RG Veda by CLAMP Published By: Dark Horse Manga Publication: 2016 Genres: Manga, Fantasy Year Read: 2018 Links: Goodreads
RG Veda, pronounced Rig Veda, is based on the classic Indian saga of the same name. The lush, sprawling epic follows Yasha, once a mighty warrior king, but now the lord of a slaughtered people he could not save. Yasha journeys the land as the companion and protector of the genderless Ashura, even knowing Ashura’s fate is wound with doom for many. Together they seek the other four of the “Six Stars,” whose prophesied gathering will at least defeat Taishukuten, the evil usurper of Heaven’s throne. But all prophecies are open to interpretation…
RG Veda is CLAMP’s first published work. Back then there were more than four in the team and their style was not that developed, so the overall feeling is somewhat different from the norm.
This story is said to be based in Indian mythology, which sadly I know little to nothing about. I’m not sure if it would help to have some basis there to help with getting into the story, but it was a bit hard to follow. Things kick off with a prophecy and a child who should bring about doom for our main character while also overthrowing the tyrant god-king. That’s clear enough, but who is who and why they matter is a bit harder for me to follow. The art style is older, but has a bit more whimsy to it than more recently published stuff I’ve read.
I felt like this had a mixed up jumble of characters. I’m intrigued, the storyline sounds so interesting but I didn’t really enjoy it, I couldn’t continue the series past volume 2. It has a slow start. Really slow. I don’t think I’ll be continuing with this series.
Have you read this? If so, what are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the Comments! Hopefully you enjoyed it more than I did!
Wolf’s Rain by BONES Published By: Viz Media Publication: 2003-2004 Genres: Manga, Fantasy Year Read: 2018 Links: Goodreads
Four Wolves on the Road to Paradise
Humans thought the wolves died off two centuries ago in this bleak post-apocalyptic wasteland. But some survivors lurk among the humans by mentally cloaking their animal bodies. One white wolf, Kiba, scours the land for the scent of the Lunar Flower that will lead them all to Paradise…
This is the manga adaption based on the anime series Wolf’s Rain by the renowned and innovated studio BONES. If you’d like to own a portable and well drawn version of the anime you’ll enjoy this manga. However, if you’ve never seen the Wolf’s Rain anime, I’d advise watching that first before reading the manga. As this adaptation is only two volumes it’s understandable that there is a lot of character development that was left out.
I was a bit disappointed that the back story of my favorite character; Toboe, was omitted from this manga adaptation. I’m still very glad that I read this manga adaptation because I really enjoyed the artwork, especially the few color illustration pages. The theme of this manga is don’t give up on what you are looking for and keep going, then you will find that very thing.
This was one of my favourite Anime series when I was younger and one that I still absolutely adore. In Primary School, I had to do a project where we were to write a story and at the time I was obsessed with Wolf’s Rain so I based it on that, with a lot of help from my sister, who also provided the artwork for it. I thought it turned out really well, I actually think I still have that somewhere, probably in a box of old school projects, we kept most of it. Anyway, if you enjoyed the Anime, you will probably enjoy this, just don’t have too many expectations considering they jammed the entire story into two volumes but if you’re looking for a short Manga, then check out this one.
Have you read this Manga? What are your Thoughts on it? Are you interested in reading it? Let me know in the Comments!
Publication Date: July 29th, 2018 Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+ Format: eBook Pages: 222 Date Read: August 8th, 2018 Links: Goodreads
B is for Ben Spengler. Brilliant. Bashful. Burned. Brimming with desire for his BFF Landon, who is beyond compare. But they aren’t the same Ben and Landon anymore. Not after what Landon did. And didn’t do. Bitter about his unrequited love. Bound by a night of drunken promises.
Will the chemistry between them change, or will Ben break first?
Love Letters are playful, sexy, contemporary M/M stories that can be read as standalones.
I received a copy of Begging Ben from the Author for Review Consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
Begging Ben is my favourite Love Letters novella so far. I enjoyed this a lot more than the first book. From Admiring Ash, we know that Ben is in love with his best friend Landon since they were Fourteen. Ben and Landon had been best friends since age Nine, but Landon finally let Ben down one time too many, resulting in Ben initiating a nearly year-long break in their friendship.
Landon’s unrequited feelings for bad boy basketball player Chance Roosevelt-Sutton has forced a rift between them. But 9 months into that break, Ben and Landon were thrown back together by the wedding of Landon’s twin brother, River, to the love of his life, Ash, the Main Character’s from “Admiring Ash“, in Las Vegas and Landon is determined to make amends.
Landon’s failure to appear at an important moment in Ben’s life is the last drop and Ben decides to put some distance between them in order to try and move on with his life as Landon attempts to rebuild their Friendship. I really enjoyed the connection and chemistry they had throughout the book.
I really enjoyed the slow burn in this one, I have a soft spot for the Friends to Lovers Trope. The playfulness between the two friends was a huge plus for me. I liked the trope and the way the story went. The only thing I would say that didn’t like that much was the grand gesture at the end. It was over the top and I’m not a fan of sappy moments like that one.
Ben and Landon also graduated in math and chemistry and they’re major nerds who speak in chemistry puns – It’s not overdone through. I loved their geeky chemistry jokes. I loved their shared history. And while I did not love how Landon behaved I loved that it was consistent with the character.
I absolutely loved this story. I really liked Ben and Landon when I met them in Admiring Ash, and although I seriously wanted to knock their heads together at times, I still absolutely loved them. I ended up enjoying this story very much and since I was rooting for those two since they first appeared in book one I’m very happy they got their HEA together.
Have you read this book? What were your thoughts on it? Do you agree or disagree in anything mentioned above? Let me know in the Comments!
Welcome to my new weekly feature here at Drink Coffee and Read Books… Thursday TBR Highlight.
Instead of always looking ahead to upcoming new releases, I thought I’d start a weekly feature focusing on already released books that I want to read. I was looking for a feature where I could Highlight or talk about books that are on my TBR, and I couldn’t seem to find a feature that was exactly what I was looking for (I’m sorry if something like this already exists though) but I couldn’t find any, so if you’re like me you are probably drowning in books you’ve yet to read, then join me for Thursday TBR Highlight and put a spotlight on some of those Books you’d like to read.
These books don’t have to be ones that you own either, they could be books that are on your Physical Shelf (Bought, Received, ARC’s, etc..), Kindle, Goodreads, or even books you’ve borrowed from the Library, as long as they’re on some sort of TBR of yours, or they are books you intend to read sometime, you can participate in this feature to show off some of those books, and you might even find yourself reading some of those books sooner. And if you would like to use my Featured Image for your post too, go ahead.
Want to participate in Thursday TBR Highlight? Here’s how:
Write a blog post about a book that you that you haven’t read yet that you either Own or or is on your TBR in any Format. This can be any book you intend to read or are excited about.
Add your link below in the Comments!
And if you’d be so kind, I’d appreciate a link back from your own post.
Check out other posts, and have fun
And to give you an idea of what to talk about in your post, here are a few things you can mention when talking about your chosen book; some suggestions:
What it’s about
How you got it
When you got it
How long it’s been on your TBR for
Why you want to read it
And anything you would like people to know about this book
Let’s start, shall we, here’s my first book I would like to Highlight:
It just happened. I wasn’t ready, but it didn’t matter. You smiled, and it knocked me from my nest, took my breath away, and left me falling, falling, falling.
Julian: Enemy. Cousin. Best Friend. Something else?
Lenny: Confused. Fascinated. Frustrated. Broken.
Together, Julian and Lenny are the boy who smiles and the boy who falls.
I got this book recently with Kindle Unlimited Free Trial to quench my current obsession with Anyta Sunday’s books but this one has been on my Goodreads TBR for a while now. I will be reading this book soon though. This is an LGBT Romance book and as I’ve enjoyed most of Anyta’s book in the past, I thought I would also give this one a chance as well. Anyta Sunday has become one of my favourite authors. She has this unique way of narrating a story, that evokes ALL the feelings and I am slowly making my way through all of her books. This one’s next on my list!
Let me know what you think of Thursday TBR Highlight! I’m looking forward to sharing some of my TBR Books and I’m hoping this will give me the added motivation to start focusing on some of these books. Will you be participating in this? Let me know in the Comments! Everyone’s welcome to join and don’t forget to add your link in the comments if you do join so others can check yours out too!
Also, for a while I wasn’t blogging regularly, actually hardly ever, so it feels so great to be back, I genuinely love blogging and missed it so much – not just blogging though, this whole community.
So thank you so much if you continued reading and supporting my very few blog posts this year. It’s been a very hectic year and a lot has happened but my 3 year bloggiversary is coming up in October, so I really wanted to get back into it. Part of the reason I stopped blogging as much is due to it feeling more like a chore, it was starting to feel more like work than anything else, I never want it to feel like that. Through that break though, I have now regained my love of blogging, I was probably due for a break anyway, and now that I’m back, expect to see a lot of new posts.
One more thing I wanted to quickly mention is that I’ve been doing a lot of updates on here lately, since I started blogging, I hadn’t once changed it, I’ve had the same theme since I started in 2016 and I’ve finally changed it and I’m really loving the new look. What do you think of my new theme?
Publication Date: August 9th, 2013 Genres: New Adult, M/M Romance, LGBTQIA+ Format: eBook Pages: 65 Date Read: December 7th, 2018 Links:Goodreads
“. . . and you’re listening to 91.3 FM.”
Justin knows three things for sure about DJ Dangerfield: He has some questionable taste in music. He always provokes Justin into ringing in. And he might just be his favorite weekly distraction. But who is this DJ Dangerfield in Real Life? And will Justin like him in the flesh as much as on the air?
***Short College-Based Novella***
I really enjoyed this novella – no surprises there, as Anyta Sunday always provides excellent stories when it comes to her plot-lines, characters and writing, which has an easy-to-read and addictive quality prevalent in every book I’ve encountered to date. A super sweet NA short. Totally Anyta Sunday’s style and very in the line of Noticed Me Yet?, another short that I enjoyed. Two college guys meeting each other through a radio program.
That’s all for this review! Have you read this story? If so, what did you think of it? Let me know in the Comments!
Publication Date: January 2nd, 2014 Genres: Adult, M/M Romance, LGBTQIA+ Format: eBook Pages: 70 Date Read: December 7th, 2018 Links:Goodreads
Jacob’s in a pickle. He needs a new flatmate, and soon. And what better way to advertise than on the noticeboards around campus?
Trouble is, someone is taking down his ads.
Jacob writes to the offending thief, little expecting to be answered—and soon he finds himself in a deeper pickle: who is this Mr. X that he keeps writing to?
And how can Jacob be falling for him?
It’s pretty safe to say I’m in the midst of a fairly serious Anyta Sunday obsession. This was so adorable and sweet, it all starts with an ad for a roommate and an ad thief called Mr. X. Who could it be? Love the guessing game and the notes between the MC were so sweet. Short but enjoyable read. I really enjoyed their banter through pinned messages on the campus board. I think this was unique and it really made me love this story.
This was more like a Mini Review, but it’s so short there’s really not much to say about it without giving much away. Anyway, have you read this story? If so, what are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the Comments!
Publication Date: August 11th, 2014 Genres: Adult, M/M Romance, LGBTQIA+ Format: eBook Pages: 55 Date Read: December 7th, 2018 Links:Goodreads
Dear Author, He called himself Stardust, but one of my friends told me his name was Jean. I met him during the summer I worked at the cotton candy stand when the circus came through town.
He was made of big dreams, sunshine, and raw sense of being that I’d never known existed before him. His eyes were black as mud, his lips were the same color as the cotton candy I sold, and his smile could put a solar eclipse to shame.
He was everything I wasn’t. He was the first man I ever loved, and he left without me ever telling him that the way he looked at me broke my heart.
I’m older now, and even if that circus never comes through town again, I’ll still call him Stardust.
This story was written as a part of the M/M Romance Group’s “Love’s Landscapes” event. Group members were asked to write a story prompt inspired by a photo of their choice. Authors of the group selected a photo and prompt that spoke to them and wrote a short story.
This story may contain sexually explicit content and is intended for adult readers. It may contain content that is disagreeable or distressing to some readers. The M/M Romance Group strongly recommends that each reader review the General Information section before each story for story tags as well as for content warnings.
I really enjoyed this short story, For most of this story I felt bereft and forlorn. The setting and characters were engaging. This story totally worked for me from start to finish, which is a testament to just how gifted Anyta is as an author. And it’s really short, so I got through this really quickly. There was something so Whimsical and Beautiful about this story.
This is a coming-of-age story, a first-love story, a story of heartbreak, broken dreams, and abiding hope.
Bird Meet Cage is the story of a first love, starting in 1949, when Floss (Nathan) and Stardust (Jean/Blue) first met. After twelve years the circus comes to town again, but is there a chance for Nathan and Blue? Is Blue ready to settle down? Does Nate feel the same?
When a bird wants to soar, the last thing he wants is a cage.
The story is nicely written – not a surprise as it is an Anyta Sunday story, and that was the main reason I decided to read it. The Circus theme in really caught my attention though, and the Historical Setting. Anyway, the atmosphere is catchy, and the characters are likeable. Something is missing though that could make this story a really memorable one. Maybe it’s too short. It easily could have been a full length novel. It would have been so beautiful as a full length novel where you can get to know the characters more, I’m no that interested in short stories for that reason, they just don’t seem to have much substance.
Have you read this Story? What are your Thoughts on it? Do you agree or disagree with anything I mentioned above? Are you interested in reading?
Publication Date: September 30th 2014 Genres: Young Adult LGBT+ Romance Format: eBook Pages: 251 Date Read: September 16th 2018 Links: Goodreads |
Igneous. When Cooper’s parents divorce, he finds himself landed in Week About—one week with his mum and one week with his dad. Only, it’s not just his dad he has to live with. There’s Lila, too: The other woman, the one who stole the rock-solid foundation of his life. And then . . .
There’s Jace. Lila’s son. Lila’s smug, regurgitated-fish-scale-blue eyed son. All Cooper wants is to have his family back the way it once was, but there’s something about this boy that promises things will never be the same again.
Sedimentary. Resisting the realities of his new life, Cooper and Jace get off to a rocky start. But rocky start or not, after hundreds of shared memories together, they forge something new. A close . . . friendship.
Because friendship is all they can have. Although it’s not like they are real brothers. Technically, they’re not even stepbrothers . . . Metamorphic. But how does that friendship evolve under the pressures of life? Under pressures of the heart?
– Synopsis, Goodreads
I’m really not into YA romance but it does work for me on some occasions and this was one, I adored this book. This one was on my Goodreads TBR for a long time, until I decided I wasn’t really interested in reading and I removed it. Once I started reading through Anyta Sunday’s books though, I decided to give it a chance and I’m really glad I did because it was a great read.
There were certain aspects of this book that did at times frustrate, I didn’t a lot of the Characters at first, I won’t say too much about that because of Spoilers, but I didn’t exactly hate that in this book, it just shows that the Characters are flawed. Now even though some things frustrated me about this book…I did love reading it. The writing style was very pleasant…even if some of the characters weren’t. In spite of it all, I loved the writing and I loved the romance.
To be honest, I thought I already did a review of this book, and it turns out I didn’t, so here it is! Have you read this book? What are your Thoughts? Do you agree or disagree with anything I mentioned above? Are you interested in reading it now? Let me know in the Comments!
Back in December 2017 I published a post listing the series I’ve started but Haven’t Finished so I thought I would do an Update to see which one’s I’ve actually read in this time. You can read my Original Post HERE and I might also be doing a Part 2. The Series I’ve Completed since the first post will be first then lead into the ones that I am still yet to read. Anyway, let’s get into, shall we, this is in no particular order:
The Carrie Diaries by Candace Bushnell
I didn’t really enjoy the first book that much, it was a huge disappointment but I still ended up reading the Sequel to this Duology. I wanted to give the series a second chance as I enjoyed the TV Series, but turns out this series is just really not my cup of tea.
Blood of Eden by Julie Kagawa
Even though I loved the first two books in this series it took me ages to read the Finale, which I didn’t enjoy as much as the first two, but it was still a good read. This series did surprise me as I didn’t think I would enjoy it at all. It’s a good series though.
Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
I’ve since completed this series with the last book, Isla & the Happily ever after. I did enjoy this series to some extent. My favourite would have to be the second book, Lola & the boy next, with ISLA being my least favourite.
Miss Peregrine’s Home by Ransom Riggs
I’ve read the first 3 books in this series, and because this was only supposed to be a trilogy in the first, I’m including this here as complete, at least for now. Starts of a bit slow, but overall, it’s a great series. I love the use of Photographs throughout this series.
Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick
This was a series that I was putting off for ages because I didn’t think I would enjoy it, but I’ve finally finished it. I listened to this on Audio and I enjoyed it. I probably enjoyed it more because I listened to the Audiobooks, I quite liked the Narrator of these.
Percy Jackson & the Olympians by Rick Riordan
I’ve finished this series, and it was still a lot of fun to read. I think the Language is a bit young for me, this series was enjoyable enough though.
Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige
It took me a while to read the last book for this series, I loved the first book and the concept is so interesting but I lost interest in it a bit when I started reading the second book, I didn’t think it was anywhere near as good as the first, I was disappointed in it, I did really enjoy the last book though. I still have to read the Novella Bind-Up Volume 2 & 3, so I’m not going to count this as complete just yet.
Yet to Read:
Covenant by Jennifer L. Armentrout
Since the last post like this, I have since read the 2nd Book, Pure, and the Short Story; One & Only, which is 4.5. I loved the First book and the Prequel Story but I was worried I’d let too much time pass and I wouldn’t be interested in this series anymore, I probably shouldn’t have been so worried about that though, I really enjoyed the 2nd book and I’m exited to continue this series, I’ll be reading the 3rd book soon too.
Yet to Read:
Harry Potter by J.K. Rowling
I started this series in 2016 and have yet to finish it. I do enjoy it, but in my opinion it is a bit overhyped. I can definitely see what all the hype is all about, and I might have enjoyed it more if I read it for the first time when I was younger. It’s still an enjoyable series though and I’d still love to finish it soon.
Yet to Read:
The Iron Fey by Julie Kagawa
I loved the first book in this series and I would love to continue but I haven’t actually read anymore of these books. I’ve still only read the first books, I really need to continue this series.
Yet to Read:
Teardrop by Lauren Kate
Another Book I really enjoyed but never got around to reading the Sequel. This one is only a Duology and I own the Sequel. I just haven’t gotten around to reading it yet.
Yet to Read:
Beautiful Dead by Eden Maguire
Yet another one that I have only read the first book of. I haven’t made any progress on this series. I would like to continue it but I don’t have the second book, I own the third book though.
Yet to Read:
Fairytale Retellings by Jackson Pearce
I’ve still only read one book in this series. Sweetly is a Retelling of Hansel & Gretel, the first retelling I’ve read based on this. The other books in the series are also retellings of different fairytales and I still really want to read the rest of this series.
Yet to Read:
The Last Vampire by Christopher Pike
I read the first book from this series, and I loved it. I have yet to read it the rest of the series. This is one of the Series I’ve had on my shelf the longest and I hope to get around to reading it soon.
Yet to Read:
Night World by L.J. Smith
I read the first two books, and there’s two books left to read. I don’t know yet if I’ll be finishing this series, I’m kind of unmotivated to continue this series.
Yet to Read:
Wicked Years by Gregory Maguire
So far I’ve only read the first books, which I did enjoy to an extent and I am curious about the rest of the series so I will be continuing it although I don’t know when, it’s not really a priority. I own all of the books, except the last book and I don’t think that one’s been published in the same cover as the others.
Yet to Read:
The Selection by Kiera Cass
This is okay, It is fun and easy to read. So, I’ll be continuing this series, but I’m only planning on reading the first three books, as this was only suppose to be a trilogy anyway and I have no interest in reading beyond that. This could change though.
Yet to Read:
The Forbidden Library by Django Wexler
I listened to the first three books on Audio and will be listening to the last one soon. This is such a fun series to read.
Yet to Read:
Divergent by Veronica Roth
This series I’ve on and off about reading for a while now so I’ve decided I’m not going to unhaul this series or take it off my TBR Completely yet, instead I’ll temporarily take it off the my TBR to take to stress of off me on whether I should read it or not. I’ve only read the first book in this series.
Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
I’ve only read the first books, I really enjoyed it though, but this is another series that I’m not sure if I want to continue or not, so for now I’m also taking this off my TBR, at least until I decide if I want to keep reading it.
Empty Coffin by Gregg Olsen
I loved this books too, but again I’m not so sure if I want to continue and read the sequel or not. The first book was really good, but I’ve since lost interest in continuing it, I think it should have just remained as a standalone. I don’t think I’ll be reading the sequel for this. Image
This ended up being a lot longer than I intended, and I’m currently sick at the moment so I hope this all makes sense. Have you read any of these series? Are there any series that you’ve started and haven’t finished yet? Let me know in the comments! I will also have a Part 2 up soon with any series I’ve started more recently so let me know what you think of these posts.
The Sunday post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ the Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It’s a chance to share news – A post to recap the past week on your blog and showcase books and things we have received. Share news about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.
I haven’t done one of these in a while but I’m hoping to be more active and get back into regularly Blogging again so I’ll be continuing these Weekly Updates. Also, I’m sick at the moment so this will only be a quick update.
I didn’t get any new books this week. I’m on a bit of a book ban for a while until I read through some of the books I already have, this includes no more requesting Review Copies for a while too.
Song(s) of the Week:
What I’m Watching:
I’ve been Watching Pokemon. I haven’t watched the Indigo League Series for year but it makes for good background noise while I’m working on other things. I prefer watching these type of shows when I’m sick and resting.