Top Ten Tuesday

Top Ten Tuesday | Changes in my Reading

Top Ten Tuesday was created byΒ The Broke and the BookishΒ in June of 2010 and was moved toΒ That Artsy Reader GirlΒ in January of 2018!


Salutations Cahpterlings! I know I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday is a while, but I’m hoping to bring it back as much as I can! As I have mentioned, this time of year is a bit of chaos and stress. From getting sick and battling to regain my voice, to planning traveling and holiday stuff, all the way to the crafting of Christmas care packages, this time of year is chaos. And that’s with working a forty hour job every week during the holiday season. I promise, I have some great stuff coming until then, try to bear with me as I try to bring some order back into all of this. Anyway, I’m back with a Top Ten Tuesday, so let’s get into my answers!


🍁 I read some sci-fi books now!

🍁 I don’t fear large or thick books anymore (although Priory of the Orange Tree is still a daunting thought of a task)

🍁 I read faster when I have music or asmr playing compared to silence.

🍁 I read a lot more contemporary and romance books now!

🍁 I take notes and annotate my books more than what I used to in past reading sessions.

🍁 I’ve become more aware of trigger and content warnings when I read fantasy or contemporary books.

🍁 I’ve become more open to reading historical fiction and historical romance (how this happened, I have no idea!)

🍁 I spend an equal amount of time reading as I do gaming compared to my reading in 2014 where I did more gaming over reading.

🍁 From 2018 to present day, I truly discovered what I really enjoy in books and what makes me interested in certain books.

🍁 I finally use book sleeves to protect my books from my danger prone self!


Okay, dearest readers! I think those are all the changes to my reading that have developed this year. I’m not even sure if some of those count, but they count to me because a lot of these are changes in my habits and they’ve molded my reading for the better of it. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this and much as I enjoyed writing this. Until next time, may November be kind to you, I love you! ❀️

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Wrap Ups

October 2019 Wrap Up

Salutations Chapterlings! Yes, I’m finally getting my wrap up posted and I promise my October book haul will be following shortly. If you saw my November TBR post then you probably know why I’ve been a bit of a ghost lately. However, if you haven’t seen it then I’ll give a brief run down. In October I suffered a major burn out and fell into a really bad reading slump. There was a lot of things happening in my personal life that was happening and then the last week of October I ended up really sick. I’ve been spending most of November trying to recover my voice and my strength. Even though my fever broke, I’m still sick and still working as well. So a lot of my days off and down time I’ve been using to recover. Hopefully I’ll be at a 100% soon, but time will only tell. The biggest thing is my reading has suffered greatly for being sick and it’s still kinda suffering for it. I’m truly hoping that I’ll be getting some more reading done soon. This time of year I tend to cut back on the reading due to holidays and visiting my family. But back to the main point, that’s where I’ve been hiding for the last week or so. I’ve been buried in a mountain of blankets and drinking twelve cups of peppermint tea a day!

Anyway, you’re here for my October Wrap Up and I’m sad to say it wasn’t as big as I was hoping it would be. However, I got very lucky that I had a lot of five star and a few four stars for the month of October. So even though I was sick and fell into a reading slump, I’m really happy with the books I got to read for the spooky season! However, if I’m being honest, I did dnf one book in the month of October. Aside from that, it was a good reading month! So I hope you check out some of my reviews for the books below especially for The Bone Houses because out of all the books I read for October, that has to be my favorite read of the month so far! Any who…here are the six books I read in the month of October!


πŸŽƒ Fence Vol. 3 (Fence #3) by P.C. Cast & Johanna the Mad | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

πŸŽƒ The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

πŸŽƒ The Adventure Zone: Here There Be Gerblins by Clint McElroy |⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

πŸŽƒ Mooncakes by Suzabba Walker & Wendy Xu | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

πŸŽƒ Spell on Wheels (Spell on Wheels #1-5) by Kate Leth & Megan Levens | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

πŸŽƒ War by Laura Thalassa | ⭐⭐⭐


Okay, friends! Those are all the books I read for the month of October. As I said, super short and I’m really bummed out it wasn’t large than what it is. But you should always put your mental and physical health first before trying to push yourself past your limits. If that means you have to take a break from reading then you have to do it. But anyway, I hope you all had a wonderful month of reading! As always, may November be kind to you, I love you! 🧑

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Real Neat Blog Award

I was nominated for the Real Neat Blog Award by the lovely Emer at The Little Haze Book Blog! Emer is such an amazing and kind soul! She has been supporting me for a while now and I’m so thankful I get to call her my friend. I’m truly grateful to be tagged for this and is means the world to me!

🍁The Origins of the Real Neat Blog Award🍁

Before I answer the questions I did a little googling to try and find the origins of this award and the earliest reference I can find to it goes all the way back to 2014 and to a blog called Dear Kitty, Some Blog.

The award came about as a way to highlight bloggers that need more attention because of their awesome content on their blogs and the first logo ever created for the award is this one that I found on the same Dear Kitty, Some Blog page:

🍁 The Rules:

🍁 Display the Award Logo.

🍁 Thank the blogger who nominated you and post a link to their blog.

🍁 Answer the questions of the one who nominated you.

🍁 Nominate some bloggers.

🍁 Ask them seven questions.

🍁 Questions set by Emer 🍁

🍁 What country that you have not yet visited would you like to go to?

Honestly, I would really like to go to Japan. It has been a lifelong dream of mine to one day travel there and see everything the culture has to offer. I would also love to travel to the United Kingdom. My lifelong penpal of fourteen years lives over there. She means the world to be, she’s one of my best friends, I really want to travel out there to finally hug her, meet her face to face, and share my greetings with the family I’ve come to know and love.

🍁 What is you favorite flower?

Everyone asks me this question because of my two tattoos. I actually have two favorite flowers. The first flower is a sunflower. I don’t want to go into details about that flower because it’s very personal, very emotional, and just something that stirs a lot of emotions in me around this time of year. The second flower is snapdragons. I love this flower with my whole heart and it wasn’t until a year ago that I found out the flower I loved so much in my childhood is called snapdragons. I love the look of them, I love how delicate they are, and I love the symbolism and meaning behind this flower.

🍁 If you could go back in time, to which time period would you choose to visit?

I feel like the Renaissance era would be a time where I would thrive and be madly in love with. Don’t ask me why, that’s just me guessing!

🍁 Do you believe we are alone in the universe?

We don’t know this question! We don’t know her! If I’m being absolutely honest; in my life experience there have been things that have happened to me, things I have seen and experienced that I can’t explain. Things that the people who were with me can’t explain. I’m not the type of person who likes to assume or even say “This is cut and dry! There’s no other option!” What I know from science alone, we’re still discovering and learning things about the ocean. It’s the exact same thing with space and the universe. I like to believe that there are some things we have yet to learn, or discover, or even know because we’re human beings and we’re always growing, learning, and adapting. So I think to cut and dry assume we are or aren’t alone in the universe is just silly. There’s always a mystery that can be unraveled, it’s just a matter of when and who will do the unraveling.

🍁 What is your all time favourite meal? (Include drinks, side orders, desserts etc. etc. Calories do not apply!!!!)

Once again, another question I love that people ask me. My answer will forever and always be… Mac n’ Cheese. No one can tell me otherwise.

🍁 If you were writing the book of your life what title would you give it?

This is something I have thought about for a very long time. I have spent my time in elementary school all the way to now, in my adulthood, thinking about this. I honestly think if I were to ever write a book about my life if would be titled one of two titles. The first one being Down the Rabbit Hole or Fox of Many Faces. Everyone asks why I would pick one of these titles and the answer is somewhere between is simple, but really complicated. I’m in my twenties and in my twenty some years of living, I have experienced more of life than most people can say. Those experiences have been dark, gruesome, great deals of sadness, and some of the happiest moments that have taught me things and have molded me into the person I am today. The reason I haven’t started writing that book even though I desperately want to, I’m not ready to reopen old wounds and look behind the lock doors of my memory. I’m a firm believer of “let sleeping dogs lie” and that’s where I stand with things for right now.

🍁 What is the blog post you are most proud of writing? Share a link to it.

This is really tough. My book blog is pretty new so there’s not a lot of articles or posts on it yet for me to really say “I feel accomplished as a blogger,” in my opinion. However, if I really had to pick one article, one post out of all the ones on my blog right now… it would be my review for Sadie. This was one of my hardest, hardest reviews I ever had to write. I don’t talk about my past very often or openly for that matter. I usually say, “I’ve seen some things” or “I’ve been through some messed up stuff,” but I never go into details. I always try to be as open and as honest, but my past is just something I don’t like to dig up. This book was the first time I felt like I owed it to, not only myself, but to all of those out there who have been molested or raped to say something, to speak about my experiences. I don’t go into a lot of details in my review about all of the situations, but writing that review, I was choking on my sobs and really fighting myself to make sure I spoke out about how broken our society really is. When writing about these things, it’s never easy and I scared my spouse like no tomorrow, but when I finished writing that review… it was like a relief had washed over me and I remember just finally breaking down for a full hour. After holding in all my thoughts for a couple of days and rereading all my notes, finally putting everything into a review and having no regrets about how that review turned out; this review took a part of me and it’s one of my reviews that every time I look at it, I feel nothing but pride.


Those are my questions from Emer! She really threw me for a loop there! Those questions were insanely hard to answer and things got a little tense near the end. But once again, thank you so much Emer! You always fill my heart with so much love and joy every time you tag me in these! Now I’m going to tag a few blogs to receive this award!

🍁 Blogs Tagged 🍁

🍁 Donna

🍁 Robin

🍁 Kayla

🍁 Lauren

🍁 Diana

🍁 Sara

🍁 Molly

🍁 Shaked

It’s okay if tags and awards aren’t your thing. No one should feel obligated to do this tag unless they want to.

🍁 My Seven Questions 🍁

🍁 What was the biggest influence for you starting your blog?

🍁 What is your favorite season?

🍁 If you could only live in one place for the rest of your life, where would it be and why?

🍁 What are the three items that are most precious to you?

🍁 What are you two biggest accomplishments for 2019 that you’re proud of?

🍁 If you could have any mythical creatures as a pet, what would it be and why?

🍁 What is one thing you wish to accomplish before the end of 2019?


Okay friends, that’s everything! Make sure you go give Emer some love and check out her wonderful content! She one blogger I wish I could eternally tag for the rest of my days because she’s so thoughtful and just amazing! I hope you enjoy this little, easy breezy post! I know I have been a bit absent due to fighting off whatever sickness I’ve come in contact with. I do promise that posts will be coming soon even if that means I have to start doing weekly updates. But as always, may November be kind to you, I love you! ❀️

Monthly TBR

November 2019 Mini TBR

Salutations Chapterlings! I feel like it’s been a hot minute since I’ve talked about books I’m reading or plan to read. October was definitely a crazy time for my reading and just the mood of everything. The whole thing just took a nose-dive. Honestly, I’m probably in the worst reading slump right now from severe burn out. October was a month of high levels of stress and my reading has really suffered for it. Now we’re in November and I’m currently sick so I haven’t been getting a lot of reading done. I’ve mostly been trying to recover and get better as soon as possible. However, I promise an October book haul soon and an October wrap up as well. So be patient, I promise, they’re coming!

However, we’re in November and you probably want to hear about all the books that are making it onto my November. Well, I’m actually not planning to read a whole lot this month. As I mentioned, I’m in a really bad reading slump from burn out, stress, and from being sick. Plus, as we get closer to the end of the year I get very homesick and crave wanting to be around my family. So my focus does tend to shift around this time and knowing that it does shift helped me plan this tbr. It’s a small list and if more books make it into my reading, then that’s a win. But as for right now, I just have five books lined up for this month. Two of these books I’m currently reading and will hopefully be finishing soon. So, without any further jibber-jabber, here’s my November mini tbr!


🍁Currently Reading🍁

🍁 The Witch’s Book of Self-Care by Arin Murphy-Hiscock
December 11, 2018 by Adams Media

🍁 No Tricks, Just Treats by Tijan, J. Daniels, Helena Hunting, and Tara Sivec
September 24, 2019 by St. Martin’s Paperbacks


🍁November TBR🍁

🍁 House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig
August 6, 2019 by Delacorte Press

🍁 Almost Home by Joan Bauer
August 29, 2013 by Puffin Books

🍁 The Smell of Other People’s Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
February 21, 2017 by Ember


I told you that was going to be a quick tbr! Compared to October, November is a baby tbr. This is probably my smallest tbr I’ve done all year. There is a chance that this will change, but who knows what will happen this month! Anyway, that’s all to my November TBR! I hope you found some books you’re interested in and I hope you enjoyed this tbr/life update bit! As always, may November be kind to you, I love you! 🧑

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The Blogger Recognition Award

I can’t believe I’m so blessed to be tagged for the blogger recognition award by the amazing and lovely Emer at The Little Haze Book Blog! They are truly wonderful and I’m so grateful, so honored, and really soft about this whole thing. They’re too kind and there aren’t enough words to express my feelings. If you get the chance, definitely check out Emer’s blog! She has amazing content and she’s such a sweet person!

πŸŽƒ The Rules

  1. Thank the blogger/s who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  2. Write a post to show your award.
  3. Give a brief story of how your blog started.
  4. Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.
  5. Select up to 15 other bloggers you want to give this award to.
  6. Comment (or pingback) on each blog and let them know you have nominated them and provide the link to the post you created.

πŸŽƒ How did Chapter Malliumpkin come to be

I briefly talk about this in my ‘About Me‘ section on my blog, but I’ll go into greater detail here. I’m probably going to get emotional and a bit sappy so I hope you’re ready for this.

I have always been a reader and a writer, ever since I was a kid. As a kid I had a lot of health problems and even now that I’m older, I still have a lot of medical struggles. With those struggles, I reached a point in my life where I felt like I was on repeat all the time. Around this time, a lot of difficult things were happening in my life and I remember like it was yesterday. It was a Wednesday, I had finished all my doctor appointments and I was at my LARPing (Live Action Role Playing) meetup for our next big chapter of our adventure. I had just finished putting on uniform for my character I play as (Malliumpkin or Mally-m-kin) when I got a phone call. That phone call changed a lot of things. After that day, there were a lot of events that happened over that following two weeks that caused me to take a step back and look at my life.

A few of my most trusted, most loyal friends actually pushed me into blogging about the books I read and they really helped me make the commitment to starting my bookstgram. I have been in the book community since 2014, but I was never really in it the way I am now. I had always wanted to start my book blog, but it wasn’t until I had been on bookstgram for a long enough time that I wanted to really invest my love and my time into my hobby of reading. And as for the name, well… Malliumpkin is not only the character name I go as for LARPing, but it’s my gaming tag, it’s a nickname that’s very personal and was given to me by someone very special and whom I value very highly in my life. The ‘chapter’ part was something that was added on at a later time when a lot of my LARPing buddies caught me reading Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban before one of our meetups started. So the name ‘Chapter Malliumpkin’ is something that was born from the love of many incredible, talented, and wonderful people who I’m immensely grateful to have in my life and very blessed that they put up with all my shenanigans.

Reading had always felt like some sacred, something kind of intimate throughout my life, and I never knew there were so many people out there who were interested in what I had to say about books or liked similar books. After really getting involved in the book community, I met so many incredibly kind, warm-hearted friends that really pushed me forward to making this blog and telling me to just go for it. Having that kind of support, it was like coming up for a breath of fresh air. I have never had that kind support, love, and so many people in my corner telling me to stop holding back (outside of my spouse, of course). And so here we are. On this blog that came to be out of inspiration, friendship, support, passion, and immense love.

πŸŽƒ My Advice

If you were like me, holding back from doing something you really wanted to do then let go and just do it. There are so many of us who will support you and want to talk with you about your thoughts, opinions, and you can make some of the strongest friendships in this community. I never would have started my blog if I never found the courage and if I never knew so many people supported me, wanting me to be happy. It truly has been an incredible journey and life it too short to be doing anything but the things you want to do.

My second piece of advice would be to just be yourself. You don’t have to try so hard to impress everyone or sacrifice your self-care for the sake of making sure you’re posting constantly. Not to mention, readers can tell when you’re forcing yourself to write about something you’re not that interested in. When you’re passionate about something, the writing will come naturally and your true emotions will always shine through in the end.

Getting involved is going to be your biggest challenge, but it’s the most rewarding. I’m the type of person who gets really bad anxiety and I stressed over saying the right thing. I blame the perfectionist side for that. But commenting, chatting, or even sending a simple message saying, “Hey! That sounds really amazing! Can you tell me more about it?” are some great ways of building friendships, establishing connections with others who like the same things that you do. And if you don’t connect right way, that’s okay. Try again and keep being social. In fact, if you’re here on this blog post, right now, reading it then comment something and let’s start a conversations! Let’s build a new bridge of friendship right here, right now!

And my final tip to you, dear reader, is to branch out and participate in something you normally wouldn’t do on your blog. Tags and memes are a great way to meet new people, interact with blogs you’ve never seen before, and overall just have fun. I worry, stress, and want things to be so perfect that I forget to have a little fun every now and again. You can still be serious and have fun. It’s also a great way to put out interesting content and help motivate you for regular blogging.

πŸŽƒ Bloggers I’m nominating for this award!

πŸŽƒ Melanie from meltotheany

πŸŽƒ Kayla from Books and Blends

πŸŽƒ Donna from Moms Book Collection

πŸŽƒ Robin from Paperbacks and Planners

πŸŽƒ Kat from Treestand Book Reviews

πŸŽƒ Destiny at Howling Libraries

πŸŽƒ Lauren at Lala’s Book Reviews

πŸŽƒ Kristin at Kristin Kraves Books

πŸŽƒ Sara at The Bibliophagist

πŸŽƒ May at Forever and Everly

πŸŽƒ Amy at A Court of Crowns and Quills


Okay, Chapterlings! That’s everything for this blog post! I hope you all enjoyed this and once again, make sure you go check Emer out. She is absolutely marvelous and I love her to pieces. And of course, I hope you enjoyed this blog post as much as I did. Until the next time, may October be treating you kindly, I love you! 🧑

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Fall Book Recommendations

Salutations Chapterlings! I’m back with some book recommendations! I never thought I would be compiling a list together of some of my favorite books to read during the fall. I probably say this a lot, but making this list was a real challenge. There’s so many good books out there that I could recommend, but I narrowed it down to ten books, just barely! However, I hope you enjoy the books that I picked and I hope you find yourself looking into a few of these. Now onto the books!


πŸŽƒ The Girl from the Other Side by NAGABE

I will never stop talking about this manga series! Aside from binge reading this series, I have been raving about this series for almost all of 2019 and honestly, this is probably my favorite manga of the whole year of 2019. It’s rich with character development of morally grey characters, the most unlikely pairing, a dark prophecy, a world divided between light and darkness, and slow burn story-line that will have you wanting more! If you see this at your local bookstore, pick it up! I promise you won’t regret it!


πŸŽƒ The Halloween Tree by Ray Bradbury

A book that is very near and dear to my heart! One that I can’t help rereading during the fall season. This is one of my favorite books that talks about Halloween and how it’s celebrated all over the world. There’s also a strong representation of unconditional love and how far one is willing to go for those they love. It’s a wonderful book and I strongly recommend this during the spooky season!


πŸŽƒ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

With the fall season in the air, how could I not recommend Harry Potter! Harry Potter is a series that’s beloved by all! Fall is the perfect time of year to pick up any of the Harry Potter books and read them. You could also plan a Harry Potter buddy read to help flying through the series. No matter what you choose, Harry Potter is a great way to bring in the fall season.


πŸŽƒ Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalco

One of my all time favorite series to read and recommend! Fall often brings crisp air and fall rain spells. And what is more perfect to read during a fall rainy day than a series that takes place in the eerie setting of London during the reign of Jack the Ripper?! It’s atmospheric and the perfect mood read for a rainy day! This is a quartet so if you end up liking the first one then definitely pick up the rest of the series! The come talk to me about it because I need more people to gush about this series with!


πŸŽƒ The Always Next (Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy #1) by Nora Roberts

If you’re looking for a little romance this fall then this is the series for you! I always recommend this trilogy for anyone who is looking into reading Nora Roberts books. This is one of my favorite trilogy series she has written that follows three brother and three best friends. Each book is about one brother and one woman he’s interest in pursuing. We get two perspectives from both main characters and there’s a bit of a paranormal twist that unravels as you read this series. I loved this series and I really enjoy curling up with a blanket, a cup of tea, and rereading these books.


πŸŽƒ The Bone Houses by Emily Lloyd-Jones

This book took me by storm. This was a book I wasn’t expecting to fall in love with so much, but I did and I’m so happy that I read it during the fall. I would say this is a book you could read during October or November. October due to all the necromancy, but November due to the strong sense of family and unconditional love. Perfect for either month and it pairs perfectly with a pumpkin spice latte!


πŸŽƒ There Will Come A Darkness by Katy Rose Pool

This is absolutely perfection to read during any season, but I feel this book fits the fall season better. Full of action, suspense, morally grey characters, and a story-line that will cause you to binge read it in one sitting. When I read the arc of this book, I didn’t want to stop reading it. If you’re in a reading slump, feeling bored on a rainy day, then this will be the book to break the cycle.


πŸŽƒ The Ancient Magus’ Bride by Kore Yamazaki

Full of magic, adventure, and emotional moments, this is a manga series you definitely want to pick up! Just like The Girl from the Other Side, we have another unlikely pairing that come together under dark circumstances. Once they’re together, they share many adventures undoing the darkness and discovering more about each other along the way. And if you find yourself head over heels with this series like I was and still am, then you definitely have to check out the anime. The anime is almost a complete mirror to the books and gives the perfect vibes for the fall weather!


πŸŽƒ Every Heart A Doorway (Wayward Children #1) by Seanan McGuire

I recently read this book in September and completely fell in love with it. My heart never felt so full of warmth yet eerie vibes. From the magic doors that lead to fantasy realms to the mystery happening, it was hard not to fall in love with it. Plus, there were many amazing themes in this book that will touch the soul. I’ll be honest, I got soft and sappy at times while reading this book. I’m very eager to continue the series and I can’t wait to see where the story takes us. Honestly, I think this is a great series to pick up and read this fall. Each book is short and filled with characters you’ll fall in love with!


πŸŽƒ Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

This is the time of year where I really get vocal about this book. I read this book back in the fall of 2018 and I read it again during the fifth round of Contemporary-A-Thon this year. This is a middle grade book that is very close and personal to my heart and soul. I get emotional every time I talk about it, every time I recommend it to someone, and every time I give a synopsis of this book. I truly and deeply believe this is a book that deserves to be talked about more and read more because it addresses some hard topics. This book also opens the floor up for so much discussion for readers, parents, and children. I love this book and out of all the times in the year, this book is best read at the start of the school year and the start of fall.


Okay chapterlings, those are all the books I have for fall reading recommendations! I hope you enjoyed this as much as I did going through some of my favorite books. Believe me, picking these books weren’t easy. Please feel free to tell me some of your favorite books to read during the fall, I’m always here for a book recommendation! Until next time, I hope October has been kind and full of five star books, I love you! 🧑

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Fence Vol. 3 (Fence #3) by C.S. Pacat & Johanna the Mad

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Other creators involved in the making of this comic bind-up include: Colors by Joana LaFuente, Lettering by Jim Campbell

🌻 Fence Vol. 1 β€“ ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 Fence Vol. 2 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

“I believe in all of you. As a team, I believe we can win the state championships.”

Readers, this is probably my favorite volume thus far in the Fence series! This volume completely took me by storm and while I love the first two volumes, volume three is on a whole other level. From the diversities to the high tension, my breath was hitching this whole entire time. Everything this volume delivers is perfection and I’m so upset that it’s over already. I’m ready for that next volume, stat! I really want more because these characters are absolutely wonderful and the atmosphere is so easily to get caught up in. I could literally talk your ear off about how much I loved this volume. Okay, enough of me gushing and let’s talk details.

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With volume one and two, we had many levels. Think of this series as a giant onion and we, as the reader, are slowly peeling back the layers to this series, these characters, and Fence as a whole. This volume was very emotional focused. The stakes are higher, some of the characters are right at the tip of losing everything, and we get some really intimate moments between characters and family members. We truly see so much diversity in this series and the moment the word family was dropped in this book, I was all over it! We even get more tension building between Nicholas and Seiji, which I almost died. But my favorite so far has been the truly intimate moment shared between Tanner and Kally. They are my OTP and I was living for their little moment. And we do get scenes with Bobby, but we really could have used more scenes with Bobby!

My truly favorite part about this volume was the various family dynamics. I’m a complete sucker for any book with diverse family dynamics. I come from various family dynamics and seeing so many family dynamics had me feeling some kind of soft and sappy. We don’t see a lot of diverse families in books and for a graphic novel to come out and throw so many into the mix, it’s a win for those of us who come from different family structures. If I had to pick one of the best moments in this book, the families all coming together under one roof and seeing all the fencers interact with their families would be at the top of my list.

As with every graphic novel that turns into a bind up, I like to do a spoiler free breakdown (to the best of my ability). I did this for the first and second volume and now I’m going to do it for this volume as well. If you haven’t read Fence Vol. 1 yet, then please go do so or at least read my review for the first volume. The next portion may contain spoilers, but I will do my best to keep it as spoiler free as I possibly can.

🌻 Chapter NineThis chapter kicks off with Nicholas vs. Kally. The stakes are high this time for both fencers. If either of them loses this match, they won’t make the team. Nicholas shows his speed and Kally shares the memories they had since they made it onto the fencing team. It’s a bitter-sweet kind of chapter. However, Seiji ends up finding himself watching Nicholas’s match. The ending of this chapter left me holding my breath and if it wasn’t a spoiler, I’d tell you what it is.

🌻 Chapter TenAll the families are introduced. They’ve all come to see their fencers and wish them luck at making the team. Even though it’s an emotional time for all the fencers, Nicholas and Seiji have unfinished business with one another. It all boils down to this match, Nicholas vs. Seiji, but when they come together something remarkable happens that no one except Coach has noticed before. This chapter is full of high tension and emotions, but the ending between Seiji and Nicholas is completely precious.

🌻 Chapter ElevenThe beginning of this chapter starts with Seiji and Nicholas in awkwardness. However, the tides soon get turned when Eugene’s family comes to stand with them. We begin to learn more about Eugene and why fencing is some important to him and his family. We also learn about how hard Eugene’s mother works so she can send Eugene to school to fence and I’m not going to lie, I got really soft and sappy at this. We also see Aiden vs. Jay in this chapter. This match is super important for Nicholas and Eugene because this is the match that will determine whether or not they make the fencing team. The stakes are high and there’s a sense of doom looming in the air. There’s also a lot of glimpses of Jay’s feelings and what happened between him and Aiden. The ending of this chapter ends on a bittersweet note with Seiji giving Eugene some tips and Nicholas walking out.

🌻 Chapter TwelveEverything boils down to this chapter. All of the fencers find out who will make the spots on the fencing team. Eugene and Nicholas are both up for the reservation spot, but neither of them wants to let on about how they’re really feeling. And after all of this time, Seiji finally calls Nicholas by his name! My two precious cinnamon rolls are making slow strides and I’m living for each moment! Also, Coach’s reactions are absolutely perfect for each circumstance that happens, she deserves more credit! Bobby and Dante make a brief appearance, it’s a bittersweet moment. And soon enough, Harvard is breaking everyone out of their classes and taking the fencing team on a little adventure. This whole chapter concludes with Aiden and Jay talking things out.

“But when they’re together – something extraordinary happens.”

Overall, I don’t want this series to end. I’m not ready for it to be over and I need the next volume right now! The complete wrap up of this graphic novel was just perfect and I can’t get enough of these characters. I’m eager to see Nicholas and Seiji’s relationship bloom and grow. I’m super excited just not excited about the waiting. If you haven’t picked this series up yet then please give it the chance it deserves. It’s such a good series and these characters will make you fall in love with them.

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