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

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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

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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

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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

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“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…

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Anndddd I’m Back!

Hi Everyone,

Sorry for the wait and late replies. Maniacal Book Unicorn is finally back from a very, very (and unexpectedly) long hiatus! I have to say, I really needed the break and am feeling much better now.

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I’ll be going back to the regular schedule of posting every Tuesday and Friday, as well as doing an original post/wrap-up every month. Also, until I get caught up on all the wonderful nominations I’ll be doing a couple/few reward and tags each week. After that I may try out some new things, don’t quote me on that though lol.

And of course: A big thanks to all my patient and supportive followers!

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Going on Hiatus

Hello Everyone! – New and Old Followers Alike:

Things haven’t been going as I thought due to a bunch of things (health, life changes, work, etc.), and I will unfortunately have to take a few weeks break again. I wanted to avoid this, but since I haven’t been able to keep up with my weekly posts- I’m not even entirely sure when the last one was lol- I figured it would be best to just take another break.

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I hope to be back in a few weeks with a continuation of book/manga & graphic novel reviews and the late posts for Tags and Awards (a big thanks to you all for the nominations!).  I’d also just like to thank all of you- including recent followers- for continuing to follow my blog 🙂

Sorry…Again! 

Hello lovely people! As you may have noticed I have not stuck with my review posting schedule for the past two weeks. Unfortunately, I just got terribly busy and wasn’t feeling well for a bit there. I’m not 100% percent feeling better, but I’m feeling well enough to return to my normal posting schedule next week. Review posts will be going up as normal (Tuesday & Friday) and throughout the next two weeks I shall post the missing reviews, wrap-up, and random post as well as  respond to comments (both those from last week and new ones). I plan to have all the backlogged posts up soon! 

Thank you for bearing with me! 

Standing ovation with my arms raised high over my head and slow clapping for this brilliant ‘clap back’ post on the Bookshelves & Biros Blog!

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So it looks like we’ve gotten to that fun part of the year again where everyone wants to take a swipe at YA because it’s the easy option.

Yesterday, it was the turn of TES columnist and English teacher turned Educational Consultant, Joe Nutt, to declare war on young adult literature in spectacularly spiteful fashion. Describing YA as a ‘dangerous fantasy’, he managed to insult readers, librarians, bloggers, authors and writers in one fell swoop.

Mr Nutt believes that young adult literature is preventing young people from becoming “genuinely literate adults“, which is interesting because the very definition of literate is to be able to read and write. The people he’s referring to clearly are reading, just not necessarily the material that Joe would seemingly shove in their direction.

The article also seems to have a problem with the terminology itself, stating that there is simply no…

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