The story follows Monkey D. Luffy,...moreSince this is the first volume of One Piece, one of the top mangas and is ranked sixth on My Anime List Top Manga.
The story follows Monkey D. Luffy, a 17 year old boy that has a dream of finding One Piece (the greatest treasure in the world that promises an unlimited amount of fame and money) and becoming the pirate king. When he was young he ate the Devil Fruit 'Gomu Gomu no Mi' which made him rubber. This is unfortunate for Luffy as he is unable to swim, which is a weakness for a pirate.
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In these first eight chapters, they explore Luffy's past with Shank and his decision to wanting to become the pirate king and also finding One Piece.
In this volume, you get to learn about Luffy's past with Shank which leads to wanting become the pirate king as well as finding One Piece. It the beginning of Luffy's journey, so you'll also come across some people who join his crew.
Right now, there is currently 65 volumes of the series, so you can tell that Luffy's experiences to finding One Piece will be a long one. No matter how long Luffy's journey is, I'm looking forward to what happens in the next chapter.(less)
The Wicked Lovely is about a teen girl, Aislinn, who has had the ability to see faeries, invisible to mortals without the Sight, ever since she was bo...moreThe Wicked Lovely is about a teen girl, Aislinn, who has had the ability to see faeries, invisible to mortals without the Sight, ever since she was born. Even though there are rules about never to stare, speak or attract attention to the fay, there is one particular faery boy, Keenan, who becomes interested in Aislinn. However, Keenan is the Summer King and believes that Aislinn is his Summer Queen, and is determined to make sure that Aislinn will be the Queen, no matter what.
As the concept seems very fantasy almost fairy tale with the faeries, Marr does an excellent job at portraying this new type of fay. There are some fay which are beautiful to a degree, but the majority of them have been described are very unappealing with tusks, eyes that were far too large for their faces, lions’ manes… the list goes on. The first ten or so chapters of the book is basically setting up the story and also character development on those who play an important role in the story. It started off a little slow, but with the characters changing, the world of the fay, as well as the writing style, definitely makes the story very fascinating.
The story is one of the most unique plots I have ever read, especially for books that are in the fantasy genre, as I never read a book with faeries in it. Aislinn has always had to pretend to never acknowledge the fay since she was born, even when they grope, trip and pinch people who do not have the Sight to see them. Then she has to deal with Keenan, who is believes that Aislinn is the Summer Queen, when he enrols at her school. Along with the plot, the creativity of the rules for finding the correct Summer Queen is fascinating, and even the little quotes before each chapter about the fay impressed me.
I was very surprised when I realised that the book was aimed for an audience that is aged thirteen and older. I’m not sure if it is because I read books which target an older audience, but it seems like it should be intended for young adults. For example, there is a scene which mentions that a sex scene took place, and I personally don’t think thirteen year olds should be reading books with acknowledgement of sex. It was a sweet scene, well the build-up to the scene was sweet, but I don’t think thirteen year olds should be reading about sex at that age.
Overall, The Wicked Lovely was an excellent book to read and would definitely recommend it to someone who enjoys the fantasy genre or anyone wanting to get away from the highly popular, vampire books. I believe that this isn’t a book for everyone, especially those who aren’t fans for fantasy or faeries, but the story is very unique and stands out from the other books I’ve read. I’m definitely looking forward to reading the next book in the series.(less)