Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Review: After The Crown


After The Crown
Rating: 5/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy! 
Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher! 

Former gunrunner-turned-Empress Hail Bristol was dragged back to her home planet to fill her rightful position in the palace. With her sisters and parents murdered, the Indranan empire is on the brink of war. Hail must quickly make alliances with nearby worlds if she has any hope of surviving her rule.

When peace talks turn violent and Hail realizes she's been betrayed, she must rely on her old gunrunning ways to get out of trouble. With help from an old boss and some surprising new allies, she must risk everything to save her world.
 


I really don't know how to review this book properly, there's so much I want to say and squeal about but spoilers and I don't think I have the words to convey how damn good this series is! I'm more of a fantasy person, than a Sci-Fi person. I'm very picky with my Sci-Fi and so I don't read all that much of it. But I completely loved Beyond The Throne. I got sent it as surprise book mail to check out, and I was actually surprised at how much I loved it, I remember devouring it in one go and then reading the book two sneak peek and then the wait for this book....it's been painful! And then this book ends and leaves me wanting book three so badly, it's not even funny! That ending though! 

In After The Crown, it's been a week since the events of Beyond The Throne and as we join the story, some unsavoury characters that we didn't like are about to get their comeuppance. Ominous words are spoken but everything's fine....until the betrayal and backstabbing hits an all new high as a plot is put in to motion and Hail becomes the badass gunrunner again that we all know and love. 

I loved how we had Hail and the others trying to untangle the web of conspiracy from the last book, and I loved how it all went much deeper than I imagined. Seriously. I didn't like a certain character, and I thought said character was dodgy but even I didn't suspect anything of the magnitude of what happens in this book. Seriously. I was right there with Hail, kicking myself and unable to believe I'd missed it! And then it turns out this character isn't even the puppet master. I can't even. We just keep going deeper and deeper in to this plot and I am loving it! 

I love the political commentary that we get, and the way the narrative smoothly continues on from each book. The ongoing narrative is just A+. I think the thing a lot of you guys might be interested in is that the Indranan society  is gender swapped. Women are in charge, and the men are basically us in real life. It's fascinating to read about, and the author explores many equality issues that we struggle with today and I love how it's done! Especially as it's woven in so well with all the action, betrayal, backstabbing and space fights. 

I continue to love Hail. I continue to love Emmy and Zin and everyone else from our book one group. But in this book we get a tonne of new characters. Some I hate. I mean...I really, really hate them. There are so many shady characters. But some I also really, really love! Gita,  Dailun, Hao who we finally get to meet, Rai and Johar and there are so many  more but these are the four that really stuck out to me. I freaking love Hao and Johar in particular and I'm going to be sad if we don't get any Johar in book three, she's kickass. Rai...I really want to like him, but I'm not entirely sure about him. I guess we'll see! 

My favourite thing ever about this book though, was getting to see more of Hails gunrunner past. We didn't get to see or learn much about it in book one, but in this book Hail has to go back to her old ways and I loved it. I love gunrunner Hail. I need a spin off series all about her and Portis and their past! I need it now! But in this book, we get to learn plenty about her past and see her in action. I was loving it. So much. All the tidbits, all the old acquaintances....so good. The crew trying to help Hail take back her Empire? They're a ragtag crew of mercenaries, smugglers, gunrunners, pirates, pit fighters and well...Rai is kind of like a mob boss type person. I was in heaven. 

After The Crown is a fantastic sequel, it keeps the narrative going, it doesn't slow down. It's fast paced, there's lots going on, there's more betrayal, more political intrigue and manoeuvring, more character development, more epic fight and battle scenes, more huge plot twists that you don't see coming. The writing is brilliant, the dialogue is fantastic, and Wagers really paints a vivid picture...like this stuff is cinematic you guys! Where's my movie? Where's my TV show!? The world building is fantastic and the plot is strong and complex and just...freaking....amazing. I was hooked within no time at all, much like with the first book, by everything I've mentioned, and in this book there's more characters for you to love and get invested in, and more for you to hate and hope Hail gets vengeance on. Once again, I have been left wanting more, and I am so, genuinely excited to see what's going to happen next, because I know Wagers won't let me down! 


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Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Review: Waking In Time



Waking In Time
Rating: 4/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy 
Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher! 

Still mourning the loss of her beloved grandmother and shaken by her mysterious, dying request to “find the baby,” Abbi has just arrived at UW Madison for her freshman year. But on her second day, she wakes up to a different world: 1983. That is just the first stop on Abbi’s journey backward through time. Will is a charming college freshman from 1927 who travels forward through time. When Abbi and Will meet in the middle, love adds another complication to their lives. Communicating across time through a buried time capsule, they try to decode the mystery of their travel, find the lost baby, and plead with their champion, a kindly physics professor, to help them find each other again ... even though the professor gets younger each time Abbi meets him. 

Okaaaayy I haven't read many time travel books, but this one is SO good. So good. I really enjoyed this, it was light, it was cute, it was fun, and it was a great read. It didn't necessarily blow me away, and if you're a huge sci-fi/time travel lover, and you go in to this expecting some hugely complicated time travel explanations and time paradoxes or just complex time travel in general, you may be a smidge disappointed! 

Personally, I wasn't at all sure what to expect when going in to this, but I certainly had a good time reading! The rest of my review is going to be very vague, because I don't want to spoil things for you guys, because it'll take away from your experience reading the book! 

So. I loved jumping back in time with Abbi, I wasn't sure how far back she'd go next, or when she'd end up and it was a lot of fun. The book is very authentic, and it's very  historically accurate. It was interesting to see how college life differed over the different time periods! But all the little details kept you in the time with Abbi! After reading Angie's post for my blog for the blog tour, which was all about her research, I'd been expecting to see a lot of it used in this and I wasn't disappointed! There where some cool little tidbits that I knew nothing about too! 

I was drawn in to this book more and more as I read, and I was putting things together, or trying to. I mean I managed to put together someones identity but not every little thing, so the reveals where still fun. Although I was kinda shouting at Abbi at one point because someone's identity was SO obvious and I was like "Am I the only person that remembers this characters name, and the character saying this?!". I loved how everything came together and I LOVED the ending! I loved how Will and Abbi travelled and the explanations for it. We have a little family mystery of a similar nature, and I'd love for this to happen to me so I could solve it! 

I really enjoyed the romance it was cute and sweet and hit you with warm and fuzzies. I loved reading about it, it was slightly unusual, as was Abbi's experience and interactions with other people, but I loved it, it made it interesting and fresh. But I loved the romance. So cute. So adorable. I can't even. Will was fantastic, I felt for the poor guy although his time travel reason was a bit suspect, it was still cute. I'm not gonna lie, I really liked Will and bless him...I got so irritated at those students for the pocket watch at the end like..hello. Put things back where you find them. How rude. Poor Will, I mean...he didn't seem to care all that much BUT STILL. 

I also really love that this is based on a true family story, and that the author couldn't solve it and so wrote this. Like I said before, we have a similar family mystery that involves my grandfather and ever since finishing this book, I haven't been able to stop thinking about it! I was really in to ancestry not long after he died, and I found a cool little thing with some ancestors that would make a good or you know...sad/dramatic story, (my brain saw it and was like "oohhhh suspicious") but I still haven't solved my grandfathers mystery. So this book really resonated with me. I'd kind of given up on solving it, but now I'm feeling motivated about it again, so I'm gonna have to work out how to get hold of his birth certificate and various other things! 

Anyway. Waking in Time is a fun, light and heartwarming read, filled with a cute romance and family. It's authentic, and so easy to sit and read in one go as the mystery draws you in more and more and you get more excited to see where Abbi ends up next! 

Review: Cruel Beauty


Cruel Beauty
Rating: 3/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy 
Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher! 

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle—a shifting maze of magical rooms—enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love. 


My rating of this has changed the more I thought about it, and I've had to go with a 3/3.5 because while I enjoyed the story, it didn't completely blow me away and there where moments of confusion where things where just so complicated and I didn't think they needed to be or should have been with how short the book is and considering it's a standalone. My other issue is that I went in to this expecting a Beauty and the Beast retelling or at least to have that as the basis of the book but it was all "Pandora this" and "Pandora that" like don't get me wrong...a Pandora story would be totally awesome...but this was supposed to be Beauty and the Beast. It was more like a Pandora's box retelling type thing. 

That being said, the mythology to the book was certainly unique. I did like the world of the book with the mentions of Greek Gods and so on, and I was intrigued and wanting to know more, but this is just a one book kinda story so we didn't get much. This wasn't at all like I was expecting, I'm not going to lie. It was dark and twisted, which made a nice change. The characters where similarly dark and twisty. There where still some cute moments to warm the cockles of your heart, but it wasn't the flowers and rainbows and unicorn farts of most retellings, so that did make a nice change. 

Another thing letting this down was the predictability of it. I don't have a problem with it in most circumstances, sometimes I even like some predictability...but not in this kind of book and if it had blown me away more, I wouldn't have been as bothered about it. And the most predictable plot twist was to do with Shade and I felt like it was so obvious it took away from the story a little. There was no huge surprise or anything. There where still a few things that I didn't see coming, or hadn't put together quite yet when the reveals happened but I worked out quite a few things. 

Nyx...oh Nyx. On the one hand...I couldn't really blame her for the resentment she felt for her sister, and her hatred towards her family. I too, disliked her family. Especially her father and her aunt. But it got to a point, when she just wasn't all that likeable and I found her hard to connect to. Not to mention the whole...she saw her sister for a couple of moments and without too much thought or doubt she decided to betray the guy and then had an inner conflict about it for ages. I mean...maybe this was too rushed? Too fast paced? Or she was just fickle. There is that. 

Ignifex on the other hand....I loved him. He's the kind of villain I love. If you loved The Darkling, you will love him. Such a good villain. He was evil to an extent....some might say heartless, but at the same time he was snarky and he made me laugh, and he could be really sweet and funny too. I was totally on team Ignifex. Shade...well...he was as shady as his name. 

The insta love I wasn't a fan of, let alone when it happened twice and we had that weird love triangle because I think we all knew what Shade was and how it was going to end up and I was like...are we really doing this? 

All in all.....there was some unnecessary complicatedness to this, there was a tonne about Pandora, I didn't see much in the way of Beauty and the Beast. Our MC was fickle and couldn't make her mind up...like I have trouble deciding on things but not to this extent, I got whiplash from the constant back and forth. There was insta love...twice, and a love triangle that I really wasn't that fussed about, and I feel like Ignifex was the only thing about this book that I really, really liked. The rest was just...okay. Which is a shame because I had high hopes for this! 

Monday, 20 March 2017

Light Novel: Sword Oratoria Vol 2


Sword Oratoria Vol 2 
Rating: 5/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy 
Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher! 

A room bathed in crimson red blood, the air choked with the smell of iron, and a shattered skull atop a dead adventurers corpse...
Thanks to Aiz and crew, the tumultuous events of Monsterphilia ended without incident, and they were finally able to relax-but only for a moment. Soon, they find themselves embroiled in a suspicious case of murder. As they begin to investigate, the ladies soon realize that they're getting involved with a killer that's more horrifying than they thought. 

"What, is this...?"

In the midst of all this, they find a mysterious jewel that may connect to everything else. These events taking place above and below the surface will rock Orario to its core as the darkness lurking in the city bursts forth!


I don't know about you guys, but I am loving this spin off series! I haven't read the light novels of Is It Wrong, I've only read the manga and now I feel like I'm hugely missing out?! The writing in these novels is some of the best I've seen and I might have to go back and pick up the original series! 

As we all know, I love some Greek and Norse mythology and in this series we have actual  Greek and Norse gods, as well as various others floating around. Doing their thing. I love it. I also love seeing how they all interact with each other! 

In the first volume we got to see the first two volumes of the manga (I'm guessing the first volume and possibly second of the light novel?) from Aiz's point of view and had some gaps filled in. In this volume, it's the morning after Monsterphilia aka vol 1, and as our group ventures in to the dungeons it turns out that a member of the Ganesha Familia has been murdered (I spent most of the book being so sure I knew who'd done it and then you know....I was so wrong) and Aiz along with the Amazonian twins Tione and Tiona, Finn, Lefiya and Riveria are all drawn in to the investigation down in the dungeons. They need to find out who did it and why...and what's going on!? Up on the surface, Loki has enlisted Bete (who's still in the doghouse with everyone) to help her do some investigating of her own. Loki is determined to find out more about the plant monsters that attacked her children during Monsterphilia and who's responsible. Not going to lie, a certain someone looked mighty suspicious at the end of the first volume, but in this one...I'm not so sure. 

Things have definitely gotten more intriguing! In the first volume there was a lot of information we already knew about the world and various different things but in this volume we get all the action, tension and drama! I love the contrast we have in narratives between Bell in his story and Aiz in hers. Bell is quite anxious, and isn't all that confident, he's trying to claw his way up as we all know. But Aiz is already powerful, and she has an entirely different personality to Bells, although at times she can be a little uncertain. I love getting to know Aiz better, to get a good look in to her character and how she thinks, and what motivates her. Looking back at the manga for Is It Wrong, and knowing what I do now about Aiz...it puts a different light on things. The same could be said for Bete who I had pegged as one thing, and who I spent most of this volume feeling marginally sorry for. 

But there is soooo much intrigue about Aiz and her past and I have questions and I need answers. Now. Please. I'm also really enjoying getting to see her in action, and see her abilities more! Speaking of, I love how the battle scenes are written, you're right there with the characters getting lost in the action! I have a pretty good mental image of what's going on when I'm reading too. 

That's what for me, makes this light novel series so enjoyable and so above the rest. The writing. I love the writing, I feel like it's so detailed and has depth to it that some of the others lack. The writing creates an atmosphere. Like the prologue for example, it draws you in and gives you the chills! 

There's a lot less Bell in this than there was in vol 1, but there was one little scene that I really liked at the end. Just saying! It made me smile and kind of roll my eyes because c'mon Beeeelllll! 

Sword Oratoria gets better with each volume, and along with Aiz, there are plenty of other interesting characters that we get to meet and know better through her. It's fast paced, there's humour, there's heart warming moments and you're right there with Aiz as she struggles with what to do, with how to get stronger. There are some brilliant fold out, colour pages at the beginning, not to mention the other illustrations throughout to bring life to the words, and I don't know what else I can say! I feel like this is a really great extension to the world and the main story, it adds more to it, fills bits in and lets you get to know characters better, if you've been debating read this....well...you really need to get started! It's necessary reading! 

Friday, 17 March 2017

Book Tag: Rapid Fire

I really do have an abnormal love for doing book tags! So thanks to Becca at The Tea Library for tagging me! You should all go and check out her blog, she's one of my favourite people in the world! I really do love answering questions, which is kinda weird but there you go! I always have fun doing these! 




Ebooks or physical books?

Okay, this is the one question I find hard to pick a definitive answer for. I love books, I have loads of books. I love the smell of books, I love seeing how far I have to go when I'm reading a huge book, I love the pretty covers and spines all lined up on my shelves. But sometimes books are too pretty, and sometimes I have to get an ebook version so I can stop my pretty edition from getting destroyed or accidentally cracking the spine. Or on purpose cracking the spine because sometimes it has to be done okay! 

Paperback or hardback?

It's hilarious how much my answer for this has changed! A few years ago, I'd have picked paperback without even needing to think about it. Hardbacks are unwieldy, and sometimes they're hard to hold and actually read. Plus there's the delicate dust jackets that you don't want to damage. But ever since joining the blogging community and the bookstagram community, I've got a new found appreciation for hardbacks! It's kind of 50/50 for me! 

Online or in-store shopping?

Online. I love going to the bookshop and browsing and coming across new books that I've not heard of before or wouldn't necessarily have picked up before. As much as I'd love to buy all my books in store, it's just too expensive. I usually buy from Wordery or Amazon because it's cheaper, and a lot of the time it's easier than going in to a store, especially when my two local stores are quite small and don't always have what I'm looking for! That being said, in some cases, Waterstones online website has books cheaper online than in store and they're sometimes cheaper than both Amazon and Wordery. I actually only go in store to buy books if I have a gift card, if I have a completed stamp card for Waterstones and so get a tenner to spend in store...or if it's a treat! 

Trilogies or series?

This isn't as hard to answer as I thought it would be! Trilogies! I mean..sometimes it's like you read a really good trilogy and you want more..you need more. But it ends perfectly and you're happy, even though you just slightly keep wishing for more. But series....it usually reaches a point when I lose interest. Like The Mortal Instruments. I will forever be of the opinion that it should have been just that first trilogy, I think it was around about book 5 that my interest started to waver. I wasn't as excited for book 6 as I thought I'd be because I'd been waiting around for the last book, and it had been a while and my enthusiasm died. There are a couple of series that I really love, but that may only be because I got to binge read them, I'm not sure! So I'm going to pick trilogies! 

Heroes or Villains?

What does it say about me, that nine times out of ten, I find myself relating to the villain in a story? I guess it's a personal thing for me, but I genuinely spend most times relating to the bad guy. There's only a few instances where I didn't. Or didn't at least feel some sympathy for them. Plus villains are fun. I'd love to play a villain! 

A book you want everyone to read? 

One? Just one? Ah man. Uuhh......aahh....urm.....ehhh...Six of Crows. Damn that was hard. I'm gonna have to pick Six of Crows, criminals...a heist.....brilliant characters and a vivid world. I love this book so much. In fact, so much that I'm terrified to read Crooked Kingdoms because you know...it's going to be over and I'm 99% sure something bad happens to my faves! 

Wordery

Recommend an underrated book.

Stalking Jack The Ripper! To me this seems to be a really underrated book, I only know a couple of people who've read it, and I've hardly seen anyone talking about it. I loved this book. It was vivid and evocative. The characters where fantastic. It was creepy. It was atmospheric and it kept me guessing right up until the end. It's genuinely such a brilliant book you guys! 

Wordery

The last book you finished?

Um...well the last book I finished was Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, and I'm not entirely sure how I feel about it still. It was a dark retelling of Beauty and the Beast and I enjoyed it but it wasn't the best book in the world. Sorry. 

 Now...if you're including graphic novels/manga, then I literally just finished Karneval 3 earlier today! I freaking love this manga, it's so cute, and it's so intriguing and SO CUTE! 

Cruel Beauty | Karneval

Weirdest thing you've used as a bookmarker?

What haven't I used as a bookmarker? I've used you know...an actual bookmark, but I use my phone a lot. Like if I'm just quickly going to do something, I'll stick my phone in there. I've used tickets for trains, the cinema etc, I used my lipstick once...and I've used a fork :') 

Used books yes or no? 

Yes. Which is weird because I have this thing and if a book isn't in pristine condition then I get annoyed. BUT that only rules out buying used books online. I still sometimes do from trusted sellers or if it's on eBay and there are photos of the book, but otherwise I don't because of the amount of times I've ended up buying a used book that was in way worse condition than it was supposed to be...or it was a proof. But my favourite is my local Oxfam book shop! It's full of used books and I've found some gems in there! The amount of times I've bought books from there that have looked like they've never been read is insane! Plus the money goes to charity so it's a win/win! 

Top three genres? 

Fantasy. I freaking love fantasy! Which is strange because a few years ago, I'd read hardly any. Now it's all I read. It's actually gotten to the stage where I can't really read contemporary anymore unless it's really cheesy ones and I'm having a bad day! 

Young Adult. Obviously! I mean....I usually lean towards fantasy YA, which will surprise none of you I'm sure. The whole YA genre wasn't such a big thing when I was actually a teen, it was just coming up to be one, I just love YA. There are so many good YA books, and they make me feel all the feels and YA books have really helped me out more than once. 

Can I pick manga? Because if I can't I'm going to struggle with this question :') SO. Manga. Yaaay manga! I love manga. The artwork is usually amazing, and they're all imaginative, and something a little bit different and I get so addicted to the stories and I end up loving the characters so much! 

Borrow or buy?

I was the nerdy kid who spent way too much time in the library so borrow! I used to do the library summer challenge every single summer without fail and I always won. Always. But I would always borrow the maximum amount of books that I could! Little baby me, would carry a huge stack out every single visit! I still do actually, but my TBR is so huge that I'm not allowed to go to the library anymore until it's done! I actually get books from the library that I'm not too sure about, read them, and if I really love the book then I buy my own copy. Sorry if that's not the done thing, but I'm not rolling in money :')

Characters or plot?

Oh wow this is hard. If the plot is boring I usually find myself losing interest, but on the other hand...if the characters are interesting and I can relate to them...then I'll keep reading and sometimes the plot will pick up and I'll end up really loving a book that I'll have put down otherwise. So...I guess characters? 

Short or long?

This one depends entirely on my mood. Sometimes I'm in the mood for a really long book that I can get lost in for a while. Other times I just want a short read because I'm not in the mood for anything too complicated or long. 

Long or short chapters?

I don't really think I can pick one of these! Short chapters are usually pointless unless they're being used to add some tension to the book. I've seen that done well before! I don't usually mind long chapters unless I have limited time to read, or I'm sleepy, then I end up feeling like I'm reading forever. And it depends how in to the book I am too. If I'm really in to it then I don't really notice chapter length. If I'm not, then the longer chapters really drag! 

Book to movie or TV adaption?

Okaaaaayy this is hard. It depends on the book being adapted. Hunger Games...I really liked the movie adaption. A Series of Unfortunate Events...I hated the movie adaption but I really enjoyed the TV adaption that Netflix did. Then we have Shadowhunters. I actually prefer the movie, because it's been closer to how I envisioned it, I was willing to give the TV show a chance but I'm only watching it for Malec at this stage. I have many, many issues with that show. So it depends. I'm incredibly wary about the Throne of Glass adaption too. Although I feel that will work better as a TV show because of how long the books are. I'm hoping it means it'll be a closer adaption! 

Name the first three books you can think of.

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon - I'm getting ready to re-read this and Mime Order so I can finally read The Song Rising very soon! After the two year wait, I'm more than ready to get stuck in! The Mime Order is my favourite of the series so far, and I know TBS starts off a little slow but give it a chance! 

Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare - I'm really excited for Lord of Shadows to come out, and I recently bought yet another edition of this that I probably didn't really need! I'm loving this new trilogy, it reminds me of The Infernal Devices and I'm genuinely excited for the new book!

Half-Blood by Jennifer L Armentrout - I had to include an Armentrout book. Becca and I became friends because we bonded over her Lux books! Half-Blood is my favourite, because it's the first book of the authors that I read, and there's aaallll the Greek mythology! 

Books that make you laugh or cry?

Oh God, books that make me laugh every time. I read to escape the real world and all the crap in it, which is why I tend to avoid contemporary! I don't actively seek out books that make me cry, there have been a couple that I've been reading and I've ended up crying because it really got to me, but I'll always pick laughing over crying!

Our world or fictional worlds?

Well..I mean....my blog is called Reality's A Bore soooo...the answers pretty obvious right? Fictional every time. I love getting lost in another world entirely, that's so different from ours. Sometimes you just need a break from the real world. 

Do you ever judge a book by its cover?

I'd love to say no, but I have done it before. If a book has a really pretty cover, I'll definitely check it out and there's a good chance I'll buy it if the reviews are favourable. But I've read books before that I've not been too sure of because they haven't got the greatest cover or it was a cheesy cover, but the book was really, really good. I don't really let the covers put me off, but I do go in to a book with a certain image in my head depending on the cover.

Series or standalone?

I don't think I can pick standalone! I've read so many standalone books that where so amazing, and could quite easily have been at least a duology! But they remained as standalones and it was so disappointing and such a shame! On the other hand some standalones are done really well, but overall I'd rather have a series! 


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Light Novel: Konosuba


Konosuba Vol 1
Rating: 4/5
Buy or Borrow: Buy 
Source: Copy courtesy of the publisher!

Game loving shut-in Kazuma Sato's life as a young schoolboy in Japan abruptly comes to an early end...or at least it was supposed to. When he opens his eyes, though, he sees a beautiful goddess that offers him a once in an after-lifetime chance to be reborn in a parallel world. The catch is that the world is violent and threatened by a growing evil! Fortunately, he can choose any one thing to bring with him. So he chooses the goddess, Aqua! And so his adventure with his gorgeous companion begins--if he could just get enough money and food to survive, keep his goddess out of trouble, and avoid grabbing the attention of the Demon King's army! 

So, I've read volume 1 of the manga and I loved it, it was light and funny and entertaining and I'm so excited for volume 2! I was intrigued to see how different the light novel was and the anime is on my watch list over on Crunchyroll! 

First off, I loved the full page, full colour illustrations at the beginning of this book! They where so pretty to look at! There where brilliant illustrations throughout actually, but the full colour ones where bright and eye catching and you know...colourful! There where also some fun character profiles at the beginning that provided a chuckle before you'd even started to read! 

Like the manga, the light novel is very funny, and I'm not sure if it officially is...but it feels like a send up of the whole fantasy RPG world genre! Konosuba is such a fun read, and I found myself shaking my head as I was reading, because some things where just so ridiculously silly. There's a steady pace to it, it starts off slow as we get to know the world and as the characters come together, but then the pace picks up and things start to kick off. 

From what I can tell from the one volume, the light novel is different to the manga. Obviously there is more depth in the light novel, more information to be found! There's also more content in the light novel, some of which isn't in the manga as far as memory serves me! At this stage, I'm not sure how much of a bearing it's going to have on the series! For all I know, the content from this volume of the light novel that hasn't been in the manga, could be because it's just not in Volume 1 of the manga! So we'll see! 

Overall, the KonoSuba light novel is a light, easy and entertaining read. It's a lot of fun, and the characters are hilariously interesting. Like Darkness for example! It can definitely lift your mood, and I can't wait to see what adventures the group get up to next! 

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