Contemporary · Romance

Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse

Sophia had lived in Tokyo for four years with her mother and sister, but at the beginning of this novel, she had precisely seven days left in the city. She planned to spend her remaining days ignoring the fact that she was leaving her two best friends for a place where she doubted she would be able to make new friends. And, to make matters worse, Jamie Foster-Collins moved back to the city. Sophia and Jame did not part in good circumstances, and she thought that his arrival ruined her last week in Tokyo, but of course, this being a contemporary romance, they fall in love instead.

Okay. I love my contemporary romances, but I could have easily passed on this one if it wasn’t for the setting. When was the last time I read a contemporary YA set in Japan? Um, never, I think. And so, despite having my doubts (it’s still a white-people-falling-in-love-in-Japan story, after all) I put this high up on my TBR list. Continue reading “Seven Days of You by Cecilia Vinesse”

Comics

Comics I Read Last Week (March 29th / April 5th)

   

America #2 by Gabby Rivera & Ming Doyle

America Chavez continues her epic first day in college in the frontlines of WWII. It’s cool that she gets to meet Peggy Carter and punch nazis, but… I guess I’m still not that into this series, as much as I want to be. The dialogue’s still kind of stilted and cheesy, and I’m still not seeing enough of America beyond the cocky self-assured persona she shows the public. This issue is perfectly fine, and the cover is brilliant, but I guess I wanted it to be more. Continue reading “Comics I Read Last Week (March 29th / April 5th)”

Fantasy · thinking out loud

Conrad’s Fate and The Pinhoe Egg

Since this may be my last #MarchMagics related post, I’m going to smush the Conrad’s Fate and Pinhoe Egg questions here. I haven’t got to either books in my reread project, so I don’t remember them as well as I do the others. All I remember is: Conrad’s Fate is about a young Christopher, when Gabriel de Witt was still Chrestomanci. It had more bad parents/guardians and like The Lives of Christopher Chant,  it’s told from the point of view of a kid who doesn’t have access to the right information, or is being manipulated, by the adults around him. I don’t remember much else, having read it only once before. I can’t wait to reread it now!

The Conrad’s Fate question is: If you were to discover a family secret, would you rather it be: a noble title, money, or magic? Continue reading “Conrad’s Fate and The Pinhoe Egg”

Comics

#NewComicBookDay (March 15th)

     

American Gods: Shadows #1 by Neil Gaiman & P. Craig Russell
So far, I’m really liking it. It makes me want to reread the book because a whole month for the next issue feels like too long.

Batwoman #1 by Marguerite Bennett, James Tynion IV & Steve Epting
I really, really, REALLY wanted to like this a whole lot more than I did. There are parts I liked, and I love Kate Kane, but. This looks like it’s going to be yet another grimdark DC. I shall be continuing for the next couple of issues to see if it gets better.

Coady and the Creepies #1 by Liz Prince & Amanda Kirk
The whole vibe of this comic reminds me of Jonesy, which is a thing that I like. I also like the fact that this is a ghost mystery story with an all-girl punk band as the main characters. Continue reading “#NewComicBookDay (March 15th)”

Comics

花のち晴れ 花男NextSeason

Hana Yori Dango

Back in the early 90s, Shueisha published a shojo manga called Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers) by Yoko Kamio. The title is a pun on the phrase “dango over flowers”, referring to the chewy dumpling-like sweet one might eat during a sakura viewing. The story was typical of the time: a “normal” girl works hard to get into a super elite school, which is ruled by a group of super rich boys. She gets in the leader’s way, and sparks fly. Lots and lots and lots of drama happens before they finally get a happy ending.

The manga ran for 37 volumes, and was pretty popular, ending in 2003. It was so popular, in fact, that it spawned an anime series, an animated film, two live action movies, and about nine TV dramas around the world – and this is just based on a quick wiki search. I know of at least one tv adaptation not listed on the wiki, so there may be more.

The 2005 Japanese tv series was how I got into the whole thing: a friend lent me her VCDs, and I ended up watching the whole thing in one sitting. It was basically my first binge-watch. Continue reading “花のち晴れ 花男NextSeason”

DWJ ReRead · Fantasy

The Crown of Dalemark by Diana Wynne Jones

The first time I read it my brain was in this fuzz, right after The Spellcoats, because I got the omnibus editions which are always a bad idea (for me). Not that I had any other choice back then. I rushed through the book, thought it was nice enough, and forgot all about it.

This is my second time experiencing The Crown of Dalemark, this time on audio, forcing me to take my time instead of rushing, and I am so in love with this whole quartet. WHY DID I NOT SEE THE BRILLIANCE OF THIS QUARTET BEFORE.

The book starts with Mitt, who’s in North Dalemark after the events in Drowned Ammet. He had been training to be a hearthman when he was tasked to murder Noreth Onesdaughter, who claimed to be the true Queen of Dalemark and wanted to reunite the lands. But then, it changes perspective to 200 years in the future, where a girl named Maewen meets an Undying who sends her back to the past (Mitt’s present) to take Noreth’s place, as the real Noreth had disappeared, and Maewen looked exactly like her. Continue reading “The Crown of Dalemark by Diana Wynne Jones”