Review: Polterguys Vol 1 by Laurianne Uy and Nathan Go

 

 

Title: Polterguys Vol 1

Author: Laurianne Uy & Nathan Go

May Contain Spoilers

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Bree is a smart but socially awkward college girl who ends up moving into a house that’s haunted by five ghost guys. She’s the only one who can see these ghosts so she has to help them resolve their unfinished business. 

Review:

I haven’t been reading many graphic novels lately, and I’m at a loss as to why.  I think I was getting tired of the episodic formula, and more specifically, I was getting burnt out on waiting for new installments of my favorite series.  Throw in the number that have been canceled over the last few years, and well, I kind of lost any enthusiasm I had for comics.  I have received a few that looked very promising, though, so I started picking them up again.  So far, I am glad that I did, because I did miss the storytelling style.  I love the marriage of art and words, so I am slowly wading back into the world of graphic novels.

Polterguys looked cute, so I decided to give it a read.  It is cute, and the whole time I was reading it, I wondered why I never get to experience the life of a shoujo heroine.  I want a bunch of cute guys to clean my house and make me breakfast. Why hasn’t this happened yet?  I’m so jealous! Why doesn’t stuff like this ever happen in real life??  It’s commonplace in manga, but finding a guy in real life who can cook and clean – it’s about as rare as finding a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

Bree is your typical nerd.  She is studious and dedicated to becoming a doctor.  She is awkward with others, and has no close friends.  In fact, she had to bribe some girls to pretend to be her friends so her mom could take pix of Bree and her BFFs at her high school graduation.  I was feeling a little down for Bree, because everyone deserves someone to confide in, but other than her poster of Sanjay Gupta, she has nobody.  She has also irritated the floor advisor at the college dorms because she can’t get along with her roommates.  Oh, poor Bree, just wait to see what Fate has in store for you!

When the opportunity comes to rent a room off campus, Bree jumps at the chance.  Finally, she will have peace, quiet, and the solitude that she has longed for.  Only the house is a little decrepit, and better yet, she discovers that it’s haunted!  With five hottie ghosts!  Bree quickly learns that none of them can remember much about their past, and until they can resolve the issues keeping them from  moving on, they are trapped on this plane.  Worse, they are in danger, because there is an evil ghost bounty hunter after them!  Mustering up every last bit of courage, Bree promises to help all of them find peace.

I enjoyed Polterguys because of the light tone.  While there are some dark and dangerous elements to the story, most of it is fun and humorous.  Bree’s social awkwardness is a humorous contrast to the ghosts’ charming approachability.  Only gruff Alex shows any reservation about getting involved with Bree.  As the unofficial leader of the ghosts, he feels a lot of pressure to keep everyone together and safe.  He isn’t pleased to think about the dangers and complications that Bree represents.  It turns out he was right; having Bree around is going to have terrible repercussions as the ghosts let their guard down and get a little careless.

There is some inconsistency to the art, but the style works well with the overall tone of the story.  While there isn’t really anything new here, I enjoyed the presentation, and found the cliffhanger ending more than enough to get me excited about reading the next volume of Polterguys.

Grade:  B

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Interview with Amy Sandas, Author of Rogue Countess and Giveaway!

 

Amy Sandas is visiting the Cafe today to introduce herself and her debut novel, Rogue Countess.  After the interview, she has a present! You can win a digital copy of Rogue Countess!

 [Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Amy Sandas] Believes in happy endings.  Loves coffee in the morning, chardonnay at night and pizza anytime.  Dreams of traveling far and wide.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Rogue Countess?

[Amy Sandas] Rogue Countess is a Regency Historical Romance and tells the story of the tumultuous reunion between the Earl and Countess of Blackbourne eight years after their forced marriage.

Anna spent years building her independence and guarding her heart against the judgment of society to ensure that she is never again in a position to be betrayed and abandoned.  Accustomed to being in control, she is utterly unprepared for her ordered world to be flipped on its head when her errant husband returns to England. It has been years since he left her on their wedding day, but she is no longer that sad little girl and this time she will not so easily be cast aside.

Jude Sinclair, Earl of Blackbourne, has come home for two reasons: to pick up the reins of responsibility left to him upon his father’s death and to put an end to his farce of a marriage once and for all. To his surprise, the wicked and deceitful young woman he expects is not exactly the wife he finds. One thing he knows without doubt is that her striking beauty and dark gaze shields secrets he is determined to uncover.

With a shared past tangled in lies and blackmail, Anna and Jude declare an intimate war of wills, each determined to hold their ground even as unexpected passion ignites into bold desire.  In order to claim the love that could be theirs, they must overcome their mutual distrust and destroy the obstacles that loom darkly between them.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Amy Sandas] This story idea began with a scene in which Anna is hiding in a crowded ballroom, waiting to catch a glimpse of the husband who had abandoned her.  Initially, I didn’t know how they had married or why he had left, but I knew that Anna was going to be strong-willed, a bit of a loner, and that she was going to go against the grain of social standards.  I wanted Jude to be a perfect balance to her nature, even though they wouldn’t realize this until they were able to get past the circumstances of their marriage.  The rest of the story really grew from there.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Anna?

[Amy Sandas] Unconventional.  Determined.  Guarded.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are three things Anna would never have in her boudoir?

[Amy Sandas] French perfume.  Poetry by Lord Byron.  Anything related to her business (“ a place for everything…”).

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Jude’s single most prized possession?

[Amy Sandas] His father’s pocket watch.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Amy Sandas] I was first introduced to Historical Romance through Johanna Lindsey’s Gentle Rogue. Her writing was probably the most influential in the development of my love of historical romances and my desire to write my own.  I have also been inspired by the work of Lisa Kleypas, Christina Dodd, Brenda Joyce and so many others!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Amy Sandas] My morning coffee (black).  My husband to distract the kids.  Time.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Amy Sandas] Oddly, the answer to this isn’t a romance novel!  My eight year old daughter recently convinced me to read the first three books in the Warriors series by Erin Hunter about four clans of wild cat warriors. She was totally infatuated with the stories and wanted someone to talk to about all the characters and clan intrigue involved in the books.  I read all three within a couple days.  I just could not put them down!!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Amy Sandas] When I was little, I was in love with the Ramona series by Beverly Cleary.  I completely identified with Ramona.  That was when I first learned how you could escape into someone else’s story and live it as if it were your own.  I have been an avid reader ever since!

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Amy Sandas] I love to spend a little leisure time with my family.  Summers in the backyard, going for a walk to our favorite restaurant (I love to eat out. No cooking, no clean up!), camping trips.  In the winter we tend to hibernate a bit and don’t get out and about as much.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Amy Sandas] I can be found on Twitter:

https://twitter.com/AmySandas

At my blog:

http://amysandas.wordpress.com/

And on Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/AmySandas

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Thank you!

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