This book made me so happy. I didn’t even know it existed before a few days ago. I started reading it today, and three hours later, I finished it. It’This book made me so happy. I didn’t even know it existed before a few days ago. I started reading it today, and three hours later, I finished it. It’s just so fantastic! It has all the charm and wit and elegance of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, but then it has humor and a slightly modern feel at times, made possible through the manga drawings. Which, by the way, were extremely well drawn.
There were times when I laughed out loud at the antics of the characters, and at some of the drawings that told so much more than words could ever say. Especially when it involved Mr. Darcy, since in the original novel we never really get into his head.
First, Mr. Colllins. Oh dear, he’s always just made me cringe with his awkwardness and weirdness. But in this manga, ha! When he asked Elizabeth to marry him and she said “no” which he found “fashionable,” he kept popping up all over the place, asking her to marry him. One picture had his head sticking out of a pot and Elizabeth spewing tea. So funny! Oh my gosh.
Then when Elizabeth visits Pemberley and she remembers that Mr. Darcy owns it, there’s a picture of Darcy looking like a king: wearing a cloak, holding a scepter, head held high. Basically the opposite of his quiet, don’t-look-at-me character. Bahaha! There were also little modern things like the words “ha ha” and “awkward” in certain pictures. Very much not a Jane Austen thing.
The drawings added so much emotion. And most of the time they were just subtle things, like Darcy reaching for Elizabeth then retracting his hand, and Darcy rubbing the back of his head when talking to Elizabeth about something that made him nervous. The emotion and characters’ inner feelings were done so beautifully.
Ah, I just love this book so much! It’s the most fantastic thing. It’s perfect. Now, to get my hands on Manga Classics: Jane Eyre, which is sure to be just as delightful. ...more
From reading Kling’s other novel, Sea, I knew that Paint My Body Red would be beautiful and suffused with emotion. And it didn’t disappoint. The writiFrom reading Kling’s other novel, Sea, I knew that Paint My Body Red would be beautiful and suffused with emotion. And it didn’t disappoint. The writing was nice, the characters were real and deep, the storyline was so, so intriguing. The only thing that I didn't like (which is the reason why I gave this book a 4 instead of a 5) was there was too much usage of the f-word for my tastes (and a little bit of sexual content). But, that is just me, and it didn’t necessarily take away from the story. Sometimes I felt the swearing fit the characters—I guess—but I still didn’t care for it. However, that was the only bad thing for me. The rest of the novel was good.
For most of the novel, I could not stop reading. I was so anxious to find out the truth, find out what really happened to Paige and what happened with Ty. Ty was a mystery, and I wanted so much to find out more about him. That’s part of the reason that kept me reading. Ty was such a broken character and he needed love, but he just went searching in the wrong place for it.
I really liked the set-up of the story. It’s told in the now of Paige’s story, and then it goes into flashbacks of her past as she writes in her journal in an attempt to sort out what happened and to let her feelings out. I felt that this added depth to Paige’s story and allowed the reader to live what Paige went through. It was actually hard to read sometimes, as I found out bit by bit what Paige was going through. I felt her pain. This is one thing that I think Kling does so well. She really gets people and how people think, and so the emotions that her characters have feel real. And for me, even if a book isn’t written amazingly with beautiful writing and complex, intriguing plots, as long as it has the right emotion, I will love that book.
This book, however, didn’t lack in plot or character development or writing style. Basically it had everything good going for it. I particularly liked Jake and his charm and honesty. He was what Paige needed. He helped show her what real love could be like. That was a beautiful romance, definitely not without its trials, but, I think trials help make something beautiful and stronger. A lesson exemplified through Paige as she found her own strength and courage and love for herself.
This book was such a great read. I would recommend it to readers looking for a deeply emotional, haunting story that is so dense that it’s hard to read sometimes because it hurts, but that’s so intriguing you can’t put it down, and that is so beautiful because of its characters trying so hard to live and love.
*I would like to thank the publicist for Entangled TEEN for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for a review!* ...more
When I first started reading this, the writing felt a little too formal for my liking. But as I kept reading, I found that the writing style fit the sWhen I first started reading this, the writing felt a little too formal for my liking. But as I kept reading, I found that the writing style fit the storyline so well, and I came to really like it. The book is a retelling of Scheherazade and the One Thousand and One Nights, so I feel like Johnston wrote in a way that would feel similar to the original tales and help create the setting of an Arabian-esque story. It also had a very poetic quality to it. I really liked one description in particular:
A great blue and boundless desert, that heaved under the wind and grew or shrank with the size of the moon. Creatures did live in it, underneath the surface, like our burrowing snakes and insects; but if a man drank from it, he went mad and died, the same as if he had tried to drink sand. -p. 63
The girl who tells the story is strong and brave. But she’s not without fear. She chooses to marry Lo-Melkhiin even though she knows she could die any day. I was really intrigued with her magic and how she wove it into reality by weaving real cloth and telling stories. And I really liked the chapters interspersed between her storytelling that were from some other character’s point of view. At first, I was a little confused about who it was. But then I realized who it was, and it started making sense, and I became even more interested in finishing the story. And I wanted more at the end! I wanted to see more of the real Lo-Melkhiin. But it still ended nicely. ...more