This was a curious book. The name "Sherrilyn Kenyon" drew me to it. I've never read any of her novels, but she seems to be well-known in the paranormaThis was a curious book. The name "Sherrilyn Kenyon" drew me to it. I've never read any of her novels, but she seems to be well-known in the paranormal romance genre. I'm not sure if this story is a adaptation of one of her Dark-Hunter novels, but from what I can see, it ties into the same universe. I thought the idea of telling a paranormal romance written by a non-Japanese author through the medium of Japanese-style manga was pretty intriguing, so I decided to read it.
The artwork is great. The artist has a sort of stark, mostly black-and-white style that worked well for isolated images or character poses, but not so well for action sequences. Still, the panels flowed into each other quite well, so there was minimal confusion.
The story and character dynamics had their high points, but there was a lot of dialogue, backstory, and overall explaining-of-the-world. I'm not sure how long this series is going to be or what the authorial intent was, but if this is going to be a fairly short run of a series, I feel like some of the explanations could have been trimmed down for the sake of preserving the story's flow. The two main characters are fairly typical of the genre--a "normal" woman meets a gorgeous, sexual vampire with tortured past. For what it's worth, the relationship is developed well, and towards the end, I felt one of the characters start to grab me, but for the most part, I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. However, there are some interesting elements going on in the world, especially regarding the vampiric origins. I think that was the element of the volume that I appreciated the most, and if this volume really is a taster of Kenyon's Dark-Hunter series of novels, I think I may check them out.
I'm not sure if I'll read the next installment of this particular series, but I think readers of the paranormal romance genre will enjoy this....more
It's been a while since I've thought something was this cute. Seriously, right now I just want my review to be composed of the words "so" (with lots oIt's been a while since I've thought something was this cute. Seriously, right now I just want my review to be composed of the words "so" (with lots of o's) and "cute" (with lots of u's), but I'll spare everyone the obnoxiousness and just say that this is a great, funny, and, yes, so cute first volume, and I'm really looking forward to collecting the rest of the series....more
At the end of the 22nd century on Earth, the world has been ruined by war and pollution. Two very distinct social classes have emerged; the rich, whoAt the end of the 22nd century on Earth, the world has been ruined by war and pollution. Two very distinct social classes have emerged; the rich, who have everything, and the poor, who have nothing. Thief Kotobuki and army officer Raimon are the two central characters who move through a world in which several groups are searching for a legendary force called Tsubasa, which is said to grant people any wish they want.
If Goodreads allowed half-star ratings, I'd probably give this 3.5 stars. It's another early work of Takaya's, and it shows to some degree, but a couple of the characters are fairly engaging, and there's a bit of a cohesive plot for those who don't like episodic storylines. This is a huge, 400-page manga volume, and I think it works to the story's strength, because I don't know if it would have packed as much of a punch with just single chapter installments. Now I feel like the story's already rolling, and I'm definitely going to be following this series.
An amusing aside: for those familiar with Takaya's changing art style, it's obvious that the cover (and the little amusing "thank you!" comic at the end) is drawn in her recent style, but the story is not. It's just interesting to see how much her style changed in eight(!) years....more
Whenever I come straight out of reading a volume of this series, I always want to give it a high number of stars simply for the hilarity, but on laterWhenever I come straight out of reading a volume of this series, I always want to give it a high number of stars simply for the hilarity, but on later reflection, I always end up lowering my opinion. The second volume has pretty much the same elements as the first. Humor. Sexual tension. Hard-to-follow action. There are inklings of a larger plot beginning to surface, however, so I'm once again debating on whether or not to start buying this series. I definitely am going to continue reading it, though....more
This is Takaya Natsuki's first work, and I bought it entirely due to my respect for her as a storyteller/artist and my love for Fruits Basket, which iThis is Takaya Natsuki's first work, and I bought it entirely due to my respect for her as a storyteller/artist and my love for Fruits Basket, which is arguably her best work to date. I actually wasn't even quite certain what this series was about until I got the volume.
I'd already heard ahead of time that this series wasn't as good as Fruits Basket, so I was prepared for some mediocrity going into it. And it was there. In this volume, we see that Takaya hasn't yet mastered the foreshadowing that she uses with such skill in her later works. Everything feels very simple and straightforward, and the first couple of chapters feel very episodic. Also, the heroine of the series is the typical all-loving, very accepting/forgiving, endearingly normal, not-so-bright heroine that Takaya seems to migrate towards.
What makes this series unique, however, is that the heroine shares the stage almost equally with the hero. Sometimes the hero even seems to dominate, which is rare to see outside of yaoi-type shoujo and gothic/macabre shoujo. It's a refreshing change, in my opinion. And I can already see Takaya's ability to play up painful human emotion being put into play. I got sniffle-y at a couple of instances in the volume, even though the series as a whole hasn't really hooked me yet. Nevertheless, I'm confident that Takaya is going to turn out a good work, so I'll definitely be following this series.
(Oh, and for Fruits Basket fans out there: there are a few pages of Chapter 126 included at the very end of the volume.)...more