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Lenni Reviews: “School Live” vol 1 by Norimitsu Kaihou, Sadoru Chiba, and Leighann Harvey

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Yuki Takeya loves her school. Her teachers are nice and she has a lot of fun at the School Living Club after classes are over; where she can hang out with her friends. At least what’s left of them after a zombie breakout.

This book reads like Highschool of the Dead’s sweeter and less slutty little sister and that’s not an insult to either series. In this story about a group of survivors in a school lacks the absurd fan service of the former and I dare say, this tries to be cute! Our living characters are adorable but the undead are kept mostly in shadow. It’s obvious the story will take a dark turn but this first volume is fairly light-hearted. 3.7 out of 5.

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I won a giveaway!

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I entered the giveaway over at Confessions of a Modern Witch and here’s the cool stuff I won!

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A cool spellbook!

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Delicious bath fiz from Baublesmith.

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A stainless steel triquetra necklace from Baublesmith.

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Which came in this lovely box.

Thank you so much for this awesome stuff!! 😀

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Lenni Reviews: “Yona of the Dawn” vol 7 by Mizuho Kusanagi

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Yona and company decide to help Awa free a town from a group of human traffickers. But while she’s there, Yona runs into the man who killed her father and cost her her kingdom; Su-won.

While it may seem rehashed for a character like Yona to instantly inspire everyone to follow her into battle but as a character, Yona remains a capable yet vulnerable person you can relate to. How she inspires others isn’t with grand speeches but for her willingness to do anything it takes and those around her admire her bravery and determination. Even when she is face to face with her father’s killer, she is more than willing seek revenge but after Su-won is gone, she breaks down and cries.

Yona really outshines her dragon compatriots in terms of personality but they are an enjoyable group of contrasts. There’s a silly side story about a love potion so you can watch them play off each other without Yona around but I would have rather seen the story progress. 4 out of 5 for this one.

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Lenni Reviews: “Junji Ito’s Dissolving Classroom” by Junji Ito

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New kid in town Yuuma Azawa introduces himself to his new class then immediately apologizes. And keeps apologizing… All the time. Keiko Arisu feels bad for him and befriends him but she didn’t realize Yuuma has an evil little sister, Chizumi. She tells Keiko Yuuma apologizes because he has summoned the devil and feels power when he says sorry to the demon. Oh, it also melts your brain so Chisumi can eat it.

When will I learn? Junji Ito = brain searing terror. From the mind that gave the world Uzumaki and Museum of Terror comes this equally horrid tale of two evil siblings who destroy everything around them. This surreal collection of stories about them is supposed to be “a literal interpretation of the ills that plague modern society” but I’m not seeing it. Is it apologizing too much? There is something to be said for apologizing for no reason or for the same thing over and over because in time the act and the words lose all meaning. But even without digging for interpretation, it’s a gloomy, creepy, SUPER GROSS bit of horror and is a classic example of Ito’s work. I give this book a 4 out of 5; taking a point away to punish it for my nightmares.

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July Loot Anime: “Action Comedy”

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  • Kitty Action Comedy Charm
  • Trigun: Badlands Rumble T-Shirt
  • Original Minis One-Punch Man 2-Pack Figure
  • KonoSuba: God’s Blessing on This Wonderful World! Vol. 1 Manga
  • FLCL Art Print
  • High School DxD Art Print

The fandoms I’m most familiar with in this box are Trigun and FLCL. Both are among some of my favorite anime series. One Punch Man is pervasive so you can’t  help but have heard of it The others I’ve never heard of until now.

The shirt is amazing but any white shirts make me nervous. I’m always afraid I’ll ruin it somehow with soy sauce or wine. And that FLCL print is going up on my desk. I am determined to have the most geeky desk in my library.

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Lenni Reviews: “Courageous Love” by K. C. Richardson.

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*This book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

Alex Taylor and Francesca “Frank” Greco didn’t meet under the best of circumstances. Frank pulled Alex over for speeding and talking on her cell phone but they meet up again at a party that same day. Despite this initial stumble, they can’t deny the attraction is there between them. As they pursue a relationship, Alex is suddenly diagnosed with breast cancer and Frank has to decide if she is willing to watch another woman she loves wilt to the disease; like her twin sister, Toni.

This book breaks Fiction 101’s most important rule: show, don’t tell. Not a single emotion this book tries to evoke ever manifest. At 70%, all I felt was annoyed there was more to read. Everything is set in front of you in such a dry, wooden way, I felt as if I was reading a detailed outline. The characters were flat caricatures and it really, REALLY bothered me to have a complete bitch/saint dynamic in Alex and Frank (respectively) where a person with cancer and struggling with treatment is portrayed in the book as a bitch for going through a wide range of emotions. Despite those emotions coming through in as monotone a way a possible.

And after all the delicious prose in Rainbow Gap, I was doubly disappointed. 2 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Jackass” vol 1 by Scarlet Beriko

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

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

Keisuke lives with his sister boisterous sister, Akiko, and walks to school with his best friend Katsumi. Katsumi is openly gay and scandalously dating the school nurse and Keisuke finds this out when he accidentally stumbles upon them kissing in the nurses’ office. Akiko’s pantyhose had gotten tangled up in Keisuke’s school uniform so Shinoda, Keisuke’s best friend, offers to cover for him by taking him to the nurses’ office but when Shinoda sees Keisuke’s runner’s legs in the pantyhose, he can’t help but touch them. But what starts off as simple touching turns to more for Keisuke.

This is a very sexy friends to lovers story with asides to some other relationships; including a boy who bullies Katsumi for being gay who of course is doing so because he has a crush. All the conflicts are handled logically and nothing ever blows up into horrid dramatics; like the whole school turning on Katsumi because he’s in a relationship with a staff member. And for an uke, Katsumi is a strong, assertive character. He may be young and sweet but when backed into a corner, Katsumi doesn’t wait for a savior. Things play out in ways where you can see real people making these decisions.

The art is well done and all the sex scenes are so detailed you will blush while reading. And all the encounters are CONSENSUAL! So, you actually can connect with these pairings and want to see them happy. Great manga, despite being a little confusing when it starts out. 3.7 out of 5 and keep em coming!

This title is scheduled for release on October 10th, 2017 from SuBLime.

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Lenni Reviews: “Devils’ Line” vol 6 by Ryo Hanada

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The new guy, Ishimaru, is working on getting Zero Seven and Zero Nine to join up with Anzai and his group in exchange for information on Kikuhara. Zero Seven only agrees if he will exchange for details about the devil who killed her mother. But with the existence of devils now public knowledge, tensions are high and man known for advocating devil rights has a ‘mysterious’ house fire. When Anzai arrives at the scene, Kikuhara needles Anzai about his lost memories.

Zero Seven’s backstory is messed up and I still get this feeling that anyone who tells her about the devil that murdered her mother won’t be telling the whole truth; much like how everyone keeps dancing around what Anzai can’t remember about his childhood. I hope these reveals turn out to be worth is in the long run since there’s so much build up. 3.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Lost Boys” vol 1 by Tim Seeley

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is best for mature audiences

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

In the follow up to the 1987 movie, we meet the Emmerson Brothers Sam and Michael. After defeating the vampire monster, Max and his buddied, the brothers thought their lives would go back to normal. But a coven of female vampires calling themselves the Blood Belles targets them for revenge and their lives are once again overturned with blood and violence.

Before we get into it, I have to admit I was not the biggest fan of the original movie. I didn’t dislike it but I didn’t feel the need to watch it more than once; which always shocks people who learn I write vampire fiction. After refreshing my memory, I found this book enjoyable. It picks up right where the movie left off, ups the stakes (no pun intended) and tells an entertaining story. The color palette and art are perfect for this genre to keep the mood haunting and dark. The character Believer had me rolling my eyes with his over the top speeches but otherwise, this book is cool. If you like vampires and love the movie, I think this is worth the read. I give it a solid 3.8 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Great Divide” by Ben Fisher and Adam Markiewicz

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

*This review is cross-posted at Otakus and Geeks

A fragmented human race struggles to live because a mysterious condition has made it so any skin to skin contact will cause one of those people to die an agonizing death. Whoever survives the encounter absorbs the memories of the dead person. While fumbling a heist, Maria and Paul stumble first upon each other then later upon a possible cure.

This comic is a mix of Walking Dead, Crossed, and Y the Last Man (without what made me so uncomfortable about Crossed). It has a unique take on an apocalyptic world with all the darkness that entails while still managing to maintain some humor. I’m glad it’s not zombies for once…

The characters and world building here are well thought out and some really original implications of whatever sort of virus like this can do or be used are played with. Thankfully the cast members we’re following around play off each other well despite the fact Paul’s jokes can get tiresome. I give this a 4 out of 5 for being blessedly original in a genre that sorely needs it.

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