Book Review: Manga Classics: Romeo and Juliet by: Stacy King, Crystal S. Chan, William Shakespeare

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A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare

Initial Thoughts: Romeo and Juliet is probably one of Shakespeare’s most known plays. It is the tragedy of two star-crossed lovers who fall in love in spite of their families being enemies. Romeo and Juliet was the very first Shakespeare play that I had ever read.

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A classic Shakespearean tragedy, Romeo and Juliet is the tale of two star-crossed young lovers who dare to defy their feuding families, put aside all obstacles, and find happiness together – but at a tremendous cost. This grimly beautiful tale, set in the Renaissance Italy, follows Romeo and Juliet from their hateful first meeting to their last.

Manga Classics ™ brings you this incredible new manga version of William Shakespeare’s most popular play, featuring the unaltered original text in its entirety!

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When I was in high school in the tenth grade, my class had to read Romeo and Juliet. I was super excited as I had read the play a few years before and couldn’t wait until my friends would share my love of Shakespeare. Well… that didn’t happen. My class painfully trudged through the play as the teacher would assign my classmates with the most unenthusiastic voices to read for Romeo and Juliet out loud. It was enough to put people to sleep. It also didn’t get anyone excited about Shakespeare.

Years later when I became an English major, I would tell my mom about my Shakespeare classes. “Oh don’t get me started on Shakespeare! That was so boring! We had to read Macbeth and I didn’t understand a word of it!” Unfortunately, Shakespeare’s reputation is as divided as the Capulets and the Montagues.

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This is Not the Jess Show by: Anna Carey

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There’s nothing like tragedy to reveal the grossest sides of people.

This is Not the Jess Show by: Jess Carey

Initial Thoughts: There was something so fascinating about the plot summary. I just had to read this book asap. And I am so glad that I did!

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Like any other teenager, Jess Flynn is just trying to get through her junior year without drama … but drama seems to keep finding her. Between a new crush on her childhood best friend, overprotective parents cramping her social life, and her younger sister’s worsening health, the only constant is change–and her hometown of Swickley, which feels smaller by the day.

Swickley is getting weirder by the day, too. Half the population has been struck down by a mysterious flu. Conversations end awkwardly when Jess enters the room. And then one day, a tiny, sleek black device–with an apple logo on it–falls out of her best friend’s backpack and lands at Jess’s feet. 

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Book Review: William Shakespeare’s The Phantom of Menace (William Shakespeare’s Star Wars #1) by: Ian Doescher

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Indeed, it may most verily be said

That only death and taxes certain are.

William Shakespeare’s The Phantom of Menace, Ian Doescher

Initial Thoughts: I have seen The Phantom Menace so many times. It was one of my favourite movies to watch when I was a child. And before you can say that the prequels are better, The Phantom Menace was the only Star Wars movie I had on VHS.

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Join us, good gentles, for a merry reimagining of Star Wars: Episode I as only Shakespeare could have written it. The entire saga starts here, with a thrilling tale featuring a disguised queen, a young hero, and two fearless knights facing a hidden, vengeful enemy.

‘Tis a true Shakespearean drama, filled with sword fights, soliloquies, and doomed romance… all in glorious iambic pentameter and coupled with twenty gorgeous Elizabethan illustrations. Hold onto your mini-chlorians: The play’s the thing, wherein you’ll catch the rise of Anakin!

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Book Review: My Sister, the Serial Killer by: Oyinkan Braithwaite

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The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder

My sister, the Serial Killer by: Oyinkan Braithwaite

Initial Thoughts: The title is so jarring that I just had to read this book!

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When Korede’s dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what’s expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This’ll be the third boyfriend Ayoola’s dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little sibling has left Korede to clear away. She should probably go to the police for the good of the menfolk of Nigeria, but she loves her sister and, as they say, family always comes first. Until, that is, Ayoola starts dating the doctor where Korede works as a nurse. Korede’s long been in love with him, and isn’t prepared to see him wind up with a knife in his back: but to save one would mean sacrificing the other…

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Korede is beginning to think that her beautiful sister, Ayoola, just might be a serial killer. This is the third time in a row that Korede has to clean up the mess that Ayoola left behind. Ayoola has just killed her third boyfriend in “self-defence,” and now the two sisters must get rid of the evidence before the police show up. Equipped with rubber gloves and lots of bleach, Korede knows that her duty is to protect her sister at all cost. A little while later, Ayoola goes to visit Korede at work (Korede is a nurse) and immediately falls for the young and handsome doctor Korede has unrequited feelings for. Now, Korede has to keep the two love birds apart before Ayoola kills again.

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Book Review: Little Fires Everywhere by: Celeste Ng

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Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over. After the burning the soil is richer, and new things can grow. People are like that, too. They start over. They find a way.

Little Fires Everywhere, Celeste Ng

Initial Thoughts: There are some books that are so popular I must read them no matter what they are about. Little Fires Everywhere was one of those books.

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In Shaker Heights, a placid, progressive suburb of Cleveland, everything is planned–from the layout of the winding roads, to the colors of the houses, to the successful lives its residents will go on to lead. And no one embodies this spirit more than Elena Richardson, whose guiding principle is playing by the rules.

Enter Mia Warren–an enigmatic artist and single mother–who arrives in this idyllic bubble with her teenaged daughter Pearl, and rents a house from the Richardsons. Soon Mia and Pearl become more than tenants: all four Richardson children are drawn to the mother-daughter pair. But Mia carries with her a mysterious past and a disregard for the status quo that threatens to upend this carefully ordered community.

When old family friends of the Richardsons attempt to adopt a Chinese-American baby, a custody battle erupts that dramatically divides the town–and puts Mia and Elena on opposing sides. Suspicious of Mia and her motives, Elena is determined to uncover the secrets in Mia’s past. But her obsession will come at unexpected and devastating costs.

Little Fires Everywhere explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, and the ferocious pull of motherhood–and the danger of believing that following the rules can avert disaster.

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