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review 2017-07-13 01:55
Humble Bundle win
Lost Souls - Kelley Armstrong,Xavière Daumarie

This was amazing.   No illustrations, but it was a Humble Bundle book, and I loved the storyline, the characters, and the way they worked with and against each other.   Not quite charming, but hopeful, especially for a book about the fae.   

 

I'm out of the loop.   I've read nothing else in this series, but I really, really want to now.   Armstrong has a good sense of humor, and writes in an easy to read style.   

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review 2017-07-06 12:54
Really hitting its stride
Fairy Tail Vol. 9 - Hiro Mashima

I hope this keeps up.  Loke's backstory was the most fascinating in that it had the most depth, and made him confront a moral problem that had more shades of gray than any before.   I wanted to know more about him, about where he came from, and about why he acted in the way he did.   (I can't get less vague without spoiling this entire storyline.)

 

It also touched me the most.  I felt more for the characters.   The art, in addition, continues to get better and better in my opinion.   It's not quite as noticeable between volumes: there was one large improvement, then slower improvements over that.   Still, I really appreciate this fact. 

 

Onto volume ten.

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review 2017-07-03 22:15
The fight between the guilds continues
Fairy Tail, Vol. 8 - Hiro Mashima

And it gets ugly.   There are losses on both sides, and a building that walks, and turns into a magically powered mecha.   There's nothing that makes me think this is going to get more nuanced than this is, but it's fun.   It has been, and it continues to be, and I'm still liking the art more. 

 

For now, I'm not compelled to write long reviews, just ones that note that I've finished a volume and where this ranges on the status quo.   I'm enjoying it, but I wouldn't push it on anyone who didn't, or even try to convince them to read.   Given the rather odd art, and the fact that this is far from the most brilliant thing I've read, well...   

 

Still, it's something that's nice and easy for me, and it's relaxing.   So onto volume nine.

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review 2017-07-03 17:00
Loving some of the backstory
Fairy Tail, Vol. 7 - Hiro Mashima

Lucy, Elfman and Mirajane all get more full backgrounds that make me more interested in them.   In addition, the Phantom Guild tries to kidnap Lucy to bring her back to their client: her father, which ties into her backstory. 

 

But there's a lot more personal connections made, or emphasized, or clarified.   The story and personal interactions all get more complex, but nothing earth shattering in that or storyline - which is getting better, too, as Fairy Tail battles Phantom Lord, the guild that tries to take Lucy.  

 

Going to move onto volume eight now.

 

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review 2017-07-03 14:22
Still not a favorite, but not as bad as previous volumes
Fairy Tail 6 - Hiro Mashima

The problem was with the art, and I really feel like the author/artist has improved a lot over these six volumes.   Which if you're not into the art in the previous ones, and don't want to read it because of that?   Doesn't help.  

 

I was willing to give it a shot, and I'm pleased: I find the storylines, even when somewhat ridiculous, also addictively compelling, enough so for me to really want to continue.  

 

Three and a half stars because the storyline isn't the best I've read, and the art still gets a little wonky sometimes, but I'm definitely enjoying this more than I did the first couple of volumes!

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