Thursday, November 12, 2009

Wicked Lovely: Desert Tales, Volume One: Sanctuary

[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.

Links: Melissa's blog/twitter

Book details: HarperCollins/Paperback/$9.99


  1. I got this from my library, lol. I think I was the first one to read it. I was a bit underwhelmed by it too, but I'll just continue getting them from the library.

    I feel like these Harper/Tokyopop mangas just aren't worth buying at all. I love buying mangas but the stories in these particular mangas just aren't really worth re-reading, you know? Not like Sailor Moon or Kodocha or MARS or something like that. It's no wonder the manga line tanked.

    Great review though- loved hearing your thoughts about this.

  2. These sorts of things strike me as nothing but a money grab. I also question whether the original author actually had anything to do with them. Wouldn't writers be more interested in coming up with a good idea for their next novel rather than dashing out nearly plotless stories for mangas?

    If fans of the novels like them for the stories, I can't imagine why they'd bother with a manga; it seems like a different audience altogether.

  3. Ooh, all I've heard about this manga is bad things. Guess I know what I won't be buying this weekend.

  4. Thanks for the review. I was wanting to know if I had to read Wickey Lovely first, since this is one of the Cybils nominees I need to tackle.

    I hate it when volume 1 is all set up, though really with the length of these type of books it doesn't surprise me. I usually try to wait for 3 or so volumes so I don't go crazy waiting for the next books.

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