[REVIEW] JUDGE, vol3

Series: JUDGE #3 | Prequel: #1, #2
Author:
Yoshiki Tonogai
Genre:
manga, mystery, thriller, horror
Published:
February 18, 2014 (first published January 1, 2010)
Publisher: Yen Press
Purchase:
Amazon | Book Depository | Eiwa Manga (PH)
THE (COURT) HOUSE ALWAYS WINS. 
In the abandoned courthouse, to trust is folly. Is that the only strategy to staying alive in the twisted game underway within? When the time for the second judgment arrives, a ruthless decision is made to shocking effect. The sinners must accept reality… for idealistic notions have no place within these halls of cruel and swift justice… 

[STACKING THE SHELVES] this is my I'm-Not-Dead-Yet post

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted at Tynga’s Reviews.

Soooooo this is my I’m-Not-Dead-Yet and I’m-just-busy-with-school post.

Yes, yes, yes. Let me explain first. I’ve been busy with school. I’m studying quite hard. Sleeping a bit late than usual. Doing a lot of conceptualizing. My Graphic Design class is using up my non-existing creative mind. My Non-Linear Editing class is kind of inspiring me to do a lot of shooting and video editing. My Photography class is motivating me to pursue my life long interest. Since I’m having these great classes, I’m thinking of starting up my portfolio blog (hopefully you guys will follow it as well).

ANYWAY, let me now proceed to my new books and manga :) These are the only books I bought since my last Stacking the Shelves post.

Hand-Lettering Ledge: A Practical Guide to Creating Serif, Script, Illustrated, Ornate, and Other Totally Original Hand-Drawn Styles. Oops. Long title. It’s a guide book. It inspires me but I really hope there were a lot more details on how to do things.
Horrorstör. First time I saw this on instagram, I thought it was furniture catalog until more people started posting it then I saw it. That thing on the picture frames. I’m aiming to write my own take on this book. Hopefully soon :)
Fateful. This book my Claudia Gray had been one of the books I’ve been eyeing. Really glad to finally get my hands on it.
Attack on Titan vols 6-7. Where vol5 left of was at the middle of the 57th expedition outside the wall. I’ve watched it on the anime but the manga really feels different. I’m also aiming to write a review for this series soon (maybe after I read these two volumes).
JUDGE vols 3-4. I ordered up to vol5 but it still hasn’t arrived so yeah… I reviewed the first two and they were being somehow being slow. But these two? They just picked up the pace. Very thrilling! I’m going to post a review over the week.
My Little Monster vols1-3. I ordered up to vol4 but yeah… same as JUDGE. I don’t read shoujo manga but I decided to try this one. It’s rom-com anyway… I’m eyeing another shoujo manga and the English translation is completely published by Viz . Hopefully I’ll be able to get my hands on it soon (it’s around 16vols long, any guesses?).

[REVIEW] The Sham



Series: N/A
Author: Ellen Allen
Genre: young adult, contemporary, mystery, thriller, romance
Published: September 7, 2014
Publisher: Book Baby



When love leads to death, be careful who you trust… 
Eighteen-year-old Emily Heath would love to leave her dead-end town, known locally as "The Sham", with her boyfriend, Jack, but he's very, very sick; his body is failing and his brain is shutting down. He's also in hiding, under suspicion of murder. Six months' ago, strange signs were painted across town in a dialect no one has spoken for decades and one of Emily's classmates washed up in the local floods. 
Emily has never trusted her instincts and now they're pulling her towards Jack, who the police think is a sham himself, someone else entirely. As the town wakes to discover new signs plastered across its walls, Emily must decide who and what she trusts, and fast: local vigilantes are hunting Jack; the floods, the police, and her parents are blocking her path; and the town doesn’t need another dead body. 
WARNING: THIS BOOK IS UNSUITABLE FOR YOUNGER TEENAGE READERS. IT DEPICTS ADULT SITUATIONS, MURDER SCENES, CONVERSATIONS ABOUT SEX AND PROFANITY. 
NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: The idea for this book came to me in a nightmare... It was so vivid that I imagined I was 17 again, at school, in the same group of 4 friends that I used to hang around with. We were involved in a murder and cover-up. I started writing partly as a way to get it out of my head and then the characters turned into real people... and Emily and Jack were born. 
As some of the early reviewers have stated, it is quite extreme in chapter one, and necessarily so. This is the incident that sets up the whole book; something awful happens that sets off a train of events for the characters. This book is a mystery in two ways in that we're: 1) trying to find out who killed Emily's classmate; and 2) trying to work out who Jack is. I hope you enjoy it!

[BOOK BLITZ] The Book of Ivy


Series: The Book of Ivy #1
Author: Amy Engel
Genre: young adult, science fiction, romance, dystopia
Publisher: Entanged: Teen
Published: November 11, 2014
Purchase: AmazonBarnes & NobleKobo BooksiTunesGoogle Books
The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #1)
After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual. 
This year, it is my turn. 
My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power. 
But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy. 
Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

[STACKING THE SHELVES] Where did my vacation go?

Stacking the Shelves is a meme hosted at Tynga’s Reviews.

Hello,

I just bought these books the moment I went back to school (okay, I bought them last Saturday, my last school day for the week). AAND I’m really glad to finally get my hands on these two! Especially the 5th Wave!

The Perfectionists. This is my first Sara Shepard book. I never cared about her previous books because I thought that I won’t like them but really reading through their blurbs, maybe I just might like them. The Perfectionists is quite intriguing. I’m really excited to read this!
The 5th Wave. I HAVE BEEN MEANING TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS BOOK AND NOW I HAVE IT. I FINALLY HAVE THE 5TH WAVE. Enough with the allcaps. I don’t read alien books just because I’m not interested in them. At all. Of all sci-fi ideas, I think the idea of aliens is one of those I’ve been avoiding. And now because of all the people raving about this book, I just have to read this! (I’m definitely getting The Infinite Sea this coming week!).

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[REVIEW] Being Friends with Boys

Series: N/A
Author: Terra Elan McVoy
Genre: young adult, romance, contemporary, chick lit, realistic fiction, music
Published: May 1, 2012
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Being Friends with Boys
More than friends? 
Charlotte and Oliver have been friends forever. She knows that he, Abe, and Trip consider her to be one of the guys, and she likes it that way. She likes being the friend who keeps them all together. Likes offering a girl's perspective on their love lives. Likes being the behind-the-scenes wordsmith who writes all the lyrics for the boys' band. Char has a house full of stepsisters and a past full of back-stabbing (female) ex-best friends, so for her, being friends with boys is refreshingly drama-free… until it isn't anymore. 
When a new boy enters the scene and makes Char feel like, well, a total girl… and two of her other friends have a falling out that may or may not be related to one of them deciding he possibly wants to be more than friends with Char… being friends with all these boys suddenly becomes a lot more complicated.

[REVIEW] The Confidant

Series: Lost Locket of Lahari
Author: Janna Jennings
Genre: young adult, historical fiction, war
Published: October 7, 2014
Publisher: Patchwork Press
Purchase: Amazon
The Confidant (Lost Locket of Lahari)
This book is also available in the LOST LOCKET OF LAHARI ANTHOLOGY. Save 50% versus buying the five books in the collection individually, plus receive an additional BONUS ORIGIN STORY! 
It began with a locket. Slipped to Emma as her mother is arrested by the Japanese police, the keepsake from her dead father contains much more than memories. In the final days of World War II, Emma is armed with stolen information vital to the liberation of Manila.  
Caught up in a confidant’s web of deception and lies, she finds herself suddenly a spy. The enemy hunts her as she makes her way to the American soldiers still hiding in the hills. Faced with the threat of capture and torture Emma wonders if she’ll ever see her mother again.