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Manga Madness Readathon Round 2 Wrap Up (#MangaMadnessReadathon)

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From March 24th-30th, I hosted Round 2 of Manga Madness Readathon. Here is my Wrap up for #MangaMadnessReadathon. There are 25 Challenges in the form of a Bingo Board and three different options to chooses from:

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!

I choose to do the Bingo Board Challenges, although I didn’t complete it and get a blackout, I completed 20 Challenges. Even though I didn’t get a Blackout, I’m quite happy with what I managed to read: 

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 – Black Clover Volume 2  by Yuki Tabata
Fantasy or Paranormal – Black Clover Volume 3  by Yuki Tabata

Mystery, Thriller, or Psychological – Elfen Lied Volume 1  Lynn Okamoto
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 – Fruits Basket Another Volume by Natsuki Takaya
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
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+ – Twinkle (One Shot)
A Manga with a name in the title – Cardcaptor Sakura Volume 1-3 (Omnibus) by CLAMP

A Manga by your favourite Manga Artist OR the Hosts Favourite
A Manga you’ve been Meaning to read – Fairy Tail: Ice Trail Volume 2
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 

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Did you participate in #MangaMadnessReadathon? Have you read any of these? If so, what did you think of them? Are any of these on your TBR? Let me know in the Comments!

Thank you so much to everyone who participated! If you want to know more about this readathon or want to know when the next round will take place, check out the official Twitter page, @MMReadathon! The next round will probably be in August! I’ll let you know on the twitter soon when I decide on the Date  Are you interested in Participating next round? Let me know!

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March 2018 Reading Wrap Up (#MunchesinMarch, #MarchMysteryMadness, #EmojiAThon, #ReadathonByZoe, #GrinchAThon, #SeasonalSeries)

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This month I tore through some books. So, today I’ll be going through all the book that I read this month, both Read-a-thon Reads and Non-read-a-thon Reads. I more or less enjoyed a lot of these books that I read recently, though of course there were some disappointments. Also, I’m glad I got around to reading some of these books! This Month I read a total of 26 Books. You can check out my TBR HERE

And now, on to my February 2018 Wrap-Up!

Munches in March (#MunchesinMarch)

(Thursday, March 1st – Saturday, March 31st)

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Munches in March is hosted by Kathy @ Books and Munches. This is all month long, and it has a cute little bingo board to go along with it! These challenges are so fun, so If you haven’t yet participated in one of her challenges, go on over to her Blog and check them out! So Anyway, Let’s see how went:

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A Possible 5 star read – Bloody Mary Volume 10 by Akaza Samamiya
Book in a Genre you always enjoy, no matter you mood – Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
Book that’ll likely make you all Warm & Fuzzy inside – Scorpio hates Virgo by Anyta Sunday
Book Concerning Heartbreak – Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

Next Instalment of a Series you already Started – Citrus Volume 4 by Sabura Uto
Thriller/Suspense Novel – The Four Faces by William Le Queux
Mostly Blue on the Cover – City of Bones by Cassandra Clare (reread)

Situated in Nature – Into the Trees by Robert Williams
Book you read in 24 hours – Citrus Volume 5 by Sabura Uto
Colourful Cover – Gemini Keeps Capricorn

March Mystery Madness (#MarchMysteryMadness)

(Thursday, March 1st – Saturday, March 31st)

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is a month long reading challenge. There are six different challenge words which you can interpret any way you want. Each challenge is one word, and the word can be interpreted in a variety of ways. This is such a fun challenge, I just wish I could’ve read more for this.

Challenge 1: Shelf – Into the Trees by Robert William
Challenge 2: Borrowed – The Four Faces by William Le Queux

EmojiAThon (#EmojiAThon)

(Thursday, March 1st – Saturday, March 31st)

This was another Month Long Reading Challenge. So the EmojiAThon has a whole bunch of challenges to help you build your TBR pile, as well as a bingo board challenge, which is optional. I’m such a mood reader that I find trying to stick to strict challenges really hard, but I attempted to complete the Bingo Board, which I did not complete. So let’s see how I went; here’s the Challenges:

Bingo card (You can check out the full list HERE)

– Read Dylan’s book pick
– Read a book that you haven’t read yet and don’t know why – Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling
– Read a mental illness book
– Read a book that involves sports – Welcome to the Ballroom by  Tomo Takeuchi
– Read a road trip book/a book that features travel

– Buddy read a book
– Read Brittany’s book pick
– Read a book that you’re cautious to start (a book out of your comfort zone) – Into the Trees by Robert William
– Read a nonfiction book
– Read a diverse book (Sexuality, Mental Illness, Race, Religion, etc) – Liam Davis & The Raven by Anyta Sunday

– Listen to an audiobook – Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
– Read a book that’s been adapted – Black Clover Volume 1 by Yuki Tabata
– FREEBIE! Read any book that you want – Black Cat Volume 3 by Kentaro Yabuki
– Read a fantasy book – Black Clover Volume 2 by Yuki Tabata
– Read an eBook – Gemini Keeps Capricorn by Anyta Sunday

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– Read a book that everyone’s been telling you to read
– Read a book that you’ve started and haven’t finished
– Read a book that’s older than you
– Read Jay’s book pick
– Read a book that you’ve never heard of before – Leo Loves Aries by Anyta Sunday

– Read a Sci-Fi book
– Read a mystery/thriller – Elfen Lied Volume 1 by Lynn Okamoto
– Read a book with your favourite colour on your cover – Bloody Mary Volume 10 by Akaza Samamiya
– Read a smutty/New Adult/Adult book – Scorpio Hates Virgo by Anyta Sunday
– Read Chelsea’s book pick

Readathon by Zoe (#ReadathonbyZoe)

(Saturday, March 3rd – 12:00 AM-11:59 PM)

Silence by Becca Fitzpatrick
Citrus Volume  4  by Sabura Uto
Citrus Volume 5 by Sabura Uto
Citrus Volume 6 by Sabura Uto

Citrus Volume 7 by Sabura Uto
Citrus Volume 8 by Sabura Uto
Wonderland: Alice in Poetry

Grinch-A-Thon (#Grinchathon)

(Saturday, March 10th – Saturday, March 17th)

This was Round 2 of Grinchathon! This was Created by . So I read 3 Books for Grinchathon!

Have Someone else pick out a book from your TBR – Into the Trees by Robert Williams Favourite Colour (Red), Book to Movie Adaptation, Book from TBR that has been there for a long time – Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling Manga or Graphic Novel – Welcome to the Ballroom Volume 1 by Tomo Takeuchi

Seasonal Series (#SeasonalSeries)

(Tuesday, March 20 – Wednesday, June 20)

This is a low-key readathon all about reading and finishing book series and it is also themed around the yearly seasons! You can pick a Bingo Board based on the Season. If you live somewhere where it’s currently a different season or if you’d simply prefer to do any other season, you can also do that. All these challenges are about books in series! However the activities can be done with any book, even standalones. You can find out more information HERE. It’s Currently Autumn in Australia, but I’m going to be doing the Winter Bingo Board, as that’s my Favourite season. This goes for 3 months.

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5. eat cookies while reading – The River Sings by Sandra Leigh Price
15. reread a book – City Of Bones by Cassandra Clare

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That’s it for this post! Have you read any of these books? Thoughts? Did you Participate in any of these Read-a-thons? If you have your own Wrap-up for March or any of these read-a-thons, leave them down below as well, I’d love to check them out.

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Birthday Haul!

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This is a long awaited post! I’ve been meaning to post this for awhile, but I’ve been quite busy. So Anyway, my Birthday was on March 21st, I turned 20, which is pretty cool but kind of weird too, I thought it would be nice to show you guys what I did on my birthday and what I got, because it’s quite nice (in my opinion) to see personal posts on book blogs as well! And to celebrate I decided to buy more books, because what else does a bibliophile do for their birthday?!

So, this year my Mum took me out shopping instead of buying me presents and I got to choose out anything I wanted, within a reasonable budget of course. So, I woke up at 9:00. Mum and I went to ‘The Pear’ for a Coffee, and a Fig and Nut Bar, this is a little Neighbourhood Café in Adelaide.

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Then we went into the city, where the shopping commenced, first up was ‘Typo’, which has a range of Gifts, Stationery, Art, Craft, Cards, Decorations, Lighting and more. So, from there I just got a Planner and a Good Vibes Ahead Drink Bottle. I actually really love Planners, journals, and the like, since I started blogging. LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL IT IS!

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and then next up was Jay Jays, where I got way too many clothes that I don’t need, and most of the clothes were Harry Potter Related. I just couldn’t help myself, I don’t go clothes shopping too often!

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I saved the best for last, the Books! So the next store we went into was Read e Book, this is a bookstore that sells discount books. I only got one book from here, there weren’t too many books that I wanted or was interested in from this place. So I got Fathomless by Jackson Pearce, this is the third book in the Fairy-tale Retellings series.

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And Next up was Dymocks, this is, by default, the best bookstore in Adelaide, only because there aren’t too many bookstores here. But they have a wide variety of books, that are sometimes very overpriced. So, I chose out four books from there – The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater, The Mortal Instruments Graphic Novel Volume 1, De Profundis and other writing by Oscar Wilde, and The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan. I also got a booklovers Bookmark (that matches the cup that I’ve got). So these are the Books:

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My mum still had to go the Work, but afterwards  we made Pizza for Dinner, It was SO good! I don’t get to eat pizza too often, as Pizza places usually don’t sell Gluten or Lactose Free (or Vegan) Options. So we sometimes make our own pizza at home, but not very often. Then to finish off we Baked a Gluten & Dairy free Red Velvet Cake, which turned out pretty well.

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So, that’s it for this post! I love my presents so much (considering I was able to pick everything out myself) and I’m so excited read my new books – I hope I’ll enjoy them! I went back to the book shop as my mum bought a couple other books for me for Easter, which you’ll see in my Book Haul that should be up hopefully tomorrow! I had an absolutely wonderful birthday! Have you guys read any of the books I received today?

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Who is your Favourite Children’s Book Author?

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What is the book blogger hop? It’s a link up hosted by Billy @ Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer. Each week, there is a new Question to Answer. The Hop runs from Friday to Thursday. All you have to do is Answer the Question, link it up and go hopping.

This Weeks Question is: Who is your favourite children’s book author and why? (submitted by Kitty @ Vicarious Bookworm)

My Answer: 

I know that I’m really late with this, but I still wanted to do it, so here we go! We are on to a new week for the Book Blogger Hop hosted by the lovely folks over at Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer.

My Favourite Children’s Book Author is Emily Rodda, Author of Deltora Quest. The Deltora Quest Series was my absolute favourite when I was a kid, I never owned the Books, so I’ve recently been buying the Bind-up Editions and rereading them. Not many people have heard of this incredible series because Emily Rodda is an Australian children’s author, but it’s so good.

I can’t believe the amount of world building, plot development and character development that has gone into it. It has 8 books in the original series and has two other companion series (Deltora Shadowlands and Dragons of Deltora) which both follow the same main characters as the first series.

I used to read these at school in the Library Constantly, If I ever needed an escape, I would read these books. I love the magical world of Del and the likeable characters she created. She has an amazing imagination. Her books helped me through a lot of hard times. 

Her books made me fall in love with reading from an early age. I’ve always loved reading but her books were an escape for me. These books gave me lots of hours of enjoyment when I was a kid. 

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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!

I am linking up to Manga Monday, which is a weekly meme hosted by Bookish Owlette. Click  here to find out more about that.

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eARC Review: Scorpio Hates Virgo by Anyta Sunday

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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!

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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”

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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

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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

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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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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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Holiday Reading: Victor Harbor | Travel TBR

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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:

eBooks:

Audiobooks:

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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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That’s it for this review! Have you read this book? Did you get an ARC of this? 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.