Title: Sarasah Vol 2
Author: Ryu Ryang
Publisher: Yen Press
May Contain Spoilers
Ji-Hae continues her mission to mend her broken ties to Seung-Hyu in their past lives, but posing as a boy to get close to him may prove more complicated than she first expected. For one thing, Bub-Min isn’t fooled for a moment by her disguise and recognizes her as Lady Ari right away. But there’s no way Ji-Hae’s turning back now, not when Ja-Yun seems just as eager to deepen his friendship with Ji-Hae’s male alter-ego (though his motives may be more selfish than she suspects) as she is to get closer to him. But even if they do become friends, won’t he always see her as a boy?!
I have picked this book up and set it back down again numerous times. On each occasion, I grew so irritated with Ji-Hae that I stopped reading within the first few pages. I finally forced myself to read this from cover to cover, and I am glad that I did. Ji-Hae is actually beginning to grow on me, and her personality didn’t grate on my nerves by the end of the volume. Yay for small miracles!
Ji-Hae , though still terribly annoying, is at least starting to show some courage during her single-minded pursuit of Ja-Yun. Common sense, I think, is still a long way off. The politics of the day are swirling to the forefront, and court rivalries are intensifying. The introduction of Misa-Heul has certainly perked my interest; he is dark and manipulating and is out for his owns ends. He isn’t happy with the current state of affairs in the country, and attributes much of the country’s woes on the leadership of their current ruler, who just happens to be a woman. Other nations are plotting against them, viewing the queen as weak and her throne as ripe for the picking. I am enjoying the setting of Sarasah very much.
Ji-Hae has gotten caught up in the political shenanigans, though her true intentions can’t really be considered very noble. She is still chasing determinedly after Ja-Yun, and when she learns that he might be in danger from Misa-Heul, she is quick to pledge to protect him. She quickly finds that words are much easier to say than deeds are to accomplish, and gets herself in trouble right off the bat. Only the timely arrival of Bub-Min bails her out, but do you think she has the courtesy to thank him? Nah, time travelling girls form the future apparently don’t have many manners.
I just love Bub-Min, and hope that Ji-Hae will, somewhere down the road, notice that he’s a great guy. He’s kind, strong, and courageous, and guess what? He even likes Ji-Hae, even though she’s treated him with an incredible mixture of rudeness and distain. All she can see is Ja-Yun, and there isn’t much room in her little world for anyone else. Pity. Especially since Ja-Yun seems to have a hidden agenda of his own. I can hardly wait to find out more about what is going on in that pretty little head of his.
The art is attractive, with uncluttered backgrounds, and at first seems rather plain. The lack of competing details from the background brings a sharper focus on the characters and their expressions. It doesn’t hurt that all of the guys are hot, even the less than trustworthy Misa-Heul. Though the pacing was slow at the start of this volume, by the end, things were chugging along full speed ahead. Now that I have been sucked a little further into the story, I am very curious to see what happens to Ji-Hae and her pursuit of undying, albeit one-sided, love.
Review copy provided by publisher