Death Note: Volumes III & IV

So, I was able to get a hold of a copy of the second volume of the Black Edition of Death Note. As you many know I thoroughly enjoyed the first two volumes, and let me tell you I was not disappointed by the next installments.

Death Note: Volumes III & IV

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My Rating: 4/5 Sparkles

Light continues what he thinks is his noble mission in killing off criminals using the Death Note Ryuk had given him, but he still has the great detective “L” on his tail. L has few leads on who this Kira with special powers killing off people is, but he has a bit of suspicion on the police chief’s son, Light. Deciding to try a new tactic he reveals himself as the revealed L to Light directly, hoping the young man is indeed innocent and can simply help him on his case. Light has no idea how to respond and all their interactions soon become tests of the two’s reasoning capabilities and attempts to figure who the other really is. And then once you add another Death Note holder to the scene, things become a bit more complicated…

Honestly, Tsugumi Ohba is brilliant. The premise and story he created was intriguing in itself from the beginning, but I absolutely love Light and L’s battle of the brains. Both are extremely intelligent individuals so it’s suspenseful and thrilling for me to see how they will proceed, and I never have an idea of how things are going to play out. I was absolutely shocked when L revealed himself to Light. It’s also great to see the character’s thoughts before and after they make their plays. It’s like being in the minds of geniuses. Although the major characters are few, they are enough. All of them are well-developed and interesting. Also the art is still pretty good. I definitely recommend this manga series!

Top Ten Tuesday: Christmas Book Wishlist

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For a while now, the people over at The Broke and Bookish have been running the Top Ten Tuesday meme over at their blog. This week’s prompt is “Top Ten Books I Wouldn’t Mind Santa Leaving Under My Tree This Year.” (As if I’d ever mind if Santa left me books…)

1. Why Not Me?

2. The Entire Deathnote Manga

3. Miles to Go

4. The Sinner’s Garden

5. Serendipity

6. Nobody’s Prize

7. Austenland

8. Anna Karenina

9. The Five People you Meet in Heaven

10. Bees in the Butterfly Garden

These aren’t in any particular order. Some have been on my list for a while, and some are quite new additions.

Have you guys read any of them? What did you think?

Quotable Friday: An Anonymous Truth

Hellllooo all you lovely people! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday, and if you’re into the Black Friday thing (as I am), I wish you much happiness and thrill in finding fabulous deals!

I apologize for not posting as much of late, but this semester at college has literally been crazy. Crazy academically and with people. There is just so much going on!

One of the other things I find myself lacking time for is reading, and I ran across this fantastic little quote that made me miss it even more. I have no idea who said it, but whoever she may be; she is quite clever.

So without further ado, I provide you with a Quotable Friday Quote by Clever Anonymous!

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It’s so fab, so perf, and so TRUE!

Death Note: Volumes I & II

Death Note is a manga that multiple people have highly recommended to me and after reading the first two volumes, I can definitely see why.

Deathnote: Volumes I & II

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My Rating: 4/5 sparkles

A bored Shinigami, Ryuk, a god of death, decides to drop his deathnote into the human world. If someone can envision someone’s face and writes that person’s name into the deathnote, the unfortunate person will die. Seventeen-year-old Light Yagami, genius straight A student, finds the notebook dropped by Ryuk and realizes he can eliminate crime and create a beautiful world with the notebook, so he starts by dropping known criminals, but soon a squad of detectives led by the infamous super sleuth known simply as “L” begin to follow the trail of this murderer known to them as “Kira.” In order to prevent detection, Light begins to kill more than just criminals…

Deathnote has a very intriguing premise and the storyline is extremely engaging. Tsugumi Ohba’s clever idea brings way to philosophical questions and answers. Soon after Light begins killing criminals, the manga turns into the story of him trying to stay out of reach of L but find out who he is to ultimately destroy him, and L trying to catch the murderer known as Kira. Both characters are extremely intelligent so it’s interesting to watch their clever schemes play out. The characterization in this manga, which is especially seen through the thoughts of the main characters, is very well done. Even Ryuk is done well. He becomes part of Light’s life after Light touches the Deathnote, and he is quite a character. He finds how everything is playing out to be quite amusing and his little chatter and insights into his world of Shinigamis are quite interesting.

Takeshi Obata’s art is excellent. It’s a pleasure to read just to see his drawings. As it is a manga, Deathnote is a quick read, but very worth the small amount of time you will need to spend reading it. Deathnote’s plot is very well-developed.The story, as it is about death, is a bit dark, but it also explores morals and ethics. Deathnote truly shows how a good person can become evil when he is given the power he should not have. Humans should not have such a rule over death as Light does in this manga. I look forward to reading the rest of the series to see where Light and L will go, what they will do next, and how the story will play out.







I track my reading on Goodreads, and often write brief reviews. To see my ratings, click on the link at the bottom of the page, or to see my thoughts on some of my latest readings, click on the links below.

Courtship Book Tag

Thank you Rebecca for tagging me in this book tag. The Courtship book tag offers some fun little dating-type comparisons to books. They aren’t really far off though. We all know sometimes books are our best friends. 😉

For most of these prompts, there are multiple books that I could choose, but I’m leaving you with these specifically. I definitely recommend all of them! If you click on the cover pictures, you’ll be taken to the Goodreads page for the book.

Initial Attraction: A book you bought because of the cover.

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First Impressions: A book you bought because of the summary.

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Sweet Talk: A book with great writing.

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First Date: A first book in the series that made you want to read the rest.

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Late Night Phone Calls: A book that kept you up all night.

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Always on my Mind: A book you cannot stop thinking about.

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Getting Physical:  a book which you love the way it feels.

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Meeting the Parents:  a book that you would recommend to your friends and family.

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Thinking About the Future:  a book, or series, that you know you’ll re-read in the future.

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Spread the Love:  Who would you like to tag?

Anyone reading this tag who feels so inclined! It’s definitely a fun tag, so let me know if you do!

Top Ten Tuesday: Fairytale Retellings

For a little over five years, the bloggers over at The Broke and Bookish have been running a weekly blog meme titled “Top Ten Tuesday.”

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Each week, they offer a subject for you to post your top ten of that subject. I decided to try it out this week! August 4th’s topic is Ten Fairytale Retellings I’ve Read/Want To Read.

Books I Have Read

These five books are among some of my favorite reads ever. I absolutely love all five and definitely recommend them.

  1. The Goose Girl
  2. Beauty
  3. Ella Enchanted
  4. Fairest
  5. Book of a Thousand Days

Books I’d Like to Read

  1. Wicked
  2. Golden
  3. The Storyteller’s Daughter
  4. The Princesses of Westfalin Trilogy
  5. Enchanted

Have you read any of the five books on my to-read list? Are they any good?

Quotable Friday: Reading with C.S. Lewis

Wouldn’t that be awesome? I can imagine it now, sitting beside him, the great C.S. Lewis, both of us engrossed in books we love. Maybe I’m even reading one of his works. I’ve always had a place in my heart for The Chronicles of Narnia. Or maybe I finally got around to reading some of his other writings. Perhaps some tea and cookies sit on a table in front of us. It would take a lot to pull us from our reading, but we might stop to share some happy thoughts or our excitement for our books…It would simply be wonderful.

For now though, it’s but a dream, and I’ll have to be content with reading the amazing man’s wise words. Here are a few of his quotes that prove his bibliophile status. You might recognize them…

Tea can be quite delectable, and when you're reading a good book...you don't want it to ever end.
Tea can be quite delectable, and when you’re reading a good book…you don’t want it to ever end.
TRUTH.
  TRUTH.

Which is why I read my favorites again and again and again...
     Which is why I read my favorites again and again and again…

Guest Blogging Thursday!

Guess what?! I just did my first guest post!

The awesome people over at 26 Countless Possiblities let me guest post, so I did a review of William Sirls The Reason.
Hop on over and  check it out!  And be sure to stick around and look at the other great posts Rebecca and Sierra have over there; you won’t be disappointed.

My Sister’s Keeper

Normally, I’m not the type to pick up contemporary fiction, much less enjoy it. Normally, it bores me and I can’t get into the stories…they’re too…realistic. But I’d heard that My Sister’s Keeper was a good a novel, and back at the beginning of the school year, I had picked it up at the bookstore for $1.00. Unfortunately, I didn’t read it until now because I had the unsightly disease known as reading-deprivation. Yeah, I hate to admit I went for many months without reading for pleasure, but the summer has me back in the swing of things, and yesterday I finally got around to reading it! I’m so glad I did. It was honestly fantastic.

My Sister’s Keeper

My Sister's Keeper

Rating: 5/5 Sparkles

Sara and Brian Fitzgerald receive the news no parent want to hear: their beautiful toddler daughter has leukemia. They’re at a loss of what to do. Yes, there are medical steps that can be taken, but anything will be dangerous. The best form of help would come in the form of a matching relative who could donate organs and such to save young Kate. Unfortunately for the Fitzgeralds, their other child, their eldest, Brian is not a match. After some deliberation, they decide to have another child, but this child will be engineered to be the perfect match for donations for Kate, and as soon as baby Anna is born, she is used for a treatment to save her sister. But it doesn’t end there, Anna continually goes through surgeries and transfusions and transplants as her sister continually falls into relapses and needs more treatment, and once she’s thirteen, Anna decides it is time to end. She will sue her parents for the right to her own body. Yes, it might mean the end of her sister, but she feels she needs to, and she finds the perfect lawyer for the job, Campbell Alexander. Due to the touchy nature of the court case, the judge appoints Julia Romano, an ex-lover of Campbell’s to be Anna’s guardian and help make the final decision. It’s not an easy time for the Fitzgeralds as their eldest child has been long gone to a life of drugs, their second fights a constant battle with leukemia, and their youngest fights for medical emancipation.

Jodi Picoult is a fantastic author. I can understand what the hype is about with this novel, which was a relief to me, as often the “amazing” novels that everyone gushes about turn out to be such disappointments. *cough*The Fault in our Stars*cough* But My Sister’s Keeper performed a victorious stay— away from the disappointment crowd.

The presentation of the difficult topic captured my attention, and had me at a loss as to choosing the definite correct course of action. I loved that Picoult gave the main characters their own sections of the story to speak from a first person point of view. It gave us a look into all their pasts and presents and helped us understand why they did what they did. This style also made it so their was no clear protagonist; based on your own beliefs on the controversial topic, you could root for whomever you wanted. For me that was hard as I couldn’t make a complete decision. The lines are so thin in moral decisions such as these. Should you continue to go through painful surgeries to donate your healthy body to your dying sister, who continually goes into relapse anyway? Is it wrong of you to sue your parents? How much do you owe them? Is treating your children equally even possible? What is bad parenting? Is it wrong to conceive a child just to save another? Moral dilemmas are just that: dilemmas. It’s often hard to make a choice, and the characters in this novel were constantly faced with these.

The characterization was on point. I was extremely impressed with how well-developed the characters were and how appropriate their unique voices were. There was so much depth to each character’s personality, well portrayed by their voice and the inclusion of their memories. Each had different stories to tell of their lives and growing up/raising Kate, but all their stories melded together to form one unique tale. And there was more than just the main plot of Anna suing her parents over Kate, so many anecdotes that really brought the characters to life and a few side plots that didn’t hurt the story it all. The whole novel I was wondering what on earth Campbell’s service dog was for.

You can often tell if a book is good, if it brings out real emotion from you, and this one definitely did. My eyes teared up a few times, and it wasn’t even for the cancer scenes. It was for the real encounters and confrontations the kids had with their parents. Needless to say, they weren’t always beautiful moments of loving parents giving gifts to their children or something, but there were moments I could feel the parents trying; I could feel their love. And then there were the sad moments where I could feel the kids trying, especially Anna and Brian, to be noticed. They wanted love, and they couldn’t always see it as they wanted to. And the ending. I couldn’t believe the twist but wasn’t at all surprised to feel the tears fall.

The novel was pieced together very well. It brought about a discussion on ethics and morals. Fine lines people must choose whether or not to cross everyday. It’s easier to say what the right thing to do is when you’re not the one making the decision, and Picoult did an excellent job placing the reader in the shoes of her characters. Though I probably won’t read it again anytime soon, I definitely recommend it. It’s a good read with excellent authorship. Well done Picoult! For writing a novel worth the hype and acclaim as well as the time spent reading!







I track my reading on Goodreads, and often write short reviews. To see my ratings, click on the link at the bottom of the page, or to see my thoughts on some of my latest readings, click on the links below.

Adventures and a whirlwind

I’m a reader. Always have been and probably always will be. I love jumping into a book and entering a new world filled with adventure. Traveling beside characters as they encounter danger, thrill, betrayal, hope, romance, and gah! so many emotions!

I love it! I love when I pick up a good book and I can feel the story happening next to me. When I’m so lost, I don’t know what’s going on in the real world around me. When I can envision everything the author speaks of. When the words are so perfect, they flow together as a beautiful masterpiece. When I turn to the last page, and for a moment, I’m sad because there isn’t another page to turn, but I can still breathe a sigh of happiness, knowing my time was well spent on something worthwhile.

This is why I read. I read because for me, it’s an experience. Every time is a new adventure, and with a good book, it’s an adventure I’m glad I took. With a great book, it’s an adventure I will repeat. Then there’s the bad books. They’re like mistakes— adventures when you just wish you’d stayed home. Sometimes I feel bad, especially if I’m a writing a review because I know, no matter how awful the book, the author put time into writing the story. It’s a shame; sometimes, the story just didn’t engage me, but in some unfortunate cases, the writing was just plain terrible.

But when there’s so much good literature out there, I can forgive. I won’t stop reading because of some haphazard barely-worth-noting misadventure. There’s way too many brilliant stories waiting for me to dive into. Stories where authors dug into their creative imaginations and wove a masterpiece. Stories where the details take you on a journey to a new world, so vivid you’ll taste the air. Stories where the characters are so well developed, they’re tangible. Stories where the plot keeps you engaged until the very last word. These are the stories that surpass the title for “good book.” These are the stories you’ll never forget, the characters you’ll love like dear friends, the adventures you’ll return to again and again. These stories will become your favorites that you won’t be able to stop gushing about if they’re brought up.

These are the stories that make me love reading. The reason I’ve been addicted forever. They will whisk me away in a whirlwind of beautiful words that I never want to escape… and it is this whirlwind that entices me to return to the imaginative world of fiction again and again.