Manga Review: One Piece V 7 by Eiichiro Oda @vizmedia @shonenjump


May Contain Spoilers

The battle for control of Baratie continues! Don Krieg proves again that he’s a ruthless cut-throat. And Gin, who is just following orders, beats the crap out of Sanji. Did I mention that the name of this volume is The Crap-Geezer? I wonder if they edited the word from a stronger description of poop?

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Manga Review: One Piece V 6 by Eiichiro Oda @shonenjump


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Luffy has decided that Sanji will be joining his crew as the ship’s cook. Sanji declines. Luffy declines Sanji’s declination, and I had to laugh. Luffy can be so simpleminded, but he is stubborn as a mule. How long will it take for him to change Sanji’s mind? I give Sanji another volume to be persuaded, or run off the Baratie by Chef Zeff.

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Manga Review: One Piece V 4 by Eiichiro Oda @shonenjump @vizmedia


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I decided to pick up One Piece again because I’m caught up on One-Punch Man, and I haven’t read it in years. My reading tastes have changed, so I was curious to see how well the series works for me now. Spoiler – I like it better  than the first time I read these volumes.  The story is fun and fast-paced, and the fights are appropriately ridiculous. I have a new love for fighting manga, and with its pirates, unique character designs, and Devil Fruit magic moves, One Piece is one of my favorites.

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Review: The Edge of the Abyss by Emily Skrutskie

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I love, love LOVE the concept of this series.  The execution – maybe not so much.  Set in a post-apocalyptic future, the US is now comprised of small independent territories, and the oceans are havens for pirates.  Without citizenship on the land, people on the sea are forced to live in flotillas and floating islands. They depend on pirates for the goods needed to survive, so piracy flourishes. In order to combat them, Reckoners, huge water beasts, are bred and trained to defend a ship that they have been bonded with.  What happens when the pirates try to harness the power and brutality of the Reckoners for themselves?  Mass chaos and a threat that puts the ocean biosphere at risk.

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Review: Hook’s Revenge by Heidi Schulz

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Review:

I was offered a copy of Hook’s Revenge for review, and how could I possibly refuse? Pirates!  Sword play!  Adventure! It was a no-brainer to load this on my Kindle and start reading.   Following Jocelyn, Hook’s 12 year old daughter, on her grand adventure to Neverland, I was captivated from the first page.  Jocelyn is a rough and tumble girl, with no patience for manners, baths, or hair brushing.  She’s brave and intelligent, but when she’s sent to Miss Eliza Crumb-Biddlecomb’s Finishing School for Young Ladies to learn how to behave in polite society, she bristles at every lesson.  She gets off on the wrong foot with her classmates, and once they discover that she’s the dreaded Captain Hook’s daughter, watch out!  Nobody wants to be her friend, and one of her roommates begins bullying her unmercifully.  While there is little that Jocelyn is afraid of, she is miserable and friendless at school.

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Review: The House of the Four Winds by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory

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Review:

I admit it!  I wanted to read The House of the Four Winds because of the cover.  I think it is absolutely breathtaking.  We all know the problem with judging a book by its cover, though.  Sometimes the story doesn’t live up to that gorgeous cover.  In this case, I’m glad I did pick it up.  While the pacing was occasionally frustrating, The House of the Fours Winds was a gripping read none the less.

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