Reviews by Brad B.
How can I describe this series? Slightly twisted… alright, very twisted. In a school run by the grim reaper kids are trained to collect the souls of evil-doers by fighting with special weapons that 'eat souls'. The strange twist is that these deadly weapons are actually characters in their own right and can transform into people at will. You with me? The pairs get sent off on missions to stop the bad of the bad. Soul Eater is definitely for mature teens with all the demented action you might expect of a horror/combat series run wild. There’s definitely a good amount of fan service (Read: scantily clad women) too. So, take that in stride. But, for those looking for something with as much attitude as action, soul eater is a series that's hard to ignore.
This book opens on a boy's execution day and the rest of the story is told in flashbacks. It makes for a very gripping story about living in Germany during World War II. The book is based partially off of true events as one boy gets sucked in, and then tries to rebel against the propaganda of the Hitler youth movement. He gets his friends to listen to an illegal short wave radio and secretly distributes newsletters to let people know what’s really going on in the war (which he learns from the radio). The fact that you know he gets caught only adds to the very realistic danger of that time, and the courage it takes to do what’s right.
Three short stories about three magical, mostly disastrous kisses, Lips Touch Three Times oozes the kind of creative, madcap energy that reminds me of authors like Neil Gaiman or Charles De Lint. Deliciously wicked and inventive, from one-eyed fae who hunt by the smell of hair to demons that move their shadows. This has everything that a fairy tale / fantasy fan could want.
Rin-Ne is the newest manga from Rumiko Takahashi, the creator of such series as Inuyasha and Ranma 1/2. This reads to me like some cross between Bleach and Inuyasha with a bit of comedic romance thrown in. A girl who sees spirits and a boy who hunts them down...in anyone else's hands this premise might seem cliche, but Takahashi spins it in an original way. Everything in heaven costs...money. So, Rinne has to charge for his services, and Sakura has to keep him from being to greedy. It gets expensive to procure all the ritualistic props needed to send a spirit on to the next life. And, if you get in debt you could end up in hell. This is not an earth shattering series, but it's funny, and light, and enjoyable to read.
I had this book pushed into my hands recently, and I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable it was. It's about a human, rocker girl caught in a faerie war because her presence on the battlefield will turn faeries mortal long enough for them to kill each other...Yes, it's complicated, and yes, as you can imagine, she's thrilled. She's got a handsome but troublesome faerie bodyguard, and a rockband she's trying ot get off the ground. This book is very, very much dated in the 80's, with lots of 80's music references, so I'll warn you of that, but overall it's a great bit of fairy-fantasy-romance for those people who liked stuff like Wicked Lovely or the Holly Black books.