesting to see Kyoko's inner thought process when it comes to Ren. Obviously, she can finally tell that she's starting to have feelings for him. Unfortunately, Kyoko's gut reaction is still to block those kinds of emotions, and so she responds by avoiding Ren while not in character, by getting mad at him, and by provoking fights with him. This doesn't always go as Kyoko plans, but at leasts she's reacting to Ren finally.
It's fun to see other guys reacting to Kyoko, too, and Ren's subsequent reactions as well. Kijima is kind of smarmy, but well-intentioned at least. His makeover of Kyoko was rather remarkable, and I love the way he matter-of-factly decided that since she's his type when dressed like that, they should date. Kyoko's disbelief was funny, and I loved how Ren pretended not to hear the exchange, but then stole her away under false pretenses, then scolded her for letting Kijima do those kind of things for her. I'm not sure Kyoko interpreted Ren's "you're too innocent" speech correctly, but at least they're both recognizing that there's something between them. I also loved the boys from the tv show telling Kyoko she looked beautiful. Maybe if more and more people tell her, she'll finally start to believe it.
I'm still not quite sure what the president has up his sleeve, but he seems to want the same thing as Ren: he and Kyoko together. He's just not going about that in a way that Ren wants or likes or can even figure out.
Cain Heel and Setsuka. I'm still not sure why they need Ren to play Cain in order for him to play Black Jack. Maybe because Ren's image is too sweet? Anyways, I love the interaction between "Cain" and "Setsuka", and the way they project each other. Of course his costar, Murasame, things Setsuka is gorgeous and Cain is intimidating. Cain flipping out over Murasame ogling Setsuka and ruining his plan not to speak Japanese was interesting, and I'm curious to see how this power struggle will play out.
Also, I loved the little cameo from Sho Fuwa! Yes, he would flip out if he had seen Kyoko dressed like that. I have to admit, I kinda miss that guy....more
This volume was all about Ren. Or should we call him Cain? Or BJ? Or Kuon? Half the time, we didn't know who he actually was, and neither did he. TheThis volume was all about Ren. Or should we call him Cain? Or BJ? Or Kuon? Half the time, we didn't know who he actually was, and neither did he. The interesting thing is that by this point, Kyoko knows him so well that, even though she doesn't know who Kuon is, she could tell Ren wasn't himself or Cain or even BJ. She could tell he was controlled by some other being, and in the end, that he needed her, whoever he was.
Ultimately, finding out how and why Ren is shaped by his past is important to the story, and to his relationship with Kyoko. I just wish it wasn't so sad. And I wish it wasn't so confusing. I want him to just sit down with Kyoko and explain everything to her. At one point, she would have freaked out, but I think by now, she would be a big comfort to him. She already slept in his arms to calm him down, for goodness sake! And everyone that knows Kyoko knows how big of a deal that is to her....more
Maria is a hard girl to figure out. She wants friends, but is too blunt to get them. She can't seem to figure out how to get people to like her, but IMaria is a hard girl to figure out. She wants friends, but is too blunt to get them. She can't seem to figure out how to get people to like her, but I think her core issue is she refuses to lie to anyone, no matter the circumstance. The fact that she can easily read people certainly doesn't help, especially when she is so quick to expose their true selves.
Yusuke and Shin are interesting as well. Yusuke has forced himself to become an extrovert so that everyone will like him, putting on a friendly facade no matter what the situation. Though Maria seems to appreciate his willingness to be her friend, she also can't figure out why he would want to live such a false life. The whole concept of the lovely spin as Yusuke intends it alludes her, but in the end, it still manages to change her attitude, at least a little bit. Shin is almost the exact opposite of Yusuke - a caring guy that pretends not to care. Somehow, though, Maria has gotten to him. He wants to be near her and help her.
It will be interesting to see how the relationships develop between these 3 main characters. Right now, they're really the only characters of much substance. The other students and teachers just seem mean and annoying....more
A cute enough story. I still haven't really figured out exactly what the characters are thinking. Mafuyu seems to just want friends, and doesn't knowA cute enough story. I still haven't really figured out exactly what the characters are thinking. Mafuyu seems to just want friends, and doesn't know how to go about it. Hayasaka doesn't seem like a normal delinquent. He likes fighting just for the sake of fighting? And he seems to have a sixth sense that Mafuyu isn't what she claims to be. Takaomi is hard to figure out. Does he like Mafuyu? And what is his real, secret motivation behind becoming a teacher? I guess I'll figure it out eventually. ...more