Manga Review: Dawn of the Arcana vol.1 by Rei Toma

11029842Dawn of the Arcana Vol.1 by Rei Toma

Series: Dawn of the Arcana (#1)

Published: January 1st 2009

Publisher: VIZ Media LLC

Goodreads: “A medieval fantasy where a princess’s mysterious power alters her fate! Reads R to L (Japanese Style).

Princess Nakaba of Senan is forced to marry Prince Caesar of the enemy country Belquat, tantamount to becoming a hostage. While Caesar is pleasing to the eye, he is also selfish and possessive, telling Nakaba outright: “You are my property.” With only her attendant Loki at her side, Nakaba must find a way to cope with her hostile surroundings, her fake marriage…and a mysterious power!”

 

Review:

Let’s talk about the art of Reimei no Arcana/Dawn of the Arcana, shall we? Can we just take a good look at it and be honest? It’s beautiful! And trust me, Rei Toma’s stories are worth reading as well. I just have a huge urge to own all of the volumes of Reimei no Arcana… I must collect them all!
My budget is kind of tight though, so I only own the two first volumes, I’ll collect them whenever I can anyway 😉

Reimei no Arcana is set in a kind of medieval world with fantasy elements, it is set in two different countries; although this first volume is mostly set in Belquat, the Southern kingdom.
Princess Nakaba of Senan (the Northern kingdom) marries Prince Caesar of Belquat in order to somehow appease the war between the two countries, even though political marriages have had place for years, between Senan and Belquat, the two countries always end up fighting each other.

Belquat is richer and more prosperous, while Senan always has bad harvests, due to it’s colder weather and harsher climatic conditions. “Belquatians” also consider themselves to be superior intellectually – we’ll see if that proves to be right or not.
All the royals have black hair, and anybody else with blond, brown or red hair are from a lower cast, and finally, there’s the Ajin. Ajin are demi-humans with animal features and senses that surpass those of humans.

Nakaba has red hair, even though she’s a royal, as such, she’s been rejected and restrained throughout all her life. I’m not sure about whether this is true or not, because it’s not been explained very much -yet- in this first volume, but it would seem she’s been locked up in a tower for a long time, much like Rapunzel.
Nakaba and Caesar can’t stand each other at first, as a matter in fact, Caesar is kind of violent towards her in the beginning. I’m sure they’ll fall in love with each other soon enough.

All in all, I really liked reading this, I’m reading the 2nd volume as soon as I can.

4 Chibis

Book releases: March 2016

I haven’t done one of these in a while, but this month so many awesome books are being published, I must share them all with you. Keep reading 😉

One of the most awaited books of this year, Lady Midnight promises – am I the only one who is dying to have one copy on my hands? I believe not!

Lady Midnight (Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare

8th March

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The third and last of book of the series – I’ve only read the first one, much to my embarrassment, I know I’m missing out, or so tells me Ana.

The Winner’s Kiss (The Winner’s Trilogy #3) by Marie Rutkoski

29th March

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I don’t know about you, but I’m a huge fan of Wendy Higgins, and this one is a Fairy Tale retelling! Need I say more?

The Great Hunt (The Great Hunt #1) by Wendy Higgins

8th March

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Speaking of fantasy, I’ve never read anything by this author, but I’m a total junkie for beautiful covers, so this one has a direct pass to my TBR.

Burning Glass (Burning Glass #1) by Kathryn Purdie

1st March – comes out today folks!

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Ughh, another final book! And once again I’ve only read the first book of the series!

Half Lost (The Half Bad Trilogy #3) by Sally Green

29th March

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I love me some Mia Sheridan, I have no words for how much I love her books – I haven’t even read this one and I already feel myself swooning.

Midnight Lily by Mia Sheridan

1st March – TODAY!

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We’re missing a historical romance!

Not anymore 🙂

Because of Miss Bridgerton (Rokesbys #1) by Julia Quinn

29th March

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Who likes Allie Condie? You’re in for a treat!

Summerlost by Allie Condie

29th March

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And who missed Melissa Marr?! I know I did 🙂

Seven Black Diamonds (Untitled #1) by Melissa Marr

1st March – Today people!

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And at last, but definitely not least, a new series by Shelly Crane! I love the Significance series so much, I’m expecting big things from this one 🙂 I mean, what else could I want, it’s sci-fi, it has an UNBELIEVABLY BEAUTIFUL COVER…

The Other Side of Gravity (Oxygen #1) by Shelly Crane

15th March

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With nothing to add, I bid you an amazing reading month, happy reading!

Novella Review: The Assassin and the Healer by Sarah J. Maas

18333581.jpgThe Assassin and the Healer by Sarah J. Maas

Novella of the book: The Assassin’s Blade 

Series: Throne of Glass (#0.2)

Published: 22nd March 2013

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

Goodreads: “Meet the Assassin: beautiful, defiant, destined for greatness. Celaena Sardothien has challenged her master. Now she must pay the price. Her journey to the Red Desert will be an arduous one, but it may change the fate of her cursed world forever…”

Review:

I so want to see Yrene Towes again, she seems like such an interesting character – not to mention that I totally sismance her with Celeana.

Celeana has been staying at the White Pig Inn, Innish, a small port town, for a few days, her goal is to reach the Red Desert, where she is to meet the Mute Master of Assassins, who’ll train her for a month. This is Celeana’s punishment for destroying the slave-trade agreement between Arobynn and the Pirate Lord of Skull’s Bay.

Yrene, a girl whose mother was killed for being a healer, works a the Inn, as she wants to win enough coin to be able to go to Torre Cesme, where she can learning the art of healing. However, her boss is constantly cutting her salary and tips, and raising the rent of her small room.

Their paths cross and Celeana changes Yrene’s life.

“For wherever you need to go – and then some. The world needs more healers.”

4.5 Chibis

Novella Review: The Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas

13415554.jpgThe Assassin and the Pirate Lord by Sarah J. Maas

Novella of the book: Assassin’s Blade

Series: Throne of Glass (#0.1)

Published: January 13th 2012

Publisher: Bloomsbury Children’s

Goodreads: “A Throne of Glass novella.

On a remote island in a tropical sea, Celaena Sardothien, feared assassin, has come for retribution. She’s been sent by the Assassin’s Guild to collect on a debt they are owed by the Lord of the Pirates. But when Celaena learns that the agreed payment is not in money, but in slaves, her mission suddenly changes—and she will risk everything to right the wrong she’s been sent to bring about.”

Review:

The Assassin and the Pirate Lord tells a story of 16-year-old Celaena Sardothien, she dresses like an aristocratic lady, with silks and expensive gowns, likes to read books all night long, and happens to be part of an Assassins’ Guild, called the Assassins’ Keep. This Guild is mastered by the infamous Arobynn Hamel, a man whom I definitely wouldn’t  like to encounter.

This novella starts off at this exact same guild, located somewhere in Rifthold, capital of Adarlan, where five assassins are gathered at the long table. They hear bad news, as two of the seven of the most trusted assassins are missing, one of them, Gregori has been taken by royal guards, and the other, Ben, Celeana’s mentor is dead. – Arobynn wishes to seek retribution, as such, Celeana’s and Sam’s mission is to travel to the Dead Islands, Skull’s Bay, and deliver two letters to Captain Rolfe, Lord of the Pirates.

However, when Celeana and Sam deliver the letters they realize that Captain Rolfe’s punishment is to pay a substantial sum of money to Arobynn and deliver to him a hundred slaves. – As soon as Celeana realizes the inhuman conditions in which the slaves are being kept, not to mention that the destiny of many children will be to be sold to a brothel, she decides that she must do something to prevent the trade.

I guess that this novella is a good starting point to those who wish to begin reading this series. Although I have already read the first three books of the series, I don’t remember much of it, just the essential I guess, so this is also, kind of a good re-starting point for me.

In addition, if you’re craving for the usual arrogance and badassery from Celeana, I assure you, you won’t be disappointed.

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4.5 Chibis

Book Review: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

 

25380932.jpgA Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole

Series: Immortals After Dark (#2)

Published: 28th March 2006

Publisher: Pocket Star

Goodreads: “Acclaimed author Kresley Cole introduces a sizzling new series with this tale of a fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire—unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of life and death.

A mythic warrior who’ll stop at nothing to possess her…

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy…

Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents—until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae—and their notorious dark desires—ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.

An all-consuming desire…

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?”

Review:

Was I ready for A Hunger Like No Other? Not really! I hadn’t read something so sexually charged for a while.

Lachlain MacRieve is an ancient Lykaen warrior, the king of his clan, who had been locked up and tortured with fire for 150 years, and the only thing keeping him sane is his hate for the vampire king. Until one day he scents the perfume surrounding his mate, Emmaline Troy.

Emmaline is a 70-something-year-old half-vampire, half-valkyrie, who’s in Paris looking for her father, an unknown vampire.

When Lachlain feels the scent of his on true mate he is able to free himself of his prison, but once he finds out Emmaline is a vampire he’s not very pleased with the prospect of presenting a vampire queen to his people.

I feel like I could’ve liked this book way better if Emmaline wasn’t such a spoiled little bitch. I liked her in the beginning, she seemed like a nice young gal. But she is so selfish, she only thinks about herself… and to be honest, I couldn’t really feel her “love” for Lachlain.

The world-building on this book is solid, but the way the book wrapped up was not entirely pleasing. It felt fake the way Emmaline finally professed her love for Lachlain.
Oh poor Lachlain, he deserved someone way better than Emmaline. *strangles Emmaline’s little neck*

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3 Chibis

Book review: Fantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

84136.jpgFantasy Lover by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Series: The Entire Dark-Hunterverse (#1)

Published: 18th February 2012

Publisher: St.Martin’s Press

Goodreads:Dear Reader,

Being trapped in a bedroom with a woman is a grand thing. Being trapped in hundreds of bedrooms over two thousand years isn’t. And being cursed into a book as a love-slave for eternity can ruin even a Spartan warrior’s day.

As a love-slave, I know everything about women. How to touch them, how to savor them, and most of all, how to pleasure them. But when I was summoned to fulfill Grace Alexander’s sexual fantasies, I found the first woman in history who saw me as a man with a tormented past. She alone bothered to take me out of the bedroom and onto the world. She taught me to love again.

But I was not born to love. I was cursed to walk eternity alone. As a general, I had long ago accepted my sentence. Yet now I have found Grace–the one thing my wounded heart cannot survive without. Sure, love can heal all wounds, but can it break a two-thousand-year-old curse?

Julian of Macedon ”

Review:

Julian of Macedon, the man who made me fall in love with the Dark-Hunter series. (I fell for him as well, obviously).

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Grace Alexander a sex therapist has a non-existing romantic life, until her hilarious best friend Selena makes her summon a love-slave named Julian of Macedon.

“Oh take me, great gorgeous love-slave and have your wicked way with me. I command you to rise”

“Come and ease my aching loins, O great Julian of Macedon, Julian of Macedon, Julian of Macedon.”

Julian has been trapped in a book for a very long time, he used to be a fearless general of an ancient army, until the day he was betrayed by his brothers, Eros /aka Cupid and Priapus.

But Grace didn’t actually expect Julian to come out of the book, so when he appears on her porch completely naked she doesn’t know wether to scream or swoon (probably both).

“Just where do you think you’re taking me?” (…) “I’m taking you to your bedroom where we can finish what we’ve started,” he said simply, as if he were discussing the weather.”

Despite Julian looking like a sex God, Grace can see the pain in his eyes, the ghosts of his past and the fear of returning to the book in one month. And the only way Julian’s curse can be broken is if he waits until the next full moon to have sex with a daughter of Alexander. However, as the days go by, it keeps getting harder and harder for him to resist his urges.

“You can’t fear dying when you have no reason to live.”

My two favorite scenes are without a doubt:

– when Grace tries to teach Julian how to drive. The man might be talented in a wide range of things, but definitely not driving…

“Well then, just imagine the stories you can tell your men when you get back to Macedonia about the great steel beats you drove… around a parking lot.”

…and “the sexy reading session”… I have to admit that before reading this book I have never though reading to someone could be this sexy.

“What is this? A strip reading session? I read a paragraph, you open a button?”

Overall this book is hilarious, romantic, amazing, and has everything I need in a great book, it was simply amazing to get back to the Dark-Hunterverse!!!

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4 Chibis

Book Review: The Lunatic Cafe by Laurell K. Hamilton

30273.jpgThe Lunatic Cafe by Laurel K. Hamilton

Series: Anita Blake; Vampire Hunter (#4)

Published: March 1st 2005 (first published January 1st 1996)

Publisher: Berkley

Goodreads: “In Laurell K. Hamilton’s New York Times bestselling novels, Vampire Hunter and zombie animator Anita Blake is an expert at sniffing out the bad from the good. But she’s about to learn that nothing is ever as it seems-especially in matters of the not-so-human heart…

Dating a werewolf with self-esteem issues is stressing Anita out. Especially when something-or someone-starts taking out the city’s shapeshifters.”

 

Review:

DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU DON’T WANT TO READ ANY SPOILERS

Anita Blake has got a hot date, with Richard, the werewolf she’s been dating for a few months only. As she describes, they’re still not very intimate, since they barely know each other. But as you know, if you’ve read this book, their relationship just goes really fast, way too fast in my opinion.

Jean-Claude is still trying to interfere with their relationship, for some reason. At this point I think this love-triangle, (turned into love-square) is just getting more and more stupid. I really wasn’t able to see the point. But still, you’ll see Anita admitting she loves both JC and Richard, even if in different ways -wtf?- Anita, get your act together, you don’t know either men well enough to say that. As a matter in fact, you sure don’t know Richard to accept his marriage proposal just because you want to jump his bones. Yes people, although Anita feels no remorse when she’s got to kill someone or something, she feels remorse about having pre-marital sex. – Bitch, get your priorities straight!

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As for the crime that takes place this time, or crimes, we got a disappearance, a female shapeshifter
has gone missing for a few days, Anita delivers this case to Ronnie, her bff, because that’s just not what her job is about. There’s also a brutal murder (as usual), a man is found in the snow half-eaten by a bear (or is it?). Marcus, an alpha werewolf, who also happens to want to kill Richard, calls Anita to go to the Lunatic Cafe to have a few words with him. We all know that something else goes on besides those said words.

Although Anita Blake still manages to be one of the most badass female characters I’ve ever had the pleasure to meet, I gotta ask: Why the f*** does she wear corny-ass clothing? Everything about her sense of fashion is simply wrong! And I’m not a fashion guru, I’m more of a tshirt-and-jeans kind of gall. Why doesn’t she just dress herself like the typical UF badass heroine? Leather black pants, leather black jacket, Doc Martens and a sexy top? I got nothing against that. Instead Anita is a fan of fanny packs… That’s just wrong in so many levels.

That’s why folks, the first thing I advise you to do while reading an Anita Blake book is to completely ignore her outfit. Just picture what you would like to see her wearing. I sure as heck do that.

Speaking of clothing, since I’m sounding like Fashion Police, let’s talk about Jean-Claude’s cape, yay or nay? I kinda like it, I think it’s ridiculous, but it just suits him.

Let’s take a look at the people I hated on this book:
-Aikensen
-Titus
-Raina
-Markus – he’s such an idiot, seriously! How can anybody follow his orders? That scene with Alfred was just full-on crazy stupid.
-Kaspar -what even!! A wereswan whose name is Kaspar, can you think of something more hilarious? No? What about Anita’s fanny pack? That gets the prize.

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The people I loved on this book:
-Edward – not surprisingly, I just love Edward way too much. Anita should bet on this guy, even if he is kind of psychopatish… Oh Edward *sighs*
-Gabriel??? I’m not sure, this dude likes pain way too much, but he just seems really hot. – yes, I’m just that superficial. I hope we see more of him in the future.

Then there’s also Anita’s mug collection, now I’d love to see a whole video haul on that, she has really funny mugs she likes to take to the office just to annoy the hell out of Bert, her boss. I find that highly entertaining, just like her stuffed penguin collection. A girl’s got to have muscle on her, but a girl’s also got to have someone to hold on to, even if it’s a stuffed animal, I’m all for that. (I love my stuffed alpaca, which I hold all night long).

As for fav quotes:
I had to smile. I knew more monsters than the monsters did.

“Following you around let’s me kill a lot of people.” Sad but true. – I don’t believe I have said it enough times: I LOVE EDWARD.

Sometime in February a box arrived from Edward. It was a swan skin. The note read, “I found a witch to lift his curse”. – OH EDWARD I SAW WHAT YOU DID THERE, HAHAHA

3.5 Chibis