Review: Nimona and The Gods Lie // The only Manga Edition I possess (kind of!)

Title: Nimona
Author: Noelle Stevenson
Genre: Fantasy, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count & Format: 272 pages, Paperback
Published: May 12th 2015 by Harper Collins
Source: Borrowed
Trigger alert: Fire, mentions of betrayal

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Nemeses! Dragons! Science! Symbolism!

Nimona is an impulsive young shapeshifter with a knack for villainy. Lord Ballister Blackheart is a villain with a vendetta. As sidekick and supervillain, Nimona and Lord Blackheart are about to wreak some serious havoc. Their mission: prove to the kingdom that Sir Ambrosius Goldenloin and his buddies at the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics aren’t the heroes everyone thinks they are.

But as small acts of mischief escalate into a vicious battle, Lord Blackheart realizes that Nimona’s powers are as murky and mysterious as her past. And her unpredictable wild side might be more dangerous than he is willing to admit.

Nimona is my very first venture into graphic novels. My friend bought this in the book fair and I remember reserving my spot for borrowing this book! 🙂

Here are some of my reasons why you should pick up this book!

  • The characters!

First of all Nimona, our protagonist is a badass chicka. On top of that, she is a shapeshifter with amazing fighting skills. She is full of humour and a bit, how should I phrase it… spontaneously edgy. Her character will keep you entertained from the very first page until the end. The book starts with Nimona pledging her apprenticeship to Blackheart, in a very comical manner, must I say!

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Balister Blackheart reminded me a bit of Dr Heinz Doofenshmirtz from Phineas and Ferb. xD Weird reference, but Blackheart felt like a responsible and mature villain. The kind of villain you end up rooting for. The relationship between Blackheart and Nimona is another cherishable factor of this story!

Review – 'Nimona' by Noelle Stevenson – Dundee Comics Creative Space

Ambrosius Goldenloin, (please take a moment to appreciate the name XD) “the hero” felt a bit shady at first but as the book proceeded we get to see two sides of the story making it more interesting.

  • The plot

The plot is definitely engaging. One side we have Nimona trying to wreak havoc, then Blackheart trying to babysit Nimona instead of villain-ing. And then there’s the tension with Ambrosius, a hint of bromance which I definitely wanted more of! And the disability representation! The root evil of the story is depicted pretty much from the start so there’s no surprise there but it’s the execution that keeps you engaged. Also, there’s a tiny plot twist at the end which made me root for Nimona and the story even more!

  • The pace

The overall pace of the story is pretty steady. What I can say, the story does not provide scope to be bored. You just keep on turning the pages and it’s a quick read.

  • The Art

One word. It’s awesome. The quirkiness and humour are transparent through and through.

Recommend it?


Title: The Gods Lie
Author: Kaori Ozaki
Genre: Contemporary, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count & Format: 216 pages, Paperback
Published: September 20th 2013 by Vertical Comics
Source: Borrowed
Trigger alert: Death, secrets, child neglect

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Natsuru Nanao, a 6th grader who lives alone with his mother, strikes up an unlikely friendship with the reserved and driven Rio Suzumura. Natsuru plays hookey from soccer camp that summer, and instead of telling the truth to his mother, he spends all his time with Rio and her kid brother at their rickety house, where a dark secret threatens to upend their fragile happiness.

The tone of this book is a complete 180 degree from Nimona but it’s good in a different sort of way. This was very first Japanese manga, so I was unaware that you had to read the book from backwards. I was warned, no worries there but I just wanted to say that I found it fascinating! xD

The story revolves around Natsuru and Rio, two people of two different threads find them together in unpredictable circumstances.

We have Natsuru who lives with her mother. On the other hand, we have Rio who lives with her younger brother after the death of her grandfather, in the hope that her father would return soon. Rio has a pretty big secret and she takes care of her brother all alone. The reflection of burden and maturity is reflected in her character. It is only with the presence of Natsuru that she seems to smile.

Weathering With You—Trailer – Cinema Anime

The story starts with the mention of summer vacation where Natsuru is supposed to go to a soccer camp which he does not. Instead, he chooses the spend the whole summer with Rio and her brother. And the fregging cute kitten they rescued might I add! A beautiful summer romance develops between the two which definitely makes you want to root for the characters.

However,  the story is told in a short period and therefore, the pace is mildly quick. Natsuru’s struggle to change the reality of Rio, his ability to empathise shows his maturity at such a young age. It brings a smile on the face of the reader although the ending is quite bittersweet. It quite broke my heart. And with the beautiful art, it’s hard not to get totally immersed with the journey of our main characters.

Recommend it?


So guys, have you read any of these two mangas?

If yes, what were the aspects you liked the most?

Have you read any other mangas so far? Recommendations?

Review: What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera // Cuteness overloaded

What If It's UsTitle: What If It’s Us
Author: Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera
Series: What If It’s Us, book 1
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count & Format: 437 pages, Paperback
Published: October 18th 2018 by Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
Source: Purchased
Trigger alert: Cheating, panic attack and anxiety, emergency hospital visits

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Arthur is only in New York for the summer, but if Broadway has taught him anything, it’s that the universe can deliver a showstopping romance when you least expect it.

Ben thinks the universe needs to mind its business. If the universe had his back, he wouldn’t be on his way to the post office carrying a box of his ex-boyfriend’s things.

But when Arthur and Ben meet-cute at the post office, what exactly does the universe have in store for them?

Maybe nothing. After all, they get separated.
Maybe everything. After all, they get reunited.
But what if they can’t quite nail a first date . . . or a second first date . . . or a third?
What if Arthur tries too hard to make it work . . . and Ben doesn’t try hard enough?
What if life really isn’t like a Broadway play?
But what if it is?

I bought this book from the book fair in January and finally picked it up last month. I really wanted something short and sweet and this book exactly delivered that!

I might a rare specimen who haven’t read Adam Silvera’s books yet. I have always wanted to but somehow I have never picked it up. (Maybe because loads and loads of tissues are required for the books and I’m just afraid? Dunno…) Am I the only one though?

Anyhooo, onto this book with the most epic meet-cute moment ever!

Arthur & Ben and their whirlwind romance

Arther is the hyper kid who is always on zero chill modes and is crazy about Hamilton. He is in New York for the summer with his parents and is a firm believer of fate.

Then there’s Ben. He recently had his breakup and has to face his ex practically every day because they are in the same summer school. In my opinion, he felt more realistic and grounded though Arther made it more fun.

Their meet-cute happens in a post office where Ben is waiting to send belongings or gifts back to his ex. He sees him and goes like-

Arther fumbling trying to come up with witty stuff and failing to do so was epic! In the midst of his awe-ness, he forgets to get his contact number.

This was one of the most awesome parts of the book. Of Ben and Arther trying to find each other. Through wacky methods. Arther takes the cake for this because he came up with so many ideas! 😂

Despite the odds, I loved how both of them didn’t give up on each other although they knew little about each other. Their romance was like a roller coaster. They fell hard and fast for each other and damn it was sweet! Although Arther went over the board a few times which irked me a bit I guess that was how his character was.

Also, the miscommunication was waaaay too much which made Arther more overdramatic. It was fun at first but not always. This was why the book became a bit boring in some parts. 

The epilogue kinda-ish chapter. I personally felt, there wasn’t much need for it. My overall reading experience would have been much better if that chapter was not there. [Mild spoiler] I mean we were left with a bit of open interpretation already at the end so specifically, another chapter just to get to the same point was unnecessary. There was no sense of closure [mild spoiler end]

The friendships

We get to loads of friendship in this book. As well as friendship breakups and makeups. Again. Lack of communication was so prominent among both sides of the friendship whether it was Ben or Arther. Like Ben, I was also a bit too irritated by Dylan. Though I was glad to see them all sitting down and making amends. 

The family

With Ben and Arther’s universe colliding with each other, their families also did. In a good way. I was so happy to see cool parent representations. This is actually one of my pet peeves since many YA books have immature parents.

The families of both the boyos had their own stuff to deal with but it made them more realistic families. Also, how adorable was the get-together dinner?

I sooooo loved it!!


It was an enjoyable read with plenty of swoon-worthy moments. The writing was captivating and thoroughly engaging. For me, it was a pretty good one-time read.

Recommend it?


So guys, what did you think about this book?

What did you love the most about this book?

Have you read other books by these authors? Which one is your favourite so far?


Title: Heir of Fury
Author:  Jina S. Bazzar
Series: The Roxanne Fosch Files, book 3
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Format: Ebook
Published: April 29th 2020 by Shadow City
Source: I received an eARC of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

Three years has passed since Roxanne left. She’s obeyed and fulfilled Remo’s every wish.His latest command, however, will send her back to Earth. Aware her presence Earth-side is furthering Remo’s plans, Roxanne delves into an impossible chase against time, the preternatural community, and herself.But she might already be too late, and Roxanne experiences firsthand that when desperate people are pressed against a rock, they’re willing to commit just about anything. 

Okay, so… I loved this trilogy. I really did but somehow I was underwhelmed by the conclusion.

We see the consequences of the decisions made by Roxanne in book 2 that led to her present condition. She has become more ruthless and although she is unable to take direct action against Remo, her only goal is to stop him somehow from destroying everyone she loves alongside her world.

This book had a whole lot of action and impending doom kept me on my toes!

However, the pace was a problem for me in this book. I felt it was too slow-paced for almost entirely the book except for the last part of the book. Most of the information was necessary for understanding a lot of aspects of how the world functions in this trilogy. The thing is, it felt like too much info-dumpy in some cases which kinda made me lose interest. I think it was one of the reasons it took me some time to finish the book. Also, I felt that the whole book was a bit stretched and the ending too soon.

Despite this, kudos to world-building! I definitely loved how the author intricately built up these two different worlds.

Roxanna with her new powers is unstoppable, she tries her level best to save her near and dear. Zantry, Mwara and Vicky, I loved each and every one of them. And my heart broke for the characters who did not make it till the end.

Overall, this book was a fun read despite the hindrances and worth a read!

Recommend it?


I guess not many people remember moi. I do hope everybody is doing okay and staying safe?

But… do tell me what books have you been reading in the lockdown?

Review: Heir of Doom by Jina S. Bazzar // Divulging into the Fosch Files

Title: Heir of Doom
Author:  Jina S. Bazzar
Series: The Roxanne Fosch Files, book 2
Genre: Paranormal, Sci-Fi, [Young-Adult]
Heat Rating: Cool
Page Count & Format: 374 pages, Ebook
Published: February 20th 2019 by Creativia
Source: I received an eARC of the book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
My Rating:

Blurb (from Goodreads):

She no longer has to run and hide, but other problems have surfaced. Her clan has other plans for her, and even the combined might of the hunters might not be able to save her.

To survive, Roxanne will have to choose between being labeled a traitor and cast out as a rogue – or join hands with the darker powers to save her life, and the lives of her friends.

To achieve her goals, she’ll have to risk her life. But can she control the powers she’s still learning to use, and fears so much?

Heir of Doom was packed with action and it definitely kept me engaged throughout the read. Book 2 continues with Roxanne’s journey as she has joined the hunters and is training to become one of them. But her mixed-breed status of being half human and half preternatural lead to her being discriminated against in every context.

And dayum. It was tragic to see Roxanne getting no better treatment. Nobody trusted her outside and the scenario was pretty much similar with the hunters as well. In book 1 she gets kidnapped and experimented by the scientists and although her situation changes after the escape and joining the hunters, she does not get the deserved respect. She only has a countable number of trustworthy people among the hunters and none of them had the high power to actually do anything that would benefit. I would say, it was a reflection of real-life politics, of what actually happens most of the time. It really, really made me angry and sad at the same time. Nonetheless, I loved her fierce personality and her consistent urge to improve!

The first part of the book was a bit slow which gradually changed in the second part and for the better. But I would say, the pacing did not affect me much since all the new characters and the hunting part, definitely made it more interesting. I had a love-hate relationship with the fae characters and the introduction of Mwara sparked my interest since she was the actual daughter of her “evil” step-mother. But most of all, I absolutely adored Frizz!!

The plot twist was a shocker! I did not expect that to happen when the truth about her lineage was revealed. Also, a lot of questions get answered in this book and obviously, there was Remo! Tada! Our beloved villain. The twist after twist that ensured made me gawk which also kinda made me wanna tear through book 3 immediately. And sadly I had to wait…

Recommend it?


Hello hello! Anybody remember moi?

It’s been a year. I tend to disappear but well… *awkwardly waves*

How is everybody, especially how are you guys dealing with the COVID-19 situation? Share with me and I’ll try my best to not disappear again. 


Monthly Wrap Up: February 2018!

Heeeeeey guys!!! How are you all doing??

I couldn’t do a wrap-up post for January, so I decided to do it alongside this month. This month was a mixture of awesome and meh books and I’m definitely looking forward to reading more next month!

Books I’ve read in January:



Books I’ve read this month:



Books I’ve reviewed in Jan + Feb (Link to my reviews):

5/5 stars

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli

4/5 stars

Afflicted by Susanne Valenti

Saving Me by Sadie Allen

3/5 stars

Noteworthy by Riley Redgate

The Way Back to Us by Jamie Howard

The Lost Savior by Siobhan Davis

Fade to Us by Julia Day

2/5 stars

Player’s Game by Desirae Clark

Other Stuff:

In February’s edition of Daydreaming Discussions, I talked about the books I reeeeeally need to finish this year!!

K-Drama Reviews:

Life Updates:

In January, the only thing I guess I did was study. Everybody was surprised. I even surprised myself by the amount of studying I did in 3 weeks!! 😂😂😂 Anyways, I hope the results are not that bad!!

February was awesome!! Because of book fair!! Ta daaaa!! I look forward to this book fair the whole year and this year I was doubly excited because I was going with my fellow ARMYs!!! Yes, it was an absolute blast, we had so much fun together. 😀 Health wise, I’m getting better too. I’m finally trying and I really hope I can keep this up but my anxiety problems are still going over the roof! HAALP!

Anyways, onto the book haul!! The first 4 books are the ones I got at the book fair and I also purchased another 2 from Amazon.


I am sooooo happy with this month’s haul!! But I do have to restrict myself now!! ❤

So guys, how was your February??? Bookishly awesome or meh?? What was your favourite book this month?? Aaaand what books are looking forward to reading next month?!

Monthly Wrap-Up: December 2017! || Adios amigos!

Peeeeeeeeeople!!! It’s finally December. I finally get to break up with this year!! Yaaaaayie.
I know I might sound crazy, but I am so relieved this year has finally come to an end. Only a day to go! 😀
Plain and simple, this was a shitty year. Mostly. Not only personally, but we lost so many amazing people. But I hooope everybody’s 2018 is freeeeaking awesome and beautiful and most importantly safe. ❤

[A smol reminder again: I finally changed my Blog Link!!]

Anyway, onto this months’ bookish news:

Books I’ve read this month:





Books I’ve reviewed this month (Link to my reviews):

5/5 stars

Behind the Bars by Brittainy C. Cherry

4/5 stars

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo

How Hard Can Love Be? by Holly Bourne

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Other Stuff:

K-Drama Reviews:

Life Updates:

Sooooo, this month was a cyclone of emotions actually. A loooot happened. But but but that one day was sooo worth it. We, BTS ARMYs of West Bengal originally planned a celebration for TaeJin’s birthday. But we lost Jonghyun. So the celebration was cancelled but we friends met up and had a good time together. But there was a looot of drama involved. But despite everything I loved that I got to spend time with my new family. Also, that was the first time I didn’t feel socially awkward because it already felt I knew them for ages. Love you ARMYS. ❤ It was one of the best days in my life.

I also, finally, like freaking finally got Gemina by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff!!! Like finaaaaally!

Seee my gorgeous babies!!! I also got Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde and The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli. Can’t wait to start these precious books!!

Last but not the least,

It’s my bias’s birthdaaaaaaaaaay!!!

💜💜 Saeng-il chukhahaeyo Taehyung! 💜💜

So guys, how was your December??? Bookishly awesome or meh?? What was your favourite book this month?? Are you ready for next year?? What are your most memorable moments of this year??

Lemme know in the coooomments! See you guys next year!! ❤

Monthly Wrap-Up: April 2017!

Hey, guys! How are you all doing?

April was a super tough month for me. Bookish wise, it was great but health wise, not so much. Anyway, without further ado…

Books I’ve read this month:






Books I’ve reviewed this month:

5/5 stars

love, and you by Gretchen Gomez

4/5 stars

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Angelbound by Christina Bauer

Incriminating Dating by Rebekah L. Purdy

Text 2 Lovers and Hate 2 Lovers by K. Webster & J.D. Hollyfield

Maybe Never by Sadie Allen

Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant

Ninja Girl by Cookie O’Gorman

3/5 stars

Don’t Kiss the Messenger by Katie Ray

Descendants by Rae Else


I interviewed:

Other Stuff:

Life Updates:

I am kind of relieved this month is over. Lately, I am having a lot of bad luck with my health which is affecting all the other areas of my life. It sucks. But I hope to be back in my game from May. Bookish wise, I had lots of fun, I read a lot of good books, had a rereading session of Penryn and the End of Days trilogy by Susan Ee with Raven @ Dreamy Addictions. I went to the movies and enjoyed Power Rangers with my little brother.  I only bought one book this month, love, and you by Gretchen Gomez and I loooved it so much!! I hope all of you guys give it a try.

Aaand, I won Camp NaNoWriMo!! I only decided to write 15k this month as I had a busy schedule which made it a good decision. But I am super happy that I managed to reach my goal. At first, I decided to continue with Crown’s Bane, my fantasy novel but I still need to work on the world-building so, I started writing Finding Love, a contemporary romance, which is book 2 of my Chasing Love series but it can be read as a standalone. I hope to continue with it so that I am able to wrap it up by July’s camp. Who’ll be participating in July’s camp as well?

Aaaaand that’s a wrap-up! ❤

Lets Chat

So guys, how was your April? Do we have any books in common? What are your April favourites? Aaand, what are your reading goals for May?