Wednesday, 21 September 2016

BOOK REVIEW: BLOOD OF THE INNOCENT: BLOOD SCROLLS TRILOGY BOOK 2


Blood of the Innocent           
Blood of the Innocent: Blood Scrolls Trilogy Book 2
Author: Poppy Reid
Publisher: Quest Publications
Published: 10/5/2016
ISBN: 1533171823
ASIN: B01FIAAJA2
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes
 
Synopsis:
"Villid's journey continues as he braces the freezing mountains in the north. With the power of the Darkma growing stronger every day, Villid has no choice but to leave behind his companion, Aya, and travel alone to ask the isolated Vrana tribe for their soldiers' help in the Red Wars. But when he receives devastating news about the woman waiting for him hundreds of miles away, fighting in the war becomes the last thing in his mind."
 
This is the second book of the Blood Scrolls trilogy. The first one “Blood of the Fallen” is already published by Quest Publications.

Tuesday, 20 September 2016

ANIME REVIEW: AKAME GA KILL SEASON 2 COLLECTION

Akame Ga Kill Collection 2 (episodes 13-24) DVD
Akame Ga Kill Season 2 Collection
Released By: Animatsu
Rating: 15
Running Time: 300 Mins
Audio: English DD 5.1 Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: 26/9/2016
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

While other beasts have been drastically reduced in the area, a new type of beast has emerged, one who wants to kill. Thought they look like humans, the are actually beasts in disguise. The Yeagers have protected bandits from returning, but they have a more pressing matter - the new beasts are stronger and more intelligent than they previously thought.

There are so many characters in this anime (as there were in the manga) that it would be a bore listing them and their relationships to the other characters, so I will mention what I think viewers would like to read about. And as there are so many, the story tries to cut between almost all of them to give viewers a bigger picture of what is going on between the Night Raid, the Capital and the Jaegers. There are other factions, but in this at the moment they don't matter so much or it would make the story more complicated than it already is.

Akame is still resentful toward Najenda who she always saw as her enemy in the first place, but as Najenda wants her to see things from another perspective, she has to persuade her to change her mind for the sake of the cause. Tatsumi and Esdeath continue their romance, at least from her perspective (Tatsumi has been evading her for some time as he doesn't feel the same way about her) and end up being transported to a remote desert island that by magic can be transformed into any terrain, from said island, to a chilly ice peak on an ocean.

By order of Prime Minister, Honest, Esdeath is tasked with taking down the Danger Beasts, but this journey also takes her into the heart of the resistance and the sight of her one true love, Tatsumi. The reason why the Death Beasts have left their normal foraging places like forests and mines for human populated towns is unknown, but their threat is all to real for him. Honest is seen as a vile man who doesn't mind letting his underlings die or having people assassinated who he deems a threat to him. He is also uninterested in his perverting the new young emperor if it means he can control him.

To show how dangerous the Danger Beasts are, several incidents pass where the Danger Beasts have hunted; a couple have had their house broken into and been eaten alive, while a group of men in a horse and cart have been ambushed by a bunch of them. The humans are lucky that the passers-by are Jaegers who are familiar with beasts and notice these Danger Beasts are much larger and fiercer than the previous ones. These Jaegers are seen as the warriors for justice; Bols, Esdeath, Kurome, Wave, Dr. Stylish, Run and Seryu. They all have their own fun personalities, especially Bols who is one of my favourites alongside Esdeath and Tatsumi. Bols being the funniest is always half-naked with a strange mask and pants with a posing pouch. Bols is nothing like he appears to be, he has good relations with his friends and wife and kid dote on him, making him look comical in front of his pals. He denies he is a good man due to all the bad things he did when he was younger, but as Tatsumi will remind him, he was only obeying orders from above. Esdeath is another one who's true nature is nothing like what people see of her. She is a hard fighter and fearless leader, yet she has fallen in love with Tatsumi who she has recently met up with. This for her is strange as she is always viewed as a strong person, so when Tatsumi is her weakness, people think it's strange. Tatsumi on the other hand wants to get his hand on a Danger Beast to show his skill as a warrior, but he's too scared to take one out for the sake of the group. Bumping into her was the last thing he wanted, but he has to put up with her as she is willing to protect him. The funny thing is that once she is around, she is actually a good influence on him (he even tries to protect her!).

As the story seems to revolve around Esdeath and Tatsumi, Tatsumi, if he's patient can get to hear her life story of why she acts as she does and why she has killed so many. He knows she is strong, and knows the rumours, but it isn't long before he sees her in a different light after the series of episodes where they are held captive. Those who liked Blood C and Attack on Titan will enjoy the complete series.

Bonus Material: Akakill! Theatre, Japanese Promo, Clean Opening Animation, Clean Closing Animation, Also Available from Sentai Filmworks Trailers for other anime series.


Summary: Comedy, action, and thrills from characters everyone will like - a fun show for all anime fans.

Wednesday, 14 September 2016

ANIME REVIEW: TOKYO GHOUL SEASON 1

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Tokyo Ghoul Season 1
Released By: Anime Limited
Rating: 18
Running Time: 300 Mins
Audio: English DD 5.1 Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes

The manga was worth the read and the time invested in it as is the anime. If you have seen horror anime style, you will know that it's different to the Western idea of what horror is to us, and as most anime horror series are made for a teen audience, Tokyo Ghoul revolves around high schooler, Kei Kaneki who is shy around others and has a friend who wants him to have more friends and most of all get a girl. He likes taking him out to diners and that is where he meets a girl who he delights in telling him is into the same book as he's currently reading: The Egg of the Black Goat. His friend is happy for him, but love for Kei is about to get complicated. When they go out on a date, she acts as normal as she can, but hides the secret she is actually a ghoul who intends to devour him alive!

ANIME REVIEW: PUNCH LINE COMPLETE SEASON 1 COLLECTION

Punch Line Complete Season 1 Collection DVD
Punch Line Complete Season 1 Collection
Released By: Animatsu
Rating: 15
Running Time: 300 Mins
Audio: English DD 5.1 Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: 29/8/2016
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

Our unsung hero, Yuta Iridatsu is on a bus that has been busjacked by masked gunmen, he knows he is in way over his head as he isn't strong enough to take any of them on. What he doesn't expect is to try to take one of them on to protect the rest of the passengers, only to find his spirit has been removed from his body.

Saturday, 10 September 2016

ANIME REVIEW: NARUTO SPIN-OFF ROCK LEE AND HIS NINJA PALS

Naruto: Rock Lee And His Ninja Pals Collection 1 (episodes 1-26) DVD
Naruto Spin-Off Rock Lee and his Ninja Pals
Released By: Manga Entertainment
Rating: 15
Running Time: 300 Mins
Audio: English DD 5.1 Japanese DD 2.0
Release Date: 12/9/2016
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

Who would have thought it, Rock Lee getting his own show and though it's a few years old it's only just become available in English in the UK. As it's a 12 rated anime, it's also been arranged with the characters we know and adore in chibi style, complete with floating hearts and a certain set of crows flying around while the characters stumble around!

Monday, 5 September 2016

ACTION MOVIE REVIEW: ATTACK ON TITAN 2: THE END OF THE WORLD

Attack On Titan The Movie Part 2: End Of The World DVD
Attack on Titan 2: The End of the World
Released By: Animatsu
Rating: 15
Running Time: 83:41 Mins
Audio: Japanese 5.1 & 2.0 with English subs
Release Date: Out Now!
Reviewed By: Sandra Scholes 

When all hope had been lost, Eren came through in true hero form after being devoured by a Titan, he emerged as dominant entity, one who could kill other Titans and still retain his humanity. You would think that after he had saved their lives, his friends would be thankful, but at the start of this sequel, Eren finds himself tied up by order of the Director General.

Friday, 26 August 2016

RED QUEEN BY CHRISTINA HENRY

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Red Queen by Christina Henry

Synopsis:
The author of Alice takes readers back down the rabbit hole to a dark, twisted, and fascinating world based on the works of Lewis Carroll…

The land outside of the Old City was supposed to be green, lush, hopeful. A place where Alice could finally rest, no longer the plaything of the Rabbit, the pawn of Cheshire, or the prey of the Jabberwocky. But the verdant fields are nothing but ash—and hope is nowhere to be found.

Still, Alice and Hatcher are on a mission to find his daughter, a quest they will not forsake even as it takes them deep into the clutches of the mad White Queen and her goblin or into the realm of the twisted and cruel Black King.

The pieces are set and the game has already begun. Each move brings Alice closer to her destiny. But, to win, she will need to harness her newfound abilities and ally herself with someone even more powerful—the mysterious and vengeful Red Queen…