Book Review: Erased Vol. 1

My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Erased is a manga that I might not have read. However, a couple months ago I was at the book store looking over the manga section, and displayed on the table were a number of manga and among the many volumes there was Erased. What made me pick it up, was how it stood out from all the others. All other covers were super colorful, where as this one is mostly white. I couldn’t help but have my eyes drawn to it, because it was so different from all the others. This prompted me to pick it up, see what it was about and I decided to get it, and I’m glad that I did.

I thought it was an interesting concept, for the main character, Satoru, to have the ability to move back in time a couple of minutes in order to prevent something from happen. To add an extra level to this, he has no control over this ability and it will continue to happen until he figures out what needs to be fixed. Imagine that, having to repeat the same few minutes over and over until you can spot something out of place, perhaps someone in danger, and then only after you fix that issue can you continue on with life. Now imagine that same ability suddenly transporting you back in time eighteen years. That is the basis of this manga.

I’ll admit, at first I wasn’t a complete fan of the artwork in this manga, but over time it grew on me. In fact, in a way, by the end, I really like it, because it was quite different from what I have come to expect from the manga’s that I have read before.

The story had me engrossed from page one and before long I was at the end. I loved watching Satoru struggle with reliving his childhood, while retaining all his memories, and seeing how he adapts to situations he already did years ago. Not to mention, he has that mission, thanks to his time travel ability, to spot what is wrong and do his best to fix it. Really my only complaint that it was over far too quickly and I wanted to keep going, but sadly the second volume wasn’t out yet. I have a feeling this series will become one of my favorite manga, especially if the following volumes are as good as this one was. I would highly recommend this book to everyone.

July 2017 Book Haul

I have been trying really hard to not buy books. But the harsh reality is…that I have been completely failing at this. My husband is partially to blame, because he encouraged me to buy whatever books I wanted last time Chapters had a big sale and extra point event. The other person to blame is myself, because I just can’t walk into a book store and come out empty handed.

Over the course of the month I bought books online and also in store. First up, are my online purchase. Though I technically ordered these books in June, they did not arrive until July. In this order, I got Volumes 4 to 8 of A Bride’s Story. These books I read as soon as they arrived and I really enjoyed them.

At the end of the month, we ended up traveling to Sudbury for a short vacation. The main purpose of the trip was to visit the science center, which the boy absolutely loves. Of course, we weren’t allowed to leave the city until we visited my favorite used book store there, Bay Used Books. I only visit this store once a year, so I tend to walk out with quite a few books, and this trip was no exception. We also ended up going to Chapters (twice), and there I bought a few more books – mostly manga, because their manga section was huge. I wanted to buy so many more volumes of manga but tried to restrict myself (mostly because my wallet couldn’t handle a full on manag shopping spree). So, a whopping twenty-eight books came home with me on this trip.

In total, I ended up buying thirty-three books this month, which is honestly a lot. But like I said, it was a once a year opportunity for the most part, so I had to make it count.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
Moving Target: A Princess Leia Adventure by Cecil Castellucci & Jason Fry

What I did Last Week

Read

Though I did some reading last week, I sadly didn’t finish anything.

Watched

Much like my reading, I didn’t watch much last week either. We did watch the new Power Rangers movie for Bad Movie Monday. It was pretty boring and overall we didn’t like it. I also watched Queen of Katwe on Netflix. Despite not liking or understanding chess, I really enjoyed this movie. Finally I binge watched The Guild on Thursday, in honor of the tenth anniversary of the first episode of the series being uploaded. It was great to revisit this series after all these years.

Life

What a crazy week. I thought I could take it easy but boy was I wrong. I was doing stuff from the time I woke up until I was too tired to keep going. Then when I thought I couldn’t get any busier, I had several orders for dog treats come in and I had to rush through them because we were going away for the weekend. We spent the weekend in Sudbury, visiting the science center, going shopping and just enjoyed a few days away from the home.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I want to finish reading Wonder Womanby George Perez Omnibus Vol. 1 this week. I’m currently about half way through this one and really enjoying it. After this, I’m not quite sure what I will read.

 

 

 

Watching

Since I didn’t get around to watching any of The Golden Girls last week, I’ll be working on season 6 this week. Outside of that I don’t really have solid plans.

Life

Oh, I really hope it will be an easy week this time around because I need a break.

Book Review: Moving Target A Princess Leia Adventure

My rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars

When I received this book in May, sent to me by my amazing OTSP Secret Sister, I had to read it right away. I love Star Wars, have for many years, and Princess/General Leia is definitely my favorite character, so a book that focuses on her is high on my priority list. Plus I was looking forward to seeing more story added to the new canon, which in my opinion is lacking in overall appeal when compared to the old Expanded Universe. However, I was a bit disappointed when the story focuses on something that happens between Empire Strikes Back and Return of The Jedi. For a book labeled as “Journey To The Force Awakens” I was expecting something to fill in that 30 year gap, not go between two of the original movies. That being said, I still enjoyed this book.

It’s an interesting thing to get essentially a reboot of a series. And that is what is happening with the new canon books. Because of this, we get a whole new look at what happens before, during, between and after the movies. So while I was hoping for something between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, it was also nice to see focus on Princess Leia and what she had to do to ensure the success of the Rebel’s plans that would come to fruition in Return of The Jedi.

This story shows off Leia ingenuity, bravery and her willingness to put herself into the line of fire for the greater good of the Rebellion. Now obviously we all know Leia isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty, to do what must be done to try to put an end to the Empire, but I feel like this book did a good job of showing just far she was willing to go. Not only that, but it showed how others rally to her in times of need. Of course, not everyone agreed with Leia’s idea initially, but she was able to convince them that not only that it had to be done, but what she was a key component of it all.

Really the only reason why I didn’t give this book a higher rating is because I wanted the story to help fill the huge gap between the original trilogy and The Force Awakens. Sure, this was still a good and very quick read, it just wasn’t what I was expecting. I hope to see more Leia focused stories as the canon books come. For those who enjoy Star Wars, this book is a must read. I’ll be looking to read the rest of the Journey To The Force Awakens books – especially the two that focus on Han and Luke, in the future.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
The Battle of The Labyrinth by Rick Riordan

What I did Last Week

Read

I did a pretty good reading last week, even though I didn’t love any of the books that I read. First up I read The Giving Tree, Where The Sidewalk Ends and A Light In The Attic. I had read these books years ago and enjoyed them, so figured it was time to reread them. I liked them but not as much as when I had read them as kid.

Then I read Elephantoms. Another book I had read a bit over ten years ago and had the craving to read it again. This one was also not as good as the first time I read it. I’m not sure if I will review this one or not.

 

 

 

Next up, was Stuart Little. I’ve seen the movie before, but as far as I can remember I’ve never read the book. I have to say, this book was weird. I may or may not review this one.

 

 

 

Lastly, I read Riders. I didn’t love this one, but I also didn’t hate it. I feel like the story had so much potential but the delivery of the story was what held it back the most. I’ll be posting a full review of this book in the coming weeks.

 

 

Watched

For Bad Movie Monday we watched the new Fantastic Four, and it was boring and quite bad…so a perfect choice for the day. Then I watched plenty of The Golden Girls, finishing up season four and all of season five. For Family Movie Night we watched E.T. The Extra-terrestrial, which was good but certainly not as good as when it first came out. The boy thought it was okay, and I admit it did feel slow at times. Finally, I watched Wolf Children which was fairly good.

Life

It was a pretty busy week. I had a lot of things to get done and I’m happy to say I got most of them done. We spent a day clearing out our old half rotten shed, so that the next day it could be torn down. A day was dedicated to finishing rearranging our bedroom, which involved a lot of work, including putting together a new shelf to house all my Star Wars books. We also rearranged our remaining shed, making room for all the stuff from the now torn down shed in it, and also made a dump run. I spend three days cooking meat and some vegetables for the dog, so now she has several months worth of home made dog food. I know there were other things that I did over the course of the week, but it would get tedious to list them all. Let’s just say it was very busy and productive.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I don’t have a solid reading plan for the week. I have a stack of books that I want to get through before the end of the month, so I’ll end up picking something from that and seeing how much I can read. This will be a mood reading kind of week.

Watching

Well, clearly I will be watching season six of The Golden Girls. I don’t know what I will watch beyond that, because there are so many shows and movies and other things I want to watch, it just all depends on how much time I dedicate to staring at a screen.

Life

I still have quite a bit to do this week, basically things left over from last week, so it will likely be fairly busy again. Weather permitting we will likely have our garage sale this coming weekend, which will hopefully be successful, because I really don’t want to keep this stuff in the house much longer.

Book Review: The Battle of The Labyrinth

My rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

There’s not much to say about this one. I started off this series a couple months ago really enjoying the first book, but with each book I liked it less and less. I don’t know if it’s series syndrome, where the first book is the strongest and nothing can hold up to that, or I’m just missing something that makes me under appreciate the story as it progresses.

This book felt so darn slow. I was constantly waiting for something to happen, especially something amazing that would lift the book up to the level that The Lightning Thief was. I kept reading, waiting for that something to occur, and I kept reading, and kept waiting, and still nothing felt like it was happening. The whole traveling through the labyrinth part felt like the author was just trying to make the book the same length as the previous book, but while there were some things happening during that large portion of the book, I just didn’t care. I’m starting to hate Percy and even Annabeth is getting on my nerves.

I’m glad that this series is almost over. Part of me just wants to stop here, but with only one book remaining, I will eventually continue on so that I can say I finished the series, but I’m honestly not looking forward to it.

Monday Progress Report

Reviews Posted Last Week:
.hack//Legend of The Twilight by Tatsuya Hamazaki

What I did Last Week

Read

I had another decent reading week last week. First up, I read Fairest. This was a quick and enjoyable book about the villain from The Lunar Chronicles series. I really enjoyed seeing her progress along the way to become more and more the person I recognize from the rest of the series. I’ll be posting a full review of this book in a few weeks.

 

 

Next, I read Erased Volume 2. This was another great manga. I’m really looking forward to seeing where this series goes. I’ll be posting a full review of this book in a few weeks.

 

 

Then I read Provence To Die For, one of the Murder She Wrote novels. This one didn’t appeal to me as much as some of the previous ones, but I still enjoyed it in it’s own way. I likely won’t review this one, as I find it hard to review books from this series.

 

 

Lastly, I read The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks. I had started this one a while back but only got about a chapter in. I quick enjoyed this book, which was a mix of an autobiography and a science text book. I’m undecided as to whether I will review this one or not, as I tend not to review non-fiction.

 

Watched

We finally got around to doing Bad Movie Monday again and last week we watched Earth vs. Asteroid. This movie was quite bad and proves our theory that pretty much any movie that has “vs.” in the title is bound to be bad. Then we watching Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2 and Despicable Me 3. We enjoyed all these, even having seen the first two multiple times. We also watched Wonder Woman, which was my third viewing, my son’s second and hubby’s first. We all really enjoyed this movie and are looking forward to owning it in the future so we can watch it whenever we want. I also watched a whole lot of episodes of The Golden Girls. I’m nearly done with season four.

Life

The week wasn’t busy. I got the last bit of stuff organized for our future garage sale, now we just need to pick a weekend to do it. We ended up going to the city over the weekend to do some necessary shopping, looked at some vehicles (since hubby’s truck is on it’s last legs), and saw two movies while we were there.

What I Plan To Do This Week

Reading

I don’t have any solid reading plans this week because it’s going to be a decently busy week, so not sure how much reading time I will have.

Watching

I have about four episodes of season four of The Golden Girls to get through, then I will be starting season five. I also should really watch some of the stuff on our PVR if I can.

Life

It’s going to be busy. I don’t have any solid plans outside of getting as much done from a very long to-do list as I can. If the weather looks good for the weekend, we may have our garage sale then.