Weekly Check-in 05/29/21

Hey guys how’s it going? Weekly Check-in time today! This week I got quite a bit done reading and watching despite consuming a variety of media with getting some reviews done also.

There are a few pieces in this post that I reviewed for Netgalley so check them out when they come out.

This week I was able to watch one movie and tv show with the family and read two novels one on audio and one physically. I also read four volumes of manga as well. Onto the media!

Movie

Love Happens

This was a blind rom watch with the family

Trigger warnings for grief, car accident, and a moment of cheating. To me this is something that has some romantic moments, but it is not one that that’s what it is all about. This is mainly about the male character overcoming his grief and meeting a cute florist along the way. It also has lovely scenes of Seattle, Washington to make me feel like I was there with the characters. However, there are some times when the humor can be considered offensive, so keep that in mind. Overall though, it was a fantastic movie, nevertheless it is very deceptive at first glance. Because of these points, I have to give this a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 3 sushi 🍣🍣🍣.

TV Show

Storage Wars

My family and I really enjoy the Texas version of this series so we wanted to try the original one on Discovery +

This is a series that really fascinates my family and I because of the gamble but also because of what people actually store in abandoned storage units (its very interesting). What is more unique to this show than the Texas one, is that it’s not as funny/more mean people, not as many art projects, and more educational bits on the items and who the appraisers are. Overall though, if the family needs a half hour of something to watch, this is something we know we can turn to in the future. Because of these points, I have to give this show a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Novel

Down with this Ship

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Flux Books for the opportunity to read and review this book

This book was one I wasn’t sure how I was going to feel. Trigger warnings for bullying, cyber trolling, miscommunication, and points of pretentiousness.

This is a story that I think is educational for someone who needs a high school education on online fandom in particular fan fiction creation and shipping especially shipping.

I really enjoyed the core family and friendship dynamics but also the lessons learned from other characters in particular how passionate they are about their work fandom etc.

I did have an issue other than with the trigger warnings, was that I feel like this may not be a book that’s timeless because fandom grows and changes over time no matter what it is and I fear it will date itself after its publication.

Overall though, I truly enjoyed this story for what it is and I hope that teens enjoy it. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣. This comes out June 8th if you are interested!

Audiobook

Ready Player Two

I read the first book in this series this past year through audio, plus my boyfriend preordered this for us I am glad I read it.

Sigh, this is a book that I appreciated being created especially with the technology and the newly created aspects of the Oasis that I knew about yet didn’t all at the same time. However, I am not a fan of the main character at all. The author makes him seem like he’s trying to be the ideal fanboy with “autistic” (I am putting it in quotes because the typical symptoms are obvious but its not stated on page) tendencies and I care about every side character but him. I also wasn’t a fan of how the second half of the book was about the new world etc. because it took too long to get to the conflict and the secondary conflict (the romance) felt too simple; easy to get back together etc. Especially since the breakup was a legitimate conflict. Because of these points, I have to give this book a 3.5 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣 .

Manga

Series Starters

World’s End and Apricot Jam

This was a blind buy that I wasn’t sure what to expect

This manga is one that I wouldn’t recommend to just anyone. This is because if you are looking for another fluffy romance, this is not it. This has some mystery involved, some music, and some profound quotes. I also want to point out that there are triggers for child abandonment, bullying, too aggressive leading guy, and negative self talk. However, I am still intrigued by the romance and again the mystery is still something I want to continue on. Because of these points, I have to give this manga a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

With the Sheikh in His Harem

Thank you so much to Netgalley and Kodansha Comics for the opportunity to read and review this manga

I’ll be honest, at first when I saw this manga, I thought it was going to be something that I really enjoyed, however, I do agree with some of the other reviews of this and I believe because of such a likeness to some of the middle eastern culture and its seemingly satire look about it in this volume, it is not going to be very well received. There are also random acts of violence that seem to be just added for plot and the end introducing another character in the mix to make it a triangle for the future just made things worse for this. I think personally, if you want to ignore everything wrong with this volume, you should check it out. However for me personally, I am glad to have read this for myself, but I will most likely not be continuing. Because of these points, I have to give this a 2.5 out of 5 stars or 2 sushi 🍣🍣

Series Continuations

Abe-kun’s got me now

Can we have a date for the next volume??? Please and Thank you

This series took a more well rounded turn with this volume with the focus being more on karate and how Abe became as strong as he is. I truly appreciated this wellroundedness because it heightened the character development. However, I wish it was longer. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣 🍣 🍣🍣.

Kitchen Princess

This volume solidified the romantic love triangle that was occurring in the previous volume, the friendships and familial background were sweet yet intense at the same time. I think my only issue with this is that I am not sure where it is going to go from here. However, I am still going to continue on and enjoy the ride. Because of these points, I have to give this volume a 4 out of 5 stars or 4 sushi 🍣🍣🍣🍣.

The Week Ahead

Overall, I truly enjoyed getting the chance to read and watch a variety of media this even if it was a small amount. I hope this next week, I will increase my variety especially with summer starting. What about you guys what did you read or watch this week? Let’s talk about it!

Published by Sushirainbow

Obsessed with books, anime, manga, and helping others. This Blog will consist of Reviews, Recommendations and Overall Thoughts. I also have an Instagram with the same name.

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