Monday, September 25, 2017

Claymore volume 1: Silver-eyed Slayer


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Today's post is on Claymore volume 1 by Norihiro Yagi. It is the first in the long running Claymore series. It is 187 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- In a world where monsters called Yoma prey on humans and live among them in disguise, humanity's only hope is a new breed of warrior known as Claymores. Half human, hlaf monster, these silver-eyes slayers posses supernatural strength, but are condemned to fight their savage impulses or lose their humanity completely.
A village is gripped by fear and paranoia when a Yoma claims six lives. The Claymore who is send to slay the creature isn't what the villagers expect at all. In fact, she seems more monster than human.


Review- A good start to a series. The story starts with the villagers arguing about sending for a Claymore but as much as they fear the Claymores they fear the Yoma even more. Clare comes and she is a quiet warrior with no interest in anything more than her prey. The blurb does not give anything about the story. We get some world building with more than just the monsters. We get to see what happens when a Claymore loses the battle to control the monster within. The second main character is a young boy who Clare saves and wants to help her with saving others but as he is just a human the only thing that he can do is cook for her. I look forward to seeing where this series is going to go.

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 22, 2017

Lois Land: Fallout


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Today's post is on Lois Land: Fallout by Gwenda Bond. It is the first in her Lois Lane Trilogy. It is 303 pages long and is published by Switch Press. The cover has three section; the top has her name, the middle has an outline of her with the holoset on, and the bottom as the title of the volume. The intended reader is someone who likes Lois Lane, well written novels, and interesting plots. There is very mild foul language, no sex, and no violence in this book. The story is told from first person perspective of Lois. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Army brat Lois Lane has moved more times than she can count- and has caused just as much trouble righting wrongs no one else seems to notice. Now that her family is in Metropolis for good, though, she's decided to fly straight. Unfortunately, it won't be that easy. A group known as the Warheads is tormenting a girl at school, messing with her mind via an immersive video game they all play. not cool. Armed with her wit and snazzy new job as a reported, Lois is determined to help. But this isn't just a case of cyberbullying- something seriously creepy and dangerous is going on. Thanks goodness she can always count her maybe-more-than-a-friend. a guy she knows only by his screen name, SmallvilleGuy...

Review- I loved this book so much but I love Lois Lane and I think that she does not get the love that she deserves. We join her as she is starting her life in Metropolis and she wants to get through the next two years without any trouble but on the first day she sees bullying and the principle not only does nothing, he tells that what the Warheads do is just fine with him. Well with her sense of justice outraged, Lois will stop at nothing to stop them. Clark is very much a background character. Lois does not even know his name, he is just a friend that she maybe has a little crush on who believes her when she asks the crazy questions. This novel is really about Lois starting to become the nosey reporter that we all know and love. I cannot wait to get my hands on the next volume.

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

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape


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Today’s post is on Beyond Belief: My Secret Life Inside Scientology and My Harrowing Escape by Jenna Miscavige Hill and Lisa Pulitzer.  It is 402 pages long and is published by HarperCollins. The cover is a picture of Hill as a young girl. The intended reader is someone who is interested in Scientology and the people who live in it. There is foul language, no sex, and mild violence in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- Jenna Miscavige was raised to obey. As niece of the Church of Scientology's leader David Miscavige, she grew up at the center of this controversial organization. At 21, she made a break, risking everything she'd ever known and loved to leave Scientology once and for all. Now she speaks out about her life, the Church, her escape, going deep inside a religion that, for decades, has been the subject of fierce debate and speculation worldwide.
Piercing the veil of secrecy that has shrouded the world of Scientology, this insider reveals unprecedented firsthand knowledge of the religion, its rituals and its mysterious leader—David Miscavige. From her prolonged separation from her parents as a small child to being indoctrinated to serve the Church, from her lack of personal freedoms to the organization's emphasis on celebrity recruitment, Jenna goes behind the scenes of Scientology's oppressive and alienating culture, detailing an environment rooted in control in which the most devoted followers often face the harshest punishments when out of line. Detailing some of the Church's notorious practices, she also describes a childhood of isolation and neglect—a childhood that, painful as it was, prepared her for a tough life in the Church's most devoted order, the Sea Org.
Despite this hardship, it's only when her family approaches dissolution and her world begins to unravel that she's finally able to see the patterns of stifling conformity and psychological control that have ruled her life. Faced with a heartbreaking choice, she mounts a courageous escape, but not before being put thru the ultimate test of family, faith and love. Captivating and disturbing, Beyond Belief is an exploration of the limits of religion and the lengths to which some went to break free.

Review- This is Scientology from an insider was who a true believer and that makes this a heartbreaking but interesting read. Hill was a true believer and loved her religion, she wanted to make a difference with Scientology and its teachings but that is not what happened to her. Her parents were high up in the ranks and left her behind at the place called the Ranch and that is when I knew that it was going to be bad. It was not the worse escape book I have ever read but it was still very chilling at parts with Hill dealing with verbal abuse and people just not understanding that children are not mini-adults.  When she decided to leave it was a fight to get out with her husband but that is only the very last part of the book. The book is really about growing in Scientology and what that means. Having classes in Hubbard’s philosophy instead of normal subjects and thinking that the world outside was a sad and dangerous place makes for a very nervous child who is easily lead by those around her. It is impressive that Hill got out and got her husband out too.

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

Monday, September 18, 2017

The Heiress and The Chauffeur volume 1


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Today's post is on The Heiress and The Chauffeur volume 1 by Keiko Ishihara. It is the first 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- At an all-girls school during the Taisho era in Japan, rumors swirl that heiress Sayaka Yoshimura is having a forbidden love affair with her chauffeur, Shinobu Narutaki! Sayaka scoffs at the rumors, but could a romance between master and servant actually be brewing?
Sayaka wears a crimson ribbon that signals she is at the top of her class, and her classmates all revere her. So when Narutaki ignores decorum and breaks school rules to protect Sayaka, will she stand by him or dismiss him as the school demands?


Review- This is a very cute story. Sayaka is a cute heroine and Shinobu is very sweet. They were friends as children and now they are young adults with all the expectations of that on them. The stories in this volume are mostly about Shinobu being seen as less than because he is servant and is from a poor background. Sayaka is very modern because she believes that people are not where they come from or how much money they have. So she gets into trouble with her opinions but she gets rescued by Shinobu a lot. But it is a very sweet, cute story and I look forward to the next volume with them.

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 15, 2017

Down Among the Sticks and Bones


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Today's post is on Down Among the Sticks and Bones by Seanan McGuire. It is the second in her Wayward Children series but you do not have to have read the first novel to understand the story as this is a prequel to the first one. It is 187 pages long and is published by TOR Books. The intended reader is someone who likes horror fiction, fantastical places, and beautiful writing. There is no foul language, implied sex, and mild violence in this book. The story is told from first person god perspective. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- Twin sisters Jack and Jill were seventeen when they found their way home and were packed off to Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children.
This is the story of what happened first…
Jacqueline was her mother’s perfect daughter—polite and quiet, always dressed as a princess. If her mother was sometimes a little strict, it’s because crafting the perfect daughter takes discipline.
Jillian was her father’s perfect daughter—adventurous, thrill-seeking, and a bit of a tom-boy. He really would have preferred a son, but you work with what you've got.
They were five when they learned that grown-ups can’t be trusted.
They were twelve when they walked down the impossible staircase and discovered that the pretense of love can never be enough to prepare you a life filled with magic in a land filled with mad scientists and death and choices.
 

Review- I loved the first Wayward Children book and this one is no different. I loved seeing the world that Jack and Jill call home. I loved the ruby-red moon that hangs likes a judging eye, watching everything. McGuire pulls the reader back into the world(s) that children can find stairs in a truck of old clothes and disappear for five years. We follow Jack and Jill and see them like we are watching from the moon, unable to help or stop the end from racing towards them and us. I knew how the story ended but seeing for myself with them was very satisfying. I pitied Jill more in this book than in Every Heart a Doorway, and my heart ached more for Jack and what she truly lost when Jill pushed too far. But now we have their full story and I would love to see where they go from the ending of EHAD. I cannot wait for the next novella which is out in January 2018.

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

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All


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Today’s post is on is This Book Is Overdue!: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All by Marilyn Johnson. It is 272 pages long and is published by Harper Collins. The cover is white with a librarian flying off the page like a superhero. The intended reader is someone interested in libraries and librarianship. There is no foul language, no sex, and no violence in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- Buried in information? Cross-eyed over technology? From the bottom of a pile of paper and discs, books, e-books, and scattered thumb drives comes a cry of hope: Make way for the librarians! They want to help. They're not selling a thing. And librarians know best how to beat a path through the googolplex sources of information available to us, writes Marilyn Johnson, whose previous book, The Dead Beat, breathed merry life into the obituary-writing profession.This Book Is Overdue! is a romp through the ranks of information professionals and a revelation for readers burned out on the clichés and stereotyping of librarians. Blunt and obscenely funny bloggers spill their stories in this book, as do a tattooed, hard-partying children's librarian; a fresh-scrubbed Catholic couple who teach missionaries to use computers; a blue-haired radical who uses her smartphone to help guide street protestors; a plethora of voluptuous avatars and cybrarians; the quiet, law-abiding librarians gagged by the FBI; and a boxing archivist. These are just a few of the visionaries Johnson captures here?pragmatic idealists who fuse the tools of the digital age with their love for the written word and the enduring values of free speech, open access, and scout-badge-quality assistance to anyone in need.Those who predicted the death of libraries forgot to consider that in the automated maze of contemporary life, none of us?neither the experts nor the hopelessly baffled?can get along without human help. And not just any help; we need librarians who won't charge us by the question or roll their eyes, no matter what we ask. Who are they? What do they know? And how quickly can they save us from being buried by the digital age?

Review- I admit that I am a librarian in my professional career and I have read Johnson’s two other books so I knew that I would enjoy this book and I was right. Johnson comes at this book as someone who loves libraries but does not understand how they work. So she wants to get it what makes a library a library, why someone would want to work at one, and what can they really do for a community. Johnson interviews some important librarians like the ones who stood against the government to protect the right to read and librarians who are making the technology of future libraries. But she also follows libraries into very different places like Second Life where reference services are available anytime day or night. Johnson does not cover much about the history of libraries but more about where they are going from here. Johnson pours all her passion into this subject and brings the reader with her into the heart of libraries. I have fun with this book and I look forward to Johnson’s next one.

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

Monday, September 11, 2017

Deus Vitae volume 3

Today's post is on Deus Vitae volume 3 by Takuya Fujima. It is 24 pages long and was published by Tokyopop. It is the third in a trilogy. The cover has one of the minor female characters on it in a very sexual pose. The intended reader is adult, likes dark science fiction, and high action. There is foul language, sexuality, and violence in this book. The story is told from third person god perspective. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- After overcoming a perilous ambush, Ash and company meet up with the head office Re-o. There, Lemiu is confronted with a terrible secret from Ash's past... and a climactic attack of Selenoids could mean the end of mankind as we know it!

Review- So in this last volume we get some weird philosophy stuff about how the only thing that humans can offer Selenoids is love. So humankind is saved because of the love between Ash and Lemiu because in spite of the fact that Selenoids do not or can not love; somehow Lemiu can because reasons. Other than this series being very pretty to look at, it does not have much going to for. The story is very thin, characters are boring or just there to be sexualized, and just left me with nothing to write about in a positive way other than being pretty. But at least it was not a long series.

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

Friday, September 8, 2017

I Thee Wed


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Today's post is on I Thee Wed by Celeste Bradley. It is the fourth in her Wicked Worthingtons Series but you do not have to have read the first three to understand and enjoy the story. It is 335 pages long and is published by Signet Select. The cover has main female character on it looking at the reader. The intended reader is someone who likes romance. There is mild foul language, sex, and no violence in this book. The story is told from the third person close of different characters moving as the story does. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Intelligent and driven, Orion Worthington aspired to be like his mentor, the acclaimed scientist Sir Geoffrey Blayne. Logically, Sir Geoffrey’s daughter would be Orion’s perfect match. So why can’t he keep his mind off the unruly girl who works in Sir Geoffrey’s lab?
Orphaned fire-cracker Francesca Penrose hopes that London is modern enough to accept her brilliant mind despite her womanhood. But she can’t help noticing Orion’s mind...or his body.
So they decide to run an experiment: if they give in to their passions, their attraction will simply fizzle out, with no impact on their hearts...right?

Review- This is a fun and sweet love story. Francesca is looking for a family to love and Orion is looking for respect as a scientist. Together they cause trouble and they are fun to read about. Bradley creates a wonderful family in the Worthingtons. They are interesting, they do things, and they are not just background for the love story. I really liked the scenes with the whole family in them. Chessa is a confident woman when she decides to make her move and while Orion can be a little slow with her, he does get the idea soon enough. Of course there has to be complications between them and their happy ever after but once Chessa sets her mind on something nothing will stop her. I was pulling for Orion and Chessa and I had a very good time reading this book.

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

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs


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Today’s post is on Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs by Elissa Wall and Lisa Pulitzer. It is 438 pages long and is published by William Morrow. The cover is a picture of Wall as a young girl. The intended reader is someone who is interested in survival stories, memoirs, and more about life inside the FLDS. There is foul language, rape, sex, and mild violence in this book. The story is told from first person close by Wall herself. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- In September 2007, a packed courtroom in St George, Utah, sat hushed as Elissa Wall, the star witness against polygamous sect leader Warren Jeffs, gave captivating testimony of how Jeffs forced her to marry her first cousin at age fourteen. This harrowing and vivid account proved to be the most compelling evidence against Jeffs, showing the harsh realities of this closed community and the lengths to which Jeffs went in order to control the sect’s women.
Now, in this courageous memoir, Elissa Wall tells the incredible and inspirational story of how she emerged from the confines of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints (FLDS) and helped being down one of America’s most notorious criminals to justice. Offering a child’s perspective on life in the FLDS, Wall discusses her tumultuous youth, explaining how her family’s turbulent past intersected with her strong will and identified her as a girl who needed to be controlled through marriage. Detailing how Warren Jeffs’s influence over the church twisted its already rigid beliefs in dangerous new directions, Wall portrays the inescapable mind-set and unrelenting pressure that forced her to wed despite her repeated protests that she was too young.
Once she was married, Wall’s childhood shattered as she was obligated to follow Jeffs’s directives and submit to her husband in “mind, body, and soul”. With little money and no knowledge of the outside world, she was trapped and forced to endure the pain and abuse of her loveless relationship, which eventually pushed her to spend nights sleeping in her truck rather than face the tormentor in her bed.
Yet even in those bleak times, she retained a sliver of hope that one day she would find a way out, and one snowy night that came in the form of a rugged stranger name Lamont Barlow. Their chance encounter set in motion a friendship and eventual romance that gave her the strength she needed to break free from her past and sever the chains of the church.
But though she was out of the FLDS, Wall would still have to face Jeffs- this time in court. In Stolen Innocence, she delves into the difficult months on the outside that led her come forward against him, working with prosecutors on one of the biggest criminal cases in Utah’s history, so that other girls still inside the church might be spared her cruel fate.
More than a tale of survival and freedom, Stolen Innocence is the story of one heroic woman who stood up for what was right and reclaimed her life.

Review- An interesting look at polygamous life style from someone who lived in it her whole life and the toll it took on her. Wall writes a heartbreak and compelling narrative of a powerless young girl in a religion where men have all the power. She gives a brief history of her family and how they came into the FLDS and how Jeffs changed their lives. Jeffs wanted to be prophet and would do anything to get and keep that power. Walls recounts fighting with him to not get married at fourteen, then fighting with her ‘husband’ to get free. In the end she had to lose her mother and two younger sisters to get freedom. The trail is the last part of the book and it has its interesting moments but because I knew how the story would play out there was no suspense for me in that part. I was most invested in her fight for freedom and to have a happy life. Moving, terrifying, and a lesson in power corrupting, Stolen Innocence is a story about how dangerous religion can be in the hands of a amoral person.

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

Monday, September 4, 2017

Waiting for Spring volume 1


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Today's post is on Waiting for Spring volume 1  by Anashin. It is 208 pages long and is published by Kodansha Comis. The cover is pink with Asakura-kun on it. It is the beginning of a series. The intended reader is someone who likes shojo, high school manga, and sweet stories. There is no foul language, no sex, and no violence in this manga. The story is told from the perspective of the main character. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

from the back of the book- Mitsuki longs to experience true friendship, but she struggles to open her heart to others. As a high school student, she's determined to make a change. Her change to make friends comes from the last place she'd expect- four handsome, popular members of the basketball team! Although Mitsuki is wary about getting along with this school princes, she starts to see the possibility of a lasting connection when she gets to know their unique personalities. With a new group of friends, an exciting high school life may be waiting for this former wallflower!

Review- A cute start to a series. The plot gets going very quickly in this series and I liked that. We get to see the characters and get to know them soon. Mitsuki is a sweet girl that is very shy but she works hard to reach out to those around her. The boys make friends with her because she thanks them for helping another shy girl make friends. Add in her willingness to tell them the truth and they are friends. Through them, Mitsuki makes other friends but she still has a long way to go on this journey to being herself. I like how honest the characters are, there are of course misunderstanding and people get shy but when it is important the characters are honest. I look forward to the next one in the series.

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

Friday, September 1, 2017

Naked in Death


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Today's post is on Naked in Death by J.D. Robb. It is the first in her In Death series. It is 306 pages long and is published by Berkley. The cover is red with police officer's badge in the center. The intended reader is someone who likes mysteries, romance, and just a little science fiction. There is mild foul language, sexuality, and violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the main character with other character's thoughts added in for plot and character development. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- In a world of danger and deception, she walks the line--between seductive passion and scandalous murder... Eve Dallas is a New York police lieutenant hunting for a ruthless killer. In over ten years on the force, she's seen it all--and knows her survival depends on her instincts. And she's going against every warning telling her not to get involved with Roarke, an Irish billionaire--and a suspect in Eve's murder investigation. But passion and seduction have rules of their own, and it's up to Eve to take a chance in the arms of a man she knows nothing about--except the addictive hunger of needing his touch. 

Review- This is a fast-paced mystery with a romance adding something extra to the plot. We start with a gritty murder scene with a paid companion and Dallas with her many issues. The world building is small but what we get is very good with details that make the reader realize that the world has changed but it's really the same dark place. Of course Roarke is over-the-top in every way from how rich he is to how crazy he is over Dallas. Dallas feels that she cannot trust herself because Roarke is so attractive that he must be The Bad Guy instead of just a bad guy, in particular with how he made his money. The mystery is good and I was kept guessing about who the real villain was. I am interested in the characters and the world enough to read the next one at the very least.

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

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock

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Today's post is on The Art of the English Murder: From Jack the Ripper and Sherlock Holmes to Agatha Christie and Alfred Hitchcock by Lucy Worsley. It is 312 pages long and is published by Pegasus Books. The cover has an English manor with darkening skies behind it. The intended reader is someone who likes true crime, literary history, and where the two intersect. There is foul language, talk of sex, and talk of violence in this book. The history of both the topics is told in many ways from first hand sources like letters and newspapers to interviews with experts. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- Murder -- a dark, shameful deed, the last resort of the desperate or a vile tool of the greedy. And a very strange, very English obsession. But where did this fixation develop? And what does it tell us about ourselves? In The Art of the English Murder, Lucy Worsley explores this phenomenon in forensic detail, revisiting notorious crimes like the Ratcliff Highway Murders, which caused a nationwide panic in the early nineteenth century, and the case of Frederick and Maria Manning, the suburban couple who were hanged after killing Maria's lover and burying him under their kitchen floor. Our fascination with crimes like these became a form of national entertainment, inspiring novels and plays, prose and paintings, poetry and true-crime journalism. At a point during the birth of modern England, murder entered our national psyche, and it's been a part of us ever since. The Art of the English Murder is a unique exploration of the art of crime and a riveting investigation into the English criminal soul by one of our finest historians.

Review- I had so much with this book. It is similar to The Invention of Murder but with a much narrower time frame. Instead of following the English obsession with murder from very earliest records, instead we are focusing on the 1700's to the mid 1940's. Worsley does not spend much time with the murders that influenced the authors but she does stay with the writers who read everything about the murderers and their crimes. She interviews interesting people about everything from Madam Tussauds's Wax Museum and why she started the Hall of Horror. Then Worsley added in the literary history about how the most famous mystery writer's got started and why. Christie started because she needed to support herself and her child and so many did for the same reason. I recommend the this book if you like true crime and the roots of mystery fiction.

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

Monday, August 28, 2017

Deus Vitae volume 2


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Today's post is on Deus Vitae volume 2 by Takuya Fujima. It is 200 pages long and was published by Tokyopop. It is the second in a trilogy. The cover has the main male character on it. The intended reader is adult, likes dark science fiction, and high action. There is foul language, sexuality, and violence in this book. The story is told from third person god perspective. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Beyond the Selenoid dome of the mother Seishia, Lemui looks forward to a bright future in nature with a man and a child. But even as she starts on this beautiful journey, the dark clouds of war between androids and human cumulate again in the sky! Lemiu will have to fight to protect Ash and hew new baby from the anger and prejudice that fills this world.

Review- Once again this volume is very pretty art but the plot is still very thin. The baby that Lemui picks up that the end of the first volume dies but they pick up another child just pages later. We have more sexuality and nudity but this time the sex is at the very least attempted rape. But I think that real problem with the story is that Ash is prefect. Everything he does, he does perfectly and everyone loves or at least respects him. So that is why Lemui is the one all the bad things happen to, like maybe being raped, all because she is traveling with Ash. Only one volume left and I do not have much hope for this series either going any where or doing anything interesting.

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

Friday, August 25, 2017

Working Stiff


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Today's post is on Working Stiff by Kevin J. Anderson. It is a short story collection of the character Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I. It is 163 pages long and is published by WordFire Press. The cover has Dan and Sheyenne on it with a spooky tree behind them. The intended reader is someone who has read the novels, likes horror tropes and making fun of them. There is mild foul language, talk of sexuality, and mild violence in this book. The story is told from first person of Dan Shamble. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Back from the dead…and back on the case!
Even being murdered doesn't keep a good detective down, and in the Unnatural Quarter—inhabited by ghosts, vampires, werewolves, mummies, and all sorts of creatures that go bump (or thud!) in the night—a zombie P.I. fits right in. Dan Chambeaux, a.k.a. "Shamble," solves a string of madcap cases with his ghost girlfriend Sheyenne, his Best Human Friend Officer Toby McGoohan, and his firebrand lawyer partner Robin Deyer.
Working Stiff contains seven cases from the files of Chambeaux & Deyer Investigations. Dan Shamble has to solve the mystery of a stolen deck of fortune-telling cards and the undeath-defying feats of a vampire trapeze artist, finds himself sealed in a coffin in the back of a truck with no idea where he's being taken, and is even hired by Santa Claus to find his lost "naughty and nice" list. Being trapped in an unbreakable monster-proof crypt, deciphering a string of mysterious zombie graffiti, investigating the murder of a costumed fan at a science fiction convention where the monsters are the normal attendees, or tracking down a kidnapped hellhound for legendary vigilante werewolf cop Hairy Harry—it's all in a day's work for Dan Shamble, Zombie P.I.


Review- I really enjoy the Dan Shamble series. It's funny, it's self-aware, and it's not afraid to be silly. Anderson knows his horror tropes and he works well with them. We get everything from a vampire circus to a fan-convention with Dan Shamble cosplayers. If you have read the other Dan Shamble books then you will get all the in jokes but if not you can still enjoy this collection for it's playful humor. There is no extra character development or world building in this series just adventures with the characters and more bad jokes. I hope that Anderson writes more with these characters and this fun world.

I give this collection a Five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I was given this collection as gift.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief


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Today's post is on Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief by


Monday, August 21, 2017

The Water Dragon's Bride volume 1


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Today's post is on The Water Dragon's Bride Volume 1 by Rei Toma. It is the first in her Suijin no Hanayome series. It is 192 pages long and is published by Shojo Beat. The cover has two of the main characters on it looking at the reader. The intended reader is someone who likes shojo and historical fantasy. There is no foul language, no sex, and violence in this book. The story is told from third person god with characters thoughts added in for character and plot development. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- A modern-day girl gets whisked away to a strange land where she is sacrificed to a water dragon god!
In the blink of an eye, a modern-day girl named Asahi is whisked away from her warm and happy home and stranded in a strange and mysterious world where she is sacrificed to a water dragon god! What plans are in store for her, and what will happen when she comes face to face with this god?
A young boy named Subaru comes to Asahi’s aid, but despite his help, Asahi must endure a test of survival! Will she be able to make it out alive or will she end up being sacrificed?
 

Review- There is so much going on in this start that it is hard for me to easily write about, but in a good way. Asahi is not only from present day, she is a foreigner in Japan. So she has red hair and grey eyes and that causes all the trouble for her in the story. Feudal Japan is not a good place for a red haired girl. That is why she is sacrificed to the water dragon. The water dragon has not had anything to do with humans ever and that causes even more trouble for her, almost to her death. All the characters are interesting if a little wooden for this first volume. This volume is more about getting the setting down with some character development on the side. I look forward to seeing where the story is going to go; it is going to be more sadness or if Toma is going to do something else.

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

Friday, August 18, 2017

The Cold Eye

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Today's post is on The Cold Eye by Laura Anne Gilman. It is the second on her The Devil's West series, so to understand the story you need to have read the first one. It is 330 pages long and is published by Saga Press. The cover is sky blue with Isobel in the left hand center with her hand up showing the Devil's Mark and a reaper flying above her. The intended reader is someone who read the first one and likes alternative history. There is mild foul language, no sex, and mild violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the the two main characters. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- In the anticipated sequel to Silver on the Road, Isobel is riding circuit through the Territory as the Devil's Left Hand. But when she responds to a natural disaster, she learns the limits of her power and the growing danger of something mysterious that is threatening not just her life, but the whole Territory.
Isobel is the left hand of the old man of the Territory, the Boss—better known as the Devil. Along with her mentor, Gabriel, she is traveling circuit through Flood to represent the power of the Devil and uphold the agreement he made with the people to protect them. Here in the Territory, magic exists—sometimes wild and perilous.
But there is a growing danger in the bones of the land that is killing livestock, threatening souls, and weakening the power of magic. In the next installment of the Devil’s West series, Isobel and Gabriel are in over their heads as they find what’s happening and try to stop the people behind it before it unravels the Territory.


Review- This volume picks up just days after the last one with Gabriel still healing and Isobel realizing the real limits of her new job. But there is no rest for the wicked and something very wicked is going on. Isobel wakes up with something telling her to go and she follows the voice into trouble and broken land. There is some more world building in this volume and I still really like this world. Isobel grows so much over the course of this book. She still has far to go but she covers so much ground. Gabriel is going to have to choose where his loyal is and to who.With the United States wanting to come into the Territory and as long as they are just looking the Boss cannot do anything to stop them. But Isobel can and that the real point of this volume. I hope that it will be more than one more book but that said I cannot wait to read the next one.

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, August 16, 2017

The Poisoner: The Life and Crimes of Victorian England's Most Notorious Doctor

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Deus Vitae volume 1


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Today's post is on Deus Vitae volume 1 by Takuya Fujima. It is 200 pages long and was published by Tokyopop. It is the first in a trilogy. The cover has the main female character on it. The intended reader is adult, likes dark science fiction, and high action. There is foul language, sexuality, and violence in this book. The story is told from third person god perspective. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

from the back of the book- in the year 2068, the Brain Computer- built by humans to be the core of a machine-driven earth- created Selenoids, andriods with abilities far superior to man. They have, in turn, created a virtually perfect society, with only one flaw in need of elimination: humans! This is the story of Ash Ramy, one of the few surviving humans in the revolution organization, bent on freeing Earth from Selenoid rule, and Lemiu Winslet, a selenoid horrified by the inhumanity her race possesses. In a world of artificiality, is real love mankind's last hope?

Review- A high action start to very pretty but very sexual trilogy. There is a lot of nudity and implied sex. The art is very pretty and I liked that best about the first volume. But it is a little light on plot/characters and heavy on action/sex. What you do know that the end of the first volume is Ash is a human and all the slave selenoids are really humans. Ash makes all the girls so crazy for him and the only reason is because he is human. The volume ends with him and Lemiu fleeing from a city as it falls into ruins and they are underground. Maybe the second volume will have more plot or something hopefully but this first volume was just meh.

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

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Book Thief


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Today's post is on The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. It is 550 pages long and is published by Alfred A. Knopf. The cover is brown with dominoes on it. The story is told from the first person perspective of the narrator Death. The intended reader is young adult or someone interested in World War Two fiction. There is foul language, no sex, and violence in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . .
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.
This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.


Review- An interesting book about a terrible subject. Having Death as a narrator is always an interesting choice and this book does it well. Zusak talks about a subject that could very easily be overwhelming and too hard for the intended audience but he handles it well. Liesel is a good main character and most of the main cast are interesting and sympathetic. Of course when you have Death as the narrator you know that it is not going to end well. Most of the cast dies and Zusak does not sugar coat it. He does not make anything about this book or subject easy but it is worth reading.

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.

Monday, August 7, 2017

Otomen volume 18


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Today's post is on Otomen volume 18 by Aya Kanno. It is the eighteenth in her Otomen series. It is 200 pages long and is publishes by Shojo Beat. As this is the eighteenth volume in this series, you need to have read the first seventeen volumes to understand the story. The cover is a very light pink with Asuka and Ryo in wedding clothes in it. The intended reader is someone who likes shojo manga, humor, and love stories. There is no foul language, no sex, and no violence in this manga. The story is told from third person close of the main character with moments of the other characters added in for plot development. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- For the sake of his mom, Asuka turns away from his friends and Ryo... But the unimaginable happens when Asuka's friends stage an intervention at his graduation! With everything on the line, how will things end for our beloved otomen?!

Review- Well Kanno jumps the shark in this final volume. We get an amnesia subplot for the middle of the volume. Asuka forgets the last 10 years since his father left. Of course Ryo saves the day with love by baking Asuka a cake and he remembers her when he eats, just like the father and son story from earlier in the series. The series ends with Asuka and Ryo getting married and Juta starting a new series about them. All in all I liked this series a lot. I think that Kanno did some interesting things with the plot and characters. I would read her next series.

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

Friday, August 4, 2017

The Thief of Always


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Today's post is on The Thief of Always by Clive Barker. It is 225 pages long and is published by Harp Collins. The cover is very colorful with a fantastic house and face under it. The intended readers are older children or people who like stories with just a little bit of creepy. The story is told in third person close of the main character. There is no foul language, no sex, and no violence in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- Master storyteller and bestselling novelist Clive Barker creates an enchanting tale for both children and adults to cherish and retell. The Thief of Always tells the haunting story of Harvey, a bright 10-year-old who is suffering from the winter doldrums, and of a creature who takes him to a place where every day is filled with fun, and Christmas comes every night. Illustrated.

Review- This is a children's story by a master of horror and it works. It has very light horror in it, just enough to make it a little creepy but no nightmares from this one. Harvey is a good main character, he is brave, smart, and just enough like a normal child that you can see yourself in him. The art of the beginning of each chapter helps give some form the fantastic and the horrors that Harvey and the other children see. Once Harvey realizes what is really going on with the House and the children, he first leaves then he comes back to stop the bad guy. The final fight is clever and really brings home the fact that Harvey is a child and Mr. Hood/the House is a being of great power and no morals. So when Harvey outwits him it is very satisfying.

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

Monday, July 31, 2017

Otomen volume 17


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Today's post is on Otomen volume 17 by Aya Kanno. It is the seventeenth in her Otomen series. It is 192 pages long and is publishes by Shojo Beat. As this is the seventeenth volume in this series, you need to have read the first sixteen volumes to understand the story. The cover is a very light pink with Juta, Hajime, and Kitora on it looking at the reader. The intended reader is someone who likes shojo manga, humor, and love stories. There is no foul language, no sex, and no violence in this manga. The story is told from third person close of the main character with moments of the other characters added in for plot development. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- In her quest to get Asuka to turn away from his otomen ways, Asuka mom, Kiyomi, cancels his favorite shojo manga, Love Chick! What's worse, she plans to break up Asuka and Ryo! Will Asuka succumb to his mother's anti-otomen schemes?!

Review- Asuka's mother has lost her mind. Not only is she threatening innocent people, she is pretending to be deathly ill from the shock of learning that Asuka is an otomen. I did not ever really like his mother but in these last two volumes, she has lost all sympathy that I had for her at the beginning of the series. She knows that Asuka is unhappy and lonely but because he acting like a 'real' man she does not care. We are to believe that she believes she is doing this to Asuka for his own good but I do not believe that. I think that she is doing everything to make herself happy; no matter the cost to others or even to Asuka himself. Kanno is going to have to something really big to get me forgive Asuka's mother for this. But with only one volume left I am not sure that she can.

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

Friday, July 28, 2017

Bone Gap

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Today post is on Bone Gap by Laura Ruby. It is 345 pages long is published by Balzer + Bray. The cover is white with a bee in the middle. The intended reader is someone who likes magical realism and intense plots. There is mild foul language, mild sex, and mild violence in this book.The story is told from the third person close of the main characters moving from one to the next from chapter to chapter. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket-
Everyone knows Bone Gap is full of gaps—gaps to trip you up, gaps to slide through so you can disappear forever. So when young, beautiful Roza went missing, the people of Bone Gap weren’t surprised. After all, it wasn’t the first time that someone had slipped away and left Finn and Sean O’Sullivan on their own. Just a few years before, their mother had high-tailed it to Oregon for a brand new guy, a brand new life. That’s just how things go, the people said. Who are you going to blame?
Finn knows that’s not what happened with Roza. He knows she was kidnapped, ripped from the cornfields by a dangerous man whose face he cannot remember. But the searches turned up nothing, and no one believes him anymore. Not even Sean, who has more reason to find Roza than anyone, and every reason to blame Finn for letting her go.
As we follow the stories of Finn, Roza, and the people of Bone Gap—their melancholy pasts, their terrifying presents, their uncertain futures—acclaimed author Laura Ruby weaves a heartbreaking tale of love and loss, magic and mystery, regret and forgiveness—a story about how the face the world sees is never the sum of who we are.

Review- This is a interesting story with some great magical realism. My one compliant is we do get to know the villain. He is bad because he kidnapped Roza but we do not get to see what drives him or even what he is. The story is mostly about Finn and the way that he interacts with the world around him. He has prosopagnosia which means that he is face blind. He cannot remember faces. So when he sees Roza being taken and he tried to explain what the man looks like no one believes him. Roza is in an in-between space where she can see the outside world but she is not of it. It is a hero's journey story but with the magic and the unexplained in it adds something really interesting. The ending is one of the best I have ever read. Seeing Roza finally be able to do something about where and what is happening to her was great. I look forward to seeing what Ruby writes next.

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

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Lincoln and the Abolitionists:John Quincy Adams, Slavery, and the Civil War


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

Today's post is on Lincoln and the Abolitionists: John Quincy Adams, Slavery, and the Civil War  by Fred Kaplan. It is 352 pages long and is published by HarperCollins. The cover is white with pictures of the different people that are discussed in this book on it. The intended reader is someone who is interested in American history and the people behind the myths. There is mild foul language, no sex, and violence in this book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the dust jacket- The acclaimed biographer, with a thought-provoking exploration of how Abraham Lincoln’s and John Quincy Adams’ experiences with slavery and race shaped their differing viewpoints, provides both perceptive insights into these two great presidents and a revealing perspective on race relations in modern America.
Lincoln, who in afterlife became mythologized as the Great Emancipator, was shaped by the values of the white America into which he was born. While he viewed slavery as a moral crime abhorrent to American principles, he disapproved of anti-slavery activists. Until the last year of his life, he advocated "voluntary deportation," concerned that free blacks in a white society would result in centuries of conflict. In 1861, he had reluctantly taken the nation to war to save it. While this devastating struggle would preserve the Union, it would also abolish slavery—creating the biracial democracy Lincoln feared. John Quincy Adams, forty years earlier, was convinced that only a civil war would end slavery and preserve the Union. An antislavery activist, he had concluded that a multiracial America was inevitable.
Lincoln and the Abolitionists, a frank look at Lincoln, "warts and all," provides an in-depth look at how these two presidents came to see the issues of slavery and race, and how that understanding shaped their perspectives. In a far-reaching historical narrative, Fred Kaplan offers a nuanced appreciation of both these great men and the events that have characterized race relations in America for more than a century—a legacy that continues to haunt us all.
The book has a colorful supporting cast from the relatively obscure Dorcas Allen, Moses Parsons, Violet Parsons, Theophilus Parsons, Phoebe Adams, John King, Charles Fenton Mercer, Phillip Doddridge, David Walker, Usher F. Linder, and H. Ford Douglas to Elijah Lovejoy, Francis Scott Key, William Channing, Wendell Phillips, and Rufus King. The cast includes Hannibal Hamlin, Lincoln’s first vice president, and James Buchanan and Andrew Johnson, the two presidents on either side of Lincoln. And it includes Abigail Adams, John Adams, Henry Clay, Stephen A. Douglas, and Frederick Douglass, who hold honored places in the American historical memory.
The subject of this book is slavery and racism, the paradox of Lincoln, our greatest president, as an antislavery moralist who believed in an exclusively white America; and Adams, our most brilliant statesman, as an antislavery activist who had no doubt that the United States would become a multiracial nation. It is as much about the present as the past.
 

Review- Another interesting yet hard read from Kaplan. In this book I learned a lot of abolitionists, more about John Q. Adams, and a little about Lincoln. Lincoln is not the real focus of this book and that does not hurt it all, surprisingly. His policies are talked about and why he was not an abolitionist was discussed but he is not the real focus of this book. Abolitionism is the real focus of this book and what it meant in its time. Why so many Americans were afraid of abolitionists and of abolition itself was explained over the course of the narrative. But Kaplan does get bogged down in the details. He wants to give as complete a picture as possible and the book does suffer for that in parts. The Civil War itself is talked in only sixty pages of this almost 400 page book and the notes are excellent if you want to do more personal research. A solid if exhausting read.

I give this book a Three out of Five stars.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Otomen volume 16


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Today's post is on Otomen volume 16 by Aya Kanno. It is the sixteenth in her Otomen series. It is 192 pages long and is publishes by Shojo Beat. As this is the sixteenth volume in this series, you need to have read the first fifteenth volumes to understand the story. The cover is deep pink with Asuka and his mother on it looking at each other. The intended reader is someone who likes shojo manga, humor, and love stories. There is no foul language, no sex, and no violence in this manga. The story is told from third person close of the main character with moments of the other characters added in for plot development. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- At a school play, Asuka competes against his friends for the hand of Princess Kaguya- played by Ryo! While on stage, Asuka inevitably displays his otomen qualities while his anti-otomen mother is watching... is Asuka about to face the biggest crisis of his life?

Review- Asuka's mother is beginning to realized that her son is his own person and she does not like this person. She wants him to someone he is not no matter what that does to Asuka himself. In addition to all that she blames Ryo for Asuka acting this way. She begins to push Asuka and he is beginning to become who he was at the beginning of the manga and that scares him. But I'm really curious about how Asuka is going to handle things when his mother tries to break him and Ryo up. The manga ends with a cliffhanger and I cannot wait to see where it is going to go. Only two volumes left.

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, July 21, 2017

Vampire Hunter D; Message from Mars volume 1


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Today's post is on Vampire Hunter D; Message from Mars volume 1 by
Drawn to Mars by an ancient message from Cecile, a girl who could see the future, D arrives to find a colony that is little more than a blood farm. With Left Hand by his side, D sets out to cleanse Mars of the vampire scourge. 

Review- This volume sets up an interesting story with a mystery at the heart. Cecile summoned D to Mars to kill the Nobles that are living there and from what she says to kill her. She starts by telling him that she has always been able to see the future but even she could not have foreseen the Nobles or what would birth them. D and Left Hand are fighting their way to her as we read the message that she send D. We get to see some of the Nobles and their creatures. But this is just setting up the world for us. I look forward to the next volume to see what happens next. The art is amazing for this volume. It is so beautiful and the story is very fast paced. If you are not familiar with D and his world this is not the best place to start but if you are a fan then you need to pick this up.

I give this volume a five out of Five stars. I get nothing for my review and I backed the kickstarter for the comic series.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Otomen volume 15


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Today's post is on Otomen volume 15 by Aya Kanno. It is the fifteenth in her Otomen series. It is 192 pages long and is publishes by Shojo Beat. As this is the fifteenth volume in this series, you need to have read the first fourteen volumes to understand the story. The cover is yellow with a group Asuka's friends and his father on it. The intended reader is someone who likes shojo manga, humor, and love stories. There is no foul language, no sex, and no violence in this manga. The story is told from third person close of the main character with moments of the other characters added in for plot development. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

Review- Asuka's kendo rival Hajime Tonomine feels torn when his father declares him as his future successor. Will Tonomine give up his love of makeup in order to enter the world of politics? Or will his otomen pastime find a way to prevail?

Review- The first story is about Tonomine finally being honest with himself and his family. His family knows but unless he was willing to honest with them about what he wanted they expected him to follow in his father's footsteps. Of course in the end he chooses himself and the future that will make him the happiest. The last story is about Yamato and his desire to not be himself. He does not have a very good self opinion and he gets some work on that in this volume. But it ends with he realizing that he has a crush on Ryo and decides to go for it. So with only three volumes left I'm not sure what Kanno can do with that added story line but I will find out soon!

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

Friday, July 14, 2017

Of Fire and Stars


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Today's post is on Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst. It is 389 pages long and is published by Balzer + Bray. The cover is dark blue with the title in gold and two female figures on the bottom in the light blue. It is a stand alone novel. The intended reader is older young adult, likes fantasy, strong women, and same sex love stories. There is mild foul language, sex, and mild violence in this book. The story is told from the third person close of the two main characters.

From the dust jacket- Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.
Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine—called Mare—the sister of her betrothed.
When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two become closer, Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. And soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.
But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.


Review- This is a very solid first novel. Good world building with interest characters and magic system. I guessed the villain very quickly but I did not read this for the villain. You read this book for Mare and Denna. Two young women who just want to find what they can offer the world. They find each other and over time go from friends to lovers, it felt very natural over the course of the book. There is a sex scene in this book, it is not very graphic but you know what is happening. Their love story is very important to the plot but everything else would have happened even if they had not fallen in love. The nations of the world fear magic users and Denna has a very powerful gift. Mare would still be dealing with not really having a place in her own home. They still would have worked together to stop a needless war. But the love story adds something special to the mix. It gives them something to really fight for and that saves the day in the end.

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

Monday, July 10, 2017

Otomen volume 14


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Today's post is on Otomen volume 14 by Aya Kanno. It is the fourteenth in her Otomen series. It is 192 pages long and is publishes by Shojo Beat. As this is the fourteenth volume in this series, you need to have read the first thirteen volumes to understand the story. The cover is pink with Yamato in the center looking like a cute girl that he is not. The intended reader is someone who likes shojo manga, humor, and love stories. There is no foul language, no sex, and no violence in this manga. The story is told from third person close of the main character with moments of the other characters added in for plot development. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book Asuka and Ryo join their friend Kitora on an adventure abroad to find the legendary delamezla flower! Meanwhile, things get complicated when Asuka encourages his cousin Kasuga to confess his feelings to his crush—especially when Asuka becomes involved in more ways than one...!

Review- Asuka and Ryo get to go on a trip together. But things get complicated when Kitora is rejected by a flower spirit that he wants to see. Juta's sister saves the day but still hates flowers. Asuka's cousin is leaving the plot for the time being and Asuka wants to help him confess to his crush before he goes. But Kasuga's crush is Jewel Sanhihana or rather Asuka pretending to be Jewel Sanhihana. Kasuga explains to Asuka that he believed Asuka was a girl when they were children and that when Kasuga discovered that Asuka was a boy, Kasuga doubted himself. They work their differences and Kasuga goes into the sunset happy. Only Four more volumes left.

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, July 7, 2017

The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now

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Today's post is on The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Vol. 3: Squirrel, You Really Got Me Now by Ryan North and Erica Henderson. It is the second collected volume of the Squirrel Girl comic book. It is 168 pages long and is published by Marvel. The cover has Doreen with the cover in half; one half is her student life with her friends, and the other her life with the New Avengers. The intended reader is someone who likes humor, puns, and great story lines. There is no foul language, no sex, and only comic violence in this comic book. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- New series, New Avenger! With her unique combination of wit, empathy and squirrel powers, computer science student Doreen Green - aka the unbeatable Squirrel Girl - is all that stands between the Earth and total destruction. Well, Doreen plus her friends Tippy-Toe (a squirrel) and Nancy (a regular human with no powers). So, mainly Squirrel Girl. Then what hope does the Earth have if she gets hurled back in time to the 1960s and erased from history? At least Nancy will never forget her friend, but what invincible armored Avenger can she call on to help, through the magic of social media? Decades apart, can they avert doom, or will everything go wrong forever? Howard the Duck hopes not...he has an appointment for a crossover!

Review- I love the Squirrel Girl series so much. They are so much fun and Doreen is great! In this volume we get to meet her mother, save a brain from Hydra, defeat Doctor Doom, and have a crossover with Howard the Duck. With so much to love about this series it is hard to pick just one thing but I think that I love the friendship between Doreen and Nancy as my favorite. They just get each other and work so well together. Nancy helps Doreen to everything from defeat Doctor Doom to studying together. The stories in this volume are a lot of fun and Howard the Duck crossover worked. A crazy villain who wants to hunt the animal-human hybrids is kidnapping them with some help from Kraven the Hunter but when she wants to hunt Doreen too that is a step too far. A really fun and funny fight ensues and I cannot wait to read the next one.

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

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

The Great Rescue: American Heroes, an Iconic Ship, ad Saving Europe During WW1


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I was given this book by Harper Collins exchange for an honest review.

Today's post is on The Great Rescue: American Heroes, an Iconic Ship, ad Saving Europe During WW1 by Peter Hernon. It is 368 pages long including notes and is published by Harper Collins. The cover has a picture of theLeviathan on it. The intended reader is someone who is interested in naval history and World War 1. There is mild foul language, no sex, and descriptions of violence and the war. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Published in commemoration of the centennial of America’s entry into World War I, the story of the USS Leviathan, the legendary liner turned warship that ferried U.S. soldiers to Europe—a unique war history that offers a fresh, compelling look at this epic time.
When war broke out in Europe in August 1914, the new German luxury ocean liner SS Vaterland was interned in New York Harbor, where it remained docked for nearly three years—until the United States officially entered the fight to turn the tide of the war. Seized by authorities for the U.S. Navy once war was declared in April 2017, the liner was renamed the USS Leviathan by President Woodrow Wilson, and converted into an armed troop carrier that transported thousands of American Expeditionary Forces to the battlefields of France.
For German U-Boats hunting Allied ships in the treacherous waters of the Atlantic, no target was as prized as the Leviathan, carrying more than 10,000 Doughboys per crossing. But the Germans were not the only deadly force threatening the ship and its passengers. In 1918, a devastating influenza pandemic—the Spanish flu—spread throughout the globe, predominantly striking healthy young adults, including soldiers.
Peter Hernon tells the ship’s story across multiple voyages and through the experiences of a diverse cast of participants, including the ship’s captain, Henry Bryan; General John Pershing, commander of the American Expeditionary Force; Congressman Royal Johnson, who voted against the war but enlisted once the resolution passed; Freddie Stowers, a young black South Carolinian whose heroism was ignored because of his race; Irvin Cobb, a star war reporter for the Saturday Evening Post; and Elizabeth Weaver, an army nurse who saw the war’s horrors firsthand; as well as a host of famous supporting characters, including a young Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
Thoroughly researched, dramatic, and fast-paced, The Great Rescue is a unique look at the Great War and the diverse lives it touched.


Review- An interesting and quick read about one ship's effort to help with the war. The story starts with the war beginning and the Vaterland was stopped from going home to Germany, leaving the ship, the crew, and all the passengers stuck in America. So begins the years of war and change for the ship. From a new name the  Leviathan to a new purpose as the biggest troop ship in the American Navy, we travel with her and some of the people she took to and from Europe. With detailed notes from journals, interviews, and other first hand sources we learn the amazing history of this forgotten ship. Hernon touches briefly on the Spanish Flu and now I must get my hands on a book about it. I would recommend this book. 

I give this book a Four out of Five stars. 

Monday, July 3, 2017

Otomen volume 13


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Today's post is on Otomen volume 13 by Aya Kanno. It is the thirteenth in her Otomen series. It is 200 pages long and is publishes by Shojo Beat. As this is the thirteenth volume in this series, you need to have read the first twelve volumes to understand the story. The cover is blue with Ryo in the a boy's wig in the center looking at the reader. The intended reader is someone who likes shojo manga, humor, and love stories. There is no foul language, no sex, and no violence in this manga. The story is told from third person close of the main character with moments of the other characters added in for plot development. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- Ryo ends up coaching a high school judo team, but women aren’t allowed at that school! She finds a way around this obstacle, but the real challenge comes when she finds herself facing off against...Asuka?!

Review- This volume is Ryo centered and it was a nice change of pace. She spends the volume both training a judo team but also thinking about her relationship with Asuka. Of course she is just so cute that one of the judo team members ends up falling for her but there is no one in her heart but Asuka. We do not see much of Asuka's mother or father. Ryo tells Asuka that she loves him and the final story for this volume ends with Asuka basically proposing to her. He is starting to think about his future and what he wants. That is not what his mother wants but he needs to get together and talk to her about it. Maybe that will be the final arc because we are getting close to being finished with this series. Only five volumes left.

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, June 30, 2017

Gilded Lily


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Today's post is on Gilded Lily by Delphone Dryden. It is the third in her Steam and Seduction series. It is 296 pages long and is published by Berkley Sensation. The cover has the two main characters looking very steampunky. The intended reader is someone who likes steampunk, romance, and fun time. There is mild foul language, sex, and mild violence in this book. The story is told from third person close of the two main characters. There Be Spoilers Ahead.

From the back of the book- HIDDEN IDENTITIES, SCANDALOUS SECRETS…
DEADLY ATTRACTION.
Frederique Murcheson’s introduction into society hasn’t gone smoothly—some would even call it a disaster. Only Freddie considers her debut a success. Her scheme to become a makesmith has gone off flawlessly. The only thing that could upset her plans now would be if someone discovered that brilliant tinker Fred Merchant is, in fact, a lady in disguise.
Wooing a spoiled heiress is not exactly Barnabas Smith-Grenville’s idea of high espionage. However, considering his brother disappeared on the job, supposedly into the most iniquitous of opium dens, he cannot expect much better. At least the assignment will afford him time to search for his brother, whom he suspects is in spy-related trouble rather than a drug-addled haze.
But when Freddie proves to be both irresistible and the key to the answers he seeks, Barnabas finds himself not only entwined in a scandalous mystery involving lethal submersibles and deranged dirigibles, but also in a dangerous game of the heart…


Review- As the last in the Steam and Seduction series, this was a nice send off. The missing brother was found and innocent, Barnabas get someone to love, and Freddie gets to live her own life. That said the villain was not great and I wanted Freddie's father to have to really deal with that he has done. I found the love story between Freddie and Barnabas to be very believable. They both want someone to share their lives with and they found that in each other. the steampunk stuff was more in the background for this final novel than in the previous two but I am okay with that. I think that this story was more about stopping the technology from being used badly than the other novels so that made it take more of a background. A nice, solid ending.

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

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

God and Starbucks: An NBA Star Loses Everything, Starts Over, and Achieves Success


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Today's post is on God and Starbucks: An NBA Star Loses Everything, Starts Over, and Achieves Success by