Placeholder for now, because I am SO going to read this new version! .......now I just have to wait for people to realize it's not a new "edition" of...morePlaceholder for now, because I am SO going to read this new version! .......now I just have to wait for people to realize it's not a new "edition" of the same book... but an actual DIFFERENT TRANSLATION and thus DIFFERENT BOOK ENTIRELY. DX(less)
Well this was good! Now I'm on to the next one. Don't mind any mad laughter you might encounter along the way from here on out, that's just how I deal...more Well this was good! Now I'm on to the next one. Don't mind any mad laughter you might encounter along the way from here on out, that's just how I deal with pain. Good pain. Agonizing, emotional, life-changing pain. *Slaps your arm encouragingly!* It's a good thing!
For all that my recommendation notes sound off-put, I actually quite enjoyed this book. No complaints. No, really. No complaints. I liked it. I liked...more For all that my recommendation notes sound off-put, I actually quite enjoyed this book. No complaints. No, really. No complaints. I liked it. I liked it a lot. It was dope. Gonna keep reading the next ones now.
This was a book that was right up my alley, with a lot of cultural influences that were great. Definitely read this one! Just think while you do! If y...more This was a book that was right up my alley, with a lot of cultural influences that were great. Definitely read this one! Just think while you do! If you want my full review, you can click here!
You can also read my review on Leafmarks here!(less)
Let's start things off by introducing the volume this way: If you read the first volume and picked up this one, you've probably already made your deci...more Let's start things off by introducing the volume this way: If you read the first volume and picked up this one, you've probably already made your decision about whether or not you're going to continue reading this series, since the first volume had possibly the weakest start to any book or manga I've ever read.
That being said, all my criticisms from the last volume still hold out strong in this one as well. There is no real change to anything in this volume besides a continuation of the simple plot with a few minor complexities and details thrown in to add some development of storyline. However, besides those few developments, minor and simple as they were, not much else takes place that's noteworthy. The plot doesn't beg to be mulled over, the characters are simple and two-dimensional (and the only reason I might have hesitated to say so is because I actually enjoy every character we've met so far), and there's no depth to the stale writing.
The unfortunate part about this series is that, try though it might to keep you interested, the dialogue and characters are simply not memorable. You will walk away from this manga without being personally engaged or feeling any sort of connection to these characters. The concept is interesting and the artwork is absolutely gorgeous. NaRae Lee truly does an amazing job. But that's not enough in most cases to keep a person interested.
I keep reading this out of personal choice. But if you're not a fan of James Patterson's works or looking for a light, swift, and uninvolved read, then it's probably a better idea to pass this one by.
There's nothing wrong with the manga, but it's definitely not up to the standards of what most stories have to offer. With that in mind, if you find it dull, put it aside and read something else. Once I read the actual books I might end up revisiting this series and finding some more quality out of them then perhaps. The same might be advised for you, readers.(less)
I remember when I first picked up this manga, my interest was raised by the title. It's an unusual one, to be certain, and once I looked at the cover,...more I remember when I first picked up this manga, my interest was raised by the title. It's an unusual one, to be certain, and once I looked at the cover, I fell in love with the dynamic art style and beautiful coloration of the art. I remember flipping it open in the Barnes and Noble and reading through the first few pages before I realized I was actually reading the book already. It flew by, a light and easy read without too much thought and the most basic of content, especially as far as reading material goes.
Re-reading this manga again, perhaps that first basic decision to read it based on its superficial appeal was a herald of things to come. And yet as much as I can say that, I can also say that I enjoyed reading this manga.
But be forewarned: It's stripped to the barest of bones.
Being a book-to-manga conversion, which I found out a little while after having read the manga the first time, I would assume that's much of the reason for why this series is so threadbare on content. The art style is beautiful and enchanting, and I can't help but eat it up eagerly. But as far as plot, storyline, twists-and-turns, and most of the basics to any literature go, reading this manga is definitely like receiving the skeleton of a piece rather than anything close to a whole person.
This manga suffers from very little plot, very little character development or explanation, and keeps me reading simply because you can literally fly through this without taking a moment to think--at all! There's no brainpower needed to read this, because there's barely any content to read besides the most basic of storylines which is what we receive.
Now this does not mean that I don't enjoy the content or the concepts introduced therein, but I suspect, as I've mentioned, that this manga series is suffering from severe downsizing since it had been taken from book form to manga form. I will say this with an air of caution, however, because I have never read any of James Patterson's works before, and so I cannot say if there is more content to his actual book series than there is to this manga version. But it's a consideration to take into account. If you're a fan of James Patterson or this series, then I'm sure you'll find this a refreshing and beautifully illustrated version of the books.
Overall, I cannot say that this is a series that everyone will love. Possibly because of the minimal content, people might find this a boring read. In my case, I enjoyed the read. It's fast-paced and very easy to fly through these volumes, and some depth does seem to begin developing by the next volume, but it definitely might not be the right cup of tea for everyone. Still, because it's a quick and easy read, if you're looking for something light to breeze through, I would say to give this series a shot.
I'll be reading more of this series as I can find it in my library. So until the next time, enjoy your reading, everyone!(less)