Mars knows that nothing will stop him from tracking down his wife, Chantal, who'd betrayed him and sent him to prison for a crime he didn't commit. Chantal had died--or so everyone said--but Mars knew she'd merely transformed herself and reemerged into the spotlight as supermodel Mischief Jones.
Mars was a hard man, a bitter one, who'd survived by shutting off his emotions. But when he finally captured the woman he'd been hunting, the bewitching seductress with the luminous eyes denied everything. He was falling under her spell. Who was she really --an angel... or a cunningly brilliant counterfeit with an agenda of her own?
Based on Ann Major's novel, "Secret Child".
Disclaimer: First off, let me get this straight-- I don't really write reviews. In fact, I think this might be my first review on something. I'm not sure. I come and go on this site. But I felt like I had to write one for this manga. There were several things that I liked and disliked, which lead me to give it the score that I gave it. Also keep in mind that this is my opinion, so be gentle. Keep an open mind. I will try to refrain from spoiling anything as best as I can, but, before you read, just know what there
is a high chance there will be some mild spoilers in here, depending on what you consider as spoilers.
So, this manga wasn't particularly bad. If it were, I wouldn't have finished it. I didn't particularly enjoy this manga, but I didn't absolutely hate it, either. The art was pleasant, especially the cover art. However, some things in this had the thought "This is ridiculous" running through my head. But, that might be because I read /a lot/ of manga. For some, like those new to manga, it might be a fresh and enticing concept. But for me, not so much. For example, the way the characters were depicted. While there was some character development, I still felt that these characters were very cliche.
Mars, the silent brooding bad-boy with humble and lonely roots who doesn't find love until he meets Bronte, the angelic and submissive opposite of his wife, Chantal, and becomes a somewhat better man and works for the top when he finds love. The love triangle in this was something that i've seen before. Man marries someone he hates, finds a girl who is the complete opposite, and falls in love. The gravitational pull that everyone had towards Bronte, the angelic opposite, which adds more people to the love triangle, was very cliche as well. Bronte had no faults besides continuously falling into the hands of evil-- which happened a lot, and often had me irritated, although that's what kept me reading, to see if she'd mess up again. This story has enough of that drama to keep the reader reading, which is an upside I suppose, but to me, it was all very repetitive.
The plot twists were a surprise at first, but are then used repeatedly, and becomes old. Plus, there were times when the characters reacted to certain things in the way that, realisticaly, a normal person would react differently.
There were some problems that the characters went through that were realistic and that the readers could possibly relate to, but overall the drama really was over the top. But that might be what keeps you reading.
Next, was the setting. This story is set in New York City. I doubt that's much of a spoiler. But what bothered me, is how they depicted The Bronx. The Bronx is a borough of New York City. Admittedly, there was a period in time in the past where The Bronx really was the most dangerous part of New York City-- but that was mostly in the 70s, and mostly in the South Bronx. It definitely isn't how it used to be. I was born and raised here in the Bronx. Now, before you go and say "Oh, then you're bias!" trust me, I'm not. I'll admit that The Bronx isn't the most perfect place to live, and can be very dangerous depending where you are and the time of day, but doesn't that apply to lots of places nowadays? Every place is good and bad. It has it's upsides and downsides. But the way that The Bronx is depicted in this manga, is that it's residents are rabid, evil creatures, which will rape you and kill you the first time they lay eyes on you. Which, come on, how can that be true? You can definitely walk around in The Bronx without that happening. It's ridiculous to depict a place as a dump full of scum. I'll admit that it isn't the most beautiful and safe place, and definitely isn't a place that tourists would want to see, but it's not as it is depicted in this manga.
But, overall, this manga is okay. It's a good read for someone who is bored, or has nothing else to read. It's one of those mangas that isn't "Holy smokes, this is so good! So original!" but one of those mangas that will make you want to read more simply because you want to know what will happen next.
I am not one to write reviews since I usually only read them, but I felt that I should write something for this in particular.
***I will say before hand that this manga is not for everybody and you are always entitled to your very own opinion.***
There were times in the story were I didn't like how the main character was acting and many times, it would get predictable. However since I don't wish to spoil this manga at all, I believe that this is still worth a try.
First of all, the art is amazing. And ~~~WARNING~~~ this manga does contain smut for those who
do not wish to read something of this genre. Because of this, there were instances in the plot itself where showing these scenes would sometimes be unnecessary, but I can somewhat see how it folded into the plot itself.
One thing that I did not like about the main character, Bronte, was that she was able to sometimes smile her way out of a lot of things and ...
Somehow gets all these guys to fall for her like any cliched manga and still choose that one guy she liked in the beginning. SO SHE BASICALLY JUST WENT IN A CIRCLE. Eventhough the mc was not my favorite, I found the story very captivating and wanted to continue it to the end. But if I think about it, there wouldn't have been an accident if the mc didn't get into an accident and didn't have plastic surgery. Perhaps possessive lover of Mars West would've been jealous of Bronte anyways and found out eventually, but I guess I'll never know.
Overall, I encourage those who love a good josei-romance and at times cliched manga to read this because it is definitely worth your while.
This was a pretty decent manga with a pretty decent story line. It has enough drama to keep you interested and will make you want to finish it. With that being said most of it was pretty predictable.
If you are interested in reading a manga about two people who are determined to be together through various obstacles caused by pretty much the same character repeatedly, this will be for you. This story has to do a lot with starting from the bottom, making it to the top, losing it all and trying to get it back. Along with characters finding who they are and
building strength throughout the story within themselves and their love partners.
Overall, it's not bad. Don't expect any wow factors though.
"Gold is better than Silver" the saying goes, well not in this case.
I came across Gold because the art was done by Kazuko Fujita whose art I adore. So first off, when I started reading, I thought the drama meter is pretty much the same as in manga "Silver." Oh, boy was I wrong.
The story starts dramatic and interesting, grabs your attention on the first page. Later on, you are like, okay, this is way too dramatic even for a cliche manga. I don't even know where to start with the things... I was like: I just can't... So this is one of the
soap operas where you continue to read just because you... Ummm....Want to finish the manga, and despite everything hope that the heroine is not that dumb. Maybe, just maybe she will be smarter.
Cliche over 9000. And I read over a thousand josei manga, just sayin' Heroine is stupid. What I hate the most is typical "Oh, she is good therefore we will make her the dumbest individual here." So tired of good=stupid shit. I will just mention plastic surgery, you will see.
The hero is no better. You think he should be the reasonable one in the relationship and be able to detect crap, because life slapped him sufficiently, but no, the villainess toys with him in the same way as she does with the heroine.
Which brings us to MISCHIEF. JUST HER NAME. My god.
Is there a word that exceeds the definition of a word cliche? If this was not a soap opera you would get rid of her the first chance you get. And the story would be better! BUT NO.
I won't go into details of how much I would slap her, but you know when the main charas are dumb as these, they kinda deserve it.
Rest of the characters .... (sound of crickets in the background)
I adore Kazuko Fujita's art.
Even though there are many things I didn't like, I also read this twice so yeah it pretty decent compared to the many of the josei ones I read. It did keep me glued but dragged waaaaaaaaaaay too much. (comparison: Goku vs Freeza, 5 minutes 'till Namek explodes. Also, Mischief is indestructible something like Broly.) And in the end I rolled my eyes heavily after talk no justu.
Quick and easy read, if you are a fan of josei genre, you can kill time with it.