It keeps getting better…

I ended up catching my kid’s sickness. Frikkin great…

Even after my back felt better, I can’t get back to running because I’m sick. That means no needlework either.

On the plus side, being stationary means I can write. Thankfully I’m not the kind of sick that means I can’t focus on anything. I’m trying to finish another Go Away Girls story anyway.

Hopefully, this will pass quickly and I can get 2020 back on track.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Drifting Classroom: Perfect Edition” Vol. 2 by Kazuo Umezz

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is recommended for mature readers.

Sho and his remaining classmates and friends are still desperately trying to get people to stick together to survive. But while internal conflicts about, now disease threatens to wipe them all out.

Like I said in the first review, these characters are almost comically deranged. They seem eager to start killing each other for any reason they can find! It’s a wonder any characters are left for a book 2, in my opinion…

What sets this apart for me is the connection between Sho and his mother. She can somehow hear him from the future in random places and I wish this angle was explored more. But I guess that’s for the third volume. It’s hard to say I like this because it’s so violent and depressing but I do and I want to read more! 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Drifting Classroom: Perfect Edition” Vol. 1 by Kazuo Umezz

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Inexplicably, an entire school is thrown into the future along with everyone inside. Sho, his teachers, and his classmates must fight to survive in a deserted wasteland.

Yeah, this book gets Lord of the Flies real quick. It’s like nobody even tried to put up the pretense of acting sane and this book doesn’t hold back on the gore and tragedy. It’s pretty depressing. But it’s also very compelling. I will give a mild spoiler and say this is NOT the book for you if you don’t like reading about a lot of dead kids. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Plum Crazy! Tales of A Tiger-Striped Cat” Vol. 1 by Hoshino Natsumi

Plum lives with Taku and his mom; who runs a dance studio out of their home. This volume has a new kitten come into the house and an impromptu visit to Taku’s school.

If you like adorable pets and slice of life manga, this is a great read. It’s calm and silly and really cute. There’s not really a lot to say because it’s not one of those high drama, action-packed sorts of books. It’s a light, cozy read. Much needed after reading the next few books I’ll be posting about… 4.5 out of 5.

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So, 2020 sucks already…

It is with a heavy heart that I have to say Bucky is gone. He had cancer that spread to his spine and there was only the humane thing to do…

He came into my life at a very difficult time and I came to rely on his sweet nature and thankless support. He was just the best and I am utterly heartbroken.

Bless you, my sweet boy. You will be sorely missed.

Overdue 2020 goals

Last year I did pretty well on my yearly goals but this year I’m gonna scale it down a bit. I don’t want to get overwhelmed:

  1. Draw more. I actually really miss this.
  2. Treat my writing and blog more like a business. I’d like to be publishing more often.
  3. Clean off my Kindle, Nook, iPad, AND read the ARCs I have piled up.
  4. More needlework.

That’s about it! I’ve gotten a pretty good running habit, my doctor says I’m very healthy so, my main goals now are the success of my writing and clearing out. Let’s see how this year goes!

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Lenni Reviews: “Our Dreams at Dusk: Shimanami Tasogare” Vol. 4 by Yuhki Kamatani

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In this volume, we get some back story about Tchaiko and his life before coming to work with Someone-san; who also gets a bit of back story here. Also, Daichi and Saki make their wedding plans despite not being out to her parents yet and their relationship is still a secret.

I will admit I got a little misty-eyed but this was a great note to end the series on. Tchaiko gets some closure, we learn enough about Someone-san that you’re not left with that plot thread dangling into nothingness, and things are looking good for Tasuku’s future. I just wish Tasuku got a proper apology from Misora for what he pulled in the previous volume. I guess I can accept that Tasuku let it go… Kinda… Not really. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Komi Can’t Communicate” Vol. 4 by Tomohito Oda

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This volume goes through Komi’s summer vacation, return to school, and the Sports Festival.

If you like slice-of-life manga, that’s the core of this volume. Little things like Komi milling around on a hot day, cooking dinner for her family, and helping her friends with their summer assignments. Then we get the festival with a particularly competitive classmate. It’s all very lighthearted and cute – a breath of fresh air after some of the downers I’ve been reading lately. Only 89 friends to go for Komi! 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Artist and the Soldier” by Angelle Petta

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is recommended for mature readers.

In this sprawling tale, we have Max Amsel and Bastian Fisher who meet as teens in Camp Seigfried then again as adults in the thick of World War II.

First off, I dunno if I was taught this in school and forgot or just wasn’t taught this but I was SHOCKED that the Nazi Camp Siegfried was a real place in NY! I honestly didn’t realize such camps existed and kudos to this book for teaching me that.

This book is almost perfect. It focuses more on the war itself and how it’s affecting everyone, not just our main characters. A great deal of the plot is plucked straight from history. The writing is compelling, the action is well done, and the romance did tug at my heart. If you like historical fiction with a bit of angst, I recommend this despite the ending being a bit of a drop-off. But you can tell a lot of love went into this book. 4.7 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Queen of Zazzau” by J.S. Emuakpor

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is recommended for mature readers.

Princess Amina is heir to the throne of Zazzau and desperate to prove her worthiness to be queen. But a prophecy concerning her and the God of War combined fierce enemies hounding her country thrust Amina into a whirlwind of intrigue in which the fiercely independent Amina grapples for control of her destiny.

Ok, so lemmie start off by saying this is a fictionalized tale of a real Amina of Zazzau and the writing is fucking amazing. The battle scenes are edge of your seat tense and graphic, and you really get a sense of the world these fantastically detailed characters live in. But the main character made me wanna facepalm so many freaking times. Some mild spoilers here but aside from being a diplomatic nightmare, she comes off as kind of a thoughtless brat too often for my taste. Sometimes she’s so impetuous and irresponsible, leading to people getting hurt, and it was hard to read. But then I put it in the context of Greek and Norse mythology; where your heroes are not perfect and can also be complete jerks while the tale is still epic, and I can accept Amina for what she is. But dear gods, she made me mad! 3.8 out of 5 for the fantastic writing and story but infuriating main character.

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