A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.

I also blog about
graphic novels and manga on a separate BLOG.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

114: Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, V8

Echoes of the Past by Hiroshi Shiibashi (US) - (Canada)
Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, Vol. 7

Pages: 192
Ages: 13+
Finished: Apr. 16, 2012
First Published: Apr. 3, 2012
Publisher: viz media
Genre: manga, fantasy, YA
Rating: 4/5

First sentence: "WOW Princess Yo!!"

Publisher's Summary: "The time is the early 1600s, and the young Nurarihyon has become infatuated with Yo-Hime, a girl with mysterious healing powers. He proposes to her. But then Yo-Hime is abducted by subordinates of the great yokai Hagoromo-Gitsune. And she wants to cut her apart and steal what makes her special! Find out how Rikuo's grandfather once had to almost sacrifice everything to save the woman he loved!"

Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada.

Reason for Reading: Next in the series.

Another good volume with lots of action and storyline.  The past story of Rikuo's Grandfather continues for the most part of this volume, not just as the story of the Grandmother and Grandfather's falling in love, but also how he became the Lord of Pandemonium in the first place.  We now have the backstory of Rikuo's heritage and why it means so much that he carry it on himself as part of the family.  Then near the end we have two quick chapters back in the present.  One where Rikuo tells his Grandfather that he must follow Yura to Kyoto to help her with whatever problems she has been asked to face there by her brothers and the second is a set-up for the next story arc, where the grandfather tells him he has nowhere near the power to be able to fight the forces in Kyoto and Rikuo battles his Grandfather only to awaken in a training camp in a remote village with no escape...  I enjoyed these last two volumes and I especially enjoyed reading them back to back.  I always hate having to wait the 3 or so months between each volume!  I'm enjoying this manga and finding the story is becoming very layered and the main characters have developed so much from where they were when we first met them in vol. 1.

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