Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 02, by Aya Shouoto | Manga Review #48

Hello friends! These are my thoughts on what happened in the second volume of Kiss of the Rose Princess by Aya Shouoto. Enjoy!

21412475Anise Yamamoto has been told that if she ever removes the rose choker given to her by her father, a terrible punishment will befall her. Unfortunately she loses that choker when a bat-like being falls from the sky and hits her. Anise is granted four cards representing four knights whom she can summon with a kiss. But now that she has these gorgeous men at her beck and call, what exactly is her quest?!

Kiss of the Rose Princess Volume 2 turned out to be an addition that I did not expect! I never thought that the story line would end up going the way it has gone.. Continue reading

The Demon Prince of Momochi House Vol. 01, by Aya Shouoto | Manga Review #47

This review contains spoilers.

23492381On her sixteenth birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits her ancestral estate that she’s never seen. Momochi House exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms, and Himari is meant to act as guardian between the two worlds. But on the day she moves in, she finds three handsome squatters already living in the house, and one seems to have already taken over her role!

The art that accompanies the story line is genuinely eye catching. And the story itself is very easy to follow. I actually have thoughts about the end of this first volume. I mean, PLOT TWIST, HELLO! Continue reading

Clay Lord: Master of Golems Volume 03, by Jun Suzumoto | Manga Review #46

24464150The exciting climax to the manga trilogy about alchemy and adventure

The Earthgaia clan, the royal family of golem craftsmen, is renowned throughout the realm for creating sentient automatons of the highest caliber.

Clay Earthgaia, the sole heir to the clan, has come into his own as a skilled golem molder. Yet he hasn’t topped his earliest creations, his companion golems Kurogane and Shirogane. The two of them are so lifelike, they are often mistaken as human!

Unfortunately, the golem crafter’s guild sees the golems’ unrestricted egos as a threat. In this final chapter, Clay must choose between his future as a member of the guild and the closest thing to a family he has left. Should Clay sacrifice his past to secure his future?

Let me just say that I really enjoyed reading this manga trilogy. I’m sorry to see it go, but it will forever live on in my heart. I know how cheesy that sounds, but it’s true.

I didn’t know what to expect going into this, because I haven’t read the synopsis for this third volume. I wanted my reactions to be as genuine as possible because I probably won’t re-read this trilogy soon, if ever.

The beginning of this final volume was so bittersweet. To me, the beginning read as both the Clay’s deceased twin brothers voices as well as Kurogane and Shirogane’s voices, too.

The struggle that Clay went through in this volume hurt my heart. Of all the things he went through, Clay shouldn’t have had to deal with what happened. It happened though and because of that, everyone is stronger for it.

I loved and adored this final volume.

I give Clay Lord: Master of Golems Volume 03, 5 stars.

Happy Reading!
— Adele

Karneval Omnibus Vol. 02, by Touya Mikanagi | Manga Review #45


This review contains spoilers. 

Stopping by his hometown of Karasuna, Gareki runs into his old friend Tsubame, who asks him to help uncover the truth behind a string of murders that have recently been plaguing the town. Though the crew assumes that the murders were the doing of their mutant quarry, they catch Tsubame’s younger brother, Yotaka, red-handed at the scene of the latest crime. Ordering the bewildered Nai and Gareki to escape, Yogi prepares to do battle with Yotaka, but this is one fight that can only end in heartbreak for Gareki…

I actually really loved the KARNEVAL anime so I’m happy to continue on with the series via the manga. I adore the characters so I was really looking forward to reading this second volume.

I genuinely enjoy the pace of this story, and because of how fast the pace of the story is. I also love the artwork and all the characters are so adorable. Save for a couple, but that’s just personal preference.

I really liked reading this second omnibus simply because of how much I was reminded of the anime where I ended up laughing a lot while watching it.

Also, the Karneval story (both manga and anime!) are pretty wild! So much happens!

It was sad seeing the death of one of the twins happening all over again. And I didnt particularly enjoy watching that moment in the anime, either. However, apart from that, I’m glad that Tsubame ends up getting the care she needed, even if ultimately, she’s going to die at the hands of Circus (that’s just me speculating, I don’t actually know or not).

I also really enjoyed the parts where Nai eats the Zukkyu fruit, simply because it’s so cute. Nai is so cute. Also, the animal-bots that Ship #1 and #2 have are cute, fearsome and just all around awesome as well.

I found this second volume to be very enjoyable.

I give Karneval Omnibus Vol.o2, 4 stars!

Have you read or watched Karneval?

Happy Reading!
— Adele

Kiss of the Rose Princess, Vol. 01, by Aya Shouoto | Manga Review #44

21412051Anise Yamamoto has been told that if she ever removes the rose choker given to her by her father, a terrible punishment will befall her. Unfortunately she loses that choker when a bat-like being falls from the sky and hits her. Anise is granted four cards representing four knights whom she can summon with a kiss. But now that she has these gorgeous men at her beck and call, what exactly is her quest?!

I legitimately had so much fun reading Kiss of the Rose Princess. This first volume was in my opinion, filled with humour. The story line in this first volume is really light which is what made the book such an enjoyable read.

Any book or story where I manage to laugh more than a few times is a great one in my opinion. And good news! I laughed more than a few times! I found that the characters that make this story to be quite funny—even when they’re not marketed as “funny.” All the characters (Anise, Kaede, Mitsuru, Seiron, Mitsuki, and Ninufa) bring something to the story– they’re all such different personalities, and the way that the characters would react to one another was quite hilarious.

One thing that I am extremely fond of in this first volume was that while there’s focus on the boys, the main focus remained on Anise throughout. Aka, Anise did not get washed away by the boys.

I also genuinely loved the art in this volume. I will always with that manga pages are coloured, but I really enjoyed seeing the bold lines as well as the grey-toned variations in the story’s artwork.

Overall, I loved reading the first volume. So much so that after I finished reading this first volume I went ahead and requested the next 8 volumes from my library!

I give the first volume of Kiss of the Rose Princess, 4 stars!

Clay Lord: Master of Golems Volume 02, by Jun Suzumoto | Manga Review #43


The Earthgaia clan, the royal family of golem craftsmen, are renowned through the realm for creating sentient automatons of the highest caliber.

As the last surviving member of the family, Clay is doing his best to carry on their legacy, despite having no memory of his past. Suddenly, an event forces him to recall the origin of his two golems, Kurogane and Shirogane. Perhaps some memories are best left forgotten!

I was enthusiastic to read this second volume in the Clay Lord manga, since I had visited the library a few times to find the second volume. I’ve finally got this second volume in my hands only because I had requested the book online and the day after or so, it was waiting for me on the shelves, haha.

I liked seeing how this second volume started off with some of Clay’s memories when the Golem twins finally found him.

Having read this volume, I can assure you that I love this manga more than I thought was possible. I loved everything (aside from Glauco). There are so many emotions running rampant throughout this second volume. I’m not even kidding when I say that this volume was a wild emotional roller coaster. There’s so much that was uncovered, so many truths revealed both to the reader, and to Clay himself. Whether that have happened through his own memories or memories being reiterated from Kurogane and Shirogane.

I loved all of this second volume, and I am eagerly awaiting to read the third and final volume.

I give Clay Lord: Master of Golems Volume 02, 5 stars.

Happy Reading!
— Adele

He’s my Only Vampire Vol.08 + 09 + 10, by Aya Shouoto | Manga Review #40-42

28449211“I will restore your love to you……”

When Eriya offers to help retrieve Aki’s memories, he and Kana begin spending quite a lot of time in each other’s company. Seeing the two of them cozily conspiring together, Aki soon finds himself becoming strangely irritated—-despite the fact that he’s said to have lost all recollection of his love for Kana. And with that, the threads that bind the three together grow even more tangled……


I didn’t have many thoughts concerning this eighth volume. But what I did think of this volume is as follows:

I bet that Aki gets the stigma of Envy.

I don’t like that I’m right in the sense that Eriya is up to no good. This eighth volume pretty much sums up that Eriya is a huge ol’ dumb-dumb.

I don’t like the love-triangle that these three are in.

The plot twist that happens nearing the end of this 8th volume has me very happy.

I give He’s My Only Vampire Volume 08, 3 stars.

He’s My Only Vampire Volume 09

29775372“To think that sharing her with you would let me experience such unthinkable highs…!”

At long last, Aki has regained his memory. However, he and Kana are faced with a painful truth–all along, Kana has actually been Eriya’s thrall! Amid the chaos, the final Stigma appears, and the bloodred ties that bind the players in the game tighten to a stranglehold!


Ok. I’m not even going to say much about this 9th volume because hello spoilers. What I liked about this 9th volume is that the last stigma appeared. Which makes the story feel like it’s at its tipping point. So I know for sure that the 10th volume will be pretty interesting!

He’s My Only Vampire Volume 10

31934031Born together and locked in endless struggle…that leaves us but one fate…

Envy, the final Stigma appears at last…on Kana! To protect her, Aki resolves to battle Eriya in earnest and sets out for Tsubakiin Manor. The tale of the love and blood red bonds shared by the beautiful vampire twins and their thrall comes to a thrilling conclusion!


I expected this last volume to be explosive. And boiiii, my feelings have exploded.

its great seeing Aki being talkative, and actually express himself for once.

It was great reading this last volume. There was quite a bit of action, and I want to say that this 10th volume was a little longer than the previous volumes, but I’m not too sure about that! I can say for sure though that this 10th volume felt pretty long.

There was so much that happened. I want to just spill my guts out and spoil everything. At the same time though, I want to savour the ending and my thoughts on it all to myself. I know that if I don’t write my thoughts down somewhere though, I’ll regret it later.

OK, so, the ending to the story is very bittersweet. I can’t help but wish that everyone got a happier ending and that they were all together as one big happy family. Saying that though…I’m kind of glad that the characters all got their own ending in a way. And sometimes these endings can’t be the ones that we were hoping for.

I can understand why the story ended this way. One, there are a few stories that we left unfinished. Mainly that Kana has AN OLDER SIBLING?! I hate that their story ended too soon.

In the end though, I’m quite happy that Kana and Aki got an ending that they earned. Especially with everything those two had been through in these 10 volumes.

I give He’s My Only Vampire Volume 10, 3 stars!

Happy Reading!
— Adele

Dawn of the Arcana Volume 03, by Rei Tōma | Manga Review #39

12349654Princess Nakaba of Senan is forced to marry Prince Caesar of the enemy country Belquat, tantamount to becoming a hostage. While Caesar is pleasing to the eye, he is also selfish and possessive, telling Nakaba outright: “You are my property.” With only her attendant Loki at her side, Nakaba must find a way to cope with her hostile surroundings, her fake marriage…and a mysterious power!

Princess Nakaba of Senan and Prince Caesar of Belquat only married each other for the sake of peace between their two warring countries, so no one expected there to be love between the unlikely couple. Nakaba is starting to warm to Caesar, however, and her attendant Loki doesn’t like this one bit. Are Loki and Caesar destined to be enemies? And how does Nakaba’s power, the Arcana of Time, fit into all this?

I know I say this about every other manga review I write, but I genuinely kind of forgot what happened in the second volume. However! Reading the different volumes is like going on a different adventure with every volume I read. Same characters, same overall story, yet a new adventure every time.

I went into reading this third volume kind of remembering what happened in the second volume. Nevertheless, this story is a great one to read, and I enjoyed what happens in this one! I especially liked learning more of the Arcana.

One of the things I liked in this 3rd volume was that Caesar stood up for his wife (Nakaba) to his King Father and Queen Mother. Which is no small feat since everyone in the Belquat kingdom, save for Caesar himself, seems to hate Princess Nakaba.

I am enjoying the fact that Nakaba is trying her damndest to not fall in love with Caesar, yet her heart isn’t listening at all.

Seeing what Nakaba can do with the Arcana is amusing. I wonder what her powers will grow into, and how effective her seeing will be. Seeing Nakaba work through her own thoughts was entertaining, and honestly, a little sad as well. Like, I don’t like seeing Nakaba sad because she’s usually a bright girl.

Seeing the secrets of Belquat was puzzling, because now the reader (and the characters) know what is really going on.

What happens at the end of this book is something that I adore about this series. — I enjoy getting to see Caesar act like a normal kid. I don’t actually know how old these characters are, but I do know that they’re highly entertaining and that I’m enjoying getting to know their stories.

This Akhil character is interesting. I wonder how his character will play out for the rest of the series.

My overall thoughts on this third volume is that the story seems to be making smooth progress. Of course there are bumps and lumps throughout the story to make things interesting, but I’m enjoying those as well.

I give Dawn of the Arcana Volume 03, 3.5 stars!

Happy Reading!
— Adele

The Water Dragon’s Bride Volume 04, by Rei Tōma | Manga Review #38

34466644A 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!

Because the water dragon god wants to interact with Asahi more, he descends to the village in the guise of a human. Asahi’s friend Subaru has mixed feelings about this but joins them on a journey to the capital. What adventures are in store, and how will their fates change?

I really didn’t know what to expect before I started reading this fourth volume, because I had forgotten the details of the first few volumes. However! I’m glad that the story takes off where the third volume ended, and I’m happy that the story is as interesting as ever!

Reading Asahi’s story is immensely satisfying. Especially with how the story is progressing (like I’ve said).

gosh, there was trouble again in this fourth volume. I didn’t like seeing how one of the capital’s priestesses caused all of the trouble, but I am pretty proud of how Asahi handled it all!

I’m anticipating (and predicting) that in the next few volumes, we will see the characters that were introduced in this volume again. I’m quite sure they’ll be causing quite a bit of trouble!

I give this fourth volume, 3 stars.

Happy Reading!
— Adele

He’s My Only Vampire Vol.06 + 07, by Aya Shouto | Manga Review #37

25861125“Forgive me. I can no longer love you prettily……”
After Kana regains her memories at Tsubakiin Manor, her feelings for Aki become colored by their shared past. Meanwhile, Aki offers Mishio a certain “deal” in order to rescue Kana. Where will Kana and Aki’s rapidly developing destiny lead them?!!
Each time I read a manga, I’m amazed at what can be packed into four or so chapters.
Within this 6th volume, we learn the true feelings that Aki has towards Kana, and we learn the feelings that Kana has towards Aki. Over the course of this volume, the story is one that has a lot of misgivings.
Aki does things in trying to save Kana, we learn the consequences that Aki has payed. In  that he jeopardizes himself. We also learn that from a young age Aki has been severely depressed.
Also, at the end of this there was a freaking plot twist! I’m interested in learning how that plot twist turns out to be….
I give this 6th volume, 3 stars!

He’s My Only Vampire Volume 07

27161840“You said you loved me, right?” Kana is heartbroken as Aki treats her with cold indifference after losing all memory of her and their time together. Amid this confusion, Eriya–Aki’s younger twin brother said to have been put in sleep stasis after being nearly killed by Aki–makes his entrance!! What will happen when the blood-soaked vampire twins finally meet again?!


So I know that in this seventh (7th) volume the twins are reunited, but I can’t help but be a little angry at Eriya.

Volume 07 seems to have gotten out of hand, in my opinion. But I know that there are only 3 other volumes left, with a total of 10, so it’s bound to get a little wacky before the big finale.

In this seventh volume, we see a new character introduced, the history of another, as well as the true extent of what Aki did for Kana’s release.

I’m angry at Eriya, since he seems to be very, very manipulative and that ticks me off soooo much. I can also say with certainty that I despise Eriya in this volume. He might be able to redeem himself in the next volume, or at least by the end of the story. I highly doubt that though.

I have no idea where the story is heading and I’m nervous about that! I kind of want to not read the rest of the books, just to save myself from ruining the story for my future-self. However, I have the last 3 volumes beside me so now I’m off to read them!

I give this seventh volume 2 stars.

Happy Reading!
— Adele