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Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, Julien Choy, and Crystal S. Chan
Genre: Manga/Classic Literature/Drama
Romeo and Juliet is the tale of two teenagers who meet and fall in love instantly. The problem is, they are star-crossed lovers. Because their stars are crossed, they are not fated to be together, but continue to fight against fate’s will. Juliet’s house Capulet and Romeo’s house Montague have been warring for ages, and to be seen together would mean trouble. The day of their marriage, fate still aims to intervene in their love. When the friar comes up with a plan for the two to leave Verona forever, a miscommunication becomes the end of both youths.
Not my favorite Shakespeare play, but the art is absolutely gorgeous in this manga edition. One of the things that was a bit tedious with this edition was the fact that they keep the traditional language AND basically have the entire play therein. Therefore, I am basically still reading the whole play, just with illustrations. It’s a love hate, since I love Shakespeare so much but too much text is not what I want when aiming to sit down and read a manga. On another note, the illustrations work very will to demonstrate humor, similes, metaphors, and other literary devices that some readers may have a hard time picking out when just simply reading the play. Still a massive fan of the Manga Classics editions, I am now a bit wary of the Shakespeare, and this time I know more what to expect from the adaptation when Macbeth comes out Fall 2018!
Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman
Mae Vol. 1 by Gene Ha
Genre: Graphic Novel/Fantasy
Mae’s sister seems to enjoy running away. Between second and fifth grade, she’d run off all the time, until one day she never comes back. Seven years later Mae gets a call that her sister is being held at the Sheriff’s office. Now Mae feels like she hardly knows her sister, and she seems a bit odd to boot. Mae’s sister claims to have been away in another world, like Neverland or Oz! When a creature from this strange dimension appears, things suddenly look more real than fantasy.
The beginning seemed somewhat oddly paced, but the story picks up quickly in the first chapter, showing some potential. Access to this other dimension seemed too easy, but the concept of the locations, creatures, and the make-up of the society are interesting. The only qualms I really have with this are the names and the main plot. The names of the fantasy world are extremely unpronounceable, like the author just typed random letters and was like “that’s the name I’ll use for this!” The main plot revolves around the two sisters traversing the other world looking for their father. While that aspect in itself is rather dis-interesting, the action sequences are fun and I wonder which enemy characters will make a reappearance or what kinds of alliances will be made. The art is also rather appealing, although the transitions at times seem rough. I really like the ending. It seems that Abbie/Ani knows someone who looks very formidable, and I am curious to see who that character just might be. There is also an extra side story at the end that revolves around Ani’s adventures in the other dimension during the time her sister knows her to be missing.
All-in-all pretty interesting graphic novel with quite a bit of potential. The world is interesting and I am hoping there will be more secondary plot that overshadows the main plot to keep the action sequences tight and flowing. (Received from NetGalley for honest review).
Tales of an 8-Bit Kitten: Lost in the Nether by Cube Kid
Genre: Children’s/Video Game Tie-in/Adventure
Set in the world of Minecraft, this unofficial Minecraft novel starts off with Eeebs playing hide-and-seek with two other kittens. One of his friends claims to have the greatest hiding place and will never be found. Eeebs travels farther than he ever has from home in order to find his friends, only to find himself having entered the Nether against his own mother’s warnings of such a place.
The writing is very simple, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. This is cute and accessible for younger readers (perhaps grades 1-4). I personally would line more vocabulary or sentence variety. Not only do children love the Minecraft, but adults too. Also using more sentence variation is a strong sample for younger readers. Writing style aside, the format is very unique. The pages are in color and feature a background of a Minecraft ground cube and various words and phrases are sometimes underlined or appear in different sizes, fonts, and colors to point out various things to the reader. I also really like how there are visuals with this novel. Almost every page (with a few exceptions) has a Minecraft-reminiscent image that shows just what is going on in the world without the author necessarily having to delve into too much imagery. I don’t think I will read other unofficial Minecraft novels, but this was cute nonetheless. (Received from NetGalley for an honest review).
The Lion and the Bride Vol. 1 by Mika Sakurano
Genre: Shoujo/Romance Manga
Yua is a high school student who is secretly dating her teacher. After the death of her parents, she is taken in by her grandma, but her grandma gets sick, leaving Yua all alone. Her Sensei opts to marry her so that she has a place to stay, but one of her classmates is his son from a previous marriage! Awkward…
From my understanding, this book was originally published by Tokyopop, but after Tokyopop went out, another publisher picked up the series. The art is absolutely gorgeous. While there are some generic aspects to the story (taboo student and teacher relationship), it adds a new and exponentially interesting dynamic to it with having to keep their marriage a secret until Yua graduates, not to mention she now legally has a son the same age as her! This romantic drama has twists and turns around every corner. I have this feeling that Sensei’s son, Subaru, might just find some romantic feelings for his new mom as well. Uh-oh! What a fantastic first volume, and I am eager to read the coming volumes! (Received from NetGalley for an honest review).