“Ocean of Secrets” by Sophie-Chan— Manga Review

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About:

Lia was adopted by a family to replace their deceased daughter. One day she finds herself in need of rescue, and finds herself on a ship…floating in the sky!

Thoughts on the Artwork:

Soooo pretty, guys. (Especially the cover!) The artist of this book was self taught, and I can see her hard work has paid off, because her drawings are gorgeous.

Thoughts on the story line:

This was a pretty interesting manga. It had some surprising twists and turns, and some sweet relationships that gave it some cuteness. It did seem to be a bit too fast at some points, and I felt a bit overwhelmed by all of the information that was thrust at me. However, this did not ruin my overall enjoyment of this manga. The world was fascinating, taking place in a realm in the sky that humans are not aware of. There’s flying ships, pirates, kingdoms that wield different elemental powers… I can tell that there was a lot put into thought for the plot and world of this story, and I want to know what happens next.

Rating: Four. Not quite the most amazing thing I have read, but still an enjoyable tale.

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

*Thanks to Netgalley for a free e-copy of this manga in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review.

“Lizzie and Jane” by Katherine Reay- Book Review

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About:

  This story follows the journey of Elizabeth, a New York chef. She’s lost her touch in the kitchen of her restaurant, and ends up taking a break when her boss brings in another chef to take over her kitchen help her out (so thoughtful… <—Sarcasm). Heading home, she ends up staying with her sister, Jane, who has been diagnosed with the same cancer that took their mom’s life. While there, Elizabeth is confronted by emotional family problems, romance, and a choice about what path to take for her future.

My Review:

  When I first read the synopsis for this book, I was not very interested. Stories that involve Cancer were sad to me, and I did not care to read something that had a character going through it. BUT, then my own sister was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and I was thrust into my own real-life role of having to see my own sibling go through having this terrible disease. When I looked at the synopsis of “Lizzie and Jane” after this, the book had become something I wanted to read. Amazing how life can change our perspective on things.

I really liked this book. Not because it was full of amazing plot twists or beautifully written passages. No, I think it was because it was so relate-able, and the parts that were not something I could relate to were just so heart touching. Reay’s characters feel real. They’re… I don’t know. Maybe the phrase I’m looking forward is not fluffy? I’m a sucker for romantic comedy, so the contemporaries I go for are usually full of some pretty far fetched situations. Which is fun, but it was nice to read something that felt like every day life, but in a way that was interesting enough to keep my attention. It was an enjoyable thing to watch one woman’s journey of finding herself, confronting long held pain, and learning that dreams can change. The romance was also sweet, and I liked how it wasn’t the main focal point of the story. It was nice being able to read a book where the best thing wasn’t that the girl found a guy, but that she became a better person.

Also, this book has plenty of references to food and Jane Austen. I appreciated this because yes, I like food (who doesn’t?), and Jane Austen is awesome, so it was nice seeing her stories taking small parts in this tale. So if you’re into either of those, then this might be a read for you. 🙂

I’m glad that I decided to give this book a try. I actually liked it better than “Dear Mr. Knightley,” her debut. I give ‘Lizzie and Jane” a rating of four and a half.

P.S. My sister is currently cancer free. 😀

Book Review Ratings:

5. Great Book!

4. I  liked it!

3. Okay.

2. Did not like it.

1. Did not finish.

The Month Finale- February 2017

I know it’s a tad late to be doing a wrap up post for February, but I’ve been somewhat busier than usual, and blogging had to be pushed back more often than I would have liked.

Anywho, here’s some of what I did in the shortest month of the year:

 

Books I Read

While I did not get to all of the books I had hoped to read in February *cough* Vampire Knight *cough*, I got to most of them. In fact, I even read more in the long run since the two books I did not get to were two mangas, and I read three novels in their place. Not bad. 😀

I’m going to have to say that “The Winner’s Crime” was my favorite. SO much better than I expected!

Shows I Watched

I really wasn’t dedicated to watching much of anything in February :-P. I had been watching quite a bit of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, but quit because some of the content got a little too much for me. I also watched a few episodes of Heartland after taking a break from it, but just can’t seem to get into it like I was before the break… I also started watching the Korean Drama, Panda and Hedgehog. Not finished with it yet, but it’s cute so far. Not the best K-Drama I’ve ever seen, but fun.

Other Life Stuff

This month I became an aunt for the first time! *throws confetti* My older sister had a baby boy, and he’s pretty cute. Here is le selfie I took with him:

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I’ve also been working a lot, and since I was away from home for many hours, blogging just wasn’t something I felt like doing when I got home. Hopefully, I will get to post more in March! Like all of the reviews I need to write… #procrastinating