Monday, May 30, 2016

Weekly Book Reads (May 30)




 Weekly Book Reads


Weekly Book Reads is a weekly Monday Meme that is hosted by Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews:

Post the books read last week and books you plan on finishing this week.

Read Last Week:

1.  The Brotherhood - J.D. Robb
2.  Feverborn - Karen M. Moning
3.  First Love Monster Vol. 4 - Akira Hiyoshimaru
4.  Demon from Afar Vol. 5 - Kaori Yuki
5.  Demon from Afar Vol. 6 - Kaori Yuki

Weekly Book Reading:

1.  Into the Fury - Kat Martin
2.  Dark Promises - Christine Feehan
3.  Night Work - David C. Taylor
3.  First Love Monster Vol. 4 - Akira Hiyoshimaru
4.  Handa Kun Vol. 2 - Satsuki Yoshino

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Manga Review: Demon from Afar Vol. 6




I've finished "Demon from Afar Vol. 6" by Kaori Yuki.

Product Description

At long last the final showdown is nigh


When he realizes that his erstwhile friend has become warped enough to use his own daughter as a pawn to further his own aims, Sorath resolves to fight Garan. From Kiyora, the tortured living sacrifice of the great Lord of Terror's seal to the traitorous Leice to the imprisoned Nonoha -- many fates hang in the balance as a century of resentment and intrigue comes to a head in the climactic battle at the Ziggurat, the gateway to the netherworld!

The black-magic fantasy peaks with explosive intensity in its final volume!

About the Author

Kaori Yuki is a manga artist best known for her gorgeously illustrated gothic manga series Earl Cain, Godchild, Angel Sanctuary, and Demon from Afar.

Product Details
Series: Demon from Afar (Book 6)
Hardcover: 168 pages
Publisher: Yen Press (March 22, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316345806
ISBN-13: 978-0316345804


My Review:


Wow was this volume full of violence, betrayal and even incest (yuck and gross)!

We finally learn Garan's true intentions, where Nonoha's spirit has hidden and Kiyora's fate!

4/5

Thanks Hachette Book Group Canada/Yen Press for sending me this manga to review, greatly appreciated!

Manga Review: Demon from Afar Vol. 5




I've finished "Demon from Afar Vol. 5" by Kaori Yuki.

Product Description

Backed into a corner with no way out, Sorath glimpses a fleeting glimmer of hope. But what does it hold for him?


At the Ziggurat, the giant broadcasting tower everyone has been talking about, Etsurou's true identity is revealed as Garan! Sorath is stunned by the reappearance of the best friend he thought he had killed and by the traps Garan proceeds to set for him! What will Sorath do when Garan's machinations break up his team?

About the Author 

Kaori Yuki is a manga artist best known for her gorgeously illustrated gothic manga series Earl Cain, Godchild, Angel Sanctuary, and Demon from Afar.

Product Details
Series: Demon from Afar (Book 5)
Hardcover: 176 pages
Publisher: Yen Press; Tra edition (December 15, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316345792
ISBN-13: 978-0316345798


My Review:

When Etsurou reveals his true identity as Garan everyone is shocked especially Sorath because he thought he killed him.

I thought it was interesting there is a female character who seems to follow Etsurou around because she feels so drawn to him.

Wow has this series is very gory and gothically dark which is a good thing! The artwork is beautifully rendered and dark!

4/5

Thanks Hachette Book Group Canada/Yen Press for sending me this manga to review, greatly appreciated!

Saturday, May 28, 2016

Bunny Express Saturday 2016 (May 28)


Bunny Express Saturday is hosted every Saturday at Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews.

I received these in the mail this week.


For Review:  








Kai met Avery only once -- in the moment he died saving her life. Now when he's not using his new healing powers to help people, he watches helplessly as Avery's life is unraveled by his death. To help her, he risks everything by breaking the rules, dangerously blurring the barriers between life and death.





When Stanley saves a man, he's given a mysterious device that allows him to travel through time. But he soon learns that changing his past doesn't necessary lead to a better future. Traveling over 100 years into the future may be the only way Stanley can change his fate and save his family.

Thanks Cedar Fort Publishing Inc.!

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Wednesday Wish List


Please list the books/manga/manhwa/yaoi manga from your wishlist that you are hoping to add to your shelves in a comment, thanks.






Blessed and cursed by their hidden abilities, the Sentinels have no choice but to live, and love, on the edge of humanity.

The Sentinel assassin, Bas, is facing the greatest challenge of his outcast existence. His young daughter, Molly, has been kidnapped. But her disappearance has brought the return of her mother, Myst, whom Bas has never forgotten -- or forgiven.

Haunted by a vision that she's destined to create a weapon that will destroy thousands, Myst was never impulsive -- until she met the irresistibly handsome Bas. But with the Brotherhood, the enemy of the high-bloods hunting for her, Myst had to stay on the run, to keep her child, and the world, safe. Now, with the most important thing in both their lives at stake, she and Bas must embark on a treacherous journey to save Molly, to confront the truth of Myst's fate -- and to face their fierce desire for one another.


 

A bodyguard, a bounty hunter, a private investigator, no one can handle the heat like the men of BOSS, Inc.

Megan O'Brien is at her wit's end. Her three-year-old son has been kidnapped. No police, says the ransom demand. Fearing for her son's life, Meg has no choice but to turn to her former bodyguard, Dirk Reynolds.

Dirk's never forgiven Meg for the way she left him after their brief affair. But with bounty hunter Luke Brodie on his side, Dirk knows he's got to help Meg rescue her son.

The few clues they’ve gathered send them spiraling into a murky world of big banking and international crime. Meg may be way out of her depths, but she’s seeing a side of Dirk she never suspected — one no woman could possibly resist.





Robbie Jordan may have had reservations about the murder victim, but she still needs to turn up the heat on a killer if she wants to keep her new restaurant open for business.

In the charming small town of South Lick, Indiana, Robbie has transformed a rundown country store into the runaway hit Pans 'N Pancakes. But the most popular destination for miles around can also invite trouble. Erica Shermer may be the widow of handsome local lawyer Jim Shermer's brother, but she doesn't appear to be in mourning. At a homecoming party held in Robbie's store, Erica is alternately obnoxious and flirtatious -- even batting her eyelashes at Jim. When Erica turns up dead in the store the next morning, apparently clobbered with cookware, the police suspect Robbie's friend Phil, who closed up after the party. To clear Phil and calm her customers, Robbie needs to step out from behind the counter and find the real killer in short order.

Includes Recipes for You to Try!

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

New Releases 2016 (May 24)




 



New Releases







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Between the evil and the deep blue sea


A historic cruise ship, a haunted ship, the Celtic American Line's Destiny, sets sail from the Port of New Orleans — with a killer on board. He's known as the Archangel Killer because of the way he displays his victims in churches. And how he places a different saint's medallion on each body. No one knows exactly who he is or why he's doing this.

Jackson Crow — head of the FBI's Krewe of Hunters, a special unit of paranormal investigators — is assigned to the case, along with local agent Jude McCoy. Then Alexi Cromwell, who works in the ship's piano bar, is drawn into the situation when a victim's ghost appears to her — and to Jude. She and Jude share an attraction, and not just because of their mutual talent.

There are many suspects, but one by one they're ruled out… Or are they? In the end, Jude and Alexi have to rely on each other to catch the killer and escape his evil plans for Alexi.

 


The moment detective Reed Novak steps onto the crime scene, he knows the case is going to rock his world. A beautiful young woman murdered at home. No sign of forced entry. No motive. She’s obviously not the killer’s first victim, and Reed’s instincts tell him she won’t be his last. Reed’s first clue comes via a mysterious text that links to a dating profile, but even more intriguing than the clue is the person who sent it.

As a white-hat hacker in the Delphi Center’s cyber investigation unit, Laney Knox sneaks into some of the deepest, darkest corners of the Internet looking for predators. Laney would prefer to stay away from Austin PD’s most recent murder case, but she can’t ignore the chilling similarities between that crime and her own brutal attack years ago. Laney offers to help the sexy lead detective, but he wants more from her than just a promising tip — Reed wants her trust. Laney resists, but as their relationship deepens she’s tempted to reveal the closely guarded secrets that could make her a key witness or the killer’s next victim.

Manga: 





True to his warning, Loser -- the infamous phantom thief-makes an explosive entrance at the art museum to steal the Angels of Black and White Wings statue! "Collector" Kyouma Mabuchi, now teamed up with the android Mira to recover illegal Coils, faces off with the masked thief in the midst of the museum's heavy security. But it just so happens that Loser recognizes Kyouma -- and what's more, he seems to know all about the Collector's dark past...What other secrets may lie hidden within the statue he seeks?






Efforts to reunite the members of Ayakashi Hall take an unexpected, tragic turn when one of their number falls in the battle. The death of a close friend serves to strengthen the remaining throwbacks' resolve to prevent the grim outcome relayed by their future selves, even if it means exposing the dark truth of one of their most trusted allies.





Drawing comics is hard work, as high school boy and shoujo manga-ka Umetarou Nozaki and his motley crew of friends-turned-assistants know well. But being a manga pro doesn't necessarily make Nozaki great at everything. In fact, Chiyo is about to discover that his talent just might be full of holes?

As it turns out, everyone's got some weaknesses, and nobody's perfect-not even school "prince" Kashima! And Chiyo doesn't get a pass either because her greatest weakness is Nozaki himself!






Will this be the fall of the hero-killing rebel?

Taking advantage of Marquis Glenn's absence, Marquis Lebellond moves into the territory of Jebr, whose warring factions had been kept in check only by Glenn's leadership. Using his special dispensation from the emperor to his advantage, Lebellond claims the land and demands that the tribes demonstrate their allegiance by delivering to him the hero-killing rebel from their midst. The air above Jebr is thick with Lebellond's military airships and dragon riders, and the people are wary of rousing the wrath of a man with Lebellond's cruel history. Will Köinzell make an ally of the tribes of Jebr, or will they be his undoing?

An epic fantasy on the grandest of scales! 






At Tennomifune Academy, students with "negative karma"-the kids who are practically weighed down by misfortune-are all collected into one place: Class 1-7. On the first day of school, Ruri Hibarigaoka (Hibari) meets fellow 1-7 classmates Anne Hanakoizumi (Hanako), a girl up to her ears in bad luck, and the all-too-frail Botan Kumegawa (Botan). These fast friends just want to have a fun high school life, but are they pushing their luck?

Monday, May 23, 2016

Weekly Book Reads (May 23)




 Weekly Book Reads


Weekly Book Reads is a weekly Monday Meme that is hosted by Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews:

Post the books read last week and books you plan on finishing this week.

Read Last Week:

1.  Dark Promises - Christine Feehan
2.  First Life - Gena Showalter
3.  First Love Monster Vol. 4 - Akira Hiyoshimaru
4.  Handa Kun Vol. 2 - Satsuki Yoshino

Weekly Book Reading:

1.  The Brotherhood - J.D. Robb
2.  Feverborn - Karen M. Moning
3.  First Love Monster Vol. 4 - Akira Hiyoshimaru
4.  Handa Kun Vol. 2 - Satsuki Yoshino

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Library Haul 2016 (May 22 - May 28)



Library Haul

Here's the list of books/manga/manhwa/yaoi manga I picked up this week at the library:

Hardcover:

1.  Make-Ahead Meals - Michael Smith

Softcover:

1.  Into the Fury - Kat Martin

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Bunny Express Saturday 2016 (May 21)


Bunny Express Saturday is hosted every Saturday at Paranormal and Romantic Suspense Reviews.

I received these in the mail this week.


For Review: 





Think you have a lot of pressure on your shoulders? Nick Gautier was born to bring about the end of the world it's not easy being the heir of a demon overlord.

But Nick is determined to thwart his destiny and get into a good college. To be more than his genetics and prophecy foretell. No one is ever going to tell this stubborn Cajun who and what he really is. Or how to live his life.

Not even the Fates of the Universe. But now that he and his team of ancient gods and demons have claimed the Eye of Ananke and he sees the missteps of the future, he has to battle the demons within that are far deadlier and more treacherous than any he's battled before. All the while his arch nemesis is back and determined to reclaim his place as the harbinger for Armageddon. Even if it means killing Nick and barbecuing everyone he loves to do so.






DARK SECRETS

World-famous forensic sculptor Eve Duncan has landed in a well-guarded hospital room in Carmel, California. But hidden danger looms for Eve, her beloved Joe Quinn, and Cara Delaney, the young girl they’ve both sworn to protect. With Cara’s enemies on the move, Eve has no choice but to flee the hospital ― no matter what the doctors say. Her protective instincts in full gear, she decides that their best chance of survival is to get out of the country. She turns to her daughter, Jane MacGuire, for help.

DESPERATE MEASURES

For years, Jane has been avoiding pressure to find a treasure thought to be buried in Scotland ― but she’s finally succumbed to John MacDuff’s pleas to track it down. Eve and Cara join Jane in the remote mountains, but soon realize that nowhere is far enough away from the ruthless predators who are on their trail.





DESIRE IS A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH

When it comes to training K-9 patrol dogs, Yardley Summers always trusts her instincts. But when it comes to dating men, she keeps her heart on a very short leash. Mostly, she’s too busy with her four-legged trainees at Harmonie Kennels to commit to a relationship. Only two men have managed to distract her: a handsome Doctors Without Borders physician who’s suddenly gone missing ― and the red-hot dog trainer from her past who’s suddenly back in her life.

Now a K-9 rescue team leader, Kye McGarren has never forgotten the days he trained at Yardley’s camp ― or the nights he spent in her arms. When he hears that Yardley is on a mission to find the missing doctor, Kye is determined to keep her out of danger. With his K-9 partner by his side, he joins Yardley on a death-defying mission ― one that reignites their mutual passion. Will Kye be able to rescue his romantic rival without losing the woman he loves?

Rival Forces is the fourth installment of D. D. Ayres' K-9 Rescue series.






Blake Tarbell has a town to save. Rich, carefree, and used to the Vegas party lifestyle, Blake is thrown for a curve when his former cocktail-waitress mother pleads he go back to her roots to save the town she grew up in. Blake's used to using money to solve his problems, but when he arrives in Sweetheart, North Dakota, this city boy has to trade in his high-priced shoes for a pair of cowboy boots and he's about to get a little help from the loveliest lady in town.

Natalie Lane's got no time for newbies. The prettiest gal to ever put on a pair of work gloves, there's nothing she can't do to keep a farm up and running. But when a handsome city-slicker rolls into town with nothing but bad farmer's instincts and good intentions, Natalie's heartstrings are pulled. She's about to teach him a thing or two about how to survive in Sweetheart. And he's about to teach her a thing or two about love.

Thanks St. Martin's Press!

Friday, May 20, 2016

Manga Review: First Love Monster Vol. 4

 


I've finished "First Love Monster Vol. 4" by Akira Hiyoshimaru.

Product Description

Though Kaho and Kanade break up due to Kanade's own immaturity, the fifth grader soon realizes just how precious Kaho is to him. Which leads to the completely mature actions of chasing her home, serenading her with piano-accompanied love songs, and even making an emergency marriage proposal! Surely the age gap between the two means marriage is impossible -- but Kaho and Kanade tentatively exchange vows!  Meanwhile, it seems like a new threat is waiting to test the young couple's relationship -- and that busty high school girl and devilish college student are at the center of it!

About the Author

Akira Hiyoshimaru is the creator behind the manga series First Love Monster.

Product Details
Series: First Love Monster (Book 4)
Paperback: 160 pages
Publisher: Yen Press (April 26, 2016)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0316314889
ISBN-13: 978-0316314886


My Review:

Kanade has broken up with Kaho but he realizes he can't live without her so he follows her home with the help of college student Taga who drives him.

He serenades her with love songs accompanied with pianos and propositions her with a marriage proposal.  The tentatively exchange vows even though Taga informs them they are both too young to marry and he could find a better woman.

Taga also accidentally catches Kaho in her underwear after Kanade leaves her door open which embarrasses her and makes her cry.  I felt for her in this scene because she is doubting that Kanade sees her as a woman (he's only 10 yrs old and I would be worried if he was noticing her in underwear) and especially when Taga saw her because that is embarrassing since he's in college and he makes fun of her or torments her!

He seems to love to taunt/torment her which he does in a few scenes later in the manga when he comments on her body that it's not too hard to mistake her brother for her since she was so flat he couldn't tell if she was a man or woman and that her body has no significant value.

At the end of the manga Taga also catches her reading Kanade's diary and calls her scum of the earth for reading it.  She informs him she knows she is and the reason she did it was because she loved Kanade.  Taga calls her annoying and steals a kiss to make her stop talking and to torment her at the same time.

Taga happens to be my favorite character even though he loves to torture/torment Kaho which makes me really think he has the hots for her but won't admit it!  This reminds me of the manhwa "Chocolat" and "Very Very Sweet" both by JiSang Shin.

5/5

Thanks Hachette Book Canada/Yen Press for sending me this manga to review, greatly appreciated!
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