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Stepping on Roses, Vol. 3 by Rinko Ueda Review

Title: Stepping on Roses, Vol. 3

Author: Rinko Ueda

First published November 25, 2008

208 pages, Paperback

ISBN: 9781421532370 (ISBN10: 1421532379)

Rating: 4.15


In Stepping on Roses, Vol. 3, Sumi finds herself questioning her decisions after running away with Nozomu.

She begins to wonder if her love for him is real or just a fleeting feeling. Meanwhile, Nozomu’s love for her becomes more intense and almost dangerous.

As the tension rises and Sumi’s safety is threatened, the question arises: will Soichiro be able to save her from the dangerous situation she’s found herself in? Find out in this thrilling volume of Stepping on Roses.

About the Author

Meet Upda Rinko, a talented manga artist from Japan who specializes in shojo manga. Her captivating works are regularly featured in Margaret magazine and published as series by Shueisha.

However, she is not limited to just one publication and has also contributed to Ribon magazine. In addition to her manga works, Upda Rinko also illustrated the novel adaptation of her hit series, Stepping on Roses, which was published in Cobalt magazine.

Editoral Review

Stepping on Roses, Vol. 3 is a manga series by Rinko Ueda, first published on November 25, 2008.

This series belongs to the drama and romance genres and has been widely popular since its release. Ueda is a renowned Japanese manga artist, known for her unique and strong female characters.

The plot follows the story of Sumi Kitamura, a poor but determined girl who marries a rich man to help her family. Stepping on Roses, Vol.

3, delves deeper into Sumi’s relationship with her husband, Soichiro Ashida, as well as her growing friendship with her sister-in-law, Nozomu. The volume also introduces new characters and complications as Sumi becomes pregnant, adding new stakes to her already complex situation.

The setting of Stepping on Roses, Vol. 3 is in 19th century Japan, and the book is steeped in cultural significance.

As readers root for Sumi, the themes of family, class differences, and love are explored with depth and authenticity. Ueda’s storytelling is exceptional, as she masterfully weaves the complexities of Sumi’s relationships together with engaging characterization and pacing.

The development of the characters is also commendable, especially for Sumi, who, despite her flaws and difficult position, remains a relatable and likable protagonist. However, there are some weaknesses in the book.

Some might argue that the storyline is predictable, falling into several cliches that are typical in the romance genre. Additionally, the art may not always be consistent in quality, which could be distracting for some readers.

Overall, Stepping on Roses, Vol. 3, is an enjoyable read suited for those who love romance and drama.

While it may not be groundbreaking, the exquisite storytelling and realistic portrayal of characters make it a satisfying read. This book is highly recommended, especially for those looking to gain insight into Japanese culture and societal norms in the 19th century.

Rating: 4/5.