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The Merlin Prophecy by Meg Cabot
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Jan 14, 2012

really liked it

The sequel to one of Meg Cabot's previous books Avalon High takes on a different form than most of her sequels: it is being printed as a three-volume manga. While there has been some controversy from fans over if this was a good idea or not, the manga is still just as good as any novel sequel. Most of the first volume is a recap of the entire Avalon High book, but focusing more on the ending. The real story starts in Chapter 2, which begins with a beautiful two-page picture of Jennifer and Lance sitting on the side of a fountain, in their medieval alter-ego garb. The plot for this volume revolves around Ellie being nominated for homecoming queen, alongside her friend Jennifer and a new character (and nemesis) Morgan, who we learn was Marco's girlfriend. While shopping for a dress, Ellie bumps into Will's mother, whom Ellie invites over for dinner later that week, so that Will and his parents can try and talk things out about everything going on. At the end of the manga, Ellie is running out in the woods and the reader is left at a huge cliffhanger when she is stopped by someone who is not a big fan of her.

The only downside to the manga volume is that it is way too short. At a meager 107 pages, it is about less than half the size of a regular manga volume. But it is definitely worth the price ($7.99) and the read. Jinky Coronado, the artist, did a fantastic job of translating Meg's characters from Avalon High to the manga format. While there is no definite word concerning a release date for Volume 2, we here at Book Chic have good word (from Meg herself) that it should be out before the year is over.
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