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The Bookshelf Corner’s Completed Series’ Read And Reviewed

Below are links to book reviews I’ve done of complete series, series in progress (meaning to finish completely), and series to be continued (story not over/more to come that I know of) as of June 1, 2019. This list does not include series I DNF or only have the first book read. Series titles are color-coded for your convenience.

I love reading book series because you get to know the characters really well (like book nerdish family). Perhaps you might find your next great read below.



FRUITS BASKET

Natsuki Takaya,
Translated by Alethea Nibley & Athena Nibley

Volumes 1-5 (combined review)
Volumes 1-23 (combined review)

 

S●A – SPECIAL A

Maki Minami

Volumes 1-4 (combined review)
Volumes 1-17 (combined review)

 

THE BETRAYAL KNOWS MY NAME

Hotaru Odagiri
Translated by Melissa Tanaka

Volumes 1-8

 

OURON HIGH SCHOOL HOST CLUB

Bisco Hatori

Volumes 1-18 (combined review)

 

A NARWHAL AND JELLY BOOK

Ben Clanton

Narwhal: Unicorn of the Sea! (book 1)
Super Narwhal and Jelly Jolt (book 2)
Peanut Butter and Jelly (book 3)
Narwhal’s Otter Friend (book 4) (ARC review)

 

ALPHA GIRL

Aileen Erin

Becoming Alpha (book 1)
Avoiding Alpha (book 2)
Alpha Divided (book 3)

 

RANGER’S APPRENTICE: THE EARLY YEARS

John Flanagan

The Tournament at Gorlan (book 1)
The Battle of Hackham Heath (book 2)

 

BROTHERBAND CHRONICLES

John Flanagan

The Outcasts (book 1) ● The Invaders (book 2) ● The Hunters (book 3)
Slaves of Socorro (book 4) ● Scorpion Mountain (book 5) ● The Ghostfaces (book 6) ● The Caldera (book 7)

 

SNOW LIKE ASHES

Sarah Raasch

Snow Like Ashes (book 1)
Ice Like Fire (book 2)
Frost Like Night (book 3)

 

ZODIAC

Romina Russell

Zodiac (book 1)
Wandering Star (book 2)
Black Moon (book 3)
Thirteen Rising (book 4)

 

THE WOLVES OF MERCY FALLS

Maggie Stiefvater

Shiver (book 1)
Linger (book 2)
Forever (book 3)

 

THE KINGMAKER CHRONICLES

Amanda Bouchet

A Promise of Fire (book 1)
Breath of Fire (book 2)
Heart on Fire (book 3)

 

A MISSON NOVEL

Megan Erickson

Blood Guard (book 1) (ARC review)
Blood Veil (book 2) (ARC review)

 

TALES FROM VERANIA

T. J. Klune

The Lightning-Struck Heart (book 1)
A Destiny of Dragons (book 2)
The Consumption of Magic (book 3)
A Wish Upon the Stars (book 4)

 

COUNTING

Kelly Jensen

Counting Fence Posts (book 1)
Counting Down (book 2)
Counting On You (book 3)


AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!


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Reading 2018: Best of Manga

Today’s the final day spotlighting my favorite books of 2018.

A large portion of the books I read this year were of this genre. But the titles below have had a big impact on me and my reading experience. I feel like the world of books just got ten times bigger.

It behooved me to pick just one as the best. I loved them all so I picked them all as the best.


 

BLACK BUTLER (Volumes 1-26) by Yana Toboso
Series Review (so far)

FRUITS BASKET (Volumes 1-23) by Natsuki Takaya
Series Review

S●A – SPECIAL A (Volumes 1-17) by Maki Minami
Series Review

THE BETRAYAL KNOWS MY NAME (Volumes 1-8) by Hotaru Odagiri
Series Review

 


See Which Books Took Home The Gold Last Year In 2017

Reading 2017: Best of Picture Books
Reading 2017: Best of Young Adult & Young Adult Fantasy
Reading 2017: Best of Fantasy
Reading 2017: Best of Romance
Reading 2017: Best of Middle Grade & My Favorite Book of the Year


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Book Review: S●A – Special A by Maki Minami (Volumes 1-4)

Volume 1 Image via Goodreads

Genre: Manga, Graphic Novel
Series: S●A – Special A
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

Volume 1 Summary (via Goodreads):
Her whole life, Hikari Hanazono has been consumed with the desire to win against her school rival, Kei Takishima–at anything. He always comes out on top no matter what he does, and Hikari is determined to do whatever it takes to beat this guy…somehow!

At age 6 Hikari lost to Kei in an impromptu wrestling match. Now, at 15, Hikari joins “Special A,” a group of the top seven students at a private academy, for the opportunity to trounce the guy who made her suffer her first defeat.

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My Review:
This was everything I imagined it to be and more! The art and story were well done and funny. I am one happy book nerd.

The story isn’t that much different from the anime (which I watched first and have at least 3 or 4 times by now). The new and old material is so captivating and exciting to read. However, I would recommend reading the manga before watching the anime. The manga has a been a bit more in-depth and has fleshed out some information. I feel like I know the characters a lot more.

My only critique is that after Volume 1 it still recaps basic info about the school where the story takes place and who the main characters are. I can see this maybe being repeated in Volume 2 but I think after that readers can infer these things based on context clues if they need a refresher.

But I’m loving these books and can’t wait to see how everything plays out!