Manga Review: Honey So Sweet V 1 by Amu Meguro @shojobeat


May Contain Spoilers

I noticed that one of the libraries in our network had Honey So Sweet, and knowing that I would be home with Poppy all weekend, I requested the first two volumes of it, as well as some other manga I’ve been wanting to read. When this first came out, I was a little put off by the old school feel of the cover. While the art has a retro vibe, I found myself quickly warming up to it, and in the end, enjoyed this sweet book about a scary looking guy and a shy girl, and their quietly developing friendship.


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Manga Review: Black Clover V 10 by Yuki Tabata @shonenjump


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I finally got my hands on volume 10! We left off with Asta suffering from a debilitating curse that damaged his arms and threatened his future with the Black Bulls. Unable to swing his swords with his arms, he was forced to resort to a Sanji and swing his anti-magic weapon with it clenched between his teeth. I just kept hoping that the Clover Kingdom offers free dental coverage.

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Audio Review: Absolute Power by David Baldacci


May Contain Spoilers

I don’t read many thrillers, but a friend sent an Audible copy of Absolute Power to me, so I loaded it up and listened to on my drives to work. My listening was interrupted when I went to visit my dad for a few days, but I picked right up and didn’t feel that I missed too much in the week I was gone. This was a great read, though I thought the ending was wrapped up a bit too speedily.

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Manga Review: Kuroko’s Basketball Omnibus 5 V 9 & 10 by Tadatoshi Fujimaki @shonenjump


May Contain Spoilers

After the Seiren players watch a nail-biter between To-oh and Kaijo during the Inter-High quarterfinals, we get back to delving into what makes the Seiren players tick. Kuroko finds an abandoned dog in the park, and promptly adopts him. While the rest of the team is overcome with puppy love, Kagami demands that he take it back. Who knew big, bad Kagami is afraid of fluffy little dogs?

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Review: Virgin Territory by Lia Riley


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I picked this up because I enjoyed Head Coach, and I have a weakness for sports stories. I was interested in finding out what made volatile Patch tick, and what the deal was with his bar brawl. While he seemed like an out of control freight train in the previous book, his reasons for his short temper were presented so well that I felt a pang of empathy for him.

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Manga Review: Bakuman V 3 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata @shonenjump


May Contain Spoilers

I am finally gaining some traction with Bakuman. Volume 3 was the best so far, mainly because of Eiji. The genius manga creator is shockingly unique, and I really enjoy his personality. He is so lost in his stories that he doesn’t even notice the real world, taking extended visits into his vivid imagination. While I thought he was going to be conceited jerk, he was far from it in this volume. He’s just a comic geek, magnified by 100, and he doesn’t have the best social graces. Then again, neither do Moritaka and Akito.

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Manga Review: Black Clover V 9 by Yuki Tabata @shonenjump


May Contain Spoilers

After all of the magic slinging and sword swinging and fisticuffs at the Underwater Temple, the Black Bulls finally get a little bit of down time. Asta hasn’t come through the battle with Vetto unscathed, and he is nursing not one, but two broken arms.  He seems to have taken the brunt of the beating, but he’s still gungho and rearing to go on another mission.

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Review: A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena


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This is a hard book to review without giving out a lot of spoilers, but I’m going to try my best. I was initially attracted to the book because of the setting, and the premise sounded intriguing. Was Zarin really a troublemaker, a deviant girl who leads her schoolmates astray? How did she and Porus end up in the deadly accident? Just bad luck? Someone looking to get back at her for some slight? Once I picked it up, I found it compelling and hard to put down. Did I like it, though? I don’t know. This is a hard book to like, because when I finished it, I like I had been fed through a wringer.

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