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#TomeTopple TBR: November 9th-22nd 2019 + The BIGGEST Books on my TBR: 500+ Pages

This is a bit late as I forgot about it but I’ll be participating in this round of Tome Topple. This is one of my favourite readathons and I’m really looking forward to reading some huge books. Tome Topple Readathon was created by Sam @thoughtsontomes, and co-hosted by @booklifesj, @perpetualpages, @readersrambles, @littlebookowl, @willread4booze, @joceraptor.

This readathon is all about the big books on your shelves, the main focus is to read books over 500 pages, that’s the only rule: Read book with 500+ pages. Bind-ups of books do not count. Here’s Sam’s video she posted to announce this round. The link for the Goodreads group is listed under the video so you can go join and check it out!

There are a few challenges that I don’t know if I’ll complete, I’ll end up completing some of them, but I’m not exactly basing my TBR on them either. So below I’m going to list all the books I own that have 500+ pages, but I’m in no way planning to read all these books, I don’t really know what I’ll end up reading. I’m not exactly sure which (will probably depend on mood) but I have a lot of options!

PROMPTS:
1. Read more than 1 tome
2. Read the tome that has been on your TBR the longest
3. Read a tome that is part of a series
4. Read a tome in a genre you don’t usually read
5. Read an adult novel

Potential Reads

Physical Books

London by Edward Rutherfurd (1299 Pages) This is one that I’ve been trying to read for a long time, it’s not a bad book, it’s just incredibly long and I still really want to continue it, I doubt it will be this round though. I’ve owned this book for so long. This will complete the “Read an Adult Novel” challenge, Read the tome that has been on your TBR the longest, and “Read a tome in a genre you don’t usually read“.  I’m not sure if it’s the been on my TBR for the longest, but it’s one of them.

Sleeping Beauties by Stephen & Owen King (700 Pages) This one has been on a few of my other TBR’s and I haven’t really been in the mood to read this, I still don’t think I am. This one sounds so good, I think I’m just a bit intimidated by the size. This is an Adult book so it’ll work for that Prompt if I decide to read it, or maybe also a genre that I don’t usually read as this is Science Fiction, I’m not actually a fan of Science Fiction books though, I’m quite picky about the ones I do pick up.

NOS4A2 by Joe Hill (689 Pages) – I’ve been wanting to read this for a while, and I would really like to read it soon, I don’t think it will be this round though, I love the concept of this book, I’m just not really in the mood to read it at the moment. This is an Adult Book too.

Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince (652 Pages ) and Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows (759 Pages) – I started Half Blood Prince ages ago and I’d like to finish reading the Harry Potter series before the end of the year. Tome Topple seems like the perfect time to read at least one of these. This works for the “read a book in a series” challenge.

The Lake House by Kate Morton (592 Pages) – I’ve also owned this book for a long time and never got around to reading it. I received this one for free from a Goodreads Giveaway in 2015. This also completes the “read an Adult book” challenge

The Lost Hero (557 Pages) & Son of Neptune (341 Pages) by Rick Riordan I’ve been meaning to read this series since I finished the original Percy Jackson series. This is part of the Camp Half Blood Chronicles, which consists of a lot of books, I want to know where this series goes next and I’m trying the catch up. These will count for the “read a book in a series” challenge. 

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (552 Pages) I have heard so much about this book, and I’ve watched the movie, so it’s about time I read the book. While I want to read it, there’s always so many books that I want to read more though. Eventually I’ll get around to it. Based on everything I’ve heard, I think I will love this book. I really want to see what all the fuss is about and if it lives up to the hype.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (531 Pages) I’ve been wanting to read this one since it was published. I don’t think I’ll get around to it round though, I really need to re-organise my bookshelves and I doubt I’ll even be able to find this book at the moment, I have piles of books everywhere. This will count for the “read an Adult book” challenge though. 

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón (520 Pages) – To be honest, I know absolutely nothing about this book, I got it a few years ago at a sale, and I have since heard a lot about it – mostly good things – so I’m interested in finding out more about this one, I prefer to go into books knowing hardly nothing about them anyway, that way I don’t have any expectations for it.

The Clockmaker’s Daughter by Kate Morton (592 Pages)I also received an eARC of this book ages ago, I’m still interested in reading it. It sounds really good and I’m yet to read anything by Kate Morton, even though I hear a lot of positives things about them.

A Tale of Magic by Chris Colfer (494 Pages) This one is a few pages shy from 500 pages, but it’s so close, so It really doesn’t matter that much. This is a recently published book set in the same universe as The Land of Stories, I loved that series so much and I am so excited to start this book. I bought it from Book Depository a few days ago, hopefully it’ll arrive soon. This will complete: A tome that is part of a series.

Call Down the Hawk by Maggie Stiefvater (544 Pages)A new book in the Raven Cycle universe, that is one of my all time favorites, so of course I have to read this too, I also recently purchased this one from Book Depository, I can’t wait for it to arrive. This will also complete: A tome that is part of a series.

Audiobook

The Stand by Stephen King (1153 Pages; 47 hrs and 47 mins) This is another one that has been on my TBR for a really long time, I have Physical copy of this but I’ll probably listen to the Audiobook instead, it’ll be easier that way and take less time.

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon (896 Pages; 32 hrs and 38 mins) This is the first book I’m reading for Tome Topple, I started this Audiobook a while ago and never finished it. At the time I wasn’t really enjoying it that much, it’s an okay book but I just don’t think it lives up to the hype, it’s also a really big intimidating book. I’m still looking forward to finishing it though. This is my main focus for this round. Also, this will complete three prompts: Part of a series , a genre I don’t usually read, and an adult novel.

Villette by Charlotte Bronte (573 Pages, 20 hrs and 3 mins) – I’m still yet to read a full size Charlotte Bronte book, I read one her Short Stories a while ago, and I really want to eventually get around to reading all of them. I have a physical copy of this, but I would like to listen the Audiobook for this one or maybe switch between reading and listening to it. I don’t think I read it this round, I might if I feel in the mood for it. At the moment I have some books that I want to read more than this one, so this one has to take a backseat to those ones. This completes two prompts: a genre I don’t usually read, and an adult novel.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte (507 Pages, 19 hrs and 10 mins ) – Another one that has been on my shelf for way too long. It’s a pretty big book and I take longer to read classics, so I’ve been putting this one off for quite some time, I was thinking about listening to the Audiobook for this to get through it a little quicker.

eBook

Moon Chosen by P. C. Cast (608 Pages) – I’ve had the eARC of this for awhile, but I’ve been putting off reading this one as I’ve read books before by P.C. Cast and wasn’t very impressed with them in the past, I still would love to give this book a chance though.

Zenith by Sasha Alsberg & Lindsay Cummings (534 Pages) I’ve been wanting to read this one since it came out, hopefully I’ll pick it up soon. I don’t think I’ll be reading it this round of Tome Topple though.

The Locksmith’s Daughter by Karen Brooks (510 Pages)I received an eARC of this one and I still haven’t read it yet. It’s been sitting on my Kindle for a really long time. 

Two by Two by Nicholas Sparks (500 Pages)And another one I’ve had an eARC of for way too long, I don’t really feel in the mood for this right now though.

Are you Participating in Tome Topple? What’s on your TBR? Have you read any of these Books? What do you think I should read first? Are any of these on your TBR? Let me know in the Comments!

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State of the ARC #3 – October 2019

State of the ARC is a monthly meme at Avalinah’s Books meant to motivate you to finish up all your long overdue ARCs. You can track your reading progress and link up with your own post.

CURRENT STATE OF THE ARC

ARCS READ AND REVIEWED IN OCTOBER

Pretty Wicked by Kelly Charron
Ice Crown by Kay L. Moody

ARCS REVIEWED IN OCTOBER

New Heights by Quinn Anderson
Challenging Chance by Anyta Sunday

OCTOBER NEW ARRIVALS

IN THE WORKS

I am currently reading two Review Copies: Beyond the Orchard by Anna Romer and Dirty Secrets by Amanda J. Clay. I am not even half-way through either of these books, but they’re both really good so far!

UPCOMING

LET’S GET MOTIVATED

This is the first book in the Solomon Mysteries. It is a crime mystery novel featuring two homicide detectives. As a Mystery fan, I’m looking forward to reading this!

Have you read any of the books I mentioned above? Are they on your TBR? What ARC’s did you receive in October? Let me know in the Comments!

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eARC Review: Pretty Wicked by Kelly Charon *Spoiler-Free*

Pretty Wicked by Kelly Charon

Publication Date: September 30th 2016
Genres: Young Adult, Thriller

Series: Pretty Wicked, #1
Format: eBook
Pages: 228
Date Read:
 October 31st, 2019 
Links: Goodreads
 

The daughter of a local police detective, fifteen-year-old Ryann has spent most of her life studying how to pull off the most gruesome murders her small Colorado town has ever seen.

But killing is only part of it. Ryann enjoys being the reason the cops are frenzied. The one who makes the neighbors lock their doors and windows on a hot summer’s day. The one everyone fears but no one suspects.

Carving out her own murderous legacy proves harder than she predicted. Mistakes start adding up. And with the police getting closer, and her own father becoming suspicious, Ryann has to prove once and for all that she’s smarter than anyone else—or she’ll pay the ultimate price.

Written in a mature YA voice. Some graphic content.

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

Fifteen year old Ryann is on the outside what everyone would consider the perfect daughter. A straight A student, a cheerleader and always follows the rules and listens to her parents. However, Ryann is harboring one huge secret, she’s always been obsessed with serial killers and has the urge building inside her to try to become one herself.

The plot in Pretty Wicked focused primarily on Ryann’s growth as a serial killer as well her attempt to balance being the normal student during the day and a murderer at night. Over the course of the story, we get to see Ryann cultivate her skill as a killer through a series of murders.

Pretty Wicked is actually the first book in a series by Kelly Charron. The is a dark and twisted young adult thriller told from the perspective of Ryann who turns into a psychotic murderer. With the main character in the story being only fifteen she does have a bit of immaturity about her but that perfectly fit what I would expect from a fifteen year old.

I am disappointed by Pretty Wicked to be honest. When I first saw it available on NetGalley, it sounded like just my kind of novel! The cover is fantastic and I checked out the ratings on Goodreads and all of the reviews are pretty positive. Unfortunately for me, the summary is better than the actual book and the only thing I ended up liking is the cover. This is in no way a bad book, it just wasn’t for me, It is definitely an interesting idea, and had so much potential. The Story didn’t really compel me as much as it should. The idea behind it is fantastic, but the execution wasn’t.

“I thought I’d been so careful. But thinking back…why the fuck had I picked people I knew? It was serial killer 101 – don’t choose people you know.”

Overall, I really liked the concept more than the execution. With four murders in four weeks, everything felt rushed. I didn’t have a chance to “enjoy” her killings and the police’s chase because one body wasn’t even cold when another one was found.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Let me know in the Comments? Happy Reading!

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Review: As Dead as it gets by Katie Alender *Spoiler-Free*

As Dead as it gets by Katie Alender

Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: May 15th 2012
Series: Bad Girls Don’t Die, #3
Genres: Young Adult Paranormal
Format: Paperback
Pages: 442
Date Read: July 17th, 2018
Links: Goodreads

In the terrifying final installment of the Bad Girls Don’t Die series, Alexis battles a more powerful ghost than she’s ever faced before… and one whose fate is tied to hers in ways she couldn’t possibly imagine.

As Dead As It Gets by Katie Alender tells the story of a teenager named Alexis who is struggling with ghosts. She can see them in pictures and they keep getting drawn to her and messing up her life. I thought the idea of this series is good, but it seems like each book has the same format, with a new ghost. They seem to follow the same drama and repeats the same points. That being said, the end revenge was exactly how it should be, long and surprising.

However, the resolution was one page and was not very satisfying. A bit of an underwhelming conclusion to the Bad Girls Don’t Die trilogy. Alender’s voice is as strong as ever in this one. Maybe it’s just me, but very rarely do ghost stories get better with sequels.

Despite all of this, I think it’s a great book, because it is fast-paced, very interesting, and it has a lot of plot twists. In conclusion, I enjoyed this book and I think a lot of others will like it too.

Have you read this series? If so, what are your thoughts on it? Do you agree or disagree with anything I mentioned above? Let me know in the Comments!

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ARC Review: New Heights by Quinn Anderson

New Heights by Quinn Anderson

Publication Date: March 12th 2018
Genres: New Adult, LGBTQ+, Romance
Format: eBook
Pages: 140
Date Read:
September 27, 2019 
Links: 
Goodreads 

After attending a friend’s wedding in New York, James Thompson is eager to go home, even though no one will be waiting for him at the gate. He has no expectations for his trip back to Charleston other than long lines, security, and bad airplane food. But when an annoying—albeit hot—stranger cuts him in line, James is determined not to be a pushover for once.

For Mika “It’s Mee-kuh, not Micah” Bailey, today’s just another day of boring work travel. That is, until his flight gets delayed, and some irritating (but handsome) guy keeps hogging all the good power outlets. Which means war. In the middle of an airport. In New York. What could go wrong?

Eventually, they declare a truce, and as they get to know each other, their attraction overwhelms them both. Terrified of what he’s feeling, Mika suggests a no-strings hookup, but serial-monogamist James wants more. If they don’t fight for what’s right in front of them, their romance might be canceled before it ever takes off.

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

I absolutely adored New Heights! It was funny, sweet, and sexy at the same time. This was such a cute feel-good story. I absolutely loved James and Mika and I loved watching them bicker and prank one another throughout the hours they spent at the airport. They are complete polar opposites, but they brought out the best in each other and they fit together perfectly. Those differences balanced each other out and really worked.

New Heights has a pretty straight forward plot. It’s an opposites attract/enemies to lovers type story where the characters are so cute they melt your heart. The characters had immediate chemistry, and none of it felt forced.

I was completely entertained by their antics. I 100% appreciated how the author handled this relationship and will point to this book right here as the template on how to correctly write insta-love, and I don’t normally enjoy Insta-love stories. Quinn Anderson is a really wonderful author. All her stories are unique and interesting and I’ll definitely be reading more of her books.

It’s difficult to flesh out your characters in what amounts to a novella, but the author succeeded in weaving plenty of background info for both James and Mika into the plot. It’s also admirable how well this book worked for me, considering that most of this novel takes place in an airport – there’s not a potential for change of scenery, and you’re somewhat limited in what you can get your characters into.

Mika and James meet at the airport in New York when their flight is delayed due to a winter storm. Although they start off rough as the day progresses and they get to know one another better, the instant attraction builds into something much more. As crazy as it seems, though, even after only hours of knowing one another, these two are well on their way to a relationship. Flying home to Charleston together is only the first step. This story was just so endearing and it had me smiling the whole time I was reading it.

That’s all for this review! I don’t want to give too much away for those that might want to read it! Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Do you like the Insta-Love Trope? Let me know in the Comments!

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ARC Review: Ice Crown by Kay L. Moody

Ice Crown by Kay L. Moody

Publication Date: August 12th 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy
Series: The Elements of Kamdaria, #1
Format: eBook
Pages: 112
Date Read: October 26th, 2019
Links: Goodreads
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The competition could save her life…
But only if she wins.

Talise can manipulate the elements with ease; water, air, earth, and fire all bend to her will. As a citizen of the Storm—a crime-laden land where death is the only constant—her only chance for a better life is to become Master Shaper.

A competition for the position takes place at the end of her training years. If she wins, she would live in the palace, work for the emperor, and escape her inevitable death in the Storm. But she’s not the only one with a chance to win.

Aaden is another talented student. As a citizen of the Crown, he was born with unlimited privilege and resources. When someone from the Crown wants to win, they do. End of story. And his shaping is unlike anything Talise has ever seen.

Complicating matters, Talise’s loved one in the Storm gives her reason to abandon the competition altogether, forcing her to make an impossible choice.

Torn between duty and freedom, she must learn that clinging to the past, might destroy her future.

For fans of Red Queen, the Grishaverse, and Avatar the Last Airbender, this desperate fantasy world has elemental magic and tension you could cut with a knife.

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

Let’s start saying that this book would have been an amazing book had it been a bit longer and with more descriptions. I found it to be a little essential in descriptions. The thing that kept me reading and actually made me like the book overall was the plot and the world building. I wish I‘d seen more interactions between characters.

The continent of Kamdaria is a world of striking contrasts and for Talise, being from the Storm: a region of deep poverty and any criminal act can doom your family for generations; wants something better for her and her mother. Her ability to shape the natural elements could be the ticket out of the Storm, that is if she makes it through not only the training required but becomes the champion in an intense competition. And with a fiery determination Talise is someone you can’t help but root for her to earn her place in this complex story. 

Talise is a Shaper, shaping the elements of air, earth, fire and water. This short fantasy novel takes us on her journey at the Academy to attempt to become the best and escape the Storm. There are a few central characters which are reasonably interesting, although a bit stereotypical. But this is an engaging and original read and the following volumes should prove to be interesting.

Kay L. Moody has written an amazing story, one that has me excited for the following books. This book is short so before you know, it’s over, and all you want is more. Kay L. Moody is definitely an author to watch out for because with this series she’s going to be on everyone’s radar.

“It has always been obvious that we care for our children better than we care for ourselves. It is only fitting then, that our punishments should pass to our children as well.”

The story was beautifully written. The author made the characters lifelike through her writing skills. The way she described the way Talise shaped her elements and her emotions are truly worth mentioning.

However, the thing that didn’t much amuse me was how this book has no purpose. It just goes on in a nonchalant kind of way without any suspense. This was a big disappointment as I expect a book to be self satisfactory. I know in a series every book has to be read to know the ending but every book should be a character of its own and this book has no such role except just an introduction for the next novels. The story did end in suspense which I liked very much. 

Nobody liked people from the Storm. Even people in the Storm didn’t like people from the Storm.

The story is a quick and easy read; The story well plotted and the world building is on point. This seems like a really cool world and magic system, I love elemental magic, it just needs more fleshing out. Ice Crown is not long enough to allow for an appropriate amount of character development. I think we’re supposed to sympathize with the main character’s loss but we don’t even know her or have a real understanding of her relationship with this person.

Everything was told to us instead of being shown; while this is a short novella and things need to be presented quickly, I do think these explanations could have flowed better instead of just being delivered as statements.

“Talise had spent the past ten years keeping her promise to Marmie, training hard with the intent to win. She’d been the best for so long, she stopped worrying about the competition years ago. Everyone knew she was going to win.”

The friendship between Talise and Wendy was adorable, and Wendy had an amazing personality. I would have liked to be able to get to know the side characters better; it wouldn’t have hurt to add some more length to the story and included background info on Wendy and Aaden.

The world building is fun but again, I want more of it. Kamdaria and particularly the Storm were very interesting to me. As interesting as the shaping of the elements. The rules and social constructs are something that I hope the rest of the story delves further into.

I am looking forward to reading the rest of this series and seeing how things play out but after a lot of thought. The book is an interesting read. Overall, this is a really cool world and a really interesting concept. And that is precisely why I want to see more. It was so short and narrowly focused, almost like we were expected to know things that we could not possibly know. I would have really liked to see this story fleshed out more but definitely look forward to the rest of the series.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts on it? Is it on your TBR? Let me know in the Comments!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour #Readathon Wrap Up

My Goal for this round was to read 4 books, and I ended up reading 5! I really enjoyed all of them as well. So, here’s what I read and my thoughts on them:

Seraph of the End: Guren Ichinose: Catastrophe at Sixteen by Takaya Kagami – 260 Pages – This is a prequel story to the Seraph of the end Manga. We see some of the older characters as teenagers, and sets up the story as well and introduces new answers to some questions left open by the original series. What I like is we get to have more background on secondary characters, like Sayuri, Shigure & Shinya.

Ice Crown by Kay L. Moody – 112 Pages – I received an ARC of this so I’ll have my review up for this one shortly. I really enjoyed it, this is the first book in the Elements of Kamdaria and I’ll definitely be continuing this series. This story is so captivating. The story is absolutely immersive from the beginning to its intriguing end; and with a fiery determination, Talise is someone you can’t help but root for her to earn her place in this complex story.

The Virgin’s Heartsong – 81 Pages – Completely unrealistic but still quite adorable for a short story.

Aladdin by Elizabeth Rudnick – 283 Pages – This is the Novelisation of the recent Live Action Remake of Aladdin, and even though it’s exactly like the movie, I really enjoyed it. This was a fun book to read.

Death in the Air by Agatha Christie – 333 Pages – And the last one I read was Death in the Air, I actually listened to the Audiobook and it’s the first Agatha Christie book I’ve ever read. Despite really wanting to read Christie’s work, I never got around to it So I’m really glad to have finally read this.

Book Read – 5
Pages Read – 1,069

Did you participate in Dewey’s? How did you do? What did you read? Have you read any of these Books? Let me know in Comments!

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Dewey’s 24 Hour #Readathon TBR

I’ll be participating in Dewey’s 24 Hour Readathon on Saturday. For me, the Readathon starts 10:30 Tomorrow Night. I have managed to clear my Calendar for this round, this weekend I won’t be doing anything but reading – hopefully. I haven’t been reading too much lately so this might be the push I need to get out of my kinda slump. I’m excited to finally sit down and read with hardly no other Obligations.

Anyway, Here is my TBR, although it’s likely to Change based on my mood, but these are some of the shorter books I have or the books that I’m most interested in reading at the moment. I’m just going to choose books from these piles based on my mood, and what I feel like reading.

Will you be participating in Dewey’s? Have you read any of these? What’s on your TBR? Let me know in the Comments! And If you have a TBR Post, link in below, I’d love to see what you plan to read!

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#MangaMadnessReadathon Round 8 TBR

Today, I’m coming to you to share my #MangaMadnessReadathon TBR. This round will be running from November 2nd – 10th. If you would like to join you can read the Announcement and all the information HERE. I’ll be doing the Bingo Board again this round, although, I do have some other options for if I finish the Bingo Board quite early.

Award Winning Manga – InuYasha Volume 8
Food, Music, Art – Bakuman Volume 7
Non-Human Main Character – InuYasha Volume 9
Drama, Action, Adventure – InuYasha Volume 10
Fantasy or Paranormal – InuYasha Volume 11

Mystery, Thriller, Psychological – Karneval Volume 3
Horror, Demons, Vampires – InuYasha Volume 12
First Work by your Favourite Manga Artist – Prism Palette by Peach-Pit
Character Transported to another World – InuYasha Volume 13
Takes Place Outside of Japan, but in the Real World – Magi: Sinbad Volume 1

Folklore/Mythology – InuYasha Volume 14
Animal Companion – InuYasha Volume 15
Manga of your Choice – InuYasha Volume 16
Angels – Asterisk Volume 1
Character Who Transforms – InuYasha Volume 17

Male Lead – InuYasha Volume 18
Female Lead – InuYasha Volume 19
One Word Title – Bakuman Volume 8
Name in Title – InuYasha Volume 20
LGBTQ+ – Hitorijime My Hero Volume 3

Two Installments – InuYasha Volume 21 & 22
Meaning to Read – Tales of Zestiria Volume 4
Adapted to Live Action – Bakuman Volume 9
Adapted to Anime or Video Game – InuYasha Volume 23
Not Adapted in any way – The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 7

Other Potential Reads:

Bakuman Volumes 10-20
Bloom into You Volume 7

Bonus Challenge: Light Novels

Will you be joining? Have you figured out your TBR? What will you be reading? Let me know in the Comments! You can also find more about this Readathon on the Official Twitter page.

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Manga Review: Fairy Tail: Ice Trail Volume 1 & 2 by Hiro Mashima (Original Creator) & Yuusuke Shirato (Story & Art)

Fairy Tail: Ice Trail
Published By: Kodansha Comics
Publication Date: December 15th 2015 – June 16th 2016
Genres: Manga, Fantasy
Date Read: August 31st 2016 – June 25th 2018
Links: Goodreads

Gray Fullbuster’s master Ur was his only family left in the world. When she sacrificed herself to encase the demon Deliora in ice, he was left to wander the world alone…and eventually, years later, joined Fairy Tail. But before that, Gray had to undergo a journey of self-discovery and redemption, with a lot of adventures along the way!

I was not a fan of this prequel side story. This was not written by Hiro Mashima and sadly you could tell. This is the story of Gray and his time before Fairy Tail. The adventures he went on were great, they just weren’t him.

The plot was all over the place. The illustrations were fine, but not amazing. It had a lot of western type bubbles announcing glares and nervousness. And I got a different vibe from Gray Fullbuster in general. It isn’t necessary to have read the original series to start this one, however, this volume does start at the point in Gray’s background that we’ve been told of in Fairy Tail.

Definitely could have been a stronger series, but it was vaguely enjoyable. It just didn’t add much to the original Fairy Tail story, which is my main gripe with side stories and prequels in general.

Let me know if you’ve read this! If so, What did you think of it?