Friday, December 26, 2008

Harlequin Violet: Blind Date ~ Emma Darcy/Mihoko Hirose

Catherine knew her sister meant well, but a blind date with a famous, handsome tycoon was not exactly what she needed. Zack Freeman was equally annoyed when his best friend defied him to leave work behind for a moment and have a little fun. When they met, Catherine saw desire in Zack's eyes, and it was clear he found her irresistible. Both were surprised to find their blind date turn into one unforgettable night with consequences that would change both their lives!

Harlequin offering manga?  Yeah, it's true.  And to be honest, this one wasn't all that bad!  Harlequin Violet is spicier than the Harlequin Pink manga, so be forewarned.  Although there isn't any explicit content, there is suggestive drawing.  That said, the story behind this was more complex and less fluffy than the Harlequin Pink titles I've read.  It's a cute, quick read and well worth it.

~TCBL

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Princess Ai: Volume 1

by: Misaho Kujiradou, Courtney Love and D. J. Milky

Available at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble.com, TokyoPop.com and comic shops everywhere, I'm sure.

Ai is an alien who found herself on the streets of Tokyo with her clothes and her memory in tatters. Thanks to the kindness of a handsome, young college librarian named Kent, Ai started to piece together her past while she found work as a singer to earn some money. When a strange, dragon-winged female assassin from Ai's homeland tried to kill her, Ai agreed to a recording contract with H.T.A. in the hope that the powerful corporation might protect her from her enemies while enabling her to unlock her memories.

I haven't had a chance to read much manga lately and for obvious reasons.  It takes me about 45 minutes to an hour to read one volume.  And when they're $10 a pop, well, I don't invest in very many.  So, I have to rely on PaperBackSwap to help feed my addiction.  So, I was rather excited when I saw this pop up as available on my wish list a couple weeks ago.

The artwork in this manga is just gorgeous.  Very dark and angelic.  The story is enjoyable but the volume was much too short!  Just as you're starting to get to the real story, it ends.  But alas, I find that all too often with manga because, like comics and other graphic-type novels, you only have so many pages... ::sigh::

Overall, I enjoy it and cannot wait for volume 2 to arrive!

~TCL