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Sorcerers & Secretaries, Volume 1

by Amy Kim Ganter

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I enjoyed the illustrations in this graphic novel, and thought the story was kind of cute, although it felt like it moved too slow and before I knew it, the book was over. In this story, Josh has a crush on Nicole, and she fights her crush on him. He comes off as a player, which turns her off and makes her hesitant to get involved with him. However, he genuinely likes her and it's not just about adding her number to the rest of his stash. The whole book seems to revolve around him chasing her and trying to get her to spend time with him and let him be her boyfriend. Interspersed in the story is a fantasy story that she is writing in her dreamlog. She kind of hides her story from other people, and hides the fact that she still enjoys reading fairy tales and using fantasy and fairy tales as an escape.

There's only one other book in this "series" and from what I have read about it, it seems to flip flop the story some on the romantic angle, and focus more on Nicole's writing. ( )
  recipe_addict | Sep 21, 2014 |
A lovely little story about a girl writing a fantasy story. The romance is sweet, the characters are cute and believable (with the usual manga embellishments), and most of all the fantasy story she's writing is amazing. It all works together beautifully. I think a lot of people will relate to her.

Needs to be read with volume 2, it's really just one story cut in half so there's no conclusion until 2. ( )
  FFortuna | Aug 31, 2013 |
Sorcerers & Secretaries, Volume 1 by Amy Kim Ganter is a two part graphic novel series, done in a manga style. Volume 1 introduces Nicole Hayes, an artist who is stuck studying for a career her mother wants her to have, and a terrible job as a receptionist to pay her bills. When she has free time, she draws in a journal.

Nicole's journal drawings form the basis for the second plot in this series. There is a powerful wizard who has powers stripped for his arrogance. As a wanderer he goes in search for something that will restore himself to his former glory.

In the middle of the blending of Nicole's real-world story and her fantasy, is a romance (sort of). There's a former neighbor who has a complete crush on her. Except he's a bit of a player so there's no reason for Nicole to take his interest in her seriously.

It's a good start to a manga-esque series. I'm curious to see how it wraps up. ( )
  pussreboots | Aug 16, 2013 |
I just re-read this (first read about a year ago) and was surprised and delighted at the whimsy and magic in the story.

Nicole's just a little bit obsessed with fancy, particularly a story she's dreaming and writing. She doesn't have time for or interest in anything else; it's all just noise that distracts her from the real story. Josh is a collector of girls' phone numbers who can't quite get Nicole out of his head even though she never sought his company, and he's moved out of her building. It's an interesting beginning to the story of these two moving closer together.

I hope the second volume will be as lovely and magical.

I do have to point out that Josh is a bit of a jerk about women. He's never shown actually seeking their phone numbers, and they're quite unrealistically shown throwing themselves at him. Still, he keeps a jar of their numbers. His roommate (not going to look up his name) is a world-class slimeball about romance. I hope he gets a metaphorical (or literal, that'd be fine, too) kick in the balls in the second volume. ( )
  GinnyTea | Mar 31, 2013 |
Cute and relatable, but didn’t stick with me at all. And the romantic interest drove me nuts. ( )
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This book is like gourmet hot chocolate: comforting and relaxing, prepared with great skill, yet with unexpected depth plus a hint of spice to keep the reader from taking it for granted.
 
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Nicole Hayes likes to daydream, especially during her part-time job as a receptionist. Her former neighbor, Josh, can't snap her out of her daydreams long enough to notice him. If only Josh could see what Nicole was daydreaming about, maybe he would be able to win her over.… (more)

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