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Wicked Lovely: Desert Tales, Volume 1: Sanctuary Paperback – April 21, 2009


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Product Details

  • Series: Wicked Lovely (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061493546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061493546
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.5 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,436,297 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 7–9—This first volume in a manga trilogy features characters from the novel Wicked Lovely (HarperTeen, 2007). Rika now maintains a solitary existence in a Mojave Desert cave. She spends her days painting the landscape, invisible to mortal Jayce. Then, she becomes visible to him when she moves beneath his body to break his fall. Mutual attraction fuels this flirtatious dance between faery and mortal. Complicating the plot are appearances by Summer King Keenan, Winter Girl Donia, and interested friends, both human and fey. In the style of manwha, the book reads left to right. Black-and-white illustrations depict the angular bodies, realistic faces, extraordinarily attractive boys, and slim girls not found in traditional manga. While it is possible to read this title without prior knowledge of Marr's faerie world, it is considerably easier for fans of this series to understand its characters, action, and flashbacks.—Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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Review

PRAISE FOR WICKED LOVELY: “A fully imagined faery world which even non-fantasy (or faerie) lovers will want to delve into.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

PRAISE FOR INK EXCHANGE: “Another highly addictive read…Compulsive enough to give the Twilight series a run for its money, and dizzyingly more sinister.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))

More About the Author

Hmm, I'm never good at the bio bit. I used to teach college & bartend, now I write novels. I love to meet new people, to hear their stories, to walk through new streets and see new vistas. I enjoy art in all its guises--graffiti, surrealist paintings, classic sculptures, tattoos, interesting buildings, Renoir, photography . . . Art & nature, they feed my soul & thus my muse.

Customer Reviews

I read the book first and was left wanting more.
Caitlin B. Campbell
More story, more detail, more pages with actual words instead of panels of pictures that were supposed to tell a story but didn't really add much over all.
Amy Alpin
I read it in like 15 minutes and I loved everyone of those minutes.
Justine

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Layla Bing on July 14, 2009
Format: Paperback
I'm a big fan of Melissa Marr's and I really loved her first two books set in the Wicked Lovely world. I followed the development of the manga and all the hype surrounding it on Marr's blog with anticipation and excitement. However, I found Desert Tales: Sanctuary, which is the first of her stories to be made into a manga and also supposedly able to be read as a stand-alone, to be unusually full of fluff and weirdly confusing. The panels didn't always seem to match up seamlessly with the story-telling, and there wasn't quite enough story to make sense of what did happen in this short little book. Nor did I leave the book feeling as though there was anything obvious that needed to occur after the book ended. I think it could have been a lot better if a little more time had been spent matching the illustrations with the plot to make the story flow better and if Marr had given more pages to let the plot develop more. As it was it only felt half-baked.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shannon Johnson on May 17, 2009
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Wow. What a work of art! The pens of stunning artists and a brilliant author combine to create Sanctuary - the tale of Rika, a past Winter Girl. (Rika is mentioned briefly in Marr's YA novel, "Wicked Lovely".) The story is beautifully crafted and keeps you wanting more, more, more!

This was my very first Manga, and I wasn't sure what to expect. I was quite surprised to find it easy to read, easy to understand, and easy to enjoy. If you've never experienced a Manga story, I highly recommend you check this one out, it's a keeper!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Caitlin B. Campbell on May 19, 2009
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I bought this item along with Fragile Eternity. I read the book first and was left wanting more. But when I read this I loved the character and the idea about having stories about the other girls Keenan had picked. Melissa's characters outside Ash and Keenan are so much more interesting and fun to read about. I can't wait for the next installment!
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By Larissa on October 8, 2010
Format: Paperback
It has been a long time since Rika has been human, mortal, but now as a faery Rika has chosen a life away from the cities, and not just because the iron and steel makes her sick. Rika has found a home for herself out in the desert, a sanctuary quite literally in the middle of nowhere. Rika has wanted to escape the politics of the Faerie Courts, but even out here as a solitary faery she can not escape her past.

Jayce lives out in the desert, spending his days unknowingly in Rika's company. While he draws the desert she paints him. Invisible to all but the other fay, Rika has come to love her time with Jayce, even if he doesn't know she exists. But when the desert fay becomes restless and hostile Rika will risk her freedom and her visibility to save him and her heart.

Sanctuary, the first in a three part adaptation into a graphic novel, is drawn expertly and beautifully portraying the depth of Rika's emotions and rapidly changing circumstances. As her quiet life is shattered and unexpectedly invaded, albeit happily, by the artistic and good looking Jayce, Rika will soon have much to worry about. But in the mean time she can find sanctuary in the arms of the one she loves.
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I'm a huge Wicked Lovely fan, but I don't think my high expectations are the only reason I was very disappointed by the manga. Firstly, I know it's common for males in manga to look very feminine, but until now, I've always been able to tell the difference between the male and female characters. Here I couldn't, until it was explained who was who. Some of the clothes the guys wear look just like the girl's clothes (even during a flash back to the Victorian-era!!). Also, the editing probably relied way too much on spell-check, because I'm pretty sure Rika's fried asks her if she wants to belong to the Summer Court now that Keenan's more `important' not `impotent'!!!
I think the story needed more words, less drawing. It just didn't hang together too well. Am going to give the second one a try. If you haven't read Wicked Lovely, skip the manga and go for the novels and short story.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amy Alpin on June 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
I am not a huge fan of manga, I guess, or maybe I would have like this better. I thought ten dollars was a bit much to pay for an imcomplete story with art that I sometimes found hard to interpret. I am a huge fan of the Wicked Lovely novels and of comic books, but but just expected...more. More story, more detail, more pages with actual words instead of panels of pictures that were supposed to tell a story but didn't really add much over all.

I would read the next installment if someone else lets me borrow it, but I doubt I'll shell out the money for it.
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By Justine on July 23, 2014
Format: Paperback
This is officially my first graphic novel and honestly I was super nervous about it but I friggin loved it. I read it in like 15 minutes and I loved everyone of those minutes. The illustrations were amazing and very detailed. I just wished that they had been in colour to get the full effect. Regardless of the lack of colour, I still loved the story. I'm really glad that I have the sequel to this novel and I went out and bought the third one as soon as I was finished as well.
I would recommend this to anyone who loves graphic novels or even those who aren't sure because I think that this was a great one to get your foot in the door.
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By Joshua Delaney on January 23, 2014
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I've read all of Melissa Marr's faery series and I used to love a good manga, so when I saw Desert Tales V2 at a consignment bookshop I snatched it up and came here for V1 and V3.

I think you miss a lot of the character developement that you get from Melissa's traditional books, but I love having the visual aspect that you can't get from them. I plan to buy the traditional style Desert Tales and read that as well to see if there really was more to the story I didn't get in the manga.

I think the manga series was a fun attempt at something new, and for $4 or $5 each I think they were more than worth the read; either way these three books are staying on my "prized" shelf as a pretty hybrid of my two favorite concepts.
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