Manga Review: One Piece by Eiichiro Oda – Baroque Works (Omnibus 5-8; Volumes 13-24)

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One Piece  Eiichiro Oda
Published By: VIZ Media LLC
Publication Date: February 5th, 2013 – February 4th, 2014
Genres: Manga, Adventure, Fantasy
Date Read: December 1st, 2009 – May 4th, 2010
Links: Goodreads

5 Stars

Volume 5: Island of Giants

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In their attempt to rescue a possibly nefarious princess from the numerically named Baroque Works crew, Luffy and gang land on a set of islands populated by oversized flora and fauna. It’s the scene of a larger-than-life battle in which giants, pirates, dinosaurs and strange birds duke it out in the name of honor, friendship and dynamite-spiked beverages. In all the excitement, navigator Nami falls terribly ill. Is there a (witch) doctor in the house?

Contains volumes 13, 14 & 15 of One Piece!

The new characters introduced in this Volume are some of my favourite in the series so far. The two fighters on Little Garden, the main people on Drum Island, and even the members of Baroque Works are interesting as they are pitted against the Straw Hat Pirates. This volume introduces Mr. 3.

Volume 15 leaves you once again at a cliffhanger as the crew make their way through Drum Island as the former King Wapol returns ready to attack them and his subjects!

The characters continue to grow, with Vivi teaching several of them things about themselves. Another great addition to the series, the Straw Hat Pirates are finally starting to get into some fun stuff as they make their way through the Grand Line!

Nami is the only female of Strawhat Crew, and no doubt, the weakest one. Even so, the other four men in the crew can be beaten so easily by her. She is so fierce, but in a funny way. She is so easily scared when sensing danger and always tries to avoid it, but if money is included, she will accept it no matter what.

The pacing in this volume wastes no time as we get straight to the action. Art, as always, never wavers, while Eichiro Oda tells a more simplistic story this time around. This in no way takes away from One Piece’s epicness.

Volume 6: Royal Rumble

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When a demented king shows up to reclaim his island kingdom, Luffy and his crew are there to stop him! As the Straw Hats battle the royal interlopers, they get to know all about eccentric Dr. Hiriluk and his reindeer assistant, Tony Tony Chopper. But can they possibly overcome King Wapol— whose body changes depending on what he eats—and survive the scheming of the Baroque Works crew on the island of Alabasta?

Contains volumes 16, 17 & 18 of One Piece!

This is a really strong Omnibus volume because each of the individual volumes are strong in their own right. Having watched the anime before reading the manga, it continues to astound me how to the point Oda is in his work. What took the anime three episodes he does in only a chapter or two of the manga.

These volumes tell the back story of Chopper, the end of the Drum Kingdom fight, and the Straw Hat’s meeting with Ace in Alabasta. I love these old story arcs in One Piece. They’re so gripping, and the characters are so easy to fall in love with and care so much about. Even now that the current story has progressed quite beyond these arcs, I still find the Baroque Works story line to be one of my favourites.

It’s so easy to get caught up in it and to actually care about the people and what happens to them. It’s surprising, because even if the character hasn’t had much screen time, Eiichiro Oda knows exactly how to get you to care about their plight.

Volume 7: City of Dreams

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Luffy and pals are headed for the Rainbase, the fabled city of dreams. While protecting Vivi, their royal charge, Luffy gets sidetracked by the devious pirate captain Crocodile for some cozy one-on-one time! While Vivi makes her way to the palace of her birthright, Straw Hats navigator Nami is on her own in a throw-down battle with Ms. Doublefinger of the Baroque Works!

Contains volumes 19, 20 & 21 of One Piece!

I think one reason why I like One Piece so much as a long-running shonen series is that it doesn’t have an end goal that hovers over us or the characters throughout the story. Yes, Luffy is trying the become King of the Pirates and to find the One Piece, but, to me, that feels like a “I want to be successful” kind of goal. The Alabasta saga reaches its climax! Some great moments here, particularly the Straw Hats’ battles with Crocodile’s gang.

Volume 8: Royal Farewell

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Luffy’s epic clash with Baroque Works pirate captain Crocodile continues, while deposed princess Vivi and the rest of the Straw Hat crew race against time to save the ancient kingdom of Alabasta. Just when it seems smooth sailing is ahead, Luffy and crew discover an interloper among their ranks! Who is this former Baroque Works member, and what does she want from the Straw Hats?

Contains volumes 22, 23 & 24 of One Piece!

We have the conclusion fight with Crocodile which was pretty cool but again just reminiscent of previous villain fights. We’ve now moved onto the next adventure, another new island to explore. I love the fight between Crocodile and Luffy, it’s one of my favourites.

Have you read One Piece? Let me know in the Comments!

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#MangaMadnessReadathon Round 6 TBR

I’ll be hosting the Six Round of Manga Madness Readathon between May 4th-12th, If you’re Interested in participating check out the Announcement and Sign up post, if you are planning on participating, check out the Recommendations  from round 1 if you need help finding something to read for some of the challenges or you ask for recommendations of Twitter. I love hosting this readathon so much and I am so glad to hear that so many people seem to be enjoying it too.

Anyway, this is my TBR for #MangaMadnessReadathon. I’ve Chosen Option 4: which is to incorporate all the options, but I am mostly going to focus on the Bingo Board first, and then If I finish that quite early on I might continue some other series that I’ve started. Also, Here’s the Bingo Board again:

A Hyped Manga – Fairy Tail Volume 24
Author You haven’t Read – Servamp Volume 1
Battle, Martial Arts, or Sports – Haikyu Volume 1
Drama, Action, or Adventure – Fairy Tail Volume 25
Fantasy or Paranormal – Fairy Tail Volume 26

Mystery, Thriller, or Psychological – Elfen Lied Volume 5
Horror, Demons, Vampires – Elfen Lied Volume 6
Manga that Features Manga – Bakuman Volume 3
Transported to another World – Inuyasha Volume 3
Two Installments from the Same Series – Elfen Lied Volume 7 & 8

Centred around Folklore & Mythology – Fairy Tail Volume 27
Animal Companion – Fairy Tail Volume 28
Set Outside of Japan – Fairy Tail Volume 29
Older than you (1998) – Inuyasha Volume 2, first published in Japanese in 1997.
Character who Transforms – The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 3

2+ Author – Angel Beats Volume 2
Genre you don’t Usually Read – Haikyu Volume 2
Oldest Manga in Collection – Black Cat Volume 4
LGBTQ+ Bloom into you Volume 6
Name in the Title – Inuyasha Volume 3

Favourite Manga Artist (Jun Mochizuki) – The Case Study of Vanitas Volume 5
Meaning to Read – Servamp Volume 2
Been Adapted to Live Action – Full Metal Alchemist Volume 1
Been Adapted to Anime – Black Cat Volume 5
Has not been Adapted – Vampire Library Volume 2

Other Potential Reads:

That is all for now! If you would like to participate follow me @MMReadathon and please use #MangaMadnessReadathon to share your progress so I can see it. There will be prizes and lots of other fun things. Follow my Twitter to find out what the prizes will be or check out the Announcement post, I am still currently announcing the prizes, so there will be more. Thank you to everyone who has participated and if you can’t participate this round, there will be many more rounds to join, I host this readathon every 3-4 Months. See you around!

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Etsy Shop Update – New Blog – 20/04/2019

Just a quick Update for Today, I will no longer be posting these Etsy Updates on this Blog, but if you’re interested in following Shop Updates, please follow me over at Drink Coffee and Read Books Gift Shop Blog! All updates and Product Releases will be announced on there, that will also include any sales or special events happening for my shop. If you’ve been reading these updates, thank you so much!

On another note, I will hopefully be posting on here more regularly, and doing TBR’s and Wrap Up’s again, and some other fun posts I have planned. I’m really sorry I haven’t been blogging as regularly, life has been extremely hectic lately, at this point I don’t think It’s going to calm done any time soon, but I’ll try to make more time to blog.

It would be very much appreciated though if you could check out my Etsy Shop, there’s a huge Variety of Bookmarks and Candles (and Wax Melts coming soon) that might interest you. If you have a subscription box and would be interested in adding my products, please Convo me on Etsy, or Email me at Drinkcoffeeandreadbooks18@gmail.com, I always try to respond within 24 Hours, and will be able to provide you with a discount code to bulk buy, depending on quantity needed.

If you have any ideas or suggestions for what I should add or what you would like to see in my shop, Convo/Email me, I’m always open for suggestions. And If you would like a custom order, I will work with you and do my best to provide you with what you would like, if it is reasonable, of course

Thank you for Reading! I hope to see you over on my other Blog!

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Manga Madness Readathon Round 6 – Announcement & Sign Up Post (#MangaMadnessReadathon)

Manga Madness Readathon is returning for its sixth Round, which will run from May 4th-12th and you’ll be able to use #MangaMadnessReadathon to share your progress, TBR, and Updates, if you decide to join. I can’t believe that it’s already April and the the Sixth round is in less than a Month. I really do have a blast hosting this readathon, and cannot wait for the next round. Just like with the other rounds, there are 25 Challenges, although you don’t have to complete all of them, but you can if you want to, and it will take the form of a Bingo Board, all the have to do is complete at least one Bingo, but if you would like to try for a Blackout and complete the entire board, Good Luck. I always set to get a Blackout. So that’ll probably be my goal again this year.

And just like the other rounds their will be 3 different options. This will also be the Official Sign-Up this round, which you’ll find at the bottom of this post. So, here are the Challenges:

If you don’t have a Favourite Manga Artist or you’ve read all of there work already, you can read my Favourite Manga Artist (which is still the same as previous rounds, and will not be changing for a really long time): Jun Mochizuki

So, I’ll now let you know what you can read if you’d like to do this one, you have three options and I loved all of these; I highly recommend reading any of these. Jun Mochizuki is by far my Favourite Mangaka, and has been for a really long time now:

If you would like an Alternative, another favourite of mine is Akaza Samamiya, and you can read any of these:

I think that Bloody Mary is the only one that’s been officially translated into English! I would definitely recommend it, It’s only has 10 Volumes and It’s finished publishing, if you prefer to start series that are already completed.

This BINGO sheet will have a lot of different options for what your book should include – and after reading said book during the readathon, you will be able to cross that square off of your BINGO sheet. Also, If you don’t want to do the Bingo Challenges, you don’t have to. You can still participate even if you decide that you don’t want to do those challenges. As long as you’re reading Manga and you’re having fun, it counts. The main goal is to just have fun. Anyway, If you’re not sure what to read for some of the challenges, you can check out Manga Madness Readathon Recommendations and Manga Series I’ve Read from Start to Finish Part 1 and Part 2, and I’ll have a third part out soon too!

These three Different Options you’ll be able to choose from if you don’t want to do the bingo board are:

Option 1: Bingo Board Challenges 
Option 2: Read anything you want 
Option 3: Stick to one Series. For those of you who want to continue or Finish a series and not switch between different series!

On the sign up post you will also have the option to mix up any of these options or even do a mix of all the options.

Instagram Photo Challenge is returning again this year as I love seeing your photos for this, and if you would like you can also post this on Twitter, or just on Twitter if you don’t use Instagram, just make sure to use the hashtag so I can see them.

  • If you are participating – use #MangaMadnessReadathon and Tag me @MMReadathon in your Tweet about the readathon!
  • ReadAThon will last 12 days – you can come and go as you please.
  • Follow this blog and this Twitter for any official updates on the readAThon.

The Rules are simple:

  • Just read as much Manga as you can in a week.
  • Read 1 volume of manga for each challenge, unless number of volumes is indicated. Or Choose one of the Above Options.
  • You can read multiple volumes of manga in a series to have them count for multiple categories, but you can’t use the same volume of manga for multiple categories. It has to be a different Volume for every challenge

There will also be a Bonus Challenge, you don’t have to do this but you will be eligible for a prize if completed:

Prizes:

Like last round this round will also have prizes. All prizes are made by me and Available in my Etsy Shop, which can be found HERE. The Prizes this round will be Bookmarks, these are inspired by Manga/Anime Series, so they’re perfect for this readathon. Anyway, these are the Bookmarks you will be able to win:

  • Official Readathon Bookmark
  • Servamp – Don’t want to lie – Double Sided Bookmark
  • Ouran High School Host Club Bookmark
  • Inuyasha – Thread of Fate – Bookmark
  • Tales of Zestiria Bookmark
  • Pandora Hearts Bookmark
  • Cardcaptor Sakura – The Greatest Happiness – Bookmark
  • Tsubasa – Don’t Look Back – Bookmark
  • Tsubasa – Strength – Bookmark
  • One Piece – Usopp – Bookmark
  • One Piece – Luffy – Bookmark
  • One Piece – Chopper – Bookmark
  • One Piece – Brooke – Bookmark
  • The Case Study of Vanitas Bookmark
  • Servamp – Light – Bookmark
  • Servamp – Piano – Bookmark
  • Cardcaptor Sakura – The World – Bookmark
  • Tsubasa – Your Hardships are their Hardships – Bookmark

If you win a prize you will be able to choose which Bookmark you would like. There’s only a limited amount, the amount in the pictures are how many I have available, so I’ll keep updates on which are left throughout the readathon! If I announce that you’ve won a prize, please DM me within 24 hours to claim one these.

Here are a few criteria’s to be eligible for a prize. These are fairly easy, so anyone can win a prize no matter what option you choose. Anyway, if you chose the Bingo Board Option you can win one of these if you reach your first bingo and a second prize if you get a Blackout and complete to entire Bingo Board.

If you just want to Stick to a series throughout the entire readathon, you will be eligible to win a prize when you finish the entire series, and every series after that if you finish more than one, If you choose to read more than one series or a second series!

And for the read anything option, I wanted to give everyone a chance to win something so every 10 volumes will give you the chance to win something, so please do let me know if you reach 10 volumes!

Any of these will still go if you chose to do a mix of options, as long as you complete any of these! All prizes will be sent after the readathon finishes!

Sign-Up:

The readathon will mostly be taking place on Twitter but you can write a blog post about the readathon and your progress or post on Instagram. Anywhere you want to basically, just don’t forget to fill in the sign-up form so I can keep track of who’s participating and how many of you are participating! You can find the sign-up form here.

Will you be taking part in this readathon? What do you think of this Readathon? Any suggestions or improvements you can think of? Feel free to let me know in the Comments, or on Twitter.

Thank you so much for reading and I hope to see around on social media using the #MangaMadnessReadathon so I can see all your posts and progress throughout the readathon! If you are participating: GOOD LUCK!!

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24 & 48 Hour Readathon’s: #Readathon & #UnicornReads

I’ll be participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon Today (Saturday, 6th 2019) at 10:30pm. And Unicorn readathon is also happening over this weekend so this will be my TBR for both of these. Although it’s likely to Change based on my mood, but these are some of the shorter books I have and considering that I haven’t been in much of a Fantasy reading mood lately, I am in no way expecting to read much for Unicorn Readathon. Anyway, here’s my TBR:

Who Else is Participating? What are you planning on Reading? Feel Free to link me to your posts, I’d love to see what everyone else is doing for Dewey’s.

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eARC Review: Pisces Hooks Taurus by Anyta Sunday

Pisces Hooks Taurus by Anyta Sunday
Publication Date: December 18th 2017
Series: Signs of Love, #4
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
Format: eBook
Pages: 288
Date Read: December 7th, 2018
Links: Goodreads | Amazon

It’s a time for searching, and a time for finding, Pisces: keep casting your line and you will hook what you’re looking for.

Zane has it all planned out: land the perfect Meet Cute, fall in love, and live happily ever after.
Should be simple enough if he put his mind to it. A little creativity and some thinking outside of the box, and voila, he’d be married to the woman of his dreams.
It would be perfect.
And it would be before his visa ran out.

But why are his feelings running wild now that the pressure’s on? Why is his picture-perfect plan turning into a muddled mess of morphed metaphors he can’t make sense of anymore?

Just as well he’s met an English professor to help. And even though their first meet is anything but cute, this down-to-earth teacher may just be the realist Zane needs to ground him and give him a shot at love after all.

Don’t cast your line too wide, Pisces. Your perfect catch may already have bitten.

I received a copy of Pisces Hooks Taurus from Netgalley for Review Purposes. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

As I’ve said before I love this Series and Anyta Sunday’s work! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: no one does slow-burn romance like Anyta Sunday. Pisces Hooks Taurus was adorable. I have enjoyed each book in the “Signs of Love” series, and thankfully that includes this one. It can be read as a stand alone, but I highly recommend reading all the books in this series, just because they are great 😛

Zane, the Pisces with the ‘big heart and even bigger soul’, in all his adorable and exasperating cluelessness. Zane’s a hopeless romantic that wants to find the one. Unfortunately for him, he has to find that special person before his Visa runs out while sweeping them off their feet enough to get married. The stars align and Zane finds himself crashing with Beckett.

And Beckett, The ‘reliable, honest, compassionate and stubborn’ Taurus. Beckett is a divorcee that doesn’t believe in love anymore. You can clearly see how much Beckett is taken with him, but there’s no way he would ever act on it as long as Zane doesn’t ‘see’ Beckett in that kind of light.

I loved the dynamics between Zane and Beckett. They were polar opposites with Zane wanting to find love in 4 weeks and Beckett being ever the cynical.

Zane is completely oblivious to his growing romance with his “platonic” new BFF, Beckett. I mean, clueless to the point where it was almost too ridiculous, but this is a romance, not a reality check, and Anyta Sunday seems to be really, really fond of clueless Main Characters.

The plot moves along quickly, and there is a lot of witty banter. Lots of silly misunderstandings, but it was a purposeful comedy of errors, and it was really enjoyable to read. The ending was super cute.

Thanks for Reading! Have you read this? Or any of the other books in this series? If so, what did you think of it?

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Review: Norman by Stephen Lancaster

Norman by Stephen Lancaster
Publication Date: May 1st 2018
Published by: Llewellyn Publications
Genres: NonFiction
Format: eBook
Pages: 215
Date Read: 10/08/2018
Links: Goodreads

When paranormal investigator Stephen Lancaster brought home an old doll from an antique shop, he had no idea what bizarre and terrifying things were about to occur. From Day One, Norman the doll raised Hell. He caused sudden infestations of rats and spiders. He frightened dogs and put children in trances. He even moved on his own in video surveillance footage. And that was just the beginning.

Norman takes you on a thrilling journey into Stephen’s life with a doll that has held the spirit of an unborn child for over fifty years. A haunted doll that still lives in Stephen’s house, locked away in his own room to keep him from once again endangering the house and Stephen’s family.

I received a copy of Norman from Netgalley for Review Purposes. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

So, you’re no doubt well acquainted with Chucky and Annabelle, but have you heard of Norman? I hadn’t but I love all of that spooky stuff so thought that this was the book for me. I do enjoy books like this, I am a Skeptical of it all though.

Some will believe this story is true and others will think it’s not. If it is true then I’m wondering why child and animal protection agencies haven’t been involved. The photos that are included to support the author’s claims unfortunately had the opposite effect with me. For example, there are two photos showing a significant change in temperature near Norman that was reported to have happened a minute apart. Yet there’s no time stamp on the photos and even if there was the author makes mention of their “top-notch video editing software” so it would be difficult to know with certainty if they were real or fake anyway.

Norman has a sad history even before the story opens. The author is intrigued by Norman when he finds him in an antique shop. The owners reluctantly sell Norman to him. Once Norman is comes home with him all kinds of paranormal things begin to happen. It is a short and simple read.

Thanks for reading? Have you heard the story of Norman? Have you read this book? Do you believe in the Paranormal?

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eARC Review: The Artist and The Soldier by Angelle Petta

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The Artist and the Soldier by Angelle Petta
Publication Date:
Published by: Warren Publishing
Genres: Historical Fiction, LGBT
Format: eBook
Pages: 215
Date Read: 10/08/2018
Links: Goodreads

Two young men come of age and fall in love, set against the backdrop of true events during World War II.

It’s 1938. Bastian Fisher and Max Amsel meet at an American-Nazi camp, Siegfried. Neither have any idea what to do with their blooming, confusing feelings for one another. Before they can begin to understand, the pair is yanked apart and forced in opposite directions.

Five years later, during the heart of World War II, Bastian’s American army platoon lands in Salerno, Italy. Max is in Nazi-occupied Rome where he has negotiated a plan to hire Jews on as ‘extras’ in a movie—an elaborate ruse to escape the Nazis. Brought together by circumstance and war, Bastian and Max find one another again in Rome.

Exploring the true stories of Camp Siegfried and the making of the film, La Porta del Cielo, The Artist and the Soldier is intense, fast moving, and sheds light on largely untouched stories in American and Italian history.

I received a copy of The Soldier and the Artist from Netgalley for Review Purposes. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

This is a wonderful piece of historical fiction, bringing out some fascinating details about events surrounding World War II. There is another wonderful timeless story told here as well The story of two young boys, unlikely allies – turned possible lovers. Max and Bastian find something in each other that lacked in their early lives: trust and purpose. It’s what drives them and gives them hope. With the nostalgia, romance and setting, I found myself taken away to another time and transported in to the heart of this beautiful story.

Author Angelle Petta skillfully brings together all the elements in a way that feel so true and realistic without ever teetering on the question of believability. There are many harsh realities here, delicately handled without grandiose promises of what is to come.

While the budding friendship/romance between Max and Bastian is the heart of the story; it is Ilsa (Bastian’s sister) that shines through with determination and strength, grounding the story in the harsh truths of history.

I was enjoying this book so much. I loved the premise of the story and it was well-executed. It was interesting and entertaining and the author did a wonderful job at working in the historical aspects of the story throughout. The story was well-written.

The Soldier and the Artist is about heroism, in many different forms. Petta reminds us, in truth, heroes don’t always bask in glory or reap bountiful rewards– they only save the moment and give a chance for another tomorrow. Maybe someday, a better future.

Thank you for Reading!! Have you read this book? What did you think of it

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Etsy Update – Looking for Bookstagramers to Rep for @ Drinkcoffeeandreadbooksgifts for April – June! – 19/03/2019

I am coming to you today with another Etsy Update. I wanted to give you guys a quick update on my Etsy Shop. Although, this is more of an Announcement. So, I just Announced on Instragram, which you can check out HERE, that I’ll be doing another Bookmark Rep Search. So basically I am looking for 3-5 (or maybe more) people who are extremely active in the Bookstagram community. You will receive at least 4 bookmarks a month for Advertising Purposes. If you’re interested check out my Instagram to find out how to apply. And you can find my Etsy Shop HERE!

Well, that’s all for today! Do you use bookmarks? Do you like to Match your Bookmarks with your Current Reads? Let me know in the Comments!

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100 Days of Anime Challenge – Day 16 – Anime with the Best Animation – 3/03/2019

I love a lot of Animes Animation though, but I just started watching Karneval and I really like the Animation for it. And I love the Opening.

What Anime do you think has the Best Animation?

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