Manga Madness ReadAThon TBR(#MangaMadnessReadathon)

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If you don’t yet know, I’m hosting the second Round of Manga Madness Read-a-thon, which will run from March 24th-30th. 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, I’ve covered most of the challenged there with some suggestions. 

Read a Manga in a Genre of your Choice

I understand not everyone is fond of Bingo Challenges, as it can be a lot of work to find books that fit. So, for this round, In order to make this fun for everybody, you can choose between three Options:

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!

So, today I’m going to be sharing with you my TBR, and I have chosen to do Option 1: Bingo Board challenges. Anyway, let’s just get into it!

Award Winning Manga – One Piece Volume 49, 50, 51 (Omnibus 17) by Eiichiro Oda
Author/Artist you haven’t read before – Karneval Volume 1 by Touya Mikanagi 
Romance, Slice of Life or Comedy – Kiss him, not me Volume 4 by Junko
Drama, Action, or Adventure – Tales of Zestiria Volume 3 by Shiramine
Fantasy or Paranormal – Tales of Zestiria Volume 4 by Shiramine

Mystery, Thriller, or Psychological – Tokyo Ghoul: re Volume 2 by Sui Ishida 
Horror, Demons, or Vampires – Bloody Mary Volume 10 by Akaza Samamiya
A Manga with a Male Lead Character – One Piece Volume 52-53-54 (Omnibus 18) by Eiichiro Oda
A Manga with a Female Lead Character – Kiss him, not me Volume 5 by Junko
Read two installments from the Same Series – One Piece Volume 55-56-57 (Omnibus 19) – One Piece Volume 58-59-60 (Omnibus 20) by Eiichiro Oda

Manga Centred around Folklore & Mythology – One Piece Volume 61-62-63 (Omnibus 21) by Eiichiro Oda
A Manga that is related to something you previously read – Tokyo Ghoul: re Volume 3 by Sui Ichida
Read a Manga in a Genre of your Choice – One Piece Volume 64-65-66 (Omnibus 22) by Eiichiro Oda
A Manga that was published in 2016/2017 – Black Clover Volume 1 by Yuki Tabata
A Manga with a Main Character who transforms – D.N. Angel Volume 1 by Yukiru Sugisaki

A Manga you’ve Borrowed – One Piece Volume 67-68-69 (Omnibus 23) by Eiichiro Oda
A Manga from a Genre you don’t usually read – Ouran High School Host Club Volume 3 by Bisco Hatori
Read the Oldest Manga in your Collection – Black Cat Volume 3 by Kentaro Yabuki
A Manga with a Main Character who identifies as LGBTQ+ – Cardcaptor Sakura Volume 1 by CLAMP
A Manga with a name in the title – Cardcaptor Sakura Volume 2 by CLAMP

A Manga by your favourite Manga Artist OR the Hosts Favourite (Jun Mochizuki) I’ve read all of Jun Mochizuki’s works, so I’ll be reading Phantom Dream Volume 1 by Natsuki Takaya, my other favourite Manga Artist
A Manga you’ve been Meaning to read – Soul Eater Volume 1 by Atsushi Ohkubo
A Manga that has been adapted to Live Action – Attack on Titan Volume 1 by Hajime Isayama
A Manga that has been adapted to Anime or Video Game – Hunter X Hunter Volume 9 by Yoshihiro Togashi
A Manga that has not been adapted in any way – Phantom Dream Volume 2 by Natsuki Takaya

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If you are sharing your TBR on Social Media (YouTube, Blog), you can copy the challenges below:

Award Winning Manga
Author/Artist you haven’t read before
Romance, Slice of Life or Comedy
Drama, Action, or Adventure
Fantasy or Paranormal

Mystery, Thriller, or Psychological
Horror, Demons, or Vampires
A Manga with a Male Lead Character
A Manga with a Female Lead Character
Read two installments from the Same Series

Manga Centred around Folklore & Mythology
A Manga that is related to something you previously read
Read a Manga in a Genre of your Choice
A Manga that was published in 2016/2017
A Manga with a Main Character who transforms

A Manga you’ve Borrowed
A Manga from a Genre you don’t usually read
Read the Oldest Manga in your Collection
A Manga with a Main Character who identifies as LGBTQ+
A Manga with a name in the title

A Manga by your favourite Manga Artist OR the Hosts Favourite
A Manga you’ve been Meaning to read
A Manga that has been adapted to Live Action
A Manga that has been adapted to Anime or Video Game
A Manga that has not been adapted in any way

Will you be taking part? 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. Also, let me know if you have posted a TBR, I’d love to check it out.

Thank you so much for reading!

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eARC Review: Scorpio Hates Virgo by Anyta Sunday

Leo loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

ScorpioHatesVirgo-f-web-220x330Scorpio Hates Virgo by Anyta Sunday
Publication Date: August 30th 2017
Series: Signs of Love, #2
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
Format: eBook
Pages: 245
Rating: 4 Stars
Date Read: March 11th, 2018
Links: Goodreads | NetgalleyB&NBook Depository

This year is all about healing the heart, Scorpio. It’s time to leave negative attitudes and stoic facades at the door and let others see the real, more vulnerable you.

Percy Freedman is not grieving. Absolutely not, take that back at once. No, he’s entirely sure that selling his dead aunt’s home and leaving the neighbours he’s known for years is the sane thing to do. Who in their right mind would keep the house that smells like all the hugs he’ll never have again?

Nobody, that’s who.

Well, except his cul-de-sac neighbours. They all seem to think some paint and new furniture will clean the emotional slate. They all want him to stay.

Even his nemesis, Callaghan Glover.

Especially his nemesis, Callaghan Glover.

Lured into a game of Sherlock Gnomes, Percy finds himself hanging out with his neighbors more than might be considered healthy. Along with juggling new and surprising verbal grenades from Cal, and his burgeoning friendship with Gnomber9, Percy is starting to wonder if selling might have been the grief talking after all . . .

That’s right, Scorpio. With a little patience, heartbreak might be a thing of the past .

“Scorpio Hates Virgo” contains sarcasm, sexual content, a slightly sappy HEA, and an unhealthy obsession with dinosaurs.
It can be read as a standalone.

Themes: friends-to-lovers, slow burn
Genre: New Adult, light-hearted contemporary gay romance

I received a copy of Scorpio Hates Virgo from Netgalley for Review Consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

When his aunt passes away, Percy inherits her home – the home he took shelter in and found endless love and support as a teenager, when he was kicked to the kerb by his own parents for being gay. Percy has to decide whether he wishes to sell the house and move on, or whether being in this place – with these quirky yet lovable people – is where he truly belongs.

Scorpio hates Virgo is book two in the Signs of Love Series but it can be read as a standalone because it featur3es different characters than Leo loves Aries. But there is a nexus between this installment and book one, and that is Crystal, Theo’s mom, who now delivers her beloved horoscope to another couple. This book also features appearances from Theo and Jamie. 

It’s not a secret that I love Anyta Sunday, I harbor “strong feelings” towards her stories. I am a huge fan. Her stories make me smile. With the Cute Romances and Banter between the Characters.  The woman knows how to deliver well-written slow-burn romances, and I don’t usually enjoy romance novels.

So, Our MCs have been neighbours for a few years and when this story starts, Percy is dealing with grief and Cal with a breakup and some family drama. They are not enemies, they are friends. Or something similar to Friends. So we can conclude that they are neighbours who like to call each other “nemesis”. 

Percy also battles with his complicated feelings towards his long-time nemesis neighbour, Cal. I particularly enjoyed all the cul-de-sac fun and games that the cast of characters engaged in over the course of the book.

“I want to feel everything you´re willing to give me, and I hope you´re willing to give me everything”

Despite Percy’s insistence that Cal is his nemesis, Percy and Cal are not enemies. I really liked the interactions between the main characters but even the secondary characters were a joy, I liked the way not only the relationship but the story developed, we had time to get to know and really understand Percy and Cal before we saw them as a couple.

Callaghan is a Virgo; he likes dinosaur T-shirts; he puts his family ahead of everything (including his education); and sometimes he lies just a little to get what he wants. Cal isn’t afraid of his burgeoning attraction to his long-time nemesis, per se, he just needs some time to wrap his head around the attraction and see if it’s something he truly wants to pursue.

Perseus is a Scorpio and doesn’t trust easily. Returning to the cul-de-sac where his beloved aunt lived, Percy wants to sell her house and move on; he can’t handle the memories. Percy is prickly and keeps people at a distance. He is thoroughly convinced that everyone will leave him. Always. So not only is he afraid of his attraction to Callaghan because Cal is straight, but also because he fears putting himself out there, only to be rejected in the end.

“Cal had helped him up, and instead of asking if Percy was okay or needed an ice pack, he’d shaken his head and delivered the first verbal grenade, ‘All elegance, that was.’”

The snark and banter in this second book felt much more subtle than it did in Theo and Jamie’s story. Also, this story is much more of a super-slow burn in the romance Department. Overall I loved this quirky, funny, and endearing story.

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That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? If so, What did you think of it? Is it on your TBR? What is your Star Sign? 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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Manga Review: One Piece by Eiichiro Oda – East Blue (Omnibus’ 1-4; Volumes 1-12)

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

Volume 1: Get ready to set sail!

One Piece

As a child, Monkey D. Luffy dreamed of becoming King of the Pirates. But his life changed when he accidentally ate the Gum-Gum Fruit, an enchanted Devil Fruit that gave him the ability to stretch like rubber. Its only drawback? He’ll never be able to swim again–a serious handicap for an aspiring sea dog! Years later, Luffy sets off on his quest to find the “One Piece,” said to be the greatest treasure in the world…

The treasure trove of high seas adventures just got bigger with this collection of the first three volumes of One Piece!

I love One Piece so much. I’ve been a fan of One Piece for years and been watching the anime continuously. I thought of checking the manga, the original work of Oda. It’s amazing! Check it out if you never did.

One Piece is one of the funniest manga I’ve read. Eiichiro Oda is one of the absolute best mangakas and has created this wonderful universe and characters. It’s funny and it can hit your heart in ways you never expected. The characters are also really loveable, exposing parts of their childhoods, their burdens, piece by piece until you can fully understand them.

This one ends at the beginning of Usopp’s story. I really enjoyed that entire arc when I first started watching the anime. This manga can get very emotional. It’ll make you cry and laugh right along with the characters. It’s very funny and entertaining. The characters were so unique in voice and tangibility that I loved each of them. 

The only problem I have with this edition is that ‘Zoro’ is tanslated as ‘Zolo’! Although I mostly just ignored that and still pronounced it a Zoro. So I mean I wasn’t too bothered by it. 

A fun and silly adventure begins in these three volumes, enemies are beaten and new friends are made. But mostly its just a series brimming with fun.

In this volume, Luffy meets Nami, a thief, and excellent navigator. Part of this volume takes place in a small town that has been over taken by pirates; Buggy the Clown in this case. He too has eaten a Devil Fruit, making conflict with him more interesting. I’ll let you discover what his power is. Luffy is drawn into a fight with Buggy’s group, as expected. There’s a lion and a man on a unicycle and other such weirdness that only pirates led by a clown can provide.

The real star of the volume is Buggy the Clown and his goofy band of pirates. Their gags are very funny and the fights they provide are unique and action packed. Buggy will have you laughing out loud with his paranoia of nose jokes and the punishment that follows. His connections to Luffy through a past friend are also very intriguing.

Volume 2: The Boy who cried “Pirate”


Usopp is the local liar who likes to stir up trouble by shouting “The pirates are coming!” But he never expected his harmless prank to become a reality! Captain Kuro of the Black Cat Pirates has been lying low, posing as a mild-mannered butler while waiting for the right time to strike it rich with his devious plan. With no one believing him, all hope seems lost for Usopp–until he has Luffy on his side!

Containing Volumes 4, 5 and 6 of One Piece!

I’m having so much fun reading this series. I remember watching it on Toasted TV before school years ago. This Volume contains More character development, The end of Usopp’s arc also speeds things up and more information about the grand line raises the stakes.

Basically one long fight, as is pretty common so far in this series, as the group attempts to defend a girl who is being murdered for her fortune. 

The slow pacing is quickly remedied in this volume! The story advances with humour and action as its central villain steps out to claim the spotlight. Oda does a great job showing us how truly different a villain like Kuro can be. His cunning tactics and ruthless blood lust is the polar opposite to the comedic and zany Buggy. He quickly shows us why he is a threat, to not only our heroes, but the other villains as well. The supporting characters do great as well with Kaya having great emotional moments and the Usopp Pirates bringing in a surprising yet refreshing loyalty.

Volume 3: Chef’s Special: The Kick of the day


The Straw Hat crew makes a pit stop at the oceangoing restaurant the Baratie, where the cooks are as rough-and-tumble as the pirates who frequent it. Don Krieg, a notorious pirate whose ship was battered in the treacherous seas of the Grand Line, has set his sights on the Baratie, but sous-chef Sanji isn’t going to stand idly by while these ruthless pirates take the ship by force!

Containing Volumes 7, 8 and 9 of One Piece!

This one is very centred around Sanji. We learn about his fighting style and his past. It’s nice and you can see how once again Luffy found someone who has a big dream to recruit in his crew. I love how they all have their own motivation. And their paths are going in the same direction so it’s only logical to make their way there together. 

Volume 7 and half of 8 are the end of the getting Sanji story while the second half of 8 and all of 9 are the beginnings of the truth about Nami. These have great fight scenes, wonderful character development, and some interesting plot developments.

The artwork is excellent. Eiichiro Oda’s art style is very distinctive, which is a good thing. Something else that strikes me about this series is how diverse the information is in it. You have Sanji who waxes eloquently about cooking and uses french terms for his kicks, to Nami who talks about navigational information, to naval practices that are at least partially based on historical information. There is so much packed into this manga. 

The Arlong Park arc continues in volume 9 as Luffy edges closer to Cocoyashi village in an attempt to get his ship and friends back. The story does a great job selling Arlong as the main villain. His hold on the island and its people deliver a new dynamic the overall story has yet to have. Usopp learns full well why Fishmen are not to be trifled with when he is captured by them. Zoro goes on a hunt for Usopp after breaking free of his captivity.

Nami’s backstory, like Sanji’s, is tragic and pulls the veil on Nami’s well hidden feelings. This back story is definitely one of the best in all One Piece. As hope fades all she can do is ask for help from the friends she betrayed.

Volume 4: Fishing for Trouble


There’s something fishy going on in Nami’s hometown that’s led her to turn her back on her family and friends. But her betrayal is all for naught when the unscrupulous captain of the fish-man pirates, “Sawtooth” Arlong, goes back on his word. When her fellow villagers gear up to challenge a merciless foe who can easily crush them, her only hope for peace is to turn to the very people she has been lying to… the Straw Hat Pirates!

Containing the last volumes of the East Blue saga: 10, 11 and 12 of One Piece!

Volume 10 is a great action oriented instalment. It shines the spotlight on Luffy’s crew and the hardships they take in these fights. Seeing what they’ll go through for a friend just gives these characters a real charm.  

Volume 11 starts in the middle of Luffy and Arlong’s big battle which consumed most of the previous volume as well. Sanji has been paired against a Shark fishman that practices Fishman Karate; while Zoro has been matched up against Hatchi. Luffy is risking it all just to make Nami his permanent navigator.

Zoro’s fight with Hachi shows how determined and strong the three style swordsman is. Sanji’s fight with the Fishman Karate master, Kuroobi, lets the cook have a suspenseful battle under water. 

ʟᴜꜰꜰʏ: ɪ ᴅᴏɴᴛ ᴋɴᴏᴡ ʜᴏᴡ ᴛᴏ ᴜsᴇ ᴀ sᴡᴏʀᴅ
ɪ ᴅᴏɴᴛ ᴋɴᴏᴡ ᴋɴᴏᴡ ʜᴏᴡ ᴛᴏ ɴᴀᴠɪɢᴀᴛᴇ ᴇɪᴛʜᴇʀ
ɪ ᴄᴀɴᴛ ᴄᴏᴏᴋ. ɪ ᴄᴀɴᴛ ᴛᴇʟʟ ʟɪᴇs
ɪ ᴋɴᴏᴡ ɪ ᴄᴀɴᴛ ʟɪᴠᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜᴏᴜᴛ ʜᴇʟᴘ ꜰʀᴏᴍ ᴀ ʟᴏᴛ ᴏꜰ ᴘᴇᴏᴘʟᴇ.

ᴀʀʟᴏɴɢ: ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴀ ʙᴜʀᴅᴇɴ ɪᴛ ᴍᴜsᴛ ʙᴇ ꜰᴏʀ ʏᴏᴜʀ ᴄʀᴇᴡ ᴛᴏ ʜᴀᴠᴇ sᴜᴄʜ ᴀɴ ɪᴅɪᴏᴛ ꜰᴏʀ ᴀ ᴄᴀᴘᴛɪᴀɴ. ᴊᴜsᴛ ᴡʜᴀᴛ ᴄᴀɴ ʏᴏᴜ ᴅᴏ?!

ʟᴜꜰꜰʏ: ɪ ᴄᴀɴ ʙᴇᴀᴛ ʏᴏᴜ.

The brief Roguetown/Loguetown arc is wrapped up with a very, very touching filler story, the crew entering the Grand Line, core mechanics of the world being explained, and the introduction of the new central antagonistic group. 

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That’s it for this review! Have you read this? If so, What did you think of it? 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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Review: Alice in Poetry by Michaela Morgan (editor)

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Lewis Carroll’s Alice has been enchanting children for 150 years. Curious Alice, the bossy White Rabbit, the formidable Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter are among the best-loved, most iconic literary creations of all time.

In Wonderland: Alice in Poetry, we celebrate the poems of Lewis Carroll, from the sublime to the surreal, including popular favourites such as Jabberwocky , The Walrus and the Carpenter and Tweedledum and Tweedledee. In addition to these classic, beloved poems, this beautiful collection features many contemporary poems from editor Michaela Morgan and a host of popular poets, including Roger McGough, John Agard, Grace Nichols, Rachel Rooney, Tony Mitton, Vivian French, Cheryl Moskowitz, Joseph Coehlo, and Jan Dean, each one putting their own spin on these classic texts.

When I saw this book, I immediately bought it because I am a big fan of Alice in wonderland and so I thought I would give this book a chance, I’ve have never seen Alice in wonderland in poems before.

I love the story of Alice in wonderland and the poems in this book were very good and fun to read, all the authors did an amazing job with the poems in this book. It was really interesting to see Alice in Wonderland  told as poetry. 

How wonderful to revisit the world of Lewis Carroll through such a collection of nonsensical eyes. Each poet brings their own perspective to bear and each poem is a triumph.

An excellent book, especially if you are a fan of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The Alice in Wonderland books made a huge impact on me as a child. I loved them, and Lewis Carroll’s fantastic and quirky poems. It wasn’t until I was much older that I realised that Carroll’s verses were often parodies of poems of the day.

Michaela Morgan has taken Carroll’s poems and found a whole host of contemporary poets to add their versions, alongside the originals. From Joseph Coelho’s You’ve Got So Big and Horrible to Roger McGough’s Six Impossible Things to Do Before Breakfast. It’s a pity that the book hasn’t been given a more classy look, making it a book to keep and treasure, rather than a cheap-looking paperback. 

I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves Alice in Wonderland. 

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That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? 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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Holiday Reading: Victor Harbor | Travel TBR

Holiday Reaing

I’m going to Victor Harbor over the Weekend on holiday with my Mum. So by the time this is posted I would have already left. Now the most important part – picking out which books I will bring with me, I’m not going to bring too many books with me, as I’m only going over the Weekend and I probably wont get much read anyway!

I tend to take a long time to figure out what I want to read while I’m away from home. Not having access to all my books stresses me out, and I am always afraid I will bring something with me and then not enjoy it or not feel in the mood for it, so I like to bring back up options. So this will be a quick list of the books and audiobooks I’m taking with me while traveling.

Physical Books:



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So I have chosen the books that I will potentially read when I go to Victor Harbor, so we’ll see how much I actually end up reading. Most of the these I can read/Listen to on my phone, so they wont take up any extra space. 

Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think of them? Are any of these on your TBR? What types of books do you like to read while on Holiday/Vacation? Let me know in the Comments!

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eARC Review: Leo loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

Leo loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

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Publication Date: December 4th 2016
Series: Signs of Love, #1
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQIA+
Format: eBook
Pages: 278
Rating: 4 Stars
Date Read: March 3rd, 2018
Links: Goodreads | Netgalley |

A new person will enter your life in the early year, Leo. Look past any moments of frustration they might bring and laugh—this could be the start of a thriving friendship.

Theo Wallace usually laughs at the horoscopes his mom sends. Still hung up on his ex-girlfriend and practically friendless, this one begs him to reconsider. Because a friendship that stuck, that thrived…

Well, that would be a reason to leave past pains behind and look to the Bright Future.

When his sister Leone challenges him to find her the perfect date for a spring wedding, Theo uses it as a chance to make new friends. Theo’s ex economics tutor and newest roommate Mr. Jamie Cooper seems to be a possible and convenient match. Real convenient. Like written in the stars, convenient.

All he has to do is make sure this Jamie is good enough. Could really be The One for her, and the friend for him.

But watch out, Leo, the stars have a surprise in store…

Leo Loves Aries” is a sweet slow burn M/M romance with HEA. This New Adult college friends-to-lovers novel can be read as a standalone.

I received a copy of Leo loves Aries from Netgalley for Review Consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

Theo Wallace, and his twin sister, Leone, are living together and still dealing with the betrayal of their exes. Theo and Leone thought they’d each found the one they’d spend the rest of their lives with. Unfortunately, Samantha and Derek discovered they belonged with each other instead. Theo and Leone have been – unsuccessfully – trying to get over their last relationships. Theo and Leone have been invited to the wedding and as much as they do not want to go, they also want to show them that they no longer hold power over Theo and Leone. But only if they find dates! And thus starts the mission of Operation Wedding Date. It coincided nicely with Operation Find a Roommate.

This is my first Anyta Sunday book, and to say that I’m blown away is a huge understatement. The writing is effortless and all consuming. You are cocooned in her world, with her characters, the moment you start reading.

“You’re so organized. No wonder I drove you up the wall.”
A few seconds passed before Jamie responded. “That’s cute.”
“What is?”
“Your use of past tense.”

A lot of the early story revolved around how both siblings had tried to move on, but couldn’t quite get there, as they were still a bit stuck in the past romantically. Enter their mother, with a horoscope for both of her darling Leos for the coming year. 

“Aries and Leo are so passionate together – and the intimacy. The intimacy. There is a tendency to get jealous and possessive but it’s compensation with absolute loyalty these two have for each other. Really, you couldn’t find a better match. Aries feeds your need for attention while remaining steadfast in their own character. Both of you need to prove how amazing you are, and while doing so, Aries energizes Leo. And Leo in turn cherishes Aries. Despite the battle for dominance, the relationship flows with warmth, passion, and playfulness.” 

I’m not a horoscope reader, and you don’t have to be to love this story. Although ‘ve always been quite fascinated in Horoscopes  and the Star Signs. Actually the thing that interested me mostly in this book is the fact that I’m an Aries myself. 

What worked for me the most was the amazing build-up between Theo and Jamie. They had a teasing, caring, evolving friendship that moved into something bigger, and I think Anyta Sunday pulled it off effortlessly. It wasn’t rushed or forced, and I loved how everything seemed so inevitable. The chemistry was wonderful. 

I adored that Theo didn’t angst once he figured out that he was attracted to Jamie. I loved that once he figured out he had fallen for Jamie, he went with it, full speed ahead. Yeah, it took him ages to get there, but that makes victory all the sweeter.

The connection between Theo and Jamie was obvious to everyone but Theo. Theo went from trying to set Jamie up with his sister to pretending they were merely BFFs-with-benefits.

Theo – the Leo – is still recovering after his 2 year girlfriend dumped him to be with his sister’s boyfriend. Theo and Leone are twins, living together and trying to move on. They realized they need another roommate, and so Theo in need for a tutor, went hunting down his ex-tutor to become their new roommate.

Jamie is an Aries. He’s sure of himself, smart, patient, always right and very kind. Jamie has been burnt by roommate romances before. Well, once, anyway, and as much as he knows it is probably a bad idea, he can’t help but be drawn to the quirky guy who will do anything to get out of cooking and laundry, but seems to find reasons to hang around Jamie. And Jamie definitely wants to spend time with Theo, he just needs to find a way to guard his heart. When Theo admits he is ‘curious’, but doesn’t see himself falling for another man, Jamie says he’s not looking for love. 

One of my favourite scenes in the book was where Theo went on a date with his sister’s friend, Liz, inviting Jamie and Leone along, in hopes of jump starting their romance, too. Theo really was just that clueless, but the date worked out great — for Theo and Jamie!

I loved most of these characters and the plot was never boring. Also there was some awesome representation besides the one you would normally except in a MM romance: Leone is blind and I oved how Leona’s her disability was included but wasn’t shown in a patronizing way, she’s such a great and funny character; also the Main Character never gets too caught up in labels when it comes to himself. I know some people want to see clear words like “bisexual” in a book, but for me I really like it when things are seen as more fluid and not set in stone. That’s the kind of representation I recognise myself into so I’m always really happy when I see it.

I also liked that there was no major freak out at the discovery to be attracted to a man, and to top it off perfectly, Theo even acknowledges that he has that kind of privilege since his family is extremely accepting. I don’t know, it was a nice touch that the author didn’t really need to include but I’m happy she did because it’s important.

As for the steam, this book did have some steamy scenes, but the scenes tended to happen fairly quickly, then move on, without lingering over lots of description.

Leo Loves Aries was brilliantly done. Humorous, original, and the banter was nothing short of epic! I loved this story from beginning to end.

It was a pleasure reading Theo and Jamie’s story. I found myself late at night with the need of reading more. I was hooked and I really enjoyed the development of the characters. 

I recommend this to anyone who is in mood of reading a light LGBT romance read and a bunch of side characters who you will enjoy reading about as much as you love reading the banter between these two. 

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eARC Review: The Haunted Heart of America by Logan Corelli

The Haunted Heart of America by Logan Corelli

cover127209-mediumThe Haunted Heart of America by Logan Corelli
Published By: Llewellyn Publications
Publication Date: April 8th 2018
Genres: Non-Fiction, Travel, Paranormal, History
Format: eBook
Pages: 240
Rating: 3 Stars
Date Read: January 5th 2018
Links: Goodreads | Netgalley | Booktopia | B&N | Book Depository | Amazon

An ironing board jumps off the wall and flies straight toward an investigator’s head at the famous Villisca Axe Murder House. Shadow figures rise out of the ground and run between the gravestones of a haunted cemetery. The mischievous spirit of a deceased child pulls the blankets off an investigator, humming a song from the other side the whole time.

Featuring investigations of famous paranormal hotspots like Waverly Hills, Myrtles Plantation, and The St. James Hotel–as well as many lesser-known though equally fascinating locations–this riveting book details years of creepy stories, hair-raising experiences, and intriguing physical evidence from one of the heartland’s most experienced investigators.

I received a copy of The Haunted Heart of America from Netgalley for Review Consideration. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.

I was perusing NetGalley and once I saw this cover, I had to have it. I am always interested in reading about the experiences of others who have ventured to “Haunted” Locations, although I’m still very Sceptical about it. Once I got into the book I had a few issues.

The first is the clunky writing. I did this. Then we did this. This happened. It’s not really bad writing, it was just hard to read. Essentially the point of the stories got through, but the execution could do with some work.

Also for a book about ghosts and hauntings that leaned towards ‘there is definitely something out there’, I felt like there were a few too many ‘we did this but nothing happened’ moments. I guess it makes the stories more real, but it wasn’t very exciting most of the time.

The subtitle itself is a bit misleading. Many of the investigations are not in-depth, and I feel like the Myrtles Plantation was placed on the cover to catch peoples’ attention because it is so well-known. There was hardly more than few paragraphs about it, and not much evidence collected. That was the issue with a lot of the places the author discussed. There were some investigations he could have left out of the book entirely. I understand he likely included some of those places to show that not every investigation will yield evidence, but there were so many that it was repetitive and unnecessary.

While I found I do not believe what is said in this book, there are some parts that I could half believe. I’m one of those that usually needs to see it for myself to believe in it. Though, having said that, this was still a fun read. The writing was a bit choppy. But, If you take the story lightly and not be all so serious about it, it’s, as I mentioned, a fun and interesting read.

All in all I felt like this was a good subject for a book and I learned about many mysterious places in America. It’s enjoyable but I’d only recommend it if you’re in the mood for a silly, bit of fun, type of a story. Unless of course you are a firm believer in Paranormal then you will probably enjoy this.

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Manga Review: TokiDoki by Naoshi Komi (One Shot)

Manga Review_ TokiDoki by Naoshi Komi


TokiDoki by Naoshi Komi
Publication Date: October 20th 2016
Genres: Manga, Shonen, Romance
Pages: 50
Rating: 4 Stars
Date Read: August 30th 2017
Links: Goodreads

What do you spend the time left of your life when it’s measured in heartbeats? This is the story of Hato Iijima and Hatsu Takagi, connected to each other by a rare disease called “Tempocardy”.

The unsuspecting Hato Iijima stumbles upon Hatsu Takagi undressed in the school infirmary. He hurriedly covers his eyes, but not before he sees a small medical device on her chest. She informs him later that it monitors her heartbeats. She suffers from “koku haku disease,” and she knows she’ll die when her heartbeats run out. As a result, she’s quiet in class and refrains from strenuous activity. Despite this, Hato becomes inspired to help Hatsu live her life to the fullest.

The name “Tokidoki” makes it sound like it’s going to be cute, and it was when I breezed through it. At first glance it seems like a tender-looking school manga about precious first love, perhaps even a shoujo, but it’s definitely not that.

However, as he takes her out to amusement parks, the beach, and tells her to try new foods, we get to see the real side of her. She’s a sweet girl who wants to know the world. After she tries these wonderful new things, her personality sparkles.

At the same time, we easily see what a kind person Hato is. He has a lot of fun showing Hatsu around town, but he’s also happy to be spending time with a new friend. It’s exciting to really get to know someone like this, especially since he thought she was just a shy girl who liked to keep to herself. The romance is cute and I liked the characters. Due to the unique premise, it’s definitely a story I’ll remember.

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The Sunday Post #39: Weekly Update – 4/03/2018

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.

Books Read:

Currently Reading: 

Song of the Week: 

Last Week on the Blog:

Manga Madness Readathon Round 2 Announcement & Sign-Up 
Manga Review: Tokyo Mew Mew a la Mode (Omnibus; Volume 1 & 2) 
Review: Captive by Aimee Carter 
Buy me a Coffee? 
February 2018 Reading Wrap Up 
February Wrap Up & Book Haul 
March 2018 TBR 
Book Haul/TBR Revisit #4

Coming Soon:

Different Ways To Write A Book Review

Upcoming Reviews:

Around the Blogosphere:

Sarah @ Written Word Worlds shares YA Books with Unique Formatting
Drew @ The Tattooed Book Geek Discusses Reasons to Start a Book Blog and Reasons not to start a Book Blog
Heather @ The Sassy Geek Discusses Hyped Books 
Tiana @ The Book Raven Talks about Netgalley
Erica @ The Broken Spine Discusses & Shares tips for getting out off Reading Slumps
Trang @ Bookidote Shares her
Thoughts while Reading Book Reviews

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What books did you finish this Week? What are you Currently Reading? What are you planning on reading next? Have you read any of these? If so, What did you think of them? Are they on your TBR?  If you have your own Sunday Post, leave the link down below as well.

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Book Haul/TBR Revisit #4

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Today I have my March, April & May 2016 Book Haul/TBR Revisit. I will also be wrapping up my November 2015, January & February 2016 Revisit. I won’t be unhauling any books that I haven’t read (unless I know I won’t get around to it, or I’m not interested in it anymore) but it will still be interesting to see how I’ve done! Let’s just get into this! So, I ended up reading 3/37 of the books I planned to read and they were:

Anything that I didn’t get to last month, I will pass them over to this month and read them in February Instead. So, these were the Books I didn’t get to:

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo – Unread
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – Unread
Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo – Unread
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Unread

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery – Unread
Stealing Snow by Danielle Paige – Unread
The Forgetting by Sharon Cameron – Unread
Tom Sawyer Detective – Unread, This is book 4 in a series and I don’t own the first two, so I wont be reading this one this month!

Tom Sawyer Abroad – Unread, Same as above. This is book 3 in the series, so I wont be reading this one this month either!
A Dog of Flanders – Unread
The Call of the Wind by Jack London – Unread

The Arabian Night – Unread
The Fyrelit Tragedy by N & A Lochel – Unread
The Lost Kingdom by N & A Lochel – Unread
The Horse Whisperer by Nicholas Evans – Unread

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa – Unread
The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George – Unread
The Illustrated Works of Jane Austen Volume 2 – Unread
Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson – Unread

The Ocean at the end of the lane by Neil Gaiman – Unread
Night World Volume 3 by L.J. Smith – Unread
Blame it on Paris by Laura Florand – Unread
Oh Dear Silva by Dawn French – Unhauled, I’m no longer interested in reading this.

Legacy of Blood by Alex Connor – Unread
The Death Collectors by Jack Kerley – Unread, I won’t be reading this one this month, I didn’t realize this was the second book in a series.
Blood Brother by J.A. Kerley – Unread, Same as above. This is the forth in the series.
The Sisters by Claire Douglas – Unread

The Journals of Captain Cook – Unread
November 9 by Colleen Hoover – Unread
The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks – Unread
The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks – Unread

London by Edward Rutherfurd – Unread
Toxic Heart by Theo Lawrence – Unread

Unread: 28

Unhauled: 1

March 2016 Book Haul:

Hogwarts Library Collection: Fantastic Beasts and where to find them – Read
Hogwarts Library Collection: Quidditch Through the Ages – Read
Hogwarts Library Collection: The Tales of Beedle the Bard – Read
Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare – Read

The Carnivorous Carnival by Lemony Snicket – Read
The Grim Grotto by Lemony Snicket – Read
The Penultimate Peril Lemony Snicket  – Read

Read: 7

Unread: 0

Unhauled: 0

April 2016 Book Haul:

Double Cross by Malorie Blackman – Unread, this is the forth book, so I won’t be reading this one either
The Winners Curse by Marie Rutkoski – Unread
Vanessa and her Sister by Priya Parmar – Unread


Clockwork Angel – Read
Clockwork Prince – Read
Clockwork Princess – Read

The Seventh Tower 1 by Garth Nix – Unread
The Seventh Tower 2 by Garth Nix – Unread
Goliath by Scott Westerfeld – Unread

Read: 3

Unread: 6

Unhauled: 0

April 2016 TBR:

Trust me, I’m Lying by Mary Elizabeth Summer – Read
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling – Read
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling – Unread
Doctor Sleep by Stephen King – Unread

Read: 2

Unread: 2

Unhauled: 0

May 2016 Book Haul:

A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston – Unread
A Work in Progress by Connor Franta – Read

Read: 1

Unread: 1

Unhauled: 0


Read: 13

Unread: 37

Unhauled: 1

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So that’s another 36 books that I need to try to finish in March. That’s a lot of books, so there is no way I’ll be able to finish all of them, but I’ll try to get through as many as I can. I didn’t do that well last month, so I’ll try to do better this month.

I’ll be doing this each month, I’ll keep a monthly tally. And I’ll summarize each previous month. So that each month we can figure out how I did after last month’s revisit and keep track of how many books I have to read

I’m looking forward to reading all of these books! Have you read any of these books and if so, which was your favourite? Thoughts? Any of these on your TBR? Which ones do you recommend I read first? Let me know in the comments.

Let me know what you all thought of each of these books if you read them or if you want to read them!

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