I so did not realize I haven't posted here since January. I've always been bad at updating my blogs, but four months? But I have an excuse now. I'm almost finished with my second semester of college (Well technically third but I withdrew from the actual second). I'm telling you sometimes I thought I wouldn't make it through. But I have and Finals are next week.
So you know what that means right? I have more free time depending on how my schedule looks this summer! I started a BookTube at the beginning of the year and I want to start back with that as well. I'll be posting some of the filmed reviews here as well, but I'll still post my traditional reviews.
Although I haven't been blogging, I have been reading! I've discovered some authors that I can't wait to read more from. Some of the include Charlotte Stein, Cara McKenna, Jess Michaels, and Megan McCarffety. I really love Ms. Stein's works. I mean I've read like three books by her already.
So yeah expect to see me back in a bit. I can't wait!
It was by complete accident that I decided to read this. I was buying some manga online and I came across the first volume of Midnight Secretary. I didn't even read this one first. I read the first two volumes of Happy Marriage first.
But after I read the first volume I was figuratively dying for more. I didn't have any more money left to purchase the next volumes so I sought out the next chapters online. I went through eleven chapters that way.
Today I bought the last six volumes and I've just finished the last four.
I'm not sure why I got so invested in the story. But let me see if I can break it down.
1. It has vampires.
My interest in a subpar story will raise by 30% (Completely false number btw. There's no conclusive data on this subject) and I'll be more likely to stick the story out. The vampires in this story aren't revolutionary or anything. And in fact with the tablet substitutes and the surprise in the last chapter it actually reminded me of Twilight. That's not a diss but yeah. The vampires are completely standard. But it is interesting that there's no chance of half vampires between a human and vamp. No it's either one or the other.
2. It has romance.
Now you guys know I love a good romance. Hell I love in any form I can get. (Except romcoms for some odd reason.) I wrote on FB that this manga reminds me of the boss/secretary romance trope that you see in Western romance novels. In fact the first chapter reminded me of Happy Marriage what with the office setting. But of course with the boss being a vampire revealed in the first chapter it kind of subverts the traditional trope. I really loved what the mangaka did with this. I loved Kaya's dedication to her work. I mean she is really seriously about her work. Get it girl!
3. Brooding hero
I'll be honest and tell you I have a thing for broody heroes. It seriously started officially with Mr. Rochester though I think I may be hard wired to like the asshole. He was an asshole. And he was standoffish. I liked that Kaya realized that. But in so many situations she couldn't help but love him because of his faults.
4. Complicated relationships
The way Kaya thought about her relationship with him. I clearly remember her thinking: Am I doing this as his secretary? Or as his lover? Oh my good I hate and love relationships like that. I've been in a relationship like that when you don't know exactly what you are to the other person. And I hated it. But I feel it is so realistic to portray in fiction and especially in this day and age.
So I think this is why I fell in love with this series. Seriously. I haven't really read a lot of josei but my expectations are high with this series as a complete introduction. I've ordered the mangaka's next available series in English. I can't wait to tear into it.
I didn't remember but I had read the first two chapters of this somewhere. I decided to buy this today and I really enjoyed it. I'm interested to see how the protagonists relationship will develop. It does sort of remind me of Butterflies, Flowers with the boss of the girl formerly being the servant except this time it was another family member. I liked Butterflies, Flowers but as of now I haven't finished it. I liked this volume. Didn't really love it but it was nice.
Now even though I glanced at the blurb I didn't not know one of the characters was a vampire. (How dense can you be Dee?) But let's say I was pleasantly surprised. I'm a sucker for vampire stories. (Fangbanger?)
I think what I liked most about this is that the guy has started to crave her blood and hers only! Yay! But I don't like that he's a jerk. I used to love the jerky heroes but as I age I have less patience for them. It doesn't stop me from reading but it annoys me like you wouldn't believe.
And I also read manga. I've never read anything that has been classified as graphic novel. (I'm being technical here. I usually read manga but nothing that is independent on its own.) I want to get back to my animanga roots so I'm signing up for this challenge. I'm doing the Modern Age level. One comic to read and review a month. Wish me luck!
Hi guys. You know I read romance right? Well I want to stretch my wings a bit. (Not much but normally I read historical and more often YA.) So I've decided to sign up for this challenge. I'm doing the 1st base level and trying to read 1-5 books. (I'm leaning towards 5. I know have books that fit this challenge and this will force me to read them. :P) So here's the badge.
Natalie reminds me a lot of myself. And that made me uncomfortable but understanding. I was extremely judgmental when I was her age and I regret that I slut shamed one of my close friends. But I grew up and in this story Natalie does too.
I liked Spencer a lot. I felt like she was Natalie's foil in a lot of ways. She was very woman positive but in a different way from Natalie and Ms. Bee. She didn't think that women need to be perfect to be accepted. Natalie's view is my view these days.
This was an extremely enjoyable book. It flew through the reading of it. I'm definitely going to keep my eye for more stuff from this author.