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Manga Review: 暗殺教室 [Ansatsu Kyoushitsu] 1 (Assassination Classroom #1) by Yusei Matsui

VIZ Media LLC  Published Dec. 2, 2014 192 Pages
VIZ Media LLC
Published Dec. 2, 2014
192 Pages

This manga has been popping up on my feed for a while now, so out buying books I decided to read it and create is the first thing I can say that comes to mind.

The students of Class-E are on a secret mission . . . to kill their teacher. Their teacher is an alien octopus who already destroyed half the moon and plans on destroying the earth unless one of the students can kill him.

As easy as it sounds it isn’t because unheard of powers and super speed that make him untouchable. 

It was cute and creative. Who would think that a way to give students who are considered the bad bunch a chance would be through trying to kill their teacher? It truly is outside of the box thinking and for that I kept reading the story.

What I didn’t like almost immediately was how it is constantly said that the students have to kill the teacher and he is an alien. The same line is repeated over and over again from beginning to end of the book. It was annoying and amateur.

Beyond that I did like how the manga was able to make me curious. The alien isn’t all that he seems, obviously. He doesn’t seem evil. It is known that there is a hidden agenda, however you  don’t know where you stand with him and I liked the unpredictability of that.

I also like the complexity of the surrounding characters. Everyone has someone to learn from the guy they are trying to kill, which creates conflicting emotions within everyone. I love it.

Although I have only read the first volume, I have every intention of reading this through.

3 Pickles 

 

Book Review: Poison Dance: A Novella (Midnight Thief 0.5) by Livia Blackburne

       Lion's Quill Press  Published Sept 24, 2013             86 Pages
Lion’s Quill Press
Published Sept 24, 2013
86 Pages

* Received this Arc from the author, Livia Blackburne, in exchange for an honest review*

James is a deadly assassin working for the Assassin’s Guild and has been since he was 14. He is the best at what he does and that s why Thalia seeks him out. Thalia is a dancer seeking a way to avenge her sister’s death. Agreeing to help Thalia only if she helps him find a way out of the Assassin’s Guild, James is on the thin line of life and death.

The story was a simple and uncomplicated. This is not a bad thing it actually made the story so much more interesting because it wasn’t filtered with over complicated characters or romance. James is an assassin nothing hidden about that. When Thalia finds him he shows that he is not the typical brute but he also shows that he has common sense. Although he is attracted to Thalia he doesn’t let that over cloud his thoughts.

Thalia wasn’t a bad character either. Sensible, determined and realistic. She knows she doesn’t know how to kill to man and she knows the man that she wants to kill is a politically important man but she isn’t doing anything stupid or rushed.

I really loved the fact that the book was realistic and it wasn’t done with a lot of cheesy quotes or cliches. There is a romance between James and Thalia but it doesn’t over power the book at all and it makes me sad that the book Midnight Thief has nothing to do with the two.

However, what I didn’t like about the book was it felt a bit rushed. It is understood that there are limits to a novella but I wanted so much more! I wanted to know more about James and why he went with Thalia a lot easier than I thought. I wanted to know more about Thalia’s childhood.  But this isn’t such a bad thing because as an author you want your readers to want more. *sigh* I wish it was longer though.

Overall score: 5 Pickles

Book Review: Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J. Maas

      Bloomsbury USA Childrens    Published Aug. 15, 2013            420 Pages
Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Published Aug. 15, 2013
420 Pages

*heart stops*

If you haven’t read my review for Throne of Glass read it here

At this point Celaena Sardothien is a full blown royal assassin. She still has no loyalty to the king but she is still kicking everyone’s ass. Chaol and Dorian are still questioning their feelings for Celaena and Celaena herself is questioning her feelings for just about everything.

But despite the conflicts of heart, Celaena has to deal with a bigger threat she never thought was possible.

Most second books in a series lack . . .  really bad. However, Maas has proved that she is an amazing writing. The suspense and the action in this book go hand and hand and although there are a few chapters that a bit boring it doesn’t let down the book. You have to remember second books usually cover the hanging question of why.

What I truly loved was the Chaol. He is a mess in this book. Like Calaena he does a lot of back and forth to see where his loyalty lies. However, he loves Calaena and I love him for that hahaha. I felt so bad for him because he only wants her to be okay . . . he wants to protect her and obviously love her.

Calaena is a bit annoying in this book. & that is all I will say about that.

Andddd to be honest I can care less for Dorian. Yes, he loves Calaena very much and would do anything for her. However, he cannot stand up to his father (he did once but ehhh) and he has to mind to look further to see what is really going on with the Kingdom. I felt that Dorian didn’t understand Calaena liked Chaol did/does and that Calaena liked him more because of the life she wished she had. Not saying she is a gold digger or anything; just simply saying that the connection I feel with Chaol and Calaena is real.

Maas didn’t focus on the love triangle which is more than appreciated. It was a story within the story that didn’t take away from Calaena job as an assassin.

Overall the book gets 9 out of 10. The book was amazing and it has everything every reader needs to love it. I truly hope that the third book will be the last not because I want it to end but I do not want the story to lose its essence by dragging.

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Book Review: Thorne of Glass (#1) by Sarah J. Maas

        Bloomsbury USA Children's     Published March 30, 2012              404 Pages
Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Published March 30, 2012
404 Pages

18 year old assassin Celaena Sardothien has been serving a year of hard labor for her crimes. That is until the Crown Prince Dorian offers her a chance to win her freedom; compete in a competition to become the King’s Champion for the next four years and then you are free.

Weary of the Prince and the King, Celaena accepts and strikes an interesting bond with the King’s captain. As easy as the competition sounds for Celaena when dead contestants begin popping up Celaena learns a thing or two about herself and what it takes to truly be a champion.

I loved this book. Maas did a great job of making you curious about Celaena and surprisingly enough not about what she did or how the greatest assassin got caught but curious about how the competition is going to turn out. For about six chapters you continue to hear about this competition as they essentially groom Celaena as a member of royalty and as a champion.   

Celaena was a very like able character. She was extremely head strong not too sassy, or blunt. She wasn’t cold either. She knew what she wanted and she fought to get it while also having some genuine warmth.  I really loved the fact that she wasn’t boy crazy even when things begin to turn for her heart she wasn’t stupid.

I also liked the fact that for a while Maas left room for the reader to judge Celaena’s relationship with the captain and the Prince before actually making it known. I was surprised by her choice and ultimately the final choice but it made me like Celaena even more.

When the dead bodies start showing up things being to get more exciting because there is a magic element to it. & no it isn’t cliché; it is done very well which is unexpected because the book didn’t necessarily need magic in it.

Through the entire story Maas was able to keep a pace in which you wanted to know more. The ending was perfect. It didn’t leave you hanging too long but just enough for you to want to read the next book.

Overall the book gets 9 out of 10.

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