Sand Chronicles, Volumes 9-10

Sand Chronicles (Volume #9)
by Hinako Ashihara
Published 2010 by VIZ Media
200 pages. Paperback.
Rating: 3/5

What were our parents like at our age? We’ll never really know… But now you can get a glimpse into the teenage years of the mothers of Ann, Daigo, Fuji and Shika. How was their destiny shaped? Plus, Ann’s little sister visits Shika–and Ann’s ex-fiancé!–in New York City.

Honestly, this series should have ended with volume 8. I mean, the story was pretty much wrapped up. Sure, there was a little that wasn’t resolved with minor characters like Ann’s ex-fiance, but who cares?

The part at the beginning about Ann’s mother was interesting, but still something I could have survived without. The second half, where Ann’s little sister runs into her ex-finace in New York was pretty pointless. I guess he learned from it, but he was never a major character so I could have cared less. The bottom line? I wasn’t that interested in this one and ended up skimming some of it.

Source: Homewood Public Library. Homewood, AL.

Sand Chronicles (Volume #10)
by Hinako Ashihara
Published 2011 by VIZ Media
200 pages. Paperback.
Rating: 3/5

This one was a little more interesting to me because it actually involved Daigo and Ann. It wasn’t anything crucial to the story though. The history with Daigo’s teacher was sweet, and I really loved seeing him with the kids he teaches. I think it’s adorable that he became a teacher.

Still, I stand by my earlier statement: it should have ended with volume 8. Ashihara swears this was really the last one.

Prude Filter: This series sometimes contains mild profanity and sexual references. It’s best for older teens.

Source: Inglenook Library. Birmingham, AL.
Purchase these books: VIZ Media | Book Depository | IndieBound

Read my review of Sand Chronicles, Volumes 1-8.

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