Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A Devil and Her Love Song: a manga review

Author: Miyoshi Tomori
Info: VIZ Media LLC, copright 2012, 200 pages

A review in 10 words (or thereabouts): Learning the art of spin and failing miserably.

Meet Maria Kawai—she’s gorgeous and whip-smart, a girl who seems to have it all. But when she unleashes her sharp tongue, it’s no wonder some consider her to be the very devil! Maria’s difficult ways even get her kicked out of an elite school, but this particular fall may actually turn out to be her saving grace...

Maria’s frank nature gains her more enemies at her new school, but her angelic singing voice inadvertently catches the attention of Yusuke Kanda and Shin Meguro. Can these boys mend her hardened heart, or will they just end up getting scorched?

~Amazon Description~

I think this is an excellent example of needing to read more before judging.  Maria Kawai is a new student at school.  And sure, she’s blunt, but her new classmates immediately taken a strange disliking of her.  And not just a “hey, let’s ignore the new kid.”  Instead they want to destroy Maria.  Get her kicked out of school after, like, a day.

I’m not sure I’d want to be friends with Maria, but their reaction seems a bit over the top.  One student steps up and, well, befriends, isn’t quite right, but helps her.  I can see a friendship/romance blossoming, but not yet.

Tomori does an excellent job differentiating the characters, giving Maria her own style so that she stands apart.  While I didn’t fall in love with volume one, it has left me wondering what’s going to happen to Maria and classmates.  I’ll have to keep reading.

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