Review: The Dressmaker’s Secret (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #1) – Kellyn Roth


The Dressmaker’s Secret (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #1) – Kellyn Roth

The Dressmaker's Secret (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy, #1)

Title: The Dressmaker’s Secret (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #1)

Author: Kellyn Roth

Release Date: January 10, 2016

Publisher: Amazon Digital Services

Format: eBook

Page Number: 214

Source: Author

3 out of 5 stars


Huge thank you to Kellyn Roth for sending me a copy of this book!

This story follows Miss Claire Chattoway and her twin daughters Alice and Ivy. Miss Chattoway is a single mother in the 1870s living near London, so people are skeptical of her. Decent women don’t get pregnant before marriage because during that time people didn’t just sleep around if they were in the right social circles. Anyway, so Miss Chattoway is raising two girls and is running her dress shop. She creates the designs and sews dresses for people of the town she’s in. Alice gets very curious as to why she doesn’t have a father, and Claire is very skeptical to telling her about how she came to be. Alice does some digging and finds out that her mother is heartbroken, but was actually married when she was 17. Who is her father?

This story was really cute! Before reading this I didn’t fully delve into the synopsis, so I didn’t know that it was taking place in the 1800s in England. YAY ENGLAND. My dream travel destination :) That was a nice surprise.

I really enjoyed Alice as a character because she was so curious and willing to look for what she wanted. I didn’t really enjoy how her sister Ivy was portrayed. It said multiple times that she was a simple girl and didn’t really understand what was going on, but I think some of the language choices should have been evaluated more. I found Miss Chattoway to be a little annoying at the beginning, but I came to enjoy her by the end of the story. Her story was tragic and made me sad, so I felt sorry for her.

Another thing, though. This book was very predictable. I guessed the ending about halfway through, which isn’t bad, but I did guess everything that was going to happen. I did like the ending even though it was predictable. It was sweet, and made me want to continue on with the series. I really hope that Alice and the stable boy end up falling in love because aww that would be so cute.

This book was a little bit slow at the beginning, so it was kind of hard for me to get into and found myself reaching for other books, but I am glad that I read it! Again, huge thank you to Kellyn! Can’t wait to continue with the series :)

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Review: Bunny Drop (Bunny Drop Volume #3) – Yumi Unita


Bunny Drop (Bunny Drop Volume #3) – Yumi Unita

Bunny Drop, Vol. 3

Title: Bunny Drop (Bunny Drop Volume #3)

Author: Yumi Unita

Release Date: March 29, 2011

Publisher: Yen Press

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 2224

Source: Public Library

4 out of 5 stars


This has been my favorite volume so far because Rin has grown up a little bit and is talking more. This is a really cute series, and I’m glad that I’ve kept going. There is more plot now, and we’re finding out more about Rin’s biological mother. Daikichi is struggling with work and trying to find a balance in his life with everything that’s going on, but Rin is trying to help with anything she can.

This is seriously so cute. I know that a lot of manga is kind of violent, but this is just adorable. There isn’t much to the plot, but I want to keep reading. I think I might try to watch the anime because I’m enjoying the manga so much. I really enjoy the art style; it’s easy to follow and I like how Rin is portrayed.

Rin is a very real character. She acts just her age, and the way she repeats some sentences reminds me of the younger sister in My Neighbor Totoro. One of my all time favorite movies, by the way…. Highly recommend, super cute.

I really have been enjoying Daikichi because he’s having to deal with raising a daughter, lots of work, but he’s also trying and failing with his love life. It’s funny how bad he is at talking to women. One of my favorite scenes was at the factory he works at, a woman comes up to him and tries to talk to him, and he’s just going on and on about how he’s so bad at talking to women. It’s funny. I enjoy it.

Like I said on the review of the first in this series, if you have any manga recommendations PLEASE comment them below! I really hope to get more into manga :)

Series:

Bunny Drop (Bunny Drop Volume #1)

Bunny Drop (Bunny Drop Volume #2)

Review: Bunny Drop (Bunny Drop Volume #2) – Yumi Unita


Bunny Drop (Bunny Drop Volume #2) – Yumi Unita

Bunny Drop, Vol. 2

Title: Bunny Drop (Bunny Drop Volume #2)

Author: Yumi Unita

Release Date: September 28, 2010

Publisher: Yen Press

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 208

Source: Public Library

3 out of 5 stars


This volume of Bunny Drop follows Rin and Daikichi. Daikichi is trying to find out who Rin’s biological mother is, so he enlists the help of his own mother. Rin is about to go into first grade, so she needs to start acting like a “big girl.” Daikichi doesn’t know how he could live his life without Rin.

This volume was really cute. There were two scenes that made my heart melt because of the cuteness. First, when Rin and Daikichi are shopping for a desk and a backpack. It felt so real because that’s how a kid would act if they had to go shopping for something like that. She was so excited about having everything, and ended up wearing her backpack when she got home that night. It was so cute because I remember doing stuff like that. I remember wearing new clothes at home because I was so excited, or writing in a new notebook I just got.

The second part was when Daikichi said that it’s not bad to want to be held when you’re in first grade. You can always be held, sometimes adults even need to be held sometimes. So Rin remembers the time that he was crying because she told him she didn’t want him to adopt her, and she said sorry and that next time she would hold him if he needed her to.

It was so fricking cute.

At first after finishing volume 1 I didn’t know if I wanted to continue on, but now I definitely want to! These mangas are so cute, and I can’t wait to read more of them :)

Series:

Bunny Drop (Bunny Drop Volume #1)

Bunny Drop (Bunny Drop Volume #3)

Review: The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #2) – Rick Riordan


The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #2) – Rick Riordan

The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians, #2)

Title: The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #2)

Author: Rick Riordan

Release Date: July 2, 2013

Publisher: Disney-Hyperion

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 128

Source: Public Library

Seventh grade has been surprisingly quiet for Percy Jackson. Not a single monster has set foot on his New York prep-school campus. But when an innocent game of dodgeball among Percy and his classmates turns into a death match against an ugly gang of cannibal giants, things get…well, ugly. And the unexpected arrival of his friend Annabeth brings more bad news: the magical borders that protect Camp Half-Blood have been poisoned by a mysterious enemy, and unless a cure is found, the only safe haven for demigods will be destroyed.

In the follow-up to the wildly popular The Lightning Thief, The Graphic Novel, Percy and his friends must journey into the Sea of Monsters to save their camp. But first, Percy will discover a stunning new secret about his family–one that makes him question whether being claimed as Poseidon’s son is an honor or simply a cruel joke.

3 out of 5 stars


This is the second installment of the Percy Jackson Graphic Novel series, and I quite enjoyed it except for one part, which is why I gave 3, instead of 4 stars.

So, we all know that in the Percy Jackson series, Percy has a cyclops brother. In this graphic novel, he goes to school with Percy, and get bullied because he’s a little slower than the other kids. The part that I HATED of this book was that some of the bullies from the school said, “You’re such a loser, Jackson. You might actually have friends if you didn’t hang out with this retard.” *notice that one word is bolded…..* Percy replies with, “He’s not retarded!”

Okay. So, I am totally not okay with this, because firstly, no one should be calling anyone a retard, because that is an outdated, not socially acceptable word. Secondly, Percy should have said something to the extent of ‘that’s not right to say’ or ‘don’t call anyone a retard.’ I hate when books or graphic novels, especially those geared towards a younger audience, use derogatory terms toward people who are slower mentally than others.

Everyone is still a person, no matter their mental capabilities, so I don’t understand why anyone would be so insulting to another person.

Ugh at that.

This scene happened at the beginning, so after I read it I just filed it away to talk about later, but the rest of this graphic novel was good.

Like I said in the last review, I love Percy Jackson. I love getting thrown back into this world, and it’s different to digest in graphic novel form than in full length novel. They still look MUCH older than thirteen years old… Anyway, I look forward to reading the next one!

Series:

The Lighting Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #1)

Review: The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #1) – Rick Riordan


The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #1) – Rick Riordan

The Lightning Thief: The Graphic Novel

Title: The Lighting Thief: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #1)

Author: Rick Riordan

Release Date: October 12, 2010

Publisher: Disney Hyperion

Format: Paperback

Page Number: 128

Source: Public Library

Mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking out of the pages of twelve-year-old Percy Jackson’s textbooks and into his life. And worse, Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect. Now, he and his friends have just ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus.

4 out of 5 stars


I picked this up because I was in the mood for something light and short, and it did not disappoint! I love the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books, and this was just a graphic novel version of the first book.

I feel like this graphic novel was more based on the movie than on the actual book. It seemed to me like some of the plot points were different than the book, but I also did read that book a long time ago.

This graphic novel followed Percy, Annabeth, and Grover through their quest to retrieve Zeus’ lighting bolt from the Underworld. It happened similarly to how it happened in the original book, but was made more brief, as it was a concise version of the story.

I look forward to reading the second one of this series because I got it from the public library at the same time as this one! I think it will be interesting, because Sea of Monsters is one of my favorites of the series as a whole. I love getting back into this world that Rick Riordan has created, and I’ve missed his easy-going writing style.

I would recommend this to middle-school aged kids. I think that it would be interesting to read this graphic novel right after finishing the first book, and comparing it. I feel as though it would be an interesting way to take in the story. The characters also did not look like sixth graders, but that’s just me. They looked hecking old, but whatever. You do you, Rick Riordan.

Series:

The Sea of Monsters: The Graphic Novel (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Graphic Novels #2)

Review: The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3) – Samantha Shannon


The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3) – Samantha Shannon

The Song Rising (The Bone Season, #3)

Title: The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3)

Author: Samantha Shannon

Release Date: March 7, 2017

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 384

Source: Public Library

The hotly anticipated third book in the bestselling Bone Season series – a ground-breaking, dystopian fantasy of extraordinary imagination

Following a bloody battle against foes on every side, Paige Mahoney has risen to the dangerous position of Underqueen, ruling over London’s criminal population.

But, having turned her back on Jaxon Hall and with vengeful enemies still at large, the task of stabilising the fractured underworld has never seemed so challenging.

Little does Paige know that her reign may be cut short by the introduction of Senshield, a deadly technology that spells doom for the clairvoyant community and the world as they know it…

4 out of 5 stars


Again, I’m so glad that I actually picked up this series this year, because I’m really enjoying it!

I read this book as a buddy read with my friend Kenedie, and that really pushed me to read it and get through it. The first half of this book was hella slow, and REALLY hard for me to focus on. I was doing a lot of school work, and also trying to read another book, so this got set aside. That is my theory for why I didn’t enjoy the first half that much, but the second half was so redeeming!

This book follows Paige Mahoney, the new Underqueen for The Mime Order. She is trying to find and destroy the core of Senshield before it destroys all the Unnaturals in the world she lives in. She gets captured, and has to find out how to save her people, while still being alive… Hmm.

The second half and the ending. Wow. I’m so excited to read the next book of this series because I can’t wait to find out what happens. It’s sad because the next book is still untitled, and it’s supposed to come out sometime in 2018, sooooooo I have to wait a little while, but I’ll get there.

I highly recommend this series to anyone who likes paranormal, urban fantasy, and lots of action. This book is full to the brim of intensely written action scenes, that are so fun to read. They feel so real when you’re reading them, so if you like action, you’d be here for it.

I don’t want to give any spoilers as this is the third book in the series, but Jaxon pisses me off. I’m sad that the Seven Dials had to be separated. I know that Zeke will show up sometime. I’m excited because Warden and Paige are traveling together. The next book will be interesting, and I can’t wait to read it, because Samantha Shannon knows how to write a cliff-hanger!!

Series:

The Pale Dreamer (The Bone Season #0.5)

The Bone Season (The Bone Season #1)

The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2)

September Wrapup + October TBR


Read:

  1. Assassin’s Apprentice (Farseer Trilogy #1) – Robin Hobb *review*
  2. The Mime Order (The Bone Season #2) – Samantha Shannon *review*
  3. The Both Die at the End – Adam Silvera *review*
  4. Mask of Shadows (Mask of Shadows #1) – Linsey Miller *review*

TBR:

  1. The Dressmaker’s Secret (The Chronicles of Alice and Ivy #1) – Kellyn Roth
  2. The Wrath and the Dawn (The Wrath and the Dawn #1) – Renee Adieh
  3. The Song Rising (The Bone Season #3) – Samantha Shannon