Title: Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The Magic Within, Vol. 2 Author: Tania del Rio Genre: Young Adult, Manga Publisher: Archie Comics Source: Library Format: Ebook Release Date: June 4, 2013 Rating: ★★★★
The magic continues in SABRINA THE TEENAGE WITCH: THE MAGIC WITHIN!
Sabrina Spellman’s life is intense. On top of the usual stresses of being a teenager, she’s a witch! And that means two schools and twice the work, from her Mortal Realm high school and the Magic Realm’s Charm School.
It should be simpler. But in addition to a regular spelling bee, she has to study for a magical spell-ing bee. She’s finally dating her childhood Sweetheart—but he doesn’t know she’s a witch! She also has a crush on a cute young wizard—but he’s dating her best friend! On top of the drama, Sabrina keeps being dragged into the middle of strange and dangerous events in the Magic Realm.
Written and illustrated by acclaimed artist Tania del Rio, THE MAGIC WITHIN 2 is the second collection of Archie’s critically praised American manga!
I love this series! It’s a lot of fun. It isn’t like the other Sabrina the Teenage Witch comics or shows I’ve watched before.
There are a lot of fantasy elements to the story. The magic realm plays an important part in the series. Sabrina and her friend discover that the Mana Tree is dying, which represents the life of their queen. They also travel under the sea to the world of merpeople. I love these fantasy elements of the story. Rather than seeing a witch in the real world, which is what the other series are usually about, we get to see the magical world that Sabrina comes from.
One part that I found surprising with this series is Harvey. I can’t stand him in these stories! He can’t make up his mind about liking Sabrina. He likes her, but once they get together, he changes his mind. I was rooting for her and Shinji to get together (even though he is dating her best friend).
I highly recommend this series for fans of Sabrina! It’s a refreshing look at the teenage witch!
What to read next:
Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The Magic Within, Vol. 3 by Tania del Rio
Have you read Sabrina the Teenage Witch: The Magic Within, Vol. 3? What did you think of it?
Title: Romeo and Juliet (Manga Classics) Author: Stacy King, Crystal S. Chan, William Shakespeare Genre: Manga Publisher: Udon Entertainment Source: Publisher via NetGalley Format: Ebook Release Date: May 15, 2018 Rating: ★★★★★
A classic Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Julietis the tale of two star-crossed young lovers who dare to defy their feuding families, put aside all obstacles, and find happiness together – but at a tremendous cost. This grimly beautiful tale, set in the Renaissance Italy, follows Romeo and Juliet from their hateful first meeting to their last.
Manga Classics™ brings you this incredible new manga version of William Shakespeare’s most popular play, featuring the unaltered original text in its entirety!
I love the collection of Manga Classics! I was so excited about the Romeo and Juliet manga because it is one of my favourite Shakespeare plays.
I have fond memories of this play because my class performed it in grade 5. It was the first Shakespeare play I ever read. I can still remember parts of it off by heart.
This was a great adaptation of the play. My favourite part was Juliet’s nurse. She was such a funny and dramatic character. She would ramble on about things without getting to the point. Her character in this story was a large woman who screamed a lot. She was overly dramatic, which added a lot of humour to this tragic story.
This is a great adaptation of Romeo and Juliet!
What to read next:
Pride and Prejudice (Manga Classics) by Stacy King
The Scarlet Letter (Manga Classics) by Stacy King
Have you read Romeo and Juliet (Manga Classics)? What did you think of it?
In a dump in the lawless settlement of Scrapyard, far beneath the mysterious space city of Zalem, disgraced cyber-doctor Daisuke Ido makes a strange find: the detached head of a cyborg woman who has lost all her memories. He names her Alita and equips her with a powerful new body, the Berserker. While Alita remembers no details of her former life, a moment of desperation reawakens in her nerves the legendary school of martial arts known as Panzer Kunst. In a place where there is no justice but what people make for themselves, Alita decides to become a hunter-killer, tracking down and taking out those who prey on the weak. But can she hold onto her humanity as she begins to revel in her own bloodlust?
I chose this graphic novel on NetGalley because I saw a preview of the upcoming movie adaptation. I was curious about the story, because it looked unique.
The story was good. I liked that Alita was a strong fighter. Depending on the body she is given, she has different abilities. But she was always strong. The villain, Makuka, was so creepy and gross. He was often just a head that rolled around, but the face was disturbing.
Some of the pages in my copy were in colour. I loved the art on these pages. The other pages were just black and white, so it was sometimes hard to tell what was happening. There were a lot of elaborate fight scenes, which were enhanced by the colours, but difficult to decipher when in black and white.
I liked this story, so I’ll have to check out the movie when it comes out.
Title: Les Miserables Author: Victor Hugo, Stacy King, SunNeko Lee, Crystal S. Chan Genre: Graphic Novel, Manga Publisher: UDON Entertainment Source: NetGalley Release Date: September 17, 2014 Rating: ★★★★★
Adapted for stage and screen, loved by millions, Victor Hugo’s classic novel of love and tragedy set in 19th century France is reborn in this fantastic new manga edition!
Gorgeous and expressive art brigns to life the unforgettable stories of Jean Valjean, Inspector Javert, and the tragic Fantine in this epic adaptation of Les Misérables!
I have never read the original Les Miserables or watched the movie, so this was the first time I heard the story. I really liked it.
There was lots of tension in the story that I wasn’t expecting. There were also some mature themes, such as child abuse and prostitution. I always thought it was just a sad story, but the tense twists were very good.
I liked the art in this graphic novel too. It follows the same design of the other Manga Classics. Each of the characters were distinctly drawn. I loved the way Cosette looked. She was so adorable!
I really enjoyed this graphic novel. Now I want to read the original book!
Title: The Scarlet Letter (Manga Classics) Author: Stacy King, Sun Neko Lee, Crystal S. Chan, Nathaniel Hawthorne Genre: Manga, Graphic Novel Publisher: UDON Entertainment Source: NetGalley Release Date: March 18, 2015 Rating: ★★★★★
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.
The Scarlet Letter was one of the first 19th Century novels I read, and I loved it. This manga was just as awesome!
One of my favourite things about this novel is how the scarlet letter stood out on Hester’s chest. All the illustrations are black and white but the letter “A” was in red. It made it stand out so much. This is different from the other Manga Classics that I’ve read, because they were completely in black and white.
Hester’s daughter, Pearl, was a very cute girl, but she was also very creepy. On the back cover of the book, there is a colour drawing of Pearl in a red dress. I wish the whole thing could be coloured, because the red of her dress and Hester’s “A” was so vibrant, that it would have contrasted very well with the dull colours of the puritan town.
This is one of my favourite books in the Manga Classics series. I highly recommend it for fans of the original book and new readers.
Title: Jane Eyre (Manga Classics) Author: Charlotte Bronte, Stacy King Genre: Graphic Novel, Manga Publisher: UDON Entertainment Release Date: November 15, 2016 Rating: ★★★★★
Jane Eyre was orphaned at a young age. She was sent to live with her aunt and cousins, but they never treated her well. After an incident with her cousin, Jane’s aunt, Mrs. Reed, send Jane to a school. The conditions weren’t good at the school, with the girls being underfed and underclothed. Eventually the school got better, and Jane taught there for a few years when she finished her own schooling. Then, she put out an ad to be a governess. Mrs. Fairfax asked Jane to come to teach Adele, Mr. Rochester’s charge. Soon after Jane arrives, strange things happen. She thinks the house is haunted.
Jane Eyre is one of my favourite books. It has just enough mystery in it to make it suspenseful.
This graphic novel is great! It tells the story very well.
I liked the way that Jane looked very evil as a child. She had dark hair and eyes, and she was always yelling at people. It made her very spooky and set the tone for what will happen later in the story.
Each of the characters looked very distinct, so I could distinguish between them. Sometimes, if the characters are drawn in the same style, they can blend together and become confused. But the characters all had a separate style of clothes and looks in this story.
This is my favourite book in the Manga Classics series!
Title: Beauty and The Beast: The Beast’s Tale Author: Mallory Reaves Genre: Graphic Novel, Manga Publisher: Tokyopop Release Date: March 28, 2017 Rating: ★★★★
The Prince had everything he could ever want. But he was not kind. When a beggar woman came to the castle, he turned her away. She cursed him and his castle, turning him into a beast and his employees into furniture. They would stay like that until the final petal falls on his rose. Then, they would all be doomed. Everything changed when Belle came along. She went to the castle to rescue her father, who the Beast had imprisoned for trying to steal a rose. Belle took her father’s place and stayed at the castle. The furniture immediately fell in love with her. They knew that if anyone could save their Prince, it would be her.
I loved this graphic novel. It gives a fresh perspective on the Beauty and the Beast tale, since it only focuses on the Beast. Though his story is told in the movie, this manga focuses only on his side, so it is unique.
I liked the way that the Beast’s emotions were demonstrated through the art. When the Beast was angry, sharp lines were used for shading. A few times, the Beast’s frame took up two pages, making him seem huge and intimidating.
One thing that bothered me while reading this book was the order of the text on the page. In a manga, it is supposed to be read from right to left. But sometimes this one read from left to right, if the text was higher on the left. This was confusing at first.
This is a really great graphic novel. It goes along with Belle’s Tale. My review for Belle’s Tale can be found here.