Saturday, September 20, 2014

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo
The Grisha, book 1

Alina and Mal have always been together -- as small children in the orphanage and then as draftees in the army.  That all changes when Alina somehow saves everyone by summoning sunlight while trying to cross the Fold.  She is whisked off to become a Grisha.  She is the one who will be able to finally destroy the Fold and end war for her country.
I have been hearing rave reviews about this book for years.  I don't know why I never picked it up until now.  I'm sorry I waited.  This book was great.  I loved it.  Even though there was a lot of intrigue and story going on it was still a very quick read.  I can't wait to read book two.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Maison Ikkoku, v.1 by Rumiko Takahashi

Maison Ikkoku, v.1 by Rumiko Takahashi - 214 pages

Kyoko is taking over as the new manager of the apartment building - Maison Ikkoku.  The people who live in there are obnoxious, nosy, and just plain weird.
I didn't realize until I got this book in on hold that it was by the same artist that did Ramna 1/2.  If I had realized that I probably would not have put it on hold to read.  I don't care for that style of artwork.  I also didn't care for the story.  The characters were caricatures with no growth.

Black God, v.1 by Dall-Young Lim

Black God, v.1 by Dall-Young Lim - 222 pages

One night Keito is attacked while eating ramon and loses his arm.  The next morning he wakes up whole with a strange girl in his apartment.  Turns out she replaced his arm with hers and now they must enter into a pact so both can survive those out to harm the girl.
I did not like this Korean manga.  It didn't make much sense.  It was difficult to tell which character was supposedly speaking.  And the language was gratuitous.  Overall, not one I would recommend.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Top Secret Twenty-one by Janet Evanovich

Top Secret Twenty-one
By Janet Evanovich
341 pages

Stephanie is back with as much bad luck as ever, look forward to more explosions and naked runaways. Stephanie is getting a little predictable but it is impossible to not finish the series.

Eve & Adam by Michael Grant

Eve & Adam by Michael Grant and Katherine Applegate
291 pages

Horrific car accidents, experimental drugs, human production, and a cheesy love story. This book has it all and more. Hold onto your shorts for a few twists and learn that everything is not as it always seems.

I Am Here by Ema Toyama

I Am Here!, v.1 by Ema Toyama - 405 pages
I Am Here!, v.2 by Ema Toyama - 425 pages

Sumino is virtually invisible to everybody.  Classmates even sit on her thinking there is nobody at her desk.  The only people she connects with are the two anonymous posters on her blog.  Then one day the most popular boy at school, Hinata, notices her.  With the encouragement of her online friends, Sumino starts making herself known so that she can connect with Hinata.

This manga took a little time for me to get into it.  I was nearly two-thirds of the way through the first manga before I really started getting interested in the story.  Sumino was just too weak and annoying in the first book for anybody to root for her.  However, by the time I got to the second volume I was really enjoying the story.  The story ends kind of abruptly.  I was thinking there was going to be a third volume but I can't find any information about one.
Rogue Planet by Greg Bear, 336 pp.

Set three years after the events of The Phantom Menace, this novel follows Obi-Wan Kenobi and his young Padawan Anakin Skywalker on a journey to an unknown planet whose beings build the fastest ships in the galaxy. They are sent to obtain a ship, as well as discover what has become of a missing Jedi Knight, who was sent on a similar mission several years earlier. As Obi-Wan and Anakin discover the planet's secrets, another interested party led by a young General Tarkin circles overhead, spying on the planet with nefarious plans.