Sarasah Vol 3 by Ryu Ryang Manhwa Review


Title: Sarasah Vol 3

Author: Ryu Ryang

Publisher: Yen Press

ISBN: 978-0316077811


May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Ji-Hae remains at Ja-Yun’s side as he recovers from the riding accident. She can hardly believe he would risk his life just to save her, but when the flower in her chest flushes with color, it seems to confirm her hopes-Ja-Yun likes her?! Unfortunately, the blooming flower’s scent has aroused the interest of some of the other Nang-Do, and she must tread carefully or risk exposure. Outside the walls of Nang-Meun, dissenters have begun to plot against the queen. With her father and Bub-Min spearheading the investigation, it’s only a matter of time before Ji-Hae is drawn into the political turmoil…

I am really starting to get caught up in several of Yen Press’ manhwa series.  I wasn’t overly impressed with either 13th Boy or Sarasah, but now I have to say that I am finding both of them very intriguing and very fun reads.  Sarasah had similar drawbacks for me, and reminded me a lot of 13th Boy.  They both have obnoxious protagonists who put their own happiness before anyone else’s.  Ji-Hae and Hee-So share so many traits that at first it wasn’t funny.  They both have a crush on a boy who couldn’t care if they were alive or dead, and they are both harassing the poor boys with the intensity of a stalker. This was a real turn off for me, and left me disliking both girls intensely.

Fast forward a couple hundred pages, and now they aren’t so bad.  Even Ji-Hae has lost some of her acidity, and she is becoming a little more sensitive to other people’s feelings.  She’s still a trouble magnet, but at least now she is starting to do things to help others, instead of just helping herself.  It’s true that they don’t always want her help, and, in the case of Bub-Min, she’s been ordered to stay out of his business, but she just can’t help herself.  After catching Seon-Pum and Bub-Min in a secretive conversation, she is consumed with curiosity and she won’t let things be.  I am getting a little anxious, wondering how badly her interfering is going to backfire against her.

There is political intrigue afoot, and it threatens to cause chaos for the nation.  This is a plot thread that I really like – things are going to get very complicated for Bub-Min, my favorite male character, especially if Ji-Hae continues with her meddling.  Now that she’s fallen into Misa-Heul’s trap, I can’t help but wonder what kind of trouble she is going to encounter.  I find Misa-Heul fascinating, and want to find out more about him.  Is he as shady as he seems?  That hint of danger makes him even more appealing.

Sarasah is shaping up to be a solid read.  I am enjoying the time period, and the characters are finally starting to develop some depth.  The court intrigue is also making me much more eager to read new volumes of the series.  I am having a hard time resisting Bub-Min and Misa Heul’s flowing locks, as well.  Why doesn’t my hair look that good?

Grade: B+

Review copy provided by publisher

Waiting on Wednesday – Twisted Tales and The Replacement

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

These Twisted Tale books look like an interesting variation on the Choose Your Own Adventure books.  I am curious to see what they are like.

Sleeping Beauty: Vampire Slayer

From Amazon:

Long ago in a faraway kingdom where humans co-exist with vampires, werewolves and fairies, a beautiful baby princess named Lucette is born. The king and queen host a celebration, but exclude the vampires because of tensions brewing between their previously peaceful kingdoms. Angry at the slight, the Vampire Queen crashes the party and puts a curse on the baby: when Lucette reaches adulthood, she will cut herself, and the instant her blood falls upon the ground, she will never wake again while the sun is in the sky. When night falls, she will awaken while everyone else in the kingdom will fall asleep, leaving Lucette alone in the darkness.

The royal wizard can’t reverse the spell, but alters it so that the curse can be lifted if Lucette proves she has found true love. But falling in love seems impossible if all the eligible bachelors are sleeping. Furious at the curse tampering, the Vampire Queen breaks the peace treaty that forbids vampires from attacking the people of Lucette’s kingdom. An army of vampire slayers is created to defend the kingdom from the nightly rampaging bloodsuckers.

Lucette secretly trains with the army, knowing that if her parents’ attempts to protect her fail and the curse comes true, one day—well, technically one night—she’ll be the only one in her kingdom awake to fight back.

And here’s the twist – you’re in control. At three points during the story, you get to decide what Lucette would do next. Depending on your choice, you flip to that relevant tab for the continuation of the story. Based on your choices, Lucette’s adventures unfold. And the extra fun part? After reaching one outcome, the reader can re-read the book, choose different options, and read an entirely different story!

Cinderella: Ninja Warrior

From Amazon:

Cinderella lives in a magical kingdom with many highly-trained wizards, both good and bad. Her stepmother uses magic for evil. The stepmother married her father to steal her late mother’s wand, and she killed him when he refused to comply. She is jealous of Cinderella’s beauty and both hopes and is threatened that the girl might have inherited an aptitude for magic. She casts spells on Cinderella to control her, requires her to do tedious housework, and often inflicts unnecessarily harsh punishments on the young girl. In spite of her hardships and mistreatment, Cinderella perseveres. She possesses a skill for martial arts and secretly practices to hone her abilities, hoping someday she’ll be strong enough to escape her stepmother’s nefarious grasp.

One day, an invitation arrives for a Magic Festival celebrating the prince’s birthday. Despite her nubile magic powers, Cinderella wants to enter the magic competition in an attempt to break free of her family. When Cinderella discovers her mother’s wand, she becomes aware of her innate magic abilities. Will Cinderella perform well in the competition? Will she catch the eye of the prince? Will she escape her stepmother’s control?

I have been waiting anxiously for The Replacement since I first learned of the title.  It’s still a long wait, until it’s released!

From Amazon:

Mackie Doyle is not one of us. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, he comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago. Now, because of fatal allergies to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, Mackie is fighting to survive in the human world.

Mackie would give anything to live among us, to practice on his bass or spend time with his crush, Tate. But when Tate’s baby sister goes missing, Mackie is drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He must face the dark creatures of the Slag Heaps and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs.

Edward Scissorhands meets The Catcher in the Rye in this wildly imaginative and frighteningly beautiful horror novel about an unusual boy and his search for a place to belong.

What are you waiting for?