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review 2018-06-19 12:38
The Seven Deadly Sins (manga, vol. 1) by Nakaba Suzuki, translated by Christine Dashiell
The Seven Deadly Sins 1 (Seven Deadly Sins, The) - Nakaba Suzuki

The Seven Deadly Sins stars Meliodas, a tavern owner who serves utterly terrible food and whose only companion is a talking pig named Hawk. One day a mysterious "Rust Knight" arrives at Meliodas' tavern. The Knight, who turns out to really be Princess Elizabeth, is looking for the Seven Deadly Sins, a chivalric order made up of seven criminals who each bear the mark of a beast upon their bodies. The Holy Knights disbanded the Seven Deadly Sins years ago after they were accused of plotting to overthrow the kingdom.

Now, however, the Holy Knights have done what they accused the Seven Deadly Sins of trying to do, and Princess Elizabeth believes the Seven Deadly Sins are the kingdom's last hope. Luckily for her, Meliodas is not only one of those famed warriors, specifically the Dragon Sin of Wrath, he's looking for the others too.

I got this first volume in PDF form via a Humble Bundle a while back. Interestingly, the file was formatted in such a way that changing to "two page layout" actually properly placed the pages for right-to-left reading - definitely a step up from the Inuyashiki volume formatting.

This was technically okay. The artwork was actually pretty good, more detailed than I expected. I loved the way Suzuki drew the foggy forest. I occasionally had trouble following some of the action, but I think that was more due to the size of the PDF pages on my monitor (I didn't feel like zooming in) than to any problems with the artwork.

The fantasy aspect felt a bit generic, but that could change. This first volume was light on details as to what, exactly, each of the Seven Deadly Sins could do. Meliodas appeared to have super-strength - I wasn't sure if his broken sword was anything special or really just a random broken sword. One of the other Seven Deadly Sins, Diana, was a giant, but apparently that had nothing to do with the mark she bore (Serpent Sin of Envy) as a member of the Seven Deadly Sins. No information was given as to what the different beasts signified, although I assume they're important in some way and are maybe tied in to what each of the members of the group can do.

Hawk, Meliodas' animal companion, was reasonably cute and got points for calling out Meliodas' frequent gross behavior. Unfortunately, the character also added to the series' overall generic feel. I was reminded of Fairy Tail's Plue and Happy - it seems like every shounen fantasy adventure group needs at least one cute and comedic animal character.

The series' overly generic feeling is part of the reason I'm not sure I want to continue on. My other issue with this series was how much fan service and boob and butt grabbing it contained. The first time Meliodas met Princess Elizabeth, he groped her breasts while she was still unconscious, supposedly to confirm that she was female. From that point on, it felt like the story was a series of action scenes glued together with boob and butt grabbing jokes. Readers were supposed to laugh at Meliodas' antics and Princess Elizabeth's reactions (she mostly either didn't notice what he was doing or dismissed it as harmless - Hawk was more disgusted and upset than she was). I not only didn't think it was funny, I found myself becoming increasingly annoyed. It was a lazy and gross way for Suzuki to try to get some laughs.

There's a Humble Bundle available for another 24 hours that has volumes 1 to 22 of this series. Wikipedia tells me that The Seven Deadly Sins is still ongoing and is currently up to 31 volumes, so this is a pretty significant chunk. That said, I'm not sure that I want to take the plunge.

Extras:

Eight pages of design sketches for The Seven Deadly Sins.

 

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

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review 2018-03-14 01:31
Fantastic!!!
Dark Lord of Kismera: Knights of Kismera - Tamara H Hartl

Dark Lord Of Kismera by Tamara H. Hartl is, in a word, amazing. I won a copy of this book and when I started reading it I thought...what the ____ is this! And I still couldn't classify it even after reading it. It's a little sci-fi, a bit fantasy with a dash of paranormal romance. Drace and Ki's story is loaded with action, adventure, humor and sizzle. That wasn't enough for author Tamara H. Hartl, she then went on and gave this book characters that are awesome, from the main characters to the least important, they all had wonderfully written personalities. Dark Lord Of Kismera will probably make you chuckle, it may have you shedding a tear, but you won't be bored. If this book was an amusement park ride, it would be a roller coaster. Ms. Hartl has impressed me with her storytelling abilities. I loved this book! I look forward to reading more from Tamara H. Hartl in the future. Dark Lord Of Kismera is book 1 of the Knights Of Kismera Series but it can be read as a standalone. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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review 2018-03-14 01:29
Outstanding!
Lexin's Quest (Knights of Kismera Book 2) - Tamara H Hartl

Lexin's Quest by Tamara H. Hartl is an amazing read. Ms. Hartl has again delivered a well-written book and furnished it with outstanding, lovable characters. Ms. Hartl gets an A+ for her characters and their interaction. Lexin is sent on a quest to find the king's son that everyone believed had died at birth. Cerise is new to Kismera and joins Lexin's quest. There is so much happening in this story...action, suspense, humor, adventure and spice. I enjoyed every page of this book and look forward to reading more from the talented Tamara H. Hartl. Lexin's Quest is book 2 of the Knights Of Kismera Series and could be read as a standalone, but I suggest reading book 1 first or you'll have unanswered questions. This is a complete book, not a cliff-hanger.

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text 2018-03-01 15:20
February - Black History Month Reads #readsoullit
His Secret Son (The Westmoreland Legacy) - Brenda Jackson
Thuggz Valentine (Wahida Clark & David Weaver Presents) - Wahida Clark
Rumors - A.C. Arthur
Revealed (The Rumors Series, Book 2) - A.C. Arthur
Taming Her Billionaire (Knights of Los Angeles) - Yahrah St. John
Games Women Play - Zaire Crown
Her Secret Life - Tiffany L. Warren
Down by Law (Throwback Diaries) - Ni-Ni Simone
Way Too Much Drama (Kimani Tru) - Earl Sewell
Real As It Gets (Rumor Central) - ReShonda Tate Billingsley

I had a wonderful reading month in February. I read 11 books! I haven't read eleven books in one month in ages. I decided to participate with fellow bookstagrammers and read only black books this month. Here are my ratings;

 

 

4 stars

 

His Secret Son by Brenda Jackson

 

Thuggz Valentine by Wahida Clark

 

Revealed by A.C. Arthur

 

Games Women Play by Zaire Crown

 

Her Secret Life by Tiffany L. Warren

 

Way Too Much Drama by Earl Sewell

 

Real As It Gets by ReShonda Tate Billingsley

 

 

3 Stars

 

Rumors by A.C. Arthur

 

Taming Her Billionaire by Yahrah St. John

 

Down by Law by Ni-Ni Simone

 

 

All these books I requested from the publishers at Netgalley.com in exchange for review.

 

 

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review 2018-02-19 00:00
Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt (2018-) #1 (Dark Nights: Metal (2017-))
Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt (2018... Dark Knights Rising: The Wild Hunt (2018-) #1 (Dark Nights: Metal (2017-)) - Grant Morrison,Doug Mahnke,Wil Quintana,Tbd While this might be just my fault for picking this up as a one-shot since I want to get into Grant Morrision's Batman but the stuff about the monkeys was pretty great but everything else was a boring mess.
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