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Manga Review: Nabari No Ou by Yuhki Kamatani (Volumes 1-3)

Genre: Manga, Graphic Novel
Series: Nabari No Ou
# of Volumes: 14 / completed
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐☆
Recommend to Others?: Yes

ABOUT: [from Vol. 1] Apathetic schoolboy Miharu Rokujou is content to meander through life in the sleepy village of Banten. But his quiet existence is shattered when the Grey Wolves of Iga, a powerful ninja clan, attempt to kidnap him in broad daylight. Only then does Miharu discover that the ultimate power of the hidden ninja realm — a power that can do both great good and great harm — is sealed within his body. As battles erupt among rival ninja clans seeking to control him, Miharu must overcome his apathy and learn the ways of the ninja if he wants any shot at survival!

 

My Review: Nabari No Ou is a good manga/anime. The volumes I’m reviewing cover seem to cover the first 8 1/2 episodes. I’d only seen the anime before now but I’m glad to have finally gotten around to reading the manga.

I wasn’t super blown away by these volumes but I was still enjoying the story. I was invested in Miharu and what was happening. I loved the artwork, especially all the action scenes. There wasn’t much character growth but it may be too soon for that. We know the stakes and (kind of) who opposition is early so we’re set for more action and tension to take off in volume 4.

I adore Miharu. I don’t mind that he’s apathetic most of the time because his big heart and sense of humor shine through on several occasions. He’s not as weak as others may perceive him to be. He can defend himself for the most part.

It’s a compelling story overall that I’d recommend to others.

 

 

 

 

Images via Goodreads

Vol. 1https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/5422179-nabari-no-ou-vol-1

Vol. 2https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6406020-nabari-no-ou-vol-2

Vol. 3https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/6867945-nabari-no-ou-vol-3

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[Drafting Summer Reading Plans] ReRead: The Betrayal Knows My Name

Happy Thursday, Bookworms!

Have you begun picking out books you plan to read this summer?

Summer is a little over a month away and I’m already making plans (who am I kidding, I’ve been making plans for months!). One thing I’m sure of is rereading ♥📘The Betrayal Knows My Name by Hotaru Odagiri📘♥ (my review).

I am very much looking forward to rereading this series this summer! It’s one my favorite manga/anime out of them all. I adore Yuki and Luka so much 💙 The story has everything I love about fantasy/supernatural stories. And I love all the covers!

I normally wouldn’t reread a manga series because there are typically so many volumes and too many books on my tbr to make time for it. But The Betrayal Knows My Name is only 8 volumes so it’d be a doable reread.

Still need to rewatch the anime! Just need to finish/catch up/rewatch with a few other anime first: Bungo Stray Dogs, Assassin’s Prids, Food Wars, Amagi Brilliant Park, and Kiss Him, Not Me 📺

 

♥📘ABOUT📘♥ [The Betrayal Knows My Name]
Gifted with a strange ability to see into the troubles of others, kind-hearted Yuki Sakurai finds his life turned upside down the day a handsome stranger named Luka appears. Suddenly, evil beings known as “Duras” begin hunting for him and a world of magic, terror, and a dark truth about his past surround him. Two sides seek his power, but who can he really trust? (•summary via Crunchyroll•)

AS ALWAYS, HAPPY READING!!!

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My Manga Collection

Happy Monday, Bookworms!

Do you read manga? If so, what are some of your favorites?

I love reading manga and hope to have a huge library of it in the future. Pictured is my manga collection that I began buying back in 2018. It’s not much but it’s slowly growing.

I own The Betrayal Knows My Name (completed), Snow White With The Red Hair (ongoing), The Royal Tutor (ongoing | 12 of 13), An Incurable Case of Love (ongoing | 1 of 3), He’s My Only Vampire (completed), Devils & Realist (completed), Yona of the Dawn (ongoing | 3 of 23), and Backstage Prince (completed). I’ve read way more manga than what’s pictured.

Manga I’d like to own someday that I haven’t read yet are Days and Haikyu!!. Of series I’ve already read and loved, I’d want Fruits Basket, Special A, and Black Butler.

See my page “Book Reviews by Genre” the first section listed for my reviews of most of these titles.

What’s great about manga you get to binge-read a series, the artwork is exquisite and lively, the stories make you feel all the feels, the price per volumes is relatively cheap, and much that is published has likely been made into an anime.

Have a great day, everyone!!!

 

Stay safe. Stay home. Save lives.

Stronger together.

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Book Review: “Awkward” by Svetlana Chmakova

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Genre: Middle Grade, Graphic Novel
Series: Berrybrook Middle School #1
Rating: 5 out of 5
Recommend to Others?: Yes

 

ABOUT: Cardinal rule #1 for surviving school: Don’t get noticed by the mean kids.

Cardinal rule #2 for surviving school: Seek out groups with similar interests and join them.

On her first day at her new school, Penelope–Peppi–Torres reminds herself of these basics. But when she trips into a quiet boy in the hall, Jaime Thompson, she’s already broken the first rule, and the mean kids start calling her the “nerder girlfriend.” How does she handle this crisis? By shoving poor Jaime and running away!

Falling back on rule two and surrounding herself with new friends in the art club, Peppi still can’t help feeling ashamed about the way she treated Jaime. Things are already awkward enough between the two, but to make matters worse, he’s a member of her own club’s archrivals–the science club! And when the two clubs go to war, Peppi realizes that sometimes you have to break the rules to survive middle school!

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My Review:
Awkward was a fantastic read! I loved it a lot and energetically read it in one sitting. The book takes simple unofficial “cardinal” rules of middle school and amplifies them through expressive illustrations, relatable characters, and humor.

I don’t find Peppi awkward but rather imperfectly perfect. I connected with her on a personal level, acutely viewing the turmoil between the two clubs through her eyes. She’s a cool, friendly person, and performs as a uniquely ideal main character for a middle grade story. I don’t think I would have adored the story as much as I did if the MC had been different.

I also found Peppi and Jaime’s interactions super cute. Two ordinary remarkable people on the fringes of middle school social circles who are talented and friendly. It’s sweet.

Wonderful story. The illustrations are phenomenal and hilarious. I would highly recommend this book ad author. I look forward to reading more by Chmakova.