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review 2018-11-24 18:25
The Girl from the Other Side (manga, vol. 4) by Nagabe, translated by Adrienne Beck
The Girl from the Other Side, Vol. 4 - Adrienne Beck,Nagabe

Shiva's aunt tells Teacher the story of how she found baby Shiva Outside, next to her dead parent. She also tells Teacher that the true horror of the curse isn't just how it changes people, but that it

makes those it affects immortal (which is why soldiers kill everyone while that's still possible). After that, she grows more and more protective of Shiva, even going so far as to urge Shiva to run away with her. Meanwhile, Teacher feels lonely, and like an interloper. Shiva and her aunt come back, however. Auntie begins to lose her memories and ends up leaving. The volume ends with the Outsider from earlier in the series bringing back her head. Does this mean she has somehow died, despite telling Teacher that Outsiders are immortal? I guess I'll find out later.

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This volume is heart-wrenching on multiple levels. First there was Teacher, who was clearly distressed at the possibility of being left alone but who, at the same time, wanted what was best for Shiva. Then there was Auntie and

her deterioration. I wonder why it started so suddenly and progressed so quickly? Do all Outsiders find themselves forgetting the people and things they loved and moving on? It doesn't seem to affect relationships formed after they become Outsiders, or Teacher would have forgotten Shiva and moved on already. In fact, if I'm not mistaken, Teacher seems to do better when Shiva is around. If Shiva's aunt had stuck around, could she have learned to love Shiva again? Or maybe it would have been too upsetting for everyone involved.

Extras: a couple full-color pages and a few four-panel comics, one of which revealed that Teacher managed to learn how to bake a pie from Shiva's aunt before she forgot how to make pies. Aww.

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Speaking of pie-baking, I loved the artwork during the scene where the flour got dumped everywhere. It was the first clear view of what Teacher and Auntie's facial structures were like.


(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2018-11-24 18:13
The Girl from the Other Side (manga, vol. 3) by Nagabe, translated by Adrienne Beck
The Girl from the Other Side: Siúil, a Rún Vol. 3 - Nagabe

Shiva's aunt takes her back to the Insiders, leaving Teacher all alone. Things go badly very quickly -

Shiva's aunt succumbs to the curse, and so the soldiers raze the town. Shiva and Teacher find each other again, but Shiva is feverish, injured, and horrified at the possibility that she might have ultimately been responsible for all those deaths. Shiva's aunt, now an Outsider, arrives and tells Teacher that, yes, she abandoned Shiva, but she also once found Shiva abandoned and took her in. Extras: a couple full-color pages and some four-panel comics.

The suspense, as Shiva's aunt began to display signs of the curse, was great. The entire "razing of the town" scene made me think of Attack on Titan - dark and awful.

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Since I had theorized that the curse was actually just a disease and the Outsiders were just beings shunned by humans, the revelation that the curse was a real thing was a bit of a shock. I'm very intrigued by the beginning of Shiva's aunt's story. Where did Shiva come from? Is she

some kind of carrier of the curse? I also found it interesting that Shiva's aunt retained both her personality and her memories.

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(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2018-11-24 18:03
The Girl from the Other Side (manga, vol. 2) by Nagabe, translated by Adrienne Beck
The Girl From the Other Side: Siúil, A Rún Vol. 2 - Nagabe

Teacher finds an Outsider in his home, touching Shiva, and attacks it (her? I vaguely recall feminine pronouns being used at one point, but I'm not sure and my notes are unclear) to defend Shiva. Shiva and Teacher go after the Outsider because it said it knew where Shiva's "mother" is. Teacher follows the dog-like Outsiders into a lake and learns a terrible thing about the curse, which Shiva will surely eventually show symptoms of. Meanwhile, the Insiders

send Shiva's aunt out as bait to capture Shiva.

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Extras: a couple full-color pages and a few four-panel comics.

I'm intrigued by whatever it is Teacher learned. What is the nature of the curse and why do both Insiders and Outsiders want Shiva? Also, where did Teacher come from and why doesn't he remember?

Teacher leaving Shiva alone while he went into the lake with the Outsiders struck me as both risky and out-of-character. What if it was a trap? What if Insiders came across Shiva while was alone, with only a headless and untrustworthy Outsider for protection?

I hate to say this since I mostly love the character designs and artwork in this series, but the fight scene between Teacher and the Outsider was pretty bad. Very stiff and difficult to follow. The dark characters plus dark floorboards and grey walls didn't exactly help.


(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.)

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review 2018-11-05 11:00
Release Week Review! Gabriel (Stone Warriros #3 / Vampires in America #14.5) D.B. Reynolds!



It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for bits of land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until. . . .

Gabriel Halldor. . . one of the fiercest warriors the world has ever seen, but his tremendous skill can’t save him from a sorcerer’s curse. Trapped in stone and left lying in darkness for thousands of years, he is, at long last, brought into the sunlight of a Japanese garden, where a young girl comes to sit at his feet and read him stories as she grows to womanhood.


Hana Himura. . . beloved granddaughter of a Japanese mob boss, raised to the life of a warrior. When death comes for her grandfather, he sends her to the one guardian courageous enough to protect her from a sorcerer who will stop at nothing to have her.


Raphael. . . the most powerful vampire lord on earth, and the only man who can save Gabriel and Hana from an enemy who would enslave them both.


Running from the certain death that awaits them in Japan, Hana and Gabriel flee to Malibu and the vampire lord her grandfather called friend. Raphael is magic and power combined, and Gabriel and Hana will need both if they’re going to survive long enough to defeat their enemy and light the flame of desire that’s been simmering between them for years.


A fierce warrior, Gabriel Halldor is trapped in stone and lying in darkness for thousands of years. Raised to the life of a warrior. Hana Himura is sent to the one guardian courageous enough to protect her from a sorcerer. They can only be saved from slavery by the most powerful vampire on earth. This powerful and gripping romance pulls readers in and refuses to let go as Gabriel, Hana and Raphael take on the evil sorcerer who turned Nick’s men to stone with a curse.

The story is brings the two series, Vampires in America and Stone Warriors together and as usual with this author, readers are compelled to the pages as they hold on to their seats in anticipation of what thrilling event will take place next. The characters are bold, vivid and the stuff fantasies are made of, Gabriel and Hana have strong, electrical chemistry and passion burns hot throughout the story as they give into the desire that’s been simmering between them for years. The readers easily connect with these characters ensuring that they want to know every last detail of their story while the fast page and smooth flowing plot keeps them glued to the pages with lots of exhilarating action, intriguing suspense and witty dialogue that adds depth to the characters and adds a sense of realism to the story. Nick and Raphael add even more enjoyment to the story with their hot as sin selves and their antagonistic attitude toward each other that causes some very heated discussions while planning on how to keep Hana and Gabriel safe. There is not one moment of boredom to be found in this explosive story that includes some spectacular battles and sizzling romance.



Author's book page - https://www.dbreynolds.com/stone-warriors/the-stone-warriors-gabriel/



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Gabriel is the 3rd book in the Stone Warriors series


It was a time when gods walked the earth, when armies fought not for land, but for the very existence of humanity. On such a battlefield, five formidable warriors stood against an evil greater than any the earth had ever seen. But evil is not an honorable foe. Betrayed by someone they trusted, the warriors were cursed, one by one, tossed into the maelstrom of time, imprisoned in stone, their freedom resting on nearly impossible conditions. Until...



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1 Damian
2 Kato
3 Gabriel




Gabriel's book crosses with the Vampire in America Series as #14.5!


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Gabriel is AVAILABLE in print or ebook


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D. B. Reynolds is the RT and EPIC Award-Winning author of several Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy stories, including the very popular Vampires in America. An Emmy-nominated television sound editor, she lives in a flammable canyon near Los Angeles, and when she's not writing her own books, she can usually be found reading someone else's. Visit her blog at www.dbreynolds.com for details on all of her books, free stories, and more.

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review 2018-08-20 11:04
Review! Curse Across Time by Shelley Munro!
Curse Across Time - Shelley Munro



Life is a chariot race for Marc Angelo and Tarquin Navona. Friends, rivals and rock stars of Circus Maximus in ancient Rome, they wow the fans with their daring driving and take their choice of lovers. A fine life indeed—if Marc weren’t harboring feelings for Tarquin. It’s difficult to behave normally when he craves physical contact with his friend’s muscular body, but Marc resists, too afraid of losing Tarquin entirely.


He needn’t have worried. Fate has plans for them. Very long-term plans…

When a powerful sorcerer catches Marc and Tarquin with his wife, he curses them to imprisonment in stone. Centuries pass, and Marc’s love and lust for Tarquin only increase. His friend doesn’t have a clue, but that’s the least of their problems. They have no idea how to escape their predicament—and may be doomed to spend eternity cursed.


Inside Scoop: Marc and Tarquin take a brief dip into M/F/M ménage waters. They discover quickly enough they should’ve contained their lust to each other.


This book was previously published under the title Stoned.



Curse Across Time is an charming and passionate erotic romance with sexy gladiators that takes across time. Marc and Tarquin are two strong, compelling character that easily capture readers’ attention and draws them into their story. The relationship between these two is sweet but not without its problems both emotional and physical, since they are imprisoned in stone for centuries. The plot is fast paced and smooth and while the short side keeps readers captivated from the very beginning.


Curse Across Time is a delightful and sensual read that is perfect when only have a short time to yourself or when you just need a quick and passionate hit of romance.



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USA Today bestselling author Shelley Munro lives in Auckland, the City of Sails, with her husband and a cheeky Jack Russell/mystery breed puppy.


Typical New Zealanders, Shelley and her husband left home for their big OE soon after they married (translation of New Zealand speak – big overseas experience). A twelve month long adventure lengthened to six years of roaming the world. Enduring memories include being almost sat on by a mountain gorilla in Rwanda, lazing on white sandy beaches in India, whale watching in Alaska, searching for leprechauns in Ireland, and dealing with ghosts in an English pub.


While travel is still a big attraction, these days Shelley is most likely found in front of her computer following another love – that of writing stories of romance and adventure. Other interests include watching rugby and rugby league (strictly for research purposes), and curling up with a good book.

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