Review: Gossip Girl: For Your Eyes Only V 2 by Cecily von Ziegesar & HyeKyung Baek

 

Title: Gossip Girl: For Your Eyes Only Vol 2

Authors: Cecily von Ziegesar & HyeKyung Baek

Publisher: Yen Press

ISBN: 978-0759530270

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Queen B has fallen off her throne and landed in Brooklyn (of all places!), where she’s sharing an apartment with V. It’s hell at first, but somehow they find a way to make it work – and B even discovers that she has some domestic talents she never knew existed! But now N and S are a couple, and heartbroken B’s desperate attempts to maintain her reputation have put her on "sweet" little J’s foul side. And when it comes to these girls, revenge is a dish best served HOT!
Can you take a little heat?

Review:

I will be the first person to admit that I hated the first volume of this manga series.  The characters rubbed me the wrong way, and I found the plot boring and trite.  Fast forward to volume two, and guess what?  I enjoyed this outing much, much better.  The plotting was better, Blair had to eat humble pie, and the rest of the cast were a little more agreeable.  I gobbled this up in one sitting, and now I have a new appreciation for the series.  I can hardly wait to read the next installment.  What a difference from my first venture into the Gossip Girl franchise.

Blair, Blair, Blair, you finally got a teeny bit of what was coming to you.  How does it feel to have no money and to see how the other 99% live?  Without your mommy’s AMEX card and access to your endless closet, you really had to learn how to rough it.  After moving in with Vanessa, you were even forced to share a bathroom, eat weird new things that were fried in fatty goodness and, horrors, you were recruited to do the cleaning in order to earn your modest vittles.  And best yet, you discovered something that you excel at!  Who knew that Molly Maid was lurking in your not quite pure soul?

I found this volume much more humorous, but mainly because Blair, who really is a Queen B, was the butt of most of the jokes.  Things don’t go her way here, and because I didn’t like her the first time I met her, I was overjoyed.  Go clean the toilet, witch!  Wear the same jeans twice in one week!  See how the rest of us do things!  lol – yup, Blair is one character that is fun to hate on.  So imagine my surprise when I actually started to like her by the end of the book?  I never saw that coming!

Now that I am in Blair’s corner (for this volume, at least!), I am looking forward to seeing her go up against her new adversaries.  While she certainly deserves to be reviled,  I now want to see her get her revenge against her tormentors.  Since she can be so mean herself, I am sure that she will cook up a tasty dish of vengeance pie.  I am just hoping that she retains some of her newly discovered perspective on life, but I have my doubts.  The next volume should be jam-packed with really bad behavior, and, to my chagrin, I find myself looking forward to it.

Grade: B+

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Review: Highschool of the Dead Vol 2 by Sato and Sato

 

Title: Highschool of the Dead Vol 2

Author: Daisuke Sato & Shouji Sato

Publisher: Yen Press

ISBN: 978-0316132398

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

Separated from the rest of the survivors from their high school, Takashi and Rei make their way through town, taking in the full scope of the sudden outbreak that’s turned most of the residents into undead terrors. Though the immediate threat of attack has subsided, their survival instinct is still on high alert. Among those untouched by the disease, anarchy is the only law, and when anything goes, Takashi and Rei may have to become monsters themselves if they want to stay alive.

Review:

It’s the last week before the Labor Day holiday.  This is a time for soaking up the last of the warm summer rays before the leaves start to change colors and the colder weather of autumn begins to settle in.  This is the time for brainless, action-packed movies, and caving in to the theory that too much thinking is sometimes bad for your noggin, I picked up the second volume of Highschool of the Dead to help usher out the last of the summer. 

Where to start?  Let’s see – brainless certainly fits this series.  It is a mindless festival of gore and blood splatters.  Oh, and impossibly large breasted women, but I think I already covered that in my thoughts on the first volume.  Takashi and Rei have split away from their friends because of a falling out with Shidou.  They race off on a motorcycle, each clutching blunt-edged weapons so they can pummel the crap out of any zombies they encounter.  Ignoring for the moment the fact that motorcycles are loud, noisy machines, they make it unscathed to a gas station, where they are accosted by a nut-case intent on kidnapping Rei so he can have his wicked ways with her.  And because he needs a chick to survive. Or something like that.  During this encounter, both Rei and Takashi discover that they enjoy beating the brains out of anything that moves, including cash registers.  Go figure.

After discovering that all of the bridges in town have been closed off and our little gang is trapped on the wrong side of all of them, Rei and Takashi are reunited with their buddies from the bus.  Naked bath scenes with large breasted bimbos ensue.  Again, I wonder at the intelligence of these characters as they cavort loudly and drunkenly with hordes of the undead searching for a snack just outside of their bathroom.  Since there isn’t really a plot, whatever, we’ll just go whichever way the rubber ducky floats.

There is a rescue scene, a Hummer running over zombies scene, and even police officers firing on frantic crowds of desperate people trying to escape becoming zombie chow scene.  The bulldozer squashing everyone in its path scene only got a few measly panels, but it’s here!  Flattening anything in its path, leaving human and not-quite human pancakes in its wake!

I am not a fan of brainless horror flicks, but some people love them.  Dean will sit in front of Syfy all day long, watching Mongolian Death Worms, Mega Piranha, and Dinocroc, one right after another.  This is why I read.  I am trying to avoid having my brain cells rot during the course of a Sunday afternoon.  Still, there must be an audience for these kinds of movies, because they keep making them.  So, in theory, there must be an audience for brainless manga as well.  I am just not a part of it.  Maybe if they added naked beefcake and a sausage fest, it would be more to my liking. 

Grade:  Ughhhh!

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