Saturday, January 30, 2016

Snow Vacation

I went out of town right before this snow storm hit the east coast. Thankfully, where I was didn't have any snow and I was able to enjoy my vacation. On the other hand, I had to deal with all this winter crap the moment I got back. Snow and ice and cold are just too many things to deal with at once. So I retreated to my warm little apartment and read as many books as I could between the naps.

Time of the Locust by Morowa Yejide
Time of the LocustI don't know what this book was trying to convey but I was just not getting the message. That's not to say I didn't enjoy it. I still had emotional connections to some of the characters. But without a plot, I felt lost while reading this novel. Nothing really happened until the third part of the story and that wasn't until the last 20 pages or so. There was too much build up, not enough resolution. In the future, I'll be avoiding this author for the simple fact that her writing is borderline obnoxious.

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 5Assassination Classroom Vol 5 by Yusei Matsui

This principal is the real bad guy. He's such a jerk. I hope to see Koro Sensei beat him into a bloody pulp. And Nagisa is fast becoming my favorite character. I'm looking forward to seeing where his story will end up.

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 6Assassination Classroom Vol 6 by Yusei Matsui

This volume was a little slow. Besides the assassination, nothing else really happened. It was all a build up for the exams that'll take place in the next book. And now I gotta deal with the principal's asshole of a son. Good grief.

Assassination Classroom, Vol. 7

Assassination Classroom Vol 7 By Yusei Matsui

Attack on Titan, Vol. 16 (Attack on Titan, #16)That assassination attempt was a thing to behold. Class 3E is really coming into their own. So that's why I don't appreciate some shadowy characters trying to kill them. Here's hoping they get a taste of their own actions.

Attack on Titan Vol 16 by Hajime Isayama

Finally, some answers! Well, the bare minimum of answers, which only led to more questions... Never mind, this story is still one big ol' question mark. But I'm loving it all the same. Historia and Eren were both acting stupid but got it together at the end. This crazy plot does not have time for self pity or doubt so they need to get over themselves and try and defeat the bad guys (still unsure exactly who that is).
Soul Eater, Vol. 04 (Soul Eater, #4)

Soul Eater Vol 4 by Atsushi Ohkubo

This was a perfect continuation of the story. Everyone gets their little moment to shine and they do not disappoint. Soul and Maka are making me nervous with this black blood business. I need them to be okay since they're pretty much soul mates. Black Star and Death the Kid were both hilarious are ever. I think they're overdue for another main story line.

Crystal Kingdom by Amanda Hocking 
Final book of the Kanin Chronicles 

Crystal Kingdom (Kanin Chronicles, #3)Finales of book series rarely get it right but I was thoroughly entertained from start to finish. I've never really cared for Bryn. She's annoying, reckless, and selfish. But she can definitely carry a story and her action scenes are kick ass. There has always been a hint of a love triangle int his series and Hocking put a brutal end to it. I actually thought they were all going to survive SPOILER except Ember, once I saw those letters written by her I knew she was a goner SPOILER . I was satisfied with the end battle, despite to feeling rushed. I haven't read the original series that this story is spun off from but I'm hopeful that I'll enjoy that one as well.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Happy New Year 2016

I love a new year. That's when people are their most hopeful, setting goals and making promises. The only New Year resolution I allow myself is the number of books I plan to read in a year. For the past two, it's been 150. A difficult number to pass, no matter how much I love to read. I'm off to a good start though. And I'm hoping I can keep up this momentum.

Sins & Needles (The Artists Trilogy, #1)Sins & Needles by Karina Halle
The first romance novel of the ArtistsTrilogy

This is not the book I thought I would be reading. From the title and cover, it seemed like an erotic romance with a little BDSM thrown in. But instead, I got two ill matched jerks running for their lives. Ellie and Camden are two of the most annoying love interests I've ever read. And the plot was not doing it for me. Revenge plots, thieves, mafia? No, thank you. Now that ending did leave me a little curious about what will happen next. But I'm going to have to pass on this series. I'll assume Ellie and Camden end up together in the end. Don't really care if I'm wrong either.

Minion (Vampire Huntress Legend, #1)

Minion by L.A. Banks
The first supernatural novel of the Vampire Huntress Legend series

Damn it. I was not trying to get caught up in ANOTHER series but here I am. I'm starting off the new year with a new obsession. Vampire Huntress Legend reminds me of the Anita Blake series but with a diverse cast. I just hope the awesomeness of this first novel carries throughout the books to come. I can't believe I waited this long to read it. Here's hoping Damali and her crew keep me interested.     

Deadman Wonderland, Vol. 10

Deadman Wonderland Vol 10 by Jinsei Kataoka
Ganta decides to go back to Deadman Wonderland to face off against the Wretched Egg

I was scared for a second that Senji was going to bite the dust but thankfully he's still breathing. I can already tell the last three books are going to be a roller coaster. This volume was a bit slow paced but I know it's setting up for an epic finale. Here's hoping my favorite characters live through it.

Ms. Marvel, Vol. 4: Last Days

Ms. Marvel Vol 4: Last Days by G. Willow Wilson
Kamala must decide to still be a hero when the world is threatened

I am loving the cover. It's dark purples and dejected looking Ms. Marvel have me feeling anxious before I even open the comic. And the story itself is awesome. It met my expectations. I was thinking this might have been the last volume of the series so my sights were set on a finale. Now that I know another book is going to be released, I'm happy with the way this ended. It's a bit of a cliffhanger which usually puts a book on my naughty list but I wasn't too mad at this one. I'll just be impatient to see what happens next. And that bonus chapter with the Spiderman crossover was awesome. I love seeing Kamala work with other super heroes.