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Lenni Reviews: “Sovereign” by April Daniels

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

*This review is cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.

In this sequel to Dreadnought, Danielle is working hard as the new hero in town but between kicking butt and maintaining her reputation with the press; and without even being fully licensed due to her age, she is feeling the strain. But Dreadnought is needed now more than ever as a worldwide threat lingers on the horizon.

I can’t quite put my foot on what it is but this is not as enjoyable as the first book. Don’t get me wrong, this is still a well-written superhero story with high stakes and plenty of thrilling action; by no means a bad book. A teenager dealing with the harsh realities of being a superhero AND transgender AND some topical threats to humanity deserves this darker tone. But in comparison to the first, the darkness is unpleasant instead of intriguing or compelling. I want to like this more than I do. If you ware interested in following Dreadnought’s next steps as she develops as a hero, this entry is just ok. 3.5 out of 5.

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New Short Story! “Beaverish”

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It’s ready, boys and girls! While this is a lesbian noir, it is not smut. There are some mature elements, violence and such, but otherwise clean. You can get it at Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or even iBooks if you visit my site here!

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Lenni Reviews: “Happy” by Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson

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Before I watched the show I wanted to read the comic it was based on so I made sure to get a copy for the library. If the show is a bleak as the comic, I will have to wait to be in the right mood for something so dark. But as pessimistic as this story is, the take of a fallen cop getting redemption as it is forced upon him by a floating blue imaginary donkey is fun in the same way The Boys is fun: So wrong, it’s right. Somehow you root for Nick Sax; not because he’s an asshole with a heart of gold, he is a different asshole than the shittier assholes around him. He’s not overtly better, he is presented with the chance to be better.

Now that I’ve read it, I am more excited to see how Christopher Meloni plays Nick and how far they will go on the small screen. As for the comic? Cool despite being pretty sad. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Happiness” vol 6 by Shuzo Oshimi

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Yukiko Gosho has been trying to move on with her life and in the years since her injury from Makoto, she has grown up, gotten a decent job, and even a possible romance with a coworker. But the ghosts of her past resurface and she risks losing her stability to find answers.

While I enjoyed this volume, the ending makes it feel like filler. Fun filler, but filler. The abrupt ending felt less like a cliffhanger and more of a puttering out since once Gosho makes up her mind, all you can think about is what the fallout will be once it’s revealed what has been happening to the vampires in captivity all these years; if they are even still in captivity. Either way, I’m betting Makoto hasn’t been chillin at a hot spring in the years that have passed. 3.7 out of 5 for this one.

Lenni Reviews: “To Your Eternity” vol 2 by Yoshitoki Oima

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As March and Parona are carried off as prisoners with Fushi, Parona is determined to get March to safety and devises a daring escape. But their captors want to use them to find out what exactly Fushi is even if they have to rip him apart to do it.

In addition to the daring escape, this volume also touches on where Fushi may have come from. There are still plenty of questions and hints about some much grander schemes but overall this is an intriguing story so far. Oima sure doesn’t hesitate to hit you in the feels, though, so don’t get too attached. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Smokin’ Parade” vol 3 by Jinsei Kataoka and Kazuma Kondou

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Unbeknowest to the Jackalopes, the Shikagura have been watching every move they make. So when the Jackalopes play to strike when they believe the Shikagura are undergoing maintenance, they fall into a trap.

Shiba-san is my new sempai. As I am now the ripe old age of 37, I resolve to be like him and age with style.

The art in this series continues to empress; especially when it comes to creature design. I had to flip through the volume a few times to really take in and enjoy all the details. It still takes a lot for my suspension of disbelief to take that giant boobed drama queen Amenotori seriously but I’m starting to think that much blatant fanservice is the point. You’re too busy staring at her chest to notice that she’s chopped you to bits.

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Lenni Reviews: “Devils’ Line” vol 9 by Ryo Hanada

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After all the fighting and revelations of the previous volume, all our characters are taking some time to heal up and regroup. Anzai is searching for more answers about his past, Hans Lee is using his time to save persecuted devils, Eleven is dealing with her family while Makimura heals from his wounds. All the while, the general climate towards devils is increasingly hostile, making it harder for Anzai and his group to do their jobs.

I have to say my favorite bits of this were Eleven, or Mayu rather, and her family. I’m not so sure about whatever romance between her and Makimura since he seems smarmy but I like how Mayu’s character is developing. She’s more than that dolled up, flat, bitchy character from the beginning and her progression is realistic and fun for me to read.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Prince and the Dressmaker” by Jen Wang

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At the beginning of the modern age in Paris, young Prince Sebastian is being pressured by his parents to find a bride. But Sebastian is leading a double life: a prince by day and Lady Crystallia by night. But when a young dressmaker named Francis designs a scandalous dress for a client, Sebastian must have her create more marvelous frocks for him to wear about town as is alter ego. As Francis’ creations draw more attention in their own right, remaining a secret tailor is keeping her from her dream of being a famous designer.

With a fairy tale setup like this, you can likely guess the beats a story like this will hit. This book hits them all with heartwarming ease, allowing the reader to quickly relate to all the characters and enjoy the simple, flowing, and beautiful art. This is an adorable story about being true to yourself; be it your identity or your art. 4.5 stars.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Somnambulist and the Psychic Thief” by Lisa Tuttle

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

*This review has been cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.

Finding herself in desperate need of a new job and place to live, Mill Lane happens upon an advertisement for a brave assistant with a good memory. After inquiring, Lane becomes the partner of Mr. Jasper Jesperson, a detective. Pickings are slim at first until a sleepwalker and the disappearances of several local psychics both fall into their laps. Now, it is up to Jasper and Lane to solve these seemingly unrelated cases.

This book is just good fun. Jasper is the sort of detective character who is smart, clever, and charismatic yet a bit irresponsible. Lane is also intelligent yet charmingly self-depreciating and together they make a formidable pair you will enjoy following though the story as it unfolds.

Although this genre is not my expertise, I think I can safely call this a cozy mystery and I has a lot of fun reading it. I was on the edge of my seat and I would love to read the next one when I get my hands on it. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Fight For You” by Kayla Bain-Vrba

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*I received this book in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

Cherry is a dancer forced to perform for meager money as she was sold to cover her father’s debts. In order to buy her freedom faster, Cherry enlists the help of Berlin; one of the best gladiators in the arena, to train her to be a fighter as well. As Cherry endures the brutal training and equally brutal fights, she learns she may not want to taste freedom all alone.

This book feels so clipped, it’s more of a fleshed out outline than a full story I could sink my teeth into and really enjoy. The time goes by so fast, I never really got a sense of who the characters really were and why they should even be together. If this were a fully fleshed out novel, it would be amazing. But as it stands, it is sadly lacking. 2.7 out of 5.

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