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REVIEW: The Crazy Food Truck Vol. 1 by Rokurou Ogaki


*No Spoilers*

*Trigger Warnings for brief mentions of sexual assault*

The owner of a food truck in a post-apocalyptic world nearly runs over a naked girl sleeping in the middle of the desert. When he gives her a lift, he inadvertently takes on her baggage too—an armed militia hot on her trail…and her even more problematic appetite. If one doesn’t take him out, the other surely will!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I discovered this manga on the virtual library and the cover caught my eye. I read the summary and as soon as I finished up one of the other books I was reading, I instantly dove into this one. So let’s fry up this review of Crazy Food Truck!

First off, I got to say that the artwork in this story is unique and beautiful. I admire artists who can draw anime food. Bonus points for even including the recipes at the end of the manga! Even though the is intended for mature audiences, I still had fun with our two main characters running away from the militia in a land covered in sand dunes.

One of my favorite parts is when they’re searching for food ingredients and Gordon and Arisa start fishing for sand squid. Well, Gordon couldn’t catch anything but a dinky little squid. He teaches Arisa how to use the fishing pole and she instantly catches the boss-level squid. Once she defeated the squid without too much trouble, Gordon was able to make burgers out of the squid meat and the rest was dried and salted.

Overall, I really enjoyed this manga and I will keep my eyes peeled for the next volume. This is one series I’m going to keep up with! I’d recommend this manga for fans of slice-of-life, post-apocalyptic stories, and of course food.

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ARC REVIEW: Bodie on the Road: Travels with a Rescue Pup in the Dogged Pursuit of Happiness by Belinda Jones

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*No Major Spoilers*

**Thanks to SkyHorse Publishing for letting me read this lovely novel early**

***Bodie on the Road by Belinda Jones will be hitting your local bookshelves on June 5, 2018,***

In this touching and emotional memoir, Ms. Jones takes us on an adventure with her newly adopted pup, Bodie. They make a trek along the west coast to visit friends in Portland, Oregon. Along the way, they discover new sights, smells and inner feelings towards each other and past relationships.

The cover of this book looks gorgeous with the bright blue background, distant mountains, blue lake and the grassy field. The smile on Bodie’s face warms my heart and the cover is what made me choose this book to read.

This journey is a testament to dog-lovers and travelers alike. The bond between humans and their canine companions is unbreakable and unyielding. This is a positive read for all those who love dogs, feel-good road trips, and yummy food.

I loved how Ms. Jones added the details of all the delicious food she and Bodie dined on while on this trip. It made me hungry for maybe some food-related books from her. I am a food person, and I wanted to go to a lot of these places and try one of everything!

I was hesitant at first to read this novel. Most of the dog-related books I’ve read such as Marley & Me, Where the Red Fern Grow, and Old Yeller, the dog gets sick and gets put down/dies. This is not that book. This book isn’t about the life of Bodie, it’s just a story about how his life was renewed when he was adopted by Ms. Jones. This is the chapter of this dog’s long and happy life.

I was a little put off with the British slang/words. I felt like it took away from the book somewhat. It’s not that big of a deal overall, I thought it was worth mentioning.

I had three dogs growing up, and Bodie made me miss them very much. There was so much personality in the way the author and Bodie interacted I was able to put myself there.

If you love a genuine love story about a person and their dog, this is the book for you! I thoroughly enjoyed this touching story!

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