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Book Review: A Will and A Way by Claudia Harbaugh

SilkWords, LLC
Published April 7, 2015
78 Pages

When Pippa’s father dies, she learns he was an earl — and that she is illegitimate. Part of her inheritance is a London Season, although she must masquerade as her half sister’s cousin.

Provincial Pippa knows nothing of rakes and routs, and she fears repercussions should Society discover her deception. In this sweet Regency romance, Pippa must remain faithful to herself as she navigates the ton and seeks a husband. But if she does meet a man she can love, will he be able to overlook the circumstances of her birth?- Goodreads

*Short review for a short read*

This is a very short story; 4 chapters, 78 pages. So it is a decent read in between your reads.

If you are expecting development of character or intense emotions or even a fight, it doesn’t happen in this read. It is very straight forward and the romance leaves a lot to desire. I wouldn’t say that it is insta love but the I loves you are thrown fairly quick and overall the men and selfish human begins.

Pippa is intelligent, strong willed and honest. Which apparently aren’t qualities you find in women of her time. Compared to her sister, she sticks out; only if she speaks. Other than that she is considered that beautiful plain. But to the point,

I don’t necessarily have an issue with this book. It is extremely short, so things move very fast and there isn’t a whole lot of build up. One thing I give this book credit for it does its best to stay away from predictably. Considering how short it is, I was surprised that everything I thought would happen didn’t happen, exactly how I thought.

I didn’t necessarily want more from this world or book. It was just a decent filler between reads. My recommendation is read it because you are curious because if you decide to read it because of hype, you will be disappointed.

2 Pickles

Manga Review: Battle Royale by Koushun Takami

                VIZ, LLC   Originally Published 1999                216 Pages
Originally Published 1999
216 Pages

If you like the “Hunger Games” you’ll like this. Why? Because this is the series that inspired the “Hunger Games” [it was translated into English 5 years before “Hunger Games” was published]

An entire junior high school class is kidnapped and taken to a deserted island in which they must kill to survive. Japan isn’t under dictatorship nor is the entire country poor living without technology and etc.; Japan is up and about living and eating as they do now. The only difference is they took disobedient orphaned kids to an island to kill each other.

I thought this manga was a good one.  Even without reading the second book you know it is going to develop very well. Each student has a story which the author took time to go over. Although you only get to see the story of 3 of the students you know as the series goes on you get why they were chosen because it really wasn’t at random.

Although I loved the plot of the story and I think it is going to be great further in the series. However, I didn’t like the pure evil of it; the sport of it. I wonder if the author will explain why this is happening because there is no mention of it at all. I feel like there should have been a reason or bit of a backstory to why this was happening. But hey its just the first book.

The artwork was great; classic black and white amazing attention to detail very structured art.  It is very graphic; blood, guts, sex . . . very graphic so beware.

Overall this manga gets 8 out of 10.

Tania loves long walks in the park, ice cream and horror movies. When not studying communications, she is cyber stalking GCH follow her twitter here 



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