Thursday, September 30, 2010
Review: Emma volumes 4 & 5 by Kaoru Mori
Synopsis: In this installment, William finds himself pressured to develop a relationship with fellow socialite Eleanor. While at the opera, Eleanor lets him know in no uncertain terms how she feels about him, pressuring William to address his future with or without Emma.
Review: Once again, the tension of the story is built up to drive a wedge between Emma and William, even though their "relationship" has been of the Victorian, understated kind. I found myself really despising Eleanor and am not sure if the pictures were meant to make her look quite so young? In some ways she felt like a snivelling, insecure little girl looking to get her claws into William out of a sense of low esteem for herself. Yuck!
Review: Talk about drama in this installment. In fact, I was flustered and frustrated when I flipped to the last page and found I had to wait for Volume six! Even though these stories are driven by the nuance of pictures, the feelings of each character feel evident to the reader. I hurt for Emma and kept hoping for her happiness and security. As with a middle installment, there is still much to come, which I am eager to check out!
*FTC Disclosure: This review is based off of library copies of both pieces.