Lenni Reviews: “Eros/Psyche” by Maria Llovet

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Sara is a new student at an exclusive and unique all girls boarding school. By chance she meets the most popular student, Silje and forms a fast relationship that blooms quickly into something more.

This is poetic and beautiful, also a bit haunting. But I have no frikkin clue what this is all about. There’s some sinister all girls boarding school in the middle of nowhere and they learn magic but is so strict if you break the rules you go to a special room for punishment, there’s implied genetic testing going on, and the mysterious school is eliminating these girls on by one until only one remains and for… What?

Don’t get me wrong, this is emotional and lovely but by the end all I had were questions that left me frustrated. 3.9 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Fragments of Horror” by Junji Ito

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Another collection of Ito’s short stories and it’s much better than the last one I read. One of them is more sad than scary but overall, this is Ito’s signature terrifying style with some great body horror. I’m usually all good with body horror but there was one splash page that was so gross, I physically leaned away from the book and tensed up in my entire body. Great stuff. 4.7 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Ice Cream Man Vol. 6: Just Desserts” by W. Maxwell Prince, Martín Morazzo & Chris O’Halloran

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This volume is another series of dark short stories with the Ice Cream Man being featured.

These stories are hit or miss. I’m still wishing for an overarching story in these anthologies. I thought this would lead to knowing more about the entity and why it’s so malevolent; maybe what the overall point is. I’m not seeing that and while that is ok since some of the shorts are good, it’s just okay. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Levius/est” Vol. 8, by Haruhisa Nakata

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

As the battle between Levius and Oliver continues, Levius pushes not only his body but his sanity to the brink in order to attain victory.

I’m a bit baffled. So far, I’d felt the steam and arms were mechanical and scientific in nature and now there’s mystical elements to it. I’m not sure how I feel about that. I’m still rooting for Levius and the fight scenes had me hooked but demon steam? Uh, sure. Why not? I’ve seen nuttier things in manga. 3.7 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Something is Killing the Children” Vol. 3, by James Tynion IV, Werther Dell’Edera

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Archer’s Peak is in lockdown and while Erica is desperately trying to keep the situation contained, a video is leaked that exposes the existence of these creatures. Now, The Order of St. George wants to take more extreme measures.

I really love this art style in the battle scenes. Very dynamic and flows well so you understand what’s happening. 

Other than that, this is a pretty standard evil creature, secret organization, brooding hero type story. It’s the main characters that keep me interested and I am hopeful there will be more of Erica and her journey. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Villainous” by Stonie Williams & Jef Sadzinski

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

In a world where superheroes are commonplace, The Coalition of Heroes holds regular tryouts for sidekicks. Tillyh is the new sidekick to the famous herto Showdown and learned the unfortunate truth that the heroes aren’t who they claim to be.

I was intrigued by this premise but it feels rushed and sanitized. If you don’t like The Boys because of the general vulgarity of it all, this is basically that show cleaned up in the wash and crammed into one volume. This creates an overall hollow experience. It’s a shame but I think this needed more length to give the characters more time to grow and for me to get attached to them. 2.5 out of 5.

 

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Lenni Reviews: “Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts” by Rebecca Hall & Hugo Martinez

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Part memoir, this graphic novel details Rebecca Hall’s research into women who have lead slave revolts and the barriers to the silenced stories of the past.

This book can be dry. It’s hard to go through historical events and show research and statistics and also be entertaining but entertainment isn’t the point. I feel like I learned a lot from this book in an easily digestible format. I think it should be used to teach others about this part of our history. 4.7 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Sadako at the End of the World” by Koma Natsumi

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After the apocalypse, two little girls find Sadako’s tape.

Well… This was certainly a thing I read. I honestly don’t know what I was expecting.

This manages to be cute and creepy at the same time and manages to tell a decent story overall. It seems so random to put Sadako in this situation and die hard fans of her may have trouble reconciling the malevolent specter having any compassion at all. This is strange but worth checking out for the novelty alone. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Yakuza Lover” Vol. 1, by Nozomi Mino

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

Yuri wants a boyfriend but hasn’t met the right guy. While at a party, she meets the exact wrong type of guy and is rescued by Toshiomi Oya; an underboss for the yakuza. While the pair have an instant attraction, Yuri is scared of Oya’s dangerous life.

This isn’t my usual genre but I wanted to check it out because of the huge difference in our main leads. It is a typical fiery girl and tough guy with a heart with some semi explicit sex scenes. If you like insta-love and insta-lust in your manga, this will probably suffice but it was just a meh for me. There’s a power imbalance in the relationship that raises red flags for me but again, this isn’t my usual fare. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Gray” by Arvind Ethan David, Eugenia Koumaki, Diana Greenhalgh & Joana LaFuente

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

Detective Hank Wutan is investigating a series of violent robberies of bankers by a pair of women. As he gets closer, he discovers it all connects to a mysterious woman who appears to not have aged in decades.

I can see some readers being put off by the politics or triggered by the sensitive subject matters so trigger warning if you are anti-choice or don’t want to read about sexual assault, female circumcision, gun violence, drugs, or spousal abuse, I suggest you skip this one.

If you’re still with me, this book is very in your face about all the above subjects but I didn’t mind since I found the overall story interesting. I would like to know what the endgame is for all of this, how the next installment (this ends on a cliffhanger) plays out, and how this connects to Oscar Wilde. 3.7 out of 5.

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