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Clockwork Princess (The Infernal Devices: Manga #3)

Read on 11th January, 2015

Author: Cassandra Clare

Artist: Hyekyung Baek

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4.5 Stars

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The threat of Mortmain’s Infernal Devices looms as the Shadowhunters race to work out a way to counteract the mechanical monsters. Meanwhile, plans for Tessa’s marriage to Jem are underway, despite her fiancé’s failing health and the unresolved feelings between her and Will. When Tessa is captured, Will must leave his comrade behind to save the woman they both love… But with the final missing piece -Tessa herself – in Mortmain’s possession, can anything stop his plot for revenge?

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I loved it. Clockwork Princess, in whatever form, is a stunning piece of work that toys with your emotions no matter how many times you read it. Although all of The Infernal Devices are brilliantly written and enthralling to the extreme, Clockwork Princess is perhaps the better of the three – however, being the finale (a Cassandra Clare finale, at note) it is expected to be spectacular and certainly does not fall short. Despite this, there are a few details from the book that are lacking in the manga.

In the previous installment, Clockwork Prince, one of the details missing was the mention of Adele, Starkweather’s granddaughter. Thankfully, this was rectified as the first thing that is seen upon opening Clockwork Princess is an excerpt of Adele’s story, which is later explained in greater depth as is true to the novel.

While the inclusion of the letters between the Consul and the Council are included (and thank goodness for that!), the text is barely legible and one must strain their eyes to read it.

The scones. That’s all I’m saying. The scones weren’t there.

In the novel, Tessa’s Clockwork Angel marks Will. For all those who have read Clockwork Princess, you’ll know what I mean and in what circumstances. This is not included in the manga. Keeping this as spoiler-free as possible, as a fan of The Mortal Instruments, this is a huge dillema. – Will’s mark, passed down through the generations, is how we find his bloodline in an important character. The scene was laid out, it would have been so easy to slip it in there, just add in an extra panel or so – I don’t understand why it was not included. At all.

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Clockwork Prince (The Infernal Devices: Manga #2)

Read on 11th January, 2015

Author: Cassandra Clare

Artist: Hyekyung Baek

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4.5 Stars

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Tessa Gray has found friends among the Shadowhunters, supernatural protectors of mankind who possess angelic blood. But Tessa’s new life is threatened when some members of the Clave challenge Charlotte’s leadership and pressure her to resign as head of the London Institute. If Charlotte is forced out, Tessa will be forced to leave as well due to her warlock blood, making her easy prey for the still-at-large Magister. As Tessa and her handsome Shadowhunter escorts, Will and Jem, journey far and wide to unravel the Magister’s secrets, they quickly learn that they have no secrets from the vengeful Magister… and nowhere is safe…

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Again, a great adaptation of the novel and a swift, easy read. However, I have three issues with Clockwork Prince: the Manga (aside from my continuing grievances at the visual depiction of Magnus Bane.

Upon their stay at the New York institute, Tessa did not stumble upon the portrait of Aloysius Starkweather’s granddaughter, nor hear his account of what happened to her, which is a major plot point in discovering what Tessa is, per say. I’m interested in how they’ll spin that one.

Whilst demon pox was still mentioned, I was gravely disappointed that there was no side story of Will believing it existed while no one else did, his little song that annoyed the hell out of everyone, and his gloating when he was proved right of his existence, milking it for all it was worth. That was a big highlight for me in the novel and I am rather sad to that it was not included.

In the novel, Bridget was infamous for her bellowing tunes (in Irish, I think it was, but I can’t quite recall) that irritated the hell out of everyone – they are key to what makes her such a strong character. Sadly, they were lacking in this adaption. I know that they can’t include everything, but the little details are always appreciated.

Clockwork Angel (The Infernal Devices: Manga #1)

Read on 10th January, 2015

Author: Cassandra Clare

Artist: Hyekyung Baek

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4.5 Stars

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A manga-adaption to the prequel of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instrumentsseries, The Infernal Devices is the story of Tessa Gray, a sixteen-year-old American girl traveling alone to Victorian London who runs afoul of the city’s sordid supernatural underworld. Rescued by the Shadowhunters of the London Institute, Tessa quickly finds herself caught up in an intrigue that may very well destroy her new friends – including the two enigmatic young men, Jem and Will, who have taken her under their wing…

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As my first novel/manga adaptation, Clockwork Angel was rather well done. The Infernal Devices is by far one of my favorite series, so when a friend asked of I’d like to read the manga adaptations, I couldn’t refuse.

Clockwork Angel: the Manga was an understandably swift read, lacking no major plot points or crucial information (if I’m wrong, do keep in mind that I read the novel over a year ago).

My only issue with the rendition is the portrayal of Magnus Bane. To be prompt: he looks like a girl. I am not happy.

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See how depressing this is!? I just – there are no words to adequately express my devastation. No words. None.

Aside from that, I quite enjoyed the manga and I recommend it to any fan of The Infernal Devices looking for a quick read from a great series.

Black Bird (Volume 10)

Read from 4th-5th July, 2014

Author: Kanoko Sakurakui

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5 Stars 🙂

I love all the “Black Bird” volumes, but I thought this one was particularly interesting not only because of the story line, but because Kanoko added everyone’s daily routines. At first I thought I was most like Jiro, but then he reads books only for study, so no.

I have a new love for Hoki now! He makes time for himself, drinks tea (substitute Hot Chocolate here) and read books. Not to mention, he’s a book collector! What’s not to love? 😉

Special A (Volume #1)

Read on May 2, 2014

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5 Stars!

URG!!!! I AM SO ANNOYED!!!! I absolutely LOVED this book but my stupid library DOESN’T HAVE ANY OF THE REST OF THE SERIES – AT ALL!!!!!!!!! GRRRRRRRR!!!!!!!!!! *murderous glare at library* And – get this – NEITHER DOES MY SCHOOL LIBRARY!!!!!!! No. Just no. WHY??!!!!!!???????!!!!!!! 😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭

I have to say that this is my favourite manga by far so I HAVE NO IDEA WHAT I AM GOING TO DO!!!!!!!!!!! 0.0 *sigh*

I really liked the characters and the whole plot line. It’s something I can really relate to and I can just imagine her frustration!! As Celaena from “Throne of Glass” by Sara J. Maas was told by her mentor “second place is just a fancy name for first loser”. No true exactly, but it’s pretty much the mindset of everyone who comes second… Don’t tell me you haven’t thought it before! 😉

In fact, I liked this story so much I missed my bus stop coming home from school today because I was so engrossed in it… Not fun. I just loved everything about it!! XD I remember being recommended to watch the anime but didn’t because it wasn’t dubbed (to my knowledge), but now I really want to!! Especially if I can’t get the manga… But I feel I can only really follow it if it’s dubbed… 😦

Anyway, I love this book and I highly recommend it! 6 Stars for the win! ^_^

Ouran High School Host Club (Volume One)

Read from April 30 to May 1st

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5 Stars

Very amusing, I rather enjoyed it. I have seen the anime and it was good how it picked up on a lot of the details from the manga. There were some parts that were kind of weird in that Biscotti hadn’t drawn them with any eyes… I presume that was deliberate, but… *shrugs*

I also found out a lot if new facts about OHSHC that I hadn’t known before. For example…

  • Hani is 4’9 – everyone says that he’s SO short, that he looks like and Elementry school kid, that they can’t believe he’s eighteen, etc. And at first I was like that too, but then I found out his height and I was like “HE’S NOT THAT SHORT!! THAT’S MY HEIGHT!!!”. Also, what’s weird is you can’t tell that HARUHI IS ONLY AN INCH TALLER THAN HANI!!!!!! And she says that HE’S short! Rude -_-
  • The classes are determined by a combination of lineage and grades – I had no previous knowledge of this (I assumed it was just grades), however it makes so much sense! And Haruhi’s in class 1-A because of the special honour student status. It is determined as followed (Grades + Lineage Rank):

A Class___100
B Class___ 70
C Class___ 50
D Class___ 20
= mainly Yakuza children

  • If the first episode had been 40 pages instead of 50, Kyoya might have been cut out – I’m sorry, WHAT?! A possibility of no Kyoya??!!! *faints* Let’s just say that I am SO glad that that did not happen.
  • At first Bisco couldn’t get the twin’s hair right… 0.0 *chuckles*
  • Hani’s Usa-chan means/is called Bun-Bun! I much prefer Usa-chan, but you can’t get everything I suppose… On that note, it was interesting how there were a few terms in the dubbed Anime that were still Japanese such as “otaku” = fan girl.

I had always gotten slightly confused at what ACTUALLY happened between Kanako and Toru – I’m rather glad the manga cleared that up for me.

Overall, an easy, cute, amusing read. Highly recommended 😉

Black Bird (Volume One)

Read on April 29, 2014

Author: Kanoko Sakurakui

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5 Stars

My first manga! ^_^ This was very cute and surprisingly easy to read. It was also good because I hadn’t seen the anime of it (if there is one) so I could go into it without really knowing anything.

The series has a great concept and I love the idea of hot demons! (Did you see what I did there? XD)

I loved how Misao didn’t cave into being his bride just because he was good-looking and protected her. However, I really want them to get together soon!!

I got really annoyed at Kyo whenever he tricked Misao but I think it’s really sweet how he always comes to her rescue even though she keeps rejecting him. It eludes to the fact that he loves her but I like how we’re as clueless as Misao when it comes to whether he loves her or just her blood.

The little snippets from the author were really cute and interesting. 🙂

I can’t wait to read the next one! This book made me wonder why I hadn’t read any manga before ;). I LOVED IT!!!