Thursday, 28 July 2016
I feel like although I bought a disgusting amount of books this month the amount I read compensates for it..slightly.
1. Is it Wrong to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon? Volume One 4/5
This I really enjoyed but didn't have as much information as I would've wanted. The questions I have will most likely be answered in subsequent volumes though. The mythology in this novel suited me down to a tea, I really like how it humanised them. In fact it was entirely brilliant with regards to how the Gods were a part of the story. I'm excited to see where this goes.
2. Black Bird Volume One 3.5/5
Somewhat bizarre but I liked it nonetheless. It was fun to learn about the different clans of demons all after Misao. I enjoyed the story but in some parts felt a little uncomfortable, the relationship Kyo keeps trying to force was Misao was odd to say the least. A little 50 shades of grey at times. I understand it in relation to the story but still. Ew. I do intend to continue on with the series.
3. A Midsummer's Nightmare by Kody Keplinger 3/5
I've never read a Kody Kiplinger novel before but I would like to read more. It wasn't groundbreaking or insightful but I read it in one sitting. Her writing was so easy to follow and straightforward. Almost addicting.
4. The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
I'll be posting a review for this soon.
5. Tales from the Kingdom by Sarah Pinborough
I think Beauty was my favourite story from this collection but I enjoyed all of them. I will say be warned they are rather 'sexy'. Not for younger readers. The way she changed aspects of the traditional fairytales was brilliant. I really liked how certain characters spanned all three stories.
6. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 1-7
I'll have a review up for this series soon.
7. Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman 3.5/5
I regret not re-reading Seraphina before I started this one. I think I would've enjoyed and understood this more if I had done. It took me a while to get into this but once I did I couldn't put it down. I didn't see any of the twists coming that happened and the new characters that were introduced were brilliant.
8. The Wicked and the Divine Volume One: The Faust Act 3/5
The 3/5 is only for the artwork really, I didn't understand the story. It was so difficult to follow. The only part I enjoyed was Lucifer. Best character by far.
9. Saga Volume 5 5/5
Finally! Saga is back on track and even more fabulous. I loved how this volume went, what hours happened to the characters.
10. I Hate Fairyland Volume One: Madly Ever After 5/5
If you haven't read this yet then what are you doing?! Bright murderous colours. A creepy old woman trapped in a childs body. Just read it.
Those are all the novels, manga and graphic novels that I read this month.
What did you read?
Thursday, 21 July 2016
So I've recently started reading Manga and I'm loving it. It's such a unique reading experience with some amazing stories.
1. Is it Wrong to try to Pick up Girls in a Dungeon? Volume One
Bell Cranell has just become an adventurer, someone who fights monsters in a dungeon to help pay for his Familia. People that are loyal to one particular God or Goddess. Unfortunately he's the only person in his Familia and is infatuated with a girl he thinks he can never have.
2. Noragami Volume One
Yato is a God without a shrine or really any worshippers. To fix this he's set up a service to help the people that need it in exchange for a small fee that he hopes you use to build his own temple.
3. Noragami Stray Stories
Short stories set in the Norogami universe.
4. Blue Exorcist Volume One
This is one of my absolute favourite Animes. To fill in the wait for the next season I figured I'd give the manga a go. Rin was adopted at a young age along with his brother by a group of priests who moonlight as exorcists. Banishing evil from the world. Turns out Rin is half demon, the son of Satan and he's either going to be a help or a rather large hinderance.
5. Deadman Wonderland Volume One
After being framed for his classmates murder Ganta Igarashi has been sent to the bizarre prison/themepark Deadman Wonderland. The inmates of this hell hole fight on a daily basis for survival and to entertain the public.
6. Demon Love Spell Volume One
Miko is a shrine maiden thats no good at banishing spirits. Enter Kagura, a demon that lives off women's passion and love leaving many a heartbreak in his wake. Mike has managed to seal his power but now he's after her!
7. Black Bird Volume One
Misao Harada can see demons. She's been able to for as long as she could remember and wishes for a normal life. One where she ins't an outcast. The only person who ever treated her normally was Kyo, her childhood friend who left. Now she's in high school and he returns in the nick of time to save her from a demon. Someone who wanted to eat her to gain her power for their clan. Turns out Misao is the bride of prophecy, and demons either want to eat her or marry her. Did I mention Kyo is a demon too, only he wants to marry her...
8. Tokyo Ghoul Volume 2-7
My favourite manga/anime. Its amazing. In a freak turn of events Ken Kaneki has become a half ghoul. The organs of the one who tried to eat him and now keeping his body alive and are making him hunger for human flesh. Feeling like he has no place in the world he asks the Ghoul of Anteiku for help. Chaos ensues.
Did you pick up any manga this month?
Wednesday, 13 July 2016
My graphic novel collection has been growing at an alarming rate of late.
1. ODY-C Volume One: Off to Far Ithicaa
This has distinct Greek influences which I think is what drew me to it. It sounds amazing. Rather than Odysseus being a person it seems to be a ship that its crew are sailing back to Ithicaa on.
2. Rat Queens Volume Three: Demons
A group of badass ladies that drink and fight to their hearts content.
3. Daredevil Back in Black: Chinatown (1)
Daredevil has become one of my favourite characters in the Marvel Universe since watching the Netflix Original show. I figured it would probably be a good idea to read some more about him in preparation for season 3.
4. I Hate Fairyland Volume One: Madly Ever After
Think Orphan meets Sugar Rush Kingdom from Wreck it Ralph. Gert has been trapped in Fairyland for 30 years trapped in a 6 year olds body. That can make some people rather unhappy. Gert has gone on a rampage trying to finish this quest.
5. Wolf Volume one: Blood and Magic
Antoine Wolf is a reckless paranormal detective. The man with a death wish then has to cope with the responsibility of an orphaned teenage girl who might be the key to the impending apocalypse.
6. Paper Girls Volume One
Halloween 1988. Four girls on the cusp of Teenagehood deliver a story of the upmost importance.
7. Sex Criminals Volume One: One Weird Trick.
Two people meet who share a strange gift. When they have sex time literally stops. What could you do if time stopped but you kept moving?
8. Pretty Deadly Volume One: The Shrike
The story of the daughter of death.
What graphic novels did you get this month?
Wednesday, 6 July 2016
Working in a book store is both a blessing and a curse. Well, it's a curse for my TBR
1. John Dies at the End by David Wong
Basically Soy sauce is a drug in this world, there is an 'eye' and now I've touched this book I'm in the game. I know nothing about this book except its been something I look at over and over again. I think its the title that gets me. Either way I'm interested to see why soy sauce is now a drug.
2. Children of Time by Adrian Tchaikovsky
The Earth is dying and a resolution is needed fast. Then its found, a planet hidden among the stars already terraformed and able to sustain life. However, humans aren't the first species to inhabit this planet, there was already someone there and they don't want to give up their planet.
3. A Thousand Nights by E.K Johnston
I'm pretty sure this has some links with Arabian Nights. When a King comes to the desert with the intention to take one girl as his next wife one of them will stop at nothing to save her sister even if it means sacrificing herself.
4. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee
To Kill A Mockingbird will forever be one of my favourite books. I simply adore it. In this novel we see Jean-Lousie (Scout) Finch as a grown woman. Originally this was the novel Lee attempted to publish but people wanted to hear about Scout's childhood instead.
5. Alice by Christina Henry
Alice isn't in wonderland anymore. She's in a hospital trying to remember what happened to her, why she's in hospital. All she can remember is a tea party, long ears and blood. A fire gives her the chance to escape this hell hole but as they say its from the frying pan and into the fire. Alice needs to go back to the Old City.
6. Slade House by David Mitchell
On one side of a high wall lies a narrow, dank alley; on the other, a sunlit garden; and between them, a small black iron door. This novel started out as a twitter story David Mitchell wrote in 2014 inhabiting the same world as the bone clock.
7. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Lou Clark knows a lot of things, most of them don't seem all that useful. She doesn't know that she's about to lose her job nor does she know she's about to meet Will Traynor. A man whose desire to live has ebbed away ever since a motorcycle incident paralysed him.
8. Queen of Hearts by Colleen Oakes
The book of before. Prior to the 'off with her head' the Queen of Hearts was a girl, a Princess. A Princess that longed for her fathers praise, the boy she loved but all that is jeopardised when a betrayal changes everything. The making of the Queen of Hearts.
9. Paper and Fire by Rachel Caine
The second novel of the Great Library Series. No-one has original books anymore, the Great Library of Alexandria doesn't allow it. Anyone caught with an original book is to be punished, with extreme force. Jess Brightwell was a book smuggler, someone who carried books and delivered them. Basically like a mule, after all words can be as much a drug as anything else.
10. Red's Untold Tale by Wendy Toliver
Basically this is a story from the hit tv show Once Upon a Time telling 'Reds' (Little red riding hood) backstory.
11. Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon
Maddy hasn't left her house in seventeen years. Olly is the guy next door and he's determined to find a way to reach her.
12. Stranger of Tempest by Tom Lloyd
I read the first page of this and knew I needed it. "For a damsel in distress, she was rather more spattered with someone else's blood than Lynx had expected. And naked. Very naked."
13. The Fall of Lucifer by Wendy Alec
A war between three angelic brothers for the human race.
14. The Gap of Time by Jeanette Winterson
A retelling of Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale.
15. Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler.
A retelling of Shakespeare's Taming of the Shrew.
16. Shylock is my Name by Howard Jacobson
A retelling of Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice.
17. The Fireman by Jose Hill
A disease is spreading, it's name Dragonscale. Culminating is spontaneous human combustion.
What books did you get this month?