300 Followers Q&A

300 Followers

As promised, I am doing my 300 Followers Q&A.  I have compiled and answered all of your questions for you. So again thank you to every one of you for following my blog, I still cannot believe that over 300 people are following my blog. I hope you enjoy reading all my answers. Also, I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who asked me a question, I loved answering them. Be sure to check out all of their blogs. I had so much fun answering these questions.

Inge @ The Belgian Reviewer: How do you like your coffee and do you drink a lot of coffee during the day?

Okay, so I drink more coffee than I probably should, but I try to limit it to 1 or 2 a day. From a café my go to coffee order is an Iced Latte with Soy Milk (or Lactose free) and 2 Sugars. An Iced Latte is just a coffee but without the Ice Cream and Cream.

At home I just have Instant coffee. Moccona Instant Coffee with Zymil Milk (Lactose Free) with no sugar. Moccona coffee is already sweet enough, so I don’t have sugar in it.

Kristin @ Kristin Kraves BooksWhat does your ideal day look like? (I am assuming you will have a cup of coffee and read books during your ideal day!)

Wake up early, refreshed and energized, take a Shower, then Start my day off with a Cup of Coffee, and a book without any rush to be anywhere. The afternoon would be filled with blogging and Creating Graphics and Photos for blog, Answering Emails, and maybe listening to an Audiobook or Music. And then finally at the very end of the day, I would sit down to read something awesome. So, that’s kind of a loose idea of what my Ideal day looks like, mostly consisting of reading and Blogging, with no interruptions except for Lunch and Dinner.

Jess @ Beaucoupbooksblog: Have any TV show recommendations?

I answered this in my 1 Year Blogiversary Q&A. So If you want to check that out, I mention some of my Favourites there. But I have a couple new ones I’d like to mention here.

Degrassi: Next Class is a Canadian teen drama T.V series set in the Degrassi Universe, this series is an incarnation of “The Next Generation”, which is on Netflix. This show deals with some really serious topics, I’d Suggest watching the Original Degrassi series first or at least starting it from Degrassi: Next Generation.

One Day at a time (2017) is an American comedy-drama T.V series based on the 1975–1984 sitcom of the same name. This show focuses on a Cuban-American Family living in Los Angeles. This show tackles important issues like mental illness, immigration, sexism, homophobia, and racism.

Andi Mack is an American comedy-drama television series created by Terri Minsky that premiered on Disney Channel. I haven’t watched any shows on Disney Channel for years, but this show is pretty good. The acting is actually okay. The show is quite mature, its almost like Degrassi for kids. It deals with teen pregnancies, sexual orientations, and many more. It also helps that it doesn’t have a laugh track and it is made by the same person who made Lizzie McGuire. But, the show isn’t 100% drama, it has funny moments as well.

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So thank you to everyone again who asked me a question, this was a lot fun and if you have anymore questions about anything, I’d be happy to answer them in another Q&A. I absolutely love doing Q&A’s, it’s a lot of fun to answer all your questions. 

Also, if you have any TV Show Recommendations for me, let me know in the Comments. And If you’re interested in seeing more pictures like the one’s above, Follow me on Instagram @ Drink_Coffee_and_Read_Books.

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ARC Review: The Adventures of Lola and the Ocean Monster by Jade Harley

The Adventures of Lola and the Ocean Monsterby Jade Harley

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Published By:
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Publication Date: November 23rd, 2017
Genres: 
Children, Fantasy

Format: Paperback
Pages: 
142

Rating: 3
Date Read: 
February 22nd, 2018
Links:
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A year after finding out she has magical powers beyond her imagination, Lola finds herself on the beautiful East Coast of Australia in Byron Bay, where she has been accepted into Protector Fairy Training Camp. She and her best friends Allie and Jet enjoy learning to surf, making new friends, and working closely with Katia, the Queen of the Water Fairies.

Lola is excited to be one step closer to becoming a world-famous adventurer, protecting the earth like she has always dreamed of.

However, her new home is threatened when a dark force wreaks havoc in the ocean, striking down countless sea animals with a mysterious illness. When tragedy strikes and a beautiful young dolphin dies, Lola is determined to uncover the truth. She learns of a Water Fairy legend about an Ocean Monster that wants to destroy human life if the oceans aren’t respected and cared for.

Lola needs to separate myth from truth. She is beset by disturbing nightmares and bolstered by an instinct telling her that there has to be more going on than she knows. Will the adventurous Lola be able to unravel the Ocean Monster mystery and save the day once again?

I received a copy of The Adventures of Lola and the Ocean Monster from the Author for review consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

Lola is a fairy who goes to protector school and discovers there is a monster killing sea creatures. She investigates the mystery to put an end to the deaths. Like the first book in this series, the Main Issues I had with this were the missing Punctuation and run-on Sentences, but I found that it wasn’t as bad in this one. Some of the issues I had with the first book were fixed and I found that I enjoyed this one more.

That might have been more so because the themes in this book were more up my alley, with the Ocean and Sea Creatures and Everything. I won’t leave any spoilers but Lola’s journey in this book is set in a new and enchanting landscape which is utterly immersive.

Even though, I’m not the target audience, I still enjoyed this book and I enjoyed the illustrations in the book. Overall, The story was imaginative, fun, and magical.  And again, The illustrations are fantastic. Lola is a bold, fun and inspiring heroine for the younger generation.

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That’s it for this review! Have you read this? If so, What did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite Romance Novels

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Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! This weeks topic is Favourite Romance Novels and I had a really hard time with this one also, I don’t read much Romance, It’s one of my least favourite Genres, but I still really wanted to do this. Is it bad that it took me ridiculously long to compile this list?

— Romance as a genre is very under-appreciated in lots of circles. So recommend your favourite romance books. These are books where romance is the main genre, not a secondary one.

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Notebook

Okay, so most people seem to like the movie for this one better, but I love this book, by far my Favourite Romance Novel.  I adore this book so much. when I first started it I couldn’t seem to put it down at all. Its one of the cutest love stories I’ve ever read in my entire life. The ending was so utterly beautiful. I recommend this book, even if you don’t like romance novels you might think differently about this one.

 

Maurice by E.M. Forster

Maurice

This is one of my favourite Classics. Maurice is, for all intents and purposes, a dime-a-dozen love story and a period piece. The only twist is that this love story concerns two men, which was unheard of in the time that it was written. Forster wrote it mainly as a therapeutical effort, having grown tired of not being able to write about the kind of love that interested him the most. Published 60 years after it was written, Maurice was still a first of its time, and a decidedly sparkling and endearing read. The ending is sentimental, yes – but why should a love story not be allowed to have a sentimental ending?

I’ll give you the Sun by Jandy Nelson

I'll give you the SunI loved reading I’ll give you the Sun! It was just beautiful. The characters are complex and realistic. The unique wiring style took a little for me to get used to but after reading the book I admire it. Having both the main characters as artists the book is written creatively with Noah’s chapters being filled with arty remarks and paint splatters. It makes the books stand out. It makes it more than just a book because to me, these characters felt real. The writing in this book is absolutely beautiful and mesmerizing!

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

imagesLove at first sight or “insta-love” is a trope I don’t usually like or Enjoy, but with this book it kinda works. Those sweet, endearing moments that Hadley shares with Oliver. Then there are the moments where she is hurting so much, and reminiscing about the moments she still lingers on to, in a time where her father was very much a strong presence in her and her mothers life. I enjoyed this book. It’s a quick easy read.

 

If I was your Girl by Meredith Russo

If I was your Girl

The story follows a young trans girl, Amanda. She wants to have a new start, living with her father. If I Was Your Girl was a fantastic novel. I’d highly recommend it to literally anyone, especially if they’re interested in a book about a trans person.

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So those are my Favourite Romance Novels. What are your Favourite Romance Novels? Any recommendations? I definitely struggled with this topic, as I don’t read a lot of Romance. So if you have any recommendations, Please let me know in the Comments. Anyway I had fun making the list and I hope you guys enjoyed!

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ARC Review: Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart

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Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart
Published By: Allen & Unwin
Publication Date: September 5th, 2017
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller, Mystery
Format: Paperback
Pages: 272
Rating: 5 Stars
Date Read: February 19th, 2018
Links: Goodreads | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble | Booktopia

From the author of the unforgettable New York Times bestseller We Were Liars comes a masterful new psychological suspense novel–the story of a young woman whose diabolical smarts are her ticket into a charmed life. But how many times can someone reinvent themselves? You be the judge.

Imogen is a runaway heiress, an orphan, a cook, and a cheat. Jule is a fighter, a social chameleon, and an athlete. An intense friendship. A disappearance. A murder, or maybe two. A bad romance, or maybe three. Blunt objects, disguises, blood, and chocolate. The American dream, superheroes, spies, and villains. A girl who refuses to give people what they want from her. A girl who refuses to be the person she once was.

I received a copy of Genuine Fraud by Allen & Unwin for Review Consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

As a big fan of We Were Liars, I was very excited about this book but also a little worried because my expectations were high, but it was worth it, Genuine Fraud is a catchy, complex and dark book, told in a unique way that will keep you hooked from the first page.

I don’t really want to tell you too much about this book, because I think any little detail could be a potential spoiler, I know the synopsis may sound rather vague but I assure you that it’s all you need to know before reading this book. This is one of those books where it’s better to go in knowing nothing about it.

NOW I JUST WANT TO GIVE A WARNING TO EVERYONE WHO HASN’T READ THIS BOOK – DO NOT READ ANY REVIEWS, DO NOT WATCH ANYTHING ON THIS BOOK, DO LITERALLY NOTHING. JUST BUY IT AND READ THE SYNOPSIS AND START IT. ALSO, THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS ANYWAY.

The book is inspired by The Talented Mr Ripley, which I have recently seen the movie of after being told that it has a lot of Similarities and I’m now very interested to read the book to that now. Genuine Fraud is basically The Talented Mr. Ripley with Female characters instead. Seriously, there’s one scene that is practically lifted from The Talented Mr. Ripley’s eerily dark pages.

E. Lockhart explicitly states that Genuine Fraud is intended as a homage to Patricia Highsmith’s crime classic. But Besides gender and the many similarities, there are multiple points of departure that prove fascinating.

Genuine Fraud is the story of Jule West-Williams and her best friend Imogen. Anything else said here would spoil the plot. The plot is told in reverse, this means that we start in the present and as we move through the chapters it goes backwards. It worked perfectly and although I must admit that at first I was somewhat confused, I feel that once you understand how it works you’ll be hooked and then it will be even more interesting.

The writing style did not disappoint me at all, I remember that one of the things I loved the most about We Were Liars was it’s beautiful writing. E. Lockhart is a hit or miss with a lot of people, but While I love the writing of both We Were Liars and Genuine Fraud, don’t let that put you of off reading this book. The Writing is not quite as poetic as it was in We Were Liars. So if you didn’t like that aspect of the book, I would suggest to still give this one a chance.

I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for a young-adult mystery Thriller. I would definitely recommend checking this book out—especially if you enjoy a good mystery.

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The Sunday Post #37: Open Day at Adelaide Festival Centre – 11/02/2018 – 18/02/2018

The Sunday PostWeekly Update

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.

What Happened off the Blog:

I attended the Adelaide Festival Centre Open Day. There’s been a lot of redevelopments happening in Adelaide and the Festival Centre has just reopened. We now have our own Walk of Fame. The Walk of Fame features names of stars who have graced the stages at Adelaide Festival Centre over the years.

Also, I’d like to take this blog post time to say sorry, I’ve been a bit absent lately in my blogging. I’ve been incredibly busy, I’m doing a Business Course. So, I’ve got tons of posts to work on and comments that I have yet to acknowledge. I’ll be hopefully getting around to all of that this week sometime, when I find the time. I will also have some reviews up this week.

Books Read:

Currently Reading:

New on my Shelf:

I bought this Beauty the other day:

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I’ve recently just finished reading the Percy Jackson series and while it didn’t live up to my expectations or the hype in my opinion, I still enjoyed it. At least enough to want to continue the series to see where this story goes. So, I bought the first book in the Heroes of Olympus series: The Lost Hero. The cover is so pretty and shiny.

 What I’m Watching:

Has anyone seen this new trailer for Season 2 of A Series of Unfortunate Events. Now this is where it’s gonna get REALLY dark! It looks amazing. This show is underrated and should be praised more often for its twists and interesting plot.

Also, has anyone seen the Movie The Talented Mr. Ripley? I watched it last night, and I really enjoyed it. It’s based on a Book by Patricia Highsmith. Let me know if you’ve read the Book or Seen the Movie.

If you’ve read Genuine Fraud by E. Lockhart, you’ll probably notice a lot of similarities between them, it was inspired by The Talented Mr. Ripley. My Mum told me about this movie after I read out the Synopsis and some passages from Genuine Fraud to her. Now I’m Interested in reading the Ripliad Series, which consists of 5 books.

Last Week on the Blog:

Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite M/M Couples 
Manga Review: Tokyo Mew Mew by Mia Ikumi (Omnibus 2; Volumes 3 & 4) 
Valentine’s Day Book Tag 
Top 5 Favourite F/F Couples 300 Followers! 
Manga Review: Tokyo Mew Mew by Mia Ikumi (Omnibus 3; Volume 5, 6, 7)

Coming Soon:

Different Ways To Write A Book Review
Top 5 Favourite Romance Novels

300 Followers Q&A

Upcoming Reviews:

Around the Blogosphere:

Elise @ The Bookish Actress talks about Bury your Gays
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Cait @ Paperfury asks ‘Are Bookworms Stereotypes True Or Has Someone Been Lying To Us All?’
Cait @ Paperfury lists What Bookworms really want
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Manga Review: Tokyo Mew Mew by Mia Ikumi (Omnibus 3; Volume 5, 6, 7)

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Published By: Kodansha Comics
Publication Date: December 20th 2011
Genres: Manga, Shojo, Fantasy
Pages: 368
Rating: 3 Stars
Date Read: February 2018
Links: Goodreads

Tokyo Mew Mew – the crime-fighting collection of girls imbued with the power of cat DNA  – face their greatest battle ever to save their beloved city of Tokyo. Arch-villian Deep Blue reveals a startling secret, and Ichigo and Masaya reveal their true feelings to each other. Will they survive long enough to celebrate their love? Find out in the thrilling conclusion to Tokyo Mew Mew! This omnibus edition contains volumes 5, 6, and 7 of Tokyo Mew Mew!

Includes special extras after the story!

I didn’t dislike it this series. But I also definitely didn’t love it. I wanted to, though, and thought I would like it more. Sadly, I didn’t. I did like the story, and the character’s weren’t too bad. I wanted to read to the end, to see how it all wrapped up. I think the Anime is done better than the manga, though. The characters are given more time to develop, especially the minor characters. It also seems less immature, and more cute magic-girl.

Volume 5:

The Mew Mews and the Blue Knight have defeated the giant cocoon at the top of Tokyo Tower, but there is not a moment to celebrate since their victory only marks the beginning of the end of the world.

We know that Tokyo Mew Mew got their powers from being infused with the DNA of Red Data animals, but what we don’t know is how the Blue Knight came to be. Such seemingly trivial matters can’t concern Ichigo just as long as she has the love of her life as an ally.

As someone, who watched the anime first, I would really loved it if the other Mew Mews were more developed. There’s no real chemistry between Ichigo and Masaya, at least to me. I think mostly, though, it was very one-dimensional. There wasn’t any real development or reasons or chemistry. It was very surface-level, all the way through the series.

The other Mews were pretty much ignored for the entire series. They were given no development, very-little-to-no background, and seemed pretty much useless without Ichigo during the fighting. The fight scenes were hard to follow, too.

Volume 6:

In this volume, the girls of Cafe Mew Mew must destroy a dome that Kish and his friends have built over Tokyo. Along the way they discover the true identity of the Blue Knight.

The story in this volume was super action-packed and I mean it as a good thing. Some revelations were made and there was a plot twist, although I did see it coming, so it was quite predictable, I predicted the plot twist, but it was still good. Ichigo finally learns the Identity of the Blue Knight!

Volume 7:

The crime-fighting crew is back once and for all to save Tokyo from utter destruction! Find out in this last exciting volume if the gutsy girls can reclaim their beloved city. When super villain Deep Blue reveals a shocking secret, will Ichigo give up her life to save her one and only true love? Don’t miss out on the party of the century when the Mew Mews throw a big bash to celebrate Masaya and Ichigo’s pledge of eternal love! 

The last volume of the Tokyo Mew Mew series keeps what was good about the previous one: cute characters, cute art, a cute romance, and a decent plotline. The cliffhanger from the previous volume is resolved nicely, in a way that’s true to the characters. The only thing that I wasn’t wild about was the mock-wedding.

With that said, this was intense, and the best volume by far, this was one of my Favourite Volumes, this one and Volume 6. It definitely pushes up my enjoyment of the series. But, the ending just didn’t do it for me. Seemed too rushed and had a lot of loose ends. But the story progression was good.

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That’s it for this review! Have you read this? If so, What did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? Have you seen the Anime? Tell me in the comments if you agree or disagree with any of this. I’d love to know your opinion.

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300 Followers!

300 Followers

To each one of my dear readers, my followers, the first time visitors, the one time visitors.

I thanks each one of my readers and followers, for being a part of my world. I cannot express my thanks! I am honoured you have chosen to follow my blog. I will continue to write my best for each and every single one of you!

When I first began to blog in October 2016, I hadn’t had any Idea as to what I was doing. This makes me very happy and satisfied with the great turn up of bloggers that got interested in what I have to say. I never dreamed that I would reach this many followers, but here I am with 300 followers as of today. Thanks to all of you who read and follow my posts.

I’ve been anticipating this as the numbers grew, but I never knew thought that I would get to 300 Followers! Looking back on everything on this blogging journey, I don’t think I believed I could ever get this far. This is an amazing community of very supportive people that I absolutely love. Blogging has been such a life changer and I can’t imagine being away from this or stopping.

Thank you to all my followers for being an essential part of my journey.  I started reading more books, blogging and now it is a very important part of my life to spread positivity.  I can honestly say that I am so incredibly grateful that now more than 300 of you are following me on this journey. I never ever imagined there would be so many of you. I mean, for some it’s not that many, a lot of bloggers have more that 500 followers or even thousands of them, but for me, this is huge.

To anyone who reads, likes, comments and subscribes on my blog, thank you again. For me, Blogging makes me feel less alone, sets my worries aside, awakens my inspiration. Blogging has really changed me as a person and has changed my reading habits. I can’t wait for every blogging moment of 2018 to come.

So let’s do another Q&A since I’ve reached 300 followers! Comment below, and I’ll answer all of them in a separate post. So here is your chance to ask me all the questions that you would like to ask me! You can literary ask me anything, from geeky questions to personal questions, to anything that you can think of, whether they’re related to blogging, books, reading, music, movies, TV shows, etc. Ask me anything you would like and I will answer.

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Top 5 Wednesday: Favourite F/F Couples

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Top 5 Wednesday is a weekly feature and If you want to join in checkout the Goodreads page! This meme was created by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes and Lainey from Ginger Reads Lainey.

Welcome to Top 5 Wednesday! This weeks topic is Favourite F/F Couples and I had a really hard time with this one, I haven’t read many F/F Romances or many with that aspect! I really like these prompts. Continuing the romance themed Top 5 Wednesdays, this week is highlighting our favourite F/F couples.

— Who are your favorite ladies loving other ladies? (Note: this isn’t specifically cis lesbian couples, but also applies to couples that include bi women, trans women, pan women, ace women, etc.)

Helen Blackthorn & Aline Penhallow

The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

These two, oh my god, I love them so much. Even though they’re side character and make very little appearances, they are so cute together. I honestly love these girls a lot. I can’t wait to see more of them, and they just love each other so much!


Ginger Cordell & Alex

Tricks by Ellen Hopkins

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Katie & Violet

You know me Well by Nina LaCour & David Levithan

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I enjoyed the relationship between Katie and Violet. The story was interesting but these characters held me interested all the time.

Leila & Lisa

Tell me again how a crush should feel by Sara Farizan

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In the book, Leila and Lisa develop feelings for each other at the end of the book. That ‘s all I’m going to say, I don’t want to give too much away if you want to read the book.

Yuu Koito & Touko Nanami

Bloom into you by Nakatani Nio

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So those are my Favourite F/F Couple. Who are your favourite F/F relationships? Any great F/F book recommendations? I definitely struggled more with this topic than last weeks. So if you have any recommendations, Please let me know in the Comments.

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Valentine’s Day Book Tag

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Today is Valentine’s Day, so I decided to do a book Tag for today! I Wasn’t officially tagged for this one. As you all know I’m not big on romances in books or romance books so I will try and do my best! I found this on The Sassy Geek. This tag was originally created by CC’s Books on BookTube!

1. Stand Alone Book you love

The Darkest Part of the Forest

I love this book. The Darkest part of the Forest is one of my favorite books ever.

2. Dystopian Book you Love

Maze Runner

I really love The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner. The main reason I love this series so much is because of the characters. I have a strong attachment to them.

3. A book that you love but no one else talks about.

I’m not sure if it’s because no one knows about this series or maybe because they don’t like it, but I haven’t seen a lot of talk about the Lovegrove Legacy Series. This is such an underrated series, I believe this series deserves more hype.

4. Favorite Book Couple

I’ve already mentioned this in my Christmas Songs Book Tag. It hasn’t changed so I don’t feel the need to mention it here. My answer for this question is starting to get repetitive. But if you want to know you can check out my Christmas Tag.

5. Book that other people love but you haven’t gotten around to read

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I’ve heard a lot about the Grisha Trilogy, and I still haven’t read it yet. I won all the books, and I’ll hopefully be reading Shadow and Bone this Month!

6. A book with Red on the cover

Poison

7. A book with Pink on the Cover

Sara Farizan

11. Spread the Love. Who do you tag?

I’m not going to Tag anyone in this, but If you would to do this, then consider yourself tagged!

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That’s it for this post. Have you read any of these books? What did you think of them? Feel free to leave a comment below of your answers to any of these questions or do this tag yourself. Let me know if you do this tag!

If you would like to do this tag, here are the Questions:

1. Stand Alone Book you love
2. Dystopian Book you Love
3. A book that you love but no one else talks about.
4. Favorite Book Couple
5. Book that other people love but you haven’t gotten around to read
6. A book with Red on the cover
7. A book with Pink on the Cover
8. You were given a book of chocolate what fictional boyfriend/ or girlfriend would given them to you.
9. you are Single on Valentines Day. What Book would you read? What Tv show would you watch? What Movie would you watch?
10. You are in the Book Store. All of a Sudden you get shot with an arrow by Cupid. What New Release will you love.
11. Spread the Love Who do you tag?

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Manga Review: Tokyo Mew Mew by Mia Ikumi (Omnibus 2; Volumes 3 & 4)

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Tokyo Mew Mew by Mia Ikumi
Published By: Kodansha Comics
Publication Date: December 20th 2011
Genres: Manga, Shojo, Fantasy
Pages: 368
Rating: 3 Stars
Date Read: February 2018
Links: Goodreads

Ichigo is out on a date with her ‘crush’ when suddenly she’s involved in an odd incident in which her DNA is merged with the DNA of an almost extinct wildcat. When four other girls’ DNA is merged with the DNA of four other almost extinct animals, it’s apparent that they’re part of a much bigger plan. Ichigo and her friends have been chosen to become a part of a secret project called the “Mew Project.” Their mission: To protect the planet from aliens who are using animal to attack humans!

I Enjoyed this second omnibus collection better than the first Omnibus! Although, I still had some problems with this volume too! We get quite a few more shenanigans in this volume. Ichigo has been asked to go on dates with Masaya, but every time she agrees to meet him, she gets interrupted by her role to team up and defeat aliens. Additional points of note are that this volume ends on a slight cliffhanger with the appearance of another new character, and there is an extra bonus story in the back that is unrelated to Tokyo Mew Mew. (The bonus story isn’t necessary to read at all, but it’s just a fun little extra included)

Volume 3:

Ichigo avoids Masaya out of fear that he knows her secret. Kish is joined by two other aliens, Pie and Tart. While Kish is confined for being unable to defeat the Mews Mews, Pie takes over attacking the girls and sends a chimera anima to attack Ichigo’s school.

To start with, why don’t we just forget about those other four girls on the Mew Mew “Team”? They have been thrown to the side lines for four volumes now, which has resulted in them hardly have any background information; absolutely no story lines of their own; and they only show up when Ichigo wants to complain about them or needs help in battle.

Instead the focus is entirely put on the relationship between Masaya and Ichigo. I don’t really like Aoyama that much. The main problem I have is Masaya’s character. He’s too boring. His character has no development. You end up rooting for the villain because at least Kish has a personality!

There’s a moment when Ichigo thinks her DNA has permanently morphed and instead of worrying about the rest of her life, her friends, her family, how things may never be the same way again and her entire life is gone, her first prominent thought on the issue:

“Maybe I’ll be stuck this way forever. Then I’ll never be his girlfriend.”

It is just incredibly frustrating when a female main character, who has such potential as a heroine, ends up crossing the line from having a crush on a boy to having really terrible priorities. I wouldn’t mind it if he was just the love interest, but then we have moments where she answers her phone during battle just to talk to him or when she tries to save the world really quickly because he’s waiting for her and she doesn’t want to upset him by being incredibly late while this thing is trying to kill people and she’s focused on trying to get to her date.

Ok, when the girl who is supposed to be saving the world is more preoccupied with being on time to her date with a boy she hardly knows, then you know you entrusted the powers of saving the world with the wrong person.

Other than that this was really fun Volume! Oh! Kish still fascinates me. I think he’s about the only random love interest who doesn’t annoy me, because I find him interesting.

Volume 4:

The girls begin their search for mew aqua, but are pulled into another fight with Kish. During the fight, Masaya calls Ichigo to ask her to meet him at five o’clock and she agrees just before Kish’s chimera anima eats her phone. She is struggling to defeat the powerful chimera anima alone when a blond haired, blue-eyed alien who calls himself the Blue Knight appears and swears to protect her.

The Mew Mews are in for big trouble when the aliens plant a giant cocoon at the top of Tokyo Tower, a cocoon that once it hatches will spread deadly poison all through the air of Tokyo. It’s up to Ichigo and the Mew Mew team to save Tokyo and the world over, all in time for Ichigo’s date with Masaya in but a few hours! Not only that, but a mysterious new superhero has appeared by the name of The Blue Knight and he has sworn to protect Ichigo at any and all costs!

I enjoyed this volume! The art is very cute, but I don’t like the direction that the romance is going in, I might enjoy it more if the characters were aged up, but there still so young!

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