Midnight Secretary by Ohmi Tomu Series Review

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.

Two Josei Manga Reviews

Well I’ve already read five manga. I’ve reviewed three of them but I’m only post two here. The first review is for the first volume of Happy Marriage by Maki Enjouji

Happy Marriage?!, Vol. 1Happy Marriage?!, Vol. 1 by Maki Enjouji

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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.

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The second is Midnight Secretary by Tomu Ohmi

Midnight Secretary, Vol. 1Midnight Secretary, Vol. 1 by Tomu Ohmi

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

Definitely going to continue with this series.

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And I really enjoyed these. I mean after reading the first volume of Happy Marriage I went on a manga buying spree haha. I love these!

Not That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian Mini Review

Not That Kind of GirlNot That Kind of Girl by Siobhan Vivian

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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.

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Really enjoyed this book. I think I’m going to check out the List by this author.

#scandal by Sarah Ockler review (Spoilers)

#scandal#scandal by Sarah Ockler

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The title of this book is what drew me in initially. I mean a hashtag? Come on wouldn’t you pick that up? But the whole concept of the book is what made me keep reading. I love books that take on our virtual culture. I remember I was reading a post on themillions.com In it they were talking about how books (particularly literary fiction) were slow to include things that are commonplace in our lives now. You know like Twitter, Facebook, texting, sexting, cyberbulling and all that.

But I’ve noticed that genre fiction book (Romance in my case since I’m most familiar with that genre) had embraced it.

I read the reviews on here and I have to agree that while romance is a part of this story it’s not really one. I feel like this book was more a study on modern teenagers in this decade you know?

I thought at first that I knew who the culprit was behind Lucy’s smear campaign and I ended up being right it was (view spoiler)[ Griff. I mean I suspected her a hundred pages in. When Lucy confronts her I could understand her reasoning. Who doesn’t hate being the third wheel in a friendship. (hide spoiler)] But I liked the moral of this story. It was really well done.

Four stars. I really enjoyed this book. Didn’t quite love it though.

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Like I said I really like the author’s take on cyberbulling. I wouldn’t necessarily call this a straight out romance though. More like a romantic subplot.

Mad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted by Andrew Wilson Review

Mad Girl's Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before TedMad Girl’s Love Song: Sylvia Plath and Life Before Ted by Andrew Wilson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this biography right up to the very end. I felt like it blamed Hughes for Sylvia’s death. Look the biographer may know more about the situation from the letters and the archives but at the end of the day they know the same amount about Hughes and Plath’s relationship as I do: nothing. Those two know what went down in their relationship. Of course you have recollection from third party sources but serious it was their relationship. And seeing as it’s a biographer’s job to be impartial (It should be anyway) that last bit really upset me.

But for the most part this was a well written biography. I like that it focused on the early years. I really enjoyed it up until the end.

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I guess going by the subtitle I should have known Hughes wouldn’t come out smelling like roses but I did not pay attention to that. A really nice biography but not as impartial as biographer should be. At least with the end of the book and the afterword.

A Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger Review + A Little Brief Note

I haven’t been updating much about the Fifty Days of Grey. I haven’t forgotten about but I’ve take a little break. I intend to get back to it next year though so look out for the posts.

I just finished a book though. I’ve been in a young adult mood lately. I went to the library for the first time in months to check out some books. This is one of them.

A Midsummer's NightmareA Midsummer’s Nightmare by Kody Keplinger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is my second Kody Keplinger and I enjoyed just as much as I did the first.

She writes family drama really well. I think that’s one of the reasons I enjoy them so much. I empathized with Whitley a lot during this book esp. with the father thing. I didn’t have the exact same situation as she did but I felt myself nodding along with her when she was describing her relationship with her father. Luckily I had a very present mother unlike she did but it hurts to know that your parent doesn’t care.

And I agree with someone who said it was felt like Greg took to long to come around. But it was a good climax.

And strangely I didn’t find the dating the stepbrother thing too weird. Maybe I’ve been watching too much Clueless.

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The Duff by Kody Keplinger Review

The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat FriendThe DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend by Kody Keplinger

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had heard about this book awhile back. I finally decided to buy it a few months ago.

What prompted me to read it now was a post on ONTD. I read about the casting of it. My internal monologue was like: “Don’t I have that book? Yes you definitely have that book. Should I read it? Yes you should definitely read it.”

I started it on Saturday night. I really liked it. Bianca is a nice narrator though she did kinda get on my nerves. She’s abrasive but that’s how she was written. She’s a pretty realistic teenage narrator.

Her relationship with her friends is what really sold me on this book. I looked the little bit on how she became friends with Casey and esp. with Jessica. I’ve made a lot of my friends similar ways and it really touched me.

I thought her relationship with her parents was really well done too. I mean haven’t we all held something in because we didn’t know to approach the other person? I mean hell I still do that.

And Wesley. Alright I’m going to admit I was rooting for her to end up with him. My ideal type is cocky. But I’m glad that he mended his ways. And I like that they bonded over their family lives.

I really enjoyed this book and I’m looking forward to reading more from the author.

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Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt Review

Darling Beast (Maiden Lane, #7)Darling Beast by Elizabeth Hoyt

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I started reading this book this morning. Now I want to say that this is not the first book I’ve picked up over the past six weeks but it was the one that kept my attention. I think that says a lot about Ms. Hoyt’s work.

I’m not particularly attached to either the hero or the heroine. I read Duke of Midnight with Artemis. I enjoyed her story more what with the plain companion and the duke and the like.

That’s not to say I didn’t enjoy this book. I really loved the bits with Daff and Indio. I think they were the best. I liked the reveal of his background.

With saying that I didn’t quite love this book. It was nice to read but I didn’t love it like I did with some of Ms. Hoyt’s other work. It’s a nice addition but it didn’t quite have that POP! I’m excited to read the next Maiden Lane series.

And I like the snippets of Asa. I am dying to read his story.

Three stars. Entertaining story but lacking in that POP.

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The Stranger I Married Review + Vlog Update

The Stranger I MarriedThe Stranger I Married by Sylvia Day

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I picked up this book based purely on the cover. I glanced at the title and blurb but lbr the cover got me. Not the original one but the reddish one.

I really enjoyed this book. I liked Gray and Pel as the main. But partway through I grew more intrigued with Trenton and Abby. I legit enjoyed their bits the most. I’m sad this is a single title.

4 Stars. I really liked it but I didn’t love it.

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Wide Sargossa Sea by Jean Rhys

Wide Sargasso SeaWide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I had heard of this book before through it’s connection with Jane Eyre. But I put off reading for awhile.

It was until I read a postcolonial criticism of that I really felt the urge to read it. I wanted to buy it but then I realized that the library had a copy.

So I checked it out and I think now after finishing it I will buy my own copy.

The prose reads easily. I feel like the word I would describe the writing as is smooth. I don’t know if that makes sense but it just flowed along. The footnotes were really helpful as well.

I felt like I could get along with Antoinette. I felt like I could empathize with her and that is very important when I’m reading.

Strangely while I was reading Part Two I could I felt like I could empathize with Rochester as well and I still don’t quite understand why but it was interesting reading from his POV. The only compliant I might have is that he didn’t seem quite as…brash as he did in Jane Eyre. He seemed more subdued but I felt like the whole book felt like that.

Part Three was the shortest. I was waiting for the end and I felt like Rhys described it beautifully. This was a really beautiful book.

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I do rec this book but get the Norton Edition if you can. It has footnotes which gives the novel more context. I would have been lost when the narration shifted in Part Two without it. Definitely a good book.