Pokemon X.Y Vol 1, 2 by Hidenori Kusak and Satoshi Yamamoto manga review

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Volume 1 

Art: Very good and clean. I like the shading used and the boxes aren’t all squished.

I bought these because they’re Pokemon and fully admit, I may not have bought them otherwise. The reason? They are very skinny. 96 pages skinny.

“How are they going to give me a good story when they’re so short?” I asked myself.

Very well is the answer.

I really like the introduction and premise of the set up and I like the group of characters and just the fact that it is a group, rather than one main character is fun. Despite only being 96 pages, it didn’t feel too rushed. (I’d still want more though. #greedy.)

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Volume 2

Art: Still as lovely as the first volume. The pages feel rough though, but that’s just a me thing.

This book completes setting the scene, who our bad guys are ect. Again, love the group of main characters we have. A really diverse set of characters. So many questions to answer and exciting things to happen.

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I was genuinely surprised by how good these volumes are. Mainly because of how few pages each book is. The story moved very smoothly and I’m looking forward to the next one!

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Naruto Vol 1, 2, 3

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Bunny drop Vol 3 & 4 by Yumi Unita manga review

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Volume 3

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Art: Still as pretty as ever, perhaps even more pretty. I love the extra shading on certain pages.

The cuteness and awww factor was cranked up a few notches because I found myself grinning like a loon and going aw a lot.

Daikichi Kawachi is growing so much as a character and I love it. A few more minor cast characters are introduced into this one and I love them to pieces. It really makes the story well rounded.

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Volume 4

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Art: Excellent as always. Love the backgrounds.

Daikichi Kawachi why you so adorable?! All these reviews are just going to me babbling how much I love them. I’m so sad there’s only 10 volumes. ;-;

I can’t wait to see what happens next, I feel in the next couple we’re due some major plot shenanigans.

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Hopefully, the next plot event will happen in the next volumes. I loved these two just as they are, but it’s only 6 volumes until the end, so I also want closure on plot aspects.

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Pokemon adventures volume 1, 2, 3 by Hidenori Kusake and Mato Manga review

Book haul!

Naruto vol 1, 2, 3 by Masashi Kishimoto manga review

Bunny drop vol 1 & 2 by Yumi Unita manga review

Spoiler free!

Bunny drop Volume 1

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Art: I love the art. It’s very similar to other manga’s I’ve read, but what I really love is how clean the boxes are. What I mean by that, is there’s usually lots of boxes on the page, and therefore the art, is squashed, not the case for this book. The cover is GORGEOUS too!

People…PEOPLE! This manga is AMAZING! Only one volume in and I adore it! I love all the characters, particularly our Main characters.

It’s a sweet story with a hint of complex plot, (like families usually are!) It ends on such a cliffhanger. I’m desperate to know what is next! I immediately ordered the next volume.

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Bunny drop Volume 2

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Art: Again very clean and pretty. And I love the cover of this. There seems to be a pastel theme going on. It suits very well.

I am super in love with this so far, and I’m only on Volume 2! The pacing is on point and I adore the characters so far. I love how complex and real they are.

I was surprised that there was a big plot event so early on in the manga, I’d been happy for it to be strung out a bit more, but it was done very well, revealing some, but leaving so many questions. I need to know! MOAR!

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Obviously, I’ll be continuing this series, (and after I’ll be getting the anime because I won’t be ready for it to be over). It’s actually quite short, *sobs*, only ten volumes, so we’ll only be together for a short time. ;-;

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Naruto vol 1, 2, 3 by Masashi Kishimoto manga review

Pokemon adventures volume 1, 2, 3 by Hidenori Kusake and Mato Manga review

Naruto vol 1, 2, 3 by Masashi Kishimoto manga review

Spoiler free!

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Look at that gorgeous cover!

Volume 1

Art: The art is great and I love that there’s more background scenery than I’ve seen in most manga. It’s beautifully drawn.

Well, now I know why this is such a popular manga series. The story packs a punch. I love the characters. Naruto is strong character so far. His motivations make sense. It had me hooked within a few pages.

There was a plot reveal that I thought might be better suited revealing near the end as a cool cliffhanger for volume 1, but it was an awesome scene so I’m not complaining.

Also, for those who’ve already read this volume, Page 92-ish…I ship it.

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Volume 2

Art: Yet again blown away. I love scenery parts, so beautiful.

I’m loving this. I really enjoy that our main character, Naruto, isn’t overpowered and always saving the day. I also like how each character has their flaws.

The female character, Sakura, hasn’t shown much and is almost in the background. I really hope this changes.

Not as fast paced as volume 1,  but I’m a fan of building tension so that’s fine by me.

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Volume 3

Art: The art was, yet again, brilliant. I love the character designs.

I’m not loving Sakura at the minute, but I’ve been promised she becomes awesome.

Sasuke and Naruto are excellent and well rounded. This volume was dramatic and teeeense! It ended on one heck of a cliffhanger. Things are really kicking up now!

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So far, I’m loving this manga. The story and pacing is excellent and the character’s are very well rounded, well, except Sakura, but I’m hoping this gets better.

I’ll definitely be continuing the manga.

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Weekly update

What I read last week

Mudman by James A. Hunter

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By far my favourite thing about this book is the main character, Levi. Has to be one of my favourite character’s of the year. 4/6


Usually, I read at least two books a week, but, wow, I’ve had a slumpy week. I’ve not wanted to read anything. I think it’s going around. Many of my bookish friends online seem to be in slump mode! :/

So, things I do to get out of a slump:

(There are many ways to get out of a slump, but here’s a few that work for me.)

  • Go for a walk/ exercise.

Sometime being cooped up without moving makes me feel crappy. A short walk in the fresh air does wonders and I come back motivated, whether that’s to read or other stuff!

  • Re-read an old favourite/ An ‘easy’ read

Some books are knife wielding serial killers who stab you right in the feels. When I’m in a slump, this is not generally the kind of book I want to read. I want something that uses simple language and tells a light tale. Diana Wynne Jones and Terry Pratchett are those kind of author’s for me. Fun, fantasy tales. (Although, TP can lay on the angst. ;-;)

Manga’s/graphic novels are great for this too!

  • Push through it

Sometimes, if I know that the reason I’m not enjoying a book is because of a slump and not because it sucks, I push through it. Many times, I eventually settle into the story and it can pull me out of the slump.

  • Do something else creative

Sometimes I feel the need to be creative myself rather than burying myself in someone else’s wonderful creativity. 

  • Go on twitter and see how excited other bookish peeps are

Excitement is contagious. Often I discover books through people talking about them, (or talking about books I want to read.) It makes me want to read and fangirl about them!

  • Buy a new precious!

Not exactly cost effective, but occasionally just buying a new book that’s caught my eye, which I immediately begin reading and devouring is a great cure for a slump! You can always go bargain hunting in charity shops for books too! 

Hope these help for anyone in a slump. If you do something else when in a slump then let me know! 


What I’m reading this week

I have started, and would like to finish these two books: 

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A sci fi, dystopian novella. A discovered this by reading this book review. It’s also christian fiction, something I’ve not delved into before, so it’ll be interesting to see a dystopian twist on that.

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A middle-grade, fantasy, horror WHICH HAS A WESTIE IN IT! *Ahem* I’ve read the first chapter or two and I’m hooked so far. (Also that book cover is gorgeous!!)

I also plan to read:

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That’s Charming is a whimsical fantasy/adventure novel with sprinklings of humour for a middle grade audience which was shortlisted for the 2012 Guardian/Hot Key Books Young Writers Prize.

This is written by fellow blogger, Heather Lawson. You can find more about the book at its own blog here(you can read the first chapter free here!)and here. (Super gorgeous art on there. Check it out.)

So far, I’ve read the first two chapters and cannot wait to get my hands on the rest! Those two chapters, have helped immensely to end my book slump. 


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Infernal ties by Holly Evans book review

Note: This is a spoiler free review!

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The Hawke twins are hunters. They keep the supernal community of Prague in line, and they’re good at it. The witches whisper their names when something goes bump in the night, and the lycans tell stories of them to make their cubs behave. When Quin doesn’t come home after what should have been a quick rogue-disposal, Evie begins to worry.

Evelyn Hawke is a force to be reckoned with. Nothing and no one will stop her from getting her twin back. She’ll do whatever it takes, even dive into the supernal world and work with those she despises to find Quin and dig him out of the very large hole he’s got himself into.

Little does she know the far-reaching consequences of her actions.

Initial thoughts

I follow Holly Evan’s blog so have been watching her progress in readying to publish her books. I have read snippets of her writing that she shared, all unedited, all mouthwatering. I was excited to read this!

Writing

The writing is brilliant. The action and description pieces are the best of the lot, though I would’ve liked a bit more dialogue. I felt as if I was in Prague. (And I really want to try a pastry now!)

Plot

The plot was intriguing, several thing were foreshadows for the next book that I need to know! There were a few thing I would’ve liked expanded on. How the supernatural community fit in with the normal humans, the rules as it were. How The Hawke twins fit in to become Hunters.

Characters

I love the alchemist. Full stop. We’re done. Bye bye. Also his assistant.

Evie herself is brilliantly bad-ass. I actually felt sorry for some of the supernatural creatures who got in her way when she was on the warpath. I would’ve liked to known a bit more of the reasons why she felt the way she did concerning magic and the supernatural beings.

Overall thoughts

 It was a quick read, written well. My favourites were the description of Prague itself and just the description overall, there’s some many great one liners that had me smiling. I would’ve liked to learn more explanation and not as much fight scenes, but that just means I’ll have to read the next one to find out!

Was it worth the read? Yes

Would I re-read? Yes

Would I read this Author again? Yes

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Weekly update

First off, I want to mention this book, A monster calls by Patrick Ness.

I’d already added this to my to read list, but Kelly @ Stellar Scrutiny demanded I read it immediately and I’m so glad she did! I highly recommend you read it. You can see my review of it here.

I also watched The big short and The fifth wave this week. (I read this one too). All of which you can find reviews of on my blog. Aren’t you a lucky, Cupcake?!

I’m also taking part in the Opinion battles you can find out more about it here. Tomorrow will be my first entry into the battles.

I have to select which film I consider to be the best picture winner. I was torn between two. One was Forrest Gump, but to find out my other choice you’ll have to check out moviereview101.com tomorrow or just follow Darren’s awesome blog!

Also, tomorrow happens, happens to be my birthday. Just sayin’. Not trying to coerce you into voting for my choice AT ALL.

Edit: For anyone who’s curious, I’m going to be 24. I look about sixteen as I’m one those people who has a baby face. I love when I’m ID’d and take great delight in informing them how old I actually am. Not that I get ID’d often because I don’t buy things that have an age restriction.

I’ll be reviewing Dirty Grandpa tomorrow. I’ve heard it’s pretty funny so I’m looking forward to it!

Other films I’ll be reviewing this week are Ride along 2, but first I need to watch Ride along! And some other films.

I want to watch Captain America: Winter soldier, Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Amazing Spiderman 2 because apparently the unofficial superhero thing we have going on is still going strong.

Some books I’m hoping to read in the next week or so is…

Pride and Prejudice and zombies by Seth Smith Grahame . The film’s being release early February so I want to have finished before then. I saw a trailer in the film and it looked pretty badass.

Another I’m looking forward to reading is The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins. I know for a fact my Dad’s bought me this for my birthday, because he’s awful at keeping secrets. It’s a running joke nowadays. I think I’d have been disappointed if he hadn’t dropped himself in it.

I’m also looking forward to All the birds in the sky by Jane Charlie Anders. A post apocalyptic novel that’ll be released on the 26th January. \o/

Also, mybookjacket @ books and strips and I have are planning to do a kind of book club together. We both have, and want to read, Battle royale by Koushun Takami.

We haven’t settled on when, but we’re thinking of reading a chapter a week and then starting a discussion on twitter or something.

If you’re interested you can leave a comment, send a pm on twitter or email for more details. (Not that there are many at the moment.)

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What books and/or films have you been reading and/or watching? Did you like them? Hate them?

The fifth wave film review

UK release date: 22/1/16

Runtime: 112 minutes

Directed by: J Blakeson

Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Ron Livingston, Maggie Siff, Alex Roe, Maria Bello, Maika Monroe, Liev Schreiber

First off, I want to inform you all that I have read the book and obviously my viewing experience is going to be affected by that.

I’m going to try and look at it as someone who hasn’t read the book…but first you’re getting a rant about it from someone who has read the book. You’re welcome.

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This is pretty apt description of this particular book/film combo. (Not all because I do believe you can make films worthy of books and even some can be better.)

I didn’t realize how much I enjoyed the book until I saw the film. They managed to take a solid, complex plot with lots of mysterious tension and fantastic characters with great personalities and make a flimsy, un-complex plot with no mysterious tension and pretty boring characters.

I feel as if they took the basic plot and most important scenes and rushed through them, even completely changing things or not even including things. It felt like they took the easiest way to make this film and did that.

The scenes from the book which I remember most strongly and I felt were important to revealing things about our main characters were pretty much absent. Film makers should have had faith in those movie goers who haven’t read the book to have gotten it, and loved it, because I feel it’s been dumbed down.

Also, where the heck were Evan’s brown eyes?!! I know not a major thing in the long run, but Cassie made a point of mentioning chocolate eyes. Put some coloured contacts in man!!

Another thing missing was the tension. The book excelled at this managing to make me believe things even after certain events, but things were pretty obvious in the film.

To be fair, it’s a better book to film adaptation than most and is entertaining enough. I mean, my Dad stayed awake through the whole thing so it had to be good.

Evan walker, one of my favourite character’s in the book, is also my favourite character on screen. I think Alex Roe was the one who portrayed the book character the closest.

Chloë Grace Moretz the second closest, although still not quite Cassie to me. She still did a brilliant job. Liev Schreiber is pretty decent Vosch too.

And while the other characters acted well, they were not given nearly enough screen time for the character’s I know and love to shine through.

To people who haven’t read the book, it’ll most likely be an enjoyable sci fi watch. It isn’t anything special.

To those that have, it may make you grind your teeth a little, but it follows the book better than The scorch trails film did.

To sum up, Not book compliant, but not too bad on that front, good acting, no chocolate eyes 😥

Dad’s opinion: Not having read the book, I’ve seen worse. I didn’t think they made enough tension on the difference’s between the alien and humans. It was entertaining enough.

Was it worth the watch? Yes, but it didn’t have a big screen impact. I could’ve watched it at home.

Would I re-watch? No

Stars: 3/6

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The Danish girl film review

UK release date: 1/1/16

Runtime: 119 minutes

Directed by: Tom Hooper

Starring: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Matthias Schoenaerts, Ben Whishaw, Sebastian Koch, Amber Heard

The Danish girl is based on the novel of the same name by David Ebershoff.

The Danish girl is breathtaking from the moment it started and as soon as I heard the delicate piano playing, which managed to capture the emotion of the entire film, I knew it was going to be a powerful, moving film throughout.

And let me tell you that it had me in tears. This is the kind of film that you remember and that you have to talk to people about. It has the same tone and evokes the same kind of feeling that the 2015 film Suffragette has. If you liked that, you’ll like this, (and visa versa.)

Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander are phenomenal in their parts and have amazing chemistry together, just…wow.

In fact, I don’t think there was a person I didn’t like. I feel as if every character was true to the time period. The film knew what it wanted to say and never strayed from that. It was tight.

It hasn’t got forced conflict, (which it certainly doesn’t need), it feels very organic and action junkies may not like it. But If you want a film that’ll make you think, that’ll move you, and will have you thinking about it days after, then this is a film you’ll want to watch.

To sum up, gorgeous, thought provoking, amazing acting

Was it worth the watch? Yes

Would I re-watch? No, It was amazing, but I don’t like films that make me sad D’:

Stars: 5/6

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‘Tis The season book tag!!

@emmathebooklover tagged me in this awesomely, fun looking tag. Thanks for that and you should check out her amazing book blog. You may find a cool new read after reading one of her reviews.

I was also tagged by @rakioddbooks, a lovely person who always has time to chat, (and loves Terry Pratchett like me!)

Alright let’s get to it!

1. Do you have a favourite Winter read?

I love this book, (and the film). It’s a little different from a straightforward Christmas novel. You can see my review of it here.

2. Find a book with a blue cover.

I assume this means on my bookshelf.

This is second in a series of amazing young fantasy novels. Artemis, our main character, is a young, rich, criminal mastermind and add in a bad ass female fairy then how can you not want to read this?!

The first one has a blue cover too, but I’m pretty sure this one mentions Christmas so I figured this was the right choice!

3. Find a book that you’d use as star on a Christmas tree. 

My mind immediately thought of this book, when I think Christmas, I think A Christmas carol. I’d doubt anyone’s not seen the films and a wide majority must’ve read the book. It just exudes Christmas.

4. Pick one Fictional place that would be perfect for a Winter vacation

My first instinct was Hogwarts, it is stunning, but disaster seems to strike that place at Christmas or maybe it’s just because Harry’s there.

So, my choice would be the Unseen University because those dudes clearly know how to have a good time!

5. Pick one fictional character you’d take with you on your winter vacation.

Oooh, toughy. I have lots of favourite characters, but it doesn’t mean we’d get along in real life. Hmmm, I’d have to go for…Oh wow, this is really hard.

GIMLI!

Gimli and Legolas are my favourite! The bromance was real. I think I’d be too busy blushing and babbling like psycho to go on holiday with Legolas.

Gimli and I would bond over our gingerness and shortness.

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6. Name one book on your Christmas wish list this year.

I recently watched the film and, on discovering there was a book, I immediately tried to discover if there was an English version. And guess what, there is. 

Think Hunger games, but more brutal. I’m looking forward to eventually reading it.

7. What is your favourite holiday drink, treat and movie?

I’m quite plain when it comes to food and drink so you won’t find me trying any holiday specific things.

Drink: The closest would be Tea in a Christmas mug. That I use all year round.

Treat: At Christmas the fight for the strawberry rose chocolate begins. I have been known to secretly open the tin, take them all out and hide them. I also love the green triangles which are from quality street, I think?

They’re the only things I have specifically a Christmas time.

Movies: Now this is a question I can actually answer! I love, love, The Muppet Christmas carol, The Grinch, Jingle all the way and Die hard. They’d be my top Christmas films.

And, the obligatory, Christmas day watch, Zulu, Of course.

Wow, this was really fun. The food, drink and who’d to take on a Christmas vacation really stumped me for awhile!

I tag,

@rakioddbooks

@darlingbear

@thegalaxialworld

Hope you have as much fun as me if you decide to have a go!