Review: #Prettyboy Must Die by Kimberly Reid

May Contain Spoilers

I can’t lie – when I saw the title for this book, I was dying to read it. I thought it would be a fun spy caper, kind of like Alley Carter’s books. I had mixed results with this one, mainly because of the protagonist. And you definitely have to suspend disbelief, because some of the plot is so over the top it is hard to swallow.

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Manga Review: Haikyu!! V 20 by Haruichi Furudate @shonenjump

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Yeow! This is another volume that is all volleyball, all the time! After a nail-biter of a 4th set, the Miyagi Prefecture qualifier round finals advance to a fifth and final set. Tsukishima is hurt from deflecting missiles hurled at him from Shiratorizawa, and is taken to the infirmary. Kageyama is exhausted from unrelenting play. With Sugawara subbing as the setter, there’s a new dynamic to the team. Can they use it to their advantage and pull out a surprise victory?

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Review: The Crown Prince’s Bride by Donna Alward

May Contain Spoilers

Donna Alward is a favorite of mine, so picking this up was a no-brainer. I read The Playboy Prince and the Nanny and enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to reading Raoul’s story. While I didn’t like him as much as younger brother, Diego, he slowly grew on me.  Stephani I liked from the get go, but I wondered why she put of with some of Raoul’s nonsense.

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Manga Review: Kuroko’s Basketball Vol 5 & 6 by Tadatoshi Fujimaki @shonenjump

May Contain Spoilers

After the dramatic end to the game against Shutoku, the Seirin basketball team has set their aim sky high. Kagami played so hard he hurt himself, and resting up is a foreign concept to him, despite direct orders from Riko. And with proficiency tests looming, Riko worries that even tutoring Kagami 24/7 won’t help him pass. His grades are terrible, and if he fails, he’ll have to attend extra Saturday lessons, so he’ll miss the Finals League. Ugh!

The whole chapter on the proficiency tests felt like a flashback to Haikyu!! The stars of both manga are idiots when it comes to their schoolwork. Kagami’s test scores barely add up to double-digits, so there is cause for concern that he’ll be unable to play in the Finals League. While the chapter felt like a rehash of something I’ve read before, the conclusion was pretty funny.

After passing the tests, it’s back to basketball. Kagami has been banned from the gym to rest up, but being Kagami, he does not heed this good advice. Instead, he decides to shoot a few hoops at the park, where he meets his rival, Daiki Aomine. This guy makes the previous Miracle Generation guys look like rank beginners. Aomine is big and blunt and arrogant, and Kagami really shouldn’t have played one-on-one with him in the park. Receiving a huge blow to his ego, Kagami wonders how he could be so badly overpowered, and why it makes him feel so unsettled.

Aomine’s playing style is to use brute force to wring any bit of hope from his opponents. As a superpower, I guess that is pretty impressive. He has the speed and the skill to tromp over pretty much everyone, and he’s such a high scorer, and dominates the games so much that he doesn’t take practice, or getting to games on time, very seriously. I can hardly wait for this guy to get taken down a peg or ten because he is such a major jerk.

Seirin faces major adversity, and Toho High makes the game against Shutoku seem like a cakewalk in comparison. There’s lots of great action scenes, and the coaches for both teams go head to head and pull out all the stops. And just when all hope is lost, we learn – there’s a missing player for Seirin! Not sure where he’s been, but I am sure that he will shake up the current dynamic of the team and cause some drama. Yay!

Grade: 4.00 stars

Review copy borrowed from my local library

About the book:

Seirin High’s greatest basketball blessing was the one no one literally saw coming…the invisible Kuroko! When incoming first-year student Taiga Kagami joins the Seirin High basketball team, he meets Tetsuya Kuroko, a mysterious boy who’s plain beyond words. But Kagami’s in for the shock of his life when he learns that the practically invisible Kuroko was once a member of “the Miracle Generation”—the undefeated, legendary team—and he wants Kagami’s help taking down each of his old teammates! Aiming for the finals league, Seirin has challenged Shutoku and their ace, Midorima. The team’s fired up thanks to Kagami, but is there any guarantee that fire won’t be quickly extinguished by the sharp-shooting Midorima?! Meanwhile, a friend from Kuroko’s middle school suddenly shows up before the team and shocks everyone by revealing some insight into Kuroko’s mysterious past!

Manga Review: The Water Dragon’s Bride V 3 by Rei Toma @shojobeat

May Contain Spoilers

Subaru and Asahi are all grown up! Subaru’s village has become prosperous since Asahi became the water priestess, and other villages view their growth with envy. Believing that Asahi is blessed by the water dragon god, she’s kidnapped by another village hoping to improve their fortunes. Will Asahi be more than a pawn in the struggle between the two villages?

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