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Manga Review: QQ Sweeper, Vol. 1 (QQ Sweeper #1) by Kyousuke Motomi (UPDATE)

VIZ Media LLC Published Sept. 26, 2014 208 Pages

VIZ MEDIA LLC
PUBLISHED SEPT. 26, 2014
208 PAGES

Kyutaro Horikita is part of the cleaning club at Kurokado High School. Tall, mysterious and good looking, everyone notices Horikita but because of his dark and silent staring everyone stays away from him.

By chance he finds transfer student Fumi Nishioka sleeping in a room at the school’s old dorms. But before he can get her permanently away from the room, she sees a door only the cleaners can see and enters without a glance back. Horikita realizes Fumi is special but he must find her before its too late. 

The creativity in this manga is out of bounds and I really didn’t do the summary any justice.

The idea that there are cleaners that’s mission is to not only clean a home or place spotless but also clean the heart and mind of an individual of negative emotions is just freaking cool.

When this other world is introduced, the art work is actually creepy. Sending tiny shivers up my arm. It was actually really cool. It was more than just black dots around it was an emotional piece of art that I appreciate on every level.

The story was very detailed for the first volume. But this didn’t take away from the mystery, intrigue, curiosity whatever you want to call it from the characters. I fell in love not with the characters, who showed a range of emotions including humor but I really fell for the story. It is perfect and I hope the last two books will be great.

The reason this manga didn’t get full stars is because there is a cliche in the romance. It is typical turmoil from the main character and I was disappointed in that. But . . . .

I am really sad that I have to wait for book 2 (doesn’t come out until February). I really cannot wait for it.

4 Pickles

 

UPDATE!!!

The third volume has recently been released and it is amazing. I normally do not post updates to a series I am reading but this is fairly important information. QQ Sweeper is a prequel to the series Queen’s Quality. I do not agree with the move because there is only one volume of Queen Quality and it is only available in Japanese -_-

But anyway, the third volume is the turning point to everything. We find out key details about Fumi Nishioka. Not too much about her past but more about her future. The romance is still there but at the moment it is a bit one sided. I am also predicting the worst to happen because Horikita is being selfish and his feelings doesn’t seem to be genuine for Fumi.

There is much more action in this novel than there was in the other two. It was exciting and it had me at the edge of my seat. It was perfect, where as book two was a bit shaky.

Short review, yes, but this is only an update. As stated previously, there isn’t going to be a volume 4 of QQ Sweeper, because it is a prequel :( Queen’s Quality is the next novel in this series. Finger’s cross I can find it in English and the author will continue the series and not leave it off.

5 Pickles

Book Review: Mildred’s Resistance (The Network Series 0.5) by Katie Cross

Antebellum Publishing Published July 15, 2015 380 Pages
Antebellum Publishing
Published July 15, 2015
380 Pages

Mildred Graeme is a witch but unlike her best friend Evelyn, practicing magic doesn’t come easy. When the two friends reunite they begin to clash with their ideas of making the world a better place.  While Mildred wants to save the Network from political elitism, Evelyn wants to encourage it.

When Evelyn gains power and threatens life as Mildred knows it, she must overcome her fear of failure to save the ones she loves, even at the cost of her best friend. 

This is a prequel to The Network Series. The first book of the series was good. You can check my review for it here.

Let’s jump right into this. Reading the prequel made me want to read the first book over again. So many things just made sense at this point and I am kind of bummed I didn’t real the prequel first.

Although I liked it, this story did drag a bit. I completely understand how the author was trying to show the difference between Mildred and Evelyn but I wanted more emotion out of Mildred, even when everything was said and done. She was a bore; intelligent and good at what she does but she was still a bore.

What I liked about this book was the back and forth between characters. I liked their different points of views and also how the author made sure to highlight their lifestyle differences. It added to the whole everything making sense thing. The interweaving of their stories was perfect and the transitions were great. I did want more color and life to the overall story; just a little more excitement would have given this book a higher rating.

Character development was good but Mildred still needed some work. Something about her didn’t seem genuine/real and that was my biggest issue with her. But overall, I enjoyed it and may reread the first book since I know more.

 3 Pickles

NetGalley Review: Hanover House (Hanover House Chronicles 0.5) by Brenda Novak

Brenda Novak's Online Auction for Diabetes Research Published Sept. 1, 2015 198 Pages Kindle
Brenda Novak’s Online Auction for Diabetes Research
Published Sept. 1, 2015
198 Pages Kindle

*Prequel*

Psychiatrist Evelyn Talbot self proclaimed mission in life is to understand why murders and rapists do what they do. Evelyn hopes that by discovering this then she would be able to stop them from committing another crime.  After being kidnapped and left for dead by her boyfriend as a teenager, Evelyn feels that this is the best way to live her life. 

But when she begins building a new health center in a small town called Hilltop in Alaska, the townspeople openly oppose having murders live so close to their town.

Even Alaskan State Trooper, Sergeant Amarok has been vocal about the center despite his attraction to Evelyn. But due to her horrible past, Amarok has to tread lightly or everything can go wrong.

*Short Review*

Because this is a prequel, the book was only 16 chapters long; which was fine with me because I don’t believe I liked Evelyn. I don’t have a issue with the author choosing to make Evelyn be solely defined by the unfortunate events in her life. I guess my issue is she has no personality or a true sense of who she is.  And for a person that swore off men, she was pretty fast to attach herself to Amarok, whom I loved.  I thought Amarok was sweet and a no BS type of guy but even then his personality doesn’t completely shine through either once he attaches himself to Evelyn.

I understand that this is supposed to be a introduction but things happened pretty fast and not as climatic as the book appeared to be. The whole drama of the book (minus the romance) came and went as if it really didn’t exist. Prequel or not that bother me.

This book did its duty by making me curious and intrigued enough to read the first official book. I.e. I like this prequel enough to give it a good rating and read the first book when it comes out. I am hoping for more dramatics, a more secured woman who knows who she is, a deeper relationship between Evelyn and Amarok and most importantly character development.

I liked the premise of the book, although it wasn’t extremely original.

3 Pickles