Review : Ginban Kaleidoscope

So this is my own opinion on the anime, I don’t actually have the heart to critisize anything too harshly but when I do, it gets…painful. ^^” I’m not threatening minna-san, so don’t worry. I’m reviewing this because it has to be one of the best anime I’ve ever watched. Before I even start, let me say that I’m a definite 100% certified shoujo lover, even if my favourite anime as of this year happens to be Code Geass. Before i digress any further, let me begin my review on this awesome anime :3 Oh yeah, I forgot to mention one thing. I’m EXTREMELY emotional. Especially when it comes to anime, manga and drama. So don’t blame me for being overdramatic ; that’s just the way I am.

Story 9/10 :

I heard this anime had a low budget. I so badly want to read the light novels, since it’s the anime’s foundation. The plot was actually unique, I mean, how many anime do you have where a figure skater is possessed by a Canadian ghost? It’s even rare to have an anime with a figure skater o( ><)o Either way, I loved the story but the ending really killed me. I ended up writing a fanfiction for it (; ̄Д ̄. I love this anime because you can actually see how Tazusa changes from that arrogant girl to someone who can respect others. I loved that moment when she was talking to Pete and her friend appeared everytime, then misunderstood and ran away in sparkles ^_^ Hilarious. Even if the change was sudden/abrupt, she actually changed over the course of 6 hours ( 12 episodes people ). So the plot was quite unique, not groundbreaking either, but above average and eye-catching.

P.S. HOW COULD I HAVE FORGOTTEN THE TOMATOES?!

Animation 3/10 : 

The animation was terrible. To actually hear myself say this…Yup, it was that bad. I can take that stiffness but not the overused twirls and leaps and movements. If there was a bit more fluidity, it would have looked really beautiful but we’re talking about low-budget here. Sometimes, the characters looked uneven/improportionate ( does this word even exist in the dictionary ? ) and this is quite…You get the point. Either way, the story and the characters, as well as the voice acting are good so, animation can be neglected to some extent.

 

Sound 7/10 : 

Not groundbreaking, to say the least, but not terrible either when talking about the OSTs. But, BUT, I absolutely LOVE the opening and ending songs. It’s Maji Love 1000%, I tell ya. The voice acting was good, especially the first episode, Tazusa’s Japanese accent when speaking in English was so funny. Need I explain anymore?

 

Characters 9/10 : 

Tazusa ; first impression – BRAT. She was a brat. And then she changed. I like her, it takes a completely different, awesome kind of person to claim that she is a 10 billion dollar beauty. I loved seeing her ice skate and the problems she faced were partially realistic ( it’s called anime for a reason ). Pete is so cute. Like that adorable puppy cute. He really is. He can really understand her and my heart broke at the ending. He was such an awesome male lead. Needless to say, I enjoyed seeing Mika’s reactions to misunderstanding that Tazusa’s anger was directed at her. And the looks on Coach Takashima’s and her sister’s faces when they see her “talking to herself”, they’re just priceless. Her coach and Direcor Mishiro are really fun characters in the story, they add some real spice. It’s so funny how she deluded herself into believing that Nitta and Takashima liked her. Either way, the leads and supporting cast are really enjoyable characters so this anime is made worthwhile because of them.

Overall, I give this anime an 8.5 and I’m satisfied. Ja, matta ne!

Review : Kill Me Softly [ ENTIRE REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS ]

Kill Me SoftlyKill Me Softly by Sarah Cross

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I chose to give this book a four. If it were my friend whom I know loves to point out all the annoying things she find in the book, she’d have probably given it a 1. I understand her rationale though, she’s just straight to the point. But being the romantic I am, and my highly refined taste in selecting books for hours ( I swear I took about two hours just to end up borrowing three books ), I quite enjoyed this book. The plot was disturbingly unique, I mean, ( does it have a horror tag ? ) it wasn’t that horrifying, not to that extent. I like the fact that the main character looked like she was going strong from the beginning and there were really a lot of notable quotes.

Girls bit into sharp apples instead of birthday cake, choked on the ruby-and-white slivers, and collapsed into enchanted sleep. Unconscious beneath cobweb canopies, frozen in coffins of glass, they waited for their princes to come. Or they tricked ogres, traded their voices for love, danced until their glass slippers cracked.

A prince would awaken, roused by the promise of true love, and find he had a witch to destroy. A heart to steal. To tear from the ribcage, where it was cushioned by bloody velvet, and deliver it to the queen who demanded the princess’s death.

Girls became victims and heroines.

Boys became lovers and murderers.

And sometimes . . . they became both.

Let’s talk about the good points. I think it was quite creative that the fairy tales are twisted in this fashion and that the characters all have their very own troubles about having the fate bestowed on them without a choice, unable to do anything to change what will happen to them sooner of later. It was all very mysterious with the paragraphs in italic with a he and a she and kissing and how she died. That keeps the reader interested in what the brothers, Blue and Felix, are, exactly.

Now, onto my quirks. So Mira decides that she loves Felix and proceeds declare her love for him not once, but many times throughout the book. But not once have I seen any proof that she actually does and this might all just be because she finds him hot and maybe has a crush on him. Yeah, she’s insecure after finding out that she’s supposed to be Sleeping Beauty but this is just too much. It’s like they just met and no, seriously? It all comes back to convincing the reader that the love is real. I don’t need sappy romance stories where there’s always misunderstandings and jealousy and self-pity ( I don’t mean it’s bad but too much is enough ).

I watched that Pride and Prejudice movie ( I LOVE THE BOOK ) and the way that the character acting as Darcy said “I love you” with such passion, I swear my heart was pounding without stopping. If I can see that the love seriously develops between the characters and that the girl, even if she’s weak, does her best to defend herself and protect the love, I will truly enjoy the book. Before I digress further, this relationship between Mira and Blue. It’s obvious he’s the one she really loves and if she truly loves Felix, she wouldn’t have given up on him so easily at the end of the book. I also don’t like how mean she is to Freddie sometimes, she should know better and treat him nicely.

No. Not tonight. Not her. Mira turned from the room, her heart in her throat, love and sadness making it hard to breathe. She loved him. She realy loved him—even in the face of this, she wanted to somehow deny it, make excuses for him. She was ful of emotion and her heart ached like it would kil her.

Please. That kind of random paragraph wouldn’t even bring up any emotion because there’s no love. It’ just a passage that has no meaning. But other than that, I enjoyed the book, the plot and characters saved it, I guess.

Review : The Fine Art of Truth or Dare

The Fine Art of Truth or DareThe Fine Art of Truth or Dare by Melissa Jensen

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I must say, I really enjoyed this book. It was different, really. So I say that that a book is “different” in almost every review but that’s because the books I choose are mostly chosen carefully, after rounds of reading reviews, the synopsis and gazing at the cover pictures. The latter point contributes to the fact that if it is a fantasy cover, it kind of turns me off despite the fact that I love reading fantasy. It would probably turn out to be a series ( which more often than not turns horrible barely halfway through the series ). Back to the book review : Something that really impressed me was, the portrayal of her friendship with Frankie and Sadie. The author did a good job in self-restrain, making sure she didn’t introduce the hottie in the first few chapters and we get to know that Frankie is (view spoiler)[gay (hide spoiler)]. I wasn’t really surprised but at least he’s hot :3 I’m also glad to know that the author also focuses on Ellie’s family and her goals for the future in the first few chapters as well. Did I mention I fell in love with her imaginary conversations with Edward? The moment we learn that she needs to be tutored in French, *ahem*, we all know where it’s going. And then comes the problem with the ex-girlfriend and the awkwardness between the main couple. I’m neutral about Daniel, I guess because apparent;y, he’s scary-looking but as hot as Frankie. Overall, I enjoyed the book but it wasn’t really groundbreaking. Even still, there were really humorous and realistic moments. Do I recommend this book? YES.


Review : As You Wish

As You WishAs You Wish by Jackson Pearce

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was really amusing and sweet, I haven’t really read many books about wishing but this one was great. The ending really satisfied me and I’m rating this 4.5. That missing 0.5 was because I was sometimes confused when Jinn’s and Viola’s POVs switched. It took a little time to get adjusted a few times but other than that, it was really awesome. For once, you get to understand the guy’s viewpoint on this. The love developed wonderfully and what’s more, Lawrence remained a good friend of Viola’s even after they broke-up. I love how he and Jinn became friends as well and the three of them together are like, the perfect circle of friends. So, in case you haven’t realised yet, I LOVE LOVE LOVED this book. And totally recommend it.

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Review : The Council of Mirrors ( The Sisters Grimm #9 )

The Council of Mirrors (The Sisters Grimm, #9)The Council of Mirrors by Michael Buckley

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have no doubts this was the best book, despite the fact that it was the last. I even cried, I can’t believe this series is over. Sabrina’s battle with Mirror was really sweet and I was so happy it ended just like that. (view spoiler)[I cried when Seven died and when Puck crashed the wedding TT_TT My heart went “doki doki” (hide spoiler)] I loved the ending, don’t worry, it won’t leave you disappointed. Everything was described so beautifully and I really enjoyed this book the most. I recommend you to read the entire series, it won’t disappoint, trust me.

Review : Living Dead Girl

Living Dead GirlLiving Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Oh god, I’m trying to wipe my tears blow my nose before my mom discovers me crying. I read a lot of positive reviews before reading this book so I was compelled to read it. This book is so gut-wrenching and the style of writing is so bizarre and dead-straight on Alice’s feelings. It’s so true it really hurts.

(view spoiler)[Why didn’t you tell someone?

Why didn’t you ask for help?

Why didn’t you leave him?

Why didn’t you respect yourself enough to get away?

All our fault, always. (hide spoiler)

When I reached the end, I was so happy for Alice, so happy. Ray wasn’t such a bad guy, inflicting pain on Alice was a result of his mother’s treatment of him. I can’t and never will be able to blame Alice for wanting “Annabel” to take her place so that she could be free, so that someone else could understand what she was going through. This book is more suitable for mature readers, though. I want others to read this book and understand how Alice felt and I thank her for giving me her perspective on this problem. I honestly admit I never want to experience what she went through and that I will never understand what she went through. But I’m really glad that she got what she wished for. (view spoiler)[I’m free.
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Everytime I see those words, I just want to burst into tears again. This book was an amazing experience and insight. I recommend this book if you’re mature enough to read it.

Review : Coffeehouse Angel

Coffeehouse AngelCoffeehouse Angel by Suzanne Selfors

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I can’t believe I finished reading this in a matter of hours. Right now, I feel like screaming and laughing and crying at the same time. That’s right, I think this book deserves 5 stars because in my opinion, it totally it italic text: does. This story was absolutely refreshing and amazing to sum up. And now follow my reasons…The cover didn’t really attract me, to tell the truth but you know that saying

Don’t judge a book by its cover

so I took to reading it. It was so different, how do I explain this? You might think I’m exaggerating, but I’m not. Katrina is an average girl who works at a coffeehouse owned by her grandmother. Her parents were killed in a car accident when she was young. Her unsuspecting act causes a a great change in her life and this book explores the topic of actually finding what your worth is and friendship, family and love. The first part was more on the humorous side but as it progressed, it took on a more serious tone. ( Not that it was bad ). I enjoyed this story so much it hurts. The ending satisfied me and I’m really relieved there isn’t a series. It’s so difficult to find a book these days that isn’t part of a series that doesn’t get crappy as it progresses into each book. I don’t intend to be so harsh but it’s sadly true. But, there still are great series books out there, I mean. Now I’m digressing =.= My point has been conveyed though. I adored this book to the bottom of my heart and I recommend it; strongly.