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Miki Falls: Spring (Miki Falls Series #1)
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Miki Falls: Spring (Miki Falls Series #1)

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by Mark Crilley

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It's spring—a time for new beginnings. This is Miki Yoshida's final year of high school, and she's determined to make this the best year yet. Miki is in control . . .

. . . until Hiro Sakurai shows up.

The tall, handsome new student is hiding something, and Miki wants to know what. As she breaks down Hiro's defenses, she is unnerved by how much she cares


It's spring—a time for new beginnings. This is Miki Yoshida's final year of high school, and she's determined to make this the best year yet. Miki is in control . . .

. . . until Hiro Sakurai shows up.

The tall, handsome new student is hiding something, and Miki wants to know what. As she breaks down Hiro's defenses, she is unnerved by how much she cares about him. Too bad he is the one guy who can't care for her back. But Miki is falling for Hiro, and nothing's going to stop her from getting close to him—not even his dangerous secret.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Amy Fiske
Miki Falls: Spring begins with a jolt as a young girl throws herself through a third-story window to escape a mysterious group of people. With the reader's attention firmly captured in this graphic novel, the narrative shifts to recounting the events that led to Miki's fall. Miki, a typical senior, begins a new school year and promptly falls for Hiro, the mysterious, unavailable new boy at school, who spends much of his time following people and taking notes. He rudely rebuffs Miki's attempts at friendship, but Miki persists. Despite the odds, they develop a tentative friendship, albeit one hampered by Hiro's strange behavior and refusal to discuss it. Through persistent surveillance, Miki discovers Hiro's secret, which simultaneously draws them closer and threatens to tear them apart. Volume one ends, leaving the reader eagerly anticipating volume two. Miki Falls: Summer picks up right where Spring leaves off. Miki has discovered Hiro's role as a Deliverer, a secret group that safeguards the finite amount of love in the world. His job is to capture dying love from couples about to break up and to deliver it to a new couple, who will, he hopes, nurture and protect it. The narrative tension that drives this series is the relationship between Miki and Hiro. Miki is closer to Hiro than any human is supposed to get to a Deliverer, which causes a few problems. When Miki's closest friend becomes the focus of Hiro's professional attention, Miki interferes, with unpleasant consequences. Universal themes of love, friendship, loyalty, and sacrifice neatly combine with the tempestuous swirl of teenage relationship drama. What initially appears to be a typical tale of a girlblindly pursuing an unavailable boy develops into an intriguing, complex story. Crilley uses mystery to drive the narrative and creates characters that the reader will care about. The black-and-white, manga-style art is beautiful; Crilley is equally talented at creating expressive characters as he is at drawing lush landscapes. Although a bit more text-heavy than most manga, the description and dialogue flesh out the story and create a sort of hybrid of Japanese- and American-style comics that will appeal to fans of shojo manga and romantic fiction. This series manages to be all these things and more. Given its content, it will appeal to fans of teen romantic fiction who would not normally read graphic novels.
KLIATT - George Galuschak
Miki Yoshida is a normal girl beginning her senior year in high school. One day, an errant arrow changes the course of her life forever. The arrow in question, which Miki shoots into a rice paddy, leads to a chance encounter with Hiro Sakurai, the new guy in town. Even though everyone thinks Hiro is a jerk, Miki decides to get to know him better. When gift baskets fail she resorts to the tried-and-true method of getting in his face until he acknowledges her existence. They become friends, but Hiro ends their friendship when Miki catches a glimpse of the dark secret he is hiding in his basement. Miki decides that Hiro has no right keeping secrets from her; she breaks into his house and confronts him. Hiro has no choice but to tell her the truth: he is a Deliverer, a quasi-celestial being entrusted with ensuring that love doesn't die out on Earth. Miki Falls: Spring is the first of a four-part storyline. This graphic novel follows the standard shojo formula: plucky, strong-willed girl meets handsome guy harboring a mysterious secret. The plot is fast-paced and entertaining, beginning with a cliffhanger—Miki throwing herself out a window—and never looking back. The b/w art emphasizes the characters' facial features and looks like it came straight from the artist's sketchbook. If I didn't believe in true love I would point out that many of Miki's actions could be considered stalking. Miki Falls: Spring contains light suspense and lots of non-sexual talk about romance, and is recommended for collections catering to girls (ages 12 and up), especially junior high school girls.
Kirkus Reviews
A young girl's journey into love evolves with the seasons in the stellar first volume of a quartet. Miki is an extremely likable 17yearold girl, who, like most teenaged girls, wishes she were more assertive. Unlike her fanciful friends, Miki believes that there are more important things in the world than boys . . . until she meets Hiro. Handsome, brooding and mysterious, Hiro is a man of many secrets, and may be the only one who can never truly be with Miki. When she refuses to relinquish her conquest of him, Miki stumbles upon why Hiro is so enigmatic-and her feelings for him become allconsuming. Complex characters combine with masterful, expressive art culminating in an arresting new series for teen readers. The soft, gentle romance between Miki and Hiro is brilliantly juxtaposed with the darker elements of the story creating a salient tension between the two. A stark departure from Crilley's previous Akiko series, Miki Falls is a ruminative look at a love and a richly developed labyrinth of fantasy and secrets. (Graphic novel. 1216)

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Miki Falls Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.43(h) x 0.44(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Mark Crilley is an award-winning author and illustrator who has been voted one of the “100 most Creative People in Entertainment” by Entertainment Weekly. Mark splits his time between Japan and Michigan.

Mark Crilley is an award-winning author and illustrator who has been voted one of the “100 most Creative People in Entertainment” by Entertainment Weekly. Mark splits his time between Japan and Michigan.

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Spring (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Someone recommended this manga series to me and I bought this book to try it out. Now i regret not having bought the whole series at once because I have to wait till the other 3 get here to read them :(!! It is a beautiful book, the story and the art are amazing. One of the best manga books i have ever read. I cant wait till the other three arrive so i can read them!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love to read manga and this book was amazing. The line of characters and the story behind it. The Fantasy was also incredible. You will not regret choosing this book. It is worth it you have to read this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it :D
thebookcharacter More than 1 year ago
Star Rating:      4 stars Content Rating:      PG (recommended 10&up, but it's not too young at all) My Opinions:       I enjoyed this a lot. Though the book is obviously fast-paced, it does a good job portraying the characters and their feelings. I admire that they are true to their personalities, and, for being fiction, that the book does mix in some realistic aspects. Looking at the drawings in each panel, I thought the artwork was beautifully done and I admired Mark Crilley's unique layouts for each page. It was very easy to read and follow along, and each page held its own surprises. Overall, this was a fun read and I would read it again. This, for me, is the equivalent of a chick-flick, except obviously it's a more of a chick-lit. I could not wait to finish the series, and now I own all four books and would easily recommend the series. If only Mark Crilley would make more!!!      If you like manga, or would like to give it a try, this is a great place to start! Mark Crilley is an amazing artist, but he has also done a wonderful job creating an interesting story. Content (For Those Who Wonder):      This book is very clean, but I did make notes for anyone who would like to know. Language - "I swear to God" (pg 22), "Oh my God" (pg 46), and "Jeez" (pg 52). Sensuality - None. Violence - None. Other - One of the characters talks about a "goddess of love", but it is only briefly mentioned (pg 144).
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amberhappiness More than 1 year ago
I've spent a long time trying different mangas and attempting to find one that was not full of rude jokes, profane language, nudity, or gore and I was beganning to lose hope. I found this series after watching one of Mark Crilley's "how to draw" youtube videos for a project I was working on. It looked good and I decided to give it a try. I was feeling like this might be my last try at finding a cleam manga. When it arrived and I started to read I was SO happy! Not only was this book clean it had a pretty good plot and characters, it was well-drawn, and it was so sweet! It made me feel happy instead of sick or wrong like other not-so-nice mangas I had been recommended. I totally recommend this book! The only downside I can think of is plot over use: the whole "I can't be with you and you can't know why" is a little overused but I don't mind and it's not glaringly obvious and that's only one part of the plot. Thank you Mark Crilley for giving a manga I can read and enjoy! :)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have to admit, the first book wasn't exactly striking to me. But don't get me wrong, the art is beautiful, the dialouge is nicely put out and the plot has a nice twist! Overall, intriguing enough for me to buy the rest of the series (which I'm so glad that I did, otherwise I would've missed one of the best mangas I've ever read!).
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Miki Yoshida is about to start her first day as a senior in high school. She is resolved -- no more Mr. Nice Girl! From now on she's going to just be herself and not try to please everyone else. On the way to school she gets an earful from her boy-crazy best friend, Yumi, who is determined to find her a boyfriend. Miki isn't interested, but Yumi is not convinced. There's a new boy in town, and maybe he'll be just what Miki needs. I guess they'll find out when he starts school the next day.

As it turns out, Miki won't have to wait till the next day to meet him. She runs into him after school, knee deep in a rice paddy. She was practicing archery when a fly buzzed in her ear and her arrow went right out the window. Instead of the lost arrow, she finds Hiro Sakurai. Talk about an embarrassing way to meet someone. Especially a really cute someone, of the dark and brooding variety.

Hiro, however, is beyond antisocial. To the point of being rude. But, Miki is sure that there's more to him than the face he shows to the world. She is determined to be his friend. The less he wants her around, the harder she tries to break through. It's obvious that there is more to Hiro than meets the eye, and Miki has every intention of figuring him out. No matter what it takes.

First off, I have to say that I'm not a huge fan of Manga. It's actually a bit unfounded as a prejudice, since I've never actually read any of it. Reviewing these books has opened me up to pop fiction, but I still wasn't sure about actual Manga. Low and behold, this book and its sequel arrives, and they look kind of like comic books. So I put off reading them. Finally I get to opening the book, and the next thing I know I'm done with both and wondering when the next one is coming out!

MIKI FALLS: SPRING is a quick, fun read, with an unexpected twist. Actually, the themes are pretty familiar: wanting the boy who doesn't seem interested, resolving to be a stronger person... That's kind of what high school is all about! Definitely a "chick" book, and great fun, much to my surprise. Give Miki a chance -- you'll be glad you did.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't understand why more Barnes & Nobles don't carry this series. They wouldn't be able to keep it on the shelves anyway. Special ordering is the way to go -- and it only took a few days. This series is so good, I'm ordering a set for my friend in another state. Perfect summer reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend told me about this series, and I finally had to order them because I couldn't find them in my local book store. (They really should be carrying them!) A totally new way of looking at Love --- Miki meets they mysterious Hiro and won't take his brush off as final. She keeps right on....and finally begins to win him over...and their adventure begins. Love never dies, but this series shows us why!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the first in a series which is now completed. I'm so glad I found it. A story that continues through the 4 books, and gets better as it goes along. Once you start on this one, you'll be anxious to get to the ones that follow. Miki and her friend, Yuma, are so typical of 'best girl friends' -- everyone can identify with them. The touch of mystery as well as the romance makes this so much fun to read. The art gives you the feeling of being right in Japan!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an awesome book. Is you are looking at it you sould ttly get it. I usually dont read mangas or wat ever they r called but i loved this book it is sooo good!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This wasn't really my type of book, the whole comic book type, but I picked it off a shelf in the library and couldn't put it down. It's a good book, different but interesting. I highly recommend this book to people who aren't big on big books.