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review 2017-12-10 04:28
Alice in the Country of Hearts: My Fanatic Rabbit (manga, vol. 2) story by QuinRose, art by Delico Psyche, scenario by Shinotsuki, translated by Ajino Hirami
Alice in the Country of Hearts: My Fanatic Rabbit, Vol. 2 -

Peter saves Alice from being beheaded by Vivaldi, and Elliot takes Alice back to the mansion. Alice and Elliot are suddenly a lovey dovey couple, but things take a turn for the worse when Alice spends time with Ace and Julius. She learns about the clocks, and that Elliot

was once in prison for irreparably breaking his friend's clock. Elliot gets mad at Alice for being chummy with Julius, the man he hates, so Alice decides that she should drink the vial and go back to her world and her sister. However, Nightmare intervenes with a vision of Elliot killing himself after Alice leaves, so she decides to stay.

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This started off as a mediocre series, featuring one of my least favorite Alice in the Country of pairings, and then took a turn for the much worse. First we have attempted rape on Elliot's part -

he begins to force himself on Alice in anger after she spends time with Julius, his enemy.

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Then we have Nightmare's emotional manipulation of her.

Alice was going to leave Wonderland for good, and for a very good reason (a borderline abusive boyfriend). In order to stop her, Nightmare produced a vision of Elliot killing himself out of thin air. It reminded me of the horrible boyfriend a family member of mine used to have, who'd try to get her to stay with him by telling her he'd kill himself if she left.

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Not only that, the way the story was told was choppy and just plain bad - it went from Elliot taking Alice back to the mansion to them being a couple in the space of a page or so. I also felt that the artwork took a bit of a nosedive, becoming scratchier and less appealing.

If this were a horror series, it'd be one thing, but these stories are supposed to be romances, albeit occasionally kind of dark ones. This was garbage.

 

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

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review 2017-12-10 04:15
Alice in the Country of Hearts: My Fanatic Rabbit (manga, vol. 1) story by QuinRose, art by Delico Psyche, scenario by Shinotsuki, translated by Ajino Hirami
Alice in the Country of Hearts: My Fanatic Rabbit, Vol. 01 - QuinRose

Alice decides to stay at the Hatter mansion, even going so far as to get a job there. She slowly becomes closer to Elliot, until the day she witnesses him doing his job (killing people for Blood). That awakens doubts in her, which deepen when

Elliot tells her he'll kill her sister for hurting her and making her unhappy. Alice leaves and ends up traveling with Ace to Heart Castle. He gets lost, so she joins up with Peter when he shows up, but Peter ends up locking her up to keep her from leaving. The volume ends with Elliot heading to the castle, and Vivaldi about to order Alice beheaded.

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I'm really not a fan of the Alice and Elliot pairing. It's either too goofy and focused on Alice's love of Elliot's ears (it often feels like she enjoys tugging Elliot's ears more than she likes him as a person) or too focused in Elliot's violent nature. In this case it's more of the latter. Elliot announcing that he'd

kill Alice's sister for making her unhappy

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was horrifying, and a good reminder that the people in Wonderland have a very different and far more violent way of approaching the world than Alice is used to (that said, there are non-killers in Wonderland - it's one of the reasons why I like the Julius and Alice pairing so much).

This volume also had a bit of the ear-tugging stuff that I hate. Alice tugged Elliot's ears until it hurt him, and readers were supposed to think this was cute. I do not. He makes it pretty clear that he doesn't like it, and yet she doesn't stop. Volumes that pair off Elliot and Alice really do tend to highlight the worst in both of the characters.

There's a bit in this volume where Nightmare tells Alice "Anyone who meets you will take an interest in you and eventually fall in love with you." I think this is probably supposed to be good and comforting - Alice has gone from a place where the people she loves keep inadvertently hurting her to one where they are guaranteed to love her - but instead it strikes me as being both horrifying and depressing. It probably doesn't help that I played Doki Doki Literature Club! not long before reading this. It

really highlights just how awful the "someone is guaranteed to love you" aspect of romance visual novels would be if the characters were actually aware of what was going on.

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The artwork was at least relatively nice, although the use of screentone was a bit odd.

 

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

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review 2017-10-23 21:14
A very worthwhile story once you get past the beginning...
If There's No Tomorrow - Jennifer L. Armentrout

 

 

Book Title:  If There's No Tomorrow

Author:  Jennifer L Armentrout

Genre:  YA, Contemporary Romance

Setting:  Virginia

Source:  Kindle eBook (Library)

 

 

 

 

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Plot:  4.3/5

Main Characters:  4.5/5

Secondary Characters:  4.5/5

The Feels:  5/5

Addictiveness:  For the first 1/3; 2 for the rest 4 = 4 3/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  5/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  3

Total:  4.5/5 STARS - GRADE=A-

 

 

 

If I rated this just from the first third of the book, I would rate closer to a 2-star.  At the 36% mark on kindle, which is right when part II starts, this book became a completely different kind of story. Where the first part is mostly just teenage kids behaving as teenage kids are liable to do.  Permeated with too many conversations between too many characters.  The rest of book is a heartfelt and genuine look at the aftermath of a tragedy, with a sweet romance that has all the feels. 

 

I wholeheartedly recommend this to all teenagers, if I could get my daughters to actually read a book, I would have them read this.  There are some important life lessons in here told in a very compelling way…instead of telling them don't do this, and don't do that…this gives them why of those don'ts.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Of, course!

 

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review 2017-10-21 15:24
You know that saying keep your friends close and your enemies closer…
13 Minutes - Sarah Pinborough

 

 

Book Title:  13 Minutes

Author:  Sarah Pinborough

Narration:  Rosie Jones

Genre:  YA, Mystery

Setting:  England

Source:  Own Kobo Audiobook

 

 

 

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Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  2.5/5

Secondary Characters:  2.5/5

The Feels:  3/5

Addictiveness:  3.7/5

Theme or Tone:  3.5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  3/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4/5

Mystery:  5/5

Book Cover:  4/5

Narration:  3/5  Could have been better.

Ending:  4.7/5  Cliffhanger:  nope

Steam Factor 0-5: 4

Total:  3.5/5 STARS - GRADE=B-

 

 

 

The first half of this book reads like Mean Girls, with a British flair, and the second half turned out to be a very clever mystery.  I didn't see it coming, at all.  This is by far, too promiscuous for YA, though.  It has explicit sex scenes between a 16 and a 19-year-old.  That's just eww, between that and the catty little bitch characters, I almost DNF'd this.  I'm glad I didn't, because ultimately, despite not liking any of the characters, this was mostly a worthwhile listen just for the mystery alone. 

 

The narration would have benefited from another narrator, to differentiate between the two different female voices because it was difficult to keep it straight whose head you were in.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  Probably not…

 

 

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review 2017-10-21 01:35
It's difficult to put into words how I felt about this book, but I'll try…
Gun Shy - Lili St. Germain

 

 

Book Title:  Gun Shy

Author:  Lili St. Germain

Genre:  Dark, Suspense, Psychological Thriller

Setting:  Gun Creek, Nevada

Source:  Own Kindle eBook

 

 

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Plot:  4/5

Main Characters:  4.3/5

Secondary Characters: 4/5

The Feels:  5/5  5youfuckedwithmyheadSTARS

Addictiveness:  5/5

Theme or Tone:  5/5

Flow (Writing Style):  4/5

Backdrop (World Building):  5/5

Originality:  5/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Ending:  4/5  Cliffhanger:  Nope.

Steam Factor 0-5:  5 (An uncomfortable 5)

Total:  4.2/5 STARS - GRADE=B+

 

 

 

Just when you think that this story has given you all the fucked-up-ness that it can give…it gives you a little more, and then…a little.  Bit.  More.  It was one of the craziest books, if not the craziest book that I've ever read. Period.  The only series that even comes close to this is The Dark DuetGun Shy is a different kind of crazy than that.  

 

It was both compelling and repulsive at the same time.  Oddly enough, it did have its sweet moments.  I don't believe I liked how it ended, though…well, at least parts of the ending.

 

Will I read more from this Author?⇜  I don't know, it depends on my mood, I guess. 

 

 

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