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Strobe Edge vols. 1-5 by Io Sakisaka

So at first I thought I’d do individual reviews on each volume of Strobe Edge but I read them so quickly I forgot what happened in which volume so…yeah, I’m going to lump several together in one review.

So the series has really grown on me! The characters are now developing and things started getting interesting for me, probably at around volume 3. Rather than spoil certain plot points for others, I’m going to warn you that, if you don’t want to know what happens next, you probably shouldn’t read on. I’m trying not to reveal anything huge and, let’s face it, if you’ve read any shoujo manga in your lifetime you probably know what’s coming up, but better safe than sorry. 🙂

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Will and Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge

Will & WhitWill & Whit by Laura Lee Gulledge

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Okay, first of all, the cover of this book totally tricked me. Not in a bad way, probably in a good way. If you are looking for a book about two people named Will and Whit who fall in love and sit on a log and cuddle, do not read this book. You will be sorely disappointed.

Will and Whit is about a girl named Will and her life before and after a storm named Whit strikes. (Yup, that’s not them on the cover.) One thing you need to know about Will is that she is afraid of the dark. Rather, she’s afraid of the shadows that appear in low light. Because of the blackout that comes as a result of the storm Will has to face her fears and turn them into something pleasant so that she can move on.

For me, the book was just okay. There were just too many why’s for me and I think that the story would have been a lot stronger if those why’s were answered. The biggest why was why was Will so afraid of the dark? From some of the hints dropped in the story I’m guessing it has something to do with what happened to her parents, but I don’t know for sure. Because of this, the shadows just didn’t seem creepy to me. I think I would have felt a greater sense of triumph for Will at the end if I knew what caused her fear in the first place.

It’s not a bad book but it felt more like it was more about Will’s friends than it was about Will and, if that’s the case then the cover should have had them instead. 🙂

BTW, I think I know why the cover is what the cover is and it is really very bittersweet and possibly what saved the book for me so…there you go.

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Strobe Edge volume 1 by Io Sakisaka

Strobe Edge, Vol. 1 (Strobe Edge, #1)Strobe Edge, Vol. 1 by Io Sakisaka

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As far as Ninako is concerned, Ren’s super cool handsomeness places him on a different level–he’s an unapproachable celebrity, someone to admire from afar. It’s not until a misstep on a train that Ninako begins to see through Ren’s “pop star” status. The more glimpses she catches of the real Ren the more Ninako’s feelings begin to evolve from gushy schoolgirl crush to the purity of first love.

I have to admit, at the start I thought Ninako was kind of wishy washy, that she was too willing to let her friends dictate her feelings; but she grew on me. You have to admire a girl who has the courage to be honest even when she knows someone is going to be hurt.

This is the first volume of the book. I thought it was just okay. There wasn’t enough comedy to have me laughing out loud, the supporting cast was less than memorable, and there just wasn’t much chemistry between Ninako and Ren. But that could all change as the series progresses. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.

On a side note, I thought the author’s comments on her pets were very entertaining. She has three chinchillas (two boys and a girl), none of which like to be picked up. She also relates how she has been trying to catch the female chinchilla while she’s giving birth to determine just when she does it. Frankly, I’m wondering what she does with all the babies.

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It’s ON!

So, I attempted this challenge last year and didn’t do as well I wanted to with the blog posts. PLUS, I didn’t even finish! I think I may have started late or something. But NO MORE EXCUSES!! This year I’m determined to finish!

To make a long2014HubReadingChallenge_logo-300x241 story short, my goal is to read 25 books from YALSA’s Best of the Best lists before 10:29pm CST on June 22. My plan is to post reviews here but who knows, that may just slow me down! 🙂 Follow me through this journey. Join me and let’s talk about the books! I’m in, you should be in too! Clink the image to sign up or go here:

Happy Reading!

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