Book Review – Alice in the Country of Hearts: White Rabbit and Some Afternoon Tea Part 1 by QuinRose

Title: Alice in the Country of Hearts:  White Rabbit and Some Afternoon Tea Part 1

Author: QuinRose

Illustrator: Mamenosuke Fujimaru

Format: Paperback

Published: 2015

 

After pushing through the monstrosity that was last weeks book that shall not be named, I opted to read something light and fun this week.  Yes, another Alice manga.  For those who have been reading this blog for a while you know that this is my obsession.  I don’t know why but I love the story, the idea of an independent Alice who is not looking for love and yet surrounded by it (and gun fights) just intrigues me.  This story had by attention from the start and I love the infinite possibilities that branch from the story.  What if Alice chooses not to love?  What if she falls in love with the March Hare?  What about the Cheshire Cat?  What if instead of falling in love in the Country of Hearts she doesn’t fall in love till the Country of Joker?  There are an infinite number of ways things could go and I love it.  I also love how the love when it is chosen develops.  It also doesn’t hurt that the characters are attractively drawn and are very vibrant.  I am after all a sucker for a good story and great characters make for a good story.

 

Anyway, with my obsession with Alice in the Country of Heart series I always wondered what it would be like to have a story where Alice might actually fall in love with Peter White the White Rabbit.  It is a difficult story of course, because he was the one who kidnapped her away to Wonderland and he can be a ‘little’ over the top with his affection.  Honestly in almost every story there is a hate that resides with Alice towards Peter.  Honestly one can’t really blame her for that.   Still the idea has always intrigued me and as I’ve learned more about the character Peter White the more curious I got.  Such as Peter being her “Sunday Afternoon”, always there, always loving, and only wanting what is best for her.  It is clear in most manga and in this one in particular that Alice’s safety and happiness is all Peter wants.  While he would love to be with her romantically speaking he will settle for her being there in Wonderland and happy.

 

This story honestly has done a masterful job of exhibiting the relationship between Alice and Peter and helped push things beyond physical attraction or a sudden change of character personality.  In the story there are many occasions where Alice over hears conversations that show her more of Peter’s character and his love for her beyond the apparent crazy obsession he has for her.  Honestly with out any kissing and hardly any hand holding the romance in this story was impeccable.  The soft quiet moments between Alice and Peter though rare and few were swoon worthy and the suspense in the story didn’t feel like a trope (classic Alice getting dragged into mafia wars or kidnapped.)  Okay so you could call what happened as a kidnapping but it wasn’t a classic kidnapping and that made the story all the more real.

 

Honestly, I loved everything about this manga.  There is not a single thing I would change, it had me laughing, sitting on the edge of my seat and swooning.  It was impeccable despite the fact that my two favorite characters Mad Hatter (aka Blood Dupree) and March Hare (aka Eliot) did not exactly feature in this book.  I think over all I am actually going to give this book a rare 5 out of 5 because I enjoyed the read that much and had no complaints about anything including the art as that was done my the original artist of the series.    With my high rating I will notate that this isn’t ‘the’ book to start with if you are looking to jump in on this Alice series but at the same time it isn’t the worst either as it will give you a clear picture of everything that is going on and you do not need to have past experiences with the story to derive enjoyment out of the story.

Book Review – Alice in the Country of Clover The March Hare Revolution by Quin Rose

Title: Alice in the Country of Clover: The March Hare Revolution

Author: Quin Rose

Illustrator:  Ryo Kazuki

Published: 2012

Translated: 2015

 

It has been a while but I bring you yet another Alice story.  Since my last binge I think I have covered all Alice books but the latest releases which I am at the mercy of my library to eventually get in at this point.  Of course, knowing that I am a massive March Hare/Eliot fan, I have been chomping at the bit and salivating for this manga.  Then when you toss in the title and the content of past Eliot centric books I was certain that this book was going to be about Eliot’s past and how he broke the rules and shouldn’t be around but Blood rescued him.  (A lot of this is covered in country of Joker and in other Eliot centric stories.) Yet, this story was not what I expected it to be, not to say that it is bad thing.

 

The first thing that jumped out at me in this story was the fact that there is a lizard and a spider on Eliot’s scarf when it comes to the art work something that has been very subtle in the past if it has always been there.  It threw me off a bit but at the same time not enough to break the story for me to say the least.  What did throw me though was the art work, it was different than what I am used do.  Of course the characters are recognizable as always and of course I expect the art work to be different considering that it wasn’t Mamenosuke Fujimaru’s work as most of the books are.  However, there are artists who manage to come close to drawing similar to Mamenosuke while other’s fall short, such as Job who draws thinks long and lean.  Ryo Kazuki is another artists who does things differently but instead of long and lean Ryo goes more for a soft bubble look.  The hair instead of sharp angles as most manga I’m used to is, has a softer more curved look to it.  It threw me off for the first few pages.  Eventually however I got lost in the story and the art became second nature.  I do know that I did appreciate how clear emotions were on the faces of the characters giving the story added life instead of constantly having sound effects notate emotion, or ambiguous drawings that left me guessing at times (the latter of which Job is occasionally guilty of).

 

Anyway the story is of the developing romance between Alice and Eliot. There isn’t a lot of action, such as an epic plot to pull Alice away from her love or massively put her life in danger.  The focus of the story as on Alice and Eliot, as they spend time together and Alice realizes that there is more to her and Eliot than just friendship.  The twist and pull of the story that helps give things momentum is the fact that Alice is having dreams of her sister and is wavering on whether to stay or to go back home.  She is also frightened by the kind of dangerous life she would have if she stays with Eliot as he is the second in command of a mafia and they were attacked during one of their outings.  (Honestly I loved that bit as Eliot was so amazingly protective that it made me a little bit giddy.)

 

In the end the story was sufficiently cute though not overly heavy or dramatic in regards to romance, very light and airy.  Yet it was still rather good and sweet and I found myself giving out a sigh as I closed the book and content that only a very small portion was devoted to a preview of another story rather than a 1/3 of the story being devoted to a preview.  Over all I think I would give this book a 3 out of 5 pages.  While there are several Eliot centric books that are on my ‘wish to  own’ list (read as most – if not all)  this one will not be making the list.

Book Review – Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liars Game Vol. 6

Title: Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liars Game Vol. 6

Author: Quinrose

Illustrator: Mamenosuke Fujimaru

Format: Paperback

Published: 2014

 

There are points when one reads a book knows that they greatly enjoyed, knows why they greatly enjoyed it and yet can’t really express in detail why the book was so good lest they blow the entire story and the entire point of reading. That is the case with this particular installment of Alice in the Country of Joker. This book was a fantastic read and has made the series one of the best Alice series to date in my opinion. What I got from this book was unexpected and enticing and has me clamoring and begging for the next and final book in the series.

 

I wish I could share with you just what makes this book end so well and what sort of cliff hanger you are left with and what a fantastic story that is crafted in this particular volume of Alice in the Country of Joker but I dare not. I implore you to read this series and see what happens for yourself as it is quite good. The most I can say about this story is Alice has chosen her love in this story and is dealing with the issues of this choice which gets to be a whole lot more than Alice or I as a reader expected.

 

Over all I think I would give this book a 5 out of 5 page review. I know many are not manga readers or big into a story line as presented in this book and for you I would say it is still a great read and worth the time but you don’t have to go out and read it like those who enjoy manga should. So despite the shortness of my review this book was a fantastic read filled with surprises and turns that I would not have expected and I absolutely loved and I think you will too.

Book Review – Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game 2

Title: Alice in the Country of Joker: Circus and Liar’s Game 2

Author:  QuinRose

Illustrator: Mamenosuke Fujimaru

Format: Paperback

Published: 2012

 

Oh my goodness!  This book was amazing!  I have enjoyed all the love stories in the other books but this story is less about the love and all about the plot of the story.  This story is edgy filled with a bit of danger, and a lot of mystery as there are things unknown to Alice and the reader about the April Season and the truth about a lot of characters is revealed here on some level.   There is more to this Wonderland than we would have originally thought and more to the characters found here.  It feels like this whole story is about fighting for the life of Alice.  It is quite interesting to say the least.

 

The story is quite good and the character interactions are fantastic, I love the humor that paces alont with the novel and I love how the character interact with Alice and how important they all are to her.  Of course some of my love for  some of these characters might have grown with some of the side stories I’ve read but all the same it is quite good and I am enjoying  it.  I am quite eager to get to the next book and find out what the fate is for our dear Alice and she navigates through the fantastic world of Wonder Land not knowing the danger that she is in.

 

Over all, I would give this book a 4 out of 5 pages and say that you should read this book.  Read a bit of Country of Hearts, know what happens in Clover such as the land shift and the new characters found there then dive right into Joker.  I am most certain you will not regret it particularly if you like a good mystery of sorts like I do!

Book Review – Alice in the Country of Hearts The Clockmaker’s Story

Title: Alice in the County of Hearts The Clockmaker’s Story

Author: QuinRose

Illustrator: Mamenosuke Fujimaru

Format: Paperback

Published: 2013

 

Having read one story about Alice and Julius and them being in a relationship I wasn’t so sure I’d enjoy this book as it was another take on them as a couple, yet I’m glad I decided to pick this up.  This story takes place right at the start of Alice’s time there in Wonderland and started at the start of the relationship between Alice and Julius.  It was not so random as the other book and followed a very logical flow and was simply sweet and romantic.

 

There isn’t much to the story plot wise when it comes to the deeper truths and mysteries of Wonderland save for a truth that has been known for a long time.  All those of Wonderland have clocks instead of hearts in their chest.  This is something that at the start of the story that Alice did not know and she learns it in this story which everyone was worried would cause her to want to leave Julius or Wonderland in general.  Of course it doesn’t, but really despite not having any major reveals happening in this story it was still a good read.

 

Over all, I would give this a 4 out of 5 pages.  It was a good read and vey sweet and romantic and the relationship between Julius and Alice makes sense and was cute and developed very well in this story.  Really if you are looking for something like this it was an enjoyable quick read, as it took me less than an hour to read.

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 – The Mad Hatter’s Late Night Tea Party 2

Title:  The Mad Hatter’s Late Night Tea Party 2

Author: Quin Rose

Illustrator:  Riko Skura

Format:  Paperback

Published: 2011

 

Another manga another day.  Alice? You bet.  After reading the first in the series I was a little underwhelmed by the plot arch of the Mad Hatter in the Country of Hearts.  It was a bit crude and direct the first book.  This second book has it’s moments but they are more ‘tasteful’ or as tasteful as Blood Dupree can be than the other book and there was more heart and emotion involved and it was kind of amusing.

 

I actually liked this story even if it did play a little bit on a story arch that was used with a different, character.  In this book Alice was taken by a rival mafia and placed in danger to the point that Blood and the whole Hatter Mafia went to rescue her which was reminiscent of when a group of bad guys captured Alice to get to Nightmare and he rescued her.

 

I think what helped push this story a bit better was Peter White revealing that he wanted Alice to stay in wonderland even if it was with another man, also mentioning that he is her Sunday Afternoon and concept that has intrigued me quite a bit, since discovering it.  Additionally in this story Alice gets to learn of the relationship between Vivaldi and Blood which was something that has not happened in other books.  We as a reader know but Alice as a character has never found out till this point, which I liked because it was neat to see her reaction.

 

Overall, I would give this book at 3 out of 4 page review.  I liked the book well enough and I have no intention to stop reading these Alice books as long as they are available for me to read.  So you have been warned there are more of these reviews yet to come.

Book Review- Alice in the Country of Hearts: My Fantastic Rabbit

Title: Alice in the Country of Hearts My Fantastic Rabbit

Author: Quin Rose (scenario by Owl Shinotsuki)

Illustrator: Delico Psyche

Format: Paperback

Published: 2010

 

Okay so I have said in the past the Boris is my favorite person to pair Alice with when it comes to the Alice in the Country of series but I feel that that is quickly changing.  I know from the first books where Alice was not picking a person and just getting to know everyone I loved the interaction with Boris and I still enjoy the interaction with him in the Country of Clover books but the story with Eliot on the Country of Clover was adorable and this one is even cuter.  I absolutely loved this story it was so cute and sweet and innocent in a lot of ways.

 

This story takes place early when Alice is in the Country of Hearts and she meets the Hatter Mafia right off and spends her time there choosing to live with them.  As she gets to know Eliot the time they spend together is cute.  They are both a bit awkward and unsure and just so excited when they get to spend time together.  I also like how when Alice gets lost and cannot get back to Hatter Mansion she keeps wondering and thinking of Eliot and then wondering why she keeps thinking of his first while he takes the time to search for her and try to find where Alice has gone.

 

The story also hold interest as Alice kidnapped and is in a precarious position at the end of this first book in the My Fantastic Rabbit Series.  Seriously Eliot is freaking adorable and though he can be trigger happy and had a dark and shady job in the Hatter Mafia working for Blood Dupree, he is absolutely cute and sweet.  Over all I think this would be a Manga that I would give a 4 out of 5 starts as this is one that I very much want to add to my personal  collection to read again later, which is rare for me with these books I like to read them but I don’t feel like buying them but this one I want to own.

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 Reivew – Alice in the Country of Diamonds: Bet on my Heart

Title:  Alice in the Country of Diamonds: Bet on my Heart

Author: Sana Shirakawa

Concept: Quin Rose

Illustrator:  Nana Fumitsuki

Format:  Paperback

Published: 2014

 

Okay, so this is the most epic thing ever!  This is a novel based on a manga that is based on a game.  This is so incredibly cool to me!  I saw the title on my library shelf list and I put it on hold and thought it was just another manga, something I can read quickly and something fun as I would say most of the Alice in the country books are fun.  So you can imagine my surprise when I pulled the book from the shelf and stared in shock as a nice thick volume of 320 pages.  At first I thought oh that must be book X that I have on hold to have my jaw drop to realize that this is a full on novel!

 

Needless to say I was giddy with excitement!  I couldn’t wait to delve in and read this book!  I had to tell myself to be responsible before I could read this book I started it late Thursday night and only stopped because I absolutely had to sleep and then spend the rest of the day reading between everything else that I was supposed to be doing that day.  I had it finished by the end of the night because it was simply that good!

 

The story takes place in a whole new country for Alice but this is something very different from the other countries that she has visited.  In this country Alice remembers everyone but no one remembers her and the people that she is meeting are younger than their other selves and not only are they are younger they are a little different in personality and not everyone from before are present and Alice has to adjust to the fact of seeing overly familiar faces and being treated as if they had never met.

 

This story is centric on Alice and the Mad Hatter and it is a well crafted and woven story.  It was interesting seeing the dynamic between Alice and Blood through the whole story and I liked the new characters that were introduced though we really only go to know the Dodo who is known as Jericho Bermuda.  Jericho is a ‘dead’ character and his time is accounted for and most people don’t like him and I am not sure why as that concept about him was never explained but it added an interesting layer to the character.

 

In reading the Afterward I have learned that the country of Diamonds is the turning point for the entire series and I will not hesitate to get my hands on any other Country of Diamonds stories to learn the mysteries that were presented.  Over all this was my absolute favorite Alice in the Country of story by far as it is leaps and bounds above the other stories and I wish I could play the game, but alas it is in Japanese.   Anyway I would give this book at 4 out of 5 pages and say that if you like the series at all this is an absolute must read.  For all others read a few Heart and Clover manga’s and then delve into this novel.  It is seriously that good in my opinion!

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