If I am not mistaken, this book is my first taste of Est Em's work. At first, I was not used to her art style. I needed some time to get pass that to see the beauty within. Come to think of it. Perhaps it was because of her unusual artwork that I didn't pick up any of her books until now. Then the title and the cover of this particular book captured my interest and I decided to try it for once and was captivated. I read it in one sitting - something I seldom do.
I think I have gotten the hang of her art style and now wanting more. I find that her artwork is unlike those typical Japanese manga artwork. Est Em's illustrations has similarities to western graphic novels type of art.
I quite enjoy her stories as well. It has depths and projects the maturity of the minds which is very different from those usual Yaoi manga fare. Her stories makes you think. And her artwork suits her story's style very much.
There are 6 fairy-tales retelling in this book.
2) Little Red Riding Hood
3) The Little Mermaid
4) Beauty and the Beast
5) The Bamboo Princess
Little Red Riding Hood is rather twisted and dark. Cinderella with a BDSM twist is refreshing and sexy. The Mermaid Merman and the Prince is intriguing and mysterious. I feel sorry for the boyfriend's aquarium pet after said merman ahemm.. you-know-what. Other than that pet issue, it is nice to have a merman as a boyfriend especially during those hot summer days. You just need to ensure you have an oversized bathtub at home.
*Reviewed on October 1st, 2016