Book Review – Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz Vol. 7

Title: Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz Vol. 7

Author: QuinRose

Illustrator: Mamenosuke Fujimaru

Format: Paperback

Published: 2013

 

If you have been following my posts you have seen that I have reviewed several books in this particular series. The last volume I reviewed was volume 4. I stopped reviewing the later book in the series because I felt that the series was getting dry and it was only giving a small snapshot of what was happening in the over arching story. With volume 6 it was an exceedingly small snap shot as about half or more of the book was taken up with a second story of Alice and Boris set in the country of Hearts, where Alice choose to work and live at the Amusement Park. There wasn’t much to tell about either story as we didn’t get much in save for Alice debating to move in with Boris in the main story and Alice and Boris trying to determine if they really had feelings for each other in the side story.

 

Either way volume 7 concluded both stories and I felt were worth reviewing as it is the conclusion of the series and some things happened, at least they happened in the main story. The books for a while have been setting up for a plot against Hatter and using Alice as a form of bait in this plan as she lived in Hatter Mansion before Alice started to consider living with Boris. (If you don’t want spoilers don’t read further and skip to the last paragraph which will be spoiler free.) In this installment the rival mafia decided to finally act and kidnapped Alice. There were a few surprise twists and turn and it was really neat to see pretty much every role holder work together to save and protect Alice. It was something that one does not usually see in any of the books. There were some surprises with some characters that I don’t wish to reveal here that I liked and it was good story particularly showing the great heart of Alice in it, as she was torn up by the death of a faceless.

 

The second story was decent as well but there wasn’t much to it really it was more a matter that things ended where Alice did decide to stay in the Country of Hearts because she has learned to care for those there in Wonderland, particularly Boris and that there is a closeness between Alice and Boris that they both know exists, but at the same time things leave off with nothing super serious between the two of them either.

 

Over all I would give the book a 3 out of 5 pages, and argue that with the way things were so terribly broken up that it would have made more sense to condense the Cheshire Cat Waltz by a book or two and in return create a new book or two for the Country of Hearts story instead of doing half and half in two books it would have made the read more interesting for both stories and a lot better and wouldn’t have cut into the sales of the books either as it would be an equal number of books to sell.

Book Review – Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz 4

Title:  Alice in the Country of Clover Cheshire Cat Waltz 4

Author: QuinRose

Illustrator: Mamenosuke Fujimaru

Format: Paperback

Published: 2013

 

I feel like when reading a series that is done in small doses like this series it can get difficult to write reviews for each book.   I’m not saying this installment of Cheshire Cat Waltz was bad, as it was good but there was not a lot of plot.  The story starts out with a little bit of questioning of Boris if Alice loves him but not a lot.  The story then progresses to show that Alice might still be questioning her past life and as a result Peter White questions her relationship with Boris and how she feels for him.

 

To put that love to the test Peter challenges Boris to try and kill him and really has to push to get Boris to act in any way against him because Boris knows that Alice would be upset if he killed Peter.  Alice is held back and made to listen and not interfere because of Nightmare to try and show her not only how Boris actually feels about her but how she actually feels about Boris.

 

Giving you a very small spoiler warning here, (for what you read next will spoil things a bit)but things get a little more committed between Alice and Boris and actually gets rather steamy as well.  I won’t go into details here as part of reading this story is to see the drawings yourself and read the story.

 

As an added bit of this book there is set up for book 5 as Alice’s relation to the Hatter Family such as living at Hatter Mansion will come to be used against Alice and Blood Dupree as there are several who think she has a special sort of relationship with Blood rather than Boris.  Over all, I would give this a solid 3 out of 5 page review, good to read but not a must do.

Book Review – Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz 3

Title: Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz 3

Author: Quin Rose

Artist: Mamenosuke Fujimaru

Format: Paperback

Published: 2010

 

So yes, I am addict,  I absolutely love and enjoy the Alice series that I have lambasted you with in the past, and not that long ago.  I am going to probably lambast you with another sizable collection of reviews for Alice in the Country of books.  As I said I’m an addict and there are a lot of them to get my hands on and really I enjoy them and that is part of what this blog is about.

 

Today, I bring you the next in the Chesire Cat Waltz series.  This one picked up right where the last one left off and sadly I couldn’t remember much of what had happened before so it took me a little bit to remember how the last one left off on a cliff hanger.   Once, I got into the book it got rather interesting.  There weren’t any big interesting action scenes but there was some interesting plot developments and some romantic moments between Boris and Alice that I rather enjoyed.

 

With the plot there is further explanation of why Alice is there in the country of clover and how some of the characters interact and are related to Alice and it was kind of interesting to look at that and get a better feel for the world.  I rather like books that focus on the main plot even if enjoy a bit of the romance here and there too.  Having read some of country of Joker which is over all plot heavy it made a lot of sense and added to the intrigue for me even if these events don’t effect what happens in the Country of  Joker because the book for Clover focus on the concept of Alice picking a particular character to be in love with rather than focusing on plot but it sill gives you an inside look at the world and honestly makes me wish there was an English sub/dub of the video game.

 

Over all I would give this another 3 out of 5 pages as I feel I rate most of my mangas that I read.  But at the same time please note that I would probably give the collection of all these Alice books a 4 out of 5 because I really do enjoy them all as a group and would recommend the series to someone looking for a good manga to read.

Book Review – Alice in the Country of Clover Cheshire Cat Waltz 2

Title: Alice in the Country of Clover Cheshire Cat Waltz 2

Authors: Quin Rose

Illustrator: Mamenosuke Fujimaru

Format: Paperback

Published:  2012

 

As I warned in a previous review that comics and manga will be the theme for a while, and this month will be brought to you by the “Alice in the country of XX” series as there have been a lot of releases and I’m way behind the library was well stocked.  Back at the start I reviewed a few books from the main series “Alice in the country of Hearts”  Rachel has also reviewed a few of them as well.   Any way the manga is based off of a love story game that is based on the concept of Alice in Wonderland.  The first game and first set of Manga is Alice in the Country of Hearts – at least that is how it is known in English.  In Japanese is it known as “Alice no heart no kuni”.  There are sequels to the game known as Alice in the country of the Clover and Alice in the country of Joker.  Each manga sort of stands separate from the others unless it is a series like Cheshire Cat Waltz Vol. 2.  To read any of these books you sort of have to dismiss what you read before and take what you have before you and run with it.  Really that is sort of the point, Alice in Wonderland was madness and so are these stories only people use guns and things are a little more heated in some ways.

Every story gives you an introduction to the world stating what the manga is based off of and where she has been staying as of late to give you a bit of a running start when you dive into the story.  Also the start of these manga many times tells of how Alice came to the Country that she is in and the rules of the country such as the time of day jumping at random.  This story is the second in a series I started long ago but it was easy to pick up as it gave me where things left off in the last manga and I was able to move forward and enjoy the story.

 

I will admit from the start that I have been and continue to be a fan of Boris.  It is true that all the residents of Wonder Land are a bit mad but I think the most together is Boris the Cheshire Cat.  Which is really odd to think about and say that the Cheshire Cat might be the most sane of the lot but in this series I think it might be so.  Any way this story picks up with the after effects of Alice pushing Boris away because she felt that he was moving too fast for her.  The story picks up from there with Boris deciding that instead of pushing he’d pull by keeping away from her.  A good portion of the story is focused on this while the rest of it is focused on the after effects of the plan.

 

To spoil the story a bit Boris’ plan works and they end up together but really that shouldn’t be too much of a surprise considering the basis these comics come from.  The fun is in the details and how things play out and that I really enjoyed and won’t bore you with as it is better to read than to be told about.  Overall, I would give this book a 4 out of 5 page review.  If you like something like this read it, if not it’s okay.

Book Review – Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz vol. 1

Title: Alice in the Country of Clover: Cheshire Cat Waltz vol 1

Author: Quin Rose

Illustrator: Mamenosuke Fujimaru

Format: Paperback

Published: 2009

Translated: 2012

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.

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