Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Light Novel: Magical Girl Raising Project 3

Magical Girl Raising Project Vol 3
Rating: 4/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher! 

The hit social network game "The Magical Girl Raising Project" selects one out of every tens of thousands of players to become a real life magical girl. The lucky chosen girls gain magic powers as well as incredibly good fortune, and spend their days blissfully. 
But one day, an absolute announcement declares that the number of magical girls has risen too high and must be cut down to half. Sixteen young maidens are thrust into a merciless, deadly contest to survive...but how many will come out the other side? 
We're thrown right in to the action as the volume starts with the battle against the dragon! Then after that it's on to face the Evil King....or is it? The remaining girls have to figure out where the Evil King is and kill him to win the game and escape but it's not long before they turn on each other. 
I have to say, PFLE I will never ever trust, and I really don't like her but this volume made me feel like I might have misjudged her a bit. Keek on the other hand is legit crazy, and Snow White attempts to negotiate with her...and it doesn't go well. I understand Keek's point, they did all start killing each other of their own accord, and they shouldn't be Magical Girls, but she's not really any better than Cranberry.  
This volume has some brilliant plot twists, and we finally get to see how exactly this volume and the previous one are connected to volume 1 and the events from it, and it's more than just Snow White being in it. When I started the first volume I did kind of feel like the description of a certain character was familiar and I had a few thoughts but...yeah. Plot twist. 
This volume is a lot faster paced, and a lot more tense as we try to work out who's behind everything and there's twists and turns right up until the end! I love how brilliantly dark and twisted this take on Magical Girls is, and I'm intrigued to see if this is the end or if there'll be more to come! 

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Review: Bookish Boyfriends

Bookish Boyfriends
Rating: 5/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher! 

Merrilee Campbell, 16, thinks boys are better in books, chivalry is dead, and there’d be nothing more romantic than having just one guy woo her like the heroes in classic stories. She’s about to get the chance to test these daydreams when she, her best friend, Eliza, and her younger sister, Rory, transfer into Reginald R. Hero High, where all their fantasies come true—often with surprising consequences. 

Bookish Boyfriends has been on my radar since it first popped up on GoodReads and I included it in my anticipated reads, and it showed up on my doorstep from the publisher as a complete surprise! I have a brain like a sieve and I completely forgot that I requested it, but I was so excited to find an early copy in my hands and I did a little happy dance! This book is freaking awesome you guys! It was so entertaining, and so much fun! I loved Merrilee and Eliza as soon as I met them in the book! Merrilee is super relatable to any book nerd and Eliza is too because come on...we've all read a book that we've side eyed like "How is that actually possible!? Reaaallyyy?!". I also loved their very true statements about classics on school syllabus being written by old white dudes...and the Holden comments! 

There are some brilliant one liners and turns of phrase in this book that had me chuckling! Bookish Boyfriends is genuinely utterly hilarious and so extra, like it's OTT cheesy at points or at least Monroe is, but then...that is the point! Fielding...he's totally Darcy and I had him pegged as such from the start! I freaking love Pride and Prejudice so I instantly was like DAAARCYYYY MA BOI! 

As I was reading, I found myself kind of mentally chatting to Merri, like when she said about Lizzy marrying "that charming soldier Wickham" I was like, "bro...just you wait". She felt my feels about him and other things from the book and I was just like "GIRL YES!". 

Bookish Boyfriends had me reading it in one sitting, thoroughly entertained and squealing and sighing and all the good stuff when it comes to a book! I loved everything about it, and it was just so much fun, it brightened my day and actually my entire week (My month and even my year wheeeeyyy!) it really is such a mood lifter! I genuinely don't know what else to say about this book, without endlessly squealing and fangirling! The writing was literally on point, the characters where memorable and fun and relatable, and the romance was totally cute and brought the warm and fuzzies!

I'm going to be needing a prequel about Lillian and Trent, and a sequel about Rory and Toby....and then one about Eliza and Curtis pleaaaaaaasssseeee! 

Manga: Monster Tamer Girls

Monster Tamer Girls Vol 1
Rating: 4/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher! 

Two girls start attending a new school and find themselves responsible for the care and feeding of monsters! 

I've been super intrigued by this manga, because I couldn't quite work out if we'd be dealing with dinosaurs or dragons or some combination of both, and it sounded like an interesting new series! I have to say, this first volume certainly delivers on the interesting part! The inside cover has plenty of interesting and useful information on the world of the series and how it works and what Tamers do and so on, which piqued my interest before I'd even started to read!  

Straight off the bat we meet Sora and Ion, who are thrown in to the deep end and tasked with looking after a monster that lives on the school grounds. Ion is kind of scared of the monsters but they seem to like her, she appears to be the best at taming despite being young and untrained...I kind of got "Special Snowflake" vibes from her though, so I guess we'll see what's in store for her. I'd actually quite like to get to know Sora better next volume, she's in a different programme to Ion which could be interesting! 

Tsukiko...I kinda felt for her, it was nice for her to get such a heart warming chapter but she's hilariously bad at naming the monsters, she's another character I'd like to get to see more of in the future! 

This initial volume was fun and entertaining, the monsters are drawn wonderfully as are the settings. It kind of reminds me of Godzilla coming and destroying buildings and cities...and then just inviting his buddies over and hanging out. That's what the world reminds me of anyway. This volume lets us get to know the characters and meet a couple of the monsters inhabiting the world as well as getting osme background on the monsters and how everything works! It's certainly an interesting and fun start to a series! 

Monday, 16 April 2018

Manga: Mermaid Boys

Mermaid Boys
Rating: 5/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher! 

The mermaid prince is super-popular with all the girls lining up to be his bride. But the one he falls in love with...has legs! 

Okaaaay I'm calling it now, this is one of my favourite new manga of 2018, I completely freaking loved this, it was brilliant! Naru is totally Ariel in male form, but with more attitude and a bit of arrogance, he's completely and utterly hilarious. I actually really loved him and I'm totally rooting for him. 

Nami is sweet...or at least that's what she seemed like at first, she's actually got a bit more attitude than it seemed at first which I loved, she's certainly not going to make things easy for poor old Naru. Speaking of Naru, it looks like he's going to have some competition in the form of Arashi who shamelessly took credit for Naru's heroic save...which annoys him to no end. It appears we'll be having a love triangle. 

In the shady AF corner we have Mellow, who's basically Ursula but with some twists, I do love how Naru wasn't the least bit bothered about his shadiness. Ryou has some weird smell fetish thing and can't just be pushing people in to the water like that dude! I was actually fairly sure he was Mellow in disguise but it turns out he's not, he's another merman with a sinister purpose which is going to be much more interesting! 

Mermaid Boys has a nice, swift pace, and the art is gorgeous! I love how the characters and settings are drawn and the volume is so freaking funny and entertaining, largely thanks to Naru who's a brilliant main character! The volume ends on a sinister note as we meet Loa, Mellow's henchman who's no doubt going to cause all kinds of trouble! I genuinely fell completely in love with this and got so hooked on it, I raced through the volume and was thoroughly entertained....and I'm going to be needing the next volume ASAP to see what hilarity ensues next! 

Friday, 13 April 2018

Manga: The Isolator 3

The Isolator Vol 3
Rating: 4/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher! 

Minoru has decided to join the fight against the Ruby Eyes that threaten humanity across the world. Soon after, reports come in about a violent Ruby Eye who has a history with Yumiko. This dangerous man's name is--Incinerator. 

Things are certainly starting to get interesting this volume, as we head to the SFD base where we meet Isa the Deputy Chief and we get to learn a lot of the science behind the third eyes and the powers and so on, plus we get to explore Minoru's power a bit more and the theories behind it. Minoru is finally given his own code name, and he's now part of the team and it's going to be interesting to see him fitting in with all of them, especially considering the deal he's made. 

Isa isn't the only new character we get to meet this volume, we get to meet Olivier too, he's deceptively nice but in actuality he's kind of an a-hole. I get his point but still, I'm not sure I'm going to like him. 

Meanwhile someone's after Yumiko and something's ogg with Minowa causing Ogu to go to Minoru for help. There's a couple of heart wrenching moments in this volume, particularly the glimpse in to Yumiko and her past which explains quite a bit about her character actually. There's an intense chase that has you on edge, and an ominous moment or two as something bigger is alluded to when it comes to the bad guys. I also...dare I say it...feel like Minoru and Yumiko are bonding and maybe even....friends?

This volume really felt like an episode of Criminal Minds to be honest, we have a team of people trying to track down a killer, this one just happens to have powers! 

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Manga: A Terrified Teacher At Ghoul School 2

A Terrified Teacher at Ghoul School Vol 2
Rating: 5/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy
Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher! 

Haruaki Abe is the kind of guy who wouldn't say boo to a goose. But when he starts his teaching career at a high school full of creatures that go bump in the night, he soon discovers that his students have no such qualms, and they'll have him screaming "eeeeeeek"! 

This volume takes us on quite the journey with the characters, as we start off with the youkai enduring "Physical Fitness Day", which is kind of hilarious with the eyesight tests and the animal youkai having to get shots and poor old Haruaki having to help out. Then the class get to go on a field trip to the real world for a spooking lesson which as you can all kinds of hilarious and it was fun to see the youkai using their different powers! 

Haruaki takes the opportunity to head off home and the kids lecturing him about what not to do was funny AF. What was even funnier was them following him and mistaking his brother for him, and his brother acting all cool and they're like "Don't you dare sully our Seimei-kun's name" or at least, Maizuka was, and he was hilarious. 

Sano and Haruaki are trying to hide his families origins from the others, and his mother is in on the plan too. His brother is not happy with the situation in general and is very protective of Haruaki. Which is why he has an issue with the students getting roped in to helping out with the festival. Hijita, Maizuka, Sano and Zashiki all end up at Haruaki's home and get to meet his family but his brother tries to throw them out and make Haruaki quit....hinting at something dark to do with Haruaki's power in the process. 

We get some insight in to Haruaki and why he has no friends...I'm looking at you Ame. Ame also provides us with some interesting information on Haruaki's power and how strong it is and where it came from. I was hoping there would actually be some weight to his power, and it might have a part to play in the plot rather than being a throwaway mention in one volume, and it would seem like my hopes are coming true. Which I'm excited to see! There's humour, but it seems like there's going to be some serious substance to the plot other than just humorous antics, which I don't have a problem with, but I'm intrigued to see what could happen when his power is brought in to pay. 

Sano, in his own way, was quite heart warming this volume, offering to look out for Haruaki, he's a big softy really! There was so very nearly a heart warming moment towards the end, before it got turned in to a gag, which kind of made it funnier to be honest! 

Volume 2 is another hilarious volume, with hints at an interesting heritage for Haruaki, not to mention his powers! We also get a look at his family and the dynamics between them all that have shaped him in to the character he is, plus the students are a bit more soft than they appear at first glance! 
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