Manga Review: Wandering Island V 1 by Kenji Tsuruta


May Contain Spoilers

I noticed this title on the library’s catalog website and put in a request for a network library to send it to my library. I love this service, and if you are a huge library fan and you aren’t taking advantage of the Holds system, I highly recommend that you do so. I put in a request on Monday and had the book by the weekend. When I return it, an interlibrary van returns it to the lending library. I am so grateful that several libraries in our network have well-stocked manga collections!

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Manga Review: Bakuman V 4 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata @shonenjump


May Contain Spoilers

I think my opinion of Bakuman has hit a turning point. I found volume Four fascinating. The “battle” aspects between Moritaka, Akito, and the other Gold Future Cup entries made for some stressful moments. Who would win? Who would get offered a series? Would Miho and Moritaka EVER speak to each other on the phone?? Read more

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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Review: A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena


May Contain Spoilers

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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Manga Review: Bakuman V 2 by Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata @shonenjump


May Contain Spoilers

I still don’t know how I feel about this manga series about creating manga. On the one hand, it can be interesting when Moritaka and Akito meet with their editor and go over their game plan for making it big in the manga biz. On the other, brainstorming their next project and the creative process just isn’t all that interesting. Throw in a very awkward romance, and I’m still undecided about this series.

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Manga Review: Bakuman V 1 by Tsugumi Ohba &Takeshi Obata


May Contain Spoilers

The library is slowly adding manga to their digital catalog, so I have been borrowing random volumes in hopes that they will keep adding more to the catalog. I was interested in Bakuman because I enjoyed previous series by both creators, and I think the cover is visually appealing. I’m not sure how I feel about this one yet, though.

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Giveaway: We Were Liars by E Lockhart

This morning I have a giveaway for you to enter.  I have an ARC of We Were Liars by E Lockhart up for grabs.  This is a compelling read that draws you in and refuses to let go.  I am still trying to decide whether or not I actually liked it, but I know that I could not put it down.

About the book:

A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.
We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from New York Times bestselling author, National Book Award finalist, and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.
Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

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Review: We Were Liars by E Lockhart

 

May Contain Spoilers

Review:

Wow! This is a hard book to review, because it’s so important for the reader to go in blind, or it won’t work.  The slow unfolding of Cady’s forgotten memory, like a languid summer day, is suspenseful and engrossing.  I started reading They Were Liars without even reading the blurb, and I’m glad I didn’t.  Knowing too much going in spoils the mystery of Cady’s lost summer, so I hadn’t even read any reviews for the book.  I hate spoilers!

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