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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.


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Thursday, September 6, 2012

227. Jiu Jiu by Touya Tobina


Jiu Jiu by Touya Tobina (US) - (Canada)
Jiu Jiu, #Vol. 1

Pages: 200
Ages: 13+ Labeled T for violence, but there is no violence, rather s*xulity
Finished: Aug. 20, 2012
First Published: Jul. 3 2012
Publisher: viz media
Genre: YA, fantasy, paranormal, humour
Rating: 2.5/5




First sentence: "No one needs you." That's what I've been told."


Publisher's Summary: "Born into a family of “Hunters,” Takamichi's destiny is to pursue and slay demons. When her twin brother is killed, she is saved from despair by a pair of Jiu Jiu—shape-shifting familiars—in the form of two wolf pups named Snow and Night. Now Takamichi is in high school and an active Hunter. Snow and Night can't wait to attend school in their human form to "protect" her. But are they ready to go off leash...?
Takamichi's Jiu Jiu Obedience Training Goals

1. Stop them from following you to work

2. Avoid exposing them to the full moon

3. Save them from execution "

Acquired: Received a review copy from Simon & Schuster Canada

Reason for Reading: I've finished a couple of manga series lately and am looking for a new one to start.

I liked the idea of this series being about a female "Hunter" who pursues and slays demons and the pair of wolf cub shapeshifters she's given as her familiars to protect her.  Unfortunately this is not how it read for me. Takamichi is a spoiled, rude, obnoxious girl who gets what she wants except for having the wolf pups dumped off on her.  So she treats them cruelly, with disdain and no show of affection at all.  She has a wounded ego and a sad past she cannot get over.  The book mostly revolved around her being rude and mean to the pups while they slobbered and worshiped all over her.  This could have been cute had they been tiny little pups, but no they were 3 years old and when transformed to adult form they were the same age as Takamichi herself, naked, and inevitably found in bed with her all snuggled up.  There is no s*x in the book but these images have been drawn for their sensuality, Two n*ked men and a girl in bed?  And later on there is a scene with one of them on top of her saying he wants her. (Is it innocent? We never find out as they are interrupted)  So no demons, I guess that's waiting for the second volume and while volume 1 allows us an introduction to the characters; I found them all off-putting and would say this is not my type of Manga or story-line.

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