I'm not using manga for Halloween Bingo, so this is just something extra. I'm only a few pages in, and although it does seem like the anime followed the manga really closely, it eased viewers in more. The manga starts with the scene where Narumi and Hirotaka first encountered each other at work and Hirotaka inadvertently outed Narumi as an otaku (someone with an obsessive interest, like gaming in Hirotaka's case or BL manga in Narumi's).
I'm loving the artwork - it's attractive, with nice, clean lines. And although I miss the days of pages and pages of translator's notes (incredibly helpful to me when I was first getting into manga), the translator's notes here are still really good. For example, I didn't know that the pointing on the cover actually meant something beyond "Narumi and Hirotaka are pointing at each other." According to the translator's notes, the characters on the covers for this series generally point at the parts of the title that are most relevant to them. Here, Narumi is pointing at the part of the title that means "otaku," and Hirotaka is pointing at the part of the title that means "love."
How can you trust yourself, when the people whom you believe in have you doubting everything you believed to be truth? Just One Love sets out to manipulate the brain, but ends up worming it's way into your heart. Hearts are broken, friendships are tested and love is found. Complications add up to an intriguing read.
It's been fun watching Selina and Henry tap dance around their feelings. The attraction has always been an obvious one. Now it's time to explore where their hearts can take them. For the Love of the Lady is a hint at goodbye and a glance at a new beginning. Hutton has drawn up an alluring tale of love that could be precious, if the prospective groom can convince his unwilling bride to risk her heart on him. I'm sad to have come to the end of such a captivating series.
The Lost Codex
Allies, once inseparable, splinter until they break apart.
An insidiousness carves its way through Wonderland, challenging the land’s very existence.
Battle lines will be drawn as pages, long languishing in darkness, are finally illuminated.
Swords will clash, blood will be spilled, and lives will be lost.
For what is written can still be erased.
~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~
I wanted to love this…I have loved the first three books in The Collector's Society. This has always been a uniquely told book series, but this one was just too out there in left field and left me feeling confused and sadly disappointed. It felt like it dragged a lot of the time and was the longest 411 pages ever. I've adored these characters and I have been fascinated with the premise, so I tried to let that reflect in my rating. I guess, overall I just wanted this play out differently…and that ending…well, I guess ultimately that ending left an opening for this story to play out differently...
I actually finished the last half or so of this book with the Audio version, because I was being plagued by migraines and couldn't continue reading. I did not care for the narration of this at all, though. Heather Lyons, in my opinion, this series could have benefitted from a different narrator, in fact adding a male voice would have been worked much better for Finn's parts and for the print version, you really need to have someone proofread it.
☆3.5☆STARS - GRADE=B-
~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
Main Characters~ 5/5
Secondary Characters~ 3.8/5
The Feels~ 3.7/5
Theme or Tone~ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 3.7/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 4.3/5
Ending~ 4/5 Cliffhanger~ This is supposed to be the last one…but it could be continued…with the way it ended.
Book Cover~ It's fairly cool…
Series~ The Collector's Society #4
Setting~ The Institute, Antarctica, Wonderland
Source~ I own Kindle eBook
I used this for Relics and Curiosities Square in Halloween Bingo 2018