This was a short, fun read! A former yakuza (basically means a really powerful gangster) has now left his notorious legacy behind and is now taking on a new daunting mission–the mission of being a househusband! With his wife being a dedicated businesswoman, he is left to take care of the chores like shopping, cleaning, cooking, etc. However, many gang members still recognize him as “the Immortal Dragon.” This leads to many funny misunderstandings, the majority of them ending up with the househusband coming out on top! Without spoiling anything, I will say that my favorite part was househusband vs. roomba (read the manga to know what scene I’m referring to!) While I did enjoy this funny, light-hearted manga, it did not strike me as something particularly spectacular, hence the 3-star rating. I’d still recommend reading it though as it is very short and amusing. Thank you for the ARC, NetGalley!
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. 3.5/5 stars
Let me start off by saying that this is probably not the kind of book I would normally choose to read. I think it was probably intended for a slightly younger audience than myself. However, despite the fact that this book is not a book I would normally read, I still enjoyed it. The author truly did a great job in delivering her story. A young girl, Maz, from the lower towns heads off into the city for the first time in order to celebrate turning sixteen. She is accompanied by her younger brother who she has cared for ever since her parents were taken from her. What she doesn’t expect is that she’ll leave the city alone. A bumpy road full of obstacles has opened up before her. At first she just intends to save herself and her brother, but it soon becomes apparent that everyone’s lives might be in Maz’s hands. Many allies join her in her quest to retrieve her brother and save her people. Many secrets come to light during this journey that will change everything Maz knows to be true.
My only problem with this book is that it seems to be more intended for middle-school to high-school age audiences which I unfortunately am not in. I was still able to enjoy it, but a younger reader would probably enjoy it much more than I could. However, this does not change the fact that the author did a great job with the plot, characters, and writing itself. All in all, this book is a short, fun adventure about the power of friendship and family in a world where darkness is trying to destroy everything.
I received an ARC of this manga from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This was honestly one of the most enjoyable mangas I have ever read. I know it is only the first volume, but I am already so invested into this series. As I was reading, I was mostly laughing hysterically! The father, an extremely talented spy, is tasked to assemble a fake family in order to complete his newest mission. As he is completely accustomed to working alone and gave up any notion of ever having a family, this proves to be quite a challenge for him. Unknowingly, he manages to get a wife who is an assassin and a daughter who is a telepath. They all have their own reasons to agreeing to this arrangement, but it is extremely comical to watch them try to pass as a normal family. I also want to point out how much I enjoy the art in general. Every reaction, facial expression, etc. is done so wonderfully and just adds to the humor throughout the story. The face Anya makes when she overhears something sketchy is priceless! If you’re looking for a fun, light read, please read this manga!
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I was first intrigued when this book was said to be similar to Six of Crows and Les Miserables as those are two of my favorite things. However, I had also been concerned that this would just be a poor remake of Les Miserables. When I saw that the names Epinone and Cosette had been shortened to Nina and Ettie, respectively, my concerns only grew. The first few chapters had started off kind of slow, and I found myself having a hard time getting into it.
Suddenly, that all changed. This book is wonderfully dark, terribly captivating, and full of adventure and thrills. Nina is such a hardcore person, and she is such a fighter. I loved watching her lash out and seeing her get the recognition she deserves. For as dark as this book was, I often found myself laughing at the characters and their conversations. The characters were very enjoyable and I fell in love with them just like I did with the actual characters in Les Miserables. The author did a great job of blending French into the book, as well as describing the settings in all of their gruesome and dark glory. I was never able to figure out how exactly this book was going to end; I enjoyed the thrill of the book up until the very end. I would completely recommend this book–please do not skip it because of your initial perception of it. It is definitely worth the read!
Happy Friday everyone! I officially got my first Book of the Month package which I’m so excited about! I’ve been dying to read “All the Stars and Teeth” by Adalyn Grace for a while now! I’m trying so hard to get through my TBR list right now!
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What would you do in exchange for your life–a life that may mean you’re no longer human? Would you take thousands of innocent lives just at another shot at yours when everyone you know and love is dead? Would you be able to go on living while suffering from the nightmares of their faces, knowing your life came at the expense of theirs?
Such is the life of Kahlen, a siren who will regain her life in exchange for all those she is forced to take. She is the servant of the Ocean, submitting to her will. Her sisters do not struggle as much with the burden; they live their lives as they desire to live them. They get so close to the humans, but they know their limits. Kahlen is the good girl, the obedient one. She’s so close to her freedom as long as she keeps obeying. So how is it that a human boy suddenly appears in her life, unbothered by her strangeness in a way that draws her to him? Kahlen’s life suddenly takes a turn due to a kind, caring boy named Akinli. She plays a dangerous game now, and her heart and his life hang in the balance.
“It was timeless and temporary, important and inconsequential. And I got to be a part of it. I wanted to live like this all the time!”
All I can say is wow! This book was wonderful from start to finish. I couldn’t stop reading it. The story was so beautifully written, the characters so lovable, the plot so adventurous! My heart genuinely hurt for Kahlen. And Akinli was definitely my favorite character. His sweet personality, his dorky sense of humor, the kind honesty he possessed–he was the best part of this book. I had no idea how this book was going to end so all I could do was turn pages until there weren’t any left. Kiera Cass did a wonderful job with this book; I wish there was a sequel!
“It is a dangerous thing to unbelieve something only because it frightens you.”
Warning: if you pick this book up, it will be very hard to put down. Heartless by Marissa Meyer is tied for my favorite book of all time (which I’ll get to later.) It’s a completely different take on Alice in Wonderland; it tells the story of the girl who came to be the Queen of Hearts. This book melted my heart–until it went and shattered it. Love, mystery, madness, monsters, murder–this book has it all. As she always does, Marissa Meyer beautifully makes you fall in love with the book and the characters. This book was a thrilling adventure from start to finish! If none of this appeals to you for whatever reason, then just read this book for Jest. He’s the best character, and he will be sure to capture your heart.
Hello everyone!! A few years back, I visited a really cool bookstore called Baldwin’s Book Barn. It had previously been a barn with 5 floors, but it was then turned into an amazing bookstore! There are all kinds of books everywhere in there. The doorways look like hobbit holes in the Shire! It is run by a lovely elderly couple and the residential black cat who lounges among the shelves! It is located in West Chester, Pennsylvania. Other than being a beautiful place full to the brim in books, it is also a comfy and cozy place to relax or spend some time browsing the shelves.
After deciding to extend the trip, I also visited the King of Prussia Mall! It’s the largest mall on the east coast and was a very fun place to visit. Personally, I am quite bad with directions so I had a somewhat hard time navigating around the mall.
After this post, I will actually start to review books! I just wanted to introduce myself and a beautiful bookstore to you all before going ahead with my reviews. Have a great day and happy reading!