Twirling Book Princess
Review
4.5 Stars
ARC Review for This is a Taco

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. 

 

"Kids, remember: If you want tacos in your story, then YOU make sure there are tacos in your story."

I just LOVE tacos (though I am not sure if I love them as much as Taco the squirrel in this book) and so I had to try out this book. Boy, I am hungry for tacos now. Too bad I can't just get/make a taco at this moment. Argh. So warning to all, be sure to have tacos with you when reading because you will want some after reading. 

So I first thought that this book would just be a simple picture book about squirrel named Taco who loves Tacos with all sorts of facts about squirrels, instead it is MUCH more. It is a fun fourth wall breaking kind of book where the squirrel takes over the story when he realises that there are a) no tacos in the near future (even though he signed up because tacos were promised) and b) when a hawk swoops down to nomnom on our squirrel. I totally agreed with the little dude, I would have done the same. I didn't sign up to be abused (and eaten) like this! I came for tacos (and squirrels). 

I loved how Taco took over the story and how he made it a story that fitted him so much better (and yummier). I loved seeing him cross out words and write new ones, or jumping in between the pages to fix/stop stuff. 

The art was pretty decent, I quite like the style. I love the expressions on Taco's face (from his face when he flew through the air, to when he found his tacos). Pluspoints to the deliciously drawn tacos. *stomach rumbles*

All in all, this is one tacotastic book I would recommend. 

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Review
5 Stars
ARC Review for Super Late Bloomer: My Early Days in Transition

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

I have been following Julia Kaye for quite some time now, first on Webtoons around 2015 and later on Twitter when she stopped her Webtoon (which I still think is sad, but I can totally understand the whys).

So most of the comic is not new to me as she has been posting them on Twitter regularly, but I still very much wanted to read them all again. See how it all began. See the process of transitioning, changing her name and getting assigned the right gender, make-up, shaving woes, moments of doubt, misgendering (please people… it is not that hard), and much more. At times I was just tearing up, not only during the sadder moments, but also tears of happiness for her.

I still love her art, it is also very fun to see how much they improved. Not saying they were bad, but these days they are even prettier.

I am happy that I had the opportunity to read these comics bundled as an ARC, I will be buying the book when it comes out in May, I need to have this comic on my bookshelves.

I would like to talk more about the book, but I am still worried that I may say something wrong/make a mistake, so I will just keep it to what I have written so far. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
4 Stars
ARC Review for Hot on the Trail in Ancient Egypt

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

I just ADORE Ancient Egypt and so I was really eager to read this one when I spotted it on Netgalley. And after reading it? I want more of the Binkertons, I want more travels, I want to go to that bookstore myself and experience such a journey.

The story begins with our siblings being bored during the vacation, but that all changes when their youngest sibling runs into a bookstore. A weird bookstore with all sorts of travel information, and a suspicious old man. As chaos erupts the brother opens up a book about Egypt, and that is how the journey begins.

The book shows us the adventures of the siblings (though mostly the sisters as the brother is quickly shipped off to help with pyramid building) in Egypt. Almost each page of comic is accompanied a page of the the book they have to read so the adventure can end. Yep, they have to read the book in order for their adventure to be over. Watch our siblings search for their brother while experiencing all there is about Egypt. From food (beer as drinks) to hairstyles and crocodiles. And let's not forget about the pyramids and other cultural things. All this while they read the book (which causes some hilarious scenes as we see them run around with the book in their hands).

At times the book parts were a bit distracting, and at times it felt like one had to read the book pages before the comic pages, but in overall I quite liked them. Especially the way they were written. It mixes seriousness + comedy in a great way.

I didn't like the youngest sister, Libby. Dear heavens, that kid was annoying. Running off everywhere, bringing her siblings into trouble. Not only with the bookstore (though I have to think in the end they did quite like the journey even if it was one full of spears and heat), but also many times in the story.

The art for the comics was pretty decent. Not entirely a style I like, but it fitted pretty well with the story.

All in all, I want more adventures for the Binkertons. I would recommend this one.

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Review
4 Stars
Wolf Sanctuary: The Wolves of Speedwell Forge - Chuck Rineer

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review!

I just adore wolves, we don’t have them here (though I believe they are slowly returning though), so the only chances to see wolves are at the zoo and in books/on tv. So when I spotted this book, promising lots of wolves and photographs, I just had to request it. And yay, for getting accepted!

When I first started I was a bit worried this would contain tons of text. Don’t get me wrong, I love reading (duh), and I love learning about wolves, but I mostly wanted this book for the photographs of wolves. :P Sometimes there are days when you just want visual instead of words.
But thankfully the texts soon got less and less, instead it became more and more photography, and I was delighted.

Of course the text parts were also interested to read, I especially took a liking to the caption under the photographs (when they were there).

The wolves were beautiful, gorgeous, though I have to say seeing them snarling and fangs out made me terrified. Yes, I know that wolves aren’t to be messed with (doesn’t everyone?), but most photographs focus on the cuteness, the fluffiness, the playfulness and then there was a whole chapter featuring them with fangs bared and lots of scariness radiating from the photographs.

I definitely enjoyed this book, it was lovely. The quality of the photographs is high (though I have to say some looked photoshopped).
All in all, if you are a fan of wolves I would recommend you read this book!

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Review
5 Stars
ARC Review for Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.


OMG, OMG, OMG, this was even better than I had hoped/dreamed it would be. I had heard about this one through twitter earlier, and I was already hyped. And then I spotted it on Netgalley.

Meet Jesse, Noah, Tony, and Kate. 4 teenagers stuck in fat camp. Yep, fat camp. But this year will be a whole lot more than losing weight, there is a murderer walking around, what is their plan, who is going to die next? These kids are going to solve it and find out who the murderer is!

I just love how the story was written. How directly from the start I had the feeling something was up. There are all sorts of hints thrown around even before the murder actually happens! I just adore that, sometimes books just go happy go lucky and then BOOM, murder. But now it was even more exciting as I was already trying to figure out the whodunnit from the start. :P

The four characters? I have to say Jesse was my absolute favourite (fashion girl, plus I just had a laugh how she had both her phone and candy hidden), followed by Noah (so shy and cute), Kate (what is up with this girl, she is hiding something and I love her strong attitude), Tony (addicted to the net + I just adore how hard he is trying to lose weight). I loved how these 4 got together and became very close very fast. How, even though they were scared as hell, they still went on to solve the mystery and who is doing all these things, and why!

I also liked that we find out more about the background of these characters. We find out something about each character, about how they got to be at the camp, how they got fat and how they feel about it.

Plus there is something else happening between two characters that just made me squeal in happiness.

The murders? The whodunnit? The mystery of why and how? It was terrific, and I did have some suspects, but in the end it wasn't until x scene that I knew who it should be, who the murderer was. So when another scene happened I was pretty much whispershouting (due to me being sick/throat hurting/lung infection) for our group to tackle that person and not fall for their tricks! Though I hadn't expected it to be because of that reason (or well, I hadn't expected those people to do x and y (and given the reaction of everyone, they also didn't expect it)). I could kind of understand the reasoning of the murder, it must have hurt that person a lot to find that out. :( Then again, that doesn't make murder OK to do. Murder is never OK. But I can imagine why that person spiralled out of control.

As you can see I am dodging expertly around all the topics, I just don't want to spoil anything, I want people to go into this one fresh without much information about everything. This book is just too awesome and I want people to experience the same feelings I had while I was reading.

The art is just perfect! I just adore how the artist(s) drew the characters, who, instead of so many other comics, don't look at all alike in their weight problems. You have chubby, fat, very much overweight, and everything in between. Plus I just love the designs of the characters, it fits so well with their personalities. And I love seeing the camp and the surrounding area.

The ending was both sad but also a happy one, and it also had me laughing when we found out that about Kate. :P

All in all, I could rave for a bit longer about this one, probably for hours. :P But I will just keep it at this and will recommend this book to everyone. Read this!

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
4.5 Stars
Ride: Competing for the Cup - Bobbi Jg Weiss

It is time to work even harder, the cup is coming and every house wants it!

The second book, and I quite enjoyed it. Sure, I had quite a few issues with several things that happened in this book. From Lady Covington to Anya to Will. But there were also a lot of good things and plus I just flew through this book.

The book starts off pretty exciting and I was quite worried for Rudy. You know the prank the guys pulled with the Guys? Well, they hid them all in the stable, however the stable couldn't hold it and thus things went to hell. Yup. Horses scared, people hurt. The consequences will definitely come to the guys who did it. Though I have to say I had expected more dire consequences, something like suspension. And yes, the punishment that the boys and Will, especially Will, got were pretty dire, it still felt small compared to the event that happened. 

Kit is such a spirited girl, and I really like her and how she never gives up. Even with TK now in total scaredy mode due to what happened at the beginning, she keeps going and is helped out by her friends and a mysterious (well, I knew right away who it was) note writer. She tries her best to figure out TK and his fears. And she even tries her hardest during training, even if it is with Elaine, the mean girl of the school. I also loved her alternative tea time, with bbq, burgers, and more. I am happy that this girl at least tried, even if the response wasn't so good. 
I loved seeing her together with her dad, and I could also understand her sadness/confusion when she saw him have dinner with Sally.

I am also delighted that we finally saw something of a class in this one! That is what I missed in the previous book. This takes place in a boarding school, yet we generally see the kids outside of classes, with the horses, at breakfast/dinner/lunch/tea/etc.. Yes, I don't need full classes explained, but I would like to see glimpses of them so that the place feels more like a school and less like a fun place with horses. 

I still love that the book features such a big cast and that everyone gets to talk. We see Nav, Will, Josh, Anya, Elaine (urggghhhh), Kit, and also Rudy.

I definitely loved how Rudy tried to be there for his daughter, how he even tried talking to Lady Covington, how the tried to protect her.

Will? A bit hit and miss for me. He was quite whiny and grumbly, and I get that he has to do all sorts of things in the barn, but maybe he should also focus on schoolwork? Since that is also important? And I also don't get his jealousy with Nav and Kit. It is not as if Kit has an interest in Nav. :P

Lady Covington? Well, let's say I already hated the woman and her idiocy, but in this one? I just wanted to get rid of the woman. She was terrible, heartless, and a bitch. I am sorry, but it is the truth. I get that she is the headmistress and she has to be a bit strict, but she is completely heartless. Ice cold queen. :| Frankly, I don't get if we get a sobbing back story in the next one, I will never like this woman. 

Anya? Well, I normally love that girl, she is one of my favourites, but the crap she pulled in this one? Her total lack of common sense or knowledge on how to communicate? It just frustrated me to no end. Kit doesn't care that you may be a princess, you should know this by now, and you should also understand that OF COURSE she is hurt. Friends tell each other stuff, and she also gave away her whole past to you in the beginning. She trusted you, and instead of trusting her, you lied. 
And then when Elaine starts to like you for the princess stuff, you just don't get it in your head she is doing this for certain reasons. Dear Lord, I would think that anyone would find it suspicious if the meanest girl in the entire school acts all cuddly all the sudden.

Also how the adults reacted to their seating plan? Dear heavens. *snorts* Like they were 10 year old again. :P

The competition? Well, I knew from the moment that horse shoe disappeared what would happen. Duh, I have seen it happen in other books as well. And we could also see what happens when you push a girl and a horse to a competition when they are not ready. :| The rest of the competition was quite interesting.

The ending? Lord in all heavens, I already HATED Lady Covington but the crap she pulled now? Sorry, but lady you have gone too far. I totally agree with the dad, how could she do that. And why is she so pissed at Kit for not being able to do it. Hello, everyone told you they weren't ready. They weren't going to be ready for some time. You can't force someone to just ride a horse. Especially when that horse is TK. And you can't just go all (after the competition); "It was dangerous." Um, no shit, but hello, you were the one enforcing that rigid schedule. So yeah, Lady C. can just drown in a giant puddle of tea. :|

All in all, I am very much curious about the next book and how it will continue. Just a few months to go, I can wait, right? 
And while this book had some issues, I still would recommend it as it was still a fun read! You will definitely not be bored. 

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Review
1.5 Stars
ARC Review for Goldfisch Vol.2

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

*yawns* That is mostly my reaction while reading this manga-styled comic. I was really looking forward to it as I quite liked the first volume. But sadly, I noticed quite early on that I was continually checking how far I was, I was yawning, and I was doing ten other things instead of reading. 

The battle at the beginning, aka the cliffhanger from the previous time, that part was pretty dang exciting to watch. To see that our group of friends is getting better with their skills and powers. Though they have still a lot to learn if they want to win and not caught/almost die. 

We also get backstory on Morrey and how he lost his dad, and how he found his twin brother. I had thought they had been together forever, but apparently they didn't met until an event caused Morrey away from his home. Plus we found out a bit more about the mayor and his life and how he found that Midas potion.

I was happy that Morrey can now do more with his hands. Thanks to Shelly. That is really sweet of her to make something this awesome. I am sure Morrey's life will get a bit easier now.

I really didn't like how Morrey touched Shelly's boobs when he had the chance to do so thanks to the gloves. Really man? The first thing you do when you have the option to hold things without goldifying them and you go for your friend's boobs? Classy. Very classy. Really, this happens enough in manga, no need to also add it in manga-styled comics. :| 

The dialogues at times also got too much. I just wanted them to shut up and get to doing instead of talking talking and talking. 

The art? Hit and miss in this one. At times it looked quite pretty and I saw improvement. But other times... Especially the hands were weird at times. Sometimes they were tiny, then normal-sized, then giant-sized. 

And of course, yay, another effing cliffhanger. *groans* Really? Was that necessary. *sighs* 

So yeah, not happy, and I am not going to continue this series. 

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Review
3.5 Stars
ARC Review for Disney Manga: Fairies - The Great Fairy Rescue

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review. 

I am still not a fan of Tinkerhell, but I have to say that I am liking her quite a bit in this Disney Fairies series. That is also why, after a bit of hesitation, I decided to just go for it and request this book. And after reading it? I am very happy that I did. Tinkerbell is totally different in this Disney Fairies series. She is sweet, kind, fun, and sure, at times she is a bit obnoxious, but not overly so. 

In this one our fairies are at a camp on the mainland, and it is there that Tink goes out and meets a tiny little girl. Though the meeting isn't really in a good way. Tink gets trapped (thanks to Vidia) and taken inside the house. From that point the story splits in two parts. The biggest part goes to Tink (as it should it is her book/story after all) and the other part goes to Vidia and the other fairies who go for a rescue mission to save Tink from the humans. 

Tink was planning to leave, but due to the weather (fairies can't get wet wings) and also some other reasons, Tink decides to stay and help out the little girl and also fix up their house (she is still Tinkerbell). I really loved that Tink stayed, that she started caring for the little kid and even tried to make her life more fun.

I hated the dad in the story. He was just so terrible towards his kid. I get that he may want her to get more scientific, but really to dismiss her fantasies and daytime fun like this? To act like a total wart towards her when she tries to show him the truth? He even rips of her drawings, and then when he finally does see the truth he does THAT. Man, really, you need a kick between the balls. Sorry, I am normally not so violent, but I was just pissed off at his attitude. This is not how you make your kid happy. 

The ending was pretty nice, and yes, I did tear up a bit. 

I have to say I am a bit sad, 91 pages of this volume are about the fairies, but the rest is just sneak-previews to other manga (that I either already tried out or am not interested in). I thought that, after the main story, we would get another short story, so I kept scrolling through my e-copy only to find that there was nothing anymore. :( 

The art was not really a favourite of mine. At times it looked quite nice, but I still prefer Jun Asuka or Haruhi Kato's art. 

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Review
4 Stars
ARC Review for Birding Is My Favorite Video Game

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review!

Yay, one of the books I am reading for review is good again! I was already worried after 2 misses that this would also not turn out to be fun, but thankfully this was just as a fun as I hoped!

Sure, it had some parts that were a bit boring, or felt a bit too much like a teacher telling the kids to DO something (sorry, my mind is not really up to thinking what the right English word would be). But I still read those parts as they had fun illustrations. :P

The other parts were just terrific. The book is separated in 5 parts, starting with Feathers (birds), Scales, Fins & Others (you can guess), Seasons (fun!), So You Want to be a Biologist (of course, doesn’t everyone with such pretty nature outside?), Tips & Tricks (some more information and tips). I quite liked that it was done this way, though I am a bit sad the book ends short as the index takes quite a few pages.

I laughed so hard at several of the comics/parts. Like the dating profiles (that one bird that just kept on walking on the beach), the turkey vulture, the turtle one (have to show it to my boyfriend, he loves turtles and I am sure he will laugh when reading it), and many others. It was a feast to read this one.

The illustrations were brilliant, I just adore the style. How to say it, I just love how life-like the critters are but also can look comically and hilarious. Plus the use of colours is just fab!

So all in all, a fun book with lots of facts about animals, lots of humour, and great art. Definitely recommended!

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
4 Stars
ARC Review for One on One

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I just ADORE books with soccer/voetbal, especially when it features a group of girls. And this one also features a camp setting! *squee*

I liked Chloe from the start. It is quite a delight when we have a girl who can have practically everything and can do all sorts of amazing stuff, but doesn't brag about it or tell anyone. Ah, such a delight. I also loved that our girl was good in two sports, dancing and soccer! And she was so friendly with everyone, tried her best, tried to help out people, and other things. Even though she didn't always have fun due to Skylar, she still tried to smile and go for it. Ignore as much as she can. 
Plus her retaliation at the ending? Haha, absolute brilliance! Good job girl! You sure showed her. 

Makena and Val? I just adored these two friends and how dedicated they were to soccer and how good they were at playing. 

I loved that these girls are soccer sisters. Yep, their friendship goes beyond and above. 

The training and activities at the camp were just such a delight. They did all sorts of things from practising to be more fit to doing all sorts of techniques to making teams and having competitions. I would love to go to this camp, though I pretty much suck at soccer. :P

Why do so many books have to have a mean girl? Can we for once just have a camp without bitches? Sorry, but I am getting real tired of it. Especially since those mean girls almost never get any punishment, it is as if they just walk away without ever getting a word about it. Like in this one, it takes until an event at the end before the coaches seem to realise that this is one very bad apple they have in their midst. Sure, just forget about the times she was aggressive on the field (and not only physical) and outside of it. Or hey, the food fight thing where she and her friends just walked away without getting in any problems. I would just love to have one book where a mean girl does crap and that people just send them away or give them proper punishment. Not wussy out and just leave her around. 

Since this is book 3 in the series I didn't know what to make of Jessie. I guess maybe I could have sympathised with her more if I had read the other books or get even more pissed off at her dumb attitude, but at this moment I know that the events of this book will colour my image of Jessie as I will be reading book 1 and 2 soon.

Flavia? She was pretty kick-ass and I quite liked her at times but I didn't really get her going on and on and on and on about her past and her precious hand-sewn shoes. And she was pretty mean, like Chloe had personally offended her in some way. So, Chloe gets new shoes all the time? Is that a crime these days? She was involved with a food fight (though she didn't do anything)? Does that make her bad? Sorry, the whole relationship between these two could have been so much better without all the crap and it would have made me like Flavia even more. OK, I didn't mind it when she first talked about her past as it connected her with Chloe, but the rest? Sorry. No. I just felt sorry for Chloe at points as she was utterly confused to why Flavia was so angry at her. 

The mom/parents/brother. Well I definitely didn't like the mom, at least at first. With how the story was told and the obvious stuff happening it was quickly visible that we would like the mom later. Which I found a bit of a shame. I guess it also doesn't help that I haven't read the first books, and so it seems a bit forced. Maybe if I read the other books and saw more of the mom in action I would have seen that she changed already and this was just another step.
The dad was my favourite, he was quite laid back while also being super-busy but you saw that he cared deeply about his family, or should I say the kitty. :P 
Andrew was quite the fun one, I loved his relationship with his sister, it is not often that you saw siblings be together so nicely. 

Oh, and then there is the foodfight. I get that it is a big no-no, but I found the reaction of the counsellors/coaches a bit too overkill. Cleaning up, sure, emailing parents, eh, but doing sprints when it is bloody hot outside is just ridiculous and might even cause actual harm to the kids. 

The last competition was just too much fun to read and I was rooting for our camp to kick some serious butt! I had a laugh when Chloe's mom just popped up the field and tried to cheer for her daughter and her friends. :P Mom, please.

All in all, I sped through this book and had so much fun reading it. I definitely need to find the other books as I want to read more about these girls and their friendship/sisterhood.

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Review
1.5 Stars
The Lost Path - Amélie Fléchais

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

I just had to have this one as I loved the author’s first book: The Little Red Wolf. Sadly, in the end I can tell that this wasn’t my kind of book, and that I also wish I hadn’t requested it. :(

The story starts off pretty well, about a forest, a cursed forest. About a couple who live there, about how the woman saw what the forest really was and tried to run, only to…. But then the story of the kids start, and well… I lost my interest there.

Not only because of the absurd, weird, WTF did just happen story, but also because the characters just annoyed me to no end. Especially the little brother who brought them all in this poopy mess because of how he acted and what he did. This is not the first time I have seen this trope (I would call it that) happen, and I would rather see it disappear entirely. Or maybe at least have the brother show remorse, instead of just blatantly go through with life like he didn’t just do a crappy thing. :

It also doesn’t help that the art is switching between black/white and colour all the time. Pick one, but seeing it switch over all the time didn’t help for me. I am sure it serves some greater meaning and it was meant for something, but I didn’t see anything.

As I said earlier, the story was just over the top weird. Sometimes absurd or weirdness works, but in this one I just was scratching my head and wondering if it would get any weirder (hint: Yes it does).

The ending was pretty decent, I am happy for the guys.

The art style (either black/white or colour) was pretty decent, sure, it was also a bit weird (it reminded me of Ghibli at times).

But yeah, all in all, I had expectations and hopes and I didn’t see them get fulfilled. :(

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
4 Stars
Our Dark Stars - Audrey Grey, Krystal Wade

I received a review copy for the blog tour.

So I was really excited about this book. Been meaning to read it for some time so imagine my delight when I spotted the blog tour and the chance to review it before it came out! I just had to take it! And in the end I quite loved this book, I flew through it. There were some parts that I didn’t quite like, but for most the good parts won.

We have two characters; Will and Talia. Will’s parts take place in the now, a world ruled by mocks. Talia’s parts first take place in the past, a world that was at war, a world where mocks were servants or looked at with distrust. Later on it merges with Will’s timeline. And that is when the true fun and excitement starts.

I was a bit confused by Talia’s behaviour. In the past parts we can clearly see that she is a princess, but she isn’t treating anyone wrongly (like so many others do). She is actually pretty fun, kick-ass, and I loved her there. I loved how she was kind towards mocks, Ailat especially. How she actually didn’t feel like being a princess that much, how she just wants to hug or talk to her dad normally. She was just a teenage girl with a crown. Plus I loved the fact that she could fly a figher plane with ease. My heart broke when she had to do that to her best friend. I wish that she could have whispered something to her friend, told her it wasn’t meant to be like this. That she was doing it to save Ailat.
However, the Talia in the now was just a totally different girl. I get that what happened traumatised her, but for some reason she started to also act like your stereotypical princess girl. Asking the mocks (Will and his crew) for all sorts of things (sandwiches and such), being disgusted that she had to help out, being a total bitch towards the crew. And also making so many stupid mistakes that almost cost them all their lives. It was like during that time she was frozen she also lost a few of her precious kick-ass braincells. I just found it such a shame as I really loved Talia of the before. :(
Thankfully, around the middle/near the end she slowly started to show more of those kick-assness again, and I saw that she was caring for the crew, for Will especially. The ending it was just the old Talia again, and I was so happy, so delighted. Welcome back, don’t leave us again!

Will was just a delightful character. He also didn’t have a good past, so where Talia is distrustful of mocks, he is distrustful of humans. I loved Will from the start, he was interesting, plus I was curious to see how he would grow. Would he be able to stand up for himself? Would he tell his brother and father to stuff it? And what about his growing attraction to Talia? Would something bloom between them? Sure, he made some stupid mistakes, but I can forgive him. There is so much manipulation, so many lies, it is hard to see what is good and what is the truth. Plus he just wanted something better for him and his crew.

Then there is the crew. At first I didn’t like Lux, but that girl just grew on me until she was one of my favourite characters. Followed by Tandy (I get that she was a holo, but dang that girl is just too awesome and feisty, I wish we could get a book about her), and then Leo and Jane.

Who the Queen was? Gee, I knew from the start who that was. Though I was also secretly hoping there would be a twist, something different from all the other books with the same idea. But no, so in the end I probably startled my neighbours when I shouted: “I KNEWWWWWWWW ITTTTTTT!!” when the “revelation” was there.

I did like the mocks and the fact they could jump out of their bodies into a new one. That must be pretty awesome, though I am not too sure if I am into living forever.

Big plus points to the cover, I just adore it to bits, it is so gorgeous.

There is tons of action, and the book is really fast-paced. You won’t be bored one moment while reading.

I would definitely recommend this book to all.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

Review
5 Stars
ARC Review for Perfect World, Vol.1

I received this manga from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Ahhhhhhhhh, this was just fabulous, sweet, heartbreaking, beautiful. Really, I would warn everyone to bring tissues when you are reading this one. You will need those. Tears were just streaming down my cheeks while reading. I am still all teary from this beautiful volume.

Tsugumi reunites with her crush from high school, Itsuki, during a get-together from her firm (interior design) and his firm (architecture). She is happy to see him and her love is immediately rekindled, but then finds out that her crush isn't having such a good life as she thought he was having. He is in a wheel chair.

And from that moment the manga truly begins as Tsugumi wonders about if a relationship with a wheelchair-bound guy would work. Can you be with someone who can't do everything you can? Can you handle the care, the worries, the fact he can get sick at any moment, even die in a few years? It is a very loaded subject, and we see how Tsugumi tries to find an answer while falling deeper and deeper in love with Itsuki. She tries to help him out whenever she can, she is there for him when he is in the hospital a few times, she tries to show him that she really cares, that she really wants him as he is. That she knows that it may not last long, that it won't be easy, but that she just loves him.

Of course it isn't an easy road. Itsuki is not doing well, despite just continuing with everything. While I was impressed that he never gave up and I could also understand that he wanted to continue as he is getting great chances at the firm... at times I wanted to shake him a bit to tell him that it is OK to take a break at times, you don't need to go until your body collapses, until everything shuts down.

Haruto's story was heartbreaking. The poor guy, I hope that with what Itsuki has done for him, showed him, that he can pave a new road to something awesome. Plus I hope he can accept his girlfriend again, she has waited for him. She has been visiting for a year now, waiting, waiting. I think you don't need to be worried she may run away from you (like Itsuki's girlfriend in college did after the accident).

I am also happy, well if you want to call it that, that we not only see Tsugumi's perspective, but also Itsuki's. We see him not being able to sleep due to the pain in his legs (phantom limb), we see him hurting. But we also see him fall in love with Tsugumi.

The ending was just perfection, I am so happy for both of them, and I hope that their romance will continue for a long time to come. Though... given several things, and I have read enough other manga, I fear that we may be going for a bad ending. I already cried tons while reading, I am not sure if I can handle a bad ending should one appear in the next volumes.

We also see how people react to a guy in a wheelchair and I frankly wanted to shake up some people. :|

The art is pretty decent, at times I felt the style didn't exactly fit with the story and the heaviness of it all.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

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1 Stars
ARC Review for Moteki Vol.1: Love Strikes

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

Welp, this was just the worst. I am sorry, but I didn't enjoy it. I kept reading in hopes that it would get better, but instead it didn't. It also didn't help that this book isn't volume one only... it is also volume 2. If I had known that I would probably not have requested it. 

What the problem was with this manga? The MC. My word, he was just terrible, depressing, at times he didn't seem to understand the word no (sure, just keep kissing and putting your hand up her shirt while she clearly stated no and wants to be your friend), and he was also creepy (really, taking a picture of a sleeping girl?), and I could go on. I didn't like him at all. He just kept whining about not having a girlfriend, about his virginity (which he did lose), about his sex life, about woman.

What did I expect? A cute romance story with a guy getting into his Moteki (some magical period in which guys/girls get very popular) and him deciding which girl he wants to go for from the whole batch of girls interested in him. I expected lots of hilarity as girls would try to meet him at every opportunity. I had hoped for lots of sexy and swoony scenes.
Instead the only thing that happens is that girls are vaguely interested in him, he gets a ton of mails/calls (at first), and well... that is it.

It was a really depressing read, and I just wanted to kick the MC between his legs for being such a dick about stuff. 

Sure, the girls aren't always better, I also wanted to shake some of them. 

The only thing that I did like was the art. That was pretty gorgeous. 

But yeah, I am not going to be reading this one any further, and I am happy I had the chance to read this one before it released as I now know I will not be buying this one for my collection.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

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4.5 Stars
Amazing Origami Boxes - Tomoko Fuse

I received this book from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

I just adore it when new Origami books hit Netgalley. My boyfriend and I are big lovers of origami (my boyfriend especially is pretty dang awesome with it). So yesterday I decided to open the book, get the origami papers and grab my boyfriend and get to folding.

We tried out various different models, from cute to practical. We wanted to do more, but it was already quite late so we will have to get back to the book and try a few others later. 

The book's instructions are quite clear for most of the time, though some of them had us scratching our heads and checking how the final product looks. Some reactions while folding: "Whut?" "Um, wait, how?" "WTH?" "What kind of magics is this?" 
But again, most are really good to follow and it was quite fun to see the box become real, and some looked even prettier in real life than in the pictures. 

There is a wide variety of boxes, from tiny open boxes to boxes that can close to flowers and cats. I definitely love that there were so many varieties to pick from. Though it was also quite hard as we couldn't try out all of them and had to select the prettiest ones. And then it was another hard choice as so many were pretty. :P

The photographs are very well made, often showing various sides to a project. Which really helped when we couldn't figure out the instructions. 

All in all, we really enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to all who like origami. 

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

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2 Stars
ARC Review for CITY Vol.1

I received this manga from Netgalley in exchange of an honest review.

The newest manga by Keiichi Arawi, and sadly I am not impressed. :( I was really looking forward to getting this manga, but I am now putting it off my list. 

The idea is pretty neat, this story follows the weird/bizarre lives of people living in a city. No clue which city, it is just a city. We see a boy working at his parent's restaurant, an old granny, a police officer, a girl who probably will be rich if her friend finally paid off her debts to her (plus this girl loves making weird photographs), then we have our so-called MC who is frankly highly annoying and dumb and needs to grow up. These are just a few characters, there are more! Making it more confusing, though I am already happy that the manga isn't only about our annoying MC, Nagumo. 

I had a laugh at the beginning when we first met her, but then I noticed that the way she is acting is something she always has done. And it just pissed me off how she treated her friend. How she kept going to her to have her do all sorts of things or just to beg for money.

The stories are also not really funny, just like the jokes just fell flat. I also had that problem with Nichijou, some jokes just didn't work with me, but whereas Nichijou was still mostly hilarious, this one was not. There was actually one scene that had me in stitches and that was the grandma parts. Dang, that lady is awesome. You should definitely not mess with that woman. 
Oh, and the editorial trio chapter also was funny, well at least how they made those horoscopes. :P Just turn the wheel and shoot a dart. Yup. Perfect way to bullpoop your way through a horoscope.

The art, well it was typical of Keiichi Arawi. Silly art, silly faces. It did fit with Nichijou, and it also fits with the weirdness that is City.

Plus I do quite like the city everyone lives in. It seems like an exciting place with never a boring day. Manholes opening up, strange statues, weird policemen, crazy people running around. Yup, I wouldn't mind living there. 

But will I be continuing this series? Sadly, no. It just wasn't for me. Which is a shame as I was looking forward to something new when I finished Nichijou.

Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/