Manga: Punch Up! Volume 5

Punch Up!
Volume 5
written & illustrated by Shiuko Kano

Publisher: VIZ Media | SuBLime

Release Date: February 12, 2019

Format: ARC from Edelweiss

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I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

I was excited when I heard about the continuation of this series. While the fourth volume ended in lighthearted fashion, I can’t help but welcome more of these two characters. This manga series fulfills all the BL standards: memorable protagonists, swoony dramatic love story, and explicit scenes.

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Manga: A Strange and Mystifying Story Volume 6

A Strange and Mystifying Story
Volume 6
written & illustrated by Tsuta Suzuki

Publisher: VIZ Media | SuBLime

Release Date: February 12, 2019

Format: ARC from Edelweiss

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I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is the sixth volume in the series, so there may be spoilers. This entire series follows characters who have cursed bloodlines that brought out the guardian deities to their respective families. This volume continues the story of high schooler Tsumugi and his guardian diety, Master Kurayori. Please be aware that the first few volumes do contain explicit content between two male characters.

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January 2019 Wrap-up

I started off very strong then I found the world of Chinese doramas and DAY6 music.

Since I’ve been prioritizing these doramas over reading, I didn’t participate in any of the readathons (Bibliothon & Tome Infinity) I wanted to participate in. In hindsight I should have realized that January is usually a slow start for me after how I wrapped up my year, but I’ll just take everything in stride.

This month I read three books:

Typically when I’m not reading a book I’m spending those times reading fanfiction.

I am partaking in the Fanfiction Reading Challenge. This is my check in point for the post. I decided to participate in both options of this reading challenge.

I read 39 fanfictions giving me the title of Fangirl Lite for Option 1. As for Option 2 I’ve met 7 of the 20 reading challenges making me complete 35% of the reading challenges.

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Top Ten Tuesday: The Ten Most Recent Additions to My To-Read List

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

I’ve already put out an anticipated releases on my blog so I’ll stay away from that list. There will be a couple of titles that still need to be released.

My TBR is all over the place. I have one on Goodreads, one on an Excel sheet, and a couple of them written down on a pad. I decided to look back a few weeks to see which titles I’m most looking forward to reading.

I’ll start with the upcoming releases.

You Asked for Perfect by Laura Silverman
Release Date: March 5, 2019

When a failed calculus quiz threatens his valedictorian standing Ariel Stone secretly decides to get a tutor. Ariel gets Amir who excels in calculus and while they never got along in the beginning those boundaries begin to change the more time they’re together. Now Ariel has to decide if his feelings for Amir is worth the worth he spend his whole life to achieve.

The Last 8 by Laura Pohl
Release date: March 5, 2019

Clover Martinez thought she was the only survivor after aliens destroy earth when she gets wind of a radio message bringing her to the former Area 51. Her joy of meeting a band of misfits is short-lived once she realizes they’re more interested in hiding than fighting back when she comes across a spaceship which makes her question who to trust.

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Release date: May 14, 2019

Alex Claremont-Diaz, the First Son, needs to be best friends with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry when photos of their confrontation captured by tabloids threaten British/American relationships.

The more time Alex spends around Henry he realizes there is more to him than he originally thought. They have to question everything they hold dear as their secret can affect not only themselves but also affect everyone else.

Now onto the backlist titles I want to get to (some day).

35271523Senlin Ascends
by Josiah Bancroft

Thomas Senlin arrives at the Tower of Babel with his wife for their honeymoon when they become separated by a swarm of people. The Tower of Babel is made of a variety of ringdoms ranging in different levels of danger and civilization. Thomas has to shed his mild-mannered personality if he ever hopes to find his wife as he navigates his way through the Tower.

17978165Midwinterblood
by Marcus Sedwick

In the setting of a remote Scandinavian island of the Blessed, where a powerful plant that resembles a dragon grows, seven people from different centuries tell their stories. Eerily enough, their stories are intertwined in some mysterious fashion. They have to unravel the secrets to the island and whether they can break the cycle of the midwinterblood.

25489134The Bear and the Nightingale
by Katherine Arden

Set in winter of the Russian wilderness, Vasilisa grew up believing in fairy tales and the dangers of not honoring the spirits of the house and yard and forest. Vasilisa’s new stepmother forbids their family in honoring the spirits and Vasilisa becomes frightened as misfortune falls on the village and the evil creatures seem to be creeping closer.

30370061Frat Boy
by Kiley Roache

Cassandra Davis decides to pledge into the fraternity Delta Tau Chi in hopes of finding proof of their misogynistic behavior as part of a research project for a scholarship. The more time she spends there, she finds herself questioning her preconceived notions of how fraternities function and realize that perhaps there is something more to this testosterone fueled world.

30095464The Bone Witch
by Rin Chupeco

Tea future as a witch of society is changed when she accidentally resurrects her brother from the dead. Ostracized by the community, Tea and her brother leave with another older bone witch for training. As Tea is training with the elemental elements dark forces are approaching forcing her to make a powerful decision.

Radio Silence
by Alice Oseman

On her free time, Frances Janvier is making fan art for her favorite podcast when she is asked by Radio Silence, the creator of Universe City, for a collaboration. They quickly become best friends and find their friendship at risk when Radio Silence’s identity is revealed. Frances has to decide if she has the courage to stand up for Radio Silence or become another voice of the masses.

Anger is a Gift
by Mark Oshiro

Moss Jefferies is left with near crippling panic attacks when his father was murdered by an Oakland police officer and vilified by the media. Frustrated at being treated like criminals, the students organize together to fight against the administration and their stricter rules. As tensions peak and tragedy strikes Moss has to make a decision on whether to give in to the fear or realize anger can be a gift.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Meant to Read in 2018 but Didn’t Get to

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018.

These are listed in no particular order.

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  • Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
  • We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson •
  • Jade City by Fonda Lee
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes •
  • The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon & translated by Lucia Graves •

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  • All the Birds in the Sky by Charlie Jane Anders •
  • A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness
  • The Fifth Season by N. K. Jemsin
  • The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Titles marked with a “•” indicate books chosen for readathons but ultimately pushed aside for another book that I was in the mood for instead.

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Book: The Wizard’s Dog

The Wizard’s Dog
Book 1 in The Wizard’s Dog
by Eric Kahn Gale

Publisher: Crown Books for Young Readers

Read on January 8, 2019

Format: Library Book

This middle grade book is a loose adaptation of the Arthurian legend told through the perspective of Nosewise, a curious and adventurous dog. As Merlin and Morgana are busy practicing their magic tricks Nosewise becomes more interested in work. Once the Fae come and kidnap Merlin Nosewise finds himself chasing after Merlin’s captors.

As expected of a middle grade book the world is very simple yet imaginative at the same time. There are not a lot of difficult words and the pacing is relatively fast making the entire reading process quite enjoyable. Reading from the perspective of a dog was quite entertaining. Illustrations are scattered throughout the book to help correspond to the action scenes in the book. The tone is very light in aspects of danger, but I could still feel Nosewise’s desperation to get his family back.

This book explores the topics of family, friendship, and find the courage to act in the face of adversity.

I would recommend this book as an introduction into middle grade fantasy.

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Book: Kingdom of Copper

The Kingdom of Copper
Book 2 in The Daevabad Trilogy
by S.A. Chakraborty

Publisher: Harper Collins | Harper Voyager

Release Date: January 22, 2019

Format: ARC from Edelweiss

I received an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This is the second book in the series, so this post may have contain some spoilers. This is an adult fantasy series so the world building can get intimidating as we are immersed in a different culture, but this intricate world just drew me in. With the story being told from several characters, we learn the aspirations and fears residing within Daevabad, the legendary City of Brass. Learn about djinns, ifrits, and this beautiful world riddled with tragedy.

My review of the first book, City of Brass, can be found here.

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