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Manga Review: Bloody Cross by Shiwo Komeyama

Yen Press Published May 1, 2012 224 Pages
Yen Press
Published May 1, 2012
224 Pages

Half angel, half demon, Tsukimiya needs to drink the blood of a pure demon in order to break the curse that will kill her on her 18th birthday. In the middle of a battle, she meets Hinata, an angel, claiming to be there to help Tsukimiya.

But when the demon is killed, Hinata is the one who drinks the blood, leaving Tsukimiya to die. But in a turn of events Tsukimiya drinks the blood of Hinata, causing the two to share the curse.

Now Tsukimiya and Hinata must find a way to save themselves before it is too late. 

I didn’t like this manga. That statement is completely weird because its rare for me not to like a manga.

It way to sexual (funny I’m saying that). Almost immediately I know exactly what this girl looks like naked. It took away the integrity of the manga because before you even know she is this bad-ass hybrid, she is just a naked girl.

I also didn’t like how Tsukimiya allowed Hinata to touch her. There was no boundaries which I thought was weird considering that they just met.

The art was dull, sloppy in some areas and very cliche. What I did like about the manga was the story. The idea of a hybrid being sentenced to death by the 18th birthday and how he/she needs to fight and kill in order to save their life sounds really cool. I just think it was poorly executed.

Others may like this manga but I don’t. Oh and I read the second one . .  still didn’t like it.

2 Pickles

Book Review (ARC): Sins of the Fallen by Karina Espinosa

Kindle Edition Published Jan. 28, 2014 263 Pages
Kindle Edition
Published Jan. 28, 2014
263 Pages

17 year old Maximillion Taylor goes to a party with his best friend and the last thing he expect was to be kidnapped by a hot girl who actually is a succubus. 

Max is more special than he thought and is now being hunted by angels and demons. In order to figure out who he is and where his origins lie, he must fight demons, protect his love ones, and stop from becoming a evil being. 

At first I didn’t enjoy this book. I didn’t find the beginning to be too special. However, it caught me by surprise as I kept reading.

Max is very childish. End of story. For a 17 year old boy he is very I am doing what I feel right because my father and best friend has been lying to me for all these years. He is purely based off emotion and he is a bit of a brat. I didn’t really enjoy his character.

But because he was such an emotional ride it made for a interesting story. Something was for the most part always happening.  I liked how the author made it easy for Max to try to be normal boy i.e. going to school, and getting a girlfriend.

I didn’t like the love triangle and the possible ruin of a friendship between his guardian angels. I felt that was unnecessary drama between a 500 year old angel and a 17 year old boy.

But despite the character flaws and the love triangle, the story the author wrote was really engaging and interesting. The need to know what was going to happen was an exciting part of the book. I like the betrayal although I didn’t get it, I liked it.

 

Book Review: Angel Para Bellum Vol 1 by Nozomu Tamaki

This manga is from the creator of “Dance in the Vampire Bund” which was an amazing series that I recommend to anyone who loves manga, action, romance and of course vampires. You can find it here on goodreads.

Before the review or even reading this series there is a key fact that people should know. Para Bellum means (along the lines of) If you want peace, prepare for war. Beautiful quote. Anyways . . .

    Seven Seas Publishing      Published: July 3, 2012                192 Pages
       Seven Seas Entertainment          Published: July 3, 2012
192 Pages

 

This manga, Angel Para Bellum, is about a little boy named Mitsuru who looks like a little girl. Mitsuru is the key to preventing an all out war between heaven and hell and because of that demons are after him and he has two angels as his personal bodyguards.

The artwork for this manga was great; bright and detailed. There is really not much to question regarding the artwork. The story line however, was a bit weak. I was interested enough to keep reading and even read the second volume but the action almost immediately starts, which normally I don’t have a problem with, but it really doesn’t leave much to the imagination. It’s a hard balance that not many authors can pull off.

This is not to say that the story didn’t pick up in the second volume.  It did but I’m expecting better the third volume because there is a lot of predictability.

Overall this volume gets a 7 out of 10. I am expecting great things to happen by the third volume. If you can’t wait that long then this series isn’t for you.

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Tania Lasenburg is a communications major with dreams of owning /working for a publishing company as a high end corporate. In her spare time, she is working to make Motif Ink a house hold name. Follow her on twitter @mrztanyapickles

Book Review: The Demon Trapper’s Daughter by Jana Oliver

This book was not what I expected and I was thrown off . . .  not too sure yet if that is a good or bad thing.  Oh & this review will have a bit of spoiler *sorry*

The Demon Trapper's Daugher by Jana Oliver (goodreads)
The Demon Trapper’s Daugher by Jana Oliver (goodreads)

17 year old Riley Blackthorne is a demon trapper apprentice, she also happens to be the daughter of the famous demon trapper Paul Blackthorne. With going to school and learning how to trap demons things are bit rough for her.

Okay. So when I read the summary it simply stated she had an unexpected demon attack her during a routine trap and things get complicated. The summary fails to mention that the unexpected demon is really not the issue. *Spoiler Coming* her father dies. THAT’S WHAT SCREWED HER OVER. Her mother had past away a few months before. She is left alone with bills, rent and a pet. So what threw me off was why the summary of the book detailing an incident that really didn’t set off the events in the book?

Beyond that I loved the relationship between Riley and her father. They have a close bond; nothing is hinted that the bond formed after her mother passed away; it seems as if they always had that bond. So it was a great loss even for me to read of his passing.

What I also liked was how there was no love triangle . . . at least in this book. Yes, there are two main guys in the book but one becomes the boyfriend and the other holds some kind of responsibility to Riley. Although these relationships change in the next books (yes, I did take a peek at the next three books), I thought it was cool that there wasn’t any complicated love. It was a bit of fresh air.

The book overall was a decent read. However, I couldn’t see what the hype was about. Riley was extremely prideful not necessarily mean. The author did quite a bite of dragging. By chapter 37 I was extremely close to calling it quits. The detail was great and the semi religious aspect of the book wasn’t in horrible taste. It was a well written book.

Will I read the next three books? I have no idea.  This book gets 7 out of 10.