Jane Eyre: Manga Classics

Well, after the previous manga which proved to be a surprise, I’m back again with another manga classics.

Jane Eyre here I believed was adapted decently, Jane is portrayed as plain and I agree to her portrayal. It is very very plain. And difficult to see that she is in any way beautiful. Pleasant yes, beauty, no.

Although I did wish that things didn’t just happen so fast. And then, they were in love and married. I enjoyed the last part more since a lot more time was devoted to it, I do not particularly mind if they are split into volumes. Or at least touched on upon more.

And that when Jane found out that Mr Rochester was still married was when it really touched my heart(this is a classic, so I highly doubt I’m spoiling anything.) And the moments where she leaves, deciding to find another life.

That to me, did say that when it becomes impossible Jane simply moves on. I enjoyed the moments afterwards, such as when she met her cousin and the clergyman. As well as the moment when she realised that she was a heiress and actually became rich.

The face was perfect to show her expression. I did wish that they used more of the ways that many manga use to show emotions.

But overall, pretty good and I thoroughly enjoyed the latter part and the front. I truly cared for Jane for most part and the ending left a smile on my face.

Rating: 3 out of 5


Dare Mighty Things

The ending was intriguing, the rest really wasn’t. I guess sci-fi regarding the whole idea of competition and having a bunch of teenagers compete in it is just underwhelming for me.

Although things are a lot more civil here, there isn’t any outright killing. Because the stakes are not nearly as high, even then they picked them specifically rather than by seeing how desperate they are for money.

Thankfully, it did work somewhat. There were some twists which I didn’t see coming from afar, such as the one at the end. And how Luka’s character was of such surprising outcomes, even though he was by all means interesting.

It was intriguing, in how the technology was such an intriguing part of it. In a way that I enjoyed it, although I really didn’t like the part about the competition. But the technology was well thought out and looked at.

But I just didn’t like Cassandra, she never got to me. She was driven, but in a way that I didn’t like it. That it made it impossible for me to relate to her, her relatable moments was when she was facing something unknown or when she was having doubts.

Her struggles just never got to me, and well I wish the author spent a lot more time developing her as a more well rounded character. But she was suitable, I did like her determination and at the ending I liked that she was able to absorb all that information. However, she was detestable at the beginning.

Overall, I enjoyed this work but it could be better. I didn’t enjoy all aspects of the book, but it was worth my time and if you’re a fan of sci-fi, this is for you.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Red Sister

I lost interest in this by page 400. I guess it was just written in a way that was far too long and at the same time lacked any charming narrator to make this work.

Nona was intriguing, but that was about it. I didn’t care for her, as she didn’t really have any interesting personality or even quirks that made me like her remotely. She was okay, but I didn’t find her memorable at all.

As for the world, which is well developed and unique. I just did not get sucked into it. Well developed, but doesn’t mean that I will be immersed. Something was just lacking.

I guess I just prefer books with a certain amount of wit added into the story rather than just purely fights, passing narration, or growth. Those are what makes me remember a book, and this certainly doesn’t.

Sad to say, this just wasn’t for me but perhaps it is for you.

Rating: 3 out of 5

The Night Child

I liked this story quite a bit, although I barely connected with Nora. But her tale is still something that I feel always will have a place.

Such as the fact that sexual abuse by their own parents is still prevalent here, and most of the victims tend not to say anything or even block them out. As it is something that they have been taught to do, suppress them to keep the peace.

Without ever dealing with the trauma it leaves the victims, who find that they have been missing something or become too ashamed to say it. Books like this need to gain a traction. It talks about issues that many are still facing now.

And the damage it causes them will be for life, it will never be temporary. This book deals with it carefully, in the sense that I get the idea of what kind of hurt was caused.

Although the message was good, I did feel that the plot could have been handled better. A lot better, and ones which truly shows the kind of trauma she faced and things she went through to cope with them.

But even then, the portrayal is that it is inherently wrong which I believe should be correct. No one should be violated when they are simply too young to understand what it means. And I like the book for sending it out, that no one should take this kind of treatment lying down, for it leaves scars and marks.

Rating: 3 out of 5

A Hope Divided

This was okay. It is just that I am rarely into historical romances, and well this managed to make me read through the story without ever skimming. A little rare.

But most importantly, was that their relationship was slow. There were moments where it was held back, but I get it. Or moments where nothing really happened. Although I will have enjoyed more interactions, but I did like how it is so understandable and also more than just an attraction.

At least it doesn’t move fast, and well it gives me time to invest in the relationship. Which always ends in a certain way. Here isn’t any different.

For me, it’s just that I prefer historical romances with a slant to it. Either philosophical, principles or using it as a chance to truly change things. But I just didn’t get that vibe here, which was why I didn’t enjoy it that much.

If you’re into romances such as this, then this is for you. It isn’t that bad, even for me, but I just feel nothing. It was to an extent enjoyable, but nothing which really made me care about them. Forgettable but decent.

Rating: 3 out of 5

The Stars Never Rise

This was a quick read. Very very quick read. I read it in one day, and derived a lot of entertainment from this.

The most surprising part is what the story is all about. That the well of souls dried up, and eventually making that for each soul born, another soul must be lost. But there is a lot more than that to it.

Nina was really very relatable, such as how she dealt with her issues. She did the best she could to her own younger sister, Mellie and tried as much as possible to stay away from her mother. I liked her since no matter what, she was really focused on her sister. And she really really does all she can.

As well as the fact that she probably cannot give birth to a child, and she doesn’t moan about it. And all because she has flat feet and a runny nose.

As for Finn, he is mysterious. But a lot more than that, I don’t feel that he is really into Nina at all temporarily. And well, there is still a lot more that is needed to explain about him. And of course the world as it was.

As for some of the twists, well they were rather okay. I didn’t really see them coming, but given at the speed I was reading this, it is not a wonder. But was it shocking to learn at all, no. It was something that was entirely plausible. Such as how almost all the real exorcists here are fakes, and all of them are covered in lies.

However, I really liked how it was planned. Such as how people have to become so hopeless that they will do this to save their souls. That they will throw their faith in the church, because there is really no other way to defeat demons. And when someone comes along and proves himself able to do so, they simply accept.

Well, it certainly was enjoyable. But only if you like the main character and the premise. Otherwise, this will be rather boring. I quite like it, because of the premise and Nina. Who was really relatable.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

The Walled City 

I found the whole idea enthralling. But at times, I just got really bored by the book itself in the beginning. The research I believe was did to the best of the author’s ability, and even then she took plenty of liberties here. Which was fine with me, as she was carefully in her portrayal. 

It just took a long time to get to really know or even like any of the characters. I like Jin Ling and Dai. While Mei Yee often just fell flat on me. First person narration can be hard when it comes to this number of characters it is shuffling through. And here, I think it just didn’t work too well. I cared about Dai and Jin Ling, but I felt that there could have been more. 

As in really more. 

More depth, and more grit. As in how life in the Walled City really was a horrifying experience for them. I didn’t really get that feeling here. Or even the themes that the story wanted to touch either. 

The plot was pretty decent, nothing gets easily done and the ending was a nice touch. After all they have been through, it is frankly impossible that any of them will be able to go back to normal without serious help. And it doesn’t do anything to say that it will be easy either. 

I guess the book was a nice read with romance, but it just didn’t dig deep enough for my liking. Which was something I will have enjoyed more, as you can see from the kind of works I enjoy. But overall, still worth the time I spent reading it. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5