Manga Review: My Hero Academia V2 by Kohei Horikoshi


May Contain Spoilers

Now that Izuku is a student at UA High, the real work begins! Izuku is still trying to figure how to control One for All, the quirk passed on to him from the super hero All Might. As danger builds around him, he might not have the time to figure things out! When a horde of super villains attack his class, it’s all hands on deck!

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Manga Review: Bakuman V6 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata @shonenjump


May Contain Spoilers

Now that they have a weekly series running in Jump, Moritaka and Akito face the struggle of deadlines and passing grades in their classes. When Moritaka has a health scare that interferes with his productivity, things are looking grim for our boys. Will they be able to change the mind of the editor in chief, or will their series be on hiatus until they graduate from high school?

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Review: Dread Nation by Justina Ireland


May Contain Spoilers

I am a sucker for zombie books, so when I heard about Dread Nation, I was all over it. This is set in an alternate America, when the dead started walking – and eating the living – during Gettysburg. That kind of put the brakes on the strife between the States, and they settled the Civil War to band together and fight the dead. Jane, the protagonist, was born just before the dead rose up, and she hasn’t known any other life than one that involves fighting the undead.

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Manga Review: One-Punch Man V 4 by ONE & Yusuke Murata @shonenjump


May Contain Spoilers

Saitama is discovering that being a hero for fun isn’t always fun. When he saves City Z from a giant meteor, he inadvertently causes mass destruction, but there is no loss of lives. Feeling rather accomplished, he quickly learns that not everyone is grateful for his assistance.

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Manga Review: My Hero Academia V1 by Kohei Horikoshi


May Contain Spoilers

I grabbed this because I kept seeing it at the library. I knew nothing about the series before I picked it up. Like Black Clover, the hero of My Hero Academia has no natural superpowers, or quirk, as they are called here. Izuku still desperately wants to be a hero, and despite his lack of a quirk, he is going to make his dream come true. Too bad he is timid, afraid of confrontations, and not really hero material. That is, until he sees someone who needs saving, and then his courage kicks into overdrive. Read more

Review: Silver Silence by Nalini Singh


May Contain Spoilers

I have to sheepishly admit that I’ve had a review copy of Silver Silence since last year. It slipped through the cracks and I never got to it. When I saw that the audio book was in at the library, I decided that the time is now! I need to catch up on the series before Ocean Light comes out in June. Guys, I loved this book! I listened to it when I was in the car, and read the review copy whenever I had an extra second. What a great hero, and what a fun book!

I was kind of hesitating on this because we have a huge shift in location to Russia. Gone are the wolves and cats I have come to love. I wasn’t ready to get to know the bears, and Silver Mercant? I thought she was okay as Krychek’s capable assistant, but I wasn’t convinced she would make a worthy heroine. I stand corrected. All of the characters in Silver Silence were extremely likeable, from Valentin and Silver, to Ena Mercant and all of the bears. I love the bears. They make the wolves and the cats look bland and lifeless in comparison. 

After an assassination attempt is made on Silver’s life, Valentin, who has been nursing a bear-sized crush on Silver since the moment he met her, suggests that she come to Denhome and hide out with his clan. She would be safe as a brick of gold in Fort Knox, and Ena could track down the would be killers without having to worry about her granddaughter. Though Silver isn’t too keen on the idea, she relents.  If someone was able to sneak past the security of her apartment building and poison her food, she is clearly not safe at home. So, she reluctantly moves in with the bears. And my oh my, she is in for a courtship that will spin her head. What a lucky lady!

The banter between the characters was delightful. Valentin and Silver made a great couple. The destabilizing threats they faced to the fragile peace between the Psy, Changelings, and humans were compelling, and kept me glued to the story. I enjoyed everything about this installment of the Psy-Changeling world, and I am primed for the next book. This is one of the longest series I have read, and I am amazed that I am still enjoying it. I tend to get tired of long series and drop them eventually, but the author keeps switching things up enough that I keep coming back for more.

Grade: 4.5 stars

Review copy provided by publisher

About the book:

Control. Precision. Family. These are the principles that drive Silver Mercant. At a time when the fledgling Trinity Accord seeks to unite a divided world, with Silver playing a crucial role as director of a worldwide emergency response network, wildness and chaos are the last things she needs in her life. But that’s exactly what Valentin Nikolaev, alpha of the StoneWater bears, brings with him.
Valentin has never met a more fascinating woman. Though Silver is ruled by Silence–her mind clear of all emotion–Valentin senses a whisper of fire around her. That’s what keeps him climbing apartment buildings to be near her. But when a shadow assassin almost succeeds in poisoning Silver, the stakes become deadly serious…and Silver finds herself in the heart of a powerful bear clan.
Her would-be assassin has no idea what their poison has unleashed…

Manga Review: Bakuman V5 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata @shonenjump



May Contain Spoilers


Oh noes! If they weren’t under enough pressure, now the guys have to deal with a new editor on the eve of the debut of their new Jump series. Ugh! This guy seems a little flaky, and not as knowledgeable as Hattori (who I really, really liked!). Can they cope with this huge disruption and still achieve their goal of having the number one manga series in Japan? Read more