Manga Review: Honey So Sweet V 1 by Amu Meguro @shojobeat


May Contain Spoilers

I noticed that one of the libraries in our network had Honey So Sweet, and knowing that I would be home with Poppy all weekend, I requested the first two volumes of it, as well as some other manga I’ve been wanting to read. When this first came out, I was a little put off by the old school feel of the cover. While the art has a retro vibe, I found myself quickly warming up to it, and in the end, enjoyed this sweet book about a scary looking guy and a shy girl, and their quietly developing friendship.


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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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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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Review: Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas by Emily McKay

May Contain Spoilers

I enjoyed How Willa Got Her Groove Back, so I was looking forward to Weddings, Crushes, and Other Dramas.  This didn’t work as well for me, and I didn’t find it as engaging as the first book.  It was clicking right along until right after the wedding, and then it fell apart for me.

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Mini Review: Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz

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Up From the Sea is a moving story of a boy who survived the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011. The account of his fear during the quake and flight from the deadly ocean surge is suspenseful and very scary. I can’t imagine experiencing it myself. His worries about the fate of his family is also very emotional. Kai has lost everything, and his helplessness and hopelessness resonate through the author’s use of free verse. How can he go on, knowing that his mother, grandmother, and grandfather have all died? Everything he loved and took for granted is gone. His family, his friends, his school, even his soccer ball – gone.

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Manga Review: Limit V 3 by Keiko Suenobu

Contains Spoilers

Review:

It’s been a while since I read the first two volumes of LIMIT, but I didn’t have any problems jumping back into the series again.  This is a survival story; a bus of high schoolers is headed to the mountains for a camping trip.  There’s a terrible accident, and the bus plunges off the road and down the mountainside.  There’s only a handful of survivors, and they are all girls.  Bickering and power struggles begin at once, and Morishige, the only one with a weapon, quickly takes charge.  Morishige has issues.  She has grudges against the other girls, and establishes herself as the leader of her battered, hungry, and terrified classmates.  When Isui changes to power dynamic by running off with Morishige’s scythe, there’s a rebellion against Morishige’s cruel leadership.

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Review and Giveaway: Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols

 

 

Review:

Perfect Couple sounded like a cute read, so I was excited to receive an eARC.  I had a couple issues with the story right off the get go, and they prevented me from completely enjoying the book.  Your mileage will probably vary.  When all was said and done, I didn’t love it, but I didn’t hate it, either.  It’s a quick read that kept me turning the pages for an afternoon and I don’t regret reading it.

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Guest Post and Giveaway: Robin Talley, Author of Lies We Tell Ourselves

 

Robin Talley hijacked the virtual dashboard this morning to chat about her research for Lies We Tell Ourselves.

Top 5 most surprising facts I learned while conducting research for Lies We Tell Ourselves:

I had to do a lot of research to write Lies We Tell Ourselves.

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