• manga,  Uncategorized

    MANGA: Yes It’s Me

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    Yes It’s Me – Yamashita Tomoko

    A collection of short stories.

    1) Love Dancing Beneath My Eyelids
    College student Numakami has known for a long time that his classmate Mahara is in love with him. But Mahara is pure, innocent – and still a virgin. For some inexplicable reason, this makes Numakami feel annoyed at being the object of his affections.

    2) She’s Missing
    Yanagi is in love with Kobayashi, who can’t seem to stop talking about Adachi – a girl in their class. What will become of these three teenagers and their complex relationship?

    3) Minun Musiikki
    A quiet pianist and an obnoxious, outspoken cellist often find themselves alone in the music room together…

    4) Yes It’s Me, (5) Yes It’s You, (8) Yes That’s It
    The story revolves around Toma, who is head-over-heels in love…with himself! However, so is everyone else around him; and he knows that his business partner and old friend Enoki is no exception. Toma doesn’t blame him — after all, he is only the most brilliant, beautiful, and all-around perfect person to ever walk the face of the Earth! Who wouldn’t fall for him? Weirdly enough, Enoki is convinced that Toma returns his feelings. But they should both know by now that there’s no one he loves more than himself…right!?

    6) Loathe!
    “I love you. And I know exactly what you love and what you hate. But regardless of how much I love you or how much time we spend in each other’s company, there are things I loathe about you as well…”

    7) Dreams Unfold at Night
    A serious story about transsexuality and gender issues.

    Yamashita Tomoko-sensei once again pulls off her signature brand of unconventional BL stories, this time on the theme of “You’re in love with me, aren’t you?

    Love Dancing Beneath My Eyelids: A nice contrast between the world-weary and experienced vs the pure and innocent. Guess who gives in first.

    She’s Missing: Bitchy, bitter boy jealous over his friend’s determined search for a missing girl his friend wants to sleep with. We can do without the rape comments. My least favorite of the bunch

    Minun Musiikki: An obnoxious cellist about to be divorced getting in the face of a pianist he knew was in love with him. Quite frankly, I don’t trust the cellist.

    Yes It’s Me+Yes It’s You+Yes That’s It: One of the best friends-to-lovers stories I have come across with!!! Living for Enoki’s completely matter of fact handling of the narcissistic Toma. ♡ ♡ ♡ ╰(*´︶`*)╯ ♡ ♡ ♡

    Loathe!: A sketch of a love-hate relationship between two men. I wouldn’t mind reading the full story.

    Dreams Unfold at Night: This was more educational than romantic. I did not get the ending.

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    REVIEW: Prophesy Book II: Bringer of Wrath by A.E. Via

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    King & Alpha: Prophesy Book II: Bringer of Wrath – A.E. Via

    Shifter and Vampire True Mates story.

    Alek’s older brother, Justice—the Alpha Zenith—was the first shifter to mate with a vampire in many generations, and it was believed the rare, fated pairing would stop at him. But, it hadn’t. Aleksei ‘Alek’ Volkov was second beta, next in succession to the most powerful shifter in the world. He was proud of his title and he took his duties seriously. It was all he had. Until his true mate literally showed up on his doorstep.

    While his brother—the overachiever—excelled at having a vampire as a mate, Alek wasn’t that optimistic he would. He wasn’t averse to love, and he’d often thought of how different his life could’ve turned out if he’d ever experienced the emotion. His life was a mess and he’d worn a mask of stability for a majority of that time, only showing his siblings and pack what they needed to see—a strong Volkov alpha. Not the damaged man he was, with a tortured soul and a rogue wolf.

    Alek dropped his heavy head in his hands.Now, for some reason, I’ve been granted a true vampire mate.And not just any vampire.The intimidating Belleron Liatos.Lord High to the King and the leader of his army.

    Belleron ‘Bell’ Liatos had come to the states for one reason—his best friend and Vampire King, Chadwick Bentley. He certainly didn’t come to be pounced on by a wolf that could act independently of its master. Not only was his destined cherished a complicated and confused man; but he was also unaware of the powerful presence that lurked in the shadows of his soul. Bell didn’t know he’d be the key to unlocking an exceptional triad that would play a critical role in fulfilling the prophesy.

    This story DOES NOT contain or even mention MPREG.
    No multiple pairings. No cliffhangers. Ends with a very HFN.

    Warning:This book is M/M paranormal:If you DO NOT like alpha men shifting into large wolves, or vampires feeding from their destined beloveds, than this may not be the novel for you.


    I liked this better. I wanted to like it more.

    The second book of the King & Alpha series brought together the second-in-commands. Belleron is the bestfriend of King Bentley and Lord High of the Vampires. He is always impeccably dressed and strove to excel at all things. Aleksei was the second beta and next in line to the Alpha Zenith. He’s a genuine, down to earth guy who has a lot of inner conflict. Their story had more things happening compared to the first book, starting with Alek having multiple personalities.

    Alek has his human self, his wolf self and something much darker within him. He can transition seamlessly between all three if they so willed. This created an interesting dynamic with his mate. It was, in a way, an MMMM love story involving two individuals. I totally loved how Bell embraced all of Alek’s selves unconditionally. Though, I kind of suspect his favorite is the dark one because that’s my favorite too.

    Back in book one, Prophesy, Alek lost control of his wolf and latched on to Bell when the vampire showed up at their doorstep. Alek was filled with shame and was too embarrassed to meet Bell again. The second book started with Alek and Bell trying to get to know each other.

    The first quarter of Bringer of Wrath was the exciting part. Bell had to go on a mission to London to apprehend rogue vampires raiding their tombs. His troops were overwhelmed and he was captured. Alek decided to go rescue him despite his natural shifter fear of flying. His younger brother and sister went with him. Things were pretty intense here.

    I liked that this first quarter brought focus to bigger issues in the vampire/shifter world. But sadly, the rest of the book fell short. I wasn’t exactly bored but I wasn’t that excited either. It wasn’t a Mating 101 thing, like Wick and Justice. The romance was actually sweet and enjoyable but it took over the book and completely overshadowed the politics and the world-building.

    Some work could have done to make the world-building much more solid, like providing more details on what exactly are these antagonists fighting for? Because for all appearances, Wick was a good king and so is Justice as the AZ. What is the say of humans in this scenario? Since gods were mentioned, what kinds of pantheons exist and how do they influence the world? And that damn prophesy. The book only paid lip service to it. You can take it out of the story and it would still work just fine. I’m guessing there’s a huge endgame in store so here’s hoping the prophesy aspect will be put to good use.

    The strength of this series lies on the characters. Many characters stood out. I liked them all enough to make me want to follow their stories. The villains were throwaways though but I’m okay with that.

    I was disappointed with the ending. I wanted Bell to have his moment but sadly his much awaited revenge was pre-empted by the introduction of a new character. Said character had the third brother, Mac’s hackles up. Their butting of heads almost made up for Bell’s lost moment.

    Overall, Bringer of Wrath is a much improved sequel to Prophesy. It has similar issues when it comes to balancing the elements of the plot but it has more substance and more developments. I do wish the author strengthen the plots and the overarching threads because the backbones of the series is interesting. I want to find out more about what’s happening in the King & Alpha world so I’m still here for the next one.

    P.S.

    Prophesy review here

    Rating:
    3 Stars – not exactly setting my world on fire but I liked it

    Soundtrack: You Belong To Me
    Artist: Cat Pierce
    Album: CP1

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    The moon follows me home, I’m never alone
    Hangs like the shine in my sweet baby’s eye
    Sings to me nightly, sings to me brightly
    Tells me the secrets of the sky
    Mmm-mm, mmm-mmm-mm
    Lips burrow so deep, give me good sleep
    Pour a little sugar on my wound
    Musical master, play harder and faster
    Spinning me up in your silky cocoon
    Mmm-mm, mmm-mmm-mm
    Feels like we’re dreaming, we’re tripping and reeling
    Just say that you belong to me, (You belong to me)
    I could get lost in the feelings we’re feeling
    Just say that you belong to me, (You belong to me)
    Do you want more of this? Isn’t it glorious?
    I can’t believe that it’s free, (You belong to me)
    I will adore you, I’ll only live for you
    Just say that you belong to me
    Crawl into my heart, take me apart
    Do what you please to me, I won’t resist
    Find what you’re seeking, I am not leaving
    ‘Til I am drunk loved up in your kiss
    I’ve heard allegations ’bout your reputation
    I’ll show you my shadows if you show yours
    Let’s get it right dear, give a good fight dear
    We’ll keep it all up behind closed doors
    Feels like we’re dreaming, we’re tripping and reeling
    Just say that you belong to me, (You belong to me)
    I could get lost in the feelings we’re feeling
    Just say that you belong to me, (You belong to me)
    Do you want more of this? Isn’t it glorious?
    I can’t believe that it’s free, (You belong to me)
    I will adore you, I’ll only live for you
    Just say that you belong to me
    I must confess to you, I want to posses you
    Feels like we’re dreaming, like tripping and reeling
    Just say that you belong to me
    I could get lost in the feelings we’re feeling
    Just say that you belong to me
    Feels like we’re dreaming, we’re tripping and reeling
    Just say that you belong to me, (You belong to me)
    I could get lost in the feelings we’re feeling
    Just say that you belong to me, (You belong to me)
    Do you want more of this? Isn’t it glorious?
    I can’t believe that it’s free, (You belong to me)
    I will adore you, I’ll only live for you
    Just say that you belong to me
    Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Ohhhh-oh
    Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Ohhhh-oh
    Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Ohhhh-oh

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