Friday, January 27, 2012

Manga Reads: Review of The Dreaming Vol. 1 by Queenie Chan


Overview
When twin sisters Amber and Jeanie are accepted into an exclusive Australian boarding school, their future looks bright. But the school's halls harbor a terrible secret: students have been known to wander into the surrounding bushlands and vanish...without a trace! No one knows where they went--or why. But as Amber and Jeanie are about to learn, the key to the school's dark past may lie in the world of their dreams...




Recommended: Yes.

  


                       About The Dreaming              
                                                              Available as:  Paperback 
                                                                 Recommended Ages: 14 and Up
                                                                       Paperback: 175 pgs.
Published: December 13th 2005 by Tokyopop
For This Review: * Self-Provided Paperback Copy*
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When twin sisters Amber and Jeanie are accepted into an exclusive Australian boarding school, their future looks bright. But the school's halls harbor a terrible secret: students have been known to wander into the surrounding bushlands and vanish...without a trace! No one knows where they went--or why. But as Amber and Jeanie are about to learn, the key to the school's dark past may lie in the world of their dreams...
Twin sisters Amber and Jennie have just earned a scholarship at a  boarding school. Accomadating themselves to a new school they make new friends fast. One girl named Millie by far is the most welcoming to the sisters. The sisters though encounter problems though from the school's headmistress, Mrs. Skeener, who in general dislikes twin sisters for some unknown reason. Jeanie wants to find out why she feels this way. Jeanie becomes more suspicious about the school and she uncovers that the school has some definite underlying hidden past. A past where girls mysteriously vanish without a trace.

The Dreaming's mystery is huge in this first volume. Many things while reading are still very open for discussion. This first volume is more of an introduction to characters of twin sisters Amber and Jeanie. The school too is a vehicle of newfound discovery because its a strange school. Its surrounded by these humongous trees and for miles there are no towns or anything. So for girls at the boarding school to go missing is weird. The suspense for this reason is high. Another thing that's praise-worthy in The Dreaming Vol. 1 is the artwork, Victorian-styled through some pages of the manga which are detailed and beautiful. All in all not a bad manga. Manga lovers that are into some mystery/suspense with a taste for historical-like artwork at times should like this.
Overall: Amazing read!
Genre: Horror, Mystery/Suspense, Paranormal, Manga


                                   About the Author
Queenie Chan was born in 1980 in Hong Kong, and migrated to Australia when she was six years old. She began drawing at the age of 18, and graduated in 2002 with a degree in Information Systems. In 2004, she began drawing a mystery-horror series called “The Dreaming” for LA-based manga publisher TOKYOPOP. To date, all three volumes have been published, with the last volume published in 2007. It has since then been translated into six languages. Visit her fantastic manga/comic and other great stuff blog: Queenie Chan's website

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