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Black Bird (Volume 10)

Read from 4th-5th July, 2014

Author: Kanoko Sakurakui

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5 Stars 🙂

I love all the “Black Bird” volumes, but I thought this one was particularly interesting not only because of the story line, but because Kanoko added everyone’s daily routines. At first I thought I was most like Jiro, but then he reads books only for study, so no.

I have a new love for Hoki now! He makes time for himself, drinks tea (substitute Hot Chocolate here) and read books. Not to mention, he’s a book collector! What’s not to love? 😉

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Black Bird (Volume One)

Read on April 29, 2014

Author: Kanoko Sakurakui

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5 Stars

My first manga! ^_^ This was very cute and surprisingly easy to read. It was also good because I hadn’t seen the anime of it (if there is one) so I could go into it without really knowing anything.

The series has a great concept and I love the idea of hot demons! (Did you see what I did there? XD)

I loved how Misao didn’t cave into being his bride just because he was good-looking and protected her. However, I really want them to get together soon!!

I got really annoyed at Kyo whenever he tricked Misao but I think it’s really sweet how he always comes to her rescue even though she keeps rejecting him. It eludes to the fact that he loves her but I like how we’re as clueless as Misao when it comes to whether he loves her or just her blood.

The little snippets from the author were really cute and interesting. 🙂

I can’t wait to read the next one! This book made me wonder why I hadn’t read any manga before ;). I LOVED IT!!!

Tidal (Watersong #3)

Read from September 26 to 27, 2013

Author: Amanda Hocking

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5 Stars

An absolutely amazing book. “Tidal” sucked you in and made you feel like you were actually there.

The characters were amazing. You got an in depth look at who they were and why they are the way they are without explaining everything.

The flashbacks were new to the series, relevant and completely unexpected. It also gave you a look into who Aggie was and how Thea’s mind works.

The plot line was relevant and realistic. Despite the abnormal situation, I found myself relating to the story and slipping in.

Without giving much away, “Tidal” is a fantastic read with absolutely brilliant writing (not to mention the huge cliffhanger at the end).

I can’t wait for the next one!!! ^_^

Lullaby (Watersong #2)

Read from May 20 to 22, 2013

Author: Amanda Hocking

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5 Stars

 

Setting

The majority of the story is based in the small, tourist-attracted town of Maryland, on the island of Capri.

As the book follows the points of view of the two main characters, Gemma and her sister Harper (while still in third person), the first half of the story is also set in a secluded, pristine house that backs onto the sea where Gemma is forced to reside.

Although the island of Capri is a fictional place, the place that Gemma lives in for the first half of the book is located in Myrtle Beach – which is a very real place in South Carolina, America.

Despite Capri not being a real place, the way Hocking describes it, you could believe that it was.


Genre

‘Lullaby’ is of the supernatural genre. This is because the main issues the characters have to deal with are supernatural.

For example, Gemma being changed into a siren and all but being kidnapped by Penn, Lexi and Thea, who are the other sirens who changed her.


Key themes

There are many key themes throughout the novel and are listed below.

Darkness and light
There is a strong sense of darkness and light all through the series with Penn, Thea & Lexi vs Harper, Alex, Daniel & Gemma.

Desire to escape
Gemma had a strong desire to escape all through the time she was with the sirens. However, she felt she couldn’t as if she did they knew they would come after not only her, but those she loved too as a “punishment”.

Family
Harper and Gemma have a strong bond as sisters and would do anything to keep the other safe.

Immortality
The sirens are immortal unless a siren kills another siren or they are separated for to long.

Isolation
Gemma felt isolated when she was forced to live with the sirens.

Losing hope
Harper and Alex were losing hope when after a week of constant searching and doing all they could no news came up about Gemma. (It was Daniel who found the clue that lead them to her).

Love and Sacrifice
There is a strong sense of love and sacrifice with all of the main characters (save Penn, Lexi & Thea) having a strong bond and willing to make sacrifices for the others. A brilliant example of this is when, at the end of the book, Gemma enchants Alex into believing he doesn’t love her anymore so as to keep him safe – even though it broke her heart to do it.


Main characters

Along with her sister Harper, Gemma is the protagonist in the story. She is strong, clever and always puts the needs of people she cares about before her own – even if it seemed they didn’t agree. She is about 16.

Harper is Gemma’s older sister. However, a number of years ago their mum was in an accident and has permanent brain damage – Harper then assumed the role of the mother in the house and is rather over protective because of it. She is pure of heart and always tries to protect the ones she cares about by any and all means necessary.

Once the summer is over she is going to college on a scholarship.

Daniel never went to college and is a few years older than Harper. He lives on a boat and that’s how Harper got to know him as her father works at the docks and often forgets his lunch (though Harper’s dad offers him cheep rent for an empty house that was left to him at the end of the book). He likes Harper a lot and helps to find Gemma because he knows how much she means to her.

Alex is Harper’s childhood friend and Gemma’s boyfriend. He is very much in love with her and is dedicated to finding her when she is forced to reside with the other three sirens as well as trying to find a way to break the curse.

Penn is a very vindictive character – indeed, one might even argue that she was a “monster”. She uses her siren powers of misconception and her radiant beauty (something that comes with the siren’s curse) to lure in those of the opposite sex and use them as a way of furthering her own needs.

Penn “feeds” more than she needs to (as part of their curse, they must feed on hearts of males at least twice a year) and is the leader of the sirens. She is also very possessive and like to usually tends to “play” with boys before she consumes their hearts.

Thea is the kindest of the three sirens who turned Gemma and is the only one that only feeds twice a year – and only murderers, rapists, etc. In ‘Lullaby’ it becomes clear that she is more humane than Penn and Lexi.

Lexi is the third siren. She has the most beautiful voice out of the four (including Gemma) and uses it to her advantage – she can even manipulate those of the female sex.


Plot

Now that Gemma has inherited the curse of the sirens, she has no choice but to go with Penn, Lexi and Thea – even though she wouldn’t trust them with her life.

However, the curse plages her with incredibly dark hungers and new powers – to those of which she is determined to resist. She can’t hold out forever though…

Back in Capri, Harper and Alex are determined to find Gemma and unwittingly enlist the help of Daniel, someone Harper is determined to avoid as he tests her walls like never before.

Can they find Gemma before it’s too late? And if they do, will she still have her humanity?


Purpose and audience

Lullaby is aimed at the audience of teenagers/young adult because of the age of the characters and the overall way the book is written.

The purpose of ‘Lullaby’ is to convey that no matter what happens, there will always be hope, that family can make you stronger and that, sometimes, sacrifices need to be made.


Likes

I loved the originality of the story and the depth of the characters. Sirens are not commonly focused on and when they are they are either absolutely hideous bird-monsters or beautiful mermaids that can transform into human girls with evil intentions – they both, however, have a beautiful song that lures those of the male sex in. Hocking puts all of that together into an amazing love story of right and wrong, family, hope and lifelong bonds.



Dislikes

There was not much that I disliked in ‘Lullaby’ – save for the fact that it had to end… But really, to me the novel was 5 star quality and I couldn’t have imagined it better.