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NetGalley Review: Frostborn by Lou Anders

 

Crown Books for Young Readers To Be Published Aug. 5, 2014 352 Pages
Crown Books for Young Readers
To Be Published Aug. 5, 2014
352 Pages

Karn’s destiny is to take over his family farm in Norrongard. But he doesn’t want to; He rather play the board game Thrones and Bones.

Thianna is half human,  half frost giantess. She isn’t taken seriously as a gaint because she is too short.  But she’s also too tall to be a human.

When family issues drive Karn and Thianna into the woods to run for their lives, their destiny is connected and they must fight for their life against a 1500 year old dragon,  a two faced uncle and a undead warrior.

This was a really good read.  Firstly, what I liked about this book was the fact the interaction I felt immediately when beginning the book.  Karn is a believable character despite the fantasy setting. He doesn’t want to follow in his dad’s footsteps but he isn’t rude or disrespectful about it. I like that. The whole trend of really rude children is annoying.

Thianna is different.  She has this huge chip on her shoulder because she wants to be accepted as a giant. Because of this chip she is extremely competitive and quick to overactive and to allow her emotions take over. But I liked her.

What I didn’t like about the story was the rush. I like a fast paced story but I felt that the author was trying to get so many action scenes in s short amount of time. Also the story was predictable.

But beyond that I liked the characters and I liked the story overall. 4Pickles

Manga Review: Sankarea: Undying Love by Mitsuru Hattori

      Kodansha Comics   Published June 11, 2013                176 Pages
Kodansha Comics
Published June 11, 2013
176 Pages

This manga is not as creepy as the American cover shows. Chihiro loves zombie movies. So much that he decided to try to raise his dead cat from the grave and tell the most popular girl in school, Sanka Rea who finds out what he is doing, that he only loves zombie girls.

Sanka Rae is unhappy with her life and has made Chihiro vow that if he is able to bring his cat back to life could he bring her back to life when she dies.  Chihiro agrees. By crazy sort of event Sanka Rae dies and is brought back to life by the potion Chihiro creates.

Thus begins a life Chihiro can only dream of.

The story was interesting. Chihiro seems more of an American boy obsessed with zombies more than a Japanese boy obsessed with zombies. Granted this is an Americanized book so that could be a reason why. Sanka Rae is the pretty girl at school with the famous father who also wishes she had a different life because her father is a pedophile.

The cover is misleading. The art is not creepy. It is not scary. It doesn’t leave much to your imagination. But also remember . . .  this is the first volume.

The story itself makes you wonder how Chihiro and Sanka Rae are going to overcome the difficulties they face now that technically Sanka Rae is dead.

Overall this manga gets 8 out of 10. It’s the curiosity that makes me want to keep reading.