Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Vol. 4 by Izumi Tsubaki {Manga Review}

Monthly Girls' Nozaki-kun by Izumi Tsubaki Vol. 4Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Vol. 4 by Izumi Tsubaki (Monthly Girls’ #4)

Publisher: Yen Press

Release Date: August 30, 2016

Pages: 160

Available Through The Book Depository: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Volume 4

Summary: When Chiyo tells Nozaki she wants to see more drama in his manga, he rises to the task…by trying to pull bizarre pranks on her? And when a failed attempt at cozying up to his editor leaves Nozaki with a girls’ dating sim in hand, he gets schooled in melodrama, otome-style! But Nozaki’s not the one with more drama in his life. Chiyo gets a crash course on the Nozaki family when she discovers there’s another Nozaki-kun…and he’s just as eccentric as his big brother! With two Nozakis in the picture and the usual cast of lovable weirdos getting up to no good, will Chiyo be fed up with drama when the all-important, romance-boosting, summer festival arrives?!

My Rating:★★★★☆

My Thoughts: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun continues to be one of the funniest manga series out there! Tsubaki brilliantly subverts romance tropes as our protagonist  Chiyo, alongside Nozaki and the rest of the crew get into hilarious and ridiculous situations! This volume delves more into the fun dynamics between the lovable cast, especially the guys!

I’ve really missed this series and now that its finally on Netflix, I just felt more motivated to continue it. Monthly Girls’ essentially follows Chiyo who is in love with her classmate Umetarou Nozaki, but through hilarious misunderstandings, she ends up becoming his assistant as a manga creator! From there, we meet an ensemble cast of characters that are all unique and funny in their own ways, from shy heartthrob Mikoshiba, Chiyo’s best friend Seo, to basketball player Waka, “prince” Kashima, and drama club director Hori!

The dynamic and friendship between the characters is such an essential part of this series and seeing all the funny scenarios that go one between each 4-panel page just makes this series an absolute blast! They’re all such wonderful dorks and I love them so much!!

While Chiyo isn’t as prominent in this volume, we get a lot of great moments from the guys’ perspectives Nozaki, Mikoshiba, Waka, and Hori!

Nozaki is trying to come up with more surprising plot points/twists for his story and gets Chiyo involved at every moment. Alongside that, one of my favorite Nozaki and Chiyo moments was when he mentioned how much he enjoyed walking with her 💞!!

I know this series will most likely use the “possible” but never realized romantic story line between Chiyo and Nozaki, but I still love the development of their friendship and dynamic so much!!

Now, I never knew Nozaki had a brother so, getting to meet him was a lot of fun and in this volume especially we delve more into Nozaki’s past with his family and the early years of him being a manga creator.

The Nozaki sleepover was filled with lots of really funny moments, same as the one where their playing a video game. And as with all past volumes, any Mikoshiba scene continues to be my favorite.

Overall what Monthly Girls’ does incredibly well is bring so many different characters with such unique personalities and no matter what, make any interaction interesting and filled with humor. With that said, I love the spring/summer festival pages nearing the end, where everyone is there together–also those last 2 pages of Nozaki/Chiyo were hilarious, but also kinda sweet!

Compared to Vol. 3, it felt like there were more clear storylines in this one which I appreciated, which made the plot connect more seamlessly.

Maybe its because I’ve watched more of the anime, but Nozaki felt more serious and agitated during particular moments in this on compared to past volumes and the anime… but, maybe I’m just reading into it too much 😂?

Nozaki though continues to be unaware in the most obvious of situations and its just hilarious, especially when the others end up helping on his manga. One of my favorite moments was when Nozaki decided he, Chiyo & Mikoshiba try to find each other without cellphones, also the box chapter!!

My only critiques is that because this volume is longer compared to the previous ones the pacing can feel a bit slow in minor parts. Also, I felt like the flashback moments with Ken (Nozaki’s editor) kind of slowed the story down. However, I think its because personally, I’m not too invested in that particular storyline (but it works very well in the anime, due to the comedic timing).

Monthly Girls Nozak-kun Vol. 4 brilliantly explores the stellar chemistry and dynamic between the main cast! The plot continues to subvert romantic tropes, expectations, and delivers fun new situations for our favorite characters to get into! Can’t wait to continue with Vol. 5!

2019 Reading Goals! {Book Blog Discussion}

Book Blog Discussion BannerIts time for a bookish chat! Hey, 24hr.YABookBlog here (~˘▾˘)~ 💞✨📚

Finals are done–so today’s post is more of a “welcome-back” and even though its only been a week, in the book blogging world it felt like such a long time since I posted something! 😭💞💞

As 2018 comes to a close I’m realizing I have quite a few reading goals, but haven’t actually gotten them organized–so, I thought I’d share them today and hopefully hear some of your reading goals to get even more inspiration for my 2019 reading!!

With my January 2019 TBR almost set, I’ve been thinking a lot recently about all the book & reading-related goals I have set or hope to accomplish in the new year! 

If there’s any reading goals you have for 2019, share in the comments below, I’d love to know!! 😍📚📚🎉✨

So, here’s my list of some 2019 Reading Goals!

joyce-mccown-791673-unsplash books1.Goodreads Goal: 20 Books

So, for the last couple years I’ve set my Goodreads goal to 15 books! Now, I know I always read above that, but having a small goal made it feel less stressful for me personally.

But, in 2019 I really want to make an effort to read/review more books & slash my TBR pile, so for 2019 I hope the bump in my Goodreads goal (maybe it’ll be at 30?) will encourage me to read more!

2.Finish Series

There are quite a few series I know of that I have yet to start or finish: for some I’ve either haven’t started them yet, have read 1 book so far, or only have the final book left!

There are 4 series I have in mind that I want to get through and I hope I can complete them in 2019!

3.Backlist Books

This one is pretty obvious 😂📚✨ There are so many books I don’t manage to get through each year, so in 2019 I really want to get through more of my Backlist TBR! There are mainly a lot from this year that I really want to get to in 2019 (especially from my physical TBR)!

4.Read/Review more manga

I’ve read quite a few manga on my blog, but there’s so many series I’ve started already (like The Royal Tutor & Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun) that I really want to continue with because they are some of my all-time favorite series! I really want to support them/recommend them more on my blog because I feel they would be such great reads for fans of YA and deserve a lot more hype in general! 😍❤❤

Aside from manga, I also want to read more graphic novels & comics!!

5.Read more adult fiction

As the years have gone by I’ve noticed that while YA is one of my all-time genres that I will never stop reading, I see myself gravitating towards adult fiction too (mainly SFF & Romance).

YA will still be my genre of choice, but there’s also some great adult fiction books (especially in the SFF genre ✨📚) I hope to get to in 2019 and read/review on the blog!

6.Reading more Indie publisher books

There are so many fantastic books published year after year, but recently I’ve thought more about how I can & should do more to read from smaller publishers other than the Big 5!

This also ties back into my “Backlist” goal because there’s so many great books I’m looking forward to reading/catching-up on that aren’t from the bigger publishers!

And that’s my list of the Reading Goals I’ve set for 2019! I can’t wait for 2019 so I can accomplish as much of these as possible! (~˘▾˘)~💞📚✨

And keep an eye out in 2019 for a Bookish Goals {2019} post talking about blogging goals, more specific book-related goals, etc.!! Can’t wait to share it 😍💞✨📚🎉🎉

September 2018 Wrap-Up

# Of Books Read: 6

Darius The Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram1.Darius The Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

ARC | Started August 25 + Finished September 3 |Rating:★★★★☆| Darius The Great Is Not Okay ARC Review

Overall Thoughts: A moving and deeply character-driven debut! I loved how Khorram explored the character-dynamics + relationships that Darius has and how they differ between each other. Darius takes a trip with his family to visit grandparents in Iran. This trip isn’t just about him connecting more with his cultural background, but also allowing him to carve a space for himself when he is unsure of where he fits in. He also makes a new friend while there, Shorab. They play soccer and their friendship is given so much page-time & development! Because depression is very much present in Darius’s life, we see how its impacted his views of situations and people around him, etc, so there’s a great exploration of mental health. There’s such a focus on family, friendship, and acceptance of ones-self that are such central themes to the book. My only major issue that impacted my rating, was that many times there were pauses written in to Darius’s thinking (b/c its 1st person; “um”). I felt it never really added anything to the story and because we already know the anxiety Darius feels, it felt very unnecessary and was a bit overused. But aside from that, overall what makes Darius The Great Is Not Okay such a wonderful debut to check out is the depth to the characters and story!

Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun Volume 32.Monthly-Girl’s Nozaki-kun Vol. 3 by Izumi Tsubaki

Owned | Started + Finished September 6 |Rating:★★★★☆ | Monthly-Girl’s Nozaki-kun Vol. 3 Full Review

Overall Thoughts: Monthly-Girl’s is a brilliant & underrated manga series that follows Chiyo who has a crush on one of her classmates Nozaki & through hilarious scenarios filled with misunderstandings, becomes his assistant & meets tons of new friends! What makes this series so great is the unique and dynamic cast of characters that you connect with so easily and the clever ways the author puts comedic spins on romance/romance tropes! This volume focuses more on the side characters and their development. My only minor issue is that in this volume its more focused on the scenarios & skits that the plot doesn’t really connect & did feel a bit different than the previous volumes. However, this manga series continues to be one of my favorites, with brilliantly-timed jokes, fun & immersive skits & similar to volumes 1 & 2, puts the cast in such hilarious situations while also bringing them to life with each page!

Fence Issue 1 by C.S. Pacat + Johannah The Mad3. Fence Vol. 1 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna The Mad + Joana Lafuente

Library | Started + Finished September 13 | Rating:★★★★☆ |Fence Full Review

Overall Thoughts: Fence is a fast-paced character-driven series that is incredibly immersive as it introduces you to the world of championship fencing! Fence Vol. 1 follows Nicholas Cox as he tries to prove he’s ready to get into the leagues of championship fencing, but with his loss against championship fencer Seiji Katayama, he gets set back quite a bit, but vows to challenge him again one day & win! This 1st volume not only introduces the main cast, but also whats at stake for Nicholas as he finds himself at the King’s Row boarding school & with his roommate being none other than, Seiji! I go more into depth as to why I rated this lower than when I read the single issues, but basically after a re-read I found the characters to be a bit static & the first few issues overall seem more as set up for something much bigger than the story its really giving you in this volume! Aside from that, Fence Vol. 1 is a fun series filled with friendship, rivalries, championships, & of course–fencing!

Analee, In Real Life by Janelle Milanes4. Analee, In Real Life by Janelle Milanes

ARC |Started September 15 + Finished September 18 | Rating: ★★★★★ | Analee, In Real Life Full Review

Overall Thoughts: Milanes delivers another stunning YA Contemporary! This novel follows Analee who finds things difficult to say in real life, but through her favorite online RPG, she plays as a character who is all the things she aspires to be: brave, outgoing, and always willing to take chances! The plot is fantastic, wonderfully paced, and told through a relatable 1st person POV! Milanes’s novel follows Analee learning to come out of her shell when she decides to start a fake relationship with Seb Matias who is trying to win back his ex-girlfriend, thinking she can win back her friend Lily, who’s also part of the popular crowd. The friendship/relationship that develops between the 2 was so incredibly developed and I loved how the each grow with each other’s help. I loved it!! Aside from Seb & Analee’s relationship, there’s also themes of family, love & loss that is explored as we also learn that Analee’s mother’s death 3 years earlier has left both her and her father still grieving. Analee learns more about her stepmother Harlow & step-sister Avery! The incredible characters, plot, and themes explored made Milanes’s latest book another on of my all-time favorite YA Contemporary books! I loved everything about Analee, In Real Life and highly recommend it if your a fan of: Online RPGs, fake dating, diverse cast of characters, exploration of family, friendship, & love! 

Wildcard by Marie Lu5.Wildcard by Marie Lu (Warcross #2)

Owned | Started September 20 + Finished September 21 | Rating: ★★★★☆ ½ | Wildcard Full Review

Overall Thoughts: Wildcard was such a unique finale, but also delivers new elements that made it different from Warcross, in a great way! I found it delivered more on political intrigue and character-development, even hints of a psychological thriller in a way, that added many layers of depth to what we remember in Warcross. Without spoiling too much, I also enjoyed the addition to new characters and seeing a different side to the stakes introduced previously in book 1! My only minor issue is that because it is more character-driven and intrigue heavy, story/character threads did feel a bit slower and the development felt a bit uneven at times. However, Wildcard is definitely a finale that will leave you at the edge of your seat as the stakes and the game, changes!

The Carrying by Ada Limón6. The Carrying: Poems by Ada Limón

Library | Started + Finished September 26 | Rating: ★★★★★ | The Carrying: Poems Full Review

Overall Thoughts: Limón’s collection explores life, death, identity, womanhood, youth, and so much more through a writing-style that has such vivid imagery and paints so many different emotions with each poem! Limón’s poems (broken up into 3 parts) really leave you thinking and reflecting as each line carries such weight and depth. I also loved the beautiful imagery/view of nature and how it connects to so many differing emotions explored throughout this collection! The Carrying is easily one of my favorite poetry collections of all-time. It really left an impact as it explored so much about life and reflecting on the intense and emotional moments in life! 

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Plans For October:

~ Catch up on ARCs! I feel like this’ll probably be my goal each month for the rest of the year 😅📚✨There’s ARCs I hope to read ahead of time before release & review them on the blog! 💖📚✨

~ I’ve been listening to some new podcasts recently, so I’m also going to plan out some more reviews and recommend some new ones! 😍💞✨🎙

~ Read more than last month! I feel like I’m a pretty behind on recent releases, so I really want to try to get back on track with my TBR! 📚✨🎉🎉

What books did you read this month? Any bookish plans for October? 😍💕📚🎃✨

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Vol. 3 {Manga Review}

Monthly Girls Nozaki-Kun Volume 3Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Vol. 3 by Izumi Tsubaki

Publisher: Yen Press

Release Date: May 24, 2016

Pages: 144

Summary: Drawing comics is hard work, as high school boy and shoujo manga-ka Umetarou Nozaki and his motley crew of friends-turned-assistants know well. But being a manga pro doesn’t necessarily make Nozaki great at everything. In fact, Chiyo is about to discover that his talent just might be full of holes?!

As it turns out, everyone’s got some weaknesses, and nobody’s perfect-not even school “prince” Kashima! And Chiyo doesn’t get a pass either…because her greatest weakness is Nozaki himself!

My Rating:★★★★☆

My Thoughts: Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun is a fantastic manga series that gives unique + comedic spins to tropes (or more specifically, romance tropes)! The delightful cast of characters build on the comedic moments & hilarious misunderstandings throughout each episodic scenario!

Monthly Girls’ is one of the manga series (with the 1st being I Hear The Sunspot) that got me into reading manga again back in 2016!

I’d been planning to make a review for each volume, but with the format of each one, couldn’t decide exactly what to say! Now, that I’ve read 3 of them, I’m ready to share my thoughts on this amazing series!

*While reading this series, I also watched it alongside the anime (which is amazing) so I highly recommend checking it out too when reading it! ^_^

So to catch you up to speed, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun is a series that centers around Chiyo Sakura who has a crush on Umetarou Nozaki. She’s never told him how she’s felt, but through unexpected (& hilarious) scenarios, she learns he is a manga artist & basically ends up working alongside him after school as his assistant.

She meets new friends along the way and basically Chiyo, Nozaki, & the cast get involved in hilarious situations & often times ones filled with misunderstandings!

There’s not only Chiyo and Nozaki, but also Seo, Chiyo’s best friend who’s very outgoing & strong-willed, Mikoshiba, who’s the popular/good-looking guy who is actually extremely shy + gets embarrassed easily, & many more wonderful characters!! ❤

Monthly Girls’ overall continues to be one of the funniest & most underrated manga series I’ve ever read! I love all the characters (Though if I had to pick, Mikoshiba is probably one of my favorite characters of the entire series (´▽`ʃƪ)), the way the author puts brilliant twists on romance tropes, the use of humor and tropes in ways I don’t expect, the expansion on characters in subtle, but differing ways & all the wacky scenarios the characters get into!

In this volume, the side-characters have a more prominent role throughout the various skits:
-Mikoshiba goes to Nozaki for help on figuring out how group dates work (one of my favorite moments in this volume!)
-Ken Miyame (Nozaki’s editor) goes to a high school reunion. There’s also a running joke throughout this series that while Chiyo spends time w/ Nozaki, he learns more about Ken (which is funny b/c Chiyo has a crush on Nozaki, but Nozaki doesn’t really notice & cares more about impressing his editor than anyone else).
-Wakamatsu & Seo go out to the movies (another one of my favorite moments! <3)
-Nozaki & Mikoshiba try to act like bad-boys to get into the mindset for character creation in another chapter of Nozaki’s manga (the funniest moment of the whole volume.)
-And more hilarious moments between the “Prince” of the school, Yuu Kashima, and her drama club director, Masayuki!~

I loved that there was more development to the amazing characters aside from Nozaki & Chiyo! What also makes this manga so great is the subtle jokes you don’t see coming until the end of the page!

Mikoshiba just continues to try & be more confident & outgoing, but just can’ quite get there! He is the shy heart-throb I continue to love & adore!! I love seeing how he’s growing little by little with each volume (´▽`ʃƪ)<3 ❤ ❤

I also loved getting more subtle growth to Kashima & Masayuki’s relationship/interesting dynamic (its really a relationship based on them butting heads with each-other, but it works so perfectly!) Their development is what I look forward to with each volume!

Another relationship I can’t wait to see more of is with Seo & Wakamatsu! Theirs is one that’s just filled with hilarious misunderstandings and they easily became one of my new favorite duos!

Overall what makes Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun such a hilarious + entertaining series is that its just filled with tropes turned upside down and brilliantly timed jokes!

The bonds built between this dynamic group of friends, causes them to get into the wackiest situations, but at the end of the day, are always there for each other!

My only critique is that because Vol. 3 is more focused on the character dynamics between each scenario and not so much on the weaving of the plot, the pacing seemed a little slower to me. Because its also more character-driven, it does feel a bit different than previous volumes.

Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-Kun Vol. 3 continues to build its unique cast of characters and really focuses on the bonds between each of them as they get into hilarious situations! Though the plot is more episodic compared to previous volumes, this manga continues to brilliantly twist tropes in the most unexpected ways, deliver perfect comedic timing, & is filled with hilarious adventures that continue to bring its characters to life!

February 2017 Wrap-Up

# Of Books Read: 8

traitor-to-the-throne-by-alwyn-hamilton1.Traitor To The Throne by Alwyn Hamilton (Rebel Of The Sands #2)

Traitor To The Throne Full Review

Publisher: Faber&Faber

Release Date: February 2, 2017

Pages: 512

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: A fantastic sequel that truly surprised me! Hamilton focuses more on the politics and world of Miraji, while expanding on the magic/mythology. Her writing style as with Rebel keeps the story moving and really immerses you into the story! I am beyond excited for what’s to happen in Rebel Of The Sands #3!

kings-cage2.King’s Cage by Victoria Aveyard (Red Queen #3)

King’s Cage Full Review

Publisher: HarperTeen

Release Date: February 7, 2017

Pages: 528

My Rating:★★★★☆ 

Overall Thoughts: The world and characters really develop over the course of this novel compared to the previous installments. There is much needed expansion beyond Norta & many aspects of the world and politics surprised me + really added more depth to the world. However with the addition to multiple POV’s, there was 1 POV in particular really dragged the story  & did more of *showing instead of *telling.  Additionally, there are certain characters who I wish were present more. Regardless, Aveyard’s 3rd installment was entertaining and kept me turning the page! Interested to see how the Red Queen Series ends in Book 4!

welcome-to-the-ballroom-volume-13.Welcome To The Ballroom Vol. 1 by Tomo Takeuchi

Welcome To The Ballroom Full Review To Come

Publisher: Kodansha Comics

Pages: 192

My Rating:★★★★☆ 

Overall Thoughts: A great introduction to a new manga series about Tatara, a high school student who gets involved with ballroom dancing! I wish there was more development with the characters b/c they were all introduced wonderfully! Overall there’s comedic moments, dynamic characters and a unique plot that has me eager to read the next volumes!

the-valiant-by-lesley-livingston-book-review4.The Valiant by Lesley Livingston (The Valiant #1)

The Valiant Full Review

Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: February 14, 2017

Pages: 384

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: A character-driven tale about a Celtic princess turned gladiator! The engaging and well-rounded characters made this novel so much fun to read. I do wish the story’s pacing was a little faster + had more action! Regardless, this was an immersive tale about sisterhood, family, & honor! Cannot wait to read where Fallon’s journey is headed in the sequel!

because-of-the-sun-by-jenny-torres-sanchez5.Because Of The Sun by Jenny Torres Sanchez

Because Of The Sun Full Review

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: January 3, 2017

Pages: 272

My Rating:★★★★☆

Overall Thoughts: The writing style is very “dream-like” and makes this YA Contemporary so unique! Dani has lost her mother and must adjust to a new life with her aunt in New Mexico. She forges a friendship w/ Paulo and he is very supportive during her time of grieving. There is an additional POV in this story, which added tons of background but did slow the story a little for me. Overall, themes of grief, family, love and loss are weaved perfectly into this novel that truly focuses on Dani’s journey as she comes to terms with her mother’s death.

ronit-and-jamil-by-pamela-l-laskin6.Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin

Ronit & Jamil Full Review

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Release Date: February 21, 2017

Pages: 192

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: Written in verse, Laskin’s modern take on Romeo & Juliet is lyrical and fast-paced! Ronit & Jamil can’t help but fall in love. However a wall across their lands keeps them separated, but they know deep down their love won’t be fractured. Conflicts arise and their family wants what’s best for them. While there are some moments it does feel rather rushed, overall this tale delivers a message of hope!

A Conjuring Of Light7.A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (Shades Of Magic #3)

A Conjuring Of Light Full Review

Publisher: Tor Books

Release Date: February 21, 2017

Pages: 624

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: Phenomenal character development + world-building weave throughout the masterfully crafted plot! A truly phenomenal conclusion to the Shades Of Magic Series!

monthly-girls-nozaki-kun-volume-28.Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun  by Izumi Tsubaki (Vol. 2)

Monthly Girls Full Review To Come (Vol. 1-3)

Publisher: Yen Press

Release Date: February 23, 2016

Pages: 144

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: Monthly Girls Nozaki-kun is easily becoming one of my favorite Manga series!
As always, romance/high-school tropes are given unique+comedic spins & that’s what makes it so fun to read! There is tons of character development and the plot continues to be fun, unique, & engaging! Cannot wait to read volume 3!

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~None This Month~

December 2016 Wrap-Up

# Of Books Read: 6

the-queen-of-blood-review1.The Queen Of Blood by Sarah Beth Durst (Queens Of Renthia #1)

The Queen Of Blood Full Review

Publisher: Harper Voyager

Release Date: September 20, 2016

Pages: 353

My Rating: ★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: I loved this book so much, the characters, world, EVERYTHING!! Its a magical story with themes of family and friendship I won’t ever forget! Daleina works very hard to prove herself as potential queen + along the way comes to meet Ven, a disgraced Champion. When things don’t seem right in the world of Araty w/ its magic/spirits, they team up to figure out what’s going on!

goldie-vance-vol-12. Goldie Vance Vol. 1  by Hope Larson + Brittney Williams (Illustrator) (#1-#4)

Goldie Vance Vol. 1 Full Review

Publisher: BOOM! Box

Release Date: October 11, 2016

Pages: 112

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: A retro, 60’s-style comic featuring Goldie Vance, detective! There is so much diversity from characters to family dynamics, etc.! The plot unfolds quickly and I can tell there’s more mystery and adventure to come in Volume 2!

descender-volume-2-machine-moon3.Descender Volume 2: Machine Moon by Jeff Lemire + Dustin Nguyen (Artist)

Descender Volume 2 Full Review

Publisher: Image Comics

Release Date: May 10, 2016

Pages: 116

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: Slower paced than the previous volume, but delivers much needed expansion on characters/development! But its filled with twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

the-weight-of-zero4. The Weight Of Zero by Karen Fortunati

The Weight Of Zero Full Review

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Release Date: October 11, 2016

Pages: 387

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: Fortunati delivers an unforgettable YA Contemporary which introduces the reader to Catherine, who has bipolar disorder and depression and over the course of the novel, as she fears “Zero” is returning she finds hope in the new friendships/relationships she creates along the way. Fortunati’s writing style brings a rawness to Catherine’s story and overall is a wonderfully written YA Contemporary!

monthly-girls-nozaki-kun-volume-15.Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun Vol. 1 by Izumi Tsubaki

Full Review To Come

Publisher: Yen Press

Release Date: November 17, 2015

Pages: 114

My Rating:★★★★☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: I loved this manga so much! It pokes fun at classic High School/Romance tropes! The plot jumps around rather quickly, so I was watching the anime while reading along and I love the characters! My favorite character is Mikoshiba ❤ ❤ He was so funny!! + He appears to be the typical heart throb that all the girls are after, but over the course of the story you figure out just how shy/anxious he is around them & really struggles to talk to them!  I can’t wait to learn more about him in later volumes!! I adored the characters & the plot was a little slow at times but it was definitely a blast to read and had me laughing! Can’t wait to read the other volumes!

ever-the-hunted-book-review6.Ever The Hunted by Erin Summerill (Clash Of Kingdoms #1)

Ever The Hunted Full ARC Review

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Release Date: December 27, 2016

Pages: 400

My Rating: ★★★☆☆ ½

Overall Thoughts: An enjoyable first book to a new fantasy series!  Summerill’s plotting and character development keeps the story moving and really brings an element of mystery to the characters! However my biggest issues were the lack of world-building and heavy focus on romance (mainly through Britta’s 1st person POV)! However the ending definitely has me interested to see how it wraps up in book 2!

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