Hey everyone, it’s Sarah!
I like to read ARCs of manga and graphic novels titles because I like knowing what is coming soon. I am always looking for a new series to dive into. I am still searching for a favorite after finishing Kodocha years ago (I loved that series). I have paired the eARC I got from Edelweiss, Ran and the Gray World Vol. 1 with a title that has been on my TBR shelf for years, Pandora Hearts Vol. 1.
Ran and the Gray World Vol. 1 by Aki Irie
Summary: Ran’s mother isn’t currently in her life, but she does have her brother and father. While Ran misses her mother, she has decided that if she can become a powerful sorceress (like her mother) she will come back. However, Ran is little and her family doesn’t want her pushing herself too far, but Ran is not about listening. In fact, she has a pair of magical shoes that turn her into an adult. While physically she may look like an adult and is able to practice larger magic, her brain stays the same and still sees the world in the guise of a naive child. Hilarity ensues, as Ran tries to navigate the adult world before she is ready, now if she could just find where her brother hid her shoes this time…
Review: The concept of this book was interesting and totally something up my ally. I never really liked Ran, I liked her older brother more, but because the focus of this book is on Ran, it became difficult to read. I will not be reading any more of the books in this series. The art and the story weren’t my style. I thought that the visual scenes were too cluttered, especially in a black and white format.
Pandora Hearts Vol. 1 by Jun Mochizuki
Summary: It is finally time for spoiled Oz to enter into his family’s coming of age ceremony. However, nothing goes as planned when during this ceremony he is condemned for a sin he never remembers committing…and doesn’t completely know what it even is…He is transported to an alternate-world prison abyss, where he faces demons and nasties of all kinds. However, there is a creature, who looks like a sweet young girl, who helps him battle the bad guys. While she helps him in the alternate universe, her help doesn’t come for free and Oz may find that he can’t stomach the unnamed price.
Review: I think I may have read this book too quickly because I feel like I only understood 30% of what was going on. I think a second reading would determine whether or not this book is super confusing or if it was me. I think it has potential for being a great magical action book, but I feel like I didn’t get to know the characters enough to decide one way or another. While, I do not have any current plans to read any more of the series, I may just pick it back up again later.