Belle’s & The Beast’s Tale – Mallory Reaves

32841044This manga series does not reimagine the story of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. The author takes some liberties, but they do not change the core of the story. But the art is apparently inspired by the movie, which I have yet to see.

It’s delightful. We all know the story, so it’s not as if I was expecting to be blown away by it. In fact, I would most likely have been annoyed if there were important changes. But this is Belle’s tale, so we have her insight. She narrates the story, not some unknown character.

While Belle could have been prettier – she looks a little unoriginal, doesn’t she? – I absolutely loved how the other characters were represented in manga format. The locations are astounding. It’s a delight to the eyes.

And heart. Because it’s romantic. After all, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is a romance, so if it’s not beautiful enough to sweep us off our feet, then it failed, right? Fortunately, this manga did not fail. I read it in one sitting. There was no way I could have stopped myself from reading. Continue reading

Review: Soulless, Vol. 3

16131399Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 3 by Gail Carriger

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: November 19th, 2013
Publisher: Yen Press
Point of View: N/A
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Manga, Steampunk, Supernatural

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Condemned by society and her werewolf husband due to a pregnancy she cannot explain, Alexia Maccon – preternatural, tea aficionado – seeks an explanation for this “infant inconvenience” so as to cleanse her sullied reputation and prove her fool of a husband wrong. Preternaturals are a rare breed and the only history of their kind lies in Italy with the Templars, a group that once partnered with preternaturals to hunt down werewolves and vampires. Will Alexia find an explanation for her impossible offspring? Or do the Templars have other plans for the curious “Soulless One”? Continue reading

Review: Soulless, Vol.2

13272633Soulless: The Manga, Vol. 2 by Gail Carriger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: November 20th, 2012
Publisher: Yen Press
Point of View: N/A
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Slow
Genres & Themes: Manga, Steampunk, Supernatural

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Settling into her new life as the Lady Woolsey, Alexia finds her days quite challenging. Whether it is a regiment of supernatural soldiers camped out on her front lawn or the demands of being the Queen’s “muhjah,” there never seems to be a want of new hurdles to overcome. But when stories of supernaturals rendered normal by some unknown force begin cropping up, Alexia has a rather serious mystery on her hands. Can she root out the cause of this phenomenon, which smacks of some larger plot at work? Continue reading

Review: Maximum Ride, Vol. 2

6406017Maximum Ride, Vol. 2 by James Patterson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: October 27th, 2009
Publisher: Yen Press
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Manga, Science Fiction, Action

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Having recovered Angel, Max and the flock head to New York City to pursue a lead regarding their true identities. But where the flock goes, erasers are sure to follow! Even more troubling, though, is the voice that’s begun whispering in Max’s head. Is it really her destiny to save the world? Continue reading

Review: Reindeer Boy by Cassandra Jean

30621322Reindeer Boy by Cassandra Jean

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: December 20th, 2016
Publisher: Yen Press
Point of View: 1st Person & Feminine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Manga, Contemorary, High School, Christmas, Romance

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Quincy has the same dream every year on Christmas Eve – of finding a little boy holding a special gift for her under the tree – and every Christmas morning, she’s awoken to find a gift wrapped in tinfoil with her name on it…

When school resumes after the winter break, Quincy’s class discovers they have an unusual new transfer student named Cupid. Ridiculously cute and friendly, the new boy has everyone both enamored and confused. Those antlers can’t be real…can they?? With Cupid having seemingly set his sights on Quincy, it seems she’ll be having a memorable year indeed! Continue reading

Review: Maximum Ride, Vol. 1

3173558Maximum Ride, Vol. 1 by James Patterson

My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: January 27th, 2009
Publisher: Yen Press
Point of View: Alternative
Recommended Age: 11+
Pacing: Fast
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Manga, Action, Science Fiction

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Fourteen-year-old Maximum Ride, better known as Max, knows what it’s like to soar above the world. She and all the members of the “flock”—Fang, Iggy, Nudge, Gasman and Angel—are just like ordinary kids—only they have wings and can fly. It may seem like a dream come true to some, but their lives can morph into a living nightmare at any time… like when Angel, the youngest member of the flock, is kidnapped and taken back to the “School” where she and the others were experimented on by a crew of wack jobs.

Her friends brave a journey to blazing hot Death Valley, CA, to save Angel, but soon enough, they find themselves in yet another nightmare—this one involving fighting off the half-human, half-wolf “Erasers” in New York City. Whether in the treetops of Central Park or in the bowels of the Manhattan subway system, Max and her adopted family take the ride of their lives. Along the way Max discovers from her old friend and father-figure Jeb—now her betrayed and greatest enemy—that her purpose is save the world—but can she? Continue reading

Review: Bunny Drop, Vol. 1

6449648Bunny Drop, Vol. 1 by Yumi Unita

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Received: Publisher
Publication Date: March 23rd, 2010
Publisher: Yen Press
Point of View: 1st Person & Masculine
Recommended Age: 12+
Pacing: Normal
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Manga, Slice of Life, Family

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Going home for his grandfather’s funeral, thirty-year-old bachelor Daikichi is floored to discover that the old man had an illegitimate child with a younger lover! The rest of his family is equally shocked and embarrassed by this surprise development, and not one of them wants anything to do with the silent little girl, Rin. In a fit of angry spontaneity, Daikichi decides to take her in himself! But will living with this overgrown teenager of man help Rin come out of her shell? And hang on, won’t this turn of events spell doom for Daikichi’s love life?! Continue reading

Review: Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda, Yuu

18170149Wolf Children: Ame & Yuki by Mamoru Hosoda

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: March 25th 2014
Publisher: Yen Press
Point of View: 1st Person
Recommended Age: 11+
Genres & Themes: Manga, Slice of Life, Werewolves, Family, Lost

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When Hana falls in love with a young interloper she encounters in her college class, the last thing she expects to learn is that he is part wolf. Instead of rejecting her lover upon learning his secret, she accepts him with open arms. Soon, the couple is expecting their first child, and a cozy picture of family life unfolds. But after what seems like a mere moment of bliss to Hana, the father of her children is tragically taken from her. Life as a single mother is hard in any situation, but when your children walk a fine line between man and beast, the rules of parenting all but go out the window. With no one to turn to, how will Hana survive? Continue reading

Review: In These Words, Volume 1

In These Words, Volume 1 by Kichiku Neko

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Received: Bought
Publication Date: June 12th 2012
Publisher: Media, Inc
Point of View: Masculine
Genres & Themes: Adult, Manga, Yaoi, BDSM, Dark, Thriller, Psychological, Death

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Asano Katsuya is a US trained psychiatrist who has been recruited by the Tokyo Police Department to provide a profile through the victims’ data. Based on Asano’s profile and recommendation, an elaborate plan is put into place to lure the serial killer out – a plan that bore successful results Now, after three years and twelve victims, Shinohara Keiji is finally in police custody. Shinohara has promised a thorough confession, however, on the absolute terms that Asano has to be the one to receive it. Besides the curious request by the killer whom Asano was only familiar with on paper, disturbing nightmares begin to plague him as soon as he’s given the case… Continue reading

Review: No Touching At All by Kou Yoneda

No Touching At All by Kou Yoneda

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
Received: Online Read – Mangafox
Publication Date: November 30th 2010
Publisher: Digital Manga Publishing
Point of View: Masculine
Genres & Themes: Manga, Adult, Yaoi, Slice of Life, Drama

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On his very first day at a brand-new job, shy Shima is trapped in the elevator with a hungover mess of a guy…who turns out to be his boss! Togawa’s prickly exterior definitely puts the rookie recruit on-edge, but it doesn’t take long before Shima’s every waking thought is invaded by his overbearing yet totally thoughtful superior. Will Shima put aside a history of disappointment in order to take a chance on a complicated relationship? Continue reading