Book Review: Tokyo Tarareba Girls vol. 1 by: Akiko Higashimura

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Initial Thoughts: One of my favorite mangas is none other than Akiko Higashimura’s Princess Jellyfish (Kurajehime). When I first watched the anime version, I kept saying to the screen over and over “Tsukimi is just like me. I am just like Tsukimi.” We basically have the same personality, except that I have never drawn a jellyfish before. Now, Akiko Higashimura is back with her new manga, Tokyo Tarareba Girls, otherwise translated as Tokyo’s “what-if” women. I was so excited for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of the English translated version from Netgalley.
Tokyo Tarareba Girls, Vol. 1

Summary

I spent all my time wondering ‘what if,’ then one day I woke up and I was 33.” She’s not that bad-looking, but before she knew it, Rinko was thirty-something and single. She wants to be married by the time the Tokyo Olympics roll around in six years, but…that might be easier said than done! The new series by Akiko Higashimura erupts with sharp opinions on girls and tons of laughs!!” – Goodreads

The Review

After being on a short hiatus for a month, it is nice to get back to reviewing books. When I came across Tokyo Tarareba Girls, I had just finished reading volume 1 of Princess Jellyfish. After reading both mangas, I would say that Princess Jellyfish is made for a young adult audience, and Tokyo Tarareba Girls is geared towards women in their twenties and thirties. Continue reading

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7 Amazing Book Titles

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stack-of-books-1001655_1920Sometimes you can’t just judge a book by its cover. Sometimes, there are fetching titles that are just enough to just pique your curiosity. Here are a few books that I had the urge to read because the title drew me in…

  1. They Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera

They Both Die at the End
Oh the bleakness! Oh the finality! A few months ago, I was browsing a bookstore where I saw the title of this book written on the spine of a hardcover novel. Without seeing the cover, I quickly plucked the book from its shelf. My first thought was “wait… what do you mean, they die? I don’t want them to die! Wait… but who exactly are they?” My second thought was “that’s a bit of a spoiler alert, right?”

They Both Die at the End is about two teenagers will die within 24 hours. Fate draws them together, and they spend their last day trying to find meaning to their lives and deaths. Continue reading

7 Books I Really Want to Reread

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It has been nearly a year since I reread a book. When you have a to-read list on Goodreads that is more than double the size of your read shelf, (I think I have 1800 books on my to read shelf), it’s difficult to find time to reread books. If I had infinite time on my hands, these are the 7 books that I really want to reread…
1. Interview with the Vampire by: Anne Rice 

 TInterview with the Vampire (The Vampire Chronicles, #1)his is the story of Louis, as told in his own words, of his journey through mortal and immortal life. Louis recounts how he became a vampire at the hands of the radiant and sinister Lestat and how he became indoctrinated, unwillingly, into the vampire way of life. His story ebbs and flows through the streets of New Orleans, defining crucial moments such as his discovery of the exquisite lost young child Claudia, wanting not to hurt but to comfort her with the last breaths of humanity he has inside.

I first read Interview with the Vampire when I was in high school. It was so different, hypnotic and captivating. Louis and Lestat seemed to just jump right off the page and into my mind. If there is one thing that I adore about Anne Rice (and there are many things), it is her ability to create characters who just come to life effortlessly.

My review of Interview with the Vampire.

2. Anna Karenina by: Leo Tolstoy

AnAnna Kareninna is a sophisticated woman who abandons her empty existence as the wife of Karenin and turns to Count Vronsky to fulfil her passionate nature – with tragic consequences. Levin is a reflection of Tolstoy himself, often expressing the author’s own views and convictions.

If I ever read Anna Karenina again, I will need to have a lot of time on my hands to plow through this nearly 1000 page book. When I read Anna Karenina, I was only in high school. It would be nice to revisit this brick-of-a-book when I am older with a greater understanding of life.

3. Carry On by: Rainbow Rowell
Carry On (Simon Snow, #1)

Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who’s ever been chosen.

That’s what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he’s probably right.

Half the time, Simon can’t even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor’s avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon’s face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here — it’s their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon’s infuriating nemesis didn’t even bother to show up.

Carry On is like a love letter in novel form to fangirls everywhere. Carry On is a spin off of Rowell’s book Fangirl. The main character in Fangirl, Cath, writes Simon Snow fan fiction and throughout the course of the novel she is working on a story called “Carry On Simon.” I read Carry On about a month before I read Fangirl, and I loved Simon Snow and Baz. It is just such a fun read, I can’t wait to chuckle outloud and swoon again. Continue reading

Book Review: From Twinkle, with Love by: Sandhya Menon

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Geeks are smart and talented and passionate. I don’t think that’s a bad thing” From Twinkle, with Love by: Sandhya Menon

Initial Thoughts: I picked up From Twinkle, with Love because of the unique premise. I have read about many young adult teens who loved to disappear into a good book (what bookworm doesn’t?!). But I have never read a book about a young adult with an interest in film making.

Summary
From Twinkle, with Love

Aspiring filmmaker and wallflower Twinkle Mehra has stories she wants to tell and universes she wants to explore, if only the world would listen. So when fellow film geek Sahil Roy approaches her to direct a movie for the upcoming Summer Festival, Twinkle is all over it. The chance to publicly showcase her voice as a director? Dream come true. The fact that it gets her closer to her longtime crush, Neil Roy—a.k.a. Sahil’s twin brother? Dream come true x 2.

When mystery man “N” begins emailing her, Twinkle is sure it’s Neil, finally ready to begin their happily-ever-after. The only slightly inconvenient problem is that, in the course of movie-making, she’s fallen madly in love with the irresistibly adorkable Sahil.

Twinkle soon realizes that resistance is futile: The romance she’s got is not the one she’s scripted. But will it be enough?

Told through the letters Twinkle writes to her favorite female filmmakers, From Twinkle, with Love navigates big truths about friendship, family, and the unexpected places love can find you

The Review

From Twinkle, with Love is an epistolary novel told through the eyes of Twinkle Mehra, an aspiring filmmaker. Each of her letters are addressed to famous female directors Twinkle has admired ever since she was young such a Sofia Coppola and Nora Ephron.  The format reminded me a little of Stephen Chboksy’s The Perks of Being a Wallflower, where the main character, Charlie, would address each of his letters/ diary entries to “friend.” Twinkle is a wallflower herself who has just recently lost her best friend Maddie to the silk feathered hats (aka the popular girls). Twinkle refers to herself as a groundling, a reference to Shakespeare’s time when the poor (who couldn’t afford the balcony) had to stand on the ground for hours and watch the play. Continue reading

Book Tour & Review: Wings of Flesh and Bone by Cathrina Constantine

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Initial Thoughts: I would just like to say a huge thank you to Xpresso Book Tours for allowing me to be a part of the book tour and to write a review for Cathrina Constantine’s novel Wings of Flesh and Bone.

Wings of Flesh and Bones
Cathrina Constantine
Publication date: April 13th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult

An Angel. A Witch. A Demon. And A Choice.

Creatures from outer realms suck, as any gatekeeper worth their salt will tell you. Welcome to Rogan’s life, an orphaned seventeen-year-old who lives and trains with other misfits under her uncle’s roof, keeping Earth safe from non-human realm jumpers. Rogan’s biggest issue concerns her uncle’s short leash with her freedom—that is of course, until she’s taken by a notorious witch, and her life begins to unravel. Soon, the supernatural beauty discovers there’s a reason her uncle kept such a tight lock on her whereabouts, and that she has more than angel blood running through her veins.

Eighteen-year-old Max is an angel, and Rogan’s mentor and guardian. He’s well aware of her tenacious inability to obey orders, though he also knows she’s a fierce fighter. When he’s involved in a scheme that ultimately gets Rogan kidnapped, he must battle his way back to her in an attempt to save her from the darkness threatening to possess her.

Goodreads / Amazon

The Review

Wings of Flesh and Bones is an exciting and fast-paced young adult fantasy novel. From the moment I began reading Wings of Flesh and Bones, I was immediately impressed by the protagonist, Rogan. She is a strong female protagonist who has had enough of being overly guarded by her uncle, Castle and her mentor, Max. Rogan is strong and confident and a little bit rebellious. When Regan decides to sneak away one night from her uncle, she is suddenly kidnapped by a witch claiming to be her long lost mother. Suddenly, everything Rogan knew to be true about her ancestry and her powers was a lie. Rogan is not only part-angel, she is also part witch with untapped powers. Little does she know, a war is brewing in the realms and she is at the center of a prophecy where her choice will change the course of history forever. Continue reading