Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Teaser Tuesday[204]: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

Genre: YA Contemporary Romance

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Release Date: May 3, 2016

Goodreads Synopsis:

Andie had it all planned out.

When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

Important internship? Check.

Amazing friends? Check.

Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks)

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

Because here’s the thing - if everything's planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

And where’s the fun in that?


“‘Wow,’ Clark said, shaking his head. ‘You weren’t kidding.’ He looked over at me, and I felt my eyes straying involuntarily to his mouth.” (Hardback, pg. 258)

What are you reading right now?

Monday, May 30, 2016

Manga Review: Requiem of the Rose King, Volume 4, by Aya Kanno

Rating (Out of 5): ~4
Publisher: VIZ Media
Release Date: May 10, 2016
Volumes: 5+
Spoilers?: Light.
Volume: 1. 3. 5.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Richard, the ambitious third son of the House of York, believes he is cursed, damned from birth to eternal darkness. But is it truly fate that sets him on the path to personal destruction? Or his own tormented longings? Based on an early draft of Shakespeare’s Richard III, Aya Kanno’s dark fantasy finds the man who could be king standing between worlds, between classes, between good and evil.

An uprising draws King Edward, with Richard at his side, to battle. The aftermath could result in a new king. But who will take the throne? If Richard has anything to say about it, it will be neither of his brothers.


This series just gets better and better with every volume, and at this point, if you’re not following it, you should be.
I love the depth and the thoughtful way of everything, it’s beautiful and impressive. I don’t even know the stories that this series is from, and it doesn’t matter. I’m still so caught up in the story. It’s beautiful.
There’s a couple fun scenes where Anne grows closer to Richard, where we see that they might be able to have a real relationship. But there’s underlying darkness from their families the entire time, and that finally ruins their progression.
There are a couple of marriages being arranged, Elizabeth is still working through her plan of revenge and getting closer to it, Margaret is also progressing on hers. The Earl of Warwick finally moves forward with his plans to dethrone Edward, though he gets a little stuck at one point. And we finally see Richard reach a conclusion, and see that he’s going to be pushing forward with his own new plans, though he finally has an ally in Catesby.
I love this series, and I’m addicted. I’m patiently waiting the next one.

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Manga Review: Ultraman, Volume 4, by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi

Rating (Out of 5): ~3
Publisher: VIZ Signature (VIZ Media)
Release Date: May 17, 2016
Volumes: 7+
Spoilers?: Light.
Volume: 1. 3. 5.

Goodreads Synopsis:

Decades ago, a being known as the Giant of Light joined together with Shin Hayata of the Science Special Search Party to save Earth from an invasion of terrifying monsters called Kaiju. Now, many years later, those dark days are fading into memory, and the world is at peace. But in the shadows a new threat is growing, a danger that can only be faced by a new kind of hero—a new kind of ULTRAMAN…

Earth’s alien enemies are brutal and unforgiving, but Shinjiro is having a tough time coming to terms with the way Dan Moroboshi kills them without hesitation. Perhaps just as disturbing is the new Ultraman suit Moroboshi is wearing. While Shinjiro deals with this, a secret plan to awaken Shinjiro’s Ultraman Factor is set in motion, and singer Rena Sayama’s life is in danger…


Since I haven’t read the previous volumes, I was very lost with this volume. But intrigued.
Shinjiro is having a hard time agreeing to be Ultraman, and we see him struggle and finally come to a decision about it. Meanwhile, the aliens are invading and planning an attack in the background, and they make it on popstar Rena at our cliffhanger.
If I was a bigger fan of sci-fi, I would enjoy this series a lot more. Because I can tell there’s quite a bit of work put into the world and the creatures and the ultraman suit. This was a very fast volume, and I didn’t mind it at all, though. 

A review copy was provided by the publisher, VIZ Media, for an honest review. Thank you so, so much!