Dael and the Painted People is the third book in the Zan-Gah series (See links below for my thoughts on the first two books).
The one thing I've noticed with each successive Zan-Gah book is that Mr. Shickman's writing just keeps on getting better, along with his ability to just pull me right into the story and the characters struggles in such a vibrantly harsh landscape.
What makes Dael and the Painted People such a great read is how the well the author pulls you into the conflict that rages within Dael and his struggle to come to peace with himself and what he has done. There have been very few characters whose plight has so caught my attention as Dael's did.
I know that in my reviews for the first to Zan-Gah books I said how much I liked Zan as a character, but after reading Dael and the Painted People came to the realization that I prefer Dael over Zan. The reason for this is after going through some really rough patches (being kidnapped as a child, going berserk, and losing his wife and child) and how by the end of the book he through the kindness of Sparrow and the Children of the Earth. His struggle to move on was just written so well. As for Sparrow, I thought she was an okay character. Don't get me wrong I liked her, especially with how she helped Dael to overcome his past. For the time that the book is set she's great character, but out of the era she would most likely come off as weak.
While Dael and the Painted People has an incredibly interesting plot and characters, my absolute favorite thing about this book would have to be Mr. Shickman's writing. His writing and storytelling is just so vivid that it pulls you in from the very first page. I was going to read just one more chapter before calling it a night, but I just could not put it down because I was so absorbed in what was happening. I wouldn't necessarily call this my least favorite part of the book, just the part that I had the most trouble getting into; I found it at times just a little hard to get into reading about the rituals the Children of the Earth participated in. It's not that they weren't well written or anything, just a little odd.
Final Verdict: Dael and the Painted People could not put it down! Such a great follow up to the first two books.
Dael and the Painted People earns 5 out of 5 pineapples....more
Lately, I've been a bit nervous when it comes to reading a book about vampires, but The Deviant was definitely an interesting read and I'm glad that ILately, I've been a bit nervous when it comes to reading a book about vampires, but The Deviant was definitely an interesting read and I'm glad that I had the chance to read it.
One of the things that made The Deviant different from the majority of vampire books was that the author went for a more traditional vampire, which I found to be fascinating. Sure it's cool when somebody takes an old myth and gives it new life, but there are only many ways one can spin it before it starts to seen like they're trying too hard to be original.
What really pulled me into The Deviant was the first chapter; it was just so good...and creepy. While the first chapter rocked, the book kind of slowed down for about forty pages, but then it picked so much that I ended up thinking about it all night wondering what was going to happen next.
I really liked the mystery aspect of this book; even though I had guessed pretty early on who the killer actually was (I'd like to thank all the mystery books I have read, especially Agatha Christie and the Sherlock Holmes books).
I also think that the short chapters really helped to keep the story moving; it also made it that much harder to put down.
While it was a really good book, I do however have a few things that I didn't like about the book. In the first half of the book it seemed liked Heinrick's name was mentioned just a bit too much. There were also a few typos, but in the end not even those minor complaints could keep me from enjoying reading this book.
My favorite thing about The Deviant would have to be Heinrick, I thought he was a slightly odd vamp, especially since he seemed so conflicted over the way he was.
The thing I disliked the most about this book was the swearing, I don't swear...so I don't really like it when it pops up into the books I read. Yes, I'm weird like that.
Final Verdict: I'd definitely recommend The Deviant to those looking for a thrilling mystery...that just so happens to have vampires.
So I really liked the story and the characters in The Pace, but I almost gave up on finishing it (I'll get to why I nearly didn't finish it later), buSo I really liked the story and the characters in The Pace, but I almost gave up on finishing it (I'll get to why I nearly didn't finish it later), but I'm glad that I didn't, because I now I want to read book two.
I wasn't too sure if I was going to end up enjoying reading The Pace, especially since I very nearly gave up on it when I was only about forty pages in. I found that what kept me plugging away at the book was the actual story; I was fascinated by the mystery behind Weston's past and the connection between him and Sophie.
The other main reason I was able to finish reading this book was that I really liked the main character, Sophie. I liked that she was a strong take no nonsense kind of girl; plus it was nice seeing a female character that was able to think for herself.
My favorite thing in The Pace, well, that would have to be the flashbacks to the past. They really drew me into the story and made it come alive. I have another favorite scene, its epic, but if I told you anything about it I would be giving away way too much and I don’t want to spoil it for those who haven’t read it yet.
Least favorite thing about this book (sometimes really I hate this part of writing reviews), I felt like some of the characters actions were a little over written. At points it was kind of like reading someone's literal diary of their day, which kind of made it hard to get into at first. But other than that one thing, I ended up really liking this book.
Final Verdict: The Pace may start out kind of slow, but it’s definitely worth reading with a captivating plot and likeable characters....more
They won't let you declare your major until sophomore year, but that doesn't have to stop us from getting a head start.
While reading Amazing Agent Luna I was always quite curious about how Control came to be the way she is, and how exactly her story started. So when I learned there was going to be a prequel spin-off I had to read it and it was amazing.
Story: One of the best things about Amazing Agent Jennifer was that you finally got to learn about Jennifer (aka, Control). I really enjoyed finally getting to know her back story and how she came to work for the agency, plus it was done in such a way that your pulled in from the very beginning.
So AAJ 1 starts out with Jennifer, and her parents, as she starts out at college. I thought it was interesting that they used that as the starting off point because it gives you a very good look at Jennifer's personality (over achiever) and the dynamic between her and her parents (she's brilliant and could be/do just about anything, while her father wants her to take over the family business).
The other thing that made this such a great manga for me was the slow development of the relationship between Jennifer and Dan. I loved that they didn't instantaneously have feelings for each other and that it was something that happened slowly over the four years that they were in school.
Okay, so my absolute favorite thing about Amazing Agent Jennifer would have to be when Jennifer and the rest of her class are (unknowingly) in the middle of the final test on their way to becoming agents for the agency. The reason this is my favorite sequence is because it pretty much sets up the remainder of the volume (because soon they'll graduate) and lays the beginning of the ground work for the next and last volume in AAJ.
I'm starting to think that the writers of AAL & AAJ like to leave people hanging, because it seems like just about every volume leaves off on a cliff-hanger. Not cool, since now I have to wait till February for the second volume to come out. Guess I'll just have to console myself by re-reading volume 1 a couple of times. so that would be the downside to AAJ 1.
Character(s): what I really liked about Jennifer, as a character, was that she was that she had such a strong personality and knew what she wanted. Plus once she set her mind to something, whatever it may be, she went after it with everything she had and wouldn't settle for being less then the best. I thought it was interesting to see a manga character that was so driven and not wishy-washy in any way.
I really liked Agent L, who went through the four years of training with Jennifer, I thought he was an excellent character. Plus he brought out a slightly lighter side to Jennifer, and seemed to help to keep her a little grounded. I really hope that nothing bad will happen to him in volume 2, but for some reason I have a feeling that something not good may befall him. Artwork: I really, really enjoyed the Kriss Sison's art work in AAJ. I thought it was definitely some of the best I have seen because his character depictions were just amazing. Plus I seriously enjoyed the subtle changes that the characters went through throughout the whole manga, which covers roughly four years.
I loved how Sison so perfectly captured the the different personalities and expressions of the characters. The art was definitely one of the highlights of the entire manga, along with the storyline.
Final Verdict: Amazing Agent Jennifer 1 is absolutely stunning, and a great addition to the AAL world.
Amazing Agent Jennifer 1 earns 5 out of 5 pineapples....more
Story: The synopsis does NOT do the story justice, it just makes it sound cheezy and well just like a kinda blah story. My suggestion would be to completely bypass the synopsis and just give Millennium Snow a go.
I really liked how Millennium Snow began, were Chiyuki sees Touya fall off the roof the hospital (she actually thought that he had jumped to his doom). I thought it was an interesting way to start because from there you have Touya and Chiyuki thrust together (unwillingly on his part) and the beginnings of their blossoming friendship (maybe even more). Plus Touya has a bit of a barbed tongue.
I'm definitely looking forward to seeing were the story will go in the next volume, and to see how the characters will evolve. I've even already checked it out from the library so I can see what will happen between the two- I mean three- characters.
What I liked the most about Millenium Snow was that the story didn't beat-around the bush and drag along. I was especially glad to see that it didn't take the whole manga for Chiyuki to find out that Touya was a vampire, mainly since in the synopsis it plainly states the he is one.
Content-wise, Millennium Snow is a pretty squeaky clean read being as I don't recall any swearing or nudity. Although I did kind of speed through it over lunch one day, so I could be mistaken about the lack of swearing.
Character(s): The one thing I loved most about Chiyuki was that even though she was very gravely ill, she never gave up and that she was just so full of life.
Touya was actually probably the most intersting character in the manga, with the fact that he was a lonely vampire who tried to keep everyone at a distance because he didn't want to be hurt when they would adventually die before him. He also made me laugh with how much he came to care about what happened to Chiyuki, especially when he wouldn't even admit it to himself that he liked her.
Artwork: After having read Bisco Hatori's OHSHC series (okay, most of the series) Millennium Snow's art was just kind of weak, it lacked the attention to detail that her newer work has. But since it also happened to be her first manga it was easy to over look that (the artwork wasn't bad, just not nearly as good as Ouran High).
Final Verdict: Millennium Snow is a sweet, light romantic comedy with just a dash of seriousness. In short, loved it.
Millennium Snow 1 earns 4 out of 5 pineapples....more
**spoiler alert** I absolutely loved The Blue Sword. It had great characters and a great story that was truly captivating. Plus it had a ton of action**spoiler alert** I absolutely loved The Blue Sword. It had great characters and a great story that was truly captivating. Plus it had a ton of action.
One of the things that make Robin McKinley's books so good is the way that she describes the worlds that she creates and draws you completely into the book. Along with characters that are believable and yet lead very unbelievable lives. The thing I liked most about the main character Harry would have to be how well she handled being taken away from everything she knew without turning into a ninny. My favorite part of the The Blue Sword would have to be when Harry and her little band of Damarians, Hillfolk, and Homelanders fought against the Northerners while they were severally out numbered. I also liked when Harry participated in the Laprun Trials. I found both of those scenes to be the ones that stuck in my mind long after I have finished reading the book. My least favorite part of the book would have to be how the end was slightly predictable, I mean the very end like the last five or ten pages. Which was when she returned to Corlath and the riders. The Blue Sword was definitely a great finish to the delightful Damar series.
I’d like to start my review off by saying that Prophecy of Days was an amazingly written book. I am just blown away by how much research must have gonI’d like to start my review off by saying that Prophecy of Days was an amazingly written book. I am just blown away by how much research must have gone into the writing of this book and by how well the book flowed. I really enjoyed the slight mystery aspect in the book and how I was never quite sure who was trying help Caity and who was trying to impede her progress. Prophecy of Days really kept me on my toes as I tried to peg down who the goodies (good-guys) were versus who the actual baddies (bad-guys) were. One of my favorite things about books like Prophecy of Days, is how the main character who is supposed to save the world doesn’t necessarily want to or believe that they can, yet they try to do what’s expected of them anyways. I know when it’s put like that it might make a book sound corny, but this book is anything but. Can I just say that Mr. Papers was so adorable. While I loved Caity as the main character (she was hilarious especially in her almost stalker like adoration of Alex), Justine, Caity’s best friend, totally stole the lime-light in my eyes. I loved her evil genius schemes and the fact that they worked out. My favorite part of Prophecy of Days also happens to be my favorite line, which I used for Teaser Tuesday the other day. Click here to find out what I considered to be the funniest part of the book. I can honestly say that I don’t have a single part of the book that I would rate as my least favorite, so no least favorite part of the book this week. 2
Prophecy of Days was an excellent read, well worth the time it takes to read. Would I recommend it? Absolutely.
Now all I got to do is wait for the sequel to come out. ...more
Okay, so Sweet Venom was the very first book of Tera Lynn Childs that I have ever read, and it was amazing (will totally be checking out her other books) and I devoured it in just a few hours.
Sweet Venom just grabbed me and pulled me completely in the Gretchen, Grace, and Greer's story from the opening sentence. Now me being pulled in from the first sentence is a very rare occurrence and that in itself should tell you how much this book rocks.
The reason I really wanted to Sweet Venom was that it was about the descendants of Medusa; who just so happens one of my favorite Greek mythological characters. I always felt that she was unjustly portrayed and was quite fascinated to see what Ms. Child's would do with her mythos, I loved the story that she wove. It was genius.
One of the things that I really enjoyed about Sweet Venom was that Gretchen, Grace and Greer did not instantly bond with each other, and that it took them some time to accept that yes they are sisters. Had they instantly gone from complete strangers straight to being closely knit sisters, I do not think I would have enjoyed it nearly as much. Because let us face it things do not happen that way. I loved how Sweet Venom starts out pretty much with a bang, and that you are thrown right into the world that Gretchen knows, that of hunting monsters and returning them to the abyss. I thought that opening the book with her getting ready to take down a monster was a great place to start in that it shows you what you will be in for, plus it was nice not to have to wait till the middle or near the end of the book for main plotline to be brought into the story.
I liked all three of the sisters, Gretchen, Grace and Greer. I loved how they were about as different from one another as they could be, and that their respective personalities were so easily distinguished from the other. While I liked each of the girls, Gretchen turned out to be my absolute favorite character from Sweet Venom. I just thought that she was such a great, strong character. As for Grace, I liked her, but sometimes she was just...naive and maybe a little too soft. However, I do love that fact that as the book progressed she began to get a backbone and stopped letting people push her around. Gosh, I did not like Greer at all when she was first introduced. She was just so stuck up and not really someone that was easily liked, but (thankfully) by the time the book ends you've learned a little more about her and once she accepts the way things are now she doesn't seem so bad.
I'm afraid that I cannot limit myself to only one thing that I loved most about Sweet Venom, instead I shall tell the three things that made this book so great, but I won't go into too much detail lest I get carried away and tell ya'll all of the books secrets. 1.) The writing, Ms. Childs' writing was so fluid and pacing of Sweet Venom had both wanting to speed through the book as fast as possible (so I could see how it would end) and wanting to savor the book so that it wouldn't end. 2.) The characters, I loved how diverse the three sisters were and that they didn't instantly click or want to accept that they are all part of the same world. 3.) The story and plot line, I thought they were brilliantly done.
The only drawback to the wonderful Sweet Venom would have to be that ending is a mix between a cliff-hanger with the plot and storyline left wide open for the next installment of Medusa Girls. While I am definitely excited that there's going to be another book, I have not the slightest idea how I am going to bare the long wait for the second book, especially after the way Sweet Venom ended.
Final Verdict: Sweet Venom is one book that you DO NOT want to miss out on.
Makenna had to stretch onto her toes to reach the small stone lamp, for the shelf that held it was higher than a grown woman's head, and she was only eleven.
The Goblin Wood had been sitting on my TBR pile for maybe two months when I picked it up out of the blue a few days ago. I could not put it down at all because I was just so caught up in the world, characters, and writing of Ms. Bell.
I'm wishing that I had not put off reading it for as long as I did because this book was amazing. I'm sure everyone comes across that one book that, even if you've read a ton in that genre, just reaffirms your love for the genre and grabs you from the get go and makes you want/need more like it. Well that is just what The Goblin Wood did for me.
I love fantasy books, yet sometimes they have a tendency to run together and get a little old. That is not the case at all with The Goblin Wood because the plot is chock-full of twists and turns and that characters are brilliantly different and not what you would typically see in a fantasy book.
One of the things I loved the most about The Goblin Wood was how it was told from alternating view points, that of Makenna and Tobin. I thought that it brought an interesting perspective to the story because they both stood on complete opposite sides when it came to their views on the Goblins and rules of the realm. I thought one of the most interesting points of the plot was why the Decree of Bright Magic in that it was to protect the citizens and help to push forward the movement to get the inhabitants of the realm to move into the Goblin Woods. I’m definitely looking forward to seeing more about the political aspect of the story in the next book.
Makenna has to be one of the oddest main female characters that I have ever read in a fantasy book. Why, because she has an overwhelming thirst for vengeance against the humans that murdered her mother and forced her to flee from the life she knew; and that the further along you get into The Goblin Wood you see how she has basically divorced herself from the human race. She was definitely one interesting character to read about. Tobin (weird name), has to be one of my favorite characters that's a knight. I absolutely loved how he was willing to do anything to protect his willful younger brother Jeriah. You would have to read The Goblin Wood to fully understand why I liked both Makenna and Tobin so much, because I cannot properly put into words why I think they are both such great characters.
The Goblin Wood just blew me away, so asking me to pick my favorite thing is just plain cruel. I will say this however, Ms. Bell's writing was phenomenal and pulled me right into the story and her characters were some of the best I've read about. Love this book so much. The only thing I did not like about The Goblin Wood was that the first chapter seemed to have a slightly abrupt beginning and seemed to come in kind of mid-thought. while that kind of threw me for a second I was glad to find out that the story backtracks a bit and gets you caught up on what happened to Makenna and her mother. So in the end, I guess I do not have any true complaints.
Final Verdict: The Goblin Wood was one of the best fantasy books I've read this year.
When I was first approached by the author to do a review for Logic of Demons, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to read it. It sounded good, but the backWhen I was first approached by the author to do a review for Logic of Demons, I wasn’t sure whether I wanted to read it. It sounded good, but the back synopsis almost made it sound like there was entirely too much going on for such a short book, but I’m really glad that I did get the chance to read/review Logic of Demons and surpassed my expectation by a lot.
One of the things I really enjoyed about Logic of Demons was how the Devin, who was the narrator for the majority of the book, had to come to face up to all the crimes he had committed after the death of his wife. I also loved the moral aspect of Logic of Demons and how in the end one cannot blame ones misdeeds by saying you where led astray. Because we are all given the choice to decide whether or not to do what deep down we now is wrong.
Another fascinating thing I found while I was reading this book was the authors take the company and the formula, I thought it was one of the more interesting ways to depict how shrewd the devil can be.
While the end of the book was kind of out of left field, it also made a weird kind of sense after thinking back on the book.
My favorite thing about Logic of Demons seems to be more about how the choices we make affect not only our life, but also the lives of everyone around us. While I enjoyed reading Logic of Demons I did have a couple of things that I didn’t like about it. There was just a bit too much foul language for my taste; my other problem was that some scenes were over explained a bit, while others were left a little too vague.
Final Verdict: An interesting thought provoking read.
Logic of Demons: The Quest for Nadine’s Soul earns 4 out of 5 pineapples. ...more
Review taken from my blog, The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia ( ).
First Sentence: "Sela's art was dead inside, just like her hope."
The first page of theReview taken from my blog, The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia ( ).
First Sentence: "Sela's art was dead inside, just like her hope."
The first page of the book can make or break a story for me. So, I was quite excited when I sampled the first three pages of Sela and found myself not wanting to put it down (definitely a sign that the book is going to be good). While Sela is not about Riza and Kallon, her parents, I still found myself enjoying this read because there was more intrigue than there was in Redheart. I liked the parallel between the Riza and Sela's stories and how they were both strong characters, even if at times they both seemed a little lost when it came to what they wanted and where they belonged. I thought it was interesting to see how they were both running away from their troubles, while still trying to find their...destiny.
I think have liked Sela more than Riza. Why, because I found her to be a fascinating character and was intrigued by the mystyer of how she transformed into a human, and why she couldn't change back into her natural form. I also liked her because she was plucky and was willing she felt was the right thing (even if she may have been wrong about what). Out of all the new characters introduced in Sela, I think my favorite would have to be Drell. His story was one of the most interesting because of his heritage and why he was living with the dragons of the desert. I also found him interesting because of how he acted when presented with the option of killing a certain character that the Venur wanted dead. The one character that surprised me the most in this book would have to be Jastin Armitage. I thought it was quite interesting to see the full story behind why he despised dragons so much. I would say more about it, but I won't since it's a pretty big part of the story and would be a major spoiler.
What really pulled me into the story was not the characters, which were most excellent, but the way that Ms Gamber explored the history of certain characters. I especially liked learning more about Jastin and the change that book two brought upon his character (you'll definitely see him in a different light). I thought it was interesting how there were all these little things from the first book that were cleared up and more thoroughly explained in the second book. My suggestion is, if you like books that have story lines that can carry over and be expanded upon from one book to the next, then this is definitely a series for you.
The only flaw I could find while reading Sela was that of my memory. It took me a couple of pages to recall the connections of some of the various cast members that made reappearances from Redheart, the first book in the series. So, all in all one excellent read.
Final Verdict: Sela delivers a rich cast of characters and an outstanding plot that will blow you away.
By the time the sun had set over the fifty-foot perimeter wall, the School lawn was covered with twelfth-year students.
Going to to Eve my expectations were not very high, especially since the last time I read a book similar to it I was extremely disappointed. So much so that I did not even finish reading it. Nerves aside going into reading Eve, I found it to be quite addictive and absolutely impossible to put down (I read it in a matter of hours).
Eve is pretty evenly paced throughout the entire book with just one or two parts of the book were things kind of dragged along, like some of the scenes where Eve was just staying at Caleb's groups hideout (forgive me, I'm sure it had a name but it escapes me). I found these parts to be slow since nothing to important happened other than the budding of a relationship between Eve and Caleb. While I was not to sold on Eve as a character early on in the book, I did really enjoy the world that Ms. Carey had created in Eve. I thought it was brilliantly done and completely vivid, especially the scenes where the story flashed back to Eve's life before her mother died and how things were then. The other thing that made Eve so good was the how there were more layers to the story than first appear, like the evil "king" of the US and his plan. What makes him such a great villain, even though he was only mentioned and not an active character in this book, was that he probably does not think he's evil or mad and the way he runs things scary.
Eve, well at first she is not the most likable character because well she comes across as a goodie goodie, plus she's smart but only book smart. She has no knowledge outside of what the teachers and king have been feeding her since she first arrived at the school after the death of her mother. While she may have started out really naive I liked that as the story progressed and things got more dangerous she slowly began to learn and adapt to her new situation. It was nice to see Eve how she evolved throughout the book, and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing where how her character will change in the next book. Caleb, I thought he was an interestingly complex character. What really makes him such a great character is that he constantly put the needs of others above himself, and that he was a genuinely nice guy even though he did not have the easiest childhood. While I thought he was a good character, it was not until the end of the book that I considered him to be a great one. It was his actions at the end of the book that set him above most YA male characters.
The thing that sticks out most in my mind when I think back on Eve would have to be the setting for the story. I thought that Ms. Carey did a brilliant job on fashioning the climate in which the book was set. She definitely did a great job of adding the various elements of a country starting over, and the "villain" was truly dastardly in his bid to control what's left of the US. Loved it! While I found Eve to be a great read, I do have just one little thing that I didn't like whole reading it. Eve, I actually did not like her at first because she was just so...naive. But her naivety could not really be helped since she just took what she was told at face value, even so it was almost painful to read about as her carefully planned dreams were dashed when she found out the truth.
Content (will contain spoilers): Language- is pretty clean. There may have been a couple instances of swearing, but in general really clean in that department. Violence- There are a couple instances of heavy violence, like, when Eve discovers what happens to the girls when they graduate (chained to beds while pregnant and beaten for causing any noise). General cruelty by hunters and the men from the city towards those they capture (no water or food, hitting, and threatening to rape them). Other- The girls are carefully monitored while in school to make sure they are in perfect health, that way when they "graduate" they can start breeding to repopulate the country after most of population was wiped out do to a disease. Most boys are basically drudges and are forced to do backbreaking work (you don't actually "see" this, but is mentioned when a character speaks of his past).
Final Verdict: Eve a fascinating book on love and survival in dark times. You won't be able to put it down.
What really caught my eye on A Certain Scientific Railgun was the title. It was intriguing to say the least and the cover was awesome looking.
Story: I can pretty much Tell from the first page if a manga is going to appeal to me, and A Certain Scientific Railgun is no exception. I knew I was definitely going to enjoy this one since it started out with one of the characters apprehending a miscreant and putting some serious hurt on him.
I really enjoy the mystery aspect of A Certain Scientific Railgun and how they had to figure out who was targeting the members of Judgment. I liked how the plot for it was laid out and that it opened up the storyline for the next volume as the characters realized that they've only just seen the beginning of their troubles. As for the school "guardians/disciplinarians" Judgment, I thought it was an interesting why to give certain characters a bigger role in the manga. I liked that the first volume didn't feel like a complete set up for the rest of the series, and that you got a decent amount of back story on the characters.
Okay, hands-down my favorite part of A Certain Scientific Railgun 1 would have to be how Misaka and Kamijou would end up fighting every time they met. Mainly because he would try to run away and she just wanted to annihilate him, it was just plain funny especially since they ended up kind of working together later on in the volume. Content (may contain spoilers, highlight to see): ACSR, does have some nudity (girls shower) and one image of groping. As for language, there is a bit of swearing but not a whole lot of it.
Character(s): Misaka, was definitely the most interesting character, which is a good thing since she's the MC for A Certain Scientific Railgun and it would be just horrible if she wasn't. What I really liked about her, besides her awesome power of electromaster, that she was pretty kick-butt and she was unintentionally funny and the way she would react to certain things.
As of right now, I'm not too sure how I feel about Kuroko and Uiharu. While they were there quite frequently I haven't really had a chance to decide whether I find them funny or annoying, but I do feel bad for Uiharu because her best friend is kind of weird and keeps embarrassing her.
Artwork: I found the art of A Certain Scientific Railgun to be quite enjoyable. I think my favorite part visually would have to be the panels were the characters look flustered, angry, or just whenever they showed any facial emotion that could be exaggerated. It tended to leave me smirking, especially since they seemed to always be blushing for one reason or another.
I really think that Motoi Fuyukawa did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life, and absolutely loved the way each of the main characters (or those that played bigger roles) were depicted. Definitely looking forward to seeing what will happen next visually in volume 2.
Final verdict: A Certain Scientific Railgun 1 definitely a must read for fans of Fullmetal Alchemist.
A Certain Scientific Railgun 1 earns 4 out of 5 pineapples. ...more
As a summer heat scorched the land, the stink of death could be sensed miles away.
Prophecy of the Guardian starts off with the the people of Loreladia who are forced to leave their kingdom behind after they suffered a grievous lost during their last battle with the Cullach.
One of the most fascinating things about this book, to me, would have to be the Nasharins and when they transformed (or used their unique abilities). I really liked how the three that were mentioned all had different abilities. The pacing of PotG was fairly quick, although there wer a few points when the story seemed to kind of lag. Like when Darshun's training was being covered, but other than that it a pretty quick read.
My hope is that in the next book Darshun will have matured a little and that he won't be so easily deceived. Definitely looking forward to seeing where the story will go in the next book, especially since the ending of the first was very open ended.
Darshun, I thought he was a pretty okay character. That is until he royally screwed up and let his hormones get in the way...okay so I'm pretty sure the girl is evil and maybe even seduced him, but gosh I just wanted to throttle him near the end of the book. So cross out his idiocy near the end of the book and he's actually a fairly interesting character, but I liked him best when he was a happy-go-luck kind of person. As for Mirabel I found him to be probably the most interesting out of the whole cast. Why, because he had more back story then some of the others, plus his personality was one that seemed to catch your attention more and pull you in.
What I liked best about Prophecy of the Guardian were the monsters that the good guys were up against. I thought they were some of the most vile, loathsome creatures that I've read about in a while and the fact that they were absolutely ruthless was a bonus. This might seem like an odd thing for my favorite part of a book, but for me if the villain is weak or sub par it just will not hold my attention. While I really enjoyed reading Prophecy of the Guardian I have just one minor complaint. I felt that there was maybe just a bit too many things added to the mythos of the story, you had wizards who were fallen angels, elves, and horrible creatures all in one book. While it did make for interesting reading to see how everything all tied together, I felt that maybe there were just a few too many different beings in the book.
Content (will contain spoilers/highlight to see): This book is relatively clean until the last chapter or two, when Darshun and girl (I forget her name) sleep together. Language, I don't recall any while reading it. Prophecy of the Guardian is also pretty violent at some points (beheading, loss of limbs, just general acts of violence that happen in fantasy books with war).
Final Verdict: Prophecy of the Guardian
Prophecy of the Guardian earns 4 out of 5 pineapples....more
While I really enjoyed reading Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure, I absolutely loved Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country. This book was just amazing, froWhile I really enjoyed reading Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure, I absolutely loved Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country. This book was just amazing, from the development of the characters, to the writing, and the story just completely drew me in from the first page. I think the reason I liked this one more was because there was even more tension between Zan and his brother Dael. I’m quite surprised to say that Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country might just be one of my favorite books that I have read this year. I liked the writing a lot more in the sequel; it might just be that I was used to the “voice of god” narration, but I thought it flowed a little more than the first book. My favorite part of this book would have to be the confrontation between Zan and Pax (his wife); over his feelings for Lissa, it was just so dramatic. Yet, it was done in a way that made you feel for Pax (who loved him, yet who wasn’t about to stand around and let things continue on as they were, leaving her as the Zan’s second choice), but you also felt bad for Zan. It’s complicated, but that’s what it made it so interesting. Since it picks up right where the first book left off, I don’t really have any part of the book that I can peg as my least favorite.
Final Verdict on Zan-Gah and the Beautiful Country: I think that it’s a great series to give to a reluctant reader because it will (in all likelihood) draw them in as it drew me in....more
I tend to either love or hate books with faeries, with no room for a middle ground feeling concerning them. True Grime hit the nail on the head with an original take on faeries, having them be protectors of the human race with the bonus of including some pretty funny bantering between Pepper and Harley (partners as Grime cops). True Grime is the first book I have read were the faeries are the main focus of the story, and where humans take a very backseat role. Given that, I was definitely impressed with how things played out and with how well the story flowed and the interactions between the characters (like the "relationship" of Pepper and Harley).
One of the things I liked most about True Grime was the build up to the confrontation with Claude, and that the ending of the book was just as good as the beginning and did not fizzle out. By far one of the better fairy books I have read. I also (really) liked how even the MC weren't spared from being maimed in the line of duty. Why, because it seems like in most books/shows the main characters get hurt but then few minutes later they are all fine-and-dandy again, so I was very impressed with how Ms. Deen added in the very real fact that people (or fairies in the case of True Grime) get hurt. It definitely gave the characters a little more humanity.
Pepper, definitely one interesting and slightly crazy in an orderly way characters I've read about in a while. The one personality trait of hers, that endeared her as a character to me, would have to be that as a Grime cop she did things by the book. I thought that one trait made her interesting since most cop characters in books (or shows) tend to be...unorthodox. I loved Pepper, she made me laugh and managed to even catch me off guard (see my favorite scene to find out how she shocked me). Even though his name, Claude, does not exactly strike fear at the ringing of his name I thought that he made for an interesting adversary for Pepper and Harley. While his deeds and how he planned on accomplishing it, trying to wipe out the human population out, was pretty well thought out and realistic. I thought what truly made him a worthy foe for Pepper and Harley was the fact that there was history between them (the deaths of both of their fathers at his hands) made it all the more absorbing because they were both willing to do anything to put an end to his schemes.
Picking my favorite scene for True Grime was definitely one of the easiest ones I've done in a while. The best scene was when Pepper did something extremely out of character, like, go completely against the rules of a Grime, especially since Pepper always does things by the book. What made this the best scene of True Grime was that it was so very convincing and left me completely agog (I was like did she just do that!!!). The one draw back to True Grime that I came across while reading it was that it was just a tad slow on taking off and pulling me into the story. But once it did get going I was absolutely enthralled by the this book
Final Verdict: True Grime a fascinating spin on fairies.
Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure was the first time that I had ever read anything set in that time period, so I was quite surprised at how much I enjoZan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure was the first time that I had ever read anything set in that time period, so I was quite surprised at how much I enjoyed read this book.
At first, I wasn’t too sure of what to make of the MC, Zan, but I soon came to enjoy reading about his trials as he searched for his missing brother. The reason I liked the MC, Zan-Gah, was because he was persistent in going after what he wanted, no matter how foolish the rest of his tribe thought he was. It was also interesting to watch how much Zan matured throughout the book where he went from being treated like a child, to being a well respected voice in his community. I also enjoyed reading about how he brought the different clans together to fight a common enemy, rather than continuing to kill each other in a war in which no one could remember what caused it to start. At first I wasn’t too thrilled with the story being told in third person (voice of God) narration, but it quickly became apparent that it was the best way for the book to be told. What I liked the most about Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure would have to be how the author brought the story to life. It was just brilliantly done. My least favorite thing about this book would have to be the first few pages. Why, because I just wasn’t used to the format of the book, so it took me a few pages to get into it.
Final Verdict on Zan-Gah: A Prehistoric Adventure, it was a fascinating change of pace from what I normally read, the characters and story were beautifully done. I would definitely recommend giving this book a shot....more
First Sentence: "Robert Arthur was surrounded by strangers."
I am absolutely loving all the mid grade books this year. They just keep on getting better and better each year.
Professor Gargoyle ended up surprising me in a good way. I really enjoyed the author's, Charles Gilman, writing and his ability to make the main character such a likable little dude.
While the school with a crazy secret is nothing new, I really liked what the author did with his take on the theme. Charles Gilman definitely made it his own because even though there were similarities it had its on uniqueness to the theme. I really enjoy books were things are not what the seem, especially if the-in this case- school is supposed to be the place to be and Professor Gargoyle did just that. I liked that the plot forced the characters to take a closer look at the way they acted and forced a new alliance between two unlikely kids. It definitely added to something to the story since the main character had to rethink his views and take the fate of the school into his hands.
Even though I enjoyed reading this book immensely, it was incredibly easy for me to unravel the plot and figure out what was going on. While I did guess things early on, I enjoyed reading about how the story came together and how the characters melded into a team to save the day. I definitely cannot wait to read the next one because the ending was definitely a lead up into the next installment.
Robert was just a little on the odd side, but I think that is what makes him such an interesting character to read about. What really made him a good character in my book would have to be that his curiosity wouldn't let him leave the mystery of Lovecraft School alone. He also reminded me of another character that I loved from another great MG read with how he made an unlikely ally. One that I think will prove to be a longtime friend that'll enhance the series.
I am going to go all nerdy on you with what I loved most about Professor Gargoyle. I am in love with the binding and high quality of Quirk Books and this book was just so perfect. While this may sound like an odd thing to love about a book I read, I just couldn't help but love the smallness of the book and how thick the pages felt beneath my fingers. Its bound so nicely that I don't think it is going to have any reading wear and tear for quite some time.
I really enjoyed reading Professor Gargoyle and the only thing that I did not like about this book would have to be the excerpt for book two. Why? Because it made me want the next book all the more and its not available til next year. *am impatient*
Professor Gargoyle earns 5 out of 5 pineapples....more
Too me there's nothing more worrisome when a book starts out kind of slow, which is what happened in the first twenty orFirst Sentence:
Too me there's nothing more worrisome when a book starts out kind of slow, which is what happened in the first twenty or so pages of Jackie Gamber's Redheart, but regardless of the slow start Redheart turned out to be a truly original and satisfying fantasy read. Once it picked up speed, I just devoured it.
What really made this a unique read for me was that the dragons (i.e. Kallon among others) were the main characters, I thought it brought a new (and as far as I know) unexplored aspect to the fantasy world.
One of the biggest things that will pull me into a book is character relationships, the more odd the pairing the more I seem to like it and Redheart was no exception. I loved how Kallon and Riza overcame their differences and came to rely on the one another.
While I loved Kallon and the journey that he went though as he continued to deal with the loss of his parents and his resurgence back into the dragon community. I also really enjoyed how began to open up
I almost forgot about one of the more prominent characters, Jastin the dragon hunter. He was one of the characters were as you learned more about his history and why he is the way he is that you couldn't help but feel bad for, but at the same time his actions throughout the book made it hard to actually like him.
Other than the dragons playing a huge factor in the story, I liked how the underlying message seemed to be about trust and friendship.
The pacing of Redheart, once I got pass the first twenty pages or so, was just right. It wasn't so fast that you flew through the pages only to realize that you missed something, but not so slow that you were like get to the point already. It was just right for the story that was being told.
Even though I kind saw how the book was going to end, I still enjoyed what happened and think that it was definitely the only way to go with Riza's character. I'm evil, now ya'll are going to be wondering what happened to her. *laughs manically*
What I liked best about Redheart would have to be how Ms. Gamber put a new twist on fantasy with her version of dragons and the HUGE role they played in the book.
My least favorite thing about Redheart would have to be that it starts off a bit slow and takes a few pages to get going, but once it does pick up I find it hard to put down.
Final Verdict: Redheart was a fascinating start to a promising series (I loved how it came with a set of collectible illustrations). I'm definitely looking forward to seeing where the next book will take the characters and the story, especially since things were left unfinished at the end.
Story: After reading the second volume of Amnesia Labyrinth I'm find myself having mixed feelings about it. On the one hand I'm really enjoying the mystery surrounding the characters and who the potential murderer(s) might be, but on the other hand I'm not liking having to skip over parts do to some of the content.
Volume two picks up pretty much where the first one ended, in that Souji has decided to confront his...older brother (or something) over the murders that are being committed.
What I did like about this volume of Amnesia Labyrinth was how the mystery is slowly beginning to come together, I'm also quite positive that I have not the slightest idea who the murderer is anymore (its just that well concealed).
Out of all the manga I've read that were mysteries, I think Amnesia Labyrinth would have to be the best simply because of the absolute brilliant job that the writers have done in crafting such an indepth story filled that has kept me on my toes.
While I found Amnesia Labyrinth to be a generally enjoyable read, I do have a couple of points that I didn't like about it. My first problem would be the, umm, relationship between Souji and his half-sister (well, I think that's how they're related, but I'm not sure).
The other problem/thing I didn't like about Amnesia Labyrinth was (best way I can describe it) that in the last few pages it was like some one just went and added a bunch of crazy to the story line. Admittedly, I was a bit confused near the end with the addition of a set of characters, mainly because I'm not all together positive if they are real or a figment of a characters imagination.
Character(s): Two volumes in and I'm still not sure how I feel about any of the characters. It's not that they aren't interesting, because they are, but it might just be that I cannot not figure out what side of the line of good/bad they're on.
While I may not feel to much warmth towards Souji and his sisters, I am really enjoying that Yukako is playing a bigger role in the book then I had first thought she would. I like her because she's plucky and has an odd sense of humor. Plus, she may just be the only character that might be able to solve the murders that are being committed.
Artwork: The artwork is still absolutely stunning and one of the things that I've enjoyed the most while reading both volumes of Amnesia Labyrinth. Ithink the illustrator did an exceptional job in bringing the characters to life and creating such a vivid backdrop.
Final Verdict: Amnesia Labyrinth 2 is both stunning (artwork and mystery) and confusing (storyline).
Amnesia Labyrinth 2 earns 4 out of 5 pineapples....more
In my experience, books with animals as the protagonist can be a little hit and miss, so I was nervous to accFirst Sentence: "She was already thirsty."
In my experience, books with animals as the protagonist can be a little hit and miss, so I was nervous to accept The Meerkat Wars for review. I ended up worrying pretty much for nothing because this was a delightful read full of adventure and a very likable character.
The Meerkat Wars was a fun, yet action packed book about one little cat (Sheena) and her adventure with the Duwara and Utongo meerkat tribes in the Baragandiri National Park. I really was not expecting this book to have a lot of action and adventure, or scenes that left me wondering if Sheena was going to survive long enough to make it back to her family. So I was pleasantly surprised while reading that all of those elements were there, and there in abundance. While the sense of adventure with a dash of danger was strong in this book, I thought that the author did a very nice job of writing the scenes-mainly because he had me completely worried about the fate of the main character for the majority of the book.
Sheena, was definitely one interesting character. What I liked best about her was that she was always scheming and making plans that would supposedly help those who she had befriended. Sometimes they and other times her ideas just made everything worse. The author definitely did an excellent job forming the personality, and cockiness that makes up a felines unique outlook on the way things work. As for the meerkats of the Duwara and Utongo tribes, they were at times hilarious, between their similarities and the way they feuded over things like territory and whose Sun was the true one, and infuriating because they could be a bit dense.
Seriously, my favorite thing about this book would have to be Sheena, the little cat, it was just so hilarious to see how she thought and how she referred to her family. Plus her mentality totally reminded me of the little kitty that hangs around our house. While I really did enjoy reading The Meerkat Wars and enjoyed the writing, I did at points find that some of the sentence structure to be a little odd, like, maybe it was not originally written in English. I am not sure if it was or was not originally written in English (could not find anything out by searching). Even with that minor complaint, I still really enjoyed this book Final Verdict: The Meerkat Wars a fascinating tale of courage.
I'm sure that ya'll remember me babbling about how much I loved the first volume of Toradora 1 (see my review), so I was beyond ecstatic to be able to review the second volume here on the blog.
Story: Okay, so volume 2 starts off with the biggest misunderstanding...Minori, Taiga's friend, and Takasu, Ryuji's friend, think that Ryuji and Taiga are a couple! Oh, I so knew that was going to happen but even so I burst out giggling becaused there reactions were absolutely hilarious. Good times.
While I really enjoyed the humor packed into Toradora 2, I felt that this volume didn't really cover any new ground. Sure we saw Taiga and Ryuji's relationship change from that of master and slave (I may have mentioned this in my review of volume one: Ryuji wound up being Taiga's personal slave for almost seeing something that would embarrass her to no end) to one of equal footed friendship. Yes, it was nice to see to see that evolution in their relationship, but I think this volume could have used a little more meat to the story.
My biggest hope is that the next volume of Toradora will have more sustenance to the story, and that the two main characters will continue to grow. So nothing earth-shattering happening in the second volume, but it is definitely worth reading simply because it will make you laugh out loud.
Character(s): I really liked the character development that went on in volume 2 of Toradora. Taiga, it was definitely nice to see a softer, more sensitive side for her. But I also enjoyed the fact that she retained a lot of the fierceness that made her such an interesting character to read about.
Ryuji, I think what I liked the most about him in this volume would have to be how he become just a little more of an assertive character. I still think he's a great character and love how he's become more of a friend/protector to Taiga...he's just too nice to sum up without going on and on.
Artwork: The artwork hasn't really changed all that much from the first volume to the second, although it does seem like some of the secondary characters had a little more personality and individuality in their depictions in this volume. While there are not any big changes in the artwork for Toradora 2, it was nice to see that it was consistent with the previous volume and that it did not take a nosedive in quality. So not much to report about the art, but I would just like to add that I absolutely love the panels when the characters seemed to be experiencing a doom spiral since they were just a lot of fun to look at.
Final Verdict: Toradora 2 just as delightfully funny as the first volume.
First Sentence: "Once upon a time there was a man and a woman who loved each other unconditionally."
I must admit that I was quite surprised by the age of the main character, Callie. I totally was not expecting her to be in her early twenties, but I thought that it was a nice touch and definitely gave the story a different perspective. Especially given some of the places she went-like a bar.
Once I got past the first fifty pages of Elemental Reality, I became so swept up in the story and characters that Ms. Cuono created that I did not want to put it down. At all. What really impressedme while reading Elemental Reality was her writing, it was vivid and her characters were very real in the emotions and the way that they handled the dangerous situations that they found themsleves. What also made my day while reading it was that when the Callie and Lola found out that everything they knew was a lie, that they did not immediately accept it. In fact, Callie, pretty much went off when she found out the truth.
Callie, at first I was not very fond of her. Mainly because when she was first introduced she was moping- sure it was sad that her mother disappeared on her birthday, but I have a tendency to not like characters who are mopey from the beginning of the book. That being said, I liked how as the book progress and she came up against some pretty tight situations she begin to show what she was made of. I have a feeling that if I told anything about my thoughts on Callie's sister, Lola, I would give away the vast majority of the book. All I am willing to say is that I was so right about her. At first I did not care for Oliver very much-blame the insta-attraction between him and Callie- but as I read more about his character I came to like him.
Gosh, favorite part...well that would have to be when Callie finally learned what she was-a fairy. I liked this part most because you could really feel Callie's joy over discovering what she was capable of. I also liked this part because she started to see that she was stronger than she thought and that she could handle things herself. My one true complaint about Elemental Reality would have to be the first fifty or so pages. I found them to be extremely slow and I had the hardest time liking Caallie during those pages. I also did not really care for the insta-attraction between Callie and Oliver since I am not big on love at first sight- because you cannot love a person without knowing them. While the first fifty pages were-to me- agonizingly slow, I further thought I thought that it did a great job of setting the scene for the rest of the book when things start to get quite exciting.
Content rating (may contain spoilers): The language was realitively minimal in Elemental Reality. It was there, but was mainly only used as an expression of anger, fear, or whatnot and was not used derogatively. While there was no sex in this book, it was hinted at the Callie and Oliver wanted to-a lot- have sex with each other. Violence was pretty at times and at others pretty mild.
Final Verdict: Elemental Reality was a little slow out of the gate, but picked up quite nicely.
Elemental Reality earns 4 out of 5 pineapples...more
I actually bought Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls on a whim. It sounded like a great summertime read, plus it was on sale and only cost me $1. Am I glad that I bought it, yes; yes I am because it was a delightful summer read.
Lulu Can See Through Walls pretty much pulled me in from page one because you just kind of jump right into the story, thankfully it never feels like you have picked up a book that is missing the first few pages. What really surprised me about this book was that there was more action and danger than I had originally thought there's be, but I'm glad that there was because it kept the story moving at a decent clip. I also really enjoyed Mr. Madison’s writing style. I think he did an excellent job of writing a quick paced mystery that was both light and fun, while still maintaining a sense of seriousness and danger at the same time. I am definitely looking forward to getting my hands on the next installment in this series…and keeping my fingers crossed that there will be more to come.
One of the things that really made this book was the mystery aspect of it; I loved how it seemed like more than one person could have been the perpetrator of each of the calamities that befall Lulu in her quest to find her stolen purse. Yes, that made for interesting reading, but it could've gone so wrong with that many options if things hadn't been settled in what would turned out to be the most logical of solutions. Hmm, I might just have been talking in circles here...so sorry if I'm rambling on a bit but I really did enjoy this book.
From page one I loved Lulu's character and how she was adamant that she was no Nancy Drew, or any of those other mystery solver types. While I really liked Lulu I absolutely loved her two best friends, Daisy and Charlie. I felt that all of their personalities balanced out one another’s perfectly and that without them Lulu and the book would have been missing part of made it such an enjoyable read.
Usually I have the hardest time pin pointing my favorite part of a book; thankfully that is not the case with Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls. So I bet your probably wondering what my favorite part was, well, that would have to be the big twist near the end (I'd love to go into detail, but then you wouldn't have a reason to read the book). I kind of saw were things were going, but never guessed that the mystery would play out the way it did and for that it’s my favorite. As for what I didn't like about this book that would have to be how easily Lulu would jump to conclusions, but then again it wouldn't have been nearly as interesting if she didn't.
Final Verdict: Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls was a brilliantly fun read and just right for summer.
Lulu Dark Can See Through Walls earns 4 out of 5 pineapples. ...more
So I pretty much finished She's So Dead to Us in one day. It was an okay read, but I didn't love it. It's also the third book by this author that I haSo I pretty much finished She's So Dead to Us in one day. It was an okay read, but I didn't love it. It's also the third book by this author that I have tried and I'm starting to think that maybe her writing isn't for me.
My biggest problem with She's So Dead to Us would have to be how shallow all the cresties were and how they acted all...entitled. I just really don't care for books like that, I find them to be overly cliché; along with the overuse of profanity by the male characters.
The only character that had any redeeming qualities was the MC Ally. I thought she was a fairly interesting character and I liked how she finally started sticking up for herself. I was a bit worried that she would be some spineless girl would do and take anything just to be back within the good graces of her former friends. I was definitely glad when she decided that she was longer going to let the cresties push her around.
The thing that kept me reading She's So Dead to Us was the mystery aspect of what happened to Ally's dad, and if he was going to go back and make amends for the mistakes that he made and damage that he caused everyone.
While it kept me reading, it just wasn't enough to sell me on the book because on a whole I found the characters to shallow for me to truly enjoy it.
What I liked best about She's So Dead to Us would have to be how Ally was an athlete. For me it made her more likeable, especially since most books with rich kids (or formerly rich kids) the characters seem more interested in...shopping and such things like that.
Least favorite, that would have to be the chapters told from Jake's POV. I just didn't like him or his family (especially his social climbing mom). I felt like the author had the character swearing too much just so readers could tell that yes this is a male character. His chapters just made him seem to cliché.
I also didn't like the cliff-hanger ending because it just left things to wide open, which means that you would have to read book two for the rest of the story.
Final Verdict: While She's So Dead to Us is an interesting read, it’s just a bit too cliché and shallow for my taste. But I encourage you to give it a try, who knows it might just be something you'll like.
She's So Dead to Us earns 3 out of 5 pineapples....more
I have read a LOT of great books this year, even so I am finding myself bumping various favorites further down the list to make room so that Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes can take the top spot for best of the year (out of books I've read for the first time this year). Final Verdict: Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes is shear brilliance! Since I now have your undivided attention I will try to explain why I ♥ Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes so much.
One of the reasons I loved this book so much was that it pulled me in from the very first page and left me wanting to do nothing but sit there until I had devoured every last word of it, which is good because nothing has been able to hold my attention since I finished re-reading HP. What drew me to wanting to read Peter Nimble was that a) it was a mid-grade (which I adore) and b) that I was intrigued by the fact the Peter was a blind thief.
One thing that has been known to make or break a book for me is the way that the plot is laid out; if it doesn't seem to have any method to the madness I'll likely not enjoy it. That being said, I loved how the various points of the story all came together at the end and that it was such a fast paced read. I also thought that the fantastic eyes which Peter received were pretty awesome, especially with how important they were to the actual story.
I really liked the main character, Peter Nimble, and thought that Mr. Auxier did an excellent job creating a protagonist that (thief or not) was just such a fascinating character. I'm finding that words are failing me as I try to sum up why I liked Peter so much (because frankly there are more reasons than I can name for why I liked him, but I'd end up telling you about the entire book if I did). However, part of the reason I liked him as a character was because he always persevered through all the trials that he faced in his life and that he actually was not a bad kid, even if he was a thief.
What I loved the most about Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes was the writing of Jonathan Auxier, which was absolutely brilliant, and how he was able to completely draw me into Peter Nimble's story and leave me thinking about the book even when I wasn't currently reading it. As well as long after I finished reading it. Α generally odd occurrence for me concerning books that I have read, but I have nothing that comes to mind for what I didn't like about Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes. It was just an all-around enjoyable read for me.
Peter Nimble and His Fantastic Eyes earns 5 out of 5 pineapples. ...more
Story: Amnesia Labyrinth has to have the MOST complex story for a manga I have ever read, there are so many red herrings and plot twists that have left me absolutely confused as to who the true murderer is. That being said, I am absolutely loving the fact the I don't have the foggiest idea on who the culprit behind the murders is.
From what I was able to gather while reading Amnesia Labyrinth (if I'm right) there's a bit of multiple-personalities whatnot plaguing certain characters in the story. Which is adding to the mystique of the characters and keeping me on my toes.
Amnesia Labyrinth has excellently balanced out revealing bits and pieces of the characters pasts and the possibilities on who is killing off students at the school while still managing to keep things tightly under wrap. The thing I really liked about Amnesia Labyrinth was the pacing and how there was rarely a dull moment. I also thought that Sasai definitely brought some much needed humor to this manga, while managing not to come across as an airheard.
I'm hoping with the next volume that the plot will become a little clearer, and that maybe I can deduce who the culprit is. I have my theories on who is doing the killing and why, but will refrain for sharing so as not to give anything away to those who may want to read it.
While I really like the plot there is just one thing I'm not to crazy about this manga, and that would be some of the content. I would definitely only recommend this one to those over the age of 17 due to some of the content (nudity and some seriously implied sexual content, which I skipped over and didn't read), but alas that is not for me to decide on who should and shouldn't read it.
Characters: I'm not to sure what to think of any of the characters and whether I like them or not. I think what is keeping me from connecting with any of them is the skewed relationship between Souji and his sisters (a whole sister, half sister, and I forget how he was related to the third one), it was just umm...
The majority of the characters come across as kind of dry and slightly personality missing, but I'm kind of enjoying how they (I mean Souji) seems a bit indifferent and aloof to everything. Not to sold on the sisters, they kind of creep me out. Artwork: The art was pretty stunning and visually nice, and I felt like it complemented the story quite well.
Final Verdict: While the mystery aspect of Amnesia Labyrinth is absolutely thrilling, some of the content nearly made this a miss for me.
Amnesia Labyrinth earns 4 out of 5 pineapples. ...more
So The Exiled Queen has been sitting on my TBR for quite sometime. Mainly because it took me awhile to get my hands on the first book, The Demon King, which was awesome (see me gush about it HERE). I'll try not to ramble on too much. :)
I'm always a bit nervous when it comes to reading sequels to books that I absolutely love. Because there's always the chance that I won't enjoy it nearly as much as the first one, but The Exiled Queen was just as good and epic as its predecessor (even though it took me a little longer to read it since I had less time to read this week).
For me there is one thing that will always make or break a fantasy series for me, and that is characters. Which is why I love The Seven Realms series so much because the characters are just some of the best I have read. The MCs, Han and Raisa, are two of my absolute favorite characters to read about because I love how fully you are drawn into the emotional turmoil that they both struggle with.
Another reason I loved The Exiled Queen would have to be that in the span of just two books, both Han and Raisa have grown as characters. You see them learning how to deal with the new roles in which they find themselves after the conclusion of The Demon King.
While The Demon King seemed to have focused more upon Han and his story, The Exiled Queen was more about Raisa and the aftermath of her mother trying to marry her off to wizard in the first book. I loved how this book reaffirmed the strength of character that Raisa has, it was also interesting to see she copes when pushed to the limit of her abilities.
Even though there was slightly less action in The Exiled Queen, I think that the intersecting of Han and Raisa's path helped to move the story along. That being said, The Exiled Queen is still fraught with tension and mystery that totally left me wanting to both read faster (so I could find out what would happen next) and to slow down and savor the book (now I have months to wait for the third book). With just about every book I read, there's always one thing that I liked best about it (usually a scene), and The Exiled Queen is no exception to that. What I loved most in this book would have to be Ms. Chima's ability to create this amazingly multi-layered world filled with such strong characters.
There is NOT a single thing I would change about The Exiled Queen...well except for the cliff-hanger ending! Gah! What am I going to do while I wait for The Gray Wolf Throne to come out.
Final Verdict: The Exiled Queen is fantasy at its best and Ms. Chima's writing is phenomenal. The Seven Realms is one series that I just cannot recommend enough. I'm not sure how I'll survive waiting for The Gray Wolf Throne to come out in September.
The Exiled Queen earns 5 out of 5 pineapples....more
Since I finally had a chance to read Hannah I thought I would just go ahead and read May while the first book was still fresh in my mind. I found thatSince I finally had a chance to read Hannah I thought I would just go ahead and read May while the first book was still fresh in my mind. I found that I enjoyed reading May a lot more.
One, if not, the main reason I enjoyed May more than Hannah would have to be that it didn't take practically the whole book for her to find out what she was (if there's one thing that annoys me about books is when it takes the whole book for the MC to figure out what the reader has known since they picked up the book).
At times, the characters and their personalities made me think of Disney's Beauty and the Beast (which incidentally kept songs from the movie running in my brain while reading). I bet your probably wondering how on earth my mind made that connection, well, let us just start with the fact the May had her very own Gaston. Rudd is so on my list of characters that I HIGHLY dislike...and would very much like to smack because he's such a jerk.
As a character I found May to be a stronger, more interesting MC then Hannah was. It was just so much easier to get caught up in her story and the joy that she felt when she discovered who she really was. I really enjoyed that May was a strong character willing to stand up for herself, which made her a more likable character.
One of the things that made this book so interesting was that there was just a smidge more of a sense of danger for the MC then the previous book.
I felt like the characters were a little more developed in this book, and that the there was (a ton) more tension between the protagonist (May) and all the other characters. I especially liked how tense and well-written all the scenes with May's mother were. They left me wondering what on earth that crazy loon was going to do/say next; I also liked the extreme contrast between her two parents. On one hand you had Hepzibah who was done right mean and crazy as a loon, and on the other you had Gar who absolutely loved May.
My favorite part of May, the second book in Kathryn Lasky's Daughters of the Sea series, would have to be May's search for her past and the extremes in which she went to find out where she came from.
While I found May to be a highly enjoyable read, there were a few points when the story seemed to slow down and cover/press the same point repeatedly, like, the fact that she knew she had sisters, but had not found them yet. Even though this one fact irritated me, it did not detract any from my enjoyment of the book.
Final Verdict: May was a fascinating read about one girl's search for the truth. A true page-turner that has left me wanting to know what will happen in the next Daughters of the Sea book.
I have been waiting all through Lent to read Butterfly and it was definitely well worth the (extremely long) wait.
Story: When I first read the back oI have been waiting all through Lent to read Butterfly and it was definitely well worth the (extremely long) wait.
Story: When I first read the back of Butterfly I thought it sounded interesting, but not necessarily original. I was absolutely wrong because the story ended up being quite different than I thought it would be.
I loved how there was the main story line with how Ginji Ishikawa absolutely hates ghosts and anyone that believes in the supernatural.
I'll just tell yu this one thing about the ending....CLIFF HANGER! The ending definitely has me wishing that the second volume was already out and that I had it so that I could see what was going to happen next.
Character(s): Ginji Ishikawa was an interesting character, he at times reminded me of Ichigo from Bleach. Which isn't a bad thing because he's a pretty awesome character in my book to be compared to.
I really liked how the story about why he doesn't like ghosts and such was slowly revealed. I felt that it the way it was dealt with gave his personality more detail...and thus made him more interesting.
As for the rest of the cast of characters, they were all interesting especially with how quirky they each were.
There is one thing that really made Butterfly unique but if I told you it would be a major spoiler to a twist that happens somewhere near the early middle of the book (I really dislike spoilers). I'll just say that this one aspect is what sold me on this manga and made it a truly different read.
Artwork: Butterfly's artwork really impressed me. I loved the detail that Yu Aikawa was able to give to each panel in Butterfly.
The absolute best art in the manga would have to be the creepy look of all the ghosts. Some of them- okay, all of them- were probably some of the creepiest depictions of ghosts that I have ever seen. And I absolutely loved it for that.
Final Verdict: Butterfly is a thrilling read with absolutely stunning artwork. If you're like me, you will probably be the second volume was out as soon as you finish the first one.
Butterfly was received for an honest review. ...more