The Girl from the Other Side : Volume One by Nagabe

30139736 How do I express my love for this manga without writing a full novel about it? I picked this up on a whim because over the past year I have fallen out of love with manga and anime. I think it’s because I have been so set on college, moving, and all the crazy things life throws at us. I honestly loved this little manga because it was everything I wasn’t expecting. I expected there to be a lot of darkness, confusion, and intrigue which there was intertwined with cute little moments.

I love the dynamic between the little girl and the creature. There’s a definite father/daughter relationship between the two especially since the little girl was just dumped on the other side. The ending of this ended in such a massive cliffhanger. I can’t wait to get my hands on the next volume to know what happens. There is some violent scenes throughout the manga so if that is something that may bother you…I do not recommend it.

Rating: 4.5/5 Stars Read: June 1st – 2nd

Additional Information

Goodreads Link

Pages: 180

Genre: Manga & Fantasy

Synopsis: 

In a land far away, there were two kingdoms: the Outside, where twisted beasts roamed that could curse with a touch, and the Inside, where humans lived in safety and peace. The girl and the beast should never have met, but when they do, a quiet fairytale begins. 

This is a story of two people–one human, one inhuman–who linger in the hazy twilight that separates night from day.

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Neverworld Wake by Marisha Pessl [Review + Giveaway]

NEVERWORLD WAKE

I am one of the stops on the blog tour for one of my most highly anticipated books of 2018. I wanted to thank Rockstar Book Tours for giving me the chance to be a stop. I was given an ARC of this book through the publishing company & Rockstar Book Tours.

Book Information

Neverworld Wake (1)Title: NEVERWORLD WAKE

Author: Marisha Pessl

Pub. Date: June 5, 2018

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Formats: Hardcover, eBook, audiobook

Pages: 336

Find it:  GoodreadsAmazonAudibleB&NiBooksTBD

Once upon a time, back at Darrow-Harker School, Beatrice Hartley and her six best friends were the cool kids, the beautiful ones. Then the shocking death of Jim—their creative genius and Beatrice’s boyfriend—changed everything.


One year after graduation, Beatrice is returning to Wincroft—the seaside estate where they spent so many nights sharing secrets, crushes, plans to change the world—hoping she’ll get to the bottom of the dark questions gnawing at her about Jim’s death. But as the night plays out in a haze of stilted jokes and unfathomable silence, Beatrice senses she’s never going to know what really happened.


Then a mysterious man knocks on the door. Blithely, he announces the impossible: time for them has become stuck, snagged on a splinter that can only be removed if the former friends make the harshest of decisions. Now Beatrice has one last shot at answers–and at life.

My Review

Marisha Pessl wrote the Night Film which is a book I really enjoy so I knew I had to pick this up. She wrote a Young Adult novel for crying out loud! I honestly couldn’t wait to get my hands on this bad boy.  This story sort of gave me Breakfast Club vibes with more mystery. It was everything that I had expected from Marisha Pessl. The story itself gave me a lot of the same kind of spooky vibes that Night Film gave me. I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next to these kids.

It’s definitely on the darker side for a YA thriller. I think she did a really good job bringing the characters to life. There was a lot of mystery and intrigue throughout the whole novel. It’s perfect for anyone who is looking into getting into thrillers but still want that science fiction/fantasy element.

Overall, I gave it 4 stars out of five stars. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested for something a little spooky with an interesting cast of characters.

About The Author

2362Marisha Pessl grew up in Asheville, North Carolina, and now lives in New York City. Special Topics in Calamity Physics, her debut novel, was a bestseller in both hardcover and paperback. It won the 2006 John Sargent Sr. First Novel Prize (now the Center for Fiction’s Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize), and was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of the Year by The New York Times Book Review. Her new novel, Night Film, comes out August 20, 2013.

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Giveaway

3 winners will receive a finished copy of NEVERWORLD WAKE, US Only. You can find the link for the rafflecopter here.

Tour Schedule

Week One:

6/1/2018- YA Books Central– Excerpt

Week Two:

6/4/2018- Two Chicks on Books– Excerpt

6/5/2018- Bookish Lifestyle– Review

6/6/2018- Tea With Mermaids Review

6/7/2018- Trendy Simple Life– Review

6/8/2018- A Dream Within A Dream– Review

 Week Three:

6/11/2018- Books Coffee and Repeat– Review

6/12/2018- Nerdophiles– Review

6/13/2018- Life of a Literary Nerd– Review

6/14/2018- Jena Brown Writes– Review

6/15/2018- Once Upon a Twilight– Review

 Week Four:

6/18/2018- Here’s to Happy Endings– Review

6/19/2018- Book-Keeping– Review

6/20/2018- A Gingerly Review– Review

6/21/2018- Cindy’s Love of Books– Review

6/22/2018- RhythmicBooktrovert– Review

 Week Five:

6/25/2018- BookHounds YA– Review

6/26/2018- Under the Book Cover– Review

6/27/2018- Smada’s Book Smack– Review

6/28/2018- Hauntedbybooks– Review

6/29/2018- The Cover Contessa– Excerpt

Summer Bucketlist

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I put a poll up on twitter to see what you guys might be interested in seeing next on my blog. Summer bucket list is the option that won so here we are with all my goals for the summer. They will be split up into lifestyle and bookish goals.

Lifestyle
  • Learn how to Paddleboard
  • Go on a hike
  • Thrift with my friends
  • Unpack my room
  • Spend time with friends and family
Book Related
  • Finish 2 book series
  • Read at least 3 books a month
  • Set up my bookshelves

 

You may have noticed that some of my goals revolve around unpacking and setting things up. I am actually about to move this weekend to our new house in a new state. I’m going to have space to actual bookshelves and be able to customize my space. I am really excited for this new chapter of my life. Do you guys have any summer bucketlist goals?

May Book Haul

Okay so I have picked up a few books over the past month. It doesn’t help that my birthday is in a few weeks aka June 6th so I shouldn’t be picking up more books. I have a book buying problem alright? I told myself no more books since I’m also finally moving house in two days. It’s a problem.

Books I Bought

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  • Circe by Madeline Miller which I sort of picked up like mid April from BOTM because it was one of my highly anticipated releases for 2018.
  • The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco has been on my wishlist for ages since everyone on this book server I am on adores this book. I picked it up after spending three hours at Barnes and Noble with my friend the other day.
  • Furthermore by Tahereh Mafi was a book that I was uncertain if I wanted because I didn’t love Shatter Me as much as everyone else did. I heard some pretty decent reviews for Furthermore so I decided to pick it up. Books-A-Million had it on sale for 6 bucks so it was too good to pass up.
Arcs I Have Received
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  •  What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera aka ARE WE EVEN SURPRISED??? Okay I put in a request for this via Edelweiss just to see if maybe I could get an arc of it. I got the email today which I figured it was a decline. I nearly cried from excitement. These two literally wrote a book baby together which is #goals.

Okay so those are the books I picked up in the month of May. I will probably have a big book haul for June since it’s my birthday month. I am still in shock over that arc so I probably won’t shut up about it for a while.

 

The X Files Book Tag

Okay you guys know I’m #obsessed with The X Files to the point where I had an alien cake for my birthday last year. I love this show, I love the characters, I love the stupid quirky lines, and just everything that comes with the show. This tag was created by Book Princess Reviews and you can find the original here.

The Rules
  • Take out your fake FBI badge and answer the questions
  • You can link back to Book Princess Reviews (aka pingback to this post) if you wish, so I can fangirl all over your posts
  • Keep the alien love alive possibly and tag any and all X-Files fans you know…or just other people – either or?

Fox Mulder

Fox is known to have some “out there” beliefs, so name a book that you believe in despite everyone/ratings/reviews tell you perhaps isn’t that great

Okay so for me that would probably have to be 10 Things I Can See From Here which sits at a 3.57 on goodreads. I know a lot of people that did not like this book though I actually quite enjoyed it.

Dana Scully

Just like the resident FBI skeptic, name a book that you’re skeptical of (because of hype, sketchy cover, etc.)

I am gonna have to go with any of Jenny Han’s books. I’m very skeptical of contemporary ya novels plus the hype around them are still pretty high. I don’t want to be disappointed because I ended up not liking them. I’m really picky about the contemporary stories I read these days.

I Want To Believe

What book do you believe, just like the  famous tagline, will be your next 5 star/crown read off of your TBR?

Dude I already know this because I am like in love with this author’s works. Circe by Madeline Miller will probably be a five star read for me. Everyone I know and trust has been raving about it. Her book The Song of Achilles killed me so I’m ready for whatever Circe has to throw at me.

Aliens

Name a book that on your TBR that is from a genre that seems out from another book world to you but still sounds super good

I am going to go with Lab Girl by Hope Jahren because I really don’t read non-fiction/memoirs often simply because I never really find any that interest me. This one sounds really interesting so I have it on my tbr.

The Lone Gunmen

Name a book that comes along with an epic team just like these three hacking men

I am going to go with the The Raven Cycle gang because they all have their own quirks much like the Lone Gunmen.

Walter Skinner

Skinner is the boss that forever teeters on the edge of good and evil, so name a conflicting character for you (whether the character is just conflicted or you’re conflicted about your feelings for them)

Hmmm I am gonna go with Ronan from The Raven Cycle because I had a love hate relationship for the longest time. I didn’t really like his character in the first book, the second one kind of helped, and so on.

The Cigarette Smoking Man

Name the worst book villain you can think of just like this smoking fiend who refuses to stay dead

Queen Levana from the Lunar Chronicles because dang she was evillllll. I haven’t finished the series but from what I have read…I didn’t like her.

Join the FBI tag team!

I am tagging whoever wants to do this tag! Just pingback to my post so I know you did it! I hope you guys enjoyed my answers ❤

Go Green

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You guys are probably really tired of hearing me talk about Earth Day, but I can not stress the importance of it. I was recently watching a video about these two girls that decided to go zero waste for a week. It inspired me to sort of make a part two for my previous post. I promise the book content is coming back shortly after finals are over!

We can take little steps to help reduce our waste. You don’t need to live a zero waste lifestyle to make a change. I am going to list some ways you can make the change in your life.

  • Reusable Water Bottle – This alone cuts back on so much plastic. So many companies make reusable water bottles. You can get a filter for your tap that filters out all the bad chemicals. I personally have a reusable Brita water pitcher and I have multiple reusable water bottles. I recommend camelbak, hydro flask, and sand cloud
  • Reusable Coffee Cups – I see you guys out there getting your six dollar starbucks coffee. I am in the same boat as you. Did you know you can get your coffee in a reusable cup? I don’t know if Starbucks still does this but they will give you a small discount if you use your own cup. There’s plenty of places to buy coffee cups though I definitely recommend society six and amazon for cute ones.
  • Reusable Produce Bags – Yes they actually make reusable produce bags which are a god send! You are bringing less of that cheap flimsy plastic bags home that you never use again. I can not preach it enough that these are amazing investments. I know Whole Foods currently sells some though if you are an online shopper like me I recommend flip & tumble because you get 5 decently sized bags for 12 bucks.

Okay that is all I have to share with you guys today! I provided direct links to everything I mentioned so please check them out! I really want to hear your input on all of this. I’m beyond curious! I hope you all have a good day and don’t be afraid to chat with me!

Support for Earth Day

Okay you guys should know by now that I’m a huge advocate for going green, supporting companies that donate back to worthy causes, and the whole nine yards. I mean I’m going into Environmental Science for crying out loud. Earth Day is quickly approaching on the 22nd of April. I kind of just want to shout out a few brands as well as some tips for things you can do on Earth Day.

Sand Cloud

I’m like 89% sure I talk about these guys a lot all over social media. Sand Cloud is basically a company that makes towels, t-shirts, water bottles, and etc. They donate 10% of the proceeds to marine life conservations. This company hit close to home for me so I have been a brand ambassador for them over the past year. They are slowly starting to produce more t-shirts that are made out of 100% recyclable material which is the bomb dot com. If you want to get 15% off your next order with them you can use this link to be referred to the website!

U-Konserve

Okay there is a huge problem with our landfills. The one way we can solve this problem is if we convert over to reusable coffee cups, water bottles, straws, and etc. This brand is amazing for that. They have a whole section on their impact, why you should reuse, the facts, and some resources if you are doubtful. I highly recommend checking them out if you are on the market for anything reusable. You can find them here if you are interested!

Some Ideas & Tips
  • Do a beach clean up for earth day! Some beaches are already planning it so just check your area to see if they are for earth day. You can even just grab a group of friends and do it yourself.
  • Plant something! Okay this one is probably one of my favorites but plant a tree or a new plant. There is plenty of plants that are easy to take care of if you prone to killing them.
  • Speak Out! Talk about why earth day is important and what we need to be doing to preserve our earth!
  • Make The Effort! I can’t stress this enough because it seems as though no one really listens to me. You need to make an effort if you expect to see a change. I do what I can to help better the earth so I hope you can do as well.

Those are just some of my favorite things that I wanted to share with you guys! Do you know what you are doing for earth day? Leave me a comment so we can chat about it! Have a good day 🌎