Sunday, July 14, 2013

Manga/Graphic Novel/Video Game Novel Challenge 2013 Review

So this year since I said that I would try to get to Level 3 of the Challenge That means I need to have at least 25 books read before the end of the year. That's at least 2 books a month. (and one extra one in at least one of those 12 months)   As a change from last year I'm gonna be putting the reviews up here as I get them done and then linking them in the monthly round-up at Mother/Gamer/Writer.  I also plan to try to remember my update my Challenge page at the end of the month. Want to see what the other people in the challenge are reading this month? Click here!

Dejah Thoris, the warrior princess of Mars, heads off to the northern wastes in self-imposed exile, driven by guilt over her murderous actions while under the spell of witchcraft. In the harsh wilds, she incurs the wrath of a golden-skinned Okar warrior, before drawing the attention of alien scouts. Abducted to the rings of Saturn, Dejah Thoris finds that its bloodthirsty native race plans an invasion of Mars, and that she might soon transform into a vampiric creature herself! How will one Red Woman save her entire planet, when the only possible allies hunger for her blood?

My Review:

So I saw this in Netgalley and after seeing it on Diayll’sreview on her blog, Mother/Gamer/Writer,  I just HAD to request it!   Lucky me it was still available! 

I have to say I really loved the artwork.  That was one of the first things that caught my eye on Diayll’s review.  I mainly love the portraits and covers, but the regular frames aren’t bad either.  I especially liked the colors, they just seemed to pop in most of the scenes.

I also REALLY liked the story.  This is volume 4 so I’m sure there’s tons that I have missed out on.  But I didn’t feel lost in the story.  Would I like to know what Dejah did to feel that she deserves to be punished? Yes, but I still enjoyed the book even though I didn’t know all the details.  Also I want to find out what happens next. Especially since it hints that maybe some people aren’t as dead as they could be.
My favorite part of all?  THE FLYING DINOSAURS!!! So CUTE!!!

My least favorite part.  Ok I know I’m gonna sound a bit hypocritical since I love the outfits and such in Wonderland etc.  But really all she is wearing is pasties and a g-string….I mean seriously. Maybe Mars deserts where it’s a billion degrees it would make sense, but in the first part she is at the friggin’ north pole!  There is snow! You can see her breath in some of the frames! She even comments that she is glad she has the fur or she would be cold. But REALLY?!? That fur can’t be keeping her that warm.  She could have had a bit more clothing at that point.

Overall I liked the story and the artwork.  I think it was a great adventure and I would love to read more about Dejah and her world.

I was lucky enough to get an e-copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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