Title: Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz vol 1
Author: Quin Rose
Illustrator: Mamenosuke Fujimaru
After reading and enjoying Alice in the Country of Clover: Bloody Twins, I was excited to start this new Country of Clover story line where Alice chooses Boris, the Cheshire Cat. It is easy to say that I’ve had a thing for the pink cat since the Country of Hearts books, but this book didn’t quite meet my hopes and expectations. I found myself falling in love with the Bloody Twins of the first book more than I did Boris, which surprised me. I think part of the problem was that the feelings of those beyond Boris were expressed more than in Bloody twins. In Bloody Twins the focus was on Alice and her feelings for the twins while in this there was more a pull from other characters and I wanted to see Alice with them over Boris. Of course, Bloody Twins was a quick one off, while this is the first part of a series of books focused on Boris. The romance between the title characters was only beginning to heat up when the story ended with a flash back. In the end, I liked the story well enough. I also still rather like Boris and think it is cute how he can act like a cat at times, such as giving Alice a small lick, but on the whole the pace was a lot slower, and thus less romance. I am hoping that the second volume will be a bit better.
With that said, I will commend the book for being a whole lot easier to follow than Bloody Twins was. I know the better flow of the book was not because I knew what to expect, though that did help a little. Over all, I think I would give the book a three page rating and recommend the read if you are already a fan of the manga or just looking for something light and fun to read.