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Saturday, July 31, 2010

Desert Tales: Sanctuary by Melissa Marr

Title: Desert Tales: Sanctuary (Wicked Lovely)
Author: Melissa Marr and Xian Nu Studio

ISBN: 9780061493546
Publisher: TOKYOPOP

Page #: No idea. No page numbers.

Source: From My Library


"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 faerie, 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..."
First Lines:

(Always difficult in a graphic, but here goes...)
"It's beautiful out here. Warm. The paint nearly dries on my brush before I can capture him. He sees it, too. The beauty in the wilderness. That's one of the traits that makes him interesting to watch."
Page 1-2 (or maybe 2-3?)

I had to read this book twice. The reason being that I really didn't understand what was going on when I first opened the book. I almost wished for a little blurb before I got started that gave me a little insight into what I was seeing/reading. Of course, after a little while it got a whole lot clearer... but I wished for it to start out making sense :).

This is another companion book in this whole Wicked Lovely universe. It's the story of Rika, a former winter girl, who used to be a mortal. Honestly, I had to go back and figure out who she was because it's been a while since I've read one of the Wicked Lovely books. But I think I've got a good handle on it now.

So once I figured out who I was looking at and what was going on, I had a good time with this story. It's very action packed in a very small amount of space. You find out that Rika has been watching this mortal boy for a while and has finally shown herself to him. It's about their blooming relationship and what it is going to become. I do have questions about that Shy dude and his intentions, but I'm hoping that will be answered in the next book.

I've read mangas based on novels in the past. But there's something different about a comic that is drawn straight from the novel - text and all. And this one that was written as a companion to the story. It seems to work better this way and I look forward to reading more that are like this. I think people should sign on to the idea.

I do recommend this book for anyone who is looking to read some manga. I'm not sure if you need the back story of Wicked Lovely to get into it, but it probably helps. I do recommend that you read it twice :), but it's easy to do. I'm definitely going to find the second book so I can see what happens next!

Check out Melissa Marr's website to get more info about her series'.
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