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: Fall in Love Like A Comic Volume 1 by Chitose Yagami

Book Information:

Fall in Love Like a Comic! Volume 1 by Chitose Yagami
Illustrated by Chitose Yagami
Translated and Adaptation by Mai Ihara
Touch-up Art & Lettering by Elena Diaz
Designing by Izumi Hirayama
Main Editing by Nancy Thistlewaite
VIZ Media (Shojo Beat) and Shogakukan
Published in 2002
ISBN 9781421513737
200 Pages

Series Information:

Fall in Love Like a Comic Book 01

Review/Rating:

5 out of 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

Rena, a high school student, has a secret she keeps from almost everybody at school. However, when Tomoya finds out she’s a professional mangaka, she asks him out in order to improve her love scenes. But what will happen when she actually falls in love with Tomoya?

Side Story 1: Tomoya Okita: A Boy Like in the Comics: We all know that Tomoya is love with Rena, but how was he before having Rena? Was he always the shoujo bishie we all know?

Side Story 2: Magical Project: Debut manga of Chitose Yagami. Yuzu is currently going to magic school, but she is not any good at any of the spells. So, when she has to change her pet, Ro, into a human, she tries her hardest. However, he can only change if both of them want it.

This manga and the second volume to this series are the only ones I own by Chitose Yagami, and I have to say that I really love them. The artwork looks so amazing. I love how the manga-ka drew the characters (especially Tomoya) and the romance scenes. The kiss scenes looked very yummy and good. And for the Magic Project side story, Yuzu reminds me of Sakura from Card Captor Sakura. xD

However, the plot is very cliche in shoujo manga, but I still think it is pretty sweet. I usually like my manga with a lot of romance, kiss scenes, and/or smutty scenes; and this manga has most of that in it. Though because of this, it makes it hard to do a review on shoujo manga, since you can’t say too much or you will ruin everything for people. Anyways, I like how Tomoya teases Rena. It’s so cute since Rena usually “melts”. The characters are all pretty funny and energetic, but sometimes it is kind of annoying — not enough to stop reading though.

Overall, pretty much a simple and predictable manga, but it is still pretty good. ;) The side stories were also kind of cute; and I also love the freetalks since they gave tips on how to make manga. :D

Now for how VIZ did with bringing this manga into English. VIZ did an excellent job on this one, I hardly have any complaints. The only one is the translation for the “squueee” SFX. ;)

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Other Reviews/Author Site:

Chitose Yagami
Goodreads

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

2nd Review: Royal Blood by Ellen Schreiber

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Book Information:

Royal Blood by Ellen Schreiber
Katherine Tegen Books
Published in 2009
ISBN 9780061288890
195 Pages

Series Information:

Vampire Kisses Book 06

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

When Raven and Alexander discover that his parents are coming back, their romantic nights must come to a stop. However, Raven is not disappointed, she’s actually excited at finally getting to meet Alexander’s parents. As she continues to wait, she discovers that the whole town has already seen them before her. Why hasn’t Alexander introduced Raven to them? When Raven finally does meet Alexander’s parents, she finds out something that might stop their relationship? Will their love be able to grow after this event or…?

Oh, there may be spoilers in this review for this book and the other books, so beware. :D

The plot of this book becomes even more exciting because we finally get to meet Alexander’s parents, and we actually find more out about Alexander’s past. Yay~

One thing I like with these recent books is that the author introduces new characters in order to make Raven and Alexander’s personality change or shine even more. I was actually able to read this book without getting too mad at Alexander for being meek. In order to stand up to his parents, his personality changes for the better as he becomes more brazen. :D Yay, hopefully, it will stay like that. :|

Anyways, even though Alexander’s personality has kind of changed, I am still kind of hoping the series won’t end with Raven becoming a vampire. I’m hoping that the author will do something unexpected and pair her up with Trevor, or, leaving Raven mortal for a vampire Alexander, or even, finding a way to make Alexander mortal. :) I want to see a plot twist. I really do not want to see the girl becomes a vampire for the guy since there are too many of those kinds of books.

Overall, this book is the best in the series. You get to see a side of someone you never really get to see, which I found refreshing. Also, it went back to a fun, simple, quick, and exciting read. :)

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Ellen Schreiber
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Karin’s Book Nook
$New_Bullet Bookish

Places to Buy From:

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

2nd Review: The Coffin Club by Ellen Schreiber

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Book Information:

The Coffin Club by Ellen Schreiber
Katherine Tegen Books
Published in 2008
ISBN 9780061288869
177 Pages

Series Information:

Vampire Kisses Book 05

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Now that summer vacation is here, Raven has only one thing to do – find her vampire boyfriend, Alexander. It has been awhile since Alexander left in order to return Valentine to Jagger, and she is starting to worry. Now, with school out of the way, she can go to her Aunt Libby’s town and search for Alexander. However, she can’t resist going to the Coffin Club, but she goes, she finds the true Coffin Club instead. She becomes friends with some of the members, but is drawn to Phoenix. This time the danger of being changed into a vampire is even greater, and what’s worse, the fate of humans starts to look bleak, when Jagger starts planning to use the Coffin Club to run the mortals out of town.

Oh, there may be spoilers in this review for this book and the other books, so beware. :)

This time, there is actually a long time after the previous book, at least a week. I found it refreshing that the author actually let time go by more than just one day. The thing I didn’t find refreshing was the “Alexander runs away to Raven’s aunt’s town, and Raven goes there to find him.” That theme is getting a little overused in this series. Hopefully, it’s the last time she uses it, but who knows.

All the new characters, which turn into Raven’s new friends, are all very interesting and upbeat like her. It was interesting seeing more “good” vampires around Raven, instead of the Maxwell family. :) And the plot thickens, yet again, when Raven actually finds the Coffin Club where the vampires hang out. But, Jagger wants to use it to get rid of humanity, which is kind of a normal plot there. Evil vampire wants to expand the coven and kill humans.

Anyways, this book is a little bit more exciting also because of Phoenix. Phoenix’s personality is well, more yummy and manly than Alexander’s. I wish Alexander would show this type of personality more. But speaking of Alexander, there are more romantic scenes between Alexander and Raven than the previous book, which was really good. :D

Overall, this book is the best in the series. You get to see a side of someone you never really get to see, which I found refreshing. Also, it went back to a fun, simple, quick, and exciting read. ;)

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2012

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Ellen Schreiber
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Karin’s Book Nook
$New_Bullet Bookish

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2nd Review: Kissing Coffins by Ellen Schreiber

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Book Information:

Kissing Coffins by Ellen Schreiber
Katherine Tegen Books
Published in 2005
ISBN 9780060776244
225 Pages

Series Information:

Vampire Kisses Book 02

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

After Raven meets Alexander Sterling, a teenage vampire, life in “Dullsville” is a little bit less dull, but he has mysteriously disappears. Knowing that her relationship with Alexander will have its complications, she goes on a dangerous chase in order to find him. However, when she encounters something terrifying than anything she can imagine, she might have to make a life-transforming decision that she actually may not be ready accept.

Oh, there may be spoilers in this review for this book and the first book, so beware.

The second book in the series is a lot like the first one, but Raven is a little depressed when Alexander disappears without a word, which reminds me of a certain other young adult vampire book. However, she is revived by her best friend, Becky, when she says that she would go find her boyfriend if he ever disappeared. So, Raven then goes to find him, but finds danger as well. This outline is kind of similar to most young adult romance books and way overused, but at least she doesn’t try dangerous stunts like that other vampire book.

Anyways, this book of the series takes place about two or so days after the first book, starting off with Raven and how she feels about Alexander leaving. There are more interesting new characters, like her Aunt Libby, which add some new spice and spin to the series. Even though this is the second book, the descriptions, plot, and characters are still very good. :D

The book is kind of serious as you learn more about Alexander’s past, but it still has some witty comments. Also, the love scenes (kissing and romantic scenes) still make me a little giddy. :) Overall, I found the book a fun, simple, quick read with an upbeat main character. It may be too simple for most people, but it is a good read for a lazy weekend afternoon.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Ellen Schreiber
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
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2nd Review: Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber

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Book Information:

Vampire Kisses by Ellen Schreiber
Katherine Tegen Books
Published in 2003
ISBN 9780060093365
253 Pages

Series Information:

Vampire Kisses Book 01

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

In Dullsville, pretty much everyone, including her parents, considers Raven weird and strange. However, this young Goth will no longer be the only “weird” one, when a family moves into the old mansion on top of Benson Hill. Everyone in the town thinks they are actually vampires because they only come out after the sun goes down. Ecstatic over that thought, Raven breaks into that mansion, only to find a teenage boy. However, will he be everything she has dreamed of, a vampire? She will do anything, including putting herself at risk, to find out the truth.

Oh, there may be spoilers in this review so beware. :)

First off, I like how the author made Raven remember her childhood. It made it so funny with all the child-like descriptions and views on the world, and gives a comparison on how she was like when she was little. ;)

Anyways, it had wonderful character growth and personalities. Why? Because most of the vampire books I read, the girl is sappy, whiny, and depressing. It was uplifting to see a spunky, cheerful Goth girl instead the depressing chick for a vampire story. :D

Also, there are a lot of funny, sassy, and witty scenes and comments. I was almost laughing all through the book. :P One of them is when Trevor deep kisses Raven and attempts to have sex with her. I found it hilarious at how Raven got back at him.

Alexander is also a wonderful guy, but a little, err, too quiet for me. Though, he is wonderful with Raven at providing giddy, gushy kissing scenes. Nothing too heavy, but such cute puppy love between these two characters.

*COUGHS* Anyways, this book mostly has the lesson of getting to know people’s true “insides”, instead of judging from their appearance and things like that.  Overall, I found the book a fun, simple, quick read with an upbeat main character. It may be too simple for most people, but it is a good read for a lazy weekend afternoon. :D

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Ellen Schreiber
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
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2nd Review: Midwives by Chris Bohjalian

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Book Information:

Midwives by Chris Bohjalian
Vintage Books
Published in 1997
ISBN 0375706771
374 Pages

Series Information:

Not a series.

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5

2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Sibyl Danforth is a midwife in rural Vermont, but on one winter night, she made a fatal mistake that might put an end to her career. Now she faces the law, doctors, and her own conscience, while trying to prove that her patient really was dead before she did the emergency c-section. What will the jury deciding her fate pick? Guilty? Or, not guilty?

Okay, this is the second time I have read this book, and it is just as good as when I first read it. :D

Anyways, Sibyl’s story is told through the eyes of her daughter, when she is an adult. And even though this story is told when she is adult, you still get the feeling that she was channeling that time because it had a childlike air to it.

It also has a mixture of law, medical, family problems, and other interesting things. The description in this book is very well done, and you can tell that the author did a lot of research before jumping into writing this book.

The book was very engaging because of all the action and real life problems in it. Some parts you want to break down and cry, and other parts, where you actually want to read ahead and find out the outcome – since the court parts were kind of boring, exciting, and interesting all at the same time. ;)

It was a very touching story, and it felt very completed. I was very satisfied that I read this; even though it was my second time reading this book.

Anyways, I definitely recommend this book for pretty much anyone. It has a little bit of everything for everyone. However, there are some things that children definitely shouldn’t read about in it. It is also perfect for any class that is studying ethics or anyone who is planning on going into the medical field.

Where I Got It:

Checked out from the library.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Chris Bohjalian
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet The Lost Entwife
$New_Bullet Croak

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2nd Review: Willing by Lucy Monroe

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Book Information:

Willing by Lucy Monroe
Kensington Books
Published in 2006
ISBN 0758208758
320 Pages

Series Information:

Mercenary Book 02

Review/Rating:

5 out of 5


2ND REVIEW. 1ST REVIEW IS HERE.

Josie feels attraction towards Daniel (Nitro), but she thinks he hates her. However, she will soon learn that is not the case, when her dad’s mercenary camp blows up and he goes missing. Will they be able to figure out who is trying to kill her dad? And will they both be willing to face their passionate feelings for each other?

For this series and book, the plot is kind of normal for a romantic suspense novel. But like in the previous book, it had everything it needed to make it unique from being too normal. I still love the descriptions, events, and the personalities of the characters. :D

There are also a few scenes with Josie and Nitro interacting with Lise, Hotwire, Josh (Wolf), and it is still amusing and a little funny when they interact with each other. I find it interesting how Hotwire and Wolf try to ruffle Nitro’s feathers and his temper by using Josie, especially when Hotwire does it. ;)

Another thing I like is how the suspense in the novel makes Nitro realize his feelings for Josie. Also, this book seems to have more “feeling” issues than the first book, mostly because of Nitro’s past.

One more interesting thing is that, like the last book, it has condom scenes, which not many romance books (that I have read) mentions putting on a condom. Also, the smut scenes are very yummy, and the ending is pretty good.

This is the second book in this series; however, there are some connected stories. The connected stories are not apart of this series time-line, but they do mention the characters in this series a little bit. The connected stories are here.

Where I Got It:

Bought from Amazon, and I still own a copy.

Challenges Apart Of:

Goodreads 2011

Re-Reading:

This is the 2nd review, 1st review is here.
Not planning to re-read.

Other Reviews/Author Site:

$New_Bullet Lucy Monroe
$New_Bullet Goodreads
$New_Bullet Library Thing
$New_Bullet Once Upon a Chapter

Places to Buy From:

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