I told you, Dear Readers, to expect something unusual. Please don't be afraid by the phrase 'odd couple', though. These books together are an odd couple, rather than being about odd couples. :) Read on to see what I mean.
Sci-fi Romance Book Review: Jaed (The Cyborgs Reborn # 4) by T.J. Quinn
Jaed by T.J. Quinn
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I wanted to like this book. I really did. The premise sounded promising. I guess I was just hoping for too much sci-fi from what turned out to be a strictly romance book. Also, there were several places where the wrong word or words were used. Some of those were not typos and made the reading a bit jinky in places. Also, the hero didn't seem broken enough. Slaves raised as slaves from the get-go wouldn't act or react in the way this guy is. At least, that's what I've taken away from reading many books. I don't think he would've trusted the heroine so easily. And the bit about the livestock kinda threw me for a loop. I grew up on a farm so there were several things that would've had any person who raised livestock wondering what in the world she was thinking.
I will say the setting was good. The heroine seemed believable, except for the bit about the livestock. I did like that the initial descriptions only told enough to allow the readers room for imagination. And I loved the heroine's profession. Nice touch, that!
This book is more graphic than what I usually enjoy, but if you're looking for that kind of a story, you might enjoy this one. It's a shorter story and could easily be read in a single sitting.
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I've linking to T.J.'s website in the title, so please do visit if you think you'd enjoy some alien romance novels. Just because this book wasn't exactly my cuppa tea, doesn't mean it won't be yours. :)
Shoujo Manga Book Review: Boys Kingdom by Oda Aya
Boys' Kingdom by Aya Oda
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Super cute story! Fun characters abound in this manga about a girl who's got to learn how to make her way in a school full of boys. While that might sound awful to a parent, as a parent myself, this book gets my approval. I'd let my youngest read it and would have a few years ago if she'd been interested. There's nothing in this story children don't already see or learn about on prime time TV. The art is crisp and engaging and I just loved how easy it was to get into the story. Easy, cheerful read for a cozy night in. I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys a sweet, easy to read book with pleasant pictures. I'd also recommend it to anyone who enjoys books written for girls ages 12 and up.
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Now you can see what I mean about this being an odd couple of books to share in the same blog post. I have to chuckle a little bit. I'm coming to the end of my 'read' list and while I'm still reading, I don't know if I'll be able to post on Wednesdays for much longer. We'll see! :)
Just a head's up... If you visit Oda Aya's website (which I've linked in the title above her manga) you need to be aware it's all in Japanese. If you can read Japanese, please do visit her site and support the writings you think you'd enjoy by her. She has written several different kinds of manga, and while shoujo is targeted toward school girls, some of her other work is not. Her art style is quite beautiful, though. :) Manga isn't for everyone, I know. But if your kids are into it, it'll pay for you to check out what they're reading and try to understand what they love so much about it. You might be surprised!
Until next time...
Melody Kittles writes fantasy fiction under the name Robin McElveen. She loves God, her family, the arts, a warm cup of coffee or tea, visiting friends, and collecting coffee & Pusheen items.
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