Heartstopper Vol. 1 & 2 by Alice Oseman ☆

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Title: Heartstopper (Vol.1 & 2)
Author: Alice Oseman
Number of pages: 278 & 315 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: This is one of the sweetest coming of age stories I’ve ever read.
Bad things about this book: Nothing. Alice spoils us with new content very often.
Do I recommend it? Yes, always.
Rate: 5+++/5 (this is a fav series)

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

I haven’t posted a review in MONTHS! I’ve read tons of books but I’ve also been through a few reading slumps. These months have been weird. If you follow me on instagram, my bookstagram account is very active and I update it daily.

So I got the second volume of Heartstopper yesterday and, even if I’m up to date with the webcomic, being a patron and all that, I decided to read it immediately. I just love these kids so much. They are relatable, have real problems, aren’t romanticized in any way, they just are teenagers having issues you may or may not have had when you were in your teens.

In the first volume we saw how Charlie and Nick started being friends, best friends, and how Nick started feeling a deeper connection. In volume 2 we see how this deeper thing is explored and how this revelation will affect both Charlie and Nick. Knowing what is going to happen, I’m calm about everything, but I still worry about them. They are adorable and should be protected. The bullies can just go away and never come back. Why do bullies exist, btw? I don’t get it!

At the end of volume 2 there was the special chapter of how two other very sweet characters met: Darcy and Tara. It was so cute! I want more.

Please follow Alice Oseman’s instagram, support her, support her work, and read her books. They are worth it! Tomorrow there’s going to be the title and cover reveal of he 4th book! I’m excited!!!!

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Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau

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5stars

Title: Bloom
Author: Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau (illustrator)
Number of pages: 368 (paperback edition)
Good things about this book: A beautiful and sweet graphic novel.
Bad things about this book: Too short? That’s not a bad thing, it’s a graphic novel after all.
Do I recommend it? I do!
Rate: 5/5

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

Pretty sweet graphic novel with tons of delicious food that made me hungry at every page I turned. Young love, great food, some disaster, realization, mistakes, misunderstandings, life. Just life. And I liked all of it. From beginning to end.

I can’t get into details because this is a short graphic novel, things happen fast and end fast. You’ll just have to trust me and read it because it’s pretty cute and it deserves some love.

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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!

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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

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

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

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

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

Read the summary and add this book on Goodreads: here

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.

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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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