ARC: The Revolution of Jack Frost by K.M. Robinson

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goodreads-synopsis

No one inside the snow globe knows that Morozoko Industries is controlling their weather, testing them to form a stronger race that can survive the fall out from the bombs being dropped in the outside world—all they know is that they must survive the harsh Winter that lasts a month and use the few days of Spring, Summer, and Fall to gather enough supplies to survive.

When the seasons start shifting, Genesis and her boyfriend, Jack, know something is going on. As their team begins to find technology that they don’t have access to inside their snow globe of a world, it begins to look more and more like one of their own is working against them.

Genesis soon discovers Morozoko Industries is to blame, but when a foreign enemy tries to destroy their weather program to make sure their destructive life-altering bombs succeed in destroying the outside world, their only chance is to shut down the machine that is spinning out of control and save the lives of everyone inside the bunker–at any cost.

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Thank you Netgalley for an arc of The Revolution of Jack Frost for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

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Initially, I was going to wait to review the book closer to the publishing date, BUT, The Revolution of Jack Frost proved to be cliched af! I’m disappointed in it. Here’s why:

I made predictions about the story and its progression as I began the book…I DID NOT THINK THAT MY PREDICTIONS WOULD COME TRUE…

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♦️ Dystopian World ✔️

♦️ Lack of World Building  ✔️

♦️ One dimensional protagonist  ✔️

♦️ No buildup to a romantic relationship  ✔️

♦️ Government Facilities  ✔️

♦️ Test Subjects  ✔️

♦️ Too many random characters  ✔️

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The Revolution of Jack Frost proved to be the MOST cliched book that I read in 2018. I didn’t want to be a Negative Nancy, but this book can be avoided. I was hoping this arc was going to be a Jack Frost retelling, but not this…because this book is extremely predictable. The reading process was not fun, and it was quite dreadful to continue the book. I almost dnfed it, but I managed to finish it…(╬ಠ益ಠ)

The concept was interesting, but I felt that Jack should have been the main protagonist…out of all these randomly selected characters introduced in this series, Jack was the ONLY one to get some sort of personality! The story is told in Genesis’ pov, and SHE HAD NO PERSONALITY BESIDES BEING THE GIRLFRIEND OF JACK…I know more about Jack than I do about Genesis. What’s the point of having a MC when the reader hardly knows anything about their interests, ideas, quirks????? Sadly, this book left a bitter taste in my mouth…

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Most disappointing Jack Frost retelling ever…but the prologue have the best opening.

He was a force of nature. He could warm your soul like the sun and then bury you in ice the next second. He was more destructive than any other universal element or could ever be. It was his way, to be like a hurricane crashing upon the shores, or lightning splintering everything in its path. He was a force. But he was my force. And in the end, it didn’t matter, because he disappeared, just like the weather always does. Here for one brief moment and gone the next. His name was Jack and his love for me was like a flood, now frozen over.

Final Rating: ⭐ (1.5)

Publishing Date: November 6th, 2018

ARC: The Similars by Rebecca Hanover

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Goodreads Synopis:

When six clones join Emmaline’s prestigious boarding school, she must confront the heartbreak of seeing her dead best friend’s face each day in class.

The Similars are all anyone can talk about at the elite Darkwood Academy. Who are these six clones? What are the odds that all of them would be Darkwood students? Who is the madman who broke the law to create them? Emma couldn’t care less. Her best friend, Oliver, died over the summer and all she can think about is how to get through her junior year without him. Then she comes face-to-heartbreaking-face with Levi—Oliver’s exact DNA replica and one of the Similars.

Emma wants nothing to do with the Similars, but she keeps getting pulled deeper and deeper into their clique, uncovering dark truths about the clones and her prestigious school along the way. But no one can be trusted…not even the boy she is falling for who has Oliver’s face.

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Commentary

“Darkwood might be progressive, but your society on the whole has a long history of classifying people by their race or religion or sexual orientation or gender and using those classifications to subjugate particular groups. It is surprising that a bunch of small-minded government leaders think cloning is the first step onto a slippery slope of Armageddon and the demise of the human race as we know it?”

Thank you Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for The Similars for an honest review. All opinions are my own. This contains a lot of spoilers!

The main protagonist of The Similars is Emma Chance, who has a difficult time adjusting to her best friend’s suicide. Her school life changes when six clones are enrolled in her school. Though Emma does not have prejudice against the clones, there is one clone that stands out of the six. Levi is the clone of her best friend Ollie, and it shakes Emma’s world. It is clear that Emma is still processing the death of her friend, and having Levi at her school, does not allow her to heal mentally. She is reminded of Ollie, even though he is not alive. Though the physical similarities of Levi and Ollie are the same, their personalities are different. Emma goes through a wild school year with the Similars and the dark secrets in her school.

This world is an alternate future where clones barely have rights in the United States, and the rest of the world. This book reminds me of immigration due to the prejudice and discrimination that the Similars encounter. The subject of the book was the most unique aspect that I really liked, but as for the rest of the book, I didn’t like the execution.

I thought Emma Chance was an okay character. Emma is vulnerable, especially the scenes involving her getting emotional over Ollie.

“If I’ve learned anything these past few months since Oliver died, it’s that pills don’t take away your grief and pain on their own. They mask it, briefly. But it’s all worse when you emerge from the pharma haze and realize your best friend is still gone.”

Emma tries adjusting in her school year, and depends on medicine to get her by because the pain is raw. She loved Ollie, and as for Levi, she gives him a hard time. Levi’s presence makes it hard for Emma to move on because he is a reminder of what she lost. I have to admit, that Emma is lucky person given that she eavesdrops and uncovers so many secrets without getting caught. There were no high stakes in the book because Emma was able to get away without getting hurt. Emma’s curiosity leads her to ask many questions about the clones and her surroundings, but no one wants to reveal the truth.

As for Levi, he is a bookworm and treats Emma with some disdain. Emma mistreats and criticizes him, and he does not allow himself to be a pushover. It would have been great to know Ollie’s personality to compare the two. The romance of Emma and Levi was a slow burn, love hate relationship. Though I do want to categorize it into a insta-love relationship since Emma is drawn to Levi because of his similar appearance to Ollie. But, I was not amazed. I would have preferred no romance to be honest.

I felt that most of the clones had dull personalities. I hoped that the author does expand their personalities in the next book because it seemed like all of the similar were the same…just different names. Levi was the only one to have a personality, and I didn’t care for the other similars.

A lot of events of the book were highly predictable for me, and these are some of the reasons:

  • Mean girls and cliques…
  • Love triangle between Ollie, Emma, and Levi…
  • Petty drama and 20-year grudge…
  • The school using the clones for medical research…
  • Surprise…not really Ollie is alive
  • The clones were created to get revenge for this 20-year grudge…
  • It was obvious who the villain was at the halfway mark…
  • Emma is not she is…she in fact is a similar

This book tried being a lot of things…and left me unsatisfied. The twists and turn were too predictable. It was hard for me to read the book because I made a lot of guesses that came out being true. It was a bit frustrating to read, the world building could have been better, and I don’t want to pick up the next book.

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Publishing Date: January 1st 2019

Final Rating:  

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ARC: Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova

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goodreads-synopsis

Three sisters. One spell. Countless dead.

Lula Mortiz feels like an outsider. Her sister’s newfound Encantrix powers have wounded her in ways that Lula’s bruja healing powers can’t fix, and she longs for the comfort her family once brought her. Thank the Deos for Maks, her sweet, steady boyfriend who sees the beauty within her and brings light to her life.

Then a bus crash turns Lula’s world upside down. Her classmates are all dead, including Maks. But Lula was born to heal, to fix. She can bring Maks back, even if it means seeking help from her sisters and defying Death herself. But magic that defies the laws of the deos is dangerous. Unpredictable. And when the dust settles, Maks isn’t the only one who’s been brought back…commentary

**Thank you Netgalley and Sourcebooks for giving me an e-book copy of the book for an honest review. All opinions are my own**

In Labyrinth Lost, the first book in the Brooklyn Witches series, Alex was the original protagonist. The black sheep of the family due to not having magic like her sisters. After the events of the first book, the point of view shifts to Lula Mortiz, the eldest sister of the family. In Labyrinth Lost, Lula was a confident witch with healing powers, but she undergoes a transformation in which she “loses” herself. Though this book deals with Lula, I love the maturity Alex gained from her experiences with Los Lagos. She seems more mature than the previous book. It is a shame that this book did not include a lot of Alex and Rishi moments.

As much as I loved Labyrinth Lost, I completely fell in love with Bruja Born. This book is about the process of healing for Lula because of her scars, both mentally and emotionally. Lula has found herself in a dark place, and only she can get herself. What I loved about this book is that Lula had an encouraging support system of her sisters and family that loved her even when she didn’t feel like herself. This is a beautiful journey of self discovery especially after losing her dearest boyfriend and the events of Los Lagos. Lula no longer feels joy and her connection to magic has severely changed. She is also learning to adjust to having her father back into her life after disappearing for many years. What I really loved about Lula is that she was raw, emotional, and mostly flawed. The author does not present a special snowflake, but rather someone relatable. It’s refreshing to read about realistic characters rather than Mary Sue type characters. She makes a lot of mistakes, along the way, but it serves to improve herself for the best. I could relate to Lula’s experiences of re-experiencing self love. The author portrayed Lula’s emptiness so realistically despite being a work of fiction.

One of my favorite lines in the book. This shows the sass and the protection Lula has for her sister Alex:

You really think I’m going to betray my sister for you? Boy, bye.

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Though the setting takes place in Brooklyn, magic plays a heavy element to this sequel. New lore is introduced in this urban fantasy such as casi muertos (neither living or completely dead, somewhere in between. Others would say they are similar to zombies), vampires, and witch hunters. Magic is always has a price. Lula learns this the hard way. Resurrecting the dead is not possible, even with Lula’s healing magic. She gains a new ability, but pays the ultimate price. The stakes are really high in this book. I loved the action scenes, and the magical alliance between different magical folks. This book presented a showdown and really delivered! I really hope that the author continues this series. I would love to see the Mortiz sisters once again. And I hope that Rose gets a perspective too!

Rating: 4.5

DNF: The Beautiful Lost by Luanne Rice

Here are three things to know about Maia:

1. Ever since her mother left, Maia’s struggled with depression — which once got so bad, she had to go to an institution for a while. She doesn’t want to go back.

2. Maia’s sure that if she finds her mother, if the two of them can talk about whale songs and constellations, then everything will be okay again.

3. She’s in love with Billy, the handsome, brooding boy who lives in the group home in town. He doesn’t seem to know that Maia exists… until now.

When Maia sets off on a road trip in search of her mom, Billy unexpectedly comes along. They drive up the East Coast, stopping along the way for lobster rolls and lighthouses. Maia learns that Billy has dark secrets of his own — and wants to outrun his past, too. But what will the future hold if they reach their destination?

From internationally bestselling author Luanne Rice, this is a sweeping, stunning story about the surprising directions our hearts can take.

When I picked up The Beautiful Lost by Luanne Rice, I was totally judging the book by the cover. I had a feeling that I would not like the book, but I gave it a chance. You can’t judge every book based on the cover, no matter how cheesy the book looks. My gut was right, I did not like the book. I am baffled. Honestly baffled because The Beautiful Lost has positive reviews on Goodreads. I guess my review will be controversial because I haven’t seen any negative reviews for this book.

What I liked about the book is that it did a good job at portraying abandonment issues that both Maia and Billy faced. That’s about it. What killed the book experience for me was the way depression was handled. Honestly hated how Maia would say her depression was gone because of her love interest Billy. I couldn’t believe what I had read. Nope, nope, nope. I had to put my book down, there’s no way that I can continue to read The Beautiful Lost. I don’t even want to know how the book ended. I tried reading it, but it was frustrating. Besides the story being cheesy, the romance was very instantaneous.

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Maia is a girl who has depression and even though her father and step-mother try to help her with her depression, she only blames her new step-mother. Maia misses her mother, and may I add that Maia’s mother only contacts her daughter by snail mail. The book is set in the present. The mom doesn’t reach out to her daughter. Maia’s mother left her family, and has left Maia with an emptiness in her heart. Maia desperately wants her mother back. She runs away from home in order to be with her mother. This aspect of the story I loved, but the romance was such a buzzkill for me.

I hated how there had to be a love interest. Couldn’t Billy just be a really good friend to Maia? The love interest that wasn’t fully developed even though they had a whole road trip to connect and learn about each other. I would have loved a greater emphasis on Maia’s issues and her growth as a person rather than force the reader to enjoy a contemporary love story. I tried to sympathize with Maia, but I am not on board with her romance. Now you may be wondering why I am against this story’s romance.  How did they even get together, you might be wondering. Well, Maia has never really talked to Billy at school. Billy is the mysterious teen attending the same school as Maia. Maia is completely head over heels in love with Billy. When Maia runs away, she stops in front of Billy’s residence. And what does he do? Billy runs away with her even though he doesn’t know her either! That’s a bit weird for me. I see Billy as a stranger because they aren’t even friends. How the heck are you going to let a stranger be with you on a trip? How? I get that Billy is Maia’s crush, but it feels gross for me .The story could have at least focused on some type of friendly relationship between Maia and Billy prior to the road trip. There is no established acquaintanceship between Maia and Billy, and both characters decide to take a trip together. Yeah, no thanks. Will I give The Beautiful Lost another chance? No.


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Final Rating: ⭐️

Wunderkids: (Part 1: Wildwood Academy) by Jacqueline Silvester

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15-year-old Nikka is invited to attend Wildwood Academy, a prestigious but secret boarding school for talented youth located deep in the Californian mountains. Once there, Nikka quickly falls in love with her bizarre classes, the jaw-dropping scenery and… two very different boys.

However, Wildwood Academy has a dark and twisted secret, one that could cost Nikka the one thing she had never imagined she could lose, the one thing that money can’t buy. It is this very thing that Wildwood Academy was created to steal.

Nikka can stay and lose everything, or she can risk death and run.

I was contacted by the author to give an honest review of Wunderkids.

Hey, so it has been a while since I wrote my last book review on my blog. One of my goals for this year is to read more indie books just to mix it up. When I read the synopsis of Wunderkids, I was really intrigued. Based on the synopsis, the book seem to have a creepy atmosphere. So I agreed to review the book and here is what I thought.

The book had an interesting premise don’t get me wrong. I loved the ideas that the author had for the book. I felt the execution was not well done. As I was reading the book, I felt that there was too much emphasis on Nikka’s school life and her boy problems rather than the dark mysterious secret that was promised. When I reached 60% of the book, the action finally kicked in. The climax of the book was the best part in my opinion. When it came to the action, the book moved at a quicker pace. It was exciting knowing that finally something was going to happened! I was thrilled with how the book was handling each character and their actions. Honestly, the last 40% made me give Wunderkids a higher rating. The book ended on a cliffhanger that made me want to have the second book ASAP!

Wunderkids introduced a variety of characters. Nikka is the protagonist. She does have a rebellious attitude at times and it takes her a while to learn how to trust the environment around her. She is mostly used to moving from place to place, never really settling down and making permanent friends. It is only till she accepts her scholarship to Wildwood Academy that she finally makes friends. I loved how Nikka’s best friend was a guy and they had no romantic feelings for each other. Thank God. Sums is the nerdy sidekick that is very supportive of Nikka. He was not popular at school, but once Nikka and Sums became friends their bond was irreplaceable. There is also Stella, who is Nikka’s roommate, that longs to be popular and is bit envious of Nikka’s talent. The book does have a love triangle. Izaya is the brooding rich bad boy of the school while other love rival is Tristan, who is rich Irish boy with a mischievous personality. Though Nikka does not pick who she wants to be with from the two, I have an inkling that she will choose….ha ha . I didn’t want spoil it since you have to read it for yourself in order to find out.

Overall, Wunderkids was a decent book with some good elements, and it was hard to get attached to the characters. The book was mostly description and it did get a bit tedious when it came to certain areas of the book. As I’ve mentioned, I found the last half of the book to be stronger than the first part. It did take me a while to really enjoy the book. That being said, Wunderkids can be a hit or miss with some readers.

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Snotgirl, Vol I: Green Hair Don’t Care by Bryan Lee O’Malley and Leslie Hung

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Who is Lottie Person?
Is she a gorgeous, fun-loving social media star with a perfect life or a gross, allergy-ridden mess? Enter a world of snot, blood, and tears in this first collection from New York Times Best Seller Bryan Lee O’Malley (Scott Pilgrim, Seconds) and dazzling newcomer Leslie Hung!

Collecting: Snotgirl 1-5

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I am a huge fan of Bryan Lee O’Malley’s comics such as Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World, and Seconds. I first saw images of Snotgirl on my twitter feed around last year and I waited to read Snotgirl unti the first volume came out. I preordered my book immediately. I had high hopes in Snotgirl, trust me, I was hyped for Snotgirl. I’d assume that Snotgirl was going to have the same fun, same charm, and same comedy style as Bryan Lee O’Malley’s previous books.

Snotgirl feels different from all of O’Malley’s previous works. Far different from what I’d imagine. Snotgirl tries to be mature and satirical, when in fact, it’s not funny at all. I feel that Snotgirl is far more darker comic that tries to have moments of lightheartedness. This comic makes you think about about adulthood and it’s sad reality. This is one of my favorite moments from Snotgirl:

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Tangent: I found this quote very relatable to my life. No one tells you how to be an adult, you have to work on your own and realize that not adulthood can suck, but you have to continue to try pushing yourself to do what you want to do. Push yourself until you can achieve your dreams. You have to realize that you have the ability to do anything even if you’re accomplishing goals late into adulthood.

Lottie Person is a fashion blogger whose life is a mess. She tries to stay relevant in the fashion blogging world as she’s aging in her industry. She’s a beautiful diva on the outside. One can assume she has no flaws based on her outward appearance. She has blogger friends who aren’t really there for her, and she does not have any real friends she can depend on besides her personal assistant. Lottie Person is living a facade. She conceals her envious personality from others. She feels jealous when she cannot catch up with others. Besides, Lottie has another secret that she has hidden from everyone else which is her uncontrollable allergies…hence Snotgirl.

I felt that Lottie was an unreliable narrator because it is hard for her to recount some events from her life. Some of the events from the story made it hard for me to trust Lottie. For example, she is given new allergy medication that makes her forget what she is doing. I have a feeling the medication she is taking will play a larger part in creating chaos and destruction as the story progresses. All I can say is that Lottie made it hard for me to like her, but she seems very realistic. She represents the hideous nature of being too warped into social media, that’s my take on it. I have no idea where the story is going, but I will pick up Volume II when it comes out. I love the murder mystery of Snotgirl because the comic made it hard for me to trust Lottie or her toxic friendship. Lastly, I love the way the characters are drawn. I love art style. Overall, Snotgirl was too hyped for me, but it presented a story which I do want to continue. The only character that really stood out was Lottie, and I would like for the supporting characters to have more development.

Final Rating:⭐️⭐️⭐️  (3.5)

Paper Mate Ink Joy Gel Pen Review

Hey guys, I’m currently taking a couple classes at my local college. I’ve been quite busy, so I haven’t had time to write reviews, and trust me I know I’m behind. Anyways, what I like about going back to school is shopping for school supplies. I’ve mostly focused on buying pens and a couple of stationary items.

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For this review, I’m only going to focus primarily on the Paper Mate Ink Joy pen collection set of six. This is not a sponsored review, I bought these pens on my own.

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Here are a couple of my notes in black. 
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Another set of notes in green.
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As I’ve mentioned, the set comes with six colored pens. Here is a side by side of my notes.
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Here is how the pens writes. 

What I really love about my Ink Joy Gel Pens is that it doesn’t smudge and the grip is very comfortable. Also, I find that the ink lasts longer. I was quite impressed with Paper Mate since it is a brand that I normally don’t use. The only negative that I can think of is that it bleeds through, so I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re writing an essay for class. Other than that, it’s perfect for note taking.

Boku Dake Ga Inai Machi (Erased) Anime Review

MyAnimeList Synopsis: When tragedy is about to strike, Satoru Fujinuma finds himself sent back several minutes before the accident occurs. The detached, 29-year-old manga artist has taken advantage of this powerful yet mysterious phenomenon, which he calls “Revival,” to save many lives.

However, when he is wrongfully accused of murdering someone close to him, Satoru is sent back to the past once again, but this time to 1988, 18 years in the past. Soon, he realizes that the murder may be connected to the abduction and killing of one of his classmates, the solitary and mysterious Kayo Hinazuki, that took place when he was a child. This is his chance to make things right.

Boku dake ga Inai Machi follows Satoru in his mission to uncover what truly transpired 18 years ago and prevent the death of his classmate while protecting those he cares about in the present.

Aired: Jan 8, 2016 to Mar 25, 2016

Commentary:

Normally, I don’t watch psychological anime, but I decided to give Erased a shot. It’s only twelve episodes long, but I enjoyed every minute of it. Also, I haven’t read the manga, so this is my review on the anime only.

Have you ever wished you can go back in time and alter your history? Do you have regrets about your past actions? I know that I do. If so, I highly recommend watching this anime. Why you may ask? The protagonist Satoru has an ability to travel a couple minutes into the past, he calls this phenomenon “Revival”. He goes into a revival to alter a couple things here and there. He has no control over when the revival activates. When Satoru’s world is turned upside down, his revival has taken him back to his childhood days before the murders from his past happens. Even though Satoru is in his child body, he still has the mind of his adult self.

Satoru is cynical and bitter 29 year old when he is first introduced, and is not supposed to be “likable”. I thought his personality was refreshing for me and realistic. His dreams of being a mangaka have been crushed. He works for a small pizza delivery company, and his life has not turned out as he had hoped. He was really relatable to me. When Satoru was younger, his personality was more vibrant and positive. It feels like he is two completely different people. When Satoru realizes that he has to save his classmate Kayo Hinazuki from being murdered, he starts changing his ways. He knows that in order to save her, he needs to become a hero and mature.

As for the other characters, I really liked Kayo and Kenya. As for Kayo, she had a tragic backstory and has the most apperances than any other character. Kayo is an outsider and really shy. She has no friends at school, but everything changes when Satoru starts to befriend her. Satoru promises to never lie to Kayo and becomes her guardian. Satoru’s friends tease him since they believe he likes Kayo in a romantic way. Kenya is the serious observant one from Satoru’s group of friends. He notices the changes in Satoru and helps him in any way he can. Even though Airi was important to Satoru, she was hardly in the anime. I’m certain that Airi plays a larger role in the manga than in the anime.

The storyline is amazing. Each episode had me hooked because it was a murder mystery. I had my suspicions on the murderer as the episodes progressed. The animation was beautifully done! Though I would have liked for a second season of Erased because it did feel rushed at times. I’m sure that the manga goes more into detail. Take for example, I felt that the murderer’s backstory and motives were never explained. Another example that I can think of is why does the revival happen and when did it start for Satoru. The anime never answers it, but I’m sure once reading the manga, I’ll be able to know the answers I am seeking. The friendship in this show was so cute. Friendship plays a big role in this anime. As for the ending, I was satisfied!

I love the OP especially since it is Asian Kungfu Generation:

Final Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (4.75)

Beast Master by Kyousuke Motomi: Manga Review

☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆.。.:*・°☆ Summary: Leo Aoi looks like a crazy animal with wild eyes–and no one at his new high school will go near him! He does seem to have a special connection with animals though, which intrigues overzealous animal-lover Yuiko Kubozuka. In reality, Leo isn’t as frightening as he appears, but Yuiko finds out that he goes berserk whenever he sees blood! Will Yuiko be able to get through to Leo during these violent fits? Or will Leo’s ferocious side eventually devour her?

Commentary: I recognized the art style immediately. Kyousuke Motomi is the creator of Dengeki Daisy!! (; ● ∀ ●) ゝI just can’t believe how short this manga is! It’s only two volumes! I felt that there was potential to expand the manga for a few more volumes. I was a bit disappointed because it was so short. It made me laugh for most of the time too. I read this series in one sitting. The relationship between Leo and Yukiko was the best! Leo was too adorable! I really liked how he was opposite from Yukiko. Animals loved him, but the animal kingdom seemed to hate Yukiko. It was even more ironic since her dad is a vet. I also liked that everyone respected Yukiko by “taming the best”. It was hard to believe that he had a wild side. This manga teaches you not to judge people on appearances. It’s just a cute romance! It made me laugh most of all. The cover art is a bit misleading. ✺◟(∗❛ัᴗ❛ั∗)◞✺ Overall, it’s a fun read! You won’t regret it!

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

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