Stacking the Shelves (19)

Stacking the

A weekly meme hosted by Tynga Reviews where we post about what books we purchased, borrowed or will be reviewing. I also talk about whats been going on in my life and what you missed and what you should look forward to reading about next!

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I went a little crazy this week……like CRAZY!!! This will most definitely hit me in the butt later this summer.

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My Life:

Not much has been going on. I did find the perfect job that I applied too! Now its just the waiting game to see if anything comes of it. I’ve been job searching everyday and yesterday 3 jobs showed up!!! It was crazy! Lets hope one of those becomes my first real job!

My boss left for an African safari yesterday (sooo jealous) and so now I’m in charge of the education department for 3 weeks!! Sooo nervous!!! It’s a huge job plus on top of my other responsibilities it’s going to be very crazy. I hope I can do a good job! :/

What you missed this week:

Coming up this week:

  • Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my TBR for Summer 2015
  • Tags: Have some Coffee and Unpopular Opinions. Saw this on It Starts at Midnight’s blog. Looks like fun!
  • Review: The Ugly Stepsister
  • Review: The Intergalactic Adventures of Queen Bea (this has been a tough one to get through so I HOPE i can finish it!)

I hope you all had a great week and I look forward to reading all of your shelves!! 🙂

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Review: Manga Classics: Pride and Prejudice and Great Expectations

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

PrideandPrejudice-coverTitle: Pride and Prejudice

Author: Jane Austen (original), Stacy King (Editor), and Po Tse (Illustrator)

Published: August 19th, 2014 by Udon Entertainment

Pages: 377

Source: eARC

Beloved by millions the world over, Pride & Prejudice is delightfully transformed in this bold, new manga adaptation. All of the joy, heartache, and romance of Jane Austen’s original, perfectly illuminated by the sumptuous art of manga-ka Po Tse, and faithfully adapted by Stacy E. King.


What a great adaptation to such a wonderful book. Sadly I haven’t had the chance to actually read the original story by Jane Austen but I’ve seen so many movie/TV versions that I feel like I know it by heart.

For people who have never read Manga before it does a great job of showing you how to read it and follow along. In Japan where manga originates from they read right to left and so yes this is different it wasn’t all that bad. I’ve read manga before so it wasn’t a hassle but Udon Entertainment does a good job for newbies. My only issue was that I had to read it through Adobe Digital and i had to go backwards which was a pain but if you have the book in hand its so easy.

The illustrations are what manga is all about and this does not disappoint. Darcy is charming and oh so sexy. Elizabeth and Jane are drawn so well and are so beautiful.  Large eyes is a thing with mangas and their eyes don’t disappoint. LOL

The manga follows the story pretty well and of course it shortens it but the themes are still there and everything that basically happens. It’s a great story and adaptation. I highly suggest reading this if you want a different take on Pride and Prejudice!

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I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

great expectationsTitle: Great Expectations

Author: Charles Dickens (original), Stacy King (Editor), Crystal Chan (Editor), and Nokman Poon (Illustrator)

Published: March 10th, 2015 by Udon Entertainment

Pages: 308

Source: eARC

Experience CLASSIC tales in MANGA format!

Considered to be Charles Dickens finest novel, Great Expectations has it all: romance, mystery, comedy and unforgettable characters woven through a gripping rags-to-riches tale.

In the telling of Pip’s story, Dickens traces a naĂŻve boy’s path from a hardscrabble rural life to the teeming streets of 19th-century London, unfolding a gripping tale of crime and guilt, revenge and reward, and love and loss. Its compelling characters include Magwitch, the fearful and fearsome convict; beautifully cold Estella, whose allure is excelled only by her haughtiness; and the embittered Miss Havisham, an eccentric jilted bride and the rest of Dickens’s fantastic cast are perfectly envisioned in this brilliant adaptation featuring the beautiful artwork by Nokman Poon.


I haven’t read any of Dickens novels though they are on my TBR list. BBC did a movie based on this book that I have in my queue on Netflix. So I had no idea what the story was about or have any bias as to what they left out and what not. The nice thing was that the authors at the end did talk about how they adapted the novel the way they did and the ending debate(which I know nothing about but was interested to read about).

Again, the illustrations were amazing! And each character was so well drawn that they were leaping out of the pages. You wanted to strangle Pip at times because of his attitude but that just made his growth have so much more meaning. All the characters were great and had such emotion.

I highly recommend this manga to people who want to eventually read Great Expectations but haven’t gotten around to it and would like another way to reading it. 2signature

Review: Siren’s Fury

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

furyTitle: Siren’s Fury

Author: Mary Weber

Series: The Storm Siren #2

Published: June 2, 2015 by Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins

Pages: 352

Source: eARC

“I thrust my hand toward the sky as my voice begs the Elemental inside me to waken and rise. But it’s no use. The curse I’ve spent my entire life abhorring—the thing I trained so hard to control—no longer exists.”

Nym has saved Faelen only to discover that Draewulf stole everything she valued. Now he’s destroyed her Elemental storm-summoning ability as well.

When Nym sneaks off with a host of delegates to Bron, Lord Myles offers her the chance for a new kind of power and the whispered hope that it may do more than simply defeat the monster she loathes. But the secrets the Bron people have kept concealed, along with the horrors Draewulf has developed, may require more than simply harnessing a darker ability.
They may require who she is.Set against the stark metallic backdrop of the Bron kingdom, Nym is faced with the chance to change the future.

Or was that Draewulf’s plan for her all along?


I finished Siren’s Storm a while back and you can read my review on that book HERE. I was sorta excited to get the second installment in the series hoping it would get better but it kinda fell a little flat.

Nym has finally sorta accepted her powers and who she really is after a rough battle that saw many of the people she loved fall. But when Eogan tells her the truth and that he has become Draewulf and strips her powers away she falls apart. Dead set against playing the waiting game she strikes out and sneaks aboard the airship that is taking Draewulf/Eogan to Bron to watch him. Rasha joins her as well as the sneaky Myles on the airship. Nym needs to find out how to save Eogan and how to gain back her powers.

Things I Liked:

  • Rasha as a friend was awesome though their friendship felt rushed and I wish that she was more in the first book so that we had more history between the two of them. She was feisty and protective and smart.
  • Myles and Draewulf were great evil characters. I just loved the interaction between Myles and Nym. It was so brother/sister like.
  • The twist at the end was awesome! I totally thought he was a goner but lo and behold he made it through! The ending was good and I do look forward to reading the last in this trilogy.

Things I Disliked:

  • Nym. She made rash decisions that endangered the people around her and was acting really selfish. You thought that she would have learned by now. I also felt like her character story was a repeat of the first one. She had the same problems as before where she didn’t believe in herself and couldn’t accept her powers and then she lost them and idk…it just wasn’t working with me this time. It was the same mantra “believe in yourself” “you are who you are” blah blah.
  • World building was again lacking. I liked that we got to visit another country, Bron but all we mostly saw was the palace. I wish we had more of a history.
  • Kel. A VERY random character that I felt was thrown into the mix that I felt had no purpose. Idk if he will make an appearance in the next book but I felt he was pointless and did nothing for the story.

Maybe because this was the second book and usually second books tend to not do well I didn’t like it as much. I do look forward to reading the last one though.

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