Thursday, April 28, 2011

Butterfly Volume 1

Butterfly 1 (rated T age 13+) by Yu Aikawa, 2011; 208 pages. Published by Tokyopop. Source: Publisher for Review.
Ginji Ishikawa despises anything related to the occult. The hatred stems from the visions of his dead brother's ghost that haunt him nightly. When an incident at a haunted mansion lands him in hot water, only the assistance of a child named Ageha gets him out of trouble. However, Ageha suggests Ginji repay the debt by entering the very last line of work he ever wanted: ghost-busting.
I have been waiting all through Lent to read Butterfly and it was definitely well worth the (extremely long) wait.

Story: When I first read the back of Butterfly I thought it sounded interesting, but not necessarily original. I was absolutely wrong because the story ended up being quite different than I thought it would be.
I loved how there was the main story line with how Ginji Ishikawa absolutely hates ghosts and anyone that believes in the supernatural.

I'll just tell yu this one thing about the ending....CLIFF HANGER! The ending definitely has me wishing that the second volume was already out and that I had it so that I could see what was going to happen next.

Character(s): Ginji Ishikawa  was an interesting character, he at times reminded me of Ichigo from Bleach. Which isn't a bad thing because he's a pretty awesome character in my book to be compared to.
I really liked how the story about why he doesn't like ghosts and such was slowly revealed. I felt that it the way it was dealt with gave his personality more detail...and thus made him more interesting.

As for the rest of the cast of characters, they were all interesting especially with how quirky they each were.
There is one thing that really made Butterfly unique but if I told you it would be a major spoiler to a twist that happens somewhere near the early middle of the book (I really dislike spoilers).  I'll just say that this one aspect is what sold me on this manga and made it a truly different read.

Artwork: Butterfly's artwork really impressed me. I loved the detail that Yu Aikawa was able to give to each panel in Butterfly.
The absolute best art in the manga would have to be the creepy look of all the ghosts. Some of them- okay, all of them- were probably some of the creepiest depictions of ghosts that I have ever seen. And I absolutely loved it for that.

Final Verdict: Butterfly is a thrilling read with absolutely stunning artwork. If you're like me, you will probably be the second volume was out as soon as you finish the first one.

Butterfly volume 1 earns 4 out of 5 pineapples.

Butterfly was received for an honest review.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Wish List Wednesday (44)

The Faerie Ring by Kiki Hamilton, September 27, 2011. Published by Tor Teen/Macmillian.
Debut novelist Kiki Hamilton takes readers from the gritty slums and glittering ballrooms of Victorian London to the beguiling but menacing Otherworld of the Fey in this spellbinding tale of romance, suspense, and danger.
The year is 1871, and Tiki has been making a home for herself and her family of orphans in a deserted hideaway adjoining Charing Cross Station in central London. Their only means of survival is by picking pockets. One December night, Tiki steals a ring, and sets off a chain of events that could lead to all-out war with the Fey. For the ring belongs to Queen Victoria, and it binds the rulers of England and the realm of Faerie to peace. With the ring missing, a rebel group of faeries hopes to break the treaty with dark magic and blood—Tiki’s blood.
Unbeknownst to Tiki, she is being watched—and protected—by Rieker, a fellow thief who suspects she is involved in the disappearance of the ring. Rieker has secrets of his own, and Tiki is not all that she appears to be. Her very existence haunts Prince Leopold, the Queen’s son, who is driven to know more about the mysterious mark that encircles her wrist.

Prince, pauper, and thief—all must work together to secure the treaty…
Why: I want The Faerie Ring because I absolutely love it when books are set in the late 1800s in London. While being set in one of my favorite time periods and locations to read about, it also sounds like one incredible read, which in my book makes it one that I will definitely try to get my hands on when it comes out.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Teaser Tuesday (37) Late Edition

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following:
Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

This week my teaser is from one of my all-time favorite books, Crusader by Edward Bloor. I hope y'all will enjoy this little tease from it...also you can see my review of it HERE (sadly, I don't feel like I did this amazing book justice in my review, but I hope y'all will give it some comment love.)
Then he stopped talking. The evil taped played out its evil story just for him - the lightening; the fearful look; the man, the mask, the tattoo. page 568
Also, please vote for next months Vintage Reads book. Currently there is a four way tie and I would really like it to be broken. :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Vintage Reads Review: Crusader

Here is the first official Vintage Reads review. Where the book is voted on and picked by you the reader. Hope y'all enjoy. Also be sure to vote for next months book HERE.

Crusader by Edward Bloor, 1999; 608 pages. Published by Harcourt Children's Books. Source: Bought
Roberta Ritter looks plain and shy, but her life isn't as boring as people think. There's a dark and deadly secret in Roberta's past: her mother was murdered years ago, and the identity of the killer is still unknown.

Roberta spends her afternoons working in a failing arcade in a failing mall, where the only action comes from a violent game called Crusader. When a burst of hate crimes suddenly explodes at the mall, Roberta resolves to find out not only the cause of the crimes, but also the truth behind her mother's death.

In a world where nothing is what it first appears to be, Roberta will have to be her own hero . . . and unravel the mystery of her own past.

Roberta Ritter hopes to be a journalist one day, but for now she's stuck working at her family's arcade in a dilapidated shopping mall. From her vantage point behind the counter, she sees all the goings-on at the mall--and some things she sees are disturbing. Racism, dirty politics, and drugs are all part of the scene. Roberta doesn't like it, but she's just a fifteen-year-old--so what can she do?
The first time I read Crusader was about five years ago, and it just left such a strong impression on me that I never forgot the title or the author's name (the only problem I had was finding a copy). Truthfully, I didn't even read the synopsis the first time around, I just randomly picked it up at the library and checked it out.

What really drew me into this book was how there were so many different layers to the story. You had the underlying mystery of the murder of Roberta's mother, a string of hate crimes taking place at the decrepit West End Mall, along with one amazing MC.

I have read a lot of books with kick-butt female characters, but after having re-read Crusader I find myself adding Roberta to my list of top favorite lead characters. Why, because she changes so much over the course of the book and goes from being a girl who is just trying to get by in life to one who is not going to be pushed around anymore. While she may not be sword welding adventurer out to save the day she is still a character whose story is well worth reading about.

Crusader has some of t he best writing and character development that I have read. I loved how even the side characters had so much to offer to the story and how much depth each of the added to the story. I think that without them the story would not have been nearly as good.

It seems that my favorite part of Crusader is very spoilery, but I will tell you a little something about why I like it. My favorite part of this book falls during the last few pages when Roberta finally figures out what happened to her mother on the night she died and how that realization changes her perspective.

My least favorite part, yes even though I loved this book there is just one thing I didn't like....and that would have to be that there weren't chapters. The book is broken up basically into parts with a few stopping points along the way. The reason I didn't like that was because it made it absolutely hard when it came time to put it down to go and do something.

I could seriously go on and on about how much I LOVE Crusader, but I'll end my review here. I hope that y'all will check out this amazing book if you ever come across it.
Final Verdict: Crusader is just one of those books that will stay on your mind long after you've finished reading it. In short, it's is absolutely brilliant.

Crusader earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Lenten Reading Challenge (I Made it Through to the End) + Happy Easter

With Lent over and Easter Sunday drawing to a close I wanted to let y'all know how I did during the challenge.

When I first joined the ZG's Lenten Reading Challenge I had no set goal on how many Christian books I was going to read, I just wanted to take this opportunity to read some books that I generally put on the back-burner while I read my "fun reads".
Has it been hard, absolutely. I never realized how hard it was going to be or how much I would want to read books with paranormal/supernatural aspects until I couldn't. The hardest thing about it was that there are so many great sounding titles in my TBR that have been staring at me for the last few weeks.
As far as giving things up for Lent, I would have to say that this was my most difficult year. It took a LOT of quick prayers to keep myself from straying from my goal. While it was hard I did manage to read some really great books that might have otherwise sat unread for many months to come.

Since I've run out of things to ramble on about..and I'd hate to bore you guys by talking in is what I ended up reading during Lent. At least what Christian titles I read.

A Grief Observed- C.S. Lewis
The Problem of Pain- C.S. Lewis
Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist- Brant Pitre
Miracles Do happen- Sister Briege McKenna

I also started on The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything: A Spirituality for Real Life by James Martin, SJ, but I kind of ran out of steam. I'll probably get around to finishing it at some point.

I hope y'all have all had a wonderful Easter.

Did y'all dye eggs? I did and it was so much fun.  What are y'alls Easter traditions?

Thanks for letting me ramble on for a bit. Hope I didn't bore y'all to tears. Don't worry, regular posting will resume this week. ^_^

Book Trailer: Illusions by Aprilynne Pike

*Caution, Spoilers for first two books in the trailer*

Since I haven't read the books (even though they have been on my "I Want to Read List") I wanted to share Aprilynne Pike's trailer with y'all. Along with how you can enter to win a set of all three of her books.
For all the details and to enter go HERE.
I'm keeping fingers crossed that i'll win because they sound so good.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Support Teen Reading (Randy Russell, author of Dead Rules)

Want to help support teen reading (and maybe even win something) ? That's a silly question, of course you do! Look below for more info and the link for everything you need to know to participate.
I personally don't know what I would do without my local library and the awesome librarians that work there.

Dead Rules by Randy Russell, TBP: June 21, 2011. Published by Harper Teen.

Jana Webster and Michael Haynes were in love. They were destined to be together forever.

But Jana's destiny was fatally flawed. And now she's in Dead School, where Mars Dreamcote lurks in the back of the classroom, with his beguiling eyes, mysterious smile, and irresistibly warm touch.

Michael and Jana were incomplete with out each other. There was no room for Mars in Jana's life or death story. Jana was sure Michael would soon rush to her side.

But things aren't going according to Jana's plan. So she decides to do whatever it takes to make her dreams come true, no matter what rules she has to break.

Love wasn't all red paper valentines and candy hearts. Sometimes love was despair. And sometimes love was wrong. Jana loved Michael enough to kill him for it. Jana loved Michael to death. 
$2,500 in Dead Rules Giveaways! to support Teen Reading, Schools & Libraries, and Indie Bookstores.

Includes $2,000 in new books from your local independent bookseller.
Please see giveaway cateories for details.
Participate in the categories below to be eligible for giveaways awarded July 31, 2011.
•Teens & Readers: 2 iPod Nanos, $500 in books of your choice, $200 in iTune credits
•Teachers & Librarians: $1,500 in books of your choice


Friday, April 22, 2011

Guest Post with Cathy Ostlere (author of Karma)

Today I am lucky to have Cathy Ostlere, author of Karma, stop by and share with us a little bit about how Karma came to be. I hope y'all will give her a warm welcome.
Cathy Ostlere's first book, LOST: A Memoir (2008), began as a series of poems but grew into creative non-fiction essays. Essays excerpted from LOST have been short-listed for the National Magazine Awards, Western Magazine Awards, and the CBC Literary Awards. LOST was a finalist for the 2009 Edna Staebler Creative Non-fiction Award. In 2010, LOST: A Memoir was developed into a 90 minute one-woman play for Theatre Calgary. Her first YA novel, Karma: a novel in verse will be released in March 2011 by Penguin.  This biography was provided by the author or their representative. (Taken from amazon author page ____________________________________________________________________
How Travelling Through India Shaped Karma

On October 31, 1984 the Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, was shot 32 times by her trusted Sikh bodyguards. The city of Delhi as well as other parts of the country erupted in chaos as gangs of marauding men stalked and killed Sikh families, burning homes and businesses. The final number of murdered victims is still debated. I believe that 3,000 is generally accepted as an estimate.

I was not in India during the riots but I was in the neighboring country of Nepal. While I sat in a coffee shop on Freak Street, travellers crossing the border brought stories of what was happening in India. This was during a time when there was no internet so much of our news came from English newspapers and real life accounts.

The stories of brutality were shocking and frightening. I was filled with fear and resisted going back to India. But a week later, I crossed the border, and ran into no difficulties for the next six weeks of travelling. When I returned to Canada I wrote long passages about some of my experiences. Over the years, I added to the file and eventually had about 30,000 words of what can only be called – freefall writing. There was no punctuation, no capitals, and no paragraph breaks. There was also no narrative line but there were the beginnings of two characters: a girl and a boy who were falling in love; she was from Canada and he was Indian.

It was out of this very raw material that the story of Karma had its seeds. Because it was initially written with no intention of being anything more than drivel – random thoughts and memories in a computer file – the language was free-flowing, the descriptions were over the top, and the emotions between the two characters were raw, passionate, romantic. Looking back, I think this is a great way to create material for a novel. Diaries are good because they often record details and facts but freefall writing allows all parts of the brain to become engaged: truth and fiction merge, a single image becomes dominant for a page or two, and even our own personal longings are allowed complete unedited freedom. Of course, I also think it’s a good idea to put away such writing so when it comes out again, it’s a surprise, a gift from one’s younger self. My Indian freefall writing lay dormant for over twenty years and when I uncovered it, it practically flew off the page screaming what took you so long to write this story?

Karma is very much my love story to India. But it’s also my love story to a younger not-yet-writer who in a flurry of writing, put her impressions down and allowed herself to be wild.
Thanks Cathy, it was great having you here.

Karma is Cathy Ostlere's first YA novel and will be released March 31, 2011. Published by Razorbill
On October 31, 1984, Indira Gandhi is gunned down by two Sikh bodyguards. The murder sparks riots in Delhi and for three days Sikh families are targeted and killed in retribution for the Prime Minister’s death. It is into this chaos that sixteen-year-old Maya and her Sikh father, Amar, arrive from their home in Canada. India’s political instability is the backdrop and catalyst for Maya’s awakening to the world. KARMA is the story of how a young woman, straddling two cultures and enduring personal loss, learns forgiveness, acceptance and love.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ramblings and What Not: April Got Titanium Book Contest!

I know, I have posted a lot about contests at other blogs this week, but it's just because I want y'all to check out the awesome too. Plus I know that y'all would most likely be interested in learnig how you can an ARC of Half- Blood by Jennifer Armentrout before even review copies are sent out. All the details and for entering can be found below.

Ramblings and What Not: April Got Titanium Book Contest!: "It's that time again, the Got Titanium book contest time! Typically I throw out a huge slew of books that are releasing in April, but this ..."

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Wish List Wednesday (43)

No Time to Die (Dark Secrets, 3) by Elizabeth Chandler, 2004. Published by Turtleback Books.
Message from a dead girl...
It's too late to call back. Jenny will never speak to Liza again. But it seems that even from beyond the grave, Liza is begging her sister for help....

They say it's a serial killer. Is it? Jenny can't afford to trust anyone. Now she's here, in Wisteria, anonymously registered at the Chase College theater camp where her sister died. The daughter of a famous theatrical family, Jenny distrusts actors, loathes acting. Yet here in the college's darkened theatre, Liza seems to be speaking to her. Suddenly Jenny is mouthing Liza's last lines, sharing Liza's last days, a drama starring Brian, the stage manager, who seems to follow her everywhere...dangerously attractive Mike...Paul, who was obsessed with Liza...motherly, suffocating assistant director Maggie...and Walker, the director, bristling with hostility and resentment against Liza and Jenny's famous father. Does he suspect Jenny's true identity?
Why: because Elizabeth Chandler does a great job writing suspenseful stories that just draw you in from the very first page. Plus I absolutely loved The Deep End of Fear, Legacy of Lies, and Don't Tell, which are all some of my favorite reads. 
My final reason for why I want No Time to Die is that it sounds just as good as the rest of the series.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Supernatural Underground: Fury of the Phoenix release giveaway!

Want to win Silver Phoenix and Fury of the Phoenix (I know I do)! Then go forth and see cindy Pon's release day post and enter to win.

Supernatural Underground: Fury of the Phoenix release giveaway!: "mea culpa! i totally forgot about my actual posting day on the eighth because: 1. it was spring break with my bubs and i was trying to kee..."

Teaser Tuesday (36) ARC Edition

Teaser Tuesdays is hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. To participate, simply do the following:

Grab your current read
Open to a random page
Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

 So I usually try to match my teaser up with my Monday review, so this weeks teaser will be from my ARC of She's So Dead to Us by Kieran Scott. As you know things sometimes change between ARC and final I hope y'all will still enjoy the teaser. You can see my review of She's So Dead to Us HERE.
Jessica was a Norm senior who I'd always thought was the coolest girl on the team. She was one of those girls who wore sweats practically every day but always looked good anyway. page 108. 

Monday, April 18, 2011

iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books: Giveaway: 400 Followers of Awesome!

Lucia of iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books is celebrating 400 followers with a fabulous giveaway. Be sure to drop by and congratulate her. iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books iLive, iLaugh, iLove Books: Giveaway: 400 Followers of Awesome!: "Well, daaaaang. After only three months of blogging, I've reached 400 followers!! I could never have reached this level of awesomeness witho..."

ARC Review: She's So Dead to Us

She's So Dead to Us by Kieran Scott, 2010; 288 pages. Published by Simon and Shuster Books for Young Readers. Source: Traded.
When having money is all that matters, what happens when you lose it all?

Perfect, picturesque Orchard Hill. It was the last thing Ally Ryan saw in the rear-view mirror as her mother drove them out of town and away from the shame of the scandal her father caused when his hedge fund went south and practically bankrupted all their friends -- friends that liked having trust funds and new cars, and that didn't like constant reminders that they had been swindled. So it was adios, Orchard Hill. Thanks for nothing.
So I pretty much finished She's So Dead to Us in one day. It was an okay read, but I didn't love it. It's also the third book by this author that I have tried and I'm starting to think that maybe her writing isn't for me.

My biggest problem with She's So Dead to Us would have to be how shallow all the cresties were and how they acted all...entitled. I just really don't care for books like that, I find them to be overly cliché; along with the overuse of profanity by the male characters.

The only character that had any redeeming qualities was the MC Ally. I thought she was a fairly interesting character and I liked how she finally started sticking up for herself. I was a bit worried that she would be some spineless girl would do and take anything just to be back within the good graces of her former friends. I was definitely glad when she decided that she was longer going to let the cresties push her around.

The thing that kept me reading She's So Dead to Us was the mystery aspect of what happened to Ally's dad, and if he was going to go back and make amends for the mistakes that he made and damage that he caused everyone.
While it kept me reading, it just wasn't enough to sell me on the book because on a whole I found the characters to shallow for me to truly enjoy it.

What I liked best about She's So Dead to Us would have to be how Ally was an athlete. For me it made her more likeable, especially since most books with rich kids (or formerly rich kids) the characters seem more interested and such things like that.

Least favorite, that would have to be the chapters told from Jake's POV. I just didn't like him or his family (especially his social climbing mom). I felt like the author had the character swearing too much just so readers could tell that yes this is a male character. His chapters just made him seem to cliché.
I also didn't like the cliff-hanger ending because it just left things to wide open, which means that you would have to read book two for the rest of the story.

Final Verdict: While She's So Dead to Us is an interesting read, it’s just a bit too cliché and shallow for my taste. But I encourage you to give it a try, who knows it might just be something you'll like.

She's So Dead to Us earns 3 out of 5 pineapples.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

A Myriad of Books: Half-a-Blogoversary Mega Giveaway!

Kat of A Myriad of Books is celebrating six months of blogging with a killer contest. Go forth and wish her a happy Half-a-Blogoversary!!! A Myriad of Books: Half-a-Blogoversary Mega Giveaway!: "It's my Blogoversary, guys!!! *squeals* Okay, so it will be my blogoversary in exactly six months. It's my Half-a-Blogoversary, anyway..."

Vintage Reads: Readers Pick, May Edition 2

Last time y'all chose Crusader by Edward Bloor (one of my favorite books) to be featured on the blog. I'll have my review for it up (definitely) before the month is over.

This time I thought I'd shake things up a little by adding more options for y'all to vote on (yes, I'm making it harder for you *insert evil laugh of choice*), plus if you fill out the part of why you think I should read the book and leave your name (URL if you have one) I'll post the best ones for each book when I announce the winner for May.

I've also thrown in some of my favorites that the library has, but I don't own.

Whispers from the Dead- Joan Lowery Nixon
Freeze Tag- Caroline B. Cooney
Bad Kitty- Michelle Jaffe
And Both Were Young- Madeleine L'Engle
Sleeper Code- Tom Sniegoski
Dark Angel- L.J. Smith
Don't Tell- Elizabeth Chandler

Reader's Nominations (sent in by Eli of The Tainted Poet's YA Book Blog).
Cirque Du Freak: A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan
Pendragon: Merchant of Death by D.J. MacHale
Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz
I'd Tell You I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You by Ally Carter

Unless there aren't enough votes, voting will close on 4/30 at 11:59 pm.

I'm looking forward to see what book will come out on top this week, along with why y'all think I should read it.
If you have any questions regarding Vintage Reads feel free to ask in the comments or to fill out my contact form.

The Winner of Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale Is....

First off I would like to thank Ramona for stopping by and for the opportunity to giveaway a copy of her book Hex, AWitch and Angel Tale. A big thanks also goes out to all you lovelies who took the time to enter (I wish y'all could all win).

The contest may be over, but y'all can still check out Ramona's guest post -> HERE.

I'll stop dithering now and get on to announcing the lucky winner.

And the winner of Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale is..........................................
                                                      Celesta H. of Books Before Bed

Congrats Celesta, I've already sent you an email (be sure to check your spam box).

Winner was picked using Random.Org.
The winner will have 48 hours to respond by email before I'll pick another winner.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

In My Mailbox (86) So Many Books to Choose to Read + News

In My Mailbox was started by Kristi of The Story Siren and inspired by Alea of Pop Culture Junkie. Sadly the only books I order are those that are hard to find. The following books are from the library and bookstores.
The Liar Society (Liar Society, 1) by Lisa and Laura Roecker, 2011. Published by Source Fire.
I've heard nothing but good things about The Liar Society, so I'm really looking forward to getting the chance to read it.

A huge thanks goes out to Lena of Addicted 2 Novels.

The Vyne: Mystery of the Hidden Ember by Daniel Walls, 2011. Published by Two Harbors.
I actually haven't heard to much about The Vyne, but it sounds like it could be really interesting. All let you know what I think about when I get the chance to read it.

A Huge thanks goes out to Emilie of Emilie's Book World.

Wither (Chemical Garden, 1) by Lauren DeStefano, 2011. Published by Simon and Shuster Children's Publishing.
Okay, I won Wither, but after reading more about it I came to the realization that I wouldn't be able to read it due to some of the content. Which was a bummer because I thought it sounded kind of interesting.
A huge thanks goes out to PJ of Roots of Myth.
The Exiled Queen (Seven Realms, 2) by Cinda Williams Chima, 2010. Published by Disney Hyperion.
I meant to IMM The Exiled Queen earlier, but I completely forgot about it and just added it to my TBR.  *oops*
I loved The Demon King (see my review HERE), and am absolutely excited that I'll get a chance to review this one.
A big thanks goes out to Disney Hyperion.
The Albuquerque Turkey by John Vorhaus, 2011. Published by Crown Publishing Group.
This sound like it could be funny, kind of like Ocean's Eleven.
A big thanks goes out to Stephanie of PR by the Book.
Flash: Rebirth by Geoff Johns & Ethan Van Sciver, 2010. Published by DC Comics.
I like the Flash, so how could I resist reading this. Plus it's Bart Allen, my personal fave.
Huntress: Year One by Ivory Madison, Art Thibert, Cliff Richards, and Norm Rapmund, 2009. Published by DC Comics.
Sounded interesting, plus I'm a bit behind in the Graphic Novel Challenge.

Bamboo Blade 1 by Masahiro Totsuka, 2009. Published by Yen Press.
I was looking for something new and when I came across Bamboo Blade I'd thought I give it a try.

I know I'm forgetting something in this weeks IMM, but I have no idea what it is. So I'll probably figure it out in time for next week.
I'm really looking forward to diving into all of these awesome titles.

Today is the last day to enter for a chance to win Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale by Ramona Wray (ends tonight at 11:59 pm). To enter check out her awesome guest post HERE.
Also, tomorrow is the last day to nominate a book for the Vintage Reads voting, which will begin on Monday. To see what Vintage Reads is about click HERE, to nominate a book go HERE.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Contest and Vintage Reads Reminder

Hey guys, just wanted to give you a heads up that tomorrow is the last day to enter for your chance to win Hex, A Witch and Angel Tale by Ramona Wray (see her awesome guest post to enter). Ends 4/16 at midnight,

Also if you would like to nominate a book for Vintage Reads you have until Palm Sunday (this Sunday) to leave a comment on the post. Voting for next months reader picked book will begin on this upcoming Monday.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Beauty Pop Volume 1

Beauty Pop 1 by Kiyoko Arai, 2005; 200 pages. Published by Viz Media. Source: Borrowed.
In Kiri's school there are 3 boys who carry out transformations on random pretty girls; Narumi Shougo, the hairstylist, Minami Kei, the nail artist and Ochiai Kazuhiko who balances the overall look. They are adored by the girls because they are so good at making them beautiful. However, Kiri is also a master hairstylist who is willing to 'add some magic' for those who need it, but in disguise. Now Kiri is forced to face the three in a showdown with Narumi.

First off I would like to thank M, from my local library for lending me her copy of Beauty Pop.

Having never read anything by Kiyoko Arai, I was quite impressed with the first volume of Beauty Pop. so much so that I fell pretty much in love with the characters and story after only reading a couple of pages. 
What really caught my attention with Beauty Pop was that it kind of reminded me in ways of one of my absolute favorite mangas, Ouran High School Host Club.
While some of the characters and how they reacted to each made me think of Ouran High, it still managed to be original and  a completely absorbing read (I'm pretty sure I read it in about one hour).

I liked Kiri, the MC. I'm not sure if she was supposed to be so funny or if maybe she just came across that way to me, but either way I liked her.
Each of the members of the Scissors Project reminded me at times of certain Host Club characters. Every time Narumi got mad it made me think of when Tamaki would get all sulky...and they were both the creators of their respective clubs.
When I had first heard about Beauty Pop I was a bit concerned that the story would come across as shallow (since its called Beauty Pop), but Kiyoko Arai did a brilliant job.   

Artwork: One of the things I liked best in Beauty Pop would have to be the artwork. I just love how Kiyoko Arai drew the characters...and well just everything. I especially loved how each character was easily recognizable from the other and that I wasn't left trying to figure out if that was so and so or else,which can get kind of frustrating in some mangas.

Beauty Pop earns 5 out of 5 pineapples.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Book Lungs: 300 Follower Giveaway!

As you can see from the post title, Book Lungs is celebrating 300 followers with a fantastic contest. Y'all should definitely drop by and check out her awesome blog. Book Lungs: 300 Follower Giveaway!: "Prize Pack #1 * ARC of Die for Me by Amy Plum - (Discontinued U.S. Cover) ARC of Misfit by Jon Skovron ARC of Exile by Anne Osterl..."