Flying Witch, Vol. 1 by Chihiro Ishizuka, Melissa Tanaka

Title: Flying Witch, Vol. 1

Author: Chihiro Ishizuka, Melissa Tanaka

Series: Yes.

Format: eBook

Page Count: 158

Publisher: Kodansha/Vertical Comics

Age Range: 13+

Genre: Slice of Life/Fantasy

Description on Goodreads:

Prepare to be Bewitched! 

Makoto Kowata, a novice witch, packs up her belongings (including a black cat familiar) and moves in with her distant cousins in rural Aomori to complete her training and become a full-fledged witch.

Review:

This is my first review in a while! So do forgive me if I am a little rusty.

I went into this series completely blind. To be honest, it came in a package deal I got! It was a part of the Humble Manga Bundle: Fantasy by Kodansha Comics deal! I must state, this is NOT a sponsored review. My thoughts are my own. I will however speak to you of how wonderful Humble Bundle is. I love this site, as I can find new and interesting things and support not only them, but charity as well!

I knew nothing of the series and decided for it to be my first read, and boy am I glad I did!

The story starts out with our protagonist; the fledgling witch Makoto and her cat familiar Chito. The story is very lighthearted and feels like it really could be something that could happen.

From making friends and giving them dangerous plants to meeting the Harbinger of Spring and her adorable little cousin… I definitely will be continuing this series and suggest this to anyone who loves a little magic with their slice of life!

My Rating: 4/5

Would I/Who would I recommend it (too): Anyone who has a good hankering for some light fantasy and homey feeling reads.

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/31172294-flying-witch-vol-1

 

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This post is cross posted to SaltySalamanders

Reading and the girl.

Okay so it’s been…

Over a year since my last book review.

Over two since I was on hardcore blog mode.

This is not Bueno.

I do need to apologize. For some reason I just… haven’t been reading. Maybe it’s a side effect of depression? Not quite sure.

I keep trying to push myself to write and read, but nothing seems to stick. I am not quite sure what to do. I want to read. The desire is there; but the drive isn’t. I have even tried audiobooks. Nothing seems to push me to maybe 1, 4 books a year. I don’t understand it. I want to get out of this funk.

If anyone has any tips…?

 

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Broken Hearts, Fences and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn [DNF]

Title: Broken hearts, Fences and other things to mend by Katie Finn

Author: Katie Finn

Series: Yes, Trilogy.

Format: Hardcover

Page Count: 339, I stopped at 164.

Publisher: Feiwel and Friends

Age Range: 15+

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Social Issues

Description on Goodreads:

Hot sun. Blue waves. New romances. Old secrets.

Gemma had her summer all planned out, but it takes a sharp turn when she gets dumped and finds herself back in the Hamptons after a five-year absence.

Being there puts her at risk of bumping into Hallie, her former best friends (that is, before Gemma ruined her life). But people don’t hold grudges forever. Do they?

Gemma intends on making amends, but a small case of mistaken identity causes the people she knew years ago—including Hallie and her dreamy brother, Josh—to believe she’s someone else. As though the summer wasn’t complicated enough already.

Filled with summer sun, boys, and friendships gone sour, Katie Finn’s first novel in the Broken Hearts and Revenge series sizzles and delights.

Review:

Now, before I start I want to say this: I loved the writing style and I will be picking up other books under her other name; Morgan Matson. I loved the prose and how the story flowed… I just didn’t like the story. From the beginning I was getting through it quickly, but just as quickly it fell apart for me. The idea behind the series is great! Revenge, remorse, heartbreak, new romance, drama… it has it all!

But.. it just didn’t click with me. Something about the characters seemed overly predictable. I didn’t like how it was painstakingly obvious what was going on between Hallie and Gemma. I got it the first moment they saw each other again. I also flipped to the back and was right about another prediction I made.

The story wasn’t for me, but it might be for you! 😀 I am not going to rate this, since while I didn’t like the story and it felt overly predictable where it was going, I loooovveedd the writing and style. I will be picking up Since You’ve Been Gone hopefully soon!

My Rating:

n/a

Would I/Who would I recommend it (too): Anyone who likes a good contemporary novel!

Goodreads Link:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18525657-broken-hearts-fences-and-other-things-to-mend

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May the 4th be with you!

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Today is a wonderful day, and perfect time for a short, but sweet impromtu post!

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I wanted to let you all know of two deals on Amazon, one of which is for May the 4th only! So please, stop and look.

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On the amazon kindle daily deal, you can pick up many many many cheap Star Wars books, INCLUDING THE FIRST TWO TRILOGIES…

If you don’t think this is a deal, well…

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Now, for the other wonderful deal!

So a wonderful friend of mine’s books are on sale!

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…Ted? NO NOT TED!

The wonderful Eric Smith’s!

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PSSSST ERIC IS CLICKABLE TO GET TO HIS BLOG.

Anyways, his books are on sale, and he is running a contest on his blog! 😀 The Geek’s Guide to Dating is $3.99 and INKED is $1.99 on Kindle, Nook, Kobo, and in the iBookstore!

He is an amazing author and a great friend! 😀 Please give him some loving!

Anyways, it’s time for me to blow this popsicle stand. Got books to read, light saber’s to play with.

Till next time,

Rei’sa

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INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY: OF POSEIDON BY ANNA BANKS or KINDLE BOOK/GIFT CARD

SO!

Before I even knew I hit a major milestone on the blog, I was having a giveaway on instagram!

WHAT YOU ARE GETTING:

Either 1 Copy of: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks + some of my favorite teas.

or

1 Kindle/eBook of your choice/GiftCard at a 5$ value! I am slightly flexable it it is a dollar or two more.

HOW YOU ENTER:

Follow + Repost the image with the hashtag #MermaidReisa by 3/5/2015 for a chance to win! US only for now though!

I may have a future contest to include INT followers as well! 😀

Good luck! 😀

Divergent by Veronica Roth; or why did I take so long to read this?

Title: Divergent

Author: Veronica Roth

Series: Yes, first of a trilogy.

Age Range: I would say 16 and up.

Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Adventure, Political

Would I recommend it to anyone: Kind of. I would to anyone who wants a good thrill ride.

Description on Goodreads:

In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue–Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with her family and being who she really is–she can’t have both. So she makes a choice that surprises everyone, including herself.

During the highly competitive initiation that follows, Beatrice renames herself Tris and struggles alongside her fellow initiates to live out the choice they have made. Together they must undergo extreme physical tests of endurance and intense psychological simulations, some with devastating consequences. As initiation transforms them all, Tris must determine who her friends really are–and where, exactly, a romance with a sometimes fascinating, sometimes exasperating boy fits into the life she’s chosen. But Tris also has a secret, one she’s kept hidden from everyone because she’s been warned it can mean death. And as she discovers unrest and growing conflict that threaten to unravel her seemingly perfect society, Tris also learns that her secret might help her save the ones she loves . . . or it might destroy her.

Review:

 Soooo. I picked this book up, put it down. Up, down, up, down.. for months. I just kept getting distacted and picking up other books. It’s wasn’t it’s fault. I have ADD. This happens sometimes. Or, it would be too intense for what I needed at that moment. But, recently I picked it back up and wiped it out in a matter of days.

 

I absolutely loved the world building. I actually felt like I was sucked deep into the world, when Tris was first in Abnegation, training in Dauntless and so on, I wanted to take on the enemy by her side.

 

This book truly is worth the hype it has. The emotions, the adrenline rush that I had with almost every chapter..! I never wanted it to end!

In the end I had to give it a 4.5 out of 5 though. It was brillant, but something… something felt missing. Maybe Insurgent will be different. 🙂

 

My Rating: 4.5/5

 

Goodreads Link:

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13335037-divergent

 

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

Title: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

Author: Michelle Hodkin

Series: Yes, first of a trilogy.

Age Range: I would say 16 and up.

Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Paranormal, Psychological Thriller

Would I recommend it to anyone: Someone who wants a mind bending.

Description on Goodreads:

Mara Dyer doesn’t think life can get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.

It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her mysteriously unharmed.

There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.

She’s wrong.

Review:

As with most books, I went into this blind. I didn’t know what to expect of it, and quite frankly I still don’t. That excites me. From the very beginning you are on a mind trip with miss “Mara Dyer”. Something has happened, something terrible. I am not going to give any spoilers, even from the beginning. I will say that this was a VERY HARD BOOK TO PUT DOWN. I felt like I WAS Mara, going through the motions, feeling like it was all happening to me. Miss Hodkin’s can really capture you, and mess with your brain. Nothing is what it seems. I like where this series is going and I am definitely moving onto “The Evolution of Mara Dyer” as soon as possible and will be gripping until I can get “The Retribution of Mara Dyer”.

 

 

My Rating: 5/5

 

Goodreads Link:

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11408650-the-unbecoming-of-mara-dyer?ac=1

 

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So that happened.

So I had to take a week off BookTube and blogging in general. 

 

We had a death in the family on my fiance’s side and well… I had a to be a better sweetheart than a better blogger. I hope you all understand. BUT! That did not mean that I stopped reading every second I got, which wasn’t a lot to be honest. 😦 

 

I did, however finish Steelheart today.  I cannot WAIT to type up the review for that! 😀 It was mind bending!

 

As a general blog post though; things seem to be going slowly back to what we consider to be normal. Auhzy is finally sleeping a bit, he fell asleep about two hours ago, and is eating normally, we should be able to get through the month hopefully.

I have moved onto Full Measures by Rebecca Yarros already and let me tell you! I needed a book like this. After Steelheart, I just needed a rewind. I was asked to read/review this by her publisher ASAP after I had sent in a request for it. One night, and I am already 25% done and looooving it!

 

Now… for me. How am I feeling? Honestly? I have no idea. I have been feeling like a blank slate this entire time. I mean, dont’ get me wrong, when it’s time for cuddling & loving I am all for it! I just… I feel like part of me is going BLEH to itself and I have no idea why. Maybe it’s just seasonal. I dunno.

 

Anyways, tomorrow may be the beginning of a new chapter on BookTube, a new setting for /r/bookies!

 

SEE YA SOON!

 

~ Reisa

 

Also, I have never seen Frozen but I love that Let it Go song. o_o