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Manga Review: Kasane by Daruma Matsuura

TOKYOPOP
Published Dec. 2016

Kasane is a girl with a disgusting face, almost deformed … Because of this, she suffers the harassment of her classmates. One day, in the midst of despair, she remembers what her mother, a famous actress of great beauty, said to her before she died: “If you ever stay alone and you can not take it anymore, put your lips together, get close to what you want. .. and kiss it! “ -Goodreads

As a desperate act to fully getting what she wants and to stop the harassment, Kasane listens to her mother’s advice and it completely changes her world.

When I began this manga I was like is she ugly by beauty standards or does she have a deformity that people make fun of her for. I would call it a deformity but she was born that way and there are some other things that can suggest it is family trait. However, I gave a little bit too much away.

This manga is unlike anything you have read. Not only is plot completely original but it is creative. You can maybe compare it to Cinderella but it isn’t Cinderella. It isn’t even a fairy tale. This manga is strictly stand-alone content within its own world and it is purely amazing.

Kasane has it bad. Between the harassment, her mother being dead and her abusive Aunt stealing her inheritance, Kasane has reason for being the way she is and for making the choices she made. However, at a certain point you begin to think is she the bad guy? I loved that aspect of this manga. It makes you question Kasane, her intentions and how you feel about her.

But beyond that this manga is deep. Beauty standards are huge and the series touches upon being beautiful and being able to do your job, your passion, your career.

The story move flawlessly and the pace was great. My only issue was I wanted to know more about Kasane before her life changing decision and also during. Who was she beyond beauty and the decision she made to get it.

Overall, a must read.

4.5 Pickles

Impatiently Waiting For: Ash & Bramble by Sarah Prineas

HarperTeen To Be Published Sept. 15, 2015 464 Pages
HarperTeen
To Be Published Sept. 15, 2015
464 Pages

When the glass slipper just doesn’t fit…

The tale of Cinderella has been retold countless times. But what you know is not the true story.

Pin has no recollection of who she is or how she got to the Godmother’s fortress. She only knows that she is a Seamstress, working day in and out to make ball gowns fit for fairy tales. But she longs to forsake her backbreaking servitude and dares to escape with the brave young Shoemaker.

Pin isn’t free for long before she’s captured again and forced to live the new life the Godmother chooses for her—a fairy tale story, complete with a charming prince—instead of finding her own happily ever after.- Goodreads

Manga Review: 12 O’Clock Bell Rings by Seishi Kishimoto

         Published 2011              24 Pages
Published 2011
24 Pages

This manga is a twisted retelling of the timeless story Cinderella. It is a quick read but dark and creepy.

Here is what I like about it: the ending was unpredictable which added an even more dark factor to the book. The artwork is amazing. Detailed, and not the typical Manga where the girl is adorably cute and gullible.

However, the biggest downfall about this quick read is it is too quick. There was so much more meat, darkness that could have been added to this story that I strongly believe the author ended too short. To do a retelling of a popular story requires more heart and time and although I loved this story it lacked the depth needed.

Overall this Manga gets: 3.5 Pickles

Book Review: Cinder (Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

To be perfectly honest, this is my first science fiction book. I’m not exactly sure why I have never picked up a science fiction book before but . . .  yea I just never did until Cinder.

Cinder by Marissa Meyers (goodreads)
Cinder by Marissa Meyers (goodreads)

Cinder is a cyborg and she lives in a world where most if not all people do not like cyborgs. But Cinder is special she is the best mechanic known in her land and she also happens to be 16 years old. But that is not the only thing that makes her special. To Cinder her past is unknown and her future becomes even more cloudy when the Prince comes to her stand looking for her services.

Cinder seems to be a play on Cinderella but in science fiction. She has the mother that hates her and the evil stepsister (she actually happens to like the other one).  What I loved about this book was Cinder herself. She was strong but not that strong in which she makes things difficult for herself or those around her. She also had a plan for her life and I don’t mean college or anything of that matter. I mean she knew she wanted to get from under her Stepmother and didn’t cause her any harm or mistreatment to do that. I thought that showed Cinder as a thoughtful and overall a person of good heart.

What the author was able to do for me (since I usually stay away from science fiction) is make me like Cinder so much I kept reading. Also the ending was actually really good; you find out the biggest mystery of Cinder’s past but I am not sure about how exactly that information helps her because when I previewed the second book she doesn’t seem to really do anything with it. Like it is really a huge piece of information.

Overall, I think if you’re into science fiction perfect read. This book gets a 8 out of 10.