Kenka Bancho Otome: Love’s Battle Royal, Vol.01, by Chie Shimada | Manga Review #53

35742751Beautiful boy rebels using their fists to fall in love!

Hinako thought she didn’t have any family, but on the day she starts high school, her twin brother Hikaru suddenly appears and tricks her into taking his place. But the new school Hinako attends in his stead is beyond unusual. Now she must fight her way to the top of Shishiku Academy, an all-boys school of delinquents!


I’ve seen the anime for this manga, but I’ve never read it. I actually thought that the story was really cute, too. So I’m glad that the library has the first volume in its’ database.

Reading in the first few pages that the story was first produced as a video game, I am not quite sure of what I should think of that little tidbit of information! A congratulations is in order though! To have a game turned into a manga and then turned into an anime?! That’s got to be a wild experience! Continue reading

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4 Young Adult Mystery Books I Recommend | Part 1/?

Hello friends! Today’s post is about 4 Young Adult (YA) Mystery books that I really enjoyed reading. I also think that these 4 books would be a great to read if you’re new to the YA Mystery genre. Or you could even just read these anyway because yay books! Continue reading

Behind the Scenes!! Vol. 01, by Bisco Hatori | Manga Review #52

25986987Ranmaru Kurisu comes from a family of hardy, rough-and-tumble fisher folk, and he sticks out at home like a delicate, artistic sore thumb. It’s given him a raging inferiority complex and a permanently pessimistic outlook. Now that he’s in college, he’s hoping to find a sense of belonging. But after a whole life of being left out, does he even know how to fit in?!

It’s two months into Ranmaru’s college career, and if he’s learned one thing, it’s that he’s really uncomfortable around other people. But when he stumbles into a zombie mob attack, he’s forced out of his comfort zone in the most dramatic way possible! Of course it’s just a movie shoot, but when he wakes up from his ignoble faint, he’s been whisked away behind the scenes with the Art Squad! Could this group of weirdos be what Ranmaru’s been looking for all his life?!


I don’t know what it was about Behind the Scenes!! that drew me towards reading this manga. Actually, scratch that. What drew me towards Behind the Scenes!! is the fact that this manga is the same creator from that of Ouran High School Host Club. I’ve watched the anime for that series, and it is ridiculous as it is funny. Sometimes it’s a little over the top as well, which is what I hope for in Behind the Scenes!!

Quickly into starting my read through of Behind the Scenes!! I realized that I was actually genuinely enjoying the progress of the story. I also truly love the characters. Even the characters that aren’t necessarily part of the main focus! Continue reading

Library Reads #41

libraryrreadsLibrary Reads: I’m a huge fan of libraries. I tend to visit the library quite often, and I even come across great finds. These Library Reads posts are where I write a tad about hte books I’ve borrowed.

In this post I’ll write about what books I borrowed, and what I think of the books before I actually start reading them. Whether what I say is a sentence or a few sentences long, here I catalogue the books I’ve borrowed. — From doing these posts I hope to spread a little love for libraries and the stories they can give us.

Hello friends! Today’s post is another LIBRARY READS! If you’ve read any of these books let me know what you thought of them.

Borrowed within September 2018! Continue reading

Going Down Hard, by Jordan Marie | Book Review #407

Going Down Hard is the first book in the Doing Bad Things series.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if your high school crush finally noticed you?
What if it happens 12 years later?

I’ve only loved one man in my life.
Gavin O’Leary.

36039302He made my high school days a nightmare.
Not because he loved me.
Not because he hated me.
But because he had no idea who I was.

He was the popular guy with the chiseled abs, dark tan and perfect hair.
You know the type.
The type that only dated the perfect-ten, cheerleader.

I was the loner.
The nerd who hated high school and couldn’t wait to say goodbye.

And I did — to Freemont High and to Gavin.

The last thing I expected was to see him again twelve years later.
Yet here he is.
Only this time — he notices me.
This time — he kisses me.

This time saying goodbye to Gavin O’Leary might destroy me.

Novella introducing a brand new series. Instant lust that took twelve years to explore. Safe read with an Alpha who knows what he wants and goes after it — HARD.


I actually only heard about Going Down Hard yesterday recently, because Jamsu reviewed it over on their blog. So definitely check out their review (their blog is also pretty good as well). Continue reading

September ’18 Wrap Up

Hello friends! It’s now officially the end of September!

Which is slightly upsetting on my part because September is my favourite Autumn month.

IMG_7117I don’t know about you, but for me September screams “new beginnings” to me.  Which is why I figured that at the beginning of September my mind kept reaching for romance novels. Just….romance novels. Which is odd, but I guess it’s the whole coziness that had me lovey-dovey.

Yet I knew that I also wanted to read fantasy books! Characters who are assassins, or characters just finding out that they have magic themselves. Or maybe these characters are falling in love for the first time.. Maybe all three?! I had no idea. But my mind was screaming “romance romance romance” to me, and I had to try and oblige, hahaha.

I had no set TBR for September, but I did want to read a few of the books that I own. Whether that book I read would be a re-read, or reading the story for the first time. Continue reading

The Water Dragon’s Bride Vol. 05, by Rei Toma | Manga Review #51

This review contains spoilers.

35742738A 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 meets a water dragon god!

Asahi is in danger because people want to use her to get the water dragon god’s power. She doesn’t want anyone to be hurt because of her, so she goes with the water dragon god and Subaru to pay a visit to the emperor. However, in exchange for his protection, the emperor makes an unexpected demand!


In the last (4th) volume we saw that the Water Dragon posed as a human to not only become closer to Asahi, but to keep an eye on her and the people around her as well. That’s what I believe, anyway. It’s been so long since I read the fourth volume, haha. Continue reading

State of the ARC #8 | September ’18

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State of the ARC meme

State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinah’s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all you long overdue ARCs (Advanced or Early Reader Copies). You can tack your reading progress and link up with your own post. Most commonly it comes out on the 30th of every month.


Hello! Welome to my eighth (8th) State of the ARC meme post! I was especially excited about September since September, in my mind, launches the start of so many new beginnings. Maybe because grade-school in Canada starts in September. Which means reconnecting with old friends, and starting new friendships!

Yes, I was pretty excited about September this year, haha.

My one and only goal for September, ARC-wise, was to get my Netgalley Feedback Ratio (FBR) up to 65%. I ended August with a 61% FBR, and just wasn’t satisfied with that. So let’s see how I did this month!

Forward, my friends! Continue reading

October Book Releases that I’m Looking Forward to | October 2018

ucbrpicHello friends! Another month approaches us, so here’s another one of my monthly posts where I talk about upcoming book releases that  I’m looking forward to! There are eleven books in the list this time around. If there are any books that you think I should read (that are being published in October,) let me know in the comments!

There are a lot of interesting titles this upcoming October, but these are the ones that I’m most looking forward to.

Enjoy!

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