Nosatsu (Charming) Junkie by Ryoko Fukuyama Vol. 1 – 16

Naka is an aspiring model with a problem: her face tenses up into a terrifying sight whenever she’s nervous. Umi is Naka’s biggest rival and the hottest model at their agency. When Naka discovers Umi’s secret, hilarity ensues behind the camera.

Average rating:

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Series: Charming Junkie, Vol 1 – 16

Genres: Manga, Romance, Shojo, Young Adult


Volume 1

Length: 192 pages

Publication Date: November 28th, 2006

Nosatsu Junkie was one of the first manga I read in its entirety back when I was in high school. Because of this, I knew that I’d be going into this read with fond memories attached to the story.

Even with that, I genuinely enjoyed rereading this manga. While I’ve never been a model myself – nor do I ever expect to be – I found it interesting to read about young models learning to balance their careers with their schooling.

This is a fun read, though I don’t know how realistic it is. I highly doubt that many people would succeed at or even try to keep the secret that Umi does in the real world. Also, in this day and age, I doubt that it’s something that many people would need to do. The world is more accepting of things now than they were even 10 years ago. Without going into spoilers, I think it’s possible for someone to model the way Umi does in this story without having to keep the same kind of secret.

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MU: The Grimm Cases by Lyla Oweds (Spoiler Review)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Pages: 688

Series: The Grimm Cases, Books 1-3

Genres: New Adult, Urban Fantasy, Paranormal, Reverse Harem, (Light) Horror

Publication date: August 15th, 2019

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The story follows Bianca Brosnan as she discovers that the house she’s watching for her professor is haunted and decides to do something about it. Especially when the haunting turns dangerous and Bianca starts getting hurt. When going to her best friend doesn’t work, she reaches out the the only person she think might actually believe her – even if she’s never met him before in her life. Desperate times call for desperate measures, right?

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“Once upon a time, a handsome young man was waiting for his perpetually late friend. It was the icing on top of a very bad day in a string of bad days. The young man had been bored with his life for a long time. He was full of ideas, but he lacked initiative and had no desire to do anything with them.” Damen’s eyes sparkled playfully.

I fought the urge to hide my face, as I started to realize where this story was leading. Miles, on the other hand, didn’t resist. He groaned and covered his eyes.

Origins, Ch. 9

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This collection includes the first 3 books in the series – OriginsGhost, and Blood – as well as bonus chapters and the companion short Home. Which was just perfect for me as it took me a while to get into the story in Origins. Thankfully, as soon as the story pulled me in it had me in its thrall. As well, luckily for me I had the first 3 books to fly through at once. It certainly helped me jump through the story without needing to come up for air. (Something I certainly didn’t want to do!)

Bianca is a unique character to be in the head of. She thinks in a way that almost confuses me even though as the reader I’m able to follow her train of thought. She comes to some of the most insane conclusions that I’ve ever read. She takes people and their words at face value… most of the time. The rest of the time she over analyzes what they’ve said until their words take on a whole new meaning. And it’s fantastic.

makes for one hell of a ride, that’s for sure.

But of course, the paranormal world around her more than makes up for the second hand embarrassment you might get. I always love seeing how different authors create their world and characters and Oweds does not disappoint. While there are some basic similarities that many paranormal stories have – like ghosts and poltergeists – this is a fantastic new (to me) take on what the paranormal world can look like. I enjoyed every little bit of information that I was able to soak up about the world and its inhabitants.

If you’re looking for a straight up ghost hunting story, then this isn’t the story you’re looking for. However. This story focuses on a group of friends and their abilities in a truly interesting way. It showcases how they help strengthen each other both emotionally and through their powers. This group of friends truly is the center point and highlight of this story.

I recommend this read for someone who’s interested in a good time, filled with paranormal mystery and intrigue. Bianca and her friends have a lot to overcome – whether you’re looking at Bianca’s haunting or the paranormal world as a whole. It’s fascinating to watch this story unfold.

Basically the second that I finished this collection I picked up the next book in the series and dove straight back into this world. Because my goodness does this story take the reader on a ride. (I told you I didn’t want to come up for air!)

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The Lost Library Series by Kate Baray (Books 1-5 plus Short Stories)

Book 1: The Lost Library

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Rating: 4/5 stars

Pages: 260 pages

I found this to be a gripping story and a great introduction to a Paranormal series. The little bit of love story thrown into it was beautifully done. It was a relatively lighthearted read, if dealing with a power hungry madman turned kidnapper can be called lighthearted. As long as you don’t take this book – or the rest of the series – too seriously, it’s a really enjoyable read. Not something to get into if you’re looking for something that’ll make you think, but enjoyable nonetheless.

For anyone thinking about reading this series, there are intimate scenes between characters (such as stripping) but the actual sexual acts themselves are not expressly stated.

The mystery of a magical book draws the reader in. Trying to find out why the book was sent to Lizzie, and by whom, is what made me pick up this book in the first place. While you don’t get to know the specifics in this book, the magic and intrigue that comes along with a Lost Library is enough to get me to keep reading to find out more. More about the book that Lizzie discovers at the start of the novel, more about the magic that takes place in this world, and more about the Library itself.

Hey, I can’t help it if I’m a sucker for a good library.

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