Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet LetterAuthor: Stacy King, Nathaniel Hawthrone (original)

Genre: Graphic Novel, Manga

Links: Goodreads | Amazon 

Goodreads Synopsis: A powerful tale of forbidden love, shame, and revenge comes to life in Manga Classics: The Scarlet Letter. Faithfully adapted by Crystal Chan from the original novel, this new edition features stunning artwork by SunNeko Lee (Manga Classics: Les Miserables) which will give old and new readers alike a fresh insight into the Nathaniel Hawthorne’s tragic saga of Puritan America. .Manga Classics editions feature classic stories, faithfully adapted and illustrated in manga style, and available in both hardcover and softcover editions. Proudly presented by UDON Entertainment and Morpheus Publishing.”

 

overall feelings copy

(Artwork from the book)

Book is available on NetGalley.

I haven’t had the opportunity to read any classic books in manga format. It was interesting, and I saw it was available on NetGalley. I really enjoyed reading The Scarlet Letter in manga form. The manga is a condensed version of the book, so there were many parts that were cut down from the original story.

The story is about Hester and how she has committed adultery in her puritan home. She has a baby, but won’t name the father of her child. She bears a giant A on her chest, which stands for adultery. She keeps her secret hidden from the world. Her society shuns her, and she alone must bear the pain.

What I really liked about the book was the art style. It was easy to differentiate the characters. Hester had the best character design, I wasn’t too keen on the guys designs especially Arthur Dimmesdale’s design. As for the characters, I couldn’t grow to love them. I really thought of the whole cast to be one dimensional. The manga did a great job of telling the story through images. As I’ve mentioned, the manga story does allude to the symbolism and metaphors from the original text. Now if you’re looking for a short version of the book, you should definitely try reading the manga since it is straightforward and easy to grasp.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kissing in America by Margo Rabb: Book Review

Goodreads Synopsis: Acclaimed writer Margo Rabb’s Kissing in America is “a wonderful novel about friendship, love, travel, life, hope, poetry, intelligence, and the inner lives of girls,” raves internationally bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert (Eat, Pray, Love).

In the two years since her father died, sixteen-year-old Eva has found comfort in reading romance novels—118 of them, to be exact—to dull the pain of her loss that’s still so present. Her romantic fantasies become a reality when she meets Will, who seems to truly understand Eva’s grief. Unfortunately, after Eva falls head-over-heels for him, he picks up and moves to California without any warning. Not wanting to lose the only person who has been able to pull her out of sadness—and, perhaps, her shot at real love—Eva and her best friend, Annie, concoct a plan to travel to the west coast to see Will again. As they road trip across America, Eva and Annie confront the complex truth about love.

In this honest and emotional journey that National Book Award finalist Sara Zarr calls “gorgeous, funny, and joyous,” readers will experience the highs of infatuation and the lows of heartache as Eva contends with love in all of its forms.

Commentary: I had my doubts about this book and I was right. I received Kissing in America at Yallwest earlier this month. I didn’t have high expectations, but I didn’t think it would be such a bad a story. I couldn’t believe that Eva, the protagonist, was sixteen. Let me tell you, the girl is a bit delusional. I thought she was in middle school, not in high school. She falls head over heels for Will, a weird popular guy, who becomes her friend and something “more”. She instantly falls in love with him and they kiss, but only Eva believes that they are a couple. Will has to move to California, and she decides to find a way to be with him. Even though it would be convenient to take a plane from New York to California, she can’t because her father died in a tragic plane accident. Anyways, she convinces her best friend, Annie, to enter the “Smartest Girl in America” contest  in order to be closer to Will. Annie is skeptical at first, but then decides to enter the contest. After making it to the California, Eva finally meets Will, but he apologizes for ruining their friendship. At that point, I disliked Will. He made it seem as if he were interested in Eva. He led her to believe that he liked her. I just don’t understand why he didn’t tell her that he saw her as just a friend. Ughs. Now, this story was rather annoying for me to read. I mostly wanted to knock some common sense to the protagonist. Will felt a little boring to me. There wasn’t anything unique about him. I wasn’t a fan of the romance either. There were some cute moments in the story. Overall, I mostly felt sorry for Annie, who ended up losing the contest because Eva was not there for her (she was with Will, when she should have been in the television studio). I still feel that the whole road trip was to see Will, and not for the contest. It wasn’t my favorite, and it wasn’t memorable for me. Lastly, that the title of the book is a bit misleading…

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️

On Sale: May 26th, 2015

The Heir by Kiera Cass: Book Review

“You can be brave and still be feminine. You can lead and still love flowers. Most importantly, you can be queen and still be a bride.” – Ahren

Goodreads Synopsis: Princess Eadlyn has grown up hearing endless stories about how her mother and father met. Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won the heart of Prince Maxon—and they lived happily ever after. Eadlyn has always found their fairy-tale story romantic, but she has no interest in trying to repeat it. If it were up to her, she’d put off marriage for as long as possible.

But a princess’s life is never entirely her own, and Eadlyn can’t escape her very own Selection—no matter how fervently she protests.

Eadlyn doesn’t expect her story to end in romance. But as the competition begins, one entry may just capture Eadlyn’s heart, showing her all the possibilities that lie in front of her . . . and proving that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she’s always thought.

Commentary: I did not expect myself to like this book more than the Selection series. When I found out that there was going to be more books, I started laughing. Seriously, why would there be more books to this series? Anyways, I assumed that Eadlyn was going to be exactly like her mother. Oh boy, was I wrong. She was spoiled, bratty, whinny, and frustrating. Did something traumatic happen to Eadlyn? Maybe that could explain why she is that way. Her personality is far from charming.  I would have not liked her as Queen. Most of the time, I kept rolling my eyes. There were some moments where I wanted to slap Eadlyn for not trying. She could have tried with most of the boys, but all she did was be mean. This book was shorter than I expected it to be. I loved her twin brother Ahren. It felt that Ahren got the best personality traits from his parents and not Eadlyn. I didn’t like how he eloped and ran away to France. I liked the dynamics between the two siblings and hopefully, he makes an appearance in the next book. Though she had her faults, I was glad that by the end of the story, she realized she had to change and get serious about her selection. I did find it funny how King Maxon thought The Selection would be the best way to distract people from the problems society is facing. Ha ha ha. Now moving onto the boys, I’m having a hard time choosing which one is my favorite. There is Kile, Marlee’s son, who is her childhood best friend. I was rooting for him since he and Eadlyn have a love-hate relationship, but all that changed once Henri was introduced. From all the boys, I really like Henri for Eadlyn, despite the language barrier. But I also like Henri’s translator Erik. I am hoping that that he gets to be in the selection. Hale, the tailor, is meh for me. There is one guy that I don’t like at all, and that is Ean. For some reason, he comes off as manipulative and I sense that he might be evil, just saying. I really felt that The Heir was written better than the previous books, but it was just as descriptive as the others. I wished the book ended with Eadlyn picking her elite, but that didn’t happen. Lastly, America was not annoying in this book. I didn’t think it was possible, but she is far more likable older than her younger self. Will I read the next book? Yes, I want to find out who Eadlyn chooses. Did I think the author milked the cow? Yassssssssssss. Is this a guilty read? Yes, I have a love-hate relationship with this series.

Final Rating: 👑👑👑👑 (3.5)