Review: Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki, Illustrated by Dom Lee

Book Information:

Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki
Illustrated by Dom Lee
Lee and Low Books Inc.
Published in 1993
ISBN 1880000199
32 Pages

Series Information:

None

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

4/5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 3 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5

During World War II, a young Japanese American boy and his family are forced to live in internment camps. Trying to get by in these camps, everyone decides they need something different to do — baseball.

This is a pretty simple book, but it still delivers a small message. :) I love how the author was able to write it in a child’s point of view of how a Japanese Internment Camp was like during this time period. Another thing I like is how different of a plot it is compared to other World War II fiction books — most of the ones I see are about concentration camps or going into hiding in Europe during the war — so it is a nice change. Even in my high school class, I don’t remember going over it that much. :S The descriptions and everything else are very well done, and I was able to feel the emotion of the child who was sent to the camp. ;)

For the text, I was able to see/read the text just fine since it was black text on white paper. As for the illustrations, I don’t really like the style of them, but they do deliver the emotion of the characters better than if it were a style I was used to. :)

Overall, it is a pretty good book, but I can’t really figure out why someone would banned/challenged. Oh, I guess it was banned/challenged because of the slight racism and history America would love to keep hidden from people. Though, I do wish there were fiction books about this period in time. :P

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Other Reviews/Author Site:

Ken Mochizuki
Dom Lee
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Book Information:

Destined by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2011
ISBN 9780312650254
325 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 09

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

In order to face off against Neferet, Zoey has finally come home to Tulsa with Stark. Not only that, Rephaim has been “disowned” by Kalona and gifted by Nyx, however, Neferet won’t let that piece of piece last. Neferet starts her evil plan with Aurox, a boy who she claims is a gift from Nyx. Zoey better watch out when she begins to feel drawn to him because there is more to this “gift” than what meets the eye.

For Destined, we still have different points of view, however, Zoey is back to doing most of the narrating. :| Though we do get Aurox, Dragon, Neferet, Shaunee, Rephaim, Kalona, Erik, and Stevie Rae as narrators too. :) It was pretty interesting to read some of the new additions to the point of views. :D You also get some more information on Neferet and Lenobia and their past, which was kind of interesting to read. :P

Despite the little piece of information I enjoyed reading, there was still a lot that I didn’t really like or haven’t liked since the beginning of the series. Of course the first thing that really irritates the hell of me is Zoey and her personality, especially since she hasn’t really changed since the beginning of the series. I find her childish, selfish, and too dependable on her friends and boyfriends. :| Also, I hate how the authors keep pairing her with so many boys. Now Zoey also seems to like to be more sexual as well since I’m seeing more (not detailed) sex or making out scenes. I don’t mind the sexual parts, but she puts Aphrodite to shame with how slutty she acts. Plus, the “bond” Zoey and Stark they say they have is more than sex, but that seems to be the only thing they do together. >.>” Next, I hate how the authors allows the characters to wash away with their feelings they are supposed to feel simply by using powers. I found that very unrealistic and irritating at the “quick fix” to stop their true feelings.

Now for the other issues I have with this book since I could probably go on and on about Zoey. I find it contradictory at how everyone treats Rephaim with distrust, when with Zoey, she tells them to trust her about Stark and most likely Aurox, they do; even though they didn’t prove to be good like how Rephaim did when Nyx asked and gifted him. It was very irritating at how Zoey gets all the special treatment and trust, but no one really gets the trust they deserve. Next thing I always hate in this series is the bringing back characters (like Heath), even though they are dead, it seems to be the theme of these last couple of books. =___=  It’s like, come on, stop pulling away characters just to bring them back in the next book. Urgh! Anyways, other things I found annoying are the constant need to make everyone too perfect, which makes the books a little bit too predictable. Also, it mentions too many other books/shows almost like a hidden ad and the vocabulary words they have trouble with in this book are words everyone should know by at least high school. Oh, one last issue I had with this book, how come Aphrodite hasn’t gone blind from all of the visions when they cause blood to come from her eyes? >.>” Normally, when you bleed from the eyes, it could cause you to be blind or you have something serious going on. xD Oh, well…

There are a couple of things I did like though, not a lot however. One of the things I liked was the interaction between Lenobia and Travis — it was interesting to read. It was pretty much the only thing that kept me from throwing the book across the room. Anyways, the next thing I liked was how Erin and Shaunee become more like individuals than the constant “Twin” thing. Though, I didn’t really like how Erin had a knee jerk reaction (being a brat basically) towards Shaunee wanting to grow as an individual and be by herself. Oh, and the ending was also pretty good — I enjoyed that part as well.

Overall, the characters’ personalities are overpowering the plot, which wouldn’t be a bad thing if they weren’t so annoying and perfect. Also, the storyline is starting to get a little bit too predicable and too “teen” for me to even enjoy. Plus, I find most of the characters’ behavior unbelievable since I never have seen any teen acting or speaking like them. After I finish the books that I have been released so far, I’m dropping this series.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Other Reviews/Author Site:

P.C. and Kristin Cast
House of Night Series
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Awakened by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Book Information:

Awakened by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2010
ISBN 9780312650247
290 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 08

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

Zoey has returned from the Otherworld, but she has decided to stay on the Isle of Skye for what she calls a “break”. On the other side of the world, Neferet is back in Tulsa and she is set on bringing Zoey back. And if that’s not enough, Rephaim must choose between Stevie Rae and his father.

There might be some slight spoilers in my review, but if there are, I’ll put a spoiler mark new it.

The plot and everything else becomes predictable in this series, especially after Aurox shows up. And if you remember the last part of the previous book or the beginning part of this book, I don’t remember that much, it’s definitely predictable. xD *SPOILER START* I predict Aurox and/or Zoey will start to fall in love with each other because of who is “inside” Aurox. *SPOILER END* And that leaves me with another rant, which I will do later in this review. Anyways, there are still POVs, but it is mostly Zoey telling the story this time. :| Oh, and Zoey has (not detailed) sex in this book as well, and I bet you can guess who she did. So, yes, still sexual themes in this series. The only thing I really like was the bulls and the switched color meanings. ;)

As for the characters, I still feel the same for all the characters, though my hate for Zoey (and maybe Stark) is increasing. Stark’s Scottish accent is a little bit better in this book, but not by much. :S That’s pretty much the only thing that has improved with Stark. Also, he still mentions the “honor” thing and yet has sex with her. =___= As for Zoey, she is getting worse and pissing me off. First of all, how is she a leader when she can’t handle the stress of being “special” to Nyx and take a break? I mean, I get the new to being special, but it’s been long enough for her to get her act together and not be a complete wimp. She cries and whines more than other character in the book, and they have to go through about as much as her. Next, stop with the freaking boyfriends! Why can’t she be single and not having sex or pretend sex with or be sexual with each new guy that comes into the book?! She “loves” too many guys and doesn’t even know what the word means — just picks a guy and puts a “connection” on them. Also, I hated that the authors brought her back to life. When will one of your main characters just die and stay dead? :| Last thing, she very hypocritical, *SPOILER START* like why can’t Dragon stay mad on Rephaim for killing his mate, but she can never forgive Kalona over Heath. *SPOILER END*

Overall, I think the plot and everything else is becoming too predictable and not even interesting anymore. Plus, the characters are less than stellar, especially the main ones. *SPOILER START* Also, in this book, the authors kill off a lot of the characters either because they don’t know who’s who anymore or they need to develop the plot or both. I wonder if they will actually stay dead — unlike the other characters so far. *SPOILER END* Basically, I’m not that impressed so far for this series and think the authors should work on the character development more than the plot for a little bit.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Other Reviews/Author Site:

P.C. and Kristin Cast
House of Night Series
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Burned by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Book Information:

Burned by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2010
ISBN 9780312606169
323 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 07

Review/Rating:

2 out of 5

With Heath’s death, Zoey’s soul has shattered and is on the brink of death herself. In order to help her, her friends must explore ancient vampyre history. Then there’s Stevie Rae, who’s keeping a secret from everyone. And lastly there’s Aphrodite, who has been blessed by Nyx with the gift of seeing the future, a Prophetess. All three of these girls will need to deal with their problems before they and the whole world gets burned.

There will be some spoilers, but I will mark them so that you get a little warning before coming to it. ;)

Like the previous book, this book is told with different point of views, which has actually tone down on the whining that I deplored. You still hear from Stevie Rae, Stark, Heath, Aphrodite, and Rephaim. However, there is one more point of view, Kalona now also tells the story, which was pretty interesting to read. ;) Also, the plot and character developments are getting much better — except for Zoey, of course. :S

Anyways, for the characters, I’m really starting to love Rephaim and Stevie Rae as a couple. They act so cute together without all of the sex and whining that Zoey’s relationships seems to end up with. Another couple development that I’m starting to love a lot is Aphrodite and Darius. I love how they accept each other as they are and don’t try to change each other. However, the Zoey and Stark “couple” is really annoying. Why pair her up with so many different boys? It makes her sound more like the slut than Aphrodite, and I don’t care how the authors try to spin it. When I got to the part where Stark is talking about being a “Guardian” was about honor, not love, I nearly barfed. Especially when you read about them kissing, possibly having sex with her, and basically saying, “I love you,” it stops being honor and changes to love (or horniness at least). URGH! That part annoyed me so much.

As for character development, I still like the side characters more (besides Stark) than Zoey. I haven’t really seen any real development in Zoey — only degrading. *SPOILER WARNING* Also, now that Stark calls her “Queen” because he thinks so, I think that Zoey is going to be much more bossy compared to the other books because she also thinks like that. *WARNING END* Another thing that was a pretty annoying development was the phony and freaky Scottish accent Stark seems to automatically develop after becoming a Guardian. What I want to know is how the hell a person can get an accent in such a short amount of time? I don’t know anyone who has developed an accent that quickly after one single event. And with the new addition of characters, you will still see that the authors are still obsessed with making every character in this book “beautiful”.

Overall, the plot is getting pretty interesting; it’s the main characters that I have a problem with. I also really hated the ending :( — *SPOILER WARNING* why do the authors keep bringing her back, when all she does is whines and tries to pretend she is a leader. *WARNING END* I don’t know how much more I can take of these characters or books when I’m getting annoyed all over again just by typing this. ~__~

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Other Reviews/Author Site:

P.C. and Kristin Cast
House of Night Series
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Tempted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast

Book Information:

Tempted by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast
St. Martin’s Griffin
Published in 2009
ISBN 9780312567484
319 Pages

Series Information:

House of Night Book 06

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

Stevie Rae has been keeping things from Zoey, and Zoey’s beginning to wonder exactly what she has been up to. And not only that, A-ya’s pull starts getting stronger. How will their choices on how to deal with these things affect not only the House of Night, but also the whole world?

There might be some slight spoilers in my review, so beware of those. It’s mostly towards the end of my review. ;)

This plot was a little bit more interesting than the other books in this series so far, mostly because there are different points of view. Yes, instead of hearing just from Zoey about how much responsibility she has to deal with, you also get to hear from Stevie Rae, Stark, Heath, Aphrodite, and Rephaim. Also, you get to know a little bit more about Kalona’s past, and it was really interesting to read and find out about that. ;) Oh, and it is getting a little bit more sexual because it describes Kalona cupping Zoey’s breasts in a dream. xD And yes, that’s my warning to you about the sexual themes in the book. *laughs*

Anyways, the different points of view is the only thing that kept me from throwing the books — Zoey’s attitude and personality still hasn’t changed and was really annoying the hell out of me. *coughs* Especially since the authors have once again put her with a lot of boyfriends. -__- I like how the authors started using different POVs because now we get to know more about the other characters’ personality. Like for Stevie Rae, I like how much stronger she is compared to Zoey — she knows she can’t be prefect and doesn’t really try to be. Also, I love reading some of the story in Aphrodite’s view, mostly because her personality seems more realistic. Another thing I like is how there is much less reminding about the character’s personality/history than the other books. :D

Overall, I really like how the POVs bring the plot and side characters into a different light. And the ending is kind of sad with a certain death of someone and kind of “Yay! I hope she stays that way!” :D Basically, though, the ending is pretty good. ;) The series is definitely starting to turn for the better, and I hope it stays that way for the rest of the House of Night series.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012
Banned/Challenged No Limit

Other Reviews/Author Site:

P.C. and Kristin Cast
House of Night Series
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Alice 19th Volume 7 by Yuu Watase

Book Information:

Alice 19th Volume 7 by Yuu Watase
Illustrated by Yuu Watase
Adaptation by Lance Caselman
Translated by JN Productions
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Walden Wong
Designing by Judi Roubideaux
Main Editing by Frances E. Wall
VIZ Media and Shogakukan
Published in 2001 (Shogakukan), 2004 (VIZ)
ISBN 1591162440
183 Pages

Series Information:

Alice 19th Book 07
Last Book in the Alice 19th Series

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

5/5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 5 out of 5
Translation: 5 out of 5
Design: 5 out of 5

Darva has finally finished devouring Mayura. And now, without the Lost Words, Alice and Kyo must find a way to defeat Darva and bring Mayura back in one piece. However, what kind of price will they have to pay first?

Bunny Heart Short Story: Rakuen, a girl in ancient China, must deal with her aunt’s and uncle’s constant beatings. During a drought, she finds water, but she gives it to a little bunny. In order to pay Rakuen back for her kindness, Nyozeka teachers her one of the Lotis Words. However, when Rakuen falls into greed and darkness, Nyozeka will pay the price. Will Rakuen be able to find her way out of darkness and save Nyozeka?

The fight between Maram words and Lotis words has finally reached its climax. Most of your answers will be answered; so do not worry too much about having a lot of unanswered questions. ;) Also, you get some more information about Kyo’s past, why the curse mark is still on him, and what he finally remembers about his father. I can’t say that it was really surprising — it’s kind of predictable to see what kind of past Kyo has, if you look at his previous behavior. Anyways, another thing you get to learn is who was the person who first used the Lotis. Let’s just say, he looks very yummy and cute. :D Also, you learn a little about Nyozeka and the truth behind the “power of words”.

And for the short story, it was a pretty cute story about how Nyozeka before she met Alice. Oh, and I read somewhere, don’t remember where, that Rakuen is an ancestor of Pai Mei Lin. So that was pretty interesting to learn too. :P Anyways, it was a pretty interesting read about how Nyozeka is still currently looking for the Legendary Neo-Masters. Also, Ryoko, the male, looks really cute. :D

The artwork still looks wonderful, and I love some of the scenes that were drawn. Some of my favorite scenes are the ones with all the kissing and hugs. :P And there is also another Frey and Kyo kiss, but it was hidden. But there is also a Frey and Alice kiss/peck. ;) A warning though, there is still partial nudity scenes (Mayura) again. xD For the short story, it was very cutely done. I especially love how the guy (Ryoko) was drawn. :P

Overall, it was a pretty sweet ending for this series. Also, the short story was a pretty good to read. :) And the artwork was still pretty good to look at. ;)

For VIZ’s part in bringing this manga into English, they did a pretty good job. Their art-touchup is still noticeable, but it is much better than in the beginning of the series. Everything else, like translation, is still as good as it was in the beginning of the series.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Other Reviews/Author Site:

Yuu Watase
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Alice 19th Volume 6 by Yuu Watase

Book Information:

Alice 19th Volume 6 by Yuu Watase
Illustrated by Yuu Watase
Adaptation by Lance Caselman
Translated by JN Productions
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Walden Wong
Designing by Judi Roubideaux
Main Editing by Frances E. Wall
VIZ Media and Shogakukan
Published in 2001 (Shogakukan), 2004 (VIZ)
ISBN 9781591162438
187 Pages

Series Information:

Alice 19th Book 06

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

5/5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 5 out of 5
Translation: 5 out of 5
Design: 5 out of 5

The last of the reinforcements have arrived. Now Mei Lin, Billy, Frey, Nyozeka, Kyo and Alice must go into enemy territory in order to save Mayura from Darva and the Maram Masters. However, in order to find her, Alice must first try understanding Mayura before the Lotis Masters get dragged into the darkness inside their hearts as well.

All of the developments are starting to go faster now that this series is almost over. Now you get to know more about some of the characters. Like why Chris kind of limps when he walks. And also, Frey’s past, how he feels towards Alice, and how he feels about Eric. Though, once you see Frey’s past, you will think that him and Kyo are more alike than you would ever think. Also, you get to see a little bit more about Alice’s and Mayura’s relationship. Another thing you get to learn is about the occupations of Mei Lin and Billy. Billy’s occupation was quite unexpected and it’s one that I hardly see in manga for one of the main minor characters. One thing I really liked learning about was about the Maram Masters and why they turned from the light. Most of the scenes in this volume are pretty sad, and I almost cried at some of them. :(

Now on to how the artwork and designs looked in this volume, all of them are looking pretty good still, especially the expressions. One of the parts I loved was when the snakes were falling down on them and the expression on Billy’s face. *laughs* Also, there is another Kyo and Frey kiss drawn, but this time it was on the cheek and Frey did it freely. One more thing about the artwork, there are some naked scenes, but only the upper part (breasts with nipples) of Mayura (again). ^^; So beware of that throughout the volume. :S

Overall, I think the plot is turning out well, and I love all the information about the characters — even the Maram Masters. However, I think that the ending is pretty sad, so beware of tears towards the end of the volume.

For VIZ’s part of bringing this manga into English, their art-touchup has gotten a lot better. I notice fewer errors in touching up the art from erasing the kanji. ;) Also, the translation and everything else they do are still pretty good. :D Overall, they did a much better job from when they first started this series. :)

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Other Reviews/Author Site:

Yuu Watase
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Alice 19th Volume 5 by Yuu Watase

Book Information:

Alice 19th Volume 5 by Yuu Watase
Illustrated by Yuu Watase
Adaptation by Lance Caselman
Translated by JN Productions
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Walden Wong
Designing by Judi Roubideaux
Main Editing by Frances E. Wall
VIZ Media and Shogakukan
Published in 2001 (Shogakukan), 2004 (VIZ)
ISBN 9781591162421
191 Pages

Series Information:

Alice 19th Book 05

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

5/5

Ease of Reading Text: 5 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 5 out of 5
Translation: 5 out of 5
Design: 5 out of 5

As Mayura’s jealously grows more and more, so does her being devoured by Darva.  Alice and Kyo are the only ones who can stop it, but will they become Lotis Masters in time to help her?

Might be some minor spoilers, but nothing too major, hopefully.

The plot, characters, development, etc. all are doing well and going at a faster pace now, and it’s also starting to get a little exciting as well, especially since Alice and Kyo start to advance a little more in their relationship. :D *START SPOILER* Kyo even confesses his feelings in front of all of the student body. *END SPOILER* It was so sweet to see. :P The moment is one of my favorites, but my most favorite one is towards of the end of the book. ;) Also, I love how Chris develops and shows a new side to himself. It’s so funny at how much he loves sweets. Anyways, there are two new characters, Billy and Pai Mei Lin. They are pretty interesting, but not as much as the other characters.

Another thing I like about this volume is that the characters’ clothing designs look so pretty and wonderful. I also like how the manga-ka drew Alice’s hairstyle when she moves into Chris’ house — it was so cute. :) Another thing I liked was how the manga-ka drew his expressions during his “love sweet” mode. xD Oh, and Alice has gotten so much braver and independent than what she was in the first volume, so I’m starting to love her personality development as well. :D

Anyways, just one more thing, there is an attempted rape scene in the manga, however, it doesn’t show that much nakedness — only Alice in her bra in panties. Though, I know that even the attempted rape would not be ideal for some readers. Also, there is also some deaths in this volume, so warning for sadness. :(

Overall, the plot is getting much more exciting with how Darva and the Maram Masters are starting to make their move on the Lotis Masters.

Now for how VIZ’s part on this manga. They have gotten much better at art touching in this volume, so either I wasn’t paying that much attention (about to fall asleep) or it was really them doing a better job at it. Their translation and everything else for this series is still excellent. ;) Overall, VIZ did a pretty good job bringing this manga into English. :)

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Other Reviews/Author Site:

Yuu Watase
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Alice 19th Volume 4 by Yuu Watase

Book Information:

Alice 19th Volume 4 by Yuu Watase
Illustrated by Yuu Watase
Adaptation by Lance Caselman
Translated by JN Productions
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Walden Wong
Designing by Judi Roubideaux
Main Editing by Kelli Blackwell
VIZ Media and Shogakukan
Published in 2001 (Shogakukan), 2004 (VIZ)
ISBN 9781591162414
181 Pages

Series Information:

Alice 19th Book 04

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

4/5

Ease of Reading Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 3 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 4 out of 5
Translation: 5 out of 5
Design: 5 out of 5

As the relationship between Alice and Kyo becomes more apparent, Mayura is becoming even more jealous of Alice. Mayura is now very close to being devoured by Darva, a powerful Mara. Are Alice and Kyo powerful enough to go up against Darva?

Okay, there might be some slight spoilers, but nothing too major. :)

Let’s start off with a warning first, there is some fan-service/naked scenes with Mayura and maybe Alice. It’s not that bad, so don’t worry too much. You only get to see the top part of Mayura (her breasts with the nipple shown) and her bottom, but nothing more than that. And for Alice, it’s mostly hidden with bubbles and other things. xD

The development is still pretty good and going at a normal pace. You are finally getting to learn about the Maram’s leader/ruler, Lotis Masters, and other things a little bit more. Also, there is a new side to Frey that I haven’t seen. It’s really sweet, especially this one scene with Frey and Alice. ;) *GRINS* Alice is also starting to get more courage and not as weak as before, so it is starting to get interesting there as well. Though, with how the manga-ka adds the curse, it kind of makes her seem a little more weak. However, I feel a little sorry for Alice that she can’t confess to Kyo because of the death curse, especially since she finally got the courage to tell him.  :(

Anyways, the plot kind of went down hill with the routine jealously scenario that seem to be in all shoujo manga. Even though the jealously is the kicking point of where Mayura decides to turn against Alice; use the Maram words; and become closer to being devoured by Darva, I would have liked something a little bit more different to kick-start the main part of the plot. Oh well, that’s shoujo manga for you.

Despite the typical jealously of shoujo manga characters, the characters, designs, and art are still well done. I especially love the new characters — Chris and Stewart — and how they interact with each other. Oh, and I love the manga-ka drew the kiss scenes too. :D So overall, it is still pretty nice to read, you just have to get over the nudity (if you don’t like nudity in manga) and the typical jealously of shoujo manga. :S

Now for VIZ’s portion of the manga, they are doing a better job at art-touching, but it is still kind of noticeable of where they edited out the kanji in some of the places. The translations and everything else still look great. ;)

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Other Reviews/Author Site:

Yuu Watase
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Review: Alice 19th Volume 3 by Yuu Watase

Book Information:

Alice 19th Volume 3 by Yuu Watase
Illustrated by Yuu Watase
Adaptation by Lance Caselman
Translated by JN Productions
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Walden Wong
Designing by Judi Roubideaux
Main Editing by Kelli Blackwell
VIZ Media and Shogakukan
Published in 2001 (Shogakukan), 2004 (VIZ)
ISBN 9781591162308
183 Pages

Series Information:

Alice 19th Book 03

Review/Rating:

4 out of 5

4/5

Ease of Reading Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 5 out of 5
Plot: 5 out of 5
Art Touch-Up: 3 out of 5
Translation: 5 out of 5
Design: 5 out of 5

Alice, Frey, and Kyo finally managed to find Mayura, but is she really back? This sibling rivalry reaches a new new height when Mayura, a Maram Master, and Alice, a Loits Master, are pitted against each other. Whose “words” will win out in the end?

This review may contain some slight spoilers, especially if you haven’t read the other volumes, so beware. ;)

Things are really start to get heated up now that Mayura and Alice are fighting for the guy they both like. Though, it’s obvious to us who Kyo really likes, right? I really like how the manga-ka has made the main guy character (Kyo) clueless about love — instead of the main female character — since I see that pretty much all of the time. xD Also, I like that Alice has gotten a stronger personality. :D

Everything is developing really nicely — artwork, plot, personalities, etc. Also, you get to learn how the Lotis was formed and everything. You also get to see more of  Alice’s and Mayura’s mom and dad — and their personalities. I know I haven’t said this before, but I really love how the manga-ka draws expressions — some of them are really funny. Like when Frey and Kyo fight the byoma or when Kyo throws up, the expressions made me laugh. Right now my favorite characters are Nyozeka and Frey — I love how they interact with each other and their expressions. My favorite scene in this volume is the last page — not saying what it is though. xD

Overall, the development and everything is still good. :P

Now for how VIZ did at bringing this manga into English. The art touch-up is still noticeable, but it has gotten a little better. Everything else looks good still (translation, etc). Overall, they did a better job at the art touch-up, but not by much. ;)

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Other Reviews/Author Site:

Yuu Watase
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble