Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday


Expected publication: March 20th 2018



Komomo Confiserie Volume 4 - Manga Review




As a little girl, Komomo Ninomiya delighted in picking on Natsu Azumi, the son of her family's pastry chef. Ten years later, when the family fortune is lost and she has no place to live, Komomo encounters Natsu again in her hour of need. Now that Natsu is a master pastry chef in his own right, he'll help Komomo-but only if she works for him at his new confiserie!

Komomo attends her first festival by working in the Méli-Mélo food truck. But Natsu keeps snubbing her in front of Noel Étoile, an entitled rich girl who became attached to him while he was in France. Komomo realizes that Natsu must be in love with Noel, but why is Komomo so upset by it?







Review 

Noelle wants Natsu to be hers and she'll do whatever it takes to get him including bullying Komomo and destroying Natsu's shop. She means business and won't take anything less than Natsu. Rise is falling for Yuri and Natsu claims all he wants to do is be with Komomo. Noelle even goes so far as to bribe Komomo just to get her to go away. Komomo refuses because she loves working at the shop and eating Natsu's sweets. Finally Komomo stands up to Noelle and says she has to help clean up the mess she made. It makes Natsu so happy that she stands up for him.

In the second half of this volume, we get into the final story that will wrap up in the last volume and this plot starts with a new character; Mitsuru. Natsu's best friend. This guy still hasn't found love and is being bothered to get into an arranged marriage. Which he is not into, at all! After he spends some time with Komomo, he tells her that she loves Natsu and that he loves her back! 

"I think maybe...Natsu loves you."

The tension between our two main characters is really ramping up! I just want to force them together already! Like come on guys! Just admit it and kiss already! This volume was fun and I really like Mitsuru's character. He's a really nice guy and he's just so sweet! Can't wait to finish this manga! It's been such a fun little ride.




Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I Could Reread Forever

Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl

So really, this list is just reworded to mean, favorites because come on, we will always reread our favorite books. So here is a list of some of my favorite books/series. They're not in any order as I could never choose. It would be like cutting my arm off.

10) The Vampire Diaries 



9) Blue Bloods


8) Vampire Knight 




7) A Court of Mist and Fury 



6) Black Bird




5) Throne of Glass



4) Half-Blood


3) Bride of the Water God



2) Obsidian



1) Unrest


Monday, February 26, 2018

Music Monday - Angels of Liberty

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren over at Always Me. The point of this meme is every Monday you share two of your favorite songs from the past week. So here are the songs I've been listening to this week. 

Not long ago, I found this and thought I would share two songs I've been loving. 





Sunday, February 25, 2018

Komomo Confiserie Volume 3 - Manga Review







Komomo, in the throes of first love, doesn't understand the feelings she's having for Seto. She asks Natsu about feeling giddy, and he tells her that she's simply experiencing a head cold. But when Komomo finds out Seto's heart belongs to another, will Natsu be there to comfort her?









My Thoughts

This is the best volume yet! The story keeps getting better and I'm loving it so much. This one starts off with Komomo wanting to make a meal for Seto because all he ever eats is a 'cucumber sandwich' and since she has this huge crush on him, she wants him to have more. So she works on trying to figure out what she could make for him when she finds out that he has a girlfriend. It breaks her heart. It hurts her even more when she finds out that Seto and his girlfriend broke up and he's not happy anymore. So she makes a plan to get him and his girlfriend back together. 

Rise gets angry at her for not telling about her heartbreak and then gets angry at her while trying to cheer her up at the same time. Komomo feels better after that because while she lost her first love, she still has her best friend. 

Natsu gives Komomo a task, she has to create what item they will serve at the upcoming festival and she takes her job seriously and she comes up with a cute idea and then he also gives her the task to create the sign for the dish. She also goes this too. But she starts to wonder if Netsu has someone he loves after seeing him kiss her wish candy. Right when she is about to ask him, Noelle, appears. Who is Noelle? We shall have to read the next volume to find out! 

Netsu isn't creepy in this one volume, he's starting to be a character that I love and Komomo is still has cute and sweet and clueless as ever. I can't wait to read the next one! I think that Komomo is finally starting to realize her feelings for Netsu.


Friday, February 23, 2018

50/50 Friday - First/Last Vampire Book You've Read

50/50 Friday is a weekly meme hosted by me and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.


What is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday (something bookish of course!). If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!


Topic for the Week
First/Last ___ Book You've Read (specific genre, etc)

No surprise here, I've chosen vampire books! Because I am in love with vampires. So let's just get into this because I want to talk about these books.


First Vampire Book I Ever Read

But I read it in this neat little bind-up that I still have today.


I also don't remember how I got it but I know it was early summer and I'd just recently finished school for the year. I was 15 years old and it was the very first vampire I ever read. It was perfect and wonderful and I have never looked back.  




Last Vampire Book I've Read



I actually just finished rereading this one not long ago. I've been trying to get back to my roots and reading more paranormal. I've been following the trends lately and I just miss the genre that got me into reading. So I started with an old guilty pleasure. 


Topic for Next Week
Best/Worst Book Read in February






Thursday, February 22, 2018

Komomo Confiserie Volume 2 - Review







Now that Komomo's family is bankrupt, the arranged marriage her father had planned for her is most likely void. With her future now open, Komomo decides to look for love and start dating. Natsu offers himself up to be her suitor, but will Komomo accept him?









My Review 

So this volume starts with Komomo going over to Rise's house and spending some time with her. While she's there, she gets to meet Rise's crush. Sadly, Rise, when nervous, gets rather mean and she's mean to her crush and it's something she wishes she could change. Komomo offers to help her with love and works on a plan. The plan works and Rise gets her date with her crush and Komomo gets to go on her first ever date with his best friend. 

But nothing goes as planned and the guys only want to hurt the girls for money. Natsu shows up to save the girls and carries Komomo in his arms till she wakes up. Her offers to give her a better first date and she accepts and they have fun together. When she tries to kiss him, he backs away, but she says she wants to fall in love with him. So they start dating and they do all these romantic things that Komomo wants. Finally when he tries to kiss her, she dumps him. 

She soon meets Seto, a sweet shoemaker, and she falls in love with him but doesn't know it yet. It also turns out that he's from a rich background same as her, only he left all that to follow his dream. Komomo tells his family off and then he also begs them to let him live in his dream. Afterward, an accident happens and they both get hurt. Natsu shows up at the hospital and carries her home, she wakes up halfway there and asks him why she got dizzy and fell after looking into Seto's eyes...

This volume was a little better than the last one, it made me laugh more and also had me smiling a lot. It's really just a fun manga. The art is wonderful and story just flows nicely.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Two Ghostly ARC Reviews






The American Southwest is home to dozens of ghost towns with fascinating histories and active spirits. This book shares the captivating spirit communications conducted by Dan Baldwin and Dwight and Rhonda Hull, using pendulums and psychic abilities to make contact with ghosts and help them pass through to the other side.







ARC Review

This was written wonderfully, it was easy to follow their conversations and who was talking. I loved that they gave some history about the place before they went into them. I've never heard of anyone uses a pendulum before and I really liked that touch. 

I think I found the history part more interesting than the actual investigations but I'm a sucker for history and that's not saying the parts where they were making contact were boring because they weren't, at all. 

Dan Baldwin is a good writer and he makes me want to go out there and try some of this with my pendulum! How cool it must be to connect with these spirits. I hope to read more from this group in the future! They work well together.

*Thanks to NetGalley for giving me this ARC in exchange for an honest review*



An ironing board jumps off the wall and flies straight toward an investigator's head at the famous Villisca Axe Murder House. Shadow figures rise out of the ground and run between the gravestones of a haunted cemetery. The mischievous spirit of a deceased child pulls the blankets off an investigator, humming a song from the other side the whole time.


Featuring investigations of famous paranormal hotspots like Waverly Hills, Myrtles Plantation, and The St. James Hotel--as well as many lesser-known though equally fascinating locations--this riveting book details years of creepy stories, hair-raising experiences, and intriguing physical evidence from one of the heartland's most experienced investigators. 



ARC Review

So I'm torn with this one. There's lots of cool things in this book and the story itself is great but the writing isn't the best. Also... it reads very clunky and almost in a way, like a textbook and that is just boring. There were some investigations that could've been left out and I felt more details would've been better in others. Overall, this isn't a bad book, it's just not my cup of tea. 

*Thanks to NetGalley for this book in exchange for an honest review*

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Top Ten Tuesday - Books I've Lost Interest in Reading

Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl


This used to happen to me all the time. People would hype books and I went out to buy those books and then never got around to reading them because they never really appealed to me.... I just did it because I thought I had too. So this list might step on some toes but hey, everyone is different and has different tastes. So just because it doesn't interest me, doesn't mean anything. If you love these books, that's great! I'm glad for you. I just don't want to read them.


10) Nevernight



9) The Lightning Thief




8) The Harry Potter Series
(This series I will still be reading as my partner won't stop bugging me about it)




7) Glass Sword




6) Truthwitch 



5) A Darker Shade of Magic 




4) Born at Midnight 



3) Glitter



2) The Language of Thorns: Midnight Tales and Dangerous Magic



1) Pivot Point

Monday, February 19, 2018

Music Monday - The Devil and the Universe

Music Monday is a weekly meme hosted by Lauren over at Always Me. The point of this meme is every Monday you share two of your favorite songs from the past week. So here are the songs I've been listening to this week. 

Did you know Folk Horror was a genre? Well, neither did I till I found this group. 




Saturday, February 17, 2018

Living Wicca - Review



Selling more than 200,000 copies, Living Wicca has helped countless solitary practitioners blaze their own spiritual paths. Let the wise words of Scott Cunningham guide you toward a new level of practice.

Living Wicca takes a philosophical look at the questions, practices, and differences within Witchcraft. You'll learn how to create your own rituals and symbols, develop a book of shadows, and even become a high priest or priestess. Also covered in this Scott Cunningham classic are tools, magical names, initiation, the Mysteries, 120 Wiccan symbols, and the importance of secrecy in your practice. 







My Thoughts

As always the author writes so wonderfully simple that anyone can grasp what he's saying and that's what first pulled me into his work because he was easy for the newbie that I was to understand. Now I read his work because I enjoy it. I loved the prayers in this book and the stuff on the Sabbats. 

I love what he says about the God and Goddess. My favorite part of this book is how he says to do what feels best to you. Which I like, because not everything in Wicca will fit every single person so I love being able to draw from certain things and leaving others behind when they just don't vibe with me. 

I also love the laws that he goes into in this one. I think that's one that isn't really talked about in other books. Least the ones I've read... maybe I'm reading the wrong books. Anyway, I do think this is a book good for anyone who's into Wicca and looking for something a bit more than the basic stuff. This isn't for the person who's just getting into Wicca, this book expects you to know a little about the practice/religion. 



Friday, February 16, 2018

50/50 Friday - Favorite/Least Favorite Family in a Book

50/50 Friday is a weekly meme hosted by me and the wonderful Laura from Blue Eye Books.


Now what is 50/50 Friday?
Everyone has a favorite and then we also have something we dislike. Like a coin, there are two sides to every question. Example: best sequel you've read/worst sequel you've read. So that's what 50/50 Friday is all about. We will have a new topic every Friday (something bookish of course!). If you have have ideas for this meme don't be scared to let us know!


Topic for the Week
Favorite/Least Favorite Family in a Book


Least Favorite 
I could go with any of the houses in this series as they are all awful. I'd never want to be apart of any of them.... I mean.. insanity, incest... dying way too young... 

Yeah these are my least favorites because they are crazy.



Favorite 
Blue's family is awesome. I want them all in my family right now. 



Topic for Next Week
First/Last ___ Book You've Read (specific genre, etc)







Thursday, February 15, 2018

A Quick Bite (Argeneau #1) - Review

That hot guy tied to Lissianna Argeneau's bed? He's not dessert - he's the main course!

Lissianna has been spending her centuries pining for Mr. Right, not just a quick snack, and this sexy guy she finds in her bed looks like he might be a candidate. But there's another, more pressing issue: her tendency to faint at the sight of blood...an especially annoying quirk for a vampire. Of course it doesn't hurt that this man has a delicious-looking neck. What kind of cold-blooded vampire woman could resist a bite of that?

Dr. Gregory Hewitt recovers from the shock of waking up in a stranger's bedroom pretty quickly - once he sees a gorgeous woman about to treat him to a wild night of passion. But is it possible for the good doctor to find true love with a vampire vixen, or will he be just a good meal? That's a question Dr. Greg might be willing to sink his teeth into...if he can just get Lissianna to bite.




Book Breakdown

(Spoilers!)

So, I wanted to get back to what I really love and what started my whole love of reading; vampires. I've loved vampires since I knew what they were. So I wanted to read more about them and less of books that are just... hyped. I wasn't enjoying most of the hyped books anyway. I admit, this book wasn't the best idea to get me back into reading about vampires... Nanos... I mean, props to trying to be different with your take on vampires... I guess.

So this follows Lissianna and Greg. He's been brought into her room and tired down so he can cure her of her fear of seeing blood (which he never cures fyi), and while he's tied up some of his first thoughts when he sees her is how badly he wants to fuck her. I know most men only think of sex but really? I mean really? He's tied up and has no idea what they are going to do with him and he's wanting to sleep with the girl? 

Well, he's soon saved by Lissi and then brought back by her mum and then he's tied down again and he now knows they are vampires and he never really freaks out at all. He's like Bella, he just takes it within stride and moves on. Which isn't a bad thing... 

They end up falling in love, I mean it's a romance, everyone knows that was coming. Their love happens though after a long and rather unnecessary plot and then Lissi is dumb as fuck because come on! The hints were huge! I knew the father was guilty the first time we see him in the damn book! I mean... I did enjoy the story for the most part, but some parts just had me laughing and rolling my eyes. I won't be continuing this series.


Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Komomo Confiserie Volume 1 - Manga Review






As a little girl, Komomo Ninomiya delighted in picking on Natsu Azumi, the son of her family’s pastry chef. Ten years later, when the family fortune is lost and she has no place to live, Komomo encounters Natsu again in her hour of need. Now that Natsu is a master pastry chef in his own right, he’ll help Komomo—but only if she works for him at his new confiserie!










Review 

Komomo was a spoiled little girl. She got everything she wanted as a child, other than seeing her parents because they were working so much. She especially loved picking on the son her family's pastry chef, Natsu. One day, this father leaves and goes to France and he goes too. Her family loses their money and now she's poor and trying to find a job but can't keep anything down. 

Well, guess who comes back... none other than Natsu, he's now working at his father's little cafe while he's gone. He wants to find Komomo and bully her like she did him when they were younger. That seems to be his life goal.... he sure didn't aim very high. He wants her to know what he went through I guess. Writing this out now... it sounds rather strange but it was an entertaining manga and I do plan to continue as the art is wonderful and it had me laughing and I don't laugh enough anymore. 

If you're looking for a fun, strange, and quick to read manga, this is the one for you. It's not a hard plot to follow, it's simple and something that is perfect when you want to read but can't really focus too hard. It's cute and silly and just fun.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Top Ten Romance Books

Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted over at That Artsy Reader Girl


Now before we start, not all of these books are labeled as romance but I happen to love the romance in them. So now that that's cleared up, let's get started! 

These aren't in any special order as I love them all.


10) Gemini Keeps Capricorn
(Review






9) White Hot Kiss


8) Obsidian



7) Wait for You
I'm sure you noticed but three of these have already been JLA books. I can't help it! She just writes great romance! 


6) Paper Princess



5) The Deal



4) Unknown 



3) Daughter of Smoke and Bone




2) Vampire Knight





1) A Court of Thorns and Roses