Fence #9 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad, Joana Lafuente & HamletMachine

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5stars

That’s what I’m fencing for. My last year. My last chance.

Title: Fence
Author: C.S. Pacat (Author), Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Joana Lafuente (Illustrator), HamletMachine (Illustrator)
Series: Fence #9

Number of pages: 29 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Nicholas blushing!!!
Bad things about this book: I need MORE!
Do I recommend it? If you’re not reading this comic, I’m judging you a lot!!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

This volume was amazing. Tanner and Kally’s friendship is the cutest. And Nicholas blushing because of Seiji is always great to watch. Because Nicholas doesn’t blush when others hug him or talk to him, but he blushes when Seiji is close to him, takes his wrist, or glares at him. It’s beautiful!

20180816_153106Look at him blushing!!!

The tryouts are almost over; I’m so curious to know what’s going to happen next. Nicholas and Seiji are going to challenge each other soon, and after those last few pages, I suspect Seiji is not going to be himself because of his suspicions about Nicholas. I have some ideas about Nicholas’ mysteries, and I think I might be right but I’m willing to bet I’m going to be surprised by the revelation.

20180816_153126“Look at me” Nicholas is giving me a lot of vibes. Like a lot!

As usual, I’m cursing the world because this comic comes out monthly and, you know, a month is quite long, and the more we go forward with the story, the more I’m impatient to know what’s going to happen to our beloved fencers.

Have you noticed how Seiji likes to think himself as a loner and seems to be thinking only about himself, but when it comes to Nicholas he is just more, does more, cares more? I noticed, and it’s making the whole tryouts a lot more interesting.

20180816_153039I love the way Nicholas looks inside Seiji’s head. You can’t tell me I’m delusional. Things are changing.

GIVE ME MORE NICHOLAS, GIVE ME MORE SEIJI. GIVE ME MORE!!!

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Fence #8 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana Lafuente

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5stars

“Now that they understand his skill, they’ll treat him differently. Whether they’re jealous and hate him, or they put him on a pedestal. His talent is isolating. It sets him apart. It probably has his whole life.”

Title: Fence
Author: C.S. Pacat (Author), Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Joana Lafuente (Illustrator)
Series: Fence #8

Number of pages: 29 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Seiji and Harvard (and Nicholas)!
Bad things about this book: Give me MORE!
Do I recommend it? How could I not?
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Such a fun volume to read. I already loved Seiji to pieces, but now I love him even more. Also, Nicholas is a sweetie and he is the only one who can make Seiji make so many sorts of faces. I love it. I love them. The characters are more interesting the more I read. All of this is making me say the same thing I say every month: why is it so short and why do I have to wait a whole month to read more??

20180718_010033It was nice to see Seiji’s ASSets. Nice assets, really!

It was refreshing seeing Seiji’s morning workout regime. It also made me pretty concerned about this precious boy because he wakes up really early and pushes himself to the limit every single day. He needs to be the best, and for now, he isn’t. He is number 2 and that stinks! My boy Seiji deserves the crown and he will get it by being cuddly with his new best buddy Nicholas. Seiji and Nicholas best fencing bros forever!

20180718_005959You’re cute Seiji! And you’re cute only when Nicholas is involved!

Seiji against Harvard was a wild match, and I loved how it shut up those awful jealous guys hating on Seiji. Harvard is super strong, but Seiji’s talent is just something else. I love how Harvard isn’t like the other boys; he isn’t jealous of Seiji, he wants to be better and he recognizes he still has things to fix and to learn. Harvard is an amazing character. I ship him with Aiden so hard! So, so hard!

Here I am waiting again, resetting the monthly countdown on my phone and anxiously waiting for volume 9!!

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Fence #7 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana Lafuente

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5stars

The idea of Aiden beating Seiji makes me mad. Not mad. Jealous.

Title: Fence
Author: C.S. Pacat (Author), Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Joana Lafuente (Illustrator)
Series: Fence #7

Number of pages: 29 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: More matches, super happy Nicholas and adorable friendships!
Bad things about this book: Nothing! I WANT MORE!
Do I recommend it? Always!
Rate: 5/5

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This volume was so fun to read. All those matches. Nicholas all smiles and hope. Grumpy Seiji back as strong as before, his weak façade left in that bathroom. Aiden and Harvard’s friendship. Adorable! I need to see more of them, a lot more of them! Will I reread the 7 volumes again, maybe tomorrow and also the day after tomorrow? Of-bloody-course I will! The wait is atrocious!

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Look at my boy Seiji! Look at his face!!!I love him!

I’m sensing an obvious crush from Bobby towards a certain broody prince, and, girl, I’m so sorry, but there’s nothing that’ll distract that boy from fencing. Certainly not you, and I’m not being mean but it’s so clear that Seiji will never see her that way. This crush is going to hurt, and I’m really sorry for Bobby because I know it was inevitable, the boy is dreamy, but it was a recipe for disaster from the very first blush.

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Nicholas is just a simple boy with not very simple dreams. But he tries his best!!

I have to be honest, though, I keep wondering when we’re going to see Nicholas and Seiji start seeing each other as more than roommates. It’s going to happen, right? They’re not really friends now, but there will be a time when a spark is going to start what I hope it’s going to be the most beautiful love story of the fencing world. While I wait, I’m enjoying the competition and the glares and pouts (from Seiji, mostly). It’s going to be epic, I know it!

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Fence #6 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana Lafuente

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5stars

Ah! An indirect win. The same concept as an indirect kiss!

Title: Fence
Author: C.S. Pacat (Author), Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Joana Lafuente (Illustrator)
Series: Fence #6

Number of pages: 32 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: More Seiji and Nicholas together!!
Bad things about this book: Nothing! I liked everything even if I still crave more!
Do I recommend it? Always!
Rate: 5/5

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My monthly frustrating 10-minute read has been, as usual, lacking of smooching but full of fencing. And we got to see a super smiley Nicholas and that was worth the wait!

20180517_174437Look at him! Precious boy!

So Seiji lost his match against Aiden and he is of course furious but now it’s not time to focus on Seiji because it’s time for Nicholas match against one of Aiden’s many heartbroken lovers. I’m glad people finally saw what he is capable of; now they won’t keep underestimating him, they will now he can fence and he will only improve if given the chance.

20180517_174354Seiji shows so many different facial expressions for and because of Nicholas!

I loved how coach blocked the door to the bathroom when Seiji was inside brooding and feeling sorry for himself but when Nicholas came looking for him, she let him pass. She knows that somehow, amidst the rivalry, Nicholas’ words and personality go through Seiji’s super stubborn head.

So much smiling. I’m still happy about the smiles I saw and Seii’s angry face being a 5-y.o. because of Nicholas. I love them so much. This comic is getting better and better and I can’t wait for more!

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Fence #5 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana Lafuente

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4stars

“Don’t think about winning. Winning is a distraction.”

Title: Fence
Author: C.S. Pacat (Author), Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Joana Lafuente (Illustrator)
Series: Fence #5

Number of pages: 27 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: We got a little insight of the past.
Bad things about this book: There are too many mysteries and I NEED TO KNOW!!!
Do I recommend it? Of course!!
Rate: 4/5

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I had to wait so long for this issue and I felt it was too short. Why is this happening again? We got Seiji and Aiden’s match and a little bit of backstory from the fencers. I thought we were going to get a little more insight from Seiji’s past but it was all whispered to him by Aiden and we didn’t hear a thing. I’m so curious I’m kind of losing my patience. And I’m a very patient woman. Very patient, but I can’t wait to get to the juicy parts: the secrets unveiled, the first stares with romantic vibes, the friendships blooming.

Screenshot_20180418-173054_Amazon KindlePoor Nicholas, he’s having a hard time!

But for now I want to know what happened to Seiji? What did Aiden say to him to make him lose his composure? Is it something about a relationship not gone well? I wonder if that’s why Seiji couldn’t go to Exton. Maybe he and Jesse were a thing or Seiji had a crush that he thought reciprocated but then was humiliated?? So many questions!!!!

I WANT TO KNOW WHO THE HELL HURT SEIJI??? GIVE THAT BOY SOME LOVE. HE NEEDS IT!!!

Screenshot_20180418-173123_Amazon KindleHow cute are Aiden’s cheerleaders? They’re adorable!

The next issue is going to be a great one, I’m sure of that! I really can’t wait!

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Fence #4 by C.S. Pacat, Johanna the Mad & Joana Lafuente

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5stars

No matter what coach says. The class is split in half. Those who have a loss. And those who have a win.

Title: Fence
Author: C.S. Pacat (Author), Johanna the Mad (Illustrator), Joana Lafuente (Illustrator)
Series: Fence #4

Number of pages: 29 (kindle edition)
Good things about this book: Things are getting pretty interesting now.
Bad things about this book: I will never get over the fact that being a comic this is too short!
Do I recommend it? As usual, yes!!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Once again I read it as soon as it was available on my kindle, at 7 minutes after midnight and once again I’m left with wanting more and more. I loved this issue because we could see more about different characters (I want to know more about Aiden, the Casanova of the Fence World) and what’s like to give it all to be part of the team. Or whatever a team is call in the fence universe.

I still don’t know much about sports; I’m watching some of the Olympics and I’m finding out about some sports I didn’t even know they existed until now. It’s really true that you learn something different and new every single day. I can say that the biathlon is the one that surprised me the most; why someone thought it’d be fun to ski up and down the mountain shooting things? So cold, so tiring.

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Don’t say that, Seiji!! Come on!!

So Nicholas is struggling, overthinking every move, and because of all the pressure he is losing control of his abilities. And he has them, he is talented; he just needs time to show everyone what he is capable of. Unfortunately he doesn’t have time. He needs to win the matches to have a place in the team, to keep his scholarship and to keep doing what he loves.

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Poor Nicholas! Seiji is going to regret telling you you were nothing special!
Show him!!

Seiji is still Seiji but there is something a little bit different about him now. He is kind of softer? He has this cold façade he likes to show everyone but then he has this tiny moments of worry, of interest, and you see a different face for just a fraction. It changes things and I think it will change how Nicholas is going to face his next matches.

We’ll just have to wait and see, I guess. As usual, just wait and see. And keep waiting.

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Nimona by Noelle Stevenson

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5stars

“You can’t just go round murdering people. There are rules, Nimona.”

Title: Nimona
Author: Noelle Stevenson
Number of pages: 272 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: The illustrations, the story, everything.
Bad things about this book: That there’s no more of it.
Do I recommend it? Yes, of course.
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I don’t own this graphic novel. My younger sister bought it centuries ago because she saw online that it was worth reading. She read it and I didn’t, at the time. I don’t know why, it’s not like it takes hours to finish it so I still don’t understand why it took me so long to read it. One day I was pointing out how messy my sister’s room was and I noticed Nimona there on her bookshelf; I told myself, it’s time, and I borrowed it, treated it kindly, devoured it in no time, and I’m so happy I did because I loved it.

Supervillain, and cinnamon roll, Ballister Blackheart is forever fighting the so-called hero, and ex friend, Ambrosius Goldenloin and the Institution of Law Enforcement and Heroics. That is the eternal fight, the same one every single time; no one gets killed, only temporarily arrested, then it’s the same all over again. Then along comes Nimona, a shapeshifter with a mysterious past and a lot of anger for the Institution. Nimona and Blackheart want to make the whole world see that the heroes aren’t really the good guys in the story.

After falling in love with the illustrations on the cover, I fell in love with the whole graphic novel from the adorable story to the characters. It looks quite simple but it has a little bit of everything and it doesn’t fail to make you think. You know I love books that make me think but at the same time don’t depress me too much. Don’t get me wrong, I also love books that are so sad I cry from beginning to end, but I do prefer meaning without too many feelings.

Blakheart is the villain you find yourself loving. He is a science geek; when he talks about science everything about him glows and you can’t help but smiling. He’s really adorable. Goldenloin is the hero you want to hate but you know he will redeem himself because love has the habit of always finding a way back where it belongs. And last, Nimona, she is a force of nature, ever changing, a firecracker, and she is both the personification of pure energy and sadness. You can see both and it’s heartbreaking; you only want happiness for her and you hope that’s what she’s going to get. Nimona is one of a kind, really!

Nimona is funny, the story is great, the illustrations are perfect and the epilogue made me so happy I wanted to re-read the whole thing all over again. It was that captivating. I say you read it and then tell me how much you loved it, okay? It’s a deal!

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