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review 2017-12-11 19:20
Nnnnnope
Broken Angels, Volume 3 - Setsuri Tsuzuki

This series is seriously not good.

 

The first story is about how this girl was raped and thus can't have a normal relationship and is made out to be a villain for it.

The second one is about how a girl wants someone else to play the part of the swamp god other than Temari. Insert comments about "girls dressing like boys" and some "predatory lesbian" and you have this second story.

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text 2017-12-07 10:59
Reading progress update: I've read 100 out of 200 pages.
Broken Angels, Volume 3 - Setsuri Tsuzuki

More TRIGGER WARNING: Rape plot part 2

 

 

Sooo... the character is basically made out to be a bitch through treating Hiro "badly" or that's what we are supposed to think, that's what the author wants us to think. However it reads to me that she's been hurt since she was 10 and has this "push/pull" going on with Hiro. She thinks she's too "dirty" for him and at the same time only wants him around her. He is quiet however and everyone thinks he should dump her.

 

THe resolution is that he saves her from one of her tricks who wanted to stab her with scissors and loses? an eye. He then goes and tells her how much he loves her after she pretty much tells him to leave her alone. End scene wither her having him paint her nails, and we are supposed to think she's still a bitch or something.

 

UUUGGHHhhh..... time to see what the next story is about.

Anyone want these books after I'm done reading them, else they are going to the library.

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text 2017-12-06 10:37
Reading progress update: I've read 76 out of 200 pages.
Broken Angels, Volume 3 - Setsuri Tsuzuki

TRIGGER WARNING: This manga has a "nice" rape plot for one of the characters. Talk of rape and violence.

 

 

 

So the big story that starts this manga is a girl that was raped when she was around 10, so now she feel dirty. Now that she feels dirty and broken she's going around having sex with random men and it's just a mess.

The book is also trying to make her out to be 'a bitch' and Kureha? dumps a bowl of hot ramen over her head and it's seen as perfectly OK.

=_ =

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review 2017-11-23 23:54
Fall From Grace (Exile of Angels #1) by Ron C. Nieto
Fall from Grace (Exile of Angels Book 1)... Fall from Grace (Exile of Angels Book 1) - Ron C. Nieto

The Archangel of Secret Knowledge has been released from his long imprisonment in Hell and now has one major task - to free his brethren from their infernal imprisonment

 

But occupying a body - a life, a family - that is not his own comes with its own guilt and complexities; how do you explain to a mortal brother that you are trying to free demons from hell?

 

Especially when that mission becomes far more complicated, with more actors and manipulations with their own sinister motives than he imagined when he first found freedom.



This book has some really fascinating concepts

 

Fallen angels and demons are not unknown characters in urban fantasy - but I think this is the first time I’ve seen one with this kind of outlook. Henry is neither angsting about being unworthy of god and self-flagellating; nor is he raging about an unjust most High who must pay for his dastardly deeds. He is sensibly and doggedly trying to rescue his brethren. It’s a very personal story, one very much focused on him and not on big grand themes and revelations.

 

I also like Henry’s character - introverted, snarky, socially awkward but not in the arrogant-and-brilliant-way we see with so many protagonists. Just an inexperienced demon in the body of a man who was socially inept anyway. There’s a general sense with Henry that he’d much rather just be left alone with his books if he could get away with it.

 

I really like the conflict over what he is - because he possessed the human Henry Black. But he has all of Henry Black’s memories - and his opinions and even his mannerisms - including Henry’s OCD. Henry Black is dead… but how much of the angel/demon occupying the body is angel/demon and how much is Henry?

 

The concept of angelic power is also an interesting one - the nature of the word, the angelic inability to not speak truth and in changing reality to make it true. Divine power, the power angels can wield but cannot carry because only beings with a soul can do that. This idea that angels wield incredible power but that, ultimately, that power is human and divine and not their own. It’s a nice twist

 

Henry himself is both albino and has OCD. Both are parts of his character but while mentioned do not consume him. It’s good to see a disability which doesn’t become a character’s sole defining characteristic, but at the same time I rather think the OCD in particular was brushed over. We’re told Henry has OCD but that largely manifests with a need to have everything around him neat and tidy rather than actual compulsive behaviour



Siddik is a POC but his personality and history have been somewhat wiped with his possession/amnesia. There’s another random POC policeman who doesn’t play a huge role - and no LGBTQ people. But we do have a disabled protagonist

 

So why didn’t I love this book? Why did it take me so long to read? I’ve been turning this over in my head for a while now because it has so many elements I should love but, in the end, I didn’t. I found it something of a chore - and I think it comes down to it having a fairly laborious writing style. We seemed to slog our way through a lot of the text and there were a lot of explanations and activities that were just a little too abstract and theoretical and the big revelations about what was actually happening didn’t appear until the very end of this book. For a long time we had Henry Black moving to Detroit to explore the possibility of other demons escaping Hell without being summoned and then stuff happened. There’s hellfire humans I don’t entirely understand, and a secret organisation that isn’t explained until the very end of the book and a whole lot of personal drama and some other random events.

 

 

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Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/10/fall-from-grace-exile-of-angels-1-by.html
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review 2017-11-22 03:28
Head Coach (Hellions Angels #2) by Lia Riley
Head Coach: Hellions Angels - Lia Riley Head Coach: Hellions Angels - Lia Riley

Lia Riley’s HEAD COACH is top-shelf.  Sports reporter Neve Angel and Hellions’ head coach Tor Gunnar are nemesis.  However, a game of air hockey might change it all.  This contemporary sports romance is suitable for adult audiences.  The story takes place in Colorado. 

 

I looked forward to reading Neve’s and Tor’s story ever since book one, MISTER HOCKEY.  The two have an interesting relationship, enemies that are attracted to each other. The plot was clever and believable. There were a lot of interesting twists throughout the story. I liked the wedding aspect of the novel.  I love when Neve went dress shopping.  Kendall was just what she needed.  I thought the traffic app aspect was smart.  The moose was entertaining.

 

Lia Riley does a great job with her character development.  Neve is smart and feisty.  She has some self-esteem issues.  Tor is a good man and father.  He is reasonable. He is usually good at reading people.  I like that Neve and Tor always respected each other.  Both love their jobs and realize that a relationship between the two could cause a conflict of interest. 

 

I like how the story ended.  It felt well concluded.  Because of the tidbits told about Patrick Donnelly that happened in this book, I cannot wait for book three, VIRGIN TERRITORY, to hear his story.  I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.

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