Review: Aya: Ceres Vol 1 by Yuu Watase

 

Title:  Aya: Ceres Vol 1

Author: Yuu Watase

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

Aya and her twin brother Aki thought they were going to a celebration of their sixteenth birthday at their grandfather’s home, but the funeral-like atmosphere tips them off that something’s not right. Their "birthday present" turns out to be a mummified hand–the power of which forces an awakening within Aya, and painful wounds all over Aki’s body! Grandfather Mikage announces that Aki will be heir to the Mikage fortune, and Aya must die! But Aya has allies in the athletic cook and martial artist Yûhi, and the attractive, mysterious Tôya. But can even two handsome and resourceful guys save Aya when it’s her own power that’s out of control?


Review:

Okay, I have a confession to make.  Yuu Watase is like crack for me.  She has a gift when it comes to writing angsty, action-packed series, and I just gobble her stuff up.  It’s a mix of cotton candy, corn dogs, and French fries.  That’s a lot of junk food, but it is so tasty and filling that it’s hard to resist.  And yes, I just compared Yuu Watase’s writing to carnival junk food.  That’s okay, though, because I love carnival junk food!

Aya and her twin brother Aki are turning 16.  Instead of hanging out with their friends as they had planned, their parents demand that they accompany them to their grandfather’s house.  Once there, they discover all of their relatives, somberly awaiting their arrival.  To cap off the really, really weird day, Aya and Aki are given a box to open.  inside the box is a mummified hand, and once they see it, their lives will never be the same again.

Aki collapses in a pool of blood, shredded by some magical force unleashed by the mummified hand. A power awakens within Aya, and she discovers that she’s the descendant of a celestial maiden, and now her family wants her dead!  With her entire family out to kill her, who can she trust?  The Mikage family bodyguard, Toya?  Or the martial artist chef Yuhi?  Who is going to save Aya from her family, and who is going to save her from the destructive power she can’t control?

I love this story!  I have seen the anime, but I haven’t read the graphic novels yet.  I thought it would be fun to read them all, and blog about them as I do.  Hopefully you will be inspired to read them yourself, or watch the anime, which is still one of my favorites.  When it came out, it received some flak, mainly because Aya can be irritating, especially when she gets herself in to trouble, and then has to have one of the guys come and save her.  While I prefer a more self-reliant heroine, I love how Watase brought the legend of the celestial maidens to life in Ceres.  Add in her detailed artwork with her delicate linework, and mixing in a dash of humor to the horror and action elements, and you have an engaging, fast-paced story full of mystery and weird supernatural powers.f

This first volume introduces the major characters, and sets the tone for the rest of the series.  Ceres is the story of a powerful family, and the dark secret they have been hiding for centuries. It is also the story of Aya’s coming of age.  She is a spoiled and overindulged teenager, who thinks life is one big party at the local karaoke place.  She hasn’t had many responsibilities, and she’s never had to really do things for herself.   Now that she’s lost the shelter of her family, she’s forced to deal with her mother’s betrayal, and somehow keep herself alive.  Suzumi and her brother-in-law Yuhi come to her rescue, and now Aya must navigate  treacherous waters as she tries to decide who she can trust.  If she’s wrong, she’s going to end up dead, and nothing’s she learned in high school has prepared her for this nightmare. The cliffhanger at the end made me happy that I have the next volume, and ensured that I would be reaching for it quickly.  This is a fast-paced story with many unanswered questions that beg to be answered.  Only 13 more volumes before we get them!

Grade:  B+

Review copy purchased from Amazon

Interview with Teri Terry, Author of Slated

Teri Terry is visiting the virtual offices this morning to chat about the first book in her SLATED series.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Describe yourself in 140 characters or less.

[Teri Terry] Stubborn, multi-national writer with a weird accent and a silly name who talks too much and spends too much time on the internet

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Can you tell us a little about Slated?

[Teri Terry] Kyla is sixteen years old and has had her memory wiped as punishment for crimes she can no longer remember. She’s been assigned to a new family for a second chance, but people are going missing, and things aren’t what they seem: she has to figure things out before it is too late.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How did you come up with the concept and the characters for the story?

[Teri Terry] Slated started with a dream I had, of a girl, running, terrified, on a beach, afraid to look back to see what chases her. I wrote the dream down as soon as I woke up, and the dream became the prologue to Slated. The story and characters grew from there.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three words best describe Kyla?

[Teri Terry] Complicated, strong, vulnerable

[Manga Maniac Cafe] Name one thing Kyla is never without.

[Teri Terry] Her Levo: it is on her wrist and cannot be removed without risk of extreme pain and death. It stops extremes of emotions, and is a constant reminder that she was a criminal.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What will you never find in Kyla’s bedroom?

[Teri Terry] A mobile phone (they’re banned for under 21’s).

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is Kyla’s greatest regret?

[Teri Terry] She doesn’t know, she can’t remember! I suppose this is her greatest regret in Slated: not knowing where she came from or what she did.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What are your greatest creative influences?

[Teri Terry] Reading, reading, reading! When younger I read everything I could get my hands on. I’m more selective (less patient) now, and have less time, but that is still pretty much the case.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What three things do you need in order to write?

[Teri Terry] Time, time and time (is that cheating?).

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What was your biggest distraction while working on Slated?

[Teri Terry] Distractor Cat. I wrote most of it in the Writing Shack in the garden, and DC likes to sit on my laptop. In fact DC is stretched out next to me in the garden right now.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What is the last book that you read that knocked your socks off?

[Teri Terry] It’s summer: I don’t wear socks in the summer! Well….ok, let me think: I recently really enjoyed Daylight Saving by Edward Hogan. I love a good ghost story.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] If you had to pick one book that turned you on to reading, which would it be?

[Teri Terry] It seems like I’ve always loved to read. One of my favourites was Lord of the Rings, but I was already a bookworm when I read that for the first time.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] What do you like to do when you aren’t writing?

[Teri Terry] Read! Also a glass of wine in the garden with the Man is pretty high on the list. Going to concerts and the cricket. And, of course, hanging out on Twitter.

[Manga Maniac Cafe] How can readers connect with you?

[Teri Terry] Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TeriTerryAuthor

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeriTerryWrites

Tumblr: http://teriterrywrites.tumblr.com

Website: http://teriterry.jimdo.com

[Manga Maniac Cafe]  Thank you!

About the book:

Kyla’s memory has been erased,
her personality wiped blank,
her memories lost for ever.
She’s been Slated.
The government claims she was a terrorist and that they are giving her a second chance – as long as she plays by their rules. But echoes of the past whisper in Kyla’s mind. Someone is lying to her, and nothing is as it seems. Who can she trust in her search for the truth?

Cover Reveal: Embracing Death by D T Dyllin

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Title: Embracing Death
Author: D.T. Dyllin
Series: The Death Trilogy #2
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Expected publication: November 2013 by Dragonfairy Press

Blurb:

All of Samantha Bevan’s memories have been returned to her. But instead of bringing her peace, they’ve only brought her more turmoil. She now recalls the dark addiction to feeling other people’s deaths and every day is a struggle to control her urges. At least she has Austin to help her… or does she? Samantha will discover that even with her memories, she doesn’t know the truth of her past, and those secrets may prove detrimental to her and everyone she loves. Will she be able to unravel the mystery of who’s been pulling her strings before it’s too late? Or will Austin be the one to suffer from her mistakes?

http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18168194-embracing-death?ac=1

About the Author
  
Cynical-Optimist. Chocolate-holic. Sarcasm Addict. Paranormal Believer. Self-Imposed Insomniac. Sci-Fi Geek. Animal Lover. Writer…are just a few words to describe D.T. Dyllin. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and two very spoiled GSDs.

Cover Reveal! Liar, Liar by Dawn Pendleton and Giveaway!

 
 



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The BFF series follows the lives of new adults, Hazel, Miranda, Cheyanne, Destiny, Audric, Nolan, Andre, and Roman. Follow their stories as the first season of novellas are released once a week from September to March.



Release date: September 17, 2013
 
 
 



 
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