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Review: Let’s Dance A Waltz Vol. 1 by Natsumi Ando

Let's Dance a Waltz 1Let’s Dance a Waltz 1 by Natsumi Ando

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Although I greatly enjoyed the other works of Natsumi Ando, Let’s Dance A Waltz fell a little short for me. The story centers around students Tango and Himé. Tango loves to dance and work in the familys dance studio, but at school he doesn’t want anyone to know about his ballroom dance skills and hides them from his classmates. Himé is homely and with a name like ‘Princess’ she is met with plenty of cruel mocking from her classmates. When she stumbles across a dance studio that assures her she can be as pretty as the dance in their advertisement she signs right up, only to be teamed with Tango.

The ugly duckling story continues as Himé struggles to win over Tango only to be rejected by him. However, Tango’s brother and partner see real talent in Himé and do what they can to bring her and Tango together as dance partners.

It is cute and enjoyable. Worth reading at least once. I give it 4 stars.

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Review: xxxHolic Vol. 9

xxxHolic, Vol. 9  (xxxHOLiC, #9)xxxHolic, Vol. 9 by CLAMP

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

xxxHolic volume 9 is all about dreams and the powers they hold. Watanuki unwittingly become a dream buyer when he offers madeleines to Himawari while discussing their New Year dreams.Through those madeleines he unknowingly buys Dômeki’s dream as well. After dreaming through their dreams Watanuki seeks out a dream buyer in hopes of ridding himself of the dream only to find that it is very valuable. In exchange for Watanuki’s dream the dream buyer gives him several dreams he has been raising that will bring the dreamer good luck. Through these Watanuki meets Dômeki’s grandfather, as well as a young medium.
As always a pleasure to read. Worth so much more than 5 stars.

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Review: Hide and Shriek by Alison Hughes

Hide and ShriekHide and Shriek by Alison Hughes

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I hate to admit it but I really enjoyed Hide and Shriek. The simple premise was made creepy and exhilirating by Alison Hughes writing. Told through Emily as she is chased and terrorized along with her sister Tess, along with neighbors Cam and Dylan. What was to be their regular Friday night game of Hide and Seek turned in to a night of survival when the group of teens decide to break a city wide curfew to to go to the local creek. There they are witness to a crime that changes the outcome of their once playful game.

Hughes builds upon the anxiety and terror by creating just enough diversion and unease that you do take time to consider what will happen next. However, I was so into and invested in Emily crazy journey that I was blindsided at the ending. I was prepared to give this title 5 stars, but changed that with how abrupt the ending was. I sucked every bit of emotion that I was feeling out of me like a sharp jab to the ribs. The story to me feels incomplete and unfinished.

Over all it is a great thrill ride read, but needs just a little more for me.

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Review: Takane and Hana Vol.3

高嶺と花 3 (Takane to Hana #3)高嶺と花 3 by Yuki Shiwasu

I received a review copy from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

Takane and Hana is a cute series. I have enjoyed it from the beginning. I employees your usual shoujo romance manga themes, nut it is done is such a cute way that you can’t help but to enjoy it. Some truely laugh out loud moments and one liners. Hana is a loud, opinionated, and not scared to stand up for herself especially when it comes to Takane. Super cute and enjoyable.

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Review: xxxHolic Vol. 8

xxxHolic, Vol. 8 (xxxHOLiC, #8)xxxHolic, Vol. 8 by CLAMP

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Volume 8 of xxxHolic contains a tengu fan, fox-fire and an epic snowball fight. Watanuki is sent in Yuko’s stead to when the Karasu-Tengu request her help to save the Zashiki-Warashi from the Joro-Gumo’s lair. Zashiki-Warashi had entered her lair to retrieve Watanuki’s eye, but us quickly over powered by the spider woman. Only though his quick thinking and the help of his pipe fox he is able to save Zashiki-Warashi, but looses his eye forever. Upon waking at Yuko’s shop he makes peace with his lose, but is offered a gift from Domeki.
The volume concludes with an epic snowball fight where their snow creations come to life and battle. Watanuki of course is on the loosing end again. Because it is never said enough 5 stars is never enough. xxxHolic deserves SO many more.

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Review: xxxHolic Vol. 7

xxxHolic, Vol. 7  (xxxHOLiC, #7)xxxHolic, Vol. 7 by CLAMP

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Volume 7 of xxxHolic is to me one of the heavier in the series. Watanuki due to a mistake made by Domeki takes upon himself the grudge of a spider and looses his right eye. While Yuko take into her store a photograph hiding the customers deepest secret. Even though Yuko tries to contain the spirit in the photo Watanuki can tell that it is no ordinary picture and the secret can no longer be contained. What her customer pays to be free of this secret will nearly impossible to acheive.
I don’t want to give away to much to this volume. Just trust me and read the series. Has always 5 stars in never enough for xxxHolic.

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