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.
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.
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.
*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.
Wisteria is a sprite in a new garden but since humans take care of the plants, she and the other sprites don’t have much work to do. But Wisteria wants to help directly like they used to before the humans came along and ends up helping a woman named Elena restore her mother’s garden.
If you want a lighthearted, sweet, calm, and beautiful read, this is a book for you. The art is soft and reading this is just a positive experience that will lift your spirits. I wouldn’t mind a follow up to this story but this book is self contained and satisfying. 4.9 out of 5.
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.
*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.
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.
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.
*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.