Waiting for Spring Volume 2 by Anashin

Waiting for Spring
Volume 2
by Anashin

Publisher: Kodansha Comics
Date: 2017
Pages: 192
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Romance
Days to Read: 1
Purchase Locations:  Amazon & Kindle Book Depository Booktopia

Unexpected Turns

After hanging out with the four popular members of the basketball team, Mitsuki finds herself surrounded by many new friends. One of the boys from the team, Towa, is in the same class as her, and she can’t help but be stunned by how close they’re becoming. Meanwhile, Mitsuki’s childhood best friend, Aya, has finally returned from America, and she has a confession shocking enough to make Mitsuki blush!

A sweet shojo story of a soft-spoken high school freshman and her quest to make friends, Waiting for Spring will delight fans of earnest, fun, and dramatic shojo like Kimi ni Todoke and Say I Love You.

Books and Basketball are just two of the many things that I enjoy, so bring basketball into a graphic novel and I am going to be all over it.

Although I am only 2 volumes in I am really enjoying ‘Waiting for Spring’, this second volume has really added some unexpected turns but I am loving the development in the story!

The characters have such a broad range of attributes allowing every reader to find a character they connect with.

Overall I would definitely recommend this Manga series, its a fun and quick read that hasn’t yet failed to make me laugh.

Plot: 6/10
Ease of reading: 8/10
Character Development: 7/10
World Building: 6/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Overall: 3/5

Do you know of any Manga that are similar? Let me know!

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

Nimona
by Noelle Stevenson

Publisher: HarperTeen
Date: 2015
Pages: 272
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Science Fiction
Days to Read: 1
Purchase Locations:  Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

The graphic novel debut from rising star Noelle Stevenson, based on her beloved and critically acclaimed web comic, which Slate awarded its Cartoonist Studio Prize, calling it “a deadpan epic.”

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism! All these and more await in this brilliantly subversive, sharply irreverent epic from Noelle Stevenson. Featuring an exclusive epilogue not seen in the web comic, along with bonus conceptual sketches and revised pages throughout, this gorgeous full-color graphic novel is perfect for the legions of fans of the web comic and is sure to win Noelle many new ones.

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realises that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

When I picked up Nimona I really didn’t have much idea what it was about. I knew it involved the characters on the cover but that was about it. I went in completely blind.

I’m always glad when that happens, being an avid watcher of YouTube and BookTube I constantly see new books I want to read, synopsis about them and peoples thoughts. It is very rare when I pick up a book I’ve heard nothing about.

I like the whole anti hero/villain story in this book. I also like the messages it attempts to get across to young readers. There is a real focus on morals and learning to be happy with yourself. It also looks at how a person is more than just the stereotype. All great messages for young readers.

The vividness of the colours in the artwork of this graphic novel really added to the story.

Overall Nimona was an enjoyable read that was quick and contained great messages for readers.

Plot: 5/10
Ease of reading: 10/10
Character Development: 5/10
World Building: 5/10
Quality of Writing: 5/10
Stars: 2.5/5

Review: ‘The Wicked King’ By Holly Black

‘The Wicked King’

By Holly Black

Book #2 in the Folk of the Air Series

Publisher:Source Books Fire
Date: 2018
Pages: 322
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Fiction
Genre:  Fantasy
Days to Read: 6 
Purchase Locations: Amazon & Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

You must be strong enough to strike and strike and strike again without tiring.

The first lesson is to make yourself strong.

After the jaw-dropping revelation that Oak is the heir to Faerie, Jude must keep her younger brother safe. To do so, she has bound the wicked king, Cardan, to her, and made herself the power behind the throne. Navigating the constantly shifting political alliances of Faerie would be difficult enough if Cardan were easy to control. But he does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her even as his fascination with her remains undiminished.

When it becomes all too clear that someone close to Jude means to betray her, threatening her own life and the lives of everyone she loves, Jude must uncover the traitor and fight her own complicated feelings for Cardan to maintain control as a mortal in a Faerie world.

In ‘The Wicked King’ we are following on the events from ‘The Cruel Prince’. Jude is now working to keep the power she gained. It has been a while since I read ‘The Cruel Prince’ so I was a little fuzzy on the details when I read it.

I found the beginning of the book a bit slow. I was struggling a little bit to stay engaged. I wanted to see where the story was going because I had heard from other reviews that it does pick up in pace later in the book. It is definitely the case! By the last 50 pages, I honestly could not put it down!

We are really delving into politics and deceit of the Fae world and although I found it difficult to read at the start, having all of the back story when it came time for the end of the book I felt like I really had a grasp on things to understand the magnitude of it all.

Overall I would recommend this book if you enjoyed ‘The Cruel Prince’. Its definitely a good series and one I am looking forward to continuing.

Plot: 6/10
Ease of reading: 6/10
Character Development: 7/10
World Building: 6/10
Quality of Writing: 7/10
Overall Rating:  3.5/5

Review: ‘Yes, Please’ By Amy Poehler

Yes please

‘Yes Please’
By Amy Poehler

Publisher: Dey St.
Publish Date: 2014
Pages: 329
Fiction/Non-Fiction: Non-Fiction
Genre: Autobiography
Purchase Locations: Amazon and Kindle Audible Book Depository Booktopia Dymocks QBD

 

“Shame makes people abandon their families and drink themselves to death”

Synopsis

In Amy Poehler’s highly anticipated first book, Yes Please, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy’s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, Yes Please is a book full of words to live by.

 

“Treat your career like a bad boyfriend”

Thoughts

I think I might be biased. This is a book that I have read multiple times. Maybe its the fact that the Audible version is narrated by Amy Poehler, I don’t know, but none the less I have listened to Amy tell her story multiple times. Every time I love it.

There are so many quotable moments from ‘Yes Please’ but the two I’ve popped into this post are the ones that stick with me every time. Like little reminders that I need to keep close to remember for myself and my own life.

Amy’s book really has a great mix of humour and heart. She is really able to seamlessly mix the two in nearly everything that she does, however it is particularly well done in her writing style.

If you are looking for a light hearted and humorous read. Look no further, this is what you should pick up.

RatingEase of reading: 9/10
Layout Development: 8/10
Quality of Writing: 8/10
Stars:  5/5