Sunday, January 21, 2018

Library Haul 2017 (Jan 21 - 27)



Library Haul


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


Softcover:

1. Taste of Home: Family Favorites

Hardcover:

1.  Blood Vow - J.R. Ward
2.  Haunted - James Patterson
3.  Never Never - James Patterson
4.  Humans Bow Down - James Patterson
5.  Taste of Home: 

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Anime Overview: Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen

 

Synopsis

Fourteen-year-old Sakura starts junior high school along her friends, including Syaoran, who had just returned to Tomoeda. After having a dream with a mysterious cloaked figure, all of Sakura's cards turn blank and are rendered powerless, thus she starts her quest to find out what is wrong. In doing so, Sakura and her allies discover and capture new transparent cards using a new key.

Bunny Express Saturday 2017 (Jan 13)


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

I received these in the mail this week.      







Torte ― the beloved small-town bakeshop run by Jules Capshaw ― is set to hit the stage. But who would have guessed that murder would makes a surprise appearance?

It’s the role of a lifetime for Jules. The Shakespeare Festival has returned to Ashland, Oregon, for the season and Torte has been cast as the supplier of Elizabethan-era treats for the main event. But on the eve of opening night, a brawl between Jules’s friend Lance, the artistic director, and a strapping young thespian named Anthony almost brings down the house and the next morning, Anthony is dead. Jules knows that Lance loves his drama ― and his just desserts ― but she also knows that murder is way off-script for him. Now it’s up to Jules to cut through a bevy of backstage betrayals and catty co-stars who all have their own secrets ― before the curtain drops on someone else.

Thanks St. Martin's Press!

Friday, January 19, 2018

Anime Overview: Hakyuu Houshin Engi




Synopsis

When his clan is wiped out by a beautiful demon, young Taikobo finds himself in charge of the mysterious Houshin Project. Its mission: find all immortals living in the human world and seal them away forever. But who do you trust — and whose side are you really on — when you've been trained to hunt demons by a demon?

Anime Overview: gdMen

 


Synopsis

In the series, Light and Yomi are spending their daily lives happily playing video games. One night when everyone else is asleep, Light receives an invitation from Alpha, a messenger for someone named King. Light and Yomi are then sucked into another world, where they must undertake a quest to rescue Princess Melody from the demon lord. Light thinks this must be his destiny, while Yomi thinks it's kind of annoying. They form a party with Alpha to start their quest. Alpha as it turns out is an AI robot, and he has a program that allows them to raise their levels while slowly continuing their adventure.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Year One: Chronicles of the One, Book 1

 

I've finished Year One the first book in her Chronicles of the One series by Nora Roberts.

Product Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER

A stunning new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts ― Year One is an epic of hope and horror, chaos and magick, and a journey that will unite a desperate group of people to fight the battle of their lives.

It began on New Year’s Eve.


The sickness came on suddenly, and spread quickly. The fear spread even faster. Within weeks, everything people counted on began to fail them. The electrical grid sputtered; law and government collapsed―and more than half of the world’s population was decimated.

Where there had been order, there was now chaos. And as the power of science and technology receded, magick rose up in its place. Some of it is good, like the witchcraft worked by Lana Bingham, practicing in the loft apartment she shares with her lover, Max. Some of it is unimaginably evil, and it can lurk anywhere, around a corner, in fetid tunnels beneath the river ― or in the ones you know and love the most.

As word spreads that neither the immune nor the gifted are safe from the authorities who patrol the ravaged streets, and with nothing left to count on but each other, Lana and Max make their way out of a wrecked New York City. At the same time, other travelers are heading west too, into a new frontier. Chuck, a tech genius trying to hack his way through a world gone offline. Arlys, a journalist who has lost her audience but uses pen and paper to record the truth. Fred, her young colleague, possessed of burgeoning abilities and an optimism that seems out of place in this bleak landscape. And Rachel and Jonah, a resourceful doctor and a paramedic who fend off despair with their determination to keep a young mother and three infants in their care alive.

In a world of survivors where every stranger encountered could be either a savage or a savior, none of them knows exactly where they are heading, or why. But a purpose awaits them that will shape their lives and the lives of all those who remain.

The end has come. The beginning comes next.

Product details
Hardcover: 432 pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press (Dec 5 2017)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1250122953
ISBN-13: 978-1250122957

My Review:


Characters:  The characters were really fleshed out and well written.   You cared for some and others you didn't!

Villains:  I was really happy that we didn't know who the villains were right away and only if you were paying attention you might guess who they were!  Very sick and twisted relationship!

3.5/5

Thanks St. Martin's Press for sending me this book to review, greatly appreciated!

Anime Overview: Gin no Guardian 2nd Season

 


Synopsis

Second season of Gin no Guardian.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Anime Overview: Takunomi

 


Synopsis

20-year-old Michiru Amatsuki moved to Tokyo due to a change of career. She decided to live in the woman-only share house "Stella House Haruno" with people of different ages and occupations. It's always fun when there are meals and delicious alcohol!

Anime Overview: Darling in the FranXX

 


Synopsis

The story is set in the distant future. The land is ruined, and humanity establishes the mobile fort city Plantation. Pilots produced inside Plantation live in Mistilteinn, also know as the "birdcage." Children live there knowing nothing of the outside world or the freedom of the sky. Their lives consist of battling to carry out missions. Their enemies are mysterious giant lifeforms known as Kyouryuu, and the children pilot robots called Franxx to face off against them. For the children, riding the Franxx proves their existence.

A boy named Hiro is called Code:016, and he was once known as a prodigy. However, he has fallen behind, and his existence seems unnecessary. Not piloting a Franxx is the same as ceasing to exist. One day, a mysterious girl known as "Zero Two" appears before him. Two horns grow out of her head.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Anime Overview: Killing Bites

 


Synopsis

People have been created that are human-animal hybrids, and powerful businesses bet on the outcome of their duels. College student Nomoto Yuuya's casual acquaintances ask him to drive them around to pick up girls one day, which he soon finds out means by force. The girl they kidnap is an animal-human hybrid named Hitomi, who slaughters all of them except Yuuya. Hitomi is a honey badger, which has been called the most fearless of all animals. Now Hitomi is assigned to stay with Yuuya, for his protection!

Anime Overview: Miira no Kaikata

 

Synopsis

When high school student Sora Kashiwagi finds himself staring down a mysterious oversized package sent to him by his self-proclaimed "adventurer" father, the last thing he expects is for it to be opened from the inside... by a little mummy so small it can fit in the palm of his hand!

Monday, January 15, 2018

Anime Overview: Hakata Tonkotsu Ramens

 

Synopsis

In a city known as Fukuoka, crime exists in the underworld from a seemingly peaceful surface. In the Hakata ward of the city, there are various individuals with special talent that consists of professional killers, detectives, informants, and professional revenge seekers. Furthermore, according to an urban legend, an individual known as "killer of professional killers" has shown up in the city.

 

Weekly Book Reads (Jan 15)




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.  A Face to Die For - Andrea Kane
2.  Lie To Me - J.T. Ellison

Weekly Book Reading:

1.  Mink Eyes - Max MacBride
2.  Wicked Abyss - Kresley Cole
3.  Count to Ten - James Patterson

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Anime Overview: Death March kara Hajimaru Isekai Kyousoukyoku

Anime Overview: Märchen Mädchen



Synopsis

When the two girls meet, magic begins. Hazuki Kagimura loves stories, an orthodox girl who is overly imaginative. Because her relationship with her new family does not go well, the environment sends her toward the stories in which she spends her days. One day after school, Hazuki gets lost among the bookcases of the library, leading her to a mysterious school where meets Shizuka Tsuchimikado. It is a magic school where girls (called "mädchen") are selected by the magical texts from which the world's stories are born. Hazuki herself is said to be chosen by the book of Cinderella.

In order to become a true magician, Hazuki becomes friends with Shizuka and begins her new life at the school.



Saturday, January 13, 2018

Anime Overview: Dame x Prince Anime Caravan

 

Synopsis

The story follows Ani, a princess from the minor nation of Inako. Ani is sent to the signing ceremony that will bring peace to the rival nations of Mildonia, a mighty military country, and Selenfaren, a powerful theocracy. Ani is supposed to help steer the signing ceremony along, but she runs into trouble when she encounters a handful of obstinate princes.
 


Anime Overview: Violet Evergarden

 


Synopsis

There are words Violet heard on the battlefield, which she cannot forget. These words were given to her by someone she holds dear, more than anyone else. She does not yet know their meaning.

A certain point in time, in the continent of Telesis. The great war which divided the continent into North and South has ended after four years, and the people are welcoming a new generation.

Violet Evergarden, a young girl formerly known as "the weapon," has left the battlefield to start a new life at CH Postal Service. There, she is deeply moved by the work of "Auto Memories Dolls," who carry people's thoughts and convert them into words.

Violet begins her journey as an Auto Memories Doll, and comes face to face with various people's emotions and differing shapes of love. All the while searching for the meaning of those words.


 

Friday, January 12, 2018

Anime Overview: Koi wa Ameagari no You ni

 


Synopsis

Akira Tachibana is a soft-spoken high school student who used to be a part of the track and field club but, due to an injury, she is no longer able to run as fast as she once could. Working part-time at a family restaurant as a recourse, she finds herself inexplicably falling in love with her manager, a divorced 45-year-old man with a young son.

Despite the age gap, Akira wholeheartedly embraces his mannerisms and kind nature, which is seen as spinelessness by the other employees, and little by little, the two begin to understand each other. Although unable to explain why exactly she is attracted to him, Akira believes that a concrete reason is not needed to truly love someone. On a rainy day, she decides to finally tell her manager about how she feels but just how will he react?

Anime Overview: Basilisk: Ouka Ninpouchou

 

Synopsis

The story is set 10 years after Basilisk: Kouga Ninpou Chou in 1626.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Anime Overview: Zoku Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru

 

Synopsis

Sequel of Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru.

Anime Overview: Yowamushi Pedal: Glory Line

 

Synopsis

Fourth season of the Yowamushi Pedal series.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Anime Overview: Kokkoku

 


Synopsis

Juri Yukawa lives with her NEET father and brother, her retired grandfather, her sister (a single mother) and her young nephew.

One day, her nephew and brother are kidnapped for ransom. Having only 30 minutes to meet the demands of the kidnappers, Juri, who realizes there is not enough time to prepare the money, decides to head for their rescue by herself with knife in hand when her grandfather uses a mysterious stone passed on in the Yukawa family to stop time.

In a world where everyone and everything are inert, Juri and her father and grandfather run to rescue the two. But at the kidnappers' hideout, they soon realize they are not the only ones who can move about in this still world.

Anime Overview: Gintama: Shirogane no Tamashii-hen

 

Synopsis

Final arc of Gintama.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Anime Overview: Gakuen Babysitters

 


Synopsis

After their parents are killed in a plane crash, Ryuuichi and his younger brother Kotarou are taken in by the chairman, who they never met before, of an elite academy. Ryuuichi becomes the school daycare's new babysitter.

New Releases 2018 (Jan 9)




 New Releases







In this sexy paranormal romance novel set in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward tells the story of two couples — both fighting to find love in the midst of the war with the Lessening Society.

A vampire aristocrat, Peyton is well aware of his duty to his bloodline: mate with an appropriate female of his class and carry on his family’s traditions. And he thought he’d found his perfect match — until she fell in love with someone else. Yet when his split-second decision in a battle with the enemy endangers the life of another trainee, Peyton has to face the idea that his future, and his heart, actually lie with another.

Novo, as a female in the Black Dagger Brotherhood’s training program, feels like she has to prove herself to everybody — and she has no interest in being distracted by falling in love. But when Peyton proves to be so much more than a rich playboy, she is forced to confront the tragedy that has broken her soul and closed her off from love.

As the two grapple with Novo’s past and Peyton’s present, another couple must contend with a connection that is unparalleled — and potentially scandalous. Saxton, who has had his heart broken, discovers in himself a deep-seated attraction to Ruhn, a new member of the household. But will the other male explore the connection? Or will he close his mind and his heart to what could be true love  and cost Saxton everything?





A slow cooker is the ideal partner in crime when it comes to tackling dishes that can be too time- and work-intensive for every day, like French onion soup or chicken cordon bleu. And in this cookbook, we’re going way beyond the expected soups and stews. Cutthroat Kitchen winner Addie Gundry offers up recipes for appetizers like BBQ Meatballs, breads like Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls, make-ahead breakfasts like Banana Pecan French Toast, and desserts like Pineapple Upside Down Cake, not to mention slow cooker twists on beloved recipes like Lasagna, Meatloaf, and Stuffed Peppers. Each recipe is paired with a finished-dish full-bleed color photo.




In Retro Recipes from the ‘50s and ‘60s, Cutthroat Kitchen star Addie Gundry serves up nostalgic recipes from the Mad Men era, like Beef Wellington and Grasshopper Pie. Post-war rationing became a distant memory, and the rise of home entertainment culture made for prettier, more complex food. With French influence from Julia Child, and elegant aspirational figures like Jacqueline Kennedy, suburban dinner parties went glam. Backyard barbecues, fondues gathering everyone around a table, and not to mention cocktail parties were booming. From 1950's casseroles and hors d'oevres to more modern, adventurous dishes, there's plenty to celebrate and embrace! Each recipe is paired with a full-color, full-bleed finished dish photo.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Anime Overview: Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card-hen Prologue - Sakura to Futatsu no Kuma


Synopsis

After the conclusion of the Sakura Card Arc, life is going back to normal. There are no more mysteries, no more disturbances of evil, no more tests of strength. Everyone is moving on with their lives and Sakura feels a sadness in her heart. Even through the goodbyes, Sakura perseveres to keep everyone and a special someone, dear to her heart.

Weekly Book Reads (Jan 8)




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.  Bearly Departed - Meg Macy
2.  Count to Ten - James Patterson
3.  Twisted Twisted - Rebecca Zanetti

Weekly Book Reading:

1.  A Face to Die For - Andrea Kane
2.  Lie To Me - J.T. Ellison

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Anime Overview: Sanrio Danshi

 


Synopsis

The project's premise follows Kouta Hasegawa, a high school boy that loves the yellow Pom Pom Purin dog. By mere coincidence, he ends up attending the same school as Yuu Mizuno, a boy who likes the bunny My Melody. Yuu tells Kouta that there's nothing to be ashamed of for liking Sanrio's cute characters. Together, Kouta, Yuu, Shunsuke Yoshino, Ryou Nishimiya, and Seiichirou Minamoto learn to accept their love of the characters instead of feeling embarrassed.

 

Library Haul 2017 (Jan 7 - 13)



Library Haul


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

Hardcover:

1.  A Face to Die For - Andrea Kane
2.  Lie to Me - J.T. Ellison
3.  Wicked Abyss - Kresley Cole

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Blog Resolutions (2018)

1.  Resume book reviews again (starting next week and at least one per week)

2.  Resume manga/manhwa reviews

3.  New drink/food recipes (Christmas, Cinco De Mayo (May 5th) , Day of the Dead (Nov 2th), Halloween, Mardi Gras (Feb 13th), St. Patrick's Day and Thanksgiving)

4.  Anime review (at least one per season)


Anime Overview: Grancrest Senki

 

Synopsis

On a continent ruled by chaos, the Lords have the power of a holy seal that can calm the chaos and protect the people. However, before anyone realizes it, the rulers cast aside their creed of purifying the chaos, and instead start to fight each other for each other's holy seals to gain dominion over one another. Shiruuka, an isolated mage who scorns the Lords for abandoning their creed, and a wandering knight named Theo, who is on a journey to train to one day liberate his hometown, make an everlasting oath to work together to reform this continent dominated by wars and chaos.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Anime Overview: Ito Junji: Collection

 

Synopsis

A collection of animated horror stories based on the works of Japanese artist Junji Ito.

Anime Overview: Ramen Daisuki Koizumi-san

 


Synopsis

Koizumi is a mysterious and attractive high school student. But what most people don't know about her is that she's a ramen master who is always on the lookout for great ramen restaurants. Everyday, she goes hunting for real-life places serving the best ramen dishes and delightfully eats the delicious noodles. The way Koizumi downs a giant bowl of ramen – more adeptly than any large man – will amaze and delight you!

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Anime Overview: Fate/Grand Order: Moonlight/Lostroom


Synopsis

Short centering on a "Lost Room" where you can find what was lost — or those who lost. This room, which belongs to no one, lies forgotten in a corner of Chaldea.

Anime Overview: Sora yori mo Tooi Basho

 

Synopsis

Sora yori mo Tooi Basho will center on high school girls visiting the South Pole.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Anime Overview: Emiya-san Chi no Kyou no Gohan

 


Synopsis

A Fate/stay Night spin-off focused on cooking.

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.      




 A slow cooker is the ideal partner in crime when it comes to tackling dishes that can be too time- and work-intensive for every day, like French onion soup or chicken cordon bleu. And in this cookbook, we’re going way beyond the expected soups and stews. Cutthroat Kitchen winner Addie Gundry offers up recipes for appetizers like BBQ Meatballs, breads like Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls, make-ahead breakfasts like Banana Pecan French Toast, and desserts like Pineapple Upside Down Cake, not to mention slow cooker twists on beloved recipes like Lasagna, Meatloaf, and Stuffed Peppers. Each recipe is paired with a finished-dish full-bleed color photo.






In Retro Recipes from the ‘50s and ‘60s, Cutthroat Kitchen star Addie Gundry serves up nostalgic recipes from the Mad Men era, like Beef Wellington and Grasshopper Pie. Post-war rationing became a distant memory, and the rise of home entertainment culture made for prettier, more complex food. With French influence from Julia Child, and elegant aspirational figures like Jacqueline Kennedy, suburban dinner parties went glam. Backyard barbecues, fondues gathering everyone around a table, and not to mention cocktail parties were booming. From 1950's casseroles and hors d'oevres to more modern, adventurous dishes, there's plenty to celebrate and embrace! Each recipe is paired with a full-color, full-bleed finished dish photo.

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Anime Overview: Overlord II

 

Synopsis

Second season of Overlord.

The first episode received an early screening at a special event held at United Cinema Aqua City Odaiba on 17.12.2017, as well as an early broadcast on AbemaTV on 30.12.2017. Regular broadcasting will begin on January 10, 2018.




New Release 2018 (Jan 2)





 New Release







A fate worse than death

Bastien Cabarro survived the brutal slaughter of his entire family only to have his wife pin their murders on him. Made Ravin by The League, he is now a target for their assassins-in-training to hunt and kill. The average life expectancy for such beings is six weeks. But defying the odds is what this Gyron Force officer does best, and Bastien won’t rest until he lays his betrayers in their graves.

Ten years later, he has one chance to balance the scales of justice, provided he relies on his former wingman ― the very sister of the woman who testified against him.

Major Ember Wyldestarrin joined the outlaw Tavali the day Kirovar fell into the hands of a tyrant, and she and her sister-team were left on an outpost to die under the barrage of enemy fire. The last thing she wants is to be involved in politics again. But the one thing she wants more than anything is revenge on the tyrant who murdered her parents and forced her and her sisters into exile. Carrying a secret she knows Bastien will annihilate her over, she must find some way to trust her former wingman before he catches on and kills her. Even so, treachery doesn’t come easy to a woman who took a loyalty oath to protect her homeworld and comrades-in-arms, especially when Bastien is much more to her than just a former wingman.

Yet as she tries to do right for her family, she learns that Bastien doesn’t just hold the key to the fate of Kirovar, he is vital to The Sentella-League war, and to The Tavali. If she doesn’t ensure he survives this mission, three nations fall, and time for all of them is quickly running out.
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