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review 2017-12-10 03:03
Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto (manga, vol. 2) by Nami Sano, translated by Adrienne Beck
Haven't You Heard? I'm Sakamoto Vol. 2 - Nami Sano

Sakamoto tutors Yoshinobu (the bullied kid from volume 1) while deftly avoiding and finally defusing Yoshinobu's amorous mother. Then Sakamoto outwits a teacher bent on believing he's trouble, even managing to add the teacher to his list of admirers due to a kind act he performs. Then there are a few shorter episodes: dealing with a slug in cooking class, drawing a classmate in a way that manages to be both flattering and insulting, and saving a classmate during a fire drill (?). The volume ends with a group of delinquents pursuing Sakamoto and always just missing him. As they try to find him, they hear about his past mysterious exploits. Then there's an incident involving a delinquent trying to pick a fight with Sakamoto and ending up in a bizarre push fight against him.

I don't know why I requested this. I shouldn't have. I disliked the first volume, which I felt had too much an "uncanny valley" feeling to it to truly be funny. I mean, this series is supposed to be a comedy right? I'm not misunderstanding?

I had similar issues while reading this volume. I'm sorry, but Sakamoto makes my skin crawl, and I can't bring myself to laugh at the situations he deals with. I wonder if a different artist would change things. Technically, Sakamoto and the things he does aren't that different from the occasional humorous bits in Black Butler, where Sebastian accomplishes seemingly impossible feats in order to properly serve his master. I love that stuff in Black Butler, but it doesn't work for me at all here.

The first part of this volume was particularly awful. Yoshinobu's mother struck me as a pitiful woman, and I disliked that the volume seemed to be asking readers to laugh at her and her efforts to corner Sakamoto. Not only that, she was attempting to molest a teenage boy - not something I'd consider good comedy material.


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

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review 2017-11-11 21:12
Special Forces: Operation Alpha: Handling Haven: A Deimos/Trident Security/Delta Team Crossover (Kindle Worlds) - Samantha A. Cole

Lucas AKA “Frisco”  meets Haven at her worst moment.  He cannot get her off his mind for months following.  When he sees her again, and the attraction is till there, he knows he must say something.


Haven has already had a hard life.  Going through an injury that may change her life should have been expected.  When it all hits the fan - can she trust someone she just met to make her feel better about her situation?


The Deimos series starts off with a literal bang!  The characters are interesting, as well as mysterious and definitely worth reading.  I loved these characters and the way they interacted.  The gritty story gets your blood pumping, while the love story soothes the rough edges.  I enjoyed every page!  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!



***This early copy was given in exchange for an honest review only.

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review 2017-11-11 05:11
Definitely a different type of book, then I usually read lately.
Haven - Mary Lindsey

First off I would like to thank Netgalley, Entangled Publishing, LLC, and they Author Mary Lindsey, for granting my request to read and review this very interesting book.

I really loved the character of Rain, from the very beginning, I loved that he could handle himself. I really also loved that it was only his point of view that we were getting. I am so use to reading books that are mostly from the females point of view. Or a mixture of both the female, and males point of views.

I really wasn't sure if I was going to like Freddie, or if you want to call her by her real name, Friederiike, at first but she started to grow on me, but not until  almost the half way point. And that's just because she wanted to at first protected her secret, and the big reason protect Rain. I figured out her secret way before Rain did. I loved that once Rain found out her secret, it didn't stop him from wanting to be with Freddie. Even when Freddie wanting to push him away. Another character I really loved was Rain's aunt Ruby, who took him in after his mom died. I really felt bad for Ruby when her backstory was revealed to us the readers. I figured something happened in her past, but I wasn't sure exactly what that was. 

The ending I thought was pretty action packed, and I was very happy on how it ended. I would definitely read more books by this Author. 

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review 2017-11-08 17:39
Review: Haven by Mary Lindsey
Haven - Mary Lindsey



Rain Ryland has never belonged anywhere, He’s used to people judging him for his rough background, his intimidating size, and now, his orphan status. He’s always been on the outside, looking in, and he’s fine with that. Until he moves to New Wurzburg and meets Friederike Burkhart. Freddie isn’t like normal teen girls, though. And someone wants her dead for it. Freddie warns he’d better stay far away if he wants to stay alive, but Rain’s never been good at running from trouble. For the first time, Rain has something worth fighting for, worth living for. Worth dying for.

I really enjoyed this sort of fresh spin on shifters in this book. This book had a lot of elements to it and not just the supernatural. Rain did not have an easy life so far and did not have a stable home much with his mother’s battle with drugs they were always on the move and often living on the streets. Now moving in with his aunt he has to learn how to trust people again and learn to adjust to a new permanent home. 

As all of that was not enough he also get thrown into the world of supernatural as he meets Freddie and her ”family” . I liked that there were a few new ideas ( for me) as far as the shifter world goes. I liked the watcher part and it was a pretty interesting concept. I liked the characters. Rain was fun and interesting to follow as he stumbles through life. I must say I was not a huge fan of Freddie in the beginning, but she grew on me throughout the book. But in the beginning she was a little too much back and forth. Yes and a minute later no type, which was bit annoying to me. But I think his aunt was my favorite person in the book. The way she took him in and trusted him and the way she adjusted to him but also her past. Overall, I really enjoyed this book and rate it 4★.

*I received a free copy from the publisher via Netgalley and chose to leave a voluntary review. Thank you!*

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Mary Lindsey

Mary Lindsey is a multi award-winning, RITA® nominated author of romance for adults and teens. Her books Shattered Souls and Fragile Spirits have been selected for the 2017 Spirit of Texas Reading Program.

Mary lives on an island in the middle of a river. Seriously, she does. When not writing, she wrangles her rowdy pack of three teens, two Cairn Terriers, and one husband. Inexplicably, her favorite animal is the giant anteater and at one point, she had over 200 "pet" Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches. The roaches are a long story involving three science-crazed kids and a soft spot for rescue animals. The good news is, the "pet" roaches found a home... somewhere else.


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text 2017-10-29 18:24
Reading progress update: I've read 100%.
Haven - Mary Lindsey

really liked this take on shifters . RTC

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