Monday, January 15, 2018

Review: MARS: Horse With No Name (Mars Volume #16)



Horse With No Name (Mars Volume #16)

Info: Published July 13th 2004 by Tokyopop (first published 1999),  (ISBN13: 9781591828648)

Acquired: 2nd & Charles

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Blurb: "We know how the story ended...but how did it begin? In this special edition of MARS, we explore what happens when Kira meets Rei for the very first time. Longtime friends Tatsuya and Rei are acting more like enemies these days as they battle it out for Kira's affections. Will they be able to mend their friendship and settle their tense conflict once and for all? As a special bonus, acclaimed manga-ka Fuyumi Soryo also includes two additional stories for your reading pleasure. Long live MARS!"

Vonze's Review: Ah, there’s just something about ‘90s manga, the style, the stories. Makes me nostalgic similar to watching ole TGIF programming. This prequel to the Mars series contains 3 stories packed full of drama, fights, racing, and angst. Not at all necessary, but enjoyable if you already like the series.

Fav Quote: "It's not that you don't have courage. It's just that the courage was sleeping inside of you. No one's that strong. Everyone's scared of something, but they keep on living. That's why I think...that inside of everyone, there's a lion..."

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward to In 2018


Top Ten Books I'm Looking Forward to In 2018


The Other Miss Bridgerton (Bridgertons) - Ooo Bridgerton meets a Rokesby privateer? Yes, lets.

Restore Me (Shatter Me) - I have the feeling things are going to get more complicated for Juliette, Warner, and the gang.

The Last Jedi (novelization) - I gotta know what my fav characters were thinking! Also is one scene like Pride and Prejudice or am I just fangirling?

Hello Stranger: The Ravenels, Book 4 -
Very much enjoyed book 2 and 3 of this series, bring on 4.

Still Me (Me Before You #3) - I really hope Lou finds happiness in this one.

The Great Alone - I loved The Nightingale. This one sounds heartbreaking adventurous.

Captain Harlock: The Classic Collection Vol. 1 - I am hooked on Leiji Matsumoto's style right now.

The Star Wars Cookbook: BB-Ate - Awaken to the Force of Breakfast and Brunch - This would have made a great Christmas gift, but the release date seemingly changed. Oh well, now there's Valentines.

Skip Beat 3-in-1, Volume 13 - Whenever it finally releases, please let it be this year. Missed the humor of this series.

Heart of Iron - Sounds very YA scifi promising! 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings


Top Ten Books I Hope Santa Brings

Ah, it's the midst of the holiday season! Got those gifts wrapped? Mmm, maybe a few? Got that figgy pudding made? Still planning to...


Pride and Prejudice and Mistletoe - A recent book store browsing find, this book sounds like a really cute concept. And like any good Jane Austen fan, I can't get enough P&P.

The Complete Calvin and Hobbes Box Set - It's beyond time to relive the fun, the imagination, the tough stuff that builds character, and the snowmen. I once owned each individual book collection, but who knows nowadays where they're located at my mom's house...

Edenbrooke and Heir to Edenbrooke (hardcover) - Yay, it's a set, it's a hard cover, of one of the hottest clean romances I've read to date. I've been meaning to read the short story ebook "Heir to Edenbrooke" but honestly I'm not much of a Kindle user. Now that it's in print, please bring this Santa!

Count Of Monte Cristo Manga Classics - I really, really need to break down and read the actual novel. In the past, I've very much enjoyed film versions. Anyways, as a manga fan, this looks like a good way to get my feet wet. Love the Manga Classics I've read in the past.

The Art of Star Wars: The Last Jedi - I've been highly anticipating this movie ever since re-falling in love with Star Wars after seeing The Force Awakens. It's going to be fun to see all the concept art. Oh and as always, shipping Rey and Ben Solo (save Ben Solo!)

Someone to Wed (A Westcott Novel) - A Regency lady recluse making an earl "a startlingly unexpected proposal"?? This I gotta read.

For Castle and Crown - Ah, I haven't read a medieval romance in a while! That needs to change asap! Bring on the Castle and the Crown!

The Lost Letter: A Victorian Romance - As a penpal and big postcrosser, I typically enjoy stories that involve letter writing. A lost letter between a would-be couple sound mysterious and dramatically good. A bit Beauty & The Beast.

The Swordsman's Companion - Cause in my dreams, I want fencing lessons. And it might make a good reference for my creative writing.

Wired for Story: The Writer's Guide to Using Brain Science to Hook Readers from the Very First Sentence - Ditto!


Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Top Favorite Books of 2017


Top Favorite Books of 2017

Wow! Is it that time of year again? 2017 was so busy for us and truly flew by with moving and tons of work and events. Between house shopping, unpacking, and creative writing, I managed to discover some really enjoyable reads! Here are my favorites from my reading challenge this year:


By Your Side by Kasie West - Well, if I had to be locked in anywhere it would be a library! This early 2017 read was a sweet, page-turner YA with a surprising amount of serious life issues. If you enjoy YA romance and love The Breakfast Club, you'll adore this breezy read.

The Devil In Spring by Lisa Kleypas - Oh, Pandora, such an unusual name for a unusual, eccentric, wallflower heroine. She was a woot. I liked her as a supporting character in Marrying Winterbone and was excited to read a novel focused on her. Her personality carries the book and makes it worth the read.

Star Wars: Dark Disciple by Christie Golden - An awesome, even romantic Star Wars adventure. At first I was a little concerned, because I'm not completely up to date on the extended universe. But it's such a fun and quick read for anyone who enjoys science fiction!

Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi - Ok, what rock was I under when I missed the original release of this series?? I thought I was done with dystopian. But this one is poetic, a bit paranormal, and intense. I'm so glad I'm caught up and ready for book #4, Restore Me.

Bright Star: Love Letters and Poems of John Keats to Fanny Brawne - Intense, historical feels. A romance for the ages that ended, tragically, too soon. Keats poems are a must. They'll melt your heart and break it, but the journey is beautiful.

The Bird and the Sword (The Bird and the Sword Chronicles #1) by Amy Harmon - A new fantasy favorite for years to come! In a world where magic is outlawed, a girl is cursed not to speak for her own protection. When she's taken prisoner by the king, who may just need some magic to help defeat his paranormal enemies, the plot thickens. Being introverted and socially anxious, I really identified with the heroine and her speaking struggles.

Queen Emeraldas 1 by Leiji Matsumoto - Strong, mysterious space pirate heroine, anyone? Yes, please! I wanna cosplay as Queen Emeraldas. She is the very definition of cool. Kudos to Matsumoto for awesome art and a memorable female character.

Shattered Warrior by Sharon Shinn, Molly Ostertag - This was a happy surprise! After the human race is enslaved by warrior aliens, the heroine, who knew privilege but now toils in a factory, finds herself joining the revolution to free her home world. Secrets. Romance. Fight to save family. I didn't want to put it down.

Leia, Princess of Alderaan (Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi) by Claudia Gray - Leia has been my hero since elementary school. It was exciting to see Claudia's take on her early years, right before she joined the rebellion. I loved learning more about her home planet, parents, and traditions. Also brings up memories of Carrie Fisher, RIP.

The Duchess Deal (Girl Meets Duke #1) by Tessa Dare - Tessa really knocked the marriage of convenience trope one out of the park for me with this book. By the end I really felt the hero and heroine completed each other. Plus, added bonus, meddling servants, secret identities. Laugh out loud moments.

A Wrinkle in Time (Time Quintet #1) by Madeleine L'Engle - A classic that I finally picked up this year! Why didn't I read it sooner? Enduring and clearly still influences all the great Childrens and YA lit released today. Check it out before the new movie!

Everyone's a Aliebn When Ur a Aliebn Too by Jomny Sun - So eccentric and whimsical. Perfect. Just perfect for me. Makes a great gift. A little humor for everyone in it. Sure to be a classic and repinned on Pinterest.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Top Ten Characters I'm Thankful For

Top Ten Characters I'm Thankful For

It's not always easy being an eccentric geek lady in the rural South. Books and awesome characters have often been my inspiration, role models, and friends. Here are a few characters that I'm thankful for (but reaaally quick cause I gotta clean house for Thanksgiving).


  1. Jo March - A writer with a short temper. Life imitates art or art imitates life? Also, you don't have to marry the boy next door, even if everyone wants you to do so.
  2. Anne of Green Gables - Keep the imagination going and roll with the mistakes.
  3. Princess Leia - She took charge of her own rescue. How cool is that?
  4. The Unicorn (The Last Unicorn) - There are others like you out there, you're just stuck in the forest.
  5. Princess Mia Thermopolis - Some have greatness thrust upon them, it's ok to need practice.
  6. Hermione - Representing smart girls everywhere who are not afraid to speak up and show it.
  7. Fiver - I would affectionately describe him as the panic attack rabbit. But somehow, he's always made me feel better. Like sometimes you worry and warn others for good reason.
  8. Mrs. Frisby - Mom power! A role model for balancing family and adventure.
  9. Marianne Dashwood - It's cool to be romantic, emotional, and sentimental. Just don't lose sense and sensibility over it.
  10. Atticus Finch - Above all, do what's right.


Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Top Ten Characters That Creep Us Out (Halloween freebie!)


Top Ten Characters That Creep Us Out 


Vonze:

Bellatrix Lestrange - Mainly cause she's unpredictable. You never know what this crazy woman is going to do!

Mysterious Stranger - Ok, I confess I've never read the short story, however, I once saw a claymation version of Mark Twain's work and it was seriously, very creepy.

President Snow - I love roses, President Snow, not so much.

Supreme Commander Paris Anderson - Ditto, what kind of guy treats his son(s) that way?!

Slappy the Dummy (Goosebumps) - Argh, the Goosebump dummy books were the worse creepy-wise.


Oshie:

Pennywise - He wouldn't see the remake with me. This character started a life-long hate of clowns.

The Pigs from Animal Farm - Control freaks!

The Red Death from the Masque of the Red Death - Classic creepy.

Yawgmoth from Magic the Gathering book - A mad scientist turned monster in a world of magic.

Gollum from Lord of the Rings - 'Cause he probably smells like fish and B.O., ew.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Ten Books That Give Us That Fallish Feeling


Ten Books That Give Us That Fall-ish Feeling

Vonze:


Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - My personal favorite in the series about everyone's favorite boy wizard. Expecto Patronum! Stag/deer also very fall-ish critter in the south.

The Watcher In The Woods - Ah, fall leaves, let's go view some in the woods, *plays song:* "I always feel like somebody's is watching me." No, seriously, nowadays the book has a very retro 70s feel, reminding me of simpler times and the fall season of my childhood.

Dracula - The vampire book that really started it all, other fun reads, my fav Halloween costume & decor. Oh, and arguably the best classic monster movie.

Hatchet - Book memories of reading this one fall for a middle school Lit class. The great and wild outdoors and the wilderness expert who lectured us on real life survival.

Sign of the Beaver - Ditto, for this middle school read. I'll always remember the main character describing his clothing as thin as a book page (and it was cold). There's a connection about the outdoors and fall in my mind.

New Moon - This one's mostly book memories of reading this in the fall. Also, the Northwest coast setting seems like it would be crisp and cool and perfect for a fall coat (so different from here!).

A New Coat for Anna - Winter's coming! Wait, wrong catch phrase. Anyways, this is an adorable picture book from my childhood, about acquiring a new coat.

Oshie:


October Country by Ray Bradbury - The title says it all, plus ghost stories!

Howl's Moving Castle - Another magical wizard read. Spells/curses and mentions of bacon.

Tenchi! Muyo! manga series - School memories and the use of bright fall colors.

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