Dawn of the Arcana Volume 02, by Rei Toma | Manga Review #34

12349653Princess Nakaba of Senan and Prince Caesar of Belquat only married each other for the sake of peace between their two warring countries, but things take a surprising turn when Caesar finds himself falling for his strange wife! Caesar tries to get Nakaba to return his feelings, but she maintains that he is her enemy and that she hates him. So when Nakaba has a vision of Caesar getting killed, will she say anything to save him?


I genuinely didn’t know what to expect going into this second volume, since it feels like it’s been an age since I last read the first volume of Dawn of the Arcana. So I was quite nervous for the characters honestly!

The plot escalates quite quickly! Everything about this story engages you in the story. From the art work, to the characters, the pace of the story. As well as the fact that we see more of a development in the overall story within these 4 chapters.

It was different seeing a known passive character to act so vengeful. Something about another character has me concerned, since they play a pretty vital role in the story. I also don’t like that there seems to be a love triangle going to happen? Anywho…

What I liked about this second volume was that these chapters were incredibly fast to read. But these few chapters are also really engaging. While reading I could easily palce myself in the story and watch everything play out like a movie.

I give this second volume of Dawn of the Arcana, 2 stars!

Happy Reading!
— Adele

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Torn, by Amanda Hocking | Book Review #366

11966216When Wendy Everly first discovers the truth about herself—that she’s a changeling switched at birth—she knows her life will never be the same. Now she’s about to learn that there’s more to the story…

She shares a closer connection to her Vittra rivals than she ever imagined—and they’ll stop at nothing to lure her to their side. With the threat of war looming, her only hope of saving the Trylle is to master her magical powers—and marry an equally powerful royal. But that means walking away from Finn, her handsome bodyguard who’s strictly off limits… and Loki, a Vittra prince with whom she shares a growing attraction.

Torn between her heart and her people, between love and duty, Wendy must decide her fate. If she makes the wrong choice, she could lose everything, and everybody, she’s ever wanted… in both worlds.

As a special gift to readers, this book contains a new, never-before-published bonus story, “One Day, Three Ways,” set in the magical world of the Trylle.


Torn is the second book in the Trylle trilogy by Amanda Hocking

Having read Switched last year, I’ve actually forgotten quite a bit of what happened. When I started reading Torn, I couldn’t remember much. I’ve got to say off-handedly, that I’m very happy that there wasn’t a recap of what had happened in the last book, Switched. However, with how quickly you could read these books I have no doubt that you could read the Trylle trilogy within one day, if you really wanted to.  Continue reading

Eve, by Anna Carey | Book Review #365

Trigger Warning:
Sexism, Slavery,
Attempted Rape,

12926489Where do you go when nowhere is safe?

After a deadly virus wiped out most of Earth’s population, the world is a terrifying place.

Eighteen-year-old Eve has never been beyond the heavily guarded perimeter of her school, where she and two hundred other orphaned girls have been promised a bright future in The New America. But the night before graduation, Eve learns the shocking truth about her school’s real purpose—and the horrifying fate that awaits her.

Fleeing the only home she’s ever known, Eve sets off on a long, treacherous journey, searching for a place she can survive. Along the way she encounters Caleb, a rough, rebellious boy living in the wild. Caleb slowly wins her trust . . . and her heart. But when soldiers begin hunting them, Eve must choose between true love and her life.


For some reason I thought that Eve was a story that I would end up loving (when I bought it), but its been quite a few years since I’ve bought not only the first book, but the rest of the Eve trilogy as well. I had mixed feelings going into Eve. Before I even read the first page, I was looking forward to reading Eve. Yet when I started reading the first chapter, I started to dread reading this book. Continue reading

10 Notable Books I’ve Read in 2018 (So Far..)

Hello friends! —- Today’s post is about the 10 most notable books that I’ve read this year. As I’m writing this post, I’ve read 96 books so far this year. That’s a lot. It’s freakin’ June and this honestly proves how much of a social life that I don’t have. Which I’m 50% OK with, because that means that I get to read more books.

So here are the books that had some sort of impact on me, so far this year. In no particular order: Continue reading

Konohan Kitan Volume 01, by Sakuya Amano | {ARC} Manga Review #33

Huge Thanks to Diamond Book Distributors, via Netgalley for allowing me to read Konohan Kitan Volume 01, by Sakuya Amano, in exchange for an honest review.

Yuzu is a brand new employee at Konohanatei, the hot-springs inn that sits on the crossroads between worlds. A simple, clumsy but charmingly earnest girl, Yuzu must now figure out her new life working alongside all the other fox-spirits who run the inn under one cardinal rule – at Konohanatei, every guest is a god!

Konohana Kitan follows Yuzu’s day to day life working at the inn, meeting the other employees and ever-eclectic guests, and learning to appreciate the beauty of the world around her.


The fact that the inn cliental are all gods is simply fascinating. Which is one of the reasons why I read this manga, truthfully! When I started reading Konohan Kitan, I kept my mind open to the possibilities of everything — I didn’t want to expect anything. I wanted to like this volume, I truly did.

When I first read about Konohan Kitan, I knew that there was a chance that I could end up enjoying it. I got the chance to read Konohan Kitan, so I was excited. I like reading manga, and watching anime. I have a serious soft spot for anime/manga where there are fox characters. And just reading that the Konohanatei Inn is run by fox characters was very appealing to me!

Within this first volume we see a lot. We see how the fox characters interact with the cliental, and with us seeing that, we see their stories play out. I especially liked seeing the few mini stories. It was such a great thing to see. The way that the story plays out almost had me in tears a few times. I like to say that that doesn’t happen often!

The first chapter of Konohan Kitan actually gave me chills. Not in the creepy sense, more-so in an eye-opening way. The way that the second chapter played out was amazing, and a great way to see how the rest of the story went.

Yuzu is such a great character. She seems to innocent about everything so I know that she’ll become a favourite of mine. I also really like how clueless she is about a lot of things as well, and she’s a bit of an airhead as well. Yuzu is seriously charming and over-the-top cute!!

Seeing in this story, of all the ways that fate seems to work, either against us, or for us…It was great to see. I loved all the little stories and visitors that the Konohanatei Inn had, and I know I’ll enjoy the rest of the volumes as well. There’s so much that I loved about Konohan Kitan. I’m anticipating the release of the second volume!

I give Konohan Kitan Volume 01, 5 stars!

Happy Reading!
— Adele

My Husband’s Wife, by Jane Corry | Book Review #364

Trigger Warning:
Rape mention,
Stalking,
Murder,
Murder Mention

IMG_6259When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe. A convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. For whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything.

But Lily is not the only one with secrets. Her next-door neighbor Carla may be only nine, but she has already learned that secrets are powerful things. That they can get her whatever she wants.

When Lily finds Carla on her doorstep sixteen years later, a chain of events is set in motion that can end only one way.


This review contains spoilers.

Let me just start this review by saying that I did not enjoy My Husband’s Wife. At all. And the more I focus on My Husband’s Wife, the more I find myself hating it. I found that the synopsis was interesting enough to try and read this book, but that’s about it.  Continue reading

The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Uwaaaah!!! Thank you so much, Allie @ Hexen Librarian for tagging me! It’s a rare day when I get nominated. Thank you, again!

RULES

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you by linking their blog
  2. Answer the questions
  3. Nominate 11 blogs with 11 questions
  4. List the rules as well as display the Sunshine Award Logo on your post

Allie’s questions:

Why did you start blogging?

I started blogging (originally on tumblr) because I fell in-love with books pretty quickly, after having avoiding them for 6+ years. I started blogging here on WordPress because honestly, my memory is crap and I wanted to be able to remember what I thought about the books I read. So in a way, my reviews are little diary/journal posts telling the future me what I thought of said book.

What’s your favorite movie genre?

My favourite movie genre is Action and Adventure. I get such a high from watching an action movie to be honest! Haha. Hmm. I also really like watching Sci-Fi/ Fantasy movies as well!

Anime or manga?

I definitely enjoy Anime a lot. There’s just…more to an anime, than there is to a manga. Don’t get me wrong though, I still enjoy manga. I just prefer watching anime.

What’s your dream job?

My dream job would something that I could do at home away from the general public. Where I could do work but still be in comfortable clothing.

What’s your favorite place to read?

My favourite place to read is definitely in my room.

Does you local library have a summer reading program? Do you still participate?

The local library does have a summer reading program! I haven’t participated since I was about…..12? Maybe a little older than that. I just know I haven’t participated in a reading program for the last 5 years for sure.

What’s the longest book you’ve ever read? Was it worth it?

The longest book I have ever read…. I believe, would be City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare. I genuinely don’t know if it was worth it or not, since I put that series out of my mind.

Twitter or Instagram?

I like the convenience of Twitter, but the aesthetics on instagram. But I’m going to have to say that I like Twitter more. Precisely because with Twitter, I don’t feel like I have to catch up with everyone, like I feel like I have to on Instagram.

Favorite animal?

I want to say that I don’t have a favourite animal…. As a kid though, I loved Tigers. And these days I prefer cats.

What’s your least favorite color?

My least favourite colour is white. I’m saying this because most of the sites I use have white backgrounds and being on the computer for hours at a time, white really hurts my eyes! Haha. (And yes, I have turned down the brightness on my computer, turned on lights in my room…everything. White hurts my eyes, ahah.)

Tell me something nice that happened to you recently.

Something that happened to me recently… I made plans with my cousin to watch anime this week!

Nominations: You! If you’re reading this, and you want to be nominated…Then this is me nominating you, friend!

My Questions are:

  1. Do you eat or drink anything while you read?
  2. What genre of books do you least like? Why?
  3. Do you have a favourite book?
  4. What’s your opinion on books being turned into movies/TV shows?
  5. Do you listen to music, or have background noise when you read?
  6. What is your least favourite thing about blogging?
  7. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
  8. Do you stay up late to read, or do you wake up early to read?
  9. What’re your thoughts on over-hyped books?
  10. If you could live in a book/story, what book/story would that be?
  11. What do you hate getting asked a lot? (Anything goes!)

Thank you so much for stopping by and checking out this post!
I hope you have a lovely day!

— Adele

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GHOST (Lords of Carnage MC, #1), by Daphne Loveling | Quick Book Review #363

Trigger Warning:
Foul Langauge,
Murder (Self Defence),
Guns

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They call me Ghost for a reason. Silent and in the shadows, I don’t make my move until I am absolutely sure of everything.
Four years ago I was sure about Jenna. My best friend’s kid sister had grown up into a spitfire I couldn’t resist.
One night we stopped resisting…
We promised we’d keep it a secret. It was a one-time mistake, but we’d put it behind us. Jenna left but I kept my word.
Jenna tried to get out of our corrupt town, but it pulled her back in again. Now she needs help. She needs protection. I’ll do all of that for her, if she’ll just shut the hell up and let me. She can even keep all of her secrets, except for one…

JENNA
The Lords of Carnage MC has haunted me from the moment I was born. No matter how much I try to get away, they are there — waiting to pull me back into the life that stole my father, my mother and then my brother from me. The ghosts of my past keep rising from the dead.
Now the past is stirring again and all I want to do is run away. I’m back in the world I fled, and the secrets and lies of my whole family are about to be laid bare. But it’s not just me anymore. I’ve got my little boy to look out for, too. I’m his only family. And his father has no idea he exists.
I swore I would never go back to the MC. I swore I would never make the same mistakes again. But making mistakes with Casper Watkins is too hard to resist…

GHOST is a scorching-hot stand-alone romance, and the first book in the new Lords of Carnage MC series. Ghost has NO cheating, no cliffhanger, and a guaranteed HEA!


GHOST (Lords of Carnage, #1) by Daphne Loveling, is NOT a YA novel. Ghost is strictly an 18+ or older book. There are detailed sex scenes, and this book is marketed as a Romance novel.

GHOST was a book that I happened to come across in a quick email blurb. Once I read that the Lords of Carnage series is a series that has a motorcycle club as it’s main focus, I immediately became interested. And thus downloaded GHOST without much thought.

There are two points of view within GHOST, as you could probably tell from the synopsis.  Both Cas and Jenna have their own unique thought process and ways of living their lives. Though I’m quite happy that these two had a fairly good ending.

Jenna and Cas have a bound-to-be romance. Their romance is not exactly slow burning, as they have history that takes place prior to when GHOST actually starts. However, Jenna and Cas’s relationship is something else. Their sex life is, simply put, explosive.

Over all I found that GHOST was a cute story and frankly, I’m genuinely looking forward to reading the other books in the Lords of Carnage MC series.

If you want a book that is a fast read, has smut, romance, and more then I definitely recommend GHOST (Lords of Carnage MC, #1) to you!

I give GHOST (Lord of Carnage, #1), 3 stars.

Happy Reading!
— Adele

The Water Dragon’s Bride Volume 03 by Rei Tōma | Manga Review #32

This review contains spoilers.

34466645A 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!

Unable to return home, Asahi grows into a lovely young woman. As a priestess, she must spend time with the water dragon god for a ritual every year, but because of her connection to the water dragon god’s power, someone kidnaps her! Will Asahi be able to escape unscathed?


The story in this third volume of The Water Dragon’s Bride actually moves pretty quickly. There were some new characters that were introduced and I’m sure we’ll see again in the fourth volume.

I think what I like about this third volume the most is that this book is told as they are teenagers!!! Asahi and Subaru, that is. Everyone else is a little older as well. But the story, for the most part, is still very much Asahi, Subaru, and the Water God.

What I didn’t like about this story was that Asahi was kidnapped. But, it was rather interesting. As an afterthought though, it kind of feels like the story is just getting thrown together.

What I enjoyed about this third volumes was that the Water God is slowly being more intrigued by Asahi. I hope that one day the Water God will love Asahi. I hope that’s the way that this manga will go.. I genuinely enjoyed reading that the Water God has in their own way developed feelings for Asahi.

I actually quite like the Tree God, too. Tree God is honestly more caring and it shows. Actually come to think of it, all of these Gods are really well planned out. What they each represent is how they act as well.

I’m very pleased with how the story is going. I like how involved in the story I feel, when I’m reading the books. Though I’m kind of saddened by the fact that the series isn’t close to finishing like i thought it was. After I read the fourth one, I have to wait even longer for the 5th one to come out in English, and for my library to acquire them.

I give this 3rd volume 3.5 stars!

Happy Reading!
— Adele