5 Series I’ll Never Review

I’d been thinking about doing some new things on the blog for a while now, but haven’t gotten around to doing much except taking breaks lol. Now that I’m back (again) I’d like to restart doing some original posts as well as try my hand at few lists (a big thanks to fellow bloggers for the suggestions in the past!). 

While I was thinking up things I wanted to review, I kept coming across things I absolutely refused to write a review on. So for these lists I’ll be picking five books, manga, and/or comics that I’ll never write a review on (with varying reasons). Then attempt to say a few words about said book/series. Here goes:


5 Books/Manga Series I’ll Never Review…because my words will forever be unable to do them justice:


These are 5 (of many) series where a review attempt may begin normally, but would quickly descend into raving madness, ending with incoherent fangirling.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Just the first 2)

Image result for graceling

Image result for the known world graceling


A Short Synopsis:



Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

Image result for fullmetal alchemist mangaImage result for fullmetal alchemist manga



A Short Overview:



A Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima

Image result for a seven realms novel

Related image


A Short Summary:



Vagabond by Takehiko Inoue 
Image result for vagabond manga collection  Taken by VIZ Media@ NYCC TwitterImage result for vagabond manga


A Few Words on the Series:



The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks

Image result for the night angel trilogy

Image result for the way of shadows graphic novel


….I Think You Get the Idea:



Now excuse me,


while I go drown in an ocean of FEELS for a few days…


My Top 10: Most Surprising Reads of 2017


We have finally come to the end of the “My Top 10” series of lists. The finale is a list of the Book/Manga/Series that surprised me most. Whether I ended up liking the book more than I thought possible, was expecting to hate the story and then didn’t, or the story went down a completely unexpected path. They are all listed below in no particular order. 



Golden Kamuy by Satoru Noda



Captive Prince by C. S. Pacat



Blade of the Immortal by Hiroaki Samura



Hunger by Roxane Gay



Scorpion Rules by Erin Bow



The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller



Arata: The Legend by Yuu Watase



The Five Stages of Andrew Brawley by Shaun David Hutchinson 



Half a King by Joe Abercrombie



The Hating Game by Sally Thorne


My Top 10: Best Reads of 2017


Happy New year!!

new animation domination GIF


Now, normally people would start off this year with looking towards the future, but when have I ever been normal? So for the first day of 2018, I give you my list of Best Reads in 2017! 


1. Half Bad Trilogy by Sally Green

Related image

2. Vagabond Manga Series by Takehiko Inoue

Image result for vagabond manga series

3. Written in Red Series by Anne Bishop

Image result for written in red

4. Juliet takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

Image result for Juliet takes a Breath by Gabby Rivera

5. The Wallflower Manga Series by Tomoko Hayakawa

Image result for the wallflower manga series

6. The Last Magician by Lisa Maxwell

Related image

7. If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

Image result for If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

8. xxxHolic Manga Series by CLAMP

Image result for xxxHolic Series by CLAMP

9. Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

Related image

10. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

Image result for ember in the ashes

Enjoy your 2018 reading/watching/playing!! 

Celebrating Happy New Year GIF


**As usual all gifs are from Gify and pictures were taken from Goodreads/Chapters except for: 1. Half Bad; 2. Vagabond6. The Wallflower; 8. xxxHolic; 9. Six of Crows**

My Top 10: Worst Reads of 2017

Here’s a list of the 10 worst books and series that I read during 2017. They are listed below in no particular order, they just all had the dishonor of being the most putrid things I had the displeasure of reading this year. A pretty sucky way to end the year lol, but I wanted to begin 2018 by highlighting the positive reading experiences that I’ve had this year. So, here goes the last Maniacal Book Unicorn book bashing fest for 2017! Yay! 


Without Merit by Colleen Hoover



Sweet Pool by Nitro+CHiRAL, Mayu Kurumazaki



Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins






Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell



The Record of a Fallen Vampire by Kyo Shirodaira



The Secret of Ella and Micha by Jessica Sorensen 



The Edge of Never by J.A. Redemerski

edge of never


The Anita Blake Series by Laurell K. Hamilton




My Top 10: Most Disappointing Reads of 2017


Sometimes having high expectations for something is a good thing. This time? Not so much. Here’s my top ten books/series of 2017 that fell short of my expectations, or started out promising but fell short somewhere along the way.

A.K.A: Top Ten that made me a sad unicorn:

1. Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Image result


2. Cardcaptor Sakura by CLAMP
Image result for cardcaptor sakura volume 1

I actually wasn’t sure whether to add this to Top Ten Worst Reads instead. It was one of my favourite shows as a kid, and I now enjoy CLAMP’s work. So I was excited for this, but a teacher X middle school student relationship? Nope.

3. Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher

Image result for dresden files book 1

4. Dance of Cloaks by David 
Image result for dance of cloaks

I was definitely overdoing it on my expectations for this one. Funny thing is I probably would have enjoyed it 10x more if I wasn’t expecting so much. Still thought it was good/okay though.

5. How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

Image result for How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

6. Talon by Julie Kagawa
Image result for talon by julie kagawa

Overall it was okay, but I was just expecting something different than what I got. 

7. Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

Image result for Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

8. Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
Image result for Falling Kingdoms

My sadness for this one was real. Those hardcovers are so pretty 😢 

9. You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

Image result for 9. You Know Me Well by David Levithan and Nina LaCour

10. Wayward: String Theory by Zub, Cummings, Rauch, Bonvillain, & Dillon

Really not a bad series, I just wasn’t nearly as taken with it as I wanted to be.


So what were your most disappointing reads? Did any of my top ten match yours?

P.S. This is just my own personal feelings about the book/series, and doesn’t necessarily mean I didn’t like anything about the story or enjoy reading it

Thanks for reading!


Hey everyone!! Sorry for the long absence, had quite a few life changes this year and couldn’t give the blog and my followers the attention deserved. I’ll be trying to go back to a regular schedule now, or at least post and visit everyone when I can.

Anywho, this is a tad bit overdue- as in three or so months *cough, cough*-but I’d still like to to give my heartfelt thanks to all of you for continuing/starting to follow maniacalbookuincorn (especially given all of this year’s vanishing acts). You’ve all helped me in various ways, and though I’m a bit late I still feel the need to say:

jim carrey thank you GIF

Pre-Hiatus Review Highlights

Hey guys! I’d just like to do an overall highlight of some of the reviews posted before I went on hiatus. I missed doing one for the months prior and would still like to highlight a few, so here’s a condensed overview of the reviews I posted before going on break (Click on the title to read more):

Best Snowball (Series)
*By “Snowball” I mean a series/book that starts incredibly slow, but is worth the wait*

Shaman King, Vol.1: A Shaman in Tokyo by Hiroyuki Takei

Shaman Kiing.jpg

The series is about a young Shaman named Yoh, who in the first volume is starting at a new school in Tokyo…Through a series of events which involve ghosts, supernatural occurrences, and encounters with a “thug” named Ryu, Manta and Yoh become friends…In this volume we are introduced to Admidamaru, a 600-year-old samurai ghost and to a fellow Shaman named Ren who has a particularly sinister interest in Yoh and Admidamaru…

I give Shaman King, Vol. 1: A Shaman in Tokyo a rating of 7 out of 10 Unicorn Horns. Overall the story was not amazingly entertaining, but that did not bother me at all because the story quickly picks up towards the end and you can easily identify the main focus/purpose of this initial volume in the series.

Best Artwork

Locke & Key, Vol. 1: Welcome to Lovecraft by Joe Hill & Gabriel Rodríguez


After their father is killed, Tyler, Kinsey and Bode move to the family estate, Keyhouse in Lovecraft, Massachusetts with their mother Nina….The youngest of the Lovecraft siblings, Bode, comes across a key that unlocks a Ghost Door which separates the soul of the person who “walks” through from their body. In the nature of all good fiction the story is not easy sailing from then on and the family soon has much more to worry about than just healing and moving forward.

I give Locke and Key a well deserved 7.25 Unicorn Horns out of a possible 10. In addition to the well executed storyline this graphic novel has exceptional artwork. Gabriel Rodríguez’s illustrations in this series is mind-blowing and his art style lends itself so well to the story.

Best Character Development

Yona of the Dawn, Vol. 1 by Mizuho Kusanagi

81sBG8M7GEL (1)

Yona of the Dawn is a fantasy set in a kingdom called Kohka. The story centers around main character princess Yona as she prepares for her 16th birthday. Yona, the only child of widow King IL, is a pampered young lady, but things quickly change. Very quickly. As most know nothing good happens for royalty on their coming-of-age birthdays. 

Rating: 8.5/10 Unicorn Horns. I did NOT at all expect for this story to turn out the way it did. I can promise watching this fiery spirited princess transition into a determined warrior with open eyes to the reality of her kingdom is every bit worth it.

Most Thought-Provoking Story

The Beauty, Vol. 1 by Jason A. Hurley & Jeremy Haun


“Two years ago , a new sexually transmitted disease took the world by storm. This S.T.D. was unlike any other that had come before. This was a disease that people actually wanted. “Victims” of this epidemic were physically changed by the virus. Fat melted away, thinning hair returned, skin blemishes faded, and their facial features slimmed. It became known as the beauty.” Pg. 1 of The Beauty

Rating: 9.5/10 Unicorn Horns! One thing I loved was the bits of real life socially controversial thoughts and ideas about beauty woven in here and there…