Seiho Boys High School, Vol. 1 by Kaneyoshi Izumi

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I still question my decision to do a review on this 8 volume manga series, and not because I didn’t wholly enjoy it. In fact, my hesitation comes from the fact that I not only enjoyed it, but from time to time found myself suffering from convulsions of laughter. Normally that’s simply a good thing, but I must admit that some of the often vulgar and at best inappropriate humour may have crossed lines here and there.

Synopsis: Seiho Boys High School is more or less exactly what the name implies. Despite being a shojo manga (Japanese comic targeted for young adult girls), the story centers a group of young males at an all male boarding high school in the middle of nowhere. The POV starts with a young 16yr old named Maki, but often switches between the small group of friends as the lament and curse their fate of being stranded without any female in sight. Worrying about forgetting how to talk to girls, past issues, grades, and getting caught with their secret stashes during inspections are just some of the typical things these boys get themselves caught up in as they search for love…or simply to get laid.

Rating: I rate this hilarious contemporary 8/10 Unicorn Horns!

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This ‘crossing of lines’ is something to be expected when a genre challenging series such as this hits the shelves. This shojo challenges it’s typical predecessors in two ways; It’s entirely male centered cast of characters, and it’s incredibly ‘inappropriate for it’s genre’ type of humour. Personally, with the exception of one character’s actions when it came to women, I didn’t see much wrong with the blunt sexual humour, but can easily say that many could find the more…unapologetic and inappropriate scenes/comments offensive. So a big warning to those that would be put off by raunchy humour.

The only negative thing I have to say about this series, other than a couple personally line crossing comments, is that this hilarious contemporary read does loose momentum in later installments as things begin to feel a bit repetitive here and there, or seemed to lack direction (something I believe the author pointed out themselves). Otherwise I loved the characters and the humour even more than I did the overall episodic story of a group of boys struggling to find love and keep it (though that was pretty funny in and of itself). 

I recommend this to anyone looking for some good romantic comedy, with an emphasis on comedy of the inappropriate kind.

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The Emoji Book Tag

This tag was so much fun to do! I have to give a big shout out to one of my favorite bloggers Sophie @Blameitonchocolate for tagging me in this one! Her blog, filled with reviews, tags, lists, and other fun to read posts is truly amazing, so please check out her posts and answers to the tag here. As for the rules, just pick and choose from 5 books and emojis then match them up.

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Rolling Eyes Emoji

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Dust Lands by Moira Young

  • Sadly, that whole Y.A. “love” (if I can even call it that) triangle thing completely killed this series for me. Sucks, because I was honestly enjoying it till then.

 

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Blushing Emoji

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Half Lost by Salle Green

  • Nathan is an ass, but that romance was totally blush worthy!

 

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Super Angry Emoji

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Shadow Scale by Rachel Hartman

  • I refuse to acknowledge this as the sequel to Seraphina. That ending…just no.

 

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Astonished Emoji

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Vagabond by Takehiko Inoue

  • I  never expected a historical fiction to be so good!! I was in quite the manga reading slump after devouring this masterpiece.

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Seiho Boys High School by Kaneyoshi Izumi

  • The entirely inappropriate and raunchy humor had me dying with laughter almost every volume. Earned me quite a few concerned looks from the people around me.

 

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A Shattered Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima

  • I CANNOT WAIT TO READ THIS SERIES!!!! I’m a huge fan of A Seven Realms series so have been looking forward to reading this since the moment I heard of it’s release!

 

I TAG:

 

*I have a lot of tags/awards to catch up on so I may occasionally shorten the number of people I tag/nominate since so many of you have already done these tags/awards. Also, there’s never any pressure for you to actually do the tag/award or respond right away (I’m months behind myself lol). Feel free to just consider it an honorable mention* 🙂

Sunshine Blogger Award Part 2!

Rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you.
  • Answer 11 questions set by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 bloggers to receive the award and write them 11 new questions to answer.

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Here’s a big thanks thanks to one of the blogs I most look forward to visiting each week: Meltingpotsandothercalamities! If you haven’t’ already checked out her awesome blog please do by checking out her post: here.

The Q & A

1) What is your favorite color combinations? Least favorite?

Favourite: Black, yellow and red.

Least Favorite: ….pretty much anything with pink.

2) Do you have a “to be watched” list? If so, what movie/TV show/anime has been on it the longest?

I pretty much have a list for everything, even though I usually don’t follow through lol.

TV Show: Ringer

Movie: Where the Wild Things Are

Anime: Hachimitsu to Clover and Baccano! (I can’t remember which of the two have been on my list longer lol)

3) Do you prefer coffee or tea, or both?

Definitely tea. I despise the taste of coffee.

4) What is your favorite genre? Your least favorite?

This ones easy.

Favorite: Fantasy anything

Least Favorite: Romance

5) What book/movie/TV show/anime/Webtoon had a 180 twist? Did you like it?

I’m actually drawing a blank on this one. I haven’t come across one in so long. The most recent I can remember is Attack on Titan.

6) Do you have favorite characters who happen to be villains/antagonists?

Of course! I have a very long list for this, but will go with the first 3 that pop into my head:

Cansrel (a sociopathic father) from Fire by Kristin Cashore (no picture).

Hakumen no Mono (a humanly intelligent and cruel yokai) from Ushio to Tora.

Kyoko from March Comes Like a Lion (3-Gatsu no Lion).

All three either gave me such beautifully intense chills…

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and/or were such interesting characters in and of themselves.

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For Kyoko I also have to say, as much I deeply dislike her, she helped provide such a strikingly beautiful contrast to the positive people and relationships in the protagonist’s life that even through all the rage I couldn’t stop the grudging appeal her presence started to bring.

7) Do you prefer humorous quotes, or inspirational quotes? Can you give an example?

…this is a really hard one. I’ll have to say both.

 

8) Are there any hyped books/movies/TV shows/anime/Webtoons that lived up to the hype?

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9) What is an underrated book/movie/TV show/anime/Webtoon that everyone deserves to know about?

This list could go on forever so I’ll just go with the most recent surprisingly underrated story I’ve come across:

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Ushio and Tora is 2015 show based on the manga published in the 90’s about a young teenager who expectantly comes across a yokai (Japanese monster) pinned to the wall of his basement…I don’t even have the words to describe the crazy adventure that single encounter leads to lol.

10) Have you binged any books/TV shows/anime/Webtoons recently?

The Fallen Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes

11) (Shameless advertising time!) Please check my post My Latest Binge Worthy Comics. Do any of these look interesting to you?

YES!! Rise from Ashes and American Ghost Jack being the top two. But to be honest they all look interesting to me lol.

 

My Questions:

  1. What was the most recent book/anime/show/movie you’ve watched and can’t wait to share with the world?
  2. Do you own any graphic novels/manga?
  3. If you could bring any kind of mythical beast to life and safely integrate it with the world’s population what would it be?
  4. Have any hated/really disliked character(s)? Name your most despised book/manga/graphic novel character(s).
  5. Board games or video games? Which would you find yourself playing more?
  6. Which book/anime/manga/show has recently made the most impact on you?
  7. What would be your dream job?
  8. What was the last book/manga/graphic novel you read (or anime/show/movie) that turned out to be unexpectedly better than you had anticipated?
  9. Do you still remember your favorite childhood book/movie?
  10. Are you a cat person, a dog person, or a no pet person?
  11. What was your favorite and least favorite subjects in school? (clearly I’m running out of questions lol).

Nominations:

*I have a lot of tags/awards to catch up on so I may occasionally shorten the number of people I tag/nominate since so many of you have already done these tags/awards. Also, there’s never any pressure for you to actually do the tag/award or respond right away (I’m months behind myself lol). Feel free to just consider it an honorable mention* 🙂

 

Talon by Julie Kagawa

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I’ve been waiting to read this series since the first time I heard the premise. A book about dragons in a modern day setting? Count me in! So of course I dived in the moment I saw the last book in this 5 book series set to publish next year. Overall I enjoyed the read, but unfortunately I have to day I may have over-hyped the series a bit.

Synopsis: Talon is set in modern day California and follows main character Ember Hill as she and her twin brother, Dante, are finally set free to complete the final part of their training to successfully infiltrate human society for a few months in incognito. Ember and Dante must learn about the outside world of dangerous humans, how to act and be one of them, all in order to continue to provide and keep safe their secret society of ancient dragons masquerading as humans (known as Talon). And of course, there is the evil society of dragon hunters of watch out for. But things aren’t what they seem. After Ember comes across a dangerous rogue dragon named Cobalt begins to question everything she’s been taught and been training for her whole life.

Rating: 6.5-out-of-10 Unicorn Horns.

Overall I enjoyed this story and the magical otherworldly aspects. The way the dragons have evolved and adapted over time in order to assimilate into human society is something that has kept me interested enough to keep picking up the next in the series. Normally this is the kind of story I love to pieces; ancient dragons, secretive societies, mysterious-not-what-they-appear characters, and a defiant, strong heroine, but the characters seemed to fall a bit flat. I kept recognizing them in the many other similar Y.A characters I’ve come across, and so found them all a bit too predictable for my liking. The only characters that really stood out to me were a couple antagonists.

Even though the story is interesting, I felt that the characters brought things down for me, that and everything seemed to be heading down an all too predictable road. I’d still recommend this book to teen urban fantasy lovers as the story begins to grow more complex in later installments, but would warn away those looking for stories with unique characters/character driven stories. 

The 2016/2017 TAG

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A big shout out and thank you to Artist By Beauty for the much appreciated tag!

Artist By Beauty is a great blog filled with anime/manga related posts and quite a few original posts on other various things like cool artwork, writing, and both inter well-being and outer beauty tips. If you haven’t already please swing by her site and original post by clicking: Here.

And here’s a shout out to this tags creator: David at theguywhosaidalwaysno (please click here to see his post).

Tag Rules:

1. Mention the creator of the TAG.

2. Use the image that you find in this article.

3. Mention the blogger who has chosen you.

4. Answer the questions.

5. Mention 9 bloggers/friends and let them know through a comment on their blog.

The Questions:

1. Describe your 2016 in 3 words.

Sloth, procrastination, anime/manga. Lol, I kid. Really it’s more like: Reading, manga/anime, procrastination. That’s much more accurate.

2. Write the name of 2 people that have characterized your 2016.

This is a hard one. Umm… I’ll have to go with Collen Hoover and Hiromu Arakawa. Yes, those are both authors, but their masterful writing left me feeling like my life would never be the same afterward lol. 

3. Write the most beautiful place you’ve visited in 2016 and why you liked it so much.

Surprisingly enough it’s a local park nearby that I never knew existed. I’ve always loved forests and such so this took the top of the list. Otherwise, it would be the biggest library in my city….yup, that’s right up there too and for obvious reasons. 

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4. Write the most delicious food you’ve tasted in 2016.

Easy: The giant oatmeal chocolate chip and peanut butter chocolate chip cookies at The Planet Bakery, as well as the warm chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce with whipped cream at Nata’s Cafe. The large ass chocolate lava chocolate chip cookie with vanilla ice cream and chocolate syrup topping at Red Lobster, and the giant, warm white chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, and a generous amount of chocolate syrup at….whatever that place was called. I LOVED THEM ALL!

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5. Write the event which has marked you more of this in 2016 (even global event).

BookCon! Bookoutlet’s annual box sale! Both are the events I anticipate most each year, so of course, I have to go with that. And if I’m being honest I don’t really remember much of 2016 as things were pretty uneventful outside of that. 

6. Write the finest purchase you’ve made in this 2016, and if you want link a photo.

Umm, well, books of course.

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I get the feeling there’s a running theme here, lol. 

7. Write 3 good intentions for this 2017.

  • Curb said procrastination (something I haven’t started yet but will….soon)
  • Donate rather than return/re-sell my unwanted books
  • Become better acquainted with my limitations and capabilities 

8. Write 1 place you want to visit in 2017.

ANIME NORTH!! 

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Of course, this event already passed with me not going, but there is also Fan Expo coming up which I also hope to go to!

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9. Write 1 plate/food you want to eat in 2017.

Really, I can’t honestly just list one here….or really at any time I’m asked to name “just one” lol, so I’ll go with a place rather than a specific dish. I’d like very, very, very much to visit an all deserts restaurant at some point this year.

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I Tag:

 

*I have a lot of tags/awards to catch up on so I may occasionally shorten the number of people I tag/nominate since so many of you have already done these tags/awards. Also, there’s never any pressure for you to actually do the tag/award or respond right away (I’m months behind myself lol). Feel free to just consider it an honorable mention* 🙂

Book Blogger Insider Tag

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First, I want to extend a very big Thank You to Louise at geniereads for tagging me to do the Book Blogger Insider Tag! Also, thanks to Jamie at A Little Slice of Jamie for creating this Tag! 

It’s great to finally get around to completing the Book Blogger Insider Tag now that hiatus has ended. I am excited to answer these questions and hope that you all enjoy them.  

The Rules

1. Answer the Questions

2. Credit the Creator 

3. Tag 5 People 

4. Have Fun! 

So here goes….

1. Where do you typically write your blog posts?

Well, I usually write my blog posts on a laptop or desktop computer. Historically, I don’t have the greatest luck with using the App for writing posts…I’m just not tech savvy enough to get things to format correctly on there. In terms of physical location, I generally am either at home, on my commute to/from work, or at my desk at work on my break when I write blog posts.

2. How long does it generally take you to 
write a book review?

It honestly depends on the review! I’ve had book reviews that I’ve been able to have written and edited in about an hour and there are others that I’ve spaced out over a few days and written a few sentences or a paragraph at a time.

3. When did you start your book blog?

The official start of this Blog was on July 19, 2016. OMG, I completely missed the Anniversary while I was on hiatus….which just makes me feel worse about it! I don’t think I like this question lol. Book Blogging is an incredibly amazing experience and I have been absolutely loving it!

4. What is the worst thing about having 
a book blog in your opinion?

Ummmm…this is a hard one! I think that finding a balance between blogging and dealing with all the things of life that are happening outside of the internet. It has been an interesting ordeal to find a way to prioritize blogging and meet other obligations.

5. What is the best thing about having 
a book blog in your opinion?

By far, and I think this is true for most Book Bloggers, having a space to talk -and geek the hell out- about the books that I have read.

6. What blog post have you had 
the most fun writing so far?

The post that I had the most fun writing was my Congratulations Me post where I announced the official beginning of this Blog. It’s the most “fun” because it’s technically the post that started, and kicked off, this entire experience!

7. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

BOOK REVIEWS!!! These types of posts are the main purpose and driving force behind this Blog. They’re the reason I was inspired to begin this experience.

8. When do you typically write?

I tend to write whenever I can. Due to my work schedule I am unable to really find a set time that I am able to dedicate to blogging.

9. Do you review every book you read?

NOPE! I don’t want to say that it would be impossible, but I don’t know how’d I’d get anything else done…or at the very least I would have to cut down on reading time and use that time to write reviews. Which in some way feels like it would be defeating the purpose.

10. How do you write your book reviews? 
With a cup of coffee or tea? 
With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

Ideally with no distractions around. I am very easily distracted and so I try to have as little temptations around as possible.

11. When do you write your book reviews? 
Right after finishing the book? 
Two weeks after finishing the book?

It depends…some of the reviews I’ve written have been on books that I read before even starting this blog. With books that I have read recently, or specifically for the purposes of reviewing, I try to sit with the story for a few days before writing out my thoughts. I try to take some time to gather my thoughts and feelings about the story and find ways to best communicate those things through writing….especially if I had very strong feelings about the book.

12. How often do you post?

I post Book Reviews twice per week (Tuesdays and Fridays). I also post a Highlight/Wrap-Up post and an Original Content post each month.

Tag, you're it!!!

Annike and Zoe @ Twin Tales

Krysti @ YA and Wine

Late Night Reading

Anime Girls NYC

Ayesha @ The Writing Whale

Also, anyone who would like to do this Tag, but hasn’t been officially tagged yet….go for it! 

*NO PRESSURE to any of the Bloggers to complete this Tag or respond right away! I did try to check to make sure that you all participate in Tags and/or have not done The Book Blogger Tag as yet. If you are unable to participate please consider this an Honorable Mention! Thanks All!

 

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…