My Rating: 4 Stars
I'm a very fan of Jane Austen and all her novels. When I found this title, I decided to take a chance since it's not every day that you find a classic from the 19th century drawn in Manga. And I must say it was very worth it.
The plot of Pride and Prejudice is well known. The story is centred about the second-eldest daughter of a low-class family, Elizabeth in a world where women must marry since they can't heritage their father's fortune. Elizabeth will face love, hatred, lies and the hypocrisy that marks the 19th-century English society.
I absolutely fell in love with the drawings. They are very expressive and it's simply beautiful to read. Of course, the story is an adaptation of the original, the characters interact and talk more and I even got to see Mr Darcy embarrassed which was very out-of-character but still very amusing. Even so, I think the adaptation was well made and the flow of story doesn't change at all.
A very pleasant read!
Thank you, NetGalley, the publisher Udon Entertainment, and the author for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this book.
My Rating: 4 Stars
I'm not a fan of romantic novels but this one grabbed my attention because of the idea. It has originality even if the theme of YA follows the usual pattern.
In a world where people only see things in black and white, the colours appear when you find your soulmate. So far so easy, and it becomes easier when you find that your soulmate is in juvie for a very serious crime. Okay, maybe not that easy. How about, prove his innocence? But, is he truly innocent? Then why didn't he defend himself against the charges?
The style of writing kept me hooked to the pages and the storyline flows very nicely. The romance builds up from the beginning and it kept me anticipating when something would actually happen. The tension between the characters is very well described and I found myself thinking how would I react to a soulmate that is a real stubborn idiot that likes to offend people. However, the characters are very likeable. Libby is a strong female character that has a persistence of an army and only gets more fired up when she faces a challenge or a problem, which is exactly what she finds in Andrew, a wall of challenges and contradictions that will make her life very difficult. Andrew isn't what he seems. Behind the cold and indifferent attitude, he's tormented by the truth and refuses to open up to anyone.
I found that the end was a bit too predictable and long for what it was. It was really too much teenage-drama for me and a bit cliché. I would have liked to see a more mature approach since the whole adventure made the character face realities that go beyond adolescence.
In all, it was a fun, easy and quick read that will entertain. It's a debut novel but I think there definitely is potential. I recommend it.
Thank you NetGalley, the publisher Evernight Teen, and the author for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this book.
My Rating: 4 Stars
Just... Wow! A very captivating story, written in a beautiful style that takes on a journey alongside Britta, the main female character. It's very easy to follow, you don't get lost in the story. I really had the sense of adventure and feeling with this novel even though I knew the phases of the story: the fate of the world lies in the hands of a not-so-ordinary girl that is forced into a life-changing journey.
Ever the Hunted tells the story of Britta Flannery, a 17-year-old girl that has her world turned upside-down by the death of her father. When Cohen McKay, her father's apprentice disappears and is accused of his murder, Britta will embark on a dangerous journey in search of her father's killer, where she will discover that she holds the power to bring change into her chaotic world.
The first thing I fell in love with was the descriptions of the settings. I'm not a fan of descriptions, but the way these are written, it's like a melody, it just flows about and you just enjoy the sound. Even with its dangerous, it's a world that I would love to jump in.
The second thing I really enjoyed was the characters. Britta is an amazing protagonist, she adapts quickly to her surroundings, she's fearless and relentless. At the same time, she's also a teen in love and it's nice to see how all the emotions are perfectly balanced in one character.
The plot twists definitely shake things a bit but I can't say I was surprised. Then the cliffhanger at the end that will leave your nerves on edge.
A strong YA debut novel that is definitely worth your time!
Thank you NetGalley, the publisher HMH Books for Young Readers, and the author for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this book.
My Rating: 5 Stars
An exciting, thrilling, supernatural gay novel that I was unable to put down.
This book was everything, from the back-story, the development, the scenario, the characters and the perfect build-up to the climax of the story. For a debut novel, Greg Howard proved that he was the essential piece of writing novels, the style of writing that keeps you gripped to each phrase and dialogue. The flow of the story is perfect, and the way Howard presents the events is brilliant. The characters are very human (even when they aren't) and I really connected with them.
What is the novel about? The starts with our main character Cooper Causey, a young gay man that after a few traumatic events in his youth, refuses to get emotionally attached to anyone. A strange message from his grandmother warning him not to return home forces him to travel back to the small southern town of Warfield and face his demons... quite literally. Clueless about his family history and powers, Cooper is thrown into a world of supernatural creatures that will force him to face his past and accept part of himself that he desperately tries to keep hidden. Throw in the help of his teenage crush, a few vampires and talkative ghosts to the mix and you get the adventure of a lifetime.
The perfect combination of thriller, horror and romance! The cliffhanger at the end left me thirsting for more and I can't wait for the sequel!
Thank you NetGalley, the publisher Anakim Press, and the author for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this book.
My Rating: 5 Stars
I usually don't go for the romance genre because it bores me. This time though, I made a good choice. This first book of Katrina Snow proved to be worth the read mixing magic, romance and adventure in a historical reality. The book is very compelling and it was very difficult to stop reading it.
The characters are incredibly described, especially Kate, the heroine of the book. The secondary characters also grew on me, all coming together in a world where the lady is the one that was to battle to win the charming prince!
This book will send your emotions and your heart on a wild ride!
Thank you NetGalley, the publisher KL Andersen, and the author for allowing me to read and review a digital copy of this book.
My Rating: 5 Stars
Much Ado About Nothing is probably the most sarcastic and witty play that he created. I saw the movie adaptation by Kenneth Branagh first and simply had to read the original play.
Loved the two main couples and each other their stories, but Beatrice and Benedick are really something else. For the first couple, Claudio and Hero, everything goes smoothly from the moment they fall hard and fast for each other until the villain sends everything off the rails. The hero is the female representative of her time and her position, reflecting on how purity had a significant impact on a woman's life.
In the centre of the play, we find Beatrice and Benedick, a love-hate relationship filled with harsh, witty and comic dialogues that are the mark of a Shakespearean comedy. Beatrice is the picture of a strong defiant woman, a master of wordplay that delivers her insults with mastery, precision, humour and precision. She is the only one that can combat the returned insults of Benedick, turning every scene they are together into a comical situation.
Absolutely loved it!
Hope you find an idea for your next reading here.