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Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice

Title: Puella Magi Kazumi Magica: The Innocent Malice

Author: The Magical Quartet
Authors Sun Sign: Unknown
Water’s rating: 5/5

So this is a second story in the universe it follows a lost girl named Kazumi. Kazumi has amnesia and does not recall her life or much before her kidnapping. As the story unfolds parts of her memory return including being part of a Magical Girl team named the Pleiades Saints. 

The witches aren’t the only enemy it seems. The Pleiades Saints have enemies including other magical girls whom are out to destroy them. As if this was not enough, Kazumi isn’t your ordinary magical girl. A malicious plot unfolds surrounding Kazumi and the Pleiades Saints. 

Overall the story s a longer story arc with lots of intrigue and mystery revolving around its own centralized story which later feeds into the original series.

Puella Magi Oriko Magica (vol. 1-2)

Title: Puella Magi Oriko Magica

Author: The Magica Quartet

Authors Sun sign: Unknown

Waters rating: 4/5 stars

This series is a follow up to Puella Magi Madoka Magica. It seems to be set in a sort of parallel universe from the original series. Oriko becomes a magical girl with the power of foresight. She learns a dark secret and is destined to prevent this from happening. To do so she starts killing Magical Girls. What could cause the turn of events from destroying witches to destroying magical girls. As the plot unfolds we learn that Oriko and her accomplices have their sights set on a innocent girl Madoka.

The story unfolds as a stand alone and is amazing in and of itself. After reading all the others it further enriched the story. It was a bit of a different approach from the other manga series arcs. All in all its great.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica: A Different Story

Title: Puella Magi Madoka Magica: A Different Story (vol. 1-2)

Author: The Magica Quartet

Author Sun Sign: Unkown

Water’s Rating: 5/5

This series is based in the same world of Madoka Magica but as the story suggest its a different story. The series follows the character Mami a magical girl veteran whose soft heart and loving nature makes it hard for her to fight solo. Mami in her solitary is a fierce warrior but also lonely. This story follows Mami’s backstory and a little more of her time when she was working to protect Madoka while she makes her decision.

I loved the original series so this sort of prequel/spin off gives so much more backstory and history of lots of the characters from the original. Mami might quite possibly be one of my favorites from the series.

Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Title: Puella Magi Madoka Magica (vol. 1-3)

Author: Magica Quartet

Author Sun Sign: Unknown

Waters Rating: 5/5

Waters Review:

So I decided to watch the anime after a friend’s suggestion and absolutely loved it. Its an intense emotional story filled with deep characters and intrigue. I wont tell you the plot of the full story but the gist is that earth is plagued by dark monsters called witches which destroy people and feed off pain and misery. In order to protect people there are the magical girls, girls who are contracted with a special being Kyubey to fight the witches. They fight knowing that witches are dangerous but they will be gifted with one magical wish when they become magical girls. The story follows Madoka an especially interesting girl whom Kyubey wants to contract with. 

The witches in the town are getting stronger and Kyubey is making more contracts. Madoka is feeling the pressure to contract with him but a mysterious magical girl is determined to prevent this. Kyubey is hiding a dark secret and there’s a fate worse than death for magical girls. Madoka is feeling the pressure from Kyubey to protect herself and her friends. What will she do? Will she regret it in the end?

What I love about this series is the characters all have an interesting background which is explored and unfolds. The manga is very female driven with little to no male characters. 


by soju-shots:
Monsters, Mermaids, Castles and Kings

by soju-shots:

Monsters, Mermaids, Castles and Kings

Title: Gone Girl
Author: Gillian Flynn
Category: Mystery, Fiction, Thriller
Author’s Sun Sign: Pisces
Earth’s Rating: 3/5 – Good
Earth’s Review:
This book was definitely a weird roller-coaster for me. Before reading Gone Girl, I read Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects, which I enjoyed, but wasn’t completely blown away by. So after hearing all of the hype surrounding Gone Girl, I decided to make it my group read pick for the month of May (Water, Air and I take turns picking the month’s group read).
My favorite thing about the mystery genre is the speculation and suspense. I enjoy playing the whodunit game, and seeing if I am clever enough to figure it out. However, with Gone Girl, the excitement of trying to figure things out slowly dissipated for me as I continued to read. In many respects, the main characters Nick and Amy, were boring to me, which is why after a while I just didn’t care about them. I really love unreliable loathe-worthy characters in literature, but for the most part Nick and Amy were so disconnected, that it bored me. By the end of the book I didn’t really care what was going to happen, I just wanted it to end.
In terms of what I did enjoy, I think my absolute favorite thing about this book was the way it was written. I enjoyed the switch between narratives and past/present, the he-said-she-said, and the noticeable improvement of Flynn’s writing. Overall, I can describe my experience of reading Gillian Flynn’s work as unimpressive and over-hyped. I’m really hoping Dark Places will change my mind.
Earth’s 2014 Book Goal: 9/40
- Earth ❤

Title: Gone Girl

Author: Gillian Flynn

Category: Mystery, Fiction, Thriller

Author’s Sun Sign: Pisces

Earth’s Rating: 3/5 – Good

Earth’s Review:

This book was definitely a weird roller-coaster for me. Before reading Gone Girl, I read Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects, which I enjoyed, but wasn’t completely blown away by. So after hearing all of the hype surrounding Gone Girl, I decided to make it my group read pick for the month of May (Water, Air and I take turns picking the month’s group read).

My favorite thing about the mystery genre is the speculation and suspense. I enjoy playing the whodunit game, and seeing if I am clever enough to figure it out. However, with Gone Girl, the excitement of trying to figure things out slowly dissipated for me as I continued to read. In many respects, the main characters Nick and Amy, were boring to me, which is why after a while I just didn’t care about them. I really love unreliable loathe-worthy characters in literature, but for the most part Nick and Amy were so disconnected, that it bored me. By the end of the book I didn’t really care what was going to happen, I just wanted it to end.

In terms of what I did enjoy, I think my absolute favorite thing about this book was the way it was written. I enjoyed the switch between narratives and past/present, the he-said-she-said, and the noticeable improvement of Flynn’s writing. Overall, I can describe my experience of reading Gillian Flynn’s work as unimpressive and over-hyped. I’m really hoping Dark Places will change my mind.

Earth’s 2014 Book Goal: 9/40

- Earth

JUNE GROUP READ
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JUNE GROUP READ

Please leave any SPOILER-FREE questions, comments or words of wisdom!

Jun 8

compelledbybooks:

There are certain books I need to read in total silence and isolation like reading in my bed in the middle of the night because the sensation of reading the words isn’t the same as reading them in the middle of the day around people

My friend created a book challenge for me, as you can see! I am very excited to go through this list. I’ve already read The Help so we are off to a great start. I own A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Handmaid’s Tale so I will be beginning with those, and the rest I am very excited to begin. There is one book on this list that I’ve never heard of, The Map of True Places, and that doubly-exciting. :)
Wish me luck!
- Air

My friend created a book challenge for me, as you can see! I am very excited to go through this list. I’ve already read The Help so we are off to a great start. I own A Thousand Splendid Suns and The Handmaid’s Tale so I will be beginning with those, and the rest I am very excited to begin. There is one book on this list that I’ve never heard of, The Map of True Places, and that doubly-exciting. :)

Wish me luck!

- Air

Title: Breathing Underwater
Author: Alex Flinn, Libra or Scorpio
Description: A teenager has to undergo a sort of domestic violence class as mandated by the courts. We follow along as he goes through the course and faces the consequences of his behaviors, and we also read-along as he keeps a journal in which he details the events of his relationship with his now-ex.
Air’s Rating: 5/5 - It was amazing!
Air’s Thoughts:
I had trouble getting into this book and there were some moments where I had to push myself, but I really, really, enjoyed it as a whole. I even shed a tear or two. Our main character is extremely realistic, in both his backstory, his behaviors, and his thoughts. What is intense about this book is how much a reader can identify with Nick, even though he is an verbally and physically abusive teenage boy and the reader might not be any of those things. Even though I am a decade older than the main character, going through his experience and the domestic violence course he went through taught me a few things that I really appreciate. This is the kind of book that grows you, which means it is the kind that I will always recommend to others.
Air’s 2014 Book Goal: 74/125 books!
Mystery Book Date Swap Goal: 6/20 books!

Title: Breathing Underwater

Author: Alex Flinn, Libra or Scorpio

Description: A teenager has to undergo a sort of domestic violence class as mandated by the courts. We follow along as he goes through the course and faces the consequences of his behaviors, and we also read-along as he keeps a journal in which he details the events of his relationship with his now-ex.

Air’s Rating: 5/5 - It was amazing!

Air’s Thoughts:

I had trouble getting into this book and there were some moments where I had to push myself, but I really, really, enjoyed it as a whole. I even shed a tear or two. Our main character is extremely realistic, in both his backstory, his behaviors, and his thoughts. What is intense about this book is how much a reader can identify with Nick, even though he is an verbally and physically abusive teenage boy and the reader might not be any of those things. Even though I am a decade older than the main character, going through his experience and the domestic violence course he went through taught me a few things that I really appreciate. This is the kind of book that grows you, which means it is the kind that I will always recommend to others.

Air’s 2014 Book Goal: 74/125 books!

Mystery Book Date Swap Goal: 6/20 books!