Title: Black Chuck
Author: Regan McDonell
Review: The opening to Black Chuck was explosive, to say the least, we are introduced to Réal and Evie who are Shaun’s best friend and girlfriend just after they find out that Shaun is dead in what seemed like murder. Réal blames himself while Evie is thinking about terminating her three-month pregnancy which Shaun had wanted. We instantly know there is something off about Réal as we learn he and Shaun fought over him and Evie having a baby and he was also the one to discover Shaun’s body and didn’t report it, he left it for someone else to discover and from the tone I am assuming that Réal had something to do with Shaun’s death. We also see Evie intercept Réal when he attacks a student making jokes at Shaun’s memorial.
Author: Laurie Elizabeth Flynn
Review: The opening to firsts was great and not what I was expecting from a YA novel despite knowing it revolves around sex and teenage sex culture. We meet Mercedes who has an open-door policy on her bedroom but they guys must be virgins she doesn’t do this for her pleasure but to teach the boys to give their girlfriends the best first time that she never had.
Title: March 2018 Buzz Books Monthly
Author: Publishers Lunch
Review: So, like all my other buzz books review I am going to review the excerpts individually.
Happiness by Aminatta Forna
So, most the excerpts in this collection I had not heard of before except for Frat Girl. The blurb states that this novel is a breath-taking novel of loves lost and new, of man and nature, and of the hidden side of a multicultural metropolis which sounds like something I would pick up just because of the interesting synopsis. We meet a man named Attila as he journeys around London and we meet a mass of characters but nothing interesting happens, but I have a feeling that would come later in the novel.
Title: Les Misérables
Author: SunNeko Lee (Art), Stacy King (Goodreads Author) (English Script), Crystal S. Chan (Adaptation), Victor Hugo (Original Story)
Review: Les Misérables is a book I own (both volumes) and never read but seen the movie so many times and love it so much, I sing along especially to I dreamed a dream. Having a manga version of this story I am hoping will inspire me to read the original story and the manga and movie versions will have left things out is it the nature of adaptations. The cover artwork is stunning, and we learn from the contents that the story is going to be told from multiple points of views, those of Fantine, Cosette, Marius, St. Denis and Jean Valjean.
Title: The Stories of Edgar Allen Poe (Manga Classics)
Author: Stacey King, Edgar Allen Poe, Virginia-Nitouhei (Art “The Tell-Tale Heart”), Chagen (Art “The Cask of Amontillado”), Uka Nagao (Art “The Masque… Read Death”), pikomaro (Art “The Raven”), Linus Liu (Art “Fall of the House of Usher”), Man Yiu (Art “Fall of the House of Usher”)
Review: So, like my other reviews in this series I haven’t read anything by Edgar Allen Poe before although I have a vague idea of some of the stories like the tell-tale heart. I have loved all the manga classics I have read so far, and I don’t expect things to change with this one. As this is a collection of stories I am going to review them individually and then sum it up at the end.
The first story in the collection is the tell-tale heart and from the artwork on the opening page I can already tell I am going to love this art style. I was also surprised when I saw this for request because all the other classics have been romance based or child friendly except for this collection and Romeo and Juliet. The tell-tale heart is a story told through the perspective of a killer after the fact, we learn of a young man living with an older man neither given names. The younger man is disturbed by the look in the older man eye and decides to kill him for it and puts weeks of planning into the event and when the time comes he kills the older man and gets rid of the body. However, a scream is heard by a neighbour and the police arrive shortly after and the young man in confident that they won’t find anything, but he begins to hear the heartbeat of the older man and it eventually drive him to confess, leading to position he is in at the beginning of the tale.
So despite only reading 10 books last month I only reviewed 7 of them.
- Dragon School: First Message by Sarah K L Wilson ***** – After the dramatic events of Sworn and Dusk Covenant I was excited to get into First Message and see how Amel would handle the challenges and responsibilities of a full dragon rider despite not being one yet. We re-join the group as they try to outrun the people hunting them although the never seem to be far behind. Despite everything she had been through Amel still doubts herself and relies on Raolcan to reassure her most of the time, while I was hoping she would have gained some self-confidence by now, but this book doesn’t hesitate in jumping straight back into the action.
First off sorry this post is late my laptop was in the repair shop for half of April so I didn’t get to read and review as much as I wanted to but May is going to change that.
- Dragon School: First Message by Sarah K L Wilson – After a stunning revelation at the healing arches, Amel is more desperate than ever to deliver her message to Comard Eaglespring. But nothing is ever that simple and when old friends and adversaries resurface, Amel discovers her world is not entirely what it seemed.