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Inn Boonsboro Trilogy by Nora Roberts

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🏵️ The Next Always Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐

🏵️ The Last Boyfriend Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐

🏵️ The Perfect Hope Review ⭐⭐⭐⭐

After many, many requests and questions, I’m finally writing a full series review for the Inn BoonBoro Trilogy. This review is long overdue and I’m just glad I can finally share my thoughts on this series as a whole. I have said in every review for each book in this trilogy that I get asked all the time, ‘where is the best place to start with Nora Roberts’ work’, and I always tell them to start with this series.

The Inn BoonsBoro Trilogy follows the three Montgomery brothers, as they work to renovate the historical hotel in town to fit their mother’s vision for the place. Despite all the hustle and bustle of managing all the tedious projects and tasks their mother has planned for them, each Montgomery boy will find love brewing with one of three best friends of town; Clare Brewster, Avery MacTavish, and Hope Beaumount. Each book tells the love story of one Montgomery brother and three ladies.

I decided to do a small, spoiler free break down of each book. This is to help show the individual love stories, but to also show how each of them are connected to one another. Enjoy!

💐 The Next Always

Our story follows Beckett Montgomery, the architect f the family. The evidence of a social life is the moments when he’s out with his brother, eating pizza and drinking a cold one. So when he starts getting soft on Clare Brewster, the owner of the town’s bookstore, he starts to shift his time and attention towards her. Clare Brewster is a single mother of three and has been running the town’s bookstore since she move back. After her husband passed away, she’s always had to do things on her own, never relying on anyone outside of family, but when Beckett Montgomery expresses his interest in her, she decides it’s time to give love a chance one more time.

💐 The Last Boyfriend

After Clare found her romance with Beckett, Avery MacTavish wants a little romance of her own. She just never expected it to be Own Montgomery to be that person. Avery is the owner of the popular pizzeria in town and she’s always the busy worker bee, never a moment to slow down. All she wants is to make her dream of owning her own restaurant and bar a reality. But romance is keeping her on her toes and when old feelings for Owen start drifting into her thoughts, maybe you can have romance with the boy you loved since you were a kid.

💐 The Perfect Hope

Ryder Montgomery is the hardest Montgomery brother and when Hope Beaumont moves to town, to be the new inn manager, she gets under Ryder’s skin like no one has before. Hope gave up everything for a fresh start in BoonsBoro. She’s traded glamour and excitement for the small town vibes and close community. The only problem with running away from your past, sometimes it finds you even after you’ve washed your hands clean of it. Seeing Hope vulnerable stirs emotions within Ryder that he wasn’t even sure he was capable of feeling. Soon, the two will become closer than they ever been before.

When I first read this series, I absolutely loved it. I flew through it so quickly and I really enjoyed the romances between each characters. It took me forever to track down a copy of The Perfect Hope in the larger print. So that anticipation was intense. However, my second time reading it was a bit different. I still love this series so, so much, but my second read through made me realize that I disliked the paranormal element in this series. For whatever reason, my first read through mental blocked that out or ignored it. And now, being a more critical reader, I just didn’t enjoy the paranormal element. There’s nothing wrong with the paranormal element, it just wasn’t my cup of paranormal.

I don’t think I ever mentioned this, but when I first read this series, The Perfect Hope was my favorite. Now, since rereading this trilogy, I’m leaning more towards The Last Boyfriend being my favorite. I just really enjoyed Avery and Owen a lot more this time around than I expected. Regardless, I love all the characters and their individual stories. I just liked Avery and Owen a little bit more than the others.

Overall, I still recommend this series with my whole heart. This was my first trilogy by Nora Roberts I ever read and I still enjoy them. I’m still waiting for a novella that features Ryder and Hope. Maybe one day! I do recommend checking out my reviews for each book individually, though. I didn’t list the content and trigger warnings on this overall review because the content and trigger warnings are different for each book. So please read those before you pick this series up and make sure you practice self-care while you read.

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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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