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review 2017-09-11 15:54
I'll Never Look at Bees the Same Again!
Black Bird of the Gallows - Meg Kassel

This book has been on my radar since I first saw that gorgeous cover and you have to admit, it is a pretty well done cover. I believe this is Kassel's debut book and I can firmly say that I am interested in seeing what she writes in the future and will make sure to give any new books by her a chance.

"Black Bird of the Gallows" tells the story of Angie Dovage, a high school senior living with her father and their lovable and trusty dog in a town called Cadence. Reece Fernandez, a new boy, moves in next door and while Angie is immediately aware of how gorgeous he is, she is also aware that something isn't quite right. In addition, Angie and her friends, Lacey and Deno, are not part of the "in" crowd so she finds it to think that Reece is interested in her whatsoever. Anyone thinking this is just a "typical" YA love story, stop because it's so much more and it's the "more" that made this book totally readable for me. 

Reece is a harbinger of death who morphs into a crow and feeds upon death energy. He and the other harbingers have flocked to Cadence in preparation for a huge disaster that is forecast. This disaster has also brought forth a "Beekeeper." This individual brings death and destruction wherever he arrives by stinging people with the bees that reside within his mouth. Once stung, the individual loses their mind and starts becoming more and more violent until they eventually are killed or die on their own. Reece knows what's in store and he wants nothing more than to keep Angie safe.

This was a very quick and engaging read. Although there were some elements of paranormal romance, the book also contained elements of bullying, drug abuse and non-traditional families (I loved that Angie's father is actually present in the book and not your typical absent YA parent). Their is tons of action in the later half of the book and overall, there is a very dark tone to the entire plot. The beekeepers are rather scary individuals and although I had flashbacks to the "Candyman" movie, they are a pretty original concept.

My main concern with the book is that the ending seemed rushed and wasn't quite what I wanted. I don't want to give anything away, but I feel like everything was wrapped up in a nice and neat package at the end and I didn't think it was necessarily called for. As far as I know this is a stand-alone novel so the ending works, but it could have went in a different direction and still not called for a sequel. 

If you love dark tales and don't mind some YA angst thrown in amidst some good horror and great writing, then I would suggest you pick up "Black Bird of the Gallows." 

I received this book from the author and Entangled Teen in exchange for an honest review.


This book is being used for the Terror in a Small Town square for the 2017 Halloween Bingo.

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review 2016-05-12 16:56
Recensione "Black Bird" di Kanoko Sakurakoji!! ❀
Black Bird, Vol. 1 - Kanoko Sakurakouji

"Black Bird" di Kanoko Sakurakoji ❀

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review 2015-01-26 00:00
Black Bird, Vol. 3
Black Bird, Vol. 3 - Kanoko Sakurakouji

manga review

In which one curvy blogger reviews her favorite style of graphic novel!

man·ga ˈmäŋ-gə

: a japanese comic book or graphic novel

❥ ❥ ❥


Dear Readers,

I am back once more with a review of volume three of Black Bird, one of my all-time favorite manga series these days. I’m excited to note the third volume has some wicked hot scenes that the first two volumes didn’t hold. Of course, it could definitely be hotter, but beggars can’t be choosers. Heh. Also, this may be “older teen” manga, but it’s still teen so they have to be a little more *ahem* subtle with the drawings. ::sad face::

"I want to make her give up everything . . . and fill her up with me."

Fortunately, this book held the same perverted silly humor that the first two boasted, so it makes sense that I enjoyed myself just as much. The only reason I lowered the rating is because of the disappointing cliffhanger that I detested, I was pretty satisfied by this edition.

“This is a world of kill or be killed.”

Black Bird Volume III begins with the Tengu Clan Leader’s (Kyo) command for the daitengu to search for the Senka roku, a true story of the only known successful marriage of a Senka bride of demon prophecy. This marriage was to a clan leader of the Kitsune clan, the Tengu Clan’s bitter enemy. They soon realize they won’t be able to gain the permission needed from the Kitsune Clan, especially since Kyo doesn’t believe the future Kitsune Clan Leader is really as willing to give up his mischievous plans to make Misao his bride, willingly or not.

This uneasy revelation causes Kyo to enroll Hoki (the youngest of the eight bodyguards) into school with Misao as added protection, since he can't always be by her side while teaching. While in books one and two, Kyo appears to have hidden reasons for wanting to marry Misao, in volume three it is rather obvious that he cares for her a great deal – even loves her – by his overprotective ways. He also creates a charm for Misao out of his primary feathers that shows the demon world how much he cares for her - and wards off lesser demons – and show’s Misao how much he is willing to sacrifice to keep her safe. Tengu demons can only clip so many primary feathers or they risk being unable to fly.

With this he proves his love and affection, and for the first time in her life, she is able to hang out with her friends outside of school without fear of klutzy run-ins with pesky demons.DSCN0118

I enjoyed how noticeably this book shows the growth in Kyo’s relationship with Misao. Kyo is gentler with her and affectionate, but he doesn't hesitate to call Misao out on her BS when necessary.

Misao has quit denying her love for Kyo, and has grown into her new role (as the Tengu Clan Leader’s future bride) with added grace, even while plagued with the worry that she will never see her family and friends once she and Kyo marry. Instead of resigning herself to becoming Kyo’s biggest weakness, she strives to show him how strong she can be, even when scared witless.

It’s definitely true that I’m enjoying this series, but sheesh I wish authors would stop with the horrid cliffhangers. I know many readers like them, but I am impatient and curious by nature. IT’S TORTURE I TELL YOU. TORTURE.

Impatient and itching for more,

✿One Curvy Blogger

Read any good manga lately?
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review 2015-01-26 00:00
Black Bird, Vol. 4
Black Bird, Vol. 4 - Kanoko Sakurakouji Dear Reader,

After finishing four books in the Black Bird series, I’ve come to understand something about Kanoko Sakurakouji: She’s a damn sadist. She loves those horrible cliffhangers that make a reader want to face plant a desk. And yet I can’t get enough!

I really can’t.

I just sjdsfhdsfdldhfg *sob* I’m so addicted it’s painful.

I need to learn her secrets.

❥ ❥ ❥

*breathes deeply* I will try to finish this review without spontaneously combusting.

Some things you should know about the fourth volume of Black Bird:
  1. It starts with a nice and spicy make-out scene between Kyo and Misao. Nothing shows a promising read with some heavy breathing in the first scene. ©_©
  2. The Tengu men are a horny bunch. Though if you’ve been reading my reviews of the previous stories, you’ve probably realized this. Just thought it was worth repeating. I’d totally get along with these dudes if they were real peeps. Why can’t fictional characters be reeaaaal? *sob*
  3. After Kyo completely whoops the last Kitsune leader’s ass, a new heir to the throne appears. An heir whom happens to be Kyo’s best friend, Tadanobu. Did I mention they met when Kyo accidentally dropped his porn stash on Tadanobu’s head? It was bromance at first glance!
  4. In the first two novels, Misao is this timid, shy creature that took great pleasure in slapping away Kyo’s roaming hands (and I take great pleasure watching her slap him around, it’s just too funny), but in the last couple of volumes, we see she is emerging from her timid shell, and expressing some bad-ass bravery. Stupidity as well, but let’s not pretend these two personality traits are in any way mutually exclusive.
  5. Misao makes a new friend! She stumbles into one of her father’s folklore students who can also see the supernatural creatures that Misao has always been plagued by. It’s totally friends for life . . . until she meets her new friend’s boyfriend. ::sad face::
  6. May cause irreversible addiction if not read in moderation. One Curvy Blogger is not responsible for any damage/fees associated with a Back Bird addiction. Read at your own risk.

Did you make any sense out of this review?



Sorry not sorry.

Impatient and addicted,

One Curvy Blogger

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review 2015-01-25 01:33
Manga Review: Black Bird Volume I by Kanoko Sakurakoji
Black Bird, Vol. 1 - Kanoko Sakurakouji

Dear Readers,


Recently, I took a trip to the library for the first time in ages, and kind sorta went nuts in the manga section . . . I just never figured our public library would have such expensive books, but boy was I wrong! They have a huge selection, especially in the adult section. At first I was confused why they had teen books in the adult section, but by the time I finished this one, I totally knew why.

Fifteen-year-old Misao Harada has been able to see demons since she was a child. After her sixteenth birthday the demons whom usually aren’t any more pesky than a playful poltergeist have turned downright deadly and want to consume her for her powers, or force her hand in marriage. Meanwhile, her childhood friend and first love Kyo, has returned to town and has promised to save her from the demons, provided she sleeps with him and agrees to become his bride. It doesn’t help that she didn’t remember much about him from her childhood, such as he’s a tengu demon and leader of his clan.


There is just something so cute and addicting about the characters of Black Bird. I have a huge crush on Kyo and Misao and Kyo’s six-year-old Tengu servant, Taro. If you’ve never seen a baby manga character, you must google them! They are sooooocute! (lol)

Anyways, I really had a blast with this one, guys. I also checked out the second volume, so I’m super excited to start reading it as well! If you are a fan of manga or not, you should definitely check out Black Bird. You will not be disappointed!


Your friendly book addict,

♥ One Curvy Blogger

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Source: onecurvyblogger.com/2015/01/24/black-bird-volume-1-by-kanoko-sakurakoji
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