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The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil A, Run Vol. 8 (The Girl from the Other Side, #8) by NAGABE

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🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 1 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 2 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 3 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 4 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 5 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 6 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 7 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Content/Trigger Warnings: Graphic injuries, impalement, talk of democide, grief, starvation, attempted sacrifice, terminal illness

“This time I will surely save you.”

Friends, I love this series with every fiber of my being! These characters, this world, just everything about it makes me melt into a puddle. I have been following these characters since I got my hands on the first volume and to say this isn’t a new favorite would be doing it a disservice. Also, if you haven’t read my full series review yet, please go check it out so you have a better idea about this world and these characters!

Factions

🌻 Humans/Mortals – Like you and me, live on the Inside
🌻 Cursed Ones – Beast like creatures, plagued with The Curse, feared by mortals, roam the Outside
🌻 Humans/Mortals – Like you and me, live on the Inside
🌻 The God of Light – Creator of happiness and peace
🌻 The God of Darkness – Trickster, plays pranks on the God of Light, steals away happiness, cause of The Curse

Characters

🌻 Teacher – Main character, horned Cursed Child, guardian of Shiva, either a scholar or doctor when mortal
🌻 Shiva – Main character, child of Light, protected by the most holy, innocent, companion to Teacher
🌻 Teacher – Main character, horned Cursed Child, guardian of Shiva, either a scholar or doctor when mortal
🌻 Father or Head Priest of the Church – Orders for constant capture of Shiva, believer of the “prophecy”, orders soldiers to cause democide, aid of his royal majesty
🌻 Mother – Intentions unknown, creator of the Black Children
🌻 The Black Children – Created by “Mother”, similar to Teacher, wish to obtain Shiva’s soul

This is the volume where it finally happens, the church final captures Shiva. So the majority of this book we follow her perspective and the things that befall her after Teacher saves her life. In previous volumes, we learn that the church has been trying to capture Shiva because of a prophecy that claims if you sacrifice the child of white from the Outside then the curse will be lifted. However, things don’t go according to plan when things take a turn for the worse during the ceremony.

I have said this so many times, this series is so good at building a story-line and anticipation! Not to mention that this author has a tendency to end their volumes on a cliffhanger. I have never come across a manga series that ends on so many intense cliffhangers. Now, I may be over selling it. However, in all my time reading manga, I have never wanted to acquire a series so fast because of the way the story-line is built and how each volume ends. Each volume is it’s own master piece at painting the bigger picture of the story that’s unfolding and it makes the reader become fully invested.

I really loved that we see a lot of character development in this volume. In past volumes there was character development, but in this volume we really get that sense of what the main characters mean to one another. Teacher makes the ultimate sacrifice to save Shiva, while Shiva realizes how much she wants to stay with Teacher after being captured by the church. We already had a sense of how important each main character was to the other, but this volume has both main characters acknowledge their love for one another, the importance of each other, and how they don’t want to lose one another. This is a very similar character development that you see in the manga series, The Ancient Magus Bride between Elias and Chise. I love these type of character developments and I really enjoy when characters realize the importance of their love interest or their companion/friends.

“You were like the light of a flickering candle flame. Too faint to illuminate the path ahead. You were so small, so slight and fragile. A breath could have extinguished you. And yet… You were all that I needed and more.”

Of course, we also see more of the church and His Majesty in this volume. We’ve seen bits and pieces of them in past volumes. Along with scenes of soldiers sent by the church venturing through the Outside, but we never had a volume that fully involves the church. In this volume, we learn that His Majesty is terminally ill with a type of heart condition that keeps becoming worse. We also have this sense that the church is pulling a lot more strings then it lets on. The last scene we have of the priest leaves a dark, ominous feeling that would lead to speculation that something far worse is coming or the possible potential of the church taking matters into their own hands. Either way, this volume has more darker themes than one would expect.

And I have to mention how the author includes these important moments with specific items. Near the end of this book, Shiva interacts with a stranger within the prison she’s being held in. This stranger ends up bringing her the pocket watch that Teacher gave to her. Turns out, Teacher had the pocket watch inscribed to Shiva to show how much he valued her, how important she was, and ultimately gave this pocket watch to her. Now going back to the stranger, we have no idea who this person is or what their true motives are. However, my guess is this person will be revealed in a later volume that shows them helping Shiva escape captivity or secretly be a Cursed One. Either way, I have no doubt that this person is going to be of great importance in volumes to come.

Overall, I absolutely loved this volume. I can find nothing wrong with this series and I truly love it with my very being. I can’t believe we have to wait until August for volume nine to be published in English! However, we have a cover for the volume and it is absolutely stunning! I can’t wait to see what the next volume will hold in this dark fantasy. Seriously, if you haven’t picked this series up yet, let me be the voice that tells you to give this manga series a chance! It’s so good and I recommend it with every ounce of my soul!

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The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil A Run by NAGABE

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🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 1 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 2 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 3 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 4 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 5 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 6 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
🌻 The Girl from the Other Side Vol. 7 | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Content/Trigger Warnings: Violence, graphic injuries, decapitation, impalement, death, talk of sacrifice, attempted sacrifice, abandonment, witch hunt themes, kidnapping, mass murder/democide, trauma/PTSD, grief, loss of a loved one, torture, and more!

After many, many requests… I am finally do a full series review of The Girl from the Other Side! Dearest readers, if you have been with me for a while then you’ve probably seen me mention this series a lot. Whether you have seen me talk about this manga series on my blog or on IG, you know that this series took me by storm. I love this series with my whole heart and soul, I recommend this series to everyone I come in contact with, and honestly, I can’t stop talking about this series. Plus, the eighth volume in this series just released in the U.S. on March 17th, 2020 so I figured now would be the perfect time to gush about this series!

The Girl from the Other Side follows two main characters; Shiva, a young girl in white and Teacher, a humanoid beast in black. Both live in a split world between the Inside and the Outside. Those who live on the Inside are told to never venture to the Outside and should they find themselves on the Outside, hope and pray the curse won’t touch them. Though our two main characters are never allowed to touch, they share a unique bond that keeps them tethered to one another. But when Shiva’s patience has finally ran out, she leaves to find her grandmother. Only in these two realms, you never know who you can truly trust.

For starters, let me say how excited I am that this is being adapted into an anime series! This manga series is very underrated and I wish more readers were picking this series up. To hear that it has been picked up for an anime series, the actual blessings! Secondly, if you’re a fan of the manga series or the anime series, The Ancient Magus Bride then you’re going to fall in love with this manga series. The relationship between Shiva and Teacher have a lot of similarities to Chise and Elias. So let this be the reason why you pick this series up!

Okay, if that didn’t convince you on why you need to pick this series up then let’s talk about the world building. Though the world may be black and white, split into two realms, the way this world is built and how the side characters are all portrayed are anything but black and white. The world is established through an old legend where the God of Light punished the God of Darkness, transforming the God of Darkness into a terrible monster. But the God of Darkness allowed his rage to consume him and turned his punishment into a curse to spread to others. So the God of Light banished the God of Darkness to the Outside, splitting the world into the two realms, the Inside and the Outside. I love a world that’s built off a legend or folklore. It just makes the world even more unique.

Then we have the way all the main and side characters are portrayed in this series. The side characters are all painted in a morally grey light, yet their intentions come off as malicious. As for our main characters, they’re the most morally grey in this series. Their personalities develop as the series continues and we really see how they mirror one another. We all know that I love morally grey characters because they are the type of characters that resemble the most realistic traits of humanity. I think this series does a fantastic job at showing all these different personalities and truly shows how complex thoughts and actions are when there’s no straight forward answer to a problem. I really loved it and I loved the way the character development is shown in this series.

And of course, I would be an absolute fool if I didn’t mention the art style. Each panel is unique and really sets the mood at times. I remember when I first opened the first volume and how quickly the art captured my attention. The tone in which every shade of white, black, and gray sets everything up to be mysterious or leave you wondering what will happen next. I truly could live within the pages of this manga series. They’re so aesthetically pleasing!

The story-line is probably one of my most favorite pieces of this series though. I found it was really easy to get wrapped up in everything happening and wanting to find out more. The author does a really fantastic job on ending each book on a cliffhanger that makes you want to pick the next volume. We also receive little bits of information that make you want to unravel the mystery of how everything will come into play later on. I’m excited for future volumes to come because I have so many questions and I can’t wait to see how everything will paint the big picture for us.

Overall, I truly hope more readers will be picking this series up. Other than myself, I haven’t heard many people talking about this manga series. It completely boggles my mind! This series is such a slow build, slow burn and I love every second of it. I think the story-line is absolutely fantastic and I think if you’re like me, you’d want to obtain the whole series in one go too! There will never be enough words to convey my thoughts and feelings about this series. I truly love it and I can’t wait to see what they do with the anime adaptation! If you’re looking for a series that’s dark fantasy, has a slow build story-line, prophecies, and little pieces slowly unraveling then you definitely need to pick this series up!

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Beasts of Abigaile by Spica Aoki

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🌹 Beasts of Abigaile Vol. 1 Review

Content/Trigger Warnings: Bullying, violence, physical abuse, scene of child abuse, slavery/talk of slavery/servitude, death of an animal, death/loss of a loved one, manipulation, kidnapping, trauma, drugging, scene of homicide, suggestive comments

Our story follows a girl named Nina who recently left her home in Japan and has relocated to the beautiful country Ruberia to live with her uncle and aunt. Even though this country is very beautiful, there are many dark secrets that have been hidden away from the world, and Nina is so to discover the darkest secret of them all. When curiosity gets the better of Nina, she gets bitten by one of the notorious luga and begins to transform a tail and a set of furry ears herself. Now she’s throw into the dangerous world of the luga and if she’s not careful, she may face the wrath of more than one luga, but make many friends along the way.

“I never could’ve imagined…the unthinkable trails that awaited me…here on Abigaile.”

I figured the best way to talk about this series was to do a series review. If you already saw my first review for the first volume in this series then you probably have a little insight to how I felt reading as well as what this series may hold. I really loved this series and even though this series was only four volumes, it did a great job at threading together a captivating story-line that I didn’t want to end. If you’re a manga reader, this is definitely a series you want to put on your radar. And I really need to thank Kayla at Books and Blends because without her recommendation and her amazing review, I never would have heard of thing manga or even picked it up in the first place!

This manga took me by storm and I was already pretty hyped going into this series from the few things I was told about it. I have no idea I would read through it so quickly and crave the remaining volumes so desperately. I wish I had know about this series sooner because finally reading this series and falling in love with it, I would have been telling everyone about Beasts of Abigaile sooner instead of now.

I loved all of these characters. Nina is such an easy character to love and is great choice for a main character. She’s very bold, passionate, and she has no problem standing up to anyone when they’ve committed a wrong. There’s even certain moments in this series that even her more calmer, subtle moments, you can feel how important the words she’s saying are and you can feel how moved she is in those panels. She’s such a genuine character and a lot of her actions in this series really moved me. I just felt that kindred spirit with her and I think that’s why I truly love her character the way I do. We also get an amazing character by the name of Dario and throughout this series he is hilarious and just this ray of sunshine. And he’s a force not to be reckoned with. His character continuously surprised me throughout my reading experience and he was also the first person to fully believe in Nina, not once did he hold back with his support when it came to her. I just truly loved him with my whole heart.

I really want to take a moment and say how much I adored the friendships Nina made. The friendships she established with so many of the luga were just great examples of loyalty especially when it came to a character named Poe. Nina really took the time to show him that she cared and she really wanted to find a way to bridge the gap between him and all the other luga. Her loyalty to Poe is so strong that she even risks her life to prove what his friendship means to her. Not to mention the friendships she’s established in Dario’s home that he’s constantly rushing to make sure she’s okay, that nothing bad has happened to her, and protecting her. Loyalty is a huge theme in this series and it really warmed my heart because I’m a huge believer in loyalty and actively showing that loyalty.

Of course, this would be a manga if there wasn’t some for of a romance involved in it. I’m not going to lie, I was a little skeptical in the beginning especially when it seemed like there was going to be a love triangle forming. And I’m not going to lie, I was sitting here rooting for the good guy, the underdog, the entire time reading this series. However, there were some really intense scenes between Roy and Nina. You could feel the sexual tension radiating of the pages in certain scenes. While I definitely would have preferred the relationship to go a different direction, I wasn’t disappointed with how it turned out. It would have been even better if we had more volumes in this series to really see the relationship grow and blossom.

While there were many things I loved about this book, the ending and conclusion of this book left something to be desired. You can definitely tell the author was rushed to finish this series. There were also some questionable moments that never got addressed or answered. I truly wish this author had the chance to continue this series because I would really love to see so much develop from where this book concludes. Not to mention, it would be really amazing to see how everything turns out for the luga and with Nina. To quote Sheldon Cooper, “I don’t need sleep, I need answers!”

Overall, this series just reminded me why I love werewolf books so much. I loved the poison element for the luga the author put in here. It was such a creative twist and the little details we find out about it just blew me away. Plus, the characters are to die for. I have no doubt the readers won’t find a character in this book they won’t love. It was just a really great series and I wish we had gotten more volumes because it truly is a great story to immerse into.

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