Monday, October 16, 2017

QQ Sweeper volume 1


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Today's post is on QQ Sweeper volume 1 by Kyousuke Motomi. It is 189 pages long and is published by Shojo Beat. It is the first in her QQ Sweeper series. The cover is pink with the two main characters on it. The intended reader is someone who likes shojo, cute characters, and an interesting world. There is no foul language, no sex, and no violence in this volume. The story closely follows the main female character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- One day, Kyutaro Horikita, the tall, dark, and handsome cleaning expert of Kurokado High, comes across a sleeping maiden named Fumi Nishoka at school... Unfortunately, their meeting is anything but a fairy-tale encounter! It turns out Kyutaro is a "Sweeper" who cleans away negative energy from people's hearts- and Fumi is about to become his apprentice!
In the old building at their school, a mysterious room has a door that beckons Fumi, even though she shouldn't be able to see it! If Kyutaro goes after her, but will be able to save her before she's devoured by otherworldly creatures?

Review- Motomi is one of favorite manga-ka's at the moment and she gives a great story again. We have a mysterious heroine, a hero who cannot really remember his first love, and a scary world but heroes to save it. Fumi is alone in the world and there something strange about her background. But she gets taken in by the Horikita family and learns that she can see the same strange things that they can. In fact, she is better at than they are. Fumi saves an innocent classmate and Kyutaro from the bad spirits and is totally unhurt. So the family wants her to work with them but there is something just a little strange about her. Of course I think that Fumi is Kyutaro's first love. Fumi is really funny, she wants to find a rich prince charming so she never has to worry about food or money. So good first volume and I am excited about seeing where the story and characters are going.

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought it with my own money.

Friday, October 13, 2017

The Remnant


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Today's post is on The Remnant by Charlie Fletcher. It is the third in his Oversight trilogy. It is 414 pages long and is published by Orbit. The cover has a hand coming out of ice with a red ring and holding a flame. As it is the third in the trilogy you need to have read the first two novels. There is mild foul language, no sex, and mild violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the characters moving from one scene to the next as the story goes. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- The Oversight is most dangerous when most reduced. There are many dead and gone who did not remember that.
The Oversight of London has been sworn for millennia to prevent the natural and the supernatural worlds from preying on each other.
Now, at its lowest ebb, with its headquarters destroyed and its last members scattered far and wide, this secret society will battle for survival and face the harshest foe it has ever met: itself.

Review- An excellent end to a wonderful trilogy. Like the second book we pick up right the last left off, with Sara and Sharp returning to London and finding the Safe House destroyed. Things happen very quickly after that. The villains are moving and the Oversight has to decide what they are going to do and they decide to fight to the last man. There is a high body count in this volume on both sides and I teared up at the death of Hodge, the terrier man, who was one of my favorites but his death was a good one Fletcher did not waste his death. We do get answers about what the Wildfire is, about the Smith and the Sluagh, and about who the Citizen is. Fletcher has left himself room to write more if he so wishes and I would like to see more of this world and its people. Very satisfying read.

I give this book a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this book from my local library.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Little Soldiers: An American Boy, a Chinese School, and the Global Race to Achieve


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I was given a copy of this book by Harper Collins in exchange for an honest review.

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Monday, October 9, 2017

Claymore volume 2: Darkness in Paradise


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Today's post is on Claymore volume 2: Darkness in Paradise by Norihiro Yagi. It is the second in the long running Claymore series, you need to have read the first volume to understand the story. It is 185 pages long and is published by Shonen Jump Advanced. The cover is a close up of the main character Clare. The intended reader is someone who likes dark plots, high action, and strong female characters. There is mild foul language, no sex, and lots of violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the main character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Darkness in Paradise.
Clare and the orphan Raki travel to the town of Rabona, where a Yoma has been stalking priests in the cathedral. The creature could be one of the guards, or even a priest, but this time Clair won't be able to sense its aura. Does she stand a chance against the stealthy Yoma?

Review- We get world building in this volume as Clare and Raki go to the Holy City of Rabona. Claymore's are not allowed in the city as they are half Yoma but one of the priests has sent for a Claymore because something is in the cathedral and it is hungry. So Clare has to take pills to suppress her Yoma abilities and that makes her weaker. We get to really the prejudice that Claymore's have to deal with from normal humans. Clare is truly seen as a monster in the Holy City and Raki gets into a little bit of trouble over it. The volume is a lot of cat and mouse with the Yoma but the volume ends with Clare finding the Yoma and really getting down to her business. Good volume over all in spite little in the way of character development but for the world building it is a good trade off.

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.

Friday, October 6, 2017

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, volume 4: I Kissed a Squirrel and I Liked It


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Today's post is on The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, volume 4: I Kissed a Squirrel and I Liked It by Ryan North (Writer), Erica Henderson (Artist), Jacob Chabot (Artist), Rico Renzi (Artist). It is 120 pages long and is published by Marvel Comics. The cover has Squirrel Girl with some of the villains her fights in this volume behind her. The intended reader is someone who has read the first three volumes, likes squirrels, and fun plots. There is no foul language, no sex, and mild violence in this volume. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- The hero who refuses to be beat celebrates 11 consecutive issues without a new #1! And she's letting you seize the chance to be the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl in a choose-your-own path encounter with Swarm, buzzkill made of bees! Then, Doreen takes charge of her life -her love life, that is - and starts dating. But just who will kiss a Squirrel and like it? Surely not...Mole Man?! When the subterranean super villain falls deep in love, he's willing to hold the world hostage to get Doreen's attention. Can she save everything without becoming Mrs. Mole Man? But enough with the hearts and the flowers and the kissing, you read this book for computer science and super heroics (not necessarily in that order). You'll get both - and more - in a showdown with Count Nefaria!

Review- Lots happens in this volume and it is great. The first part is a choose your own Squirrel Girl action adventure as narrated by Galactus. So it was a fun and funny way to tell a smaller story within the Squirrel Girl cannon. Then the next story starts with Doreen's crush is dating someone else so she decides that she needs to get out and meet someone herself. And the list of losers she meets is truly epic and in the end she just going home to watch movies with Nancy. But the arc is so funny and the villain is Mole Man who believes that she perfect in everyway expect for the way that she will not date him. So since this is Squirrel Girl everything is dialed up to eleven. I love this series so much!

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I borrowed this comic book from my local library.

Monday, October 2, 2017

The Heiress and The Chauffeur volume 2


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Today's post is on The Heiress and The Chauffeur volume 2 by Keiko Ishihara. It is the second in a duology. It is 192 pages long and is published by Shojo Beat. The cover has the two main characters on it looking at the reader. The story is told from third person close of the two main characters moving one to the other as the story goes. The intended reader is someone who likes cute shojo stories, historical romance, and pretty art. There is no foul language, no sexuality, and very mild violence in this volume. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Sayaka's father arranges for her to marry the son of an earl! Meanwhile. Sayaka has started to develop feelings for Narutaki... But with such a huge difference in their social standings, is it possible for Sayaka and Narutaki to be together?

Review- A cute ending to a cute series. We get lots of different scenes in this volume from Sayaka realizing how long she has loved Narutaki then they run away together for the day and night and they choose each other no matter what. We get kisses too and even a scene from the future which was a nice bonus. Ishihara does a lot with a short series. She gives us a full world with interesting and changing characters in it. We see how much our main characters care for each other and we want them to find a way. Sayaka's father was the weakest part of the series as a hollow villain role. In the last few pages we get information about her mother and how they met. I would have liked to that information earlier but if that is my only complaint with the series, then I think Ishihara did very well. I hope that Shojo Beat will bring over more of her work like Strange Dragon. This was a sweet romance and I really enjoyed this series. 

I give this volume a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this manga with my own money.

Friday, September 29, 2017

Half-Resurrection Blues


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Today's post is on Half-Resurrection Blues by Daniel Jose Older. It is the first in his Bone Street Rumba  series. It is 326 pages long and is published by Roc. The cover is blue with the main character walking towards the reader with a sword coming out of a cane. The intended reader is someone who likes urban fantasy. There is foul language,  awkward sex, and violence in this novel. The story is told from the first person close of the main character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- “Because I’m an inbetweener—and the only one anyone knows of at that—the dead turn to me when something is askew between them and the living. Usually, it’s something mundane like a suicide gone wrong or someone revived that shouldn’ta been.”
Carlos Delacruz is one of the New York Council of the Dead’s most unusual agents—an inbetweener, partially resurrected from a death he barely recalls suffering, after a life that’s missing from his memory. He thinks he is one of a kind—until he encounters other entities walking the fine line between life and death.
One inbetweener is a sorcerer. He’s summoned a horde of implike ngks capable of eliminating spirits, and they’re spreading through the city like a plague. They’ve already taken out some of NYCOD’s finest, leaving Carlos desperate to stop their master before he opens up the entrada to the Underworld—which would destroy the balance between the living and the dead.
But in uncovering this man’s identity, Carlos confronts the truth of his own life—and death…


Review- A very gritty urban fantasy in a colorful world but I did not like it. The world has lots of interesting characters and things going on but Carlos himself is not interesting. He is another grim, gritty tough guy with no past but he likes the ladies. The sex scenes in this novel are needless. Yes one of the plot points is that he gets a woman pregnant and how does that work, as he half-dead? But we could still have that but not have the scenes themselves. They were weird and awkward. I did not connect with any of the characters to be honest. I liked the world but if I had not been given the second ,as an ARC, in the series to read, I would not read anymore in this series.

I give this book a Two out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I bought this book with my own money.