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

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  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins (1 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061493546
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061493546
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.3 x 18.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 731,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Melissa Marr was voted in high school the "most likely to end up in jail". Instead, she went to graduate school, worked in a bar, became a teacher and did a lot of writing. Her first title was Wicked Lovely.

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Discover Melissa Marr's mesmerizing world of Faerie . . . The desert is far away from the schemes of the Faerie Courts--and that's how Rika likes it. Once a mortal and now a faery, Rika seeks isolation and revels in her ability to appear invisible to humans. Then, she meets him. Artistic and kind, Jayce is the last person Rika wants to hide from. But change is coming, challenging Rika's freedom and her new romance, as her past pursues her, even into the heart of the desert. . . .

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alaska Breeze on 4 Feb 2010
Format: Paperback
Another story continuing on from Wicked Lovely, Going down the path of a former Winter Girl, before Donia took up the staff. Rika. How she coped after being freed from the winter chill, how she too felt bitter from her betrayal of Keenan, the Summer King and how she is still alone, still has the sense of still belonging to the Summer King.

Rika had fallen in love with a mortal who always came to the desert painting, a passion they both share, but yet Jayce cannot see her. For she is a faerie. Due to events and upheaval of the Summer court with the Summer Queen found, the nomad fae causes far more trouble then usual leading to a chain of events which leaves wanting for more.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ms. L. Hern on 14 Oct 2009
Format: Paperback
I have to say that this is most definitely an unusual and great addition to the Wicked Lovely series. The story in itself happens to be left off towards the end, leaving room for more to be added at a later date hopefully in the form of a second volume. And also the drawings of the characters involved in this story happen to be very beautiful. It is almost as if they spring out of the pages and re-enact what is actually happening in this comic book. There is also mentions of certain characters such as Donia, the Winter Queen and Aislinn, the Summer Queen.

All in all, a great addition to a great series of books. Well done Ms.Marr and co!
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Did not live up to the hype 14 July 2009
By Layla Bing - Published on Amazon.com
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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Positively Gorgeous 17 May 2009
By Shannon Johnson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Better than Fragile Eternity 19 May 2009
By Caitlin B. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
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!
You're Never Really Alone! 8 Oct 2010
By Larissa - Published on Amazon.com
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.
Could have been cool... 3 Nov 2010
By StarReviewer - Published on Amazon.com
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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