Posted in Book Reviews, Graphic Novels, Manga

RAPID REVIEW: The Tale of the Outcasts (The Tale of the Outcasts #1) by Makoto Hoshino

*No Major Spoilers*

This is the story of Wisteria, an orphaned girl lost in darkness, and Marbas, an immortal being who shares her loneliness. The unlikely companions met on a quiet, uneventful night, and they set off together in search of the light. What begins as a chance meeting on the edge of the late nineteenth-century British Empire soon became a full-fledged journey to find their place in the world.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

I found this novel at my local library. The beautiful artwork and Beauty and the Beast-like story caught my interest. Happy to say that this is a lovely story full of heart, and the complications between found family and blood family.

I love how Marbas’ character develops over the course of this story. He is closed off emotionally a distant towards Wisteria, he doesn’t fully understand how attached to him she’s become over their time together. He is just resigned to spending all of eternity alone.

Do not worry though, the relationship between Wisteria and Marbas is strictly platonic. I don’t know how it grows and develops in the future, but I am invested in this storyline and I can’t wait to read the next in the series.

Overall, I loved The Tale of the Outcasts. The artwork is beautiful, and I am a bit of a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings apparently. I would recommend this manga for fans of romance, the supernatural, and found family vs blood family tropes.

Posted in Book Reviews, Graphic Novels, Marvel Comics

RAPID REVIEW: Marvel-Verse: Shang-Chi by Various Authors

*No Spoilers Here*

Shang-Chi is the Marvel-Verse’s Master of Kung Fu – and his deadly hands are full in these action-packed adventures! Wolverine seeks out Shang-Chi to train him in the skills necessary to defeat the savage Sabretooth! A class at Midtown High leads Shang-Chi into a team-up with Spidey against Midnight and his ninja army – and the wallcrawler asks for Shang-Chi’s guidance on learning a little Spider-Fu! But will Shang-Chi find himself over his head in his newest adventure?

Rating: 4 out of 5.

When it was announced that Shang-Chi was going to be introduced into the MCU, I was initially excited. I love meeting new characters and when I saw this at my local library, I knew I had to check it out. So let’s dive into Marvel-Verse: Shang-Chi!

I think that this was a good introduction to the character for those Marvel fans who may not be familiar with or unaware of Shang-Chi. His friendly interactions with Spider-Man and his other allies makes him a very likable character. When he is shown in the first story trying to teach Wolverine about some fighting techniques he’s serious and not much banter. I think that’s to show more of Wolverine processing and learning from what Shang-Chi was trying to teach him.

Overall, I think if you’re hesitant to learn about Shang-Chi, this graphic novel would be a good place to start. You don’t get much backstory for Shang-Chi, but you can see how he is as a hero and how he interacts with other superheroes.

Posted in Discussions, Personal Blogs

Goals for 2022

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So 2022 is here, and I thought I’d like to take a moment and focus on some things I have hopes for in the coming year.

  • As always, I have my reading goal of 50 books for the year, including graphic novels, manga, and audiobooks.
  • I am going to also challenge myself to clear out some books on my ever growing TBR (to be read) list.
  • I am hoping to put some love and attention back into the blog. Updating old posts, and keeping information and links up to date.
  • I am also going to remind myself to only take these tasks in pieces. Not to get overwhelmed with everything I want to do, but just small and easy tasks.
  • My biggest one is to get back into being on social media to interact with authors, and readers alike. I started a TikTok account in December, and even if it turns into the dormant social media account like all the others I have, I can at least try to reach new people here.

Well looks like that’s what is going in the works for this new year. Let’s hope this year will be better than the last, and just try and stay positive and keep moving forward!

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Looking in the Rearview at Books I Read in 2021

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At the beginning of every year, I set a reading challenge/goal. I have been setting it at 50 books. This includes audiobooks, manga, graphic novels, and juvenile chapter books. This year sadly, I only read 30 books.

So to make things easier, I’ll give my top 5 books of 2021. These choices will be based on memorability and my rating. So here we go!

Captain Moxley and the Embers of the Empire by Dan Hanks– This was a fun adventure with a strong female character. I would highly recommend this novel for lovers of Laura Croft: Tomb Raider or the Indiana Jones franchise.

Pirate Queen: The Legend of Grace O’Malley by Tony Lee– Sometimes I want to read a novel about traversing the seven seas with swashbuckling pirates. This is the tale for you. Grace O’Malley is a strong female character who has faced a lot of devastation as well as blessings in her lifetime.

Shouting at the Rain by Lynda Mullaly Hunt– Now sadly, I wasn’t able to write a review on this amazing and fantastic novel. I was hit with a depressive episode and I lacked the energy to write this, but I did write down some notes in my journal. If anyone would still like my review I could redo the blog post now that I’m feeling better. Let me know on my social media if you’re interested!

The Hatching by Ezekiel Boone– This is one of the most terrifying books I read this year. Even though I have arachnophobia, I dived into this adventure head first. Sadly, I also don’t have a review for this novel, and I didn’t make any notes on it. I just remember it being really good, and memorable. Check it out if you’re in the mood for a creature-feature type book.

Those Across the River by Christopher Buehlman– This novel was written beautifully. It’s atmospheric, suspenseful, and terrifying. I wouldn’t recommend this for the light of heart. There’s mentions of gore and torture, so that would make it rated R. Would recommend if you’re looking for a dark, atmospheric horror novel.

And that’s a wrap for 2021, a year full of ups and downs, struggles and triumphs, and even a trip to the mental hospital for me. So yeah, let’s close the door on 2021, and brace ourselves for what 2022 may bring. Happy New Years!