Sailor Moon Haul!!

I took a mini vacation from blogging and now I’m back! Over Christmas break, I had a lot of fun reuniting with my family. I had such a fun time to relax, and truly, I am sad that the holidays are almost over. Anyways, here is a collection of Sailor Moon items that I have been collecting. When I was much younger, I used to have a lot more Sailor Moon memorabilia, and I want to start that over now that I am older. Most of the items I bought on eBay.

I bought the art print at Comikaze, and I sadly regret not getting the artist to sign the work, but it’s really lovely!

On Ebay:

Cat Street by Yoko Kamio: Manga Review

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ Summary: The story centers around Keito Aoyama, a former famous child actor. Due to a childhood incident, she retired from her career early and withdrew from normal society. Now 16, she passes her days in boredom and without purpose. But one day she runs into a stranger who takes her to El Liston–a free school for high school students like herself, who don’t have a place where they belong. Though hesitant at first, Keito decides to enter El Liston and subsequently, she begins a new stage in her life. With the help of her only remaining childhood friend, Taiyou, and her new classmates Rei, Momiji, and Kouichi, Keito slowly finds the courage to open up to others and to accept their support. Will Keito return to acting? Will she find true friends? Love?

Commentary: The manga series was wonderful. My sister and my really good friend recommended it to me, and I finally found time to read it. The first chapter had me hooked! I couldn’t put it down. I can’t believe that I finished it all in one sitting. When I finished the last chapter, I couldn’t believe it. I wanted more. I couldn’t believe how short it was. The series was definitely worth it! ʚ♡⃛ɞ(ू•ᴗ•ू❁)

The characters were amazing. Best character development! Keito was so precious. I was happy how she changed for the better. She went from a low point of her life and was able to find success as an actress. I was really happy that she was able to grow and learn to become a better person. Most of her past events were a bit traumatic, luckily for her, she was surrounded by her friends who were just like her.

I was a Kouichi-Keito shipper from the start! I knew that he was going to be the one she would end up with! I liked that pairing more than Rei and Keito. What I really liked was the their relationship was built up. They didn’t get together from the start, they didn’t fall for each other. They simply understood each other and both of them gradually liked each other. I was so happy that they got together. Keito and Kouichi had more chemistry with each other. He protected her, and cared about her. I just really loved Kouichi. He is on my list of top ten shoujo boyfriends! ヾ(´▽`;)ゝ

Momiji was very memorable for wearing her lolita fashion. She was being true to herself. I wanted her happiness in the end. For some reason, I thought she was going to end up with Rei which that did not happen. I was not as disappointed as I thought I would be because I read the extra chapter. I thought it was really cute that a boy with similar taste in fashion had a crush on her, but she didn’t feel the same. (⋆ʾ ˙̫̮ ʿ⋆)

It did break my heart a bit when Rei revealed that he had no one just so Kouichi and Keito could be together. There were some parts where I was irritated at Rei because of his actions, but I couldn’t hate him. He knew that Keito and Kouichi had feelings for each other, before Keito realized her own feelings. I was so happy that he has matured and started living his dream of playing soccer! (‘ω’)

I highly recommend this manga! I was a really big fan of the animation! The love triangle wasn’t annoying at all. I cried tears of happiness and it has one of the best endings ever! All the problems they faced seem so realistic. I was able to relate with them. In addition, I might check out the Japanese drama. It’s only six episodes long. Lastly, I will add Hana Yori Dango in my to be read list since that’s her more famous work. ( ◞・౪・)

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Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆

Tomadachi No Hanashi by Kazune Kawahara: Manga Review

Goodreads Synposis: Eiko is something of a plain Jane and a doormat, while her best friend Moe is a head-turning beauty. Despite their differences, their friendship is as strong as ever.
Guys are always asking Moe out, but her answer is invariably “Only if you promise to put Eiko before me.”

Commentary: I wish the manga Tomodachi No Hanashi were more than just one volume. I really felt that the story could have been expanded a little more. But, I have to say for one volume, it exceeded my expectations. The major theme of the novel revolves around friendship. Eiko’s friendship with Moe was the cutest thing ever! I was really sad by the time I finished it because I wanted to keep on reading. It really had potential to be an entertaining read. The animation is really good for me and I love the character designs. I would recommend it because it’s precious, underrated, and adorable. I loved all the characters, and it was funny seeing Moe and Narugami’s rivalry over Eiko.

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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell:Book Review

“What are the chances you’d ever meet someone like that? he wondered. Someone you could love forever, someone who would forever love you back? And what did you do when that person was born half a world away? The math seemed impossible.”

Hello world, I just finished reading Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park and boy, do I feel incredibly sad after reading the ending. The only Rainbow Rowell book that I have read was Fangirl, which is amazing book! I decided to read Eleanor and Park for this month’s December reads. I loved it.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Two misfits.
One extraordinary love.

Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

Set over the course of one school year, this is the story of two star-crossed sixteen-year-olds—smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try.

 

Characters:

Eleanor comes from a broken home and is seen as an outsider because of her appearance while Park comes from a respectable family. Eleanor and Park, I found both protagonists to be relatable and realistic. I liked both protagonists equally, and loved how the story was told in two perspectives. I did like how they did not like each other at first, but then slowly they start falling for each other. I want to praise this book for not having a love triangle. The relationship between the two protagonists was realistic. Park was so cute! I like how he loved comics and made mix tapes to Eleanor. Park was an incredible boyfriend to Eleanor, especially when he helped her get away. I was crying my heart out when I was getting near the end of the book, such as Eleanor not calling or replying to Park’s letters. I did not want their relationship to end at all. I was rooting for them the whole time, but I did cheer up when Park finally received a letter from Eleanor and it had just three words. Moving along, I did not like Eleanor’s stepfather, Richie; I did not like him very much at all. When reading, I couldn’t help feeling sorry for Eleanor’s living situation. Sabrina, Eleanor’s mother, was attached to her new husband even though he mistreated her and was abusive. She always wanted to please her husband, even if she thought it was the best for her kids. I was glad that Eleanor and her family was able to move away from Omaha and begin their lives again. I liked how Park’s mother changed over the course of the book. She went from being a judgmental mother who disliked Eleanor to gradually liking Eleanor and accepting that her son’s relationship. I did not like Tina at first and thought she was a horrible bully to Eleanor. I thought that she was over the top especially when I thought that she kept writing horrible messages on Eleanor’s schoolbooks, until I found out that Richie was responsible for harassing Eleanor. Tina did have her redeeming moment when she hid Eleanor in Steve’s garage from her wild stepfather.

Quotes:

“You can be Han Solo,” he said, kissing her throat. “And I’ll be Boba Fett. I’ll cross the sky for you.”

“The first time he’d held her hand, it felt so good that it crowded out all the bad things. It felt better than anything had ever hurt.”

“Nothing was dirty. With Park. Nothing could be shameful. Because Park was the sun, and that was the only way Eleanor could think to explain it.”

“Eleanor was right. She never looked nice. She looked like art, and art wasn’t supposed to look nice; it was supposed to make you feel something.”

Concluding thoughts: I was glad that I picked up Eleanor and Park because it was amazing and fantastic. I also recently learned that DreamWorks bought the rights to Eleanor and Park, so there is a possible chance that it will become a movie. I am very excited for it to become a movie and I think it would do well like other contemporary books that have been adapted. I would recommend this book to anyone. I did enjoy that the book took place in the past rather than present times and had many musical references of the 1980s. Lastly, I feel that this book deserves a sequel. I’m crossing my fingers that there will be one and hoping Eleanor and Park reunite again. 

 

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins: Book Review

“For the two of us, home isn’t a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.”

I started Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins last week, and I had no idea what to expect about the book. I was really in the mood to read a cute romance book and the book is highly rated, so I decided to give it a try. I am so happy beyond words. Anna and the French Kiss was adorable and filled with a lot of teenage angst, and lastly it was perfect.

Synopsis: Anna Oliphant is sent away to the School of America in Paris for her senior year in high school. Her father is a best selling author and feels that Anna’s education should be spent away from Atlanta. Anna is afraid of being in a foreign land where she doesn’t know the language and thinks French stereotypes are accurate. She was sad to leave behind Bridgette and her major crush Toph. Anna feels lonely at first, but she is introduced to many new friends at her new school. Anna meets Etienne St. Clair, who becomes her new best friend while living in Paris. Throughout the book, Anna starts falling for Etienne, who is really handsome, likeable, charming, and popular, but he has a girlfriend. Anna tries really hard to ignore her feelings for him, but eventually she realizes that she loves him.

Characters: How could you not fall for Etienne St. Clair? He was born in America, has a British accent, and lives in France. I really adored his character, and his relationship with Anna. I have to agree that he was not the best boyfriend. He could have broken up with Ellie at the beginning when he realizes he has feelings for Anna, but then again, I love the overall pacing of the story. I liked Anna, she was cute and clumsy, and she went through many ups and downs with a lot of the characters. I did like the fallout between Bridgette and Anna, I had a feeling that she was going to get with Toph from beginning. The whole reunion scene during Anna’s Christmas break was dramatic, and I really felt bad for Anna. Anna and Etienne are so adorable together, I was really happy when they finally admitted their feelings to each other in the end. I liked the group of friends as well. I really felt bad for Meredith because I could relate to her. She did like Etienne and hoped to be in a relationship with him before Anna came to Paris, but I am glad that she was able to move on and accept their relationship. In a weird way, Anna’s father reminded me of Nicholas Sparks…and I couldn’t get that image from my head whenever he showed up in the book. I wish the book did include more of Ellie; I really wanted to see a fight against Anna and her. Lastly, Isla Martin, I will keep her character in mind till I read Isla and the Happily Ever After!

Setting: I really want to go to France and eat food. I loved the details of the whole scenery. I loved Anna and Etienne’s dates throughout the city. It was magical. If I am given the opportunity to go to Paris in the future, I will most definitely go to Point Zero!

Concluding thoughts: Why didn’t I read this book sooner when I was still a teenager? Also, I cannot wait to read Lola and the Boy Next Door.

My rating for Anna and the French kiss is a 5 out of 5. 🙂