Monday, January 17, 2011
Romance Book Scene: The Cinderella Solution
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Harlequin/ SOFTBANK Creative Corp.
Click here to purchase from: Amazon
Manga is all the rage for the teen set. So why not set a Harlequin romance in the manga style. First of all for those of you who haven't seen a manga there is a lot to know before you ever open a copy. Manga consist of comics and print cartoons, in the Japanese language and conforming to the style developed in Japan in the late 19th century. In their modern form, manga date from shortly after World War II, but they have a long, complex pre-history in earlier Japanese art.
Manga is read from the back of the book and to the front and from top right of the page to left and then down right to left again. A little confusing but once you get the hang of it, it is usually a fast read. Like with many romance books, Manga runs their books in series. So a book can play out 50 to 100 pages into a story and just seem to quit.
Many of the reviewers of The Cinderella Solution, thought the books were only samples of the actually story, but actually there are several books that make up on story. It is the same in many of the manga books. The story line continues from book-to-book.
The art inside the book is black and white with little definition, but enough to give a general impression of the scene.
In The Cinderella Solution, Charlotte is a tom-boy and best friend to Gabe. She's more comfortable in jeans and a sweat shirt. Because of the way she dresses her Gabe doesn't think she's series about getting married and starting a family. When Charlotte realizes this is the way Gabe feels about her it upsets her and she bets him that she can get a man in a month to propose to her. With the help of her friends she might just pull it off.
The Cinderella Solution and several others in the Harlequin manga romance books are being offered free for Kindle readers through Amazon. Simply check out the top 100 lists and look at the free books and you'll get a chance to download several.
Generally The Cinderella Solution is pretty much category romance for Harlequin. This is a cute little story and it is a different experience reading it in this version. These are perfect for the YA crowd.
You're not the type of girl who can attract a man. If you get proposed to within the next month, I'll give you a thousand dollars! Charlotte is a talented graphic designer, who spends her days in baggy jeans with ruffled hair. She knew her best friend, Gabe, doesn't see her as a lady, but if he's going to make such a bet, she can't just take it lying down! Charlotte decides to get back at Gabe by dramatically transforming herself..