One Man Guy by Michael Barakiva

One Man Guy

Blurb: One Man Guy is a romantic, moving, laugh-out-loud-funny story about what happens when one person creaks open your world and helps you see everything — and, most of all, yourself — like you never have before.

3 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (own it)

My Thoughts: I liked how this book was about people of different cultures. I am not sure if all the information given was true, but it was still interesting to read about. However, I had a hard time with the different foods and stuff because I had to look up a bunch of the stuff. That was just so I could get an idea of how things looked in the story.

I might have enjoyed it more if the characters were closer to my age, but it was nice reading about kids going through a awkward time in their life. I feel like this could have been longer. I liked both of the main characters.

August 30, 2014 — September 3, 2014

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Blurb: Cath is a Simon Snow fan. Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere. Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

4 stars

Read Via: Hardback book (library)

My Thoughts: This was a really interesting story. I do not think I mentioned before, but I used to write fanfictions when I was 15-18 or so. They were anime fanfictions, but I read countless others (like Harry Potter!). I loved it, and I still enjoy reading them.

I felt like I really connected with Cath. The way in reacts to things and how she feels is similar to myself. I think I am not as attached to Harry Potter as the other people who may have read this novel. Yeah, I read it as it was coming out and I liked it …. but I dunno.

This book was super adorable. I really like how their relationship evolved. I feel like their story could have continued. There were some parts that I did not like, but they were far and few in between. I will be look into her other books!

Read August 22, 2014 —  August 29, 2014


Vassalord Volume 2 by Nanae Chrono

Vassalord 2

Story/Art By: Nanae Chrono
Japanese Name:
Status of Series:
Complete (7 volumes)

Blurb: Trouble seems to find Johnny and Charles. After dealing with a situation on a plane (and saving everyone on there) the duo are caught up in more suspicious activities.

4 starsMy Thoughts: This volume leads to me to believe that Johnny’s and Charles’ relationship is more complicated. They had more time with each other and I really wasn’t minding all the scenes with Johnny shirtless or nearly shirtless (haha). There are hints of past events here and there. There is also very little information about what trouble they are getting ready to get into. There seems to be a storm brewing. Things building up.

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Vassalord Volume 1 by Nanae Chrono

Vassalord 1
Story/Art By:
Nanae Chrono
Japanese Name:
Status of Series: Complete (7 volumes)

Blurb: Charley, a cyborg vampire who does the Vatican’s dirty work, is the thrall of the local vampire playboy Johnny Rayflo. As the two fight crime–and each other–hilarity, violence and sacrilege ensue! But can Charley resist his own desperate cravings for blood? Find out as the devilish duo go up against a childlike vampire princess, a mysterious branch of the Unitarian Church…and one another. (Source: Tokyopop)

4 stars

My Thoughts: I started reading series back in 2007, I believe. I had to put it on hold for several reasons. I fell in love with Johnny and Chris right away. The story is interesting because not all the information you want to know about isn’t shown right away. You want to read more to find out what is going on and truly understand what exactly they feel for each other. I have already read up to volume four, but I am rereading all of it.

Note: Tokyopop translated the first four volumes into English. In cause you don’t know, they went out of business. As far as I know, no other manga company has picked it up.

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Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

fullmetal alchemist

Story/Art by: Hiromu Aikawara
Japanese Name: Hagane no Renkinjutsushi
Status of Series: Complete (27 volumes)

Synopsis: Brothers Edward and Alphose are searching for a way to return their bodies back to normal. In a world where alchemy has the power to change the world, the brothers attempted to perform the forbidden — to bring their mother back to life. Alchemy requires equal trade, so they lost what was the most important to them, each other. Along their journey they make many enemies and allies as well as the truth of their nation and the world.

4 stars

My Thoughts: Wow. I just made it sound really dumb. Anyway, this is one of the more popular manga since it has two anime seasons that are dubbed. I watched the first anime before reading this, and was really surprised. It was very different and much deeper. The second anime (Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood) follows the manga very well, which I was happy to see. The manga may be rather long, but there is hardly ever a dull moment. Either you are in suspense, action, or laughing. This is one of my favorite manga and I am proud to say to have the whole series.