[description from goodreads]
Discover Melissa Marr's mesmerizing world of Faerie . . .
The desert is far away from the schemes of the Faerie Courts—and that's how Rika likes it. Once a mortal and now a faery, Rika seeks isolation and revels in her ability to appear invisible to humans. Then, she meets him. Artistic and kind, Jayce is the last person Rika wants to hide from.
But change is coming, challenging Rika's freedom and her new romance, as her past pursues her, even into the heart of the desert. . . .
I love Melissa Marr's Wicked Lovely novel series, so obviously I was excited to read a brand new companion to the series in this manga. However, if you're only going to read one Melissa Marr series, stick with the novels because the manga, while entertaing, is underwhelming.
Sanctuary is just like Ink Exchange: it's supposed to be only companion novel to Wicked Lovely and Fragile Eternity but really needs to be read after along with the novels so that you know what on earth is going on. So if you haven't at least read Wicked Lovely, don't even try to pick this one up because many things will make no sense.
It's easy to tell that this is the first in a series, because nothing really happens. It's all set-up. There are exciting fight scenes, sure, and an interesting main character, sure, but most of the time the book focuses on the romance between Rika and Jayce. Their relationship doesn't make much sense and pretty much comes out of nowhere; they meet and they have an ~instant connection~ and immediately really, really like each other, which really I am just sick of in general. And really, the plot is so slow in the beginning that by the time their romance really started I was kind of over reading. I wasn't really interested until the end because of the cliffhanger; up until then, there was nothing too exciting.
The art was nice, and it was nice to put a face to the characters, but I'm not exactly an art expert, so.
The first installment in the Desert Tales series is bland until the end, which made me want to read the sequel. However, I might just sit on the bookstore floor and read the next one, because this one cost $9.99 and only took about an hour to get through.