May 2019 Wrap Up

I read 18 books this month, thanks to manga.

Sailor Moon Volumes 1-12

Goodreads’ Summary of Volume 1:

Usagi Tsukino is a normal girl until she meets up with Luna, a talking cat, who tells her that she is Sailor Moon. As Sailor Moon, Usagi must fight evils and enforce justice, in the name of the Moon and the mysterious Moon Princess. She meets other girls destined to be Sailor Senshi (Sailor Scouts), and together, they fight the forces of evil!

This new edition of Sailor Moon will feature:
-An entirely new, incredibly accurate translation!
-Japanese-style, right-to-left reading!
-New cover art never before seen in the U.S.!
-The original Japanese character names!
-Detailed translation notes!

This version of Sailor Moon will be completely true to original. Join us as Sailor Moon returns to the U.S. for the first time in years!

My Thoughts:

Somehow, I read the entire Sailor Moon series in May, so I’m going to lump them all together. My favorite volumes include 2-4 and 10. I gave those voulmes 5 stars, and I gave the rest 4 stars. I like volumes 2-4 because they start to answer some of the questions in volume one, and I like volume 10 due to the backstory and character development of a sailor guardian.

Sailor Moon has some pros and cons.
Here are some of the pros. The story is fast paced, creative, and full of action. I admire the magical girl theme and the syfy. However, some of the cons include character, confusion, and outdated art. The side characters of the story feel like they’re just there. I do care for a couple of them, but most are forgettable. The story can get so fast paced I have to reread sections, and certain things occur, which I will not mention due to spoilers, that make the story hard to follow. Despite the cons, Sailor Moon has s certain charm.

Overall Rating of the Series: 4/5

Goodreads’ Summary:

Can a Canaanite harlot who has made her livelihood by looking desirable to men make a fitting wife for one of the leaders of Israel? Shockingly, the Bible’s answer is yes.

Pearl in the Sand tells Rahab’s untold story. Rahab lives in a wall; her house is built into the defensive walls of the City of Jericho. Other walls surround her as well–walls of fear, rejection, and unworthiness.

A woman with a wrecked past; a man of success, of faith…of pride. A marriage only God would conceive! Through the heartaches of a stormy relationship, Rahab and Salmone learn the true source of one another’s worth and find healing in God.

My Thoughts:

I like Pearl in the Sand. It takes an interesting spin on the character of Rahab, who happens to be one of my favorite women in the Bible. In this retelling, Rahab becomes a great woman of faith who has flaws, making her admirable and realistic. I like the relationship between Rahab and Salmone. At times, their relationship causes sweet and tense moments. I can tell the author knows her stuff about the time period, too, which is great.

My only complaint deals with pacing. Sometimes, I think towards the middle, the novel gets a little slow.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads’ Summary:

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent. The text in this 372-page paperback edition is based on that first published in Great Britain by Collins Modern Classics (1998), and includes a note on the text by Douglas A. Anderson (2001). Unforgettable!

My Thoughts:

The Hobbit is a fantasy classic for a reason. It’s majestic, full of goblins, wolf like creatures (I can’t remember their name), dwarves, elves, wizards, hobbits, and more. The Hobbit has moments of danger, character development, and great moral lessons. I adore the introduction of Golem, Smaug, and the songs.

At times, the story can feel dense due to the heavy use of narration and lack of dialogue.

My Rating: 4.5/5

Goodreads’ Summary:

There is one version of my story that everyone knows. And then there is the truth. This is how it happened. How I went from being Peter Pan’s first—and favorite—lost boy to his greatest enemy.

Peter brought me to his island because there were no rules and no grownups to make us mind. He brought boys from the Other Place to join in the fun, but Peter’s idea of fun is sharper than a pirate’s sword. Because it’s never been all fun and games on the island. Our neighbors are pirates and monsters. Our toys are knife and stick and rock—the kinds of playthings that bite.

Peter promised we would all be young and happy forever.

My Thoughts:

I like Lost Boy. It’s dark, interesting, violent.

While the relationship between Peter and James, the lost boy who later becomes Hook, feels close at first, it later grows tense. Other forms of tension occur between the lost boys, pirates and the lost boys and monsters.

Henry, the author, uses too many “fors” in her writing, causing some sentences to feel awkward. Also, I want a little explanation of where Peter comes from. It’s too brief.

My Rating: 4.3/5

My Thoughts:

I’m not providing a summary for Seer of Sevenwaters, since it is the fifth book in the Sevenwaters series.

If you don’t know, the Sevenwaters series has become a recent favorite. I love the fae, the characters, the Irish setting, romance, and more. Yet Seer of Sevenwaters is my least favorite of the series. Compared to the other novels in the series, Seer of Sevenwaters feels less complex. While the story has exciting points, there isn’t enough of them.

I don’t like the heroine or her love interest as much as I have liked the other heroines and love interests in the past. These two characters , Sibeal and Felix, feel bland, and their romance comes off as a slight insta-love.

I’m still excited to read the final novel, Flame of Sevenwaters. I hope to get to it within the next month or so.

My Rating: 3/5

Goodreads’ Summary:

Calla Fletcher wasn’t even two when her mother took her and fled the Alaskan wild, unable to handle the isolation of the extreme, rural lifestyle, leaving behind Calla’s father, Wren Fletcher, in the process. Calla never looked back, and at twenty-six, a busy life in Toronto is all she knows. But when Calla learns that Wren’s days may be numbered, she knows that it’s time to make the long trip back to the remote frontier town where she was born.

She braves the roaming wildlife, the odd daylight hours, the exorbitant prices, and even the occasional—dear God—outhouse, all for the chance to connect with her father: a man who, despite his many faults, she can’t help but care for. While she struggles to adjust to this rugged environment, Jonah—the unkempt, obnoxious, and proud Alaskan pilot who helps keep her father’s charter plane company operational—can’t imagine calling anywhere else home. And he’s clearly waiting with one hand on the throttle to fly this city girl back to where she belongs, convinced that she’s too pampered to handle the wild.

Jonah is probably right, but Calla is determined to prove him wrong. Soon, she finds herself forming an unexpected bond with the burly pilot. As his undercurrent of disapproval dwindles, it’s replaced by friendship—or perhaps something deeper? But Calla is not in Alaska to stay and Jonah will never leave. It would be foolish of her to kindle a romance, to take the same path her parents tried—and failed at—years ago. It’s a simple truth that turns out to be not so simple after all.

My Thoughts:

I have a review of The Simple Wild, so if you want to know more of my thoughts, check it out.

The Simple Wild is my favorite book of the month. Calla isn’t a great character at first. She’s snooty and immature. I appreciate how Tucker doesn’t make Calla perfect, and through the story, Calla goes through great character development. Calla’s love interest, Jonah, is blunt and can be rude, but I admire his character, too. He’s funny and dreamy. Other things I like include the theme of family and the Alaskian setting.

My Rating: 5/5

Goodreads’ Summary:

The science fiction tale set in 2019 in Tokyo after the city was destroyed by World War III, follows the lives of two teenage friends, Tetsuo and Kaneda, who have a consuming fear of a monstrous power known as Akira.

My Thoughts:

Akira is my other favorite book of the month. It’s hard to explain Akira, except for as cool and creative. There’s motorcycle gangs, a goverment conspiracy, supernatural powers.

The main character, Kanada, isn’t the best guy. He’s cocky, and uses other people to get what he wants. However, his cockiness allows the plot to move in wxciting directions. I appreciate characters with flaws.

My Rating: 5/5

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