“I don’t want…
…to be alone”
“You won’t be.”
In my opinion, this volume was a lot easier to read compared to the previous one. Volume 7 was mostly about Kaneki’s torture and transformation. This volume showcases his behaviour after the tragic events and his character contrast between how he is now compared to before.
From this volume, I discovered that Kaneki isn’t completely a savage. I’m relieved to know that he still recognises who his enemies are (Aogiri Tree) and who his allies are (Anteiku). The difference is that he’s not afraid of hurting people anymore – and I love this new change. In previous novels I sometimes got annoyed at him because he was too scared to act. The new Kaneki now has absolutely no fear and is willing to attempt to take down ghouls that he used to run away from.
Apart from Kaneki, you also find out about Touka and her brother Ayato’s past. I’ll admit that it majorly tugged my heartstrings – what happened in their past completely justifies why both siblings come off as standoffish and rude, and you also find out about how Touka ended up on the ‘good’ side whereas Ayato’s with the ‘bad.’ This really interested me and ended my hatred for Ayato, I hope to see more of him in future volumes!
Volume 7 also introduced the true villain of Tokyo Ghoul – the One Eyed Owl. S/he is ranked SSS on the danger scale and honestly frightens me. There isn’t much to say apart from the fact that I wonder if it’s going to end up as Kaneki’s ally or enemy in future volumes. Can’t wait to find out!
A shameless side note, something happened between Kaneki and Touka in this volume that completely fired up the feels. I reread that particular section ten million times and pretty much kept screaming “JUST CONFESS ALREADY!” It wasn’t really direct romance but it very obviously showed me how much Kaneki cares for her and vice versa. I’M DEAD FROM FANGIRLING.
Jane Eyre’s story begins at Gateshead, where the orphan lives with her aunt and cousins. She is by no means seen as family, and when she uses her built up hate of her treatment to shame her unloving caregiver, she is sent to Lowood School. This school, an charitable institution for orphans like Jane, isn’t the nicest. With terrible food rations and strict teachers, Jane despairs. But after puzzling over the way things work, she begins a friendship with Helen Burns and a kind teacher, and things change. In a terrible storm of sickness, he loses her closest friend, but quality of life at Lowood improves and she strives on.
As Jane grows older, she is employed as a teacher in Lowood – but after two years in teaching, she feels the need to explore another place in the world. Accepting a position as a governess in Thornfield Hall, she leaves Lowood and all else she knows, meeting the sweet child Adelè and the quirky Mr Rochester. As fate looks upon Jane with an interesting plan in mind, you’re taken along with Jane on her journey of love, strength, courage and faith.
My favourite part of this story is the happenings at and after Thornfield hall. This book actually contains some plot twists and mysteries that I completely did not expect from a book of this genre, and it really intrigued me. Personally, I thought the beginning of the book wasn’t particularly enrapturing, but when you get past that it’s quite an interesting story.
Another thing I enjoy about this story was discovering the natures of each character. Because Jane is the protagonist and narrator of the story, it’s like actually getting to know someone in person. You get the same the first, second and so on impressions from Jane’s encounters with them, and you can discover yourself how they act. As Jane grows older it’s also interesting to see what kind of a person she turns out to be herself.
In this book, Jane often brings out another side in people, a side that the people themselves might not realise they have. Her upfront yet well-mannered nature and responses almost seem to startle people into another personality. The way she interacts with others is quite a unique and personal quality of hers.
I thought this was a fine read, but the genre may put off a lot of readers. You do have to stick with it to get the best out of it, and for some it might not be worth it. Good if you'd like a challenge!
Killer Game is about a game, where people are selected to play a game called 'killer'. It starts when a 'killer' is chosen to prank the others contestants and 'kill' them. But the pranks start becoming more sinister, and the players soon realise their very lives are at risk. The thing is, once you are in the game, you can't get out until it is finished ... or someone is dead.
This is the most exciting book that you will ever read. It will have you confused and second guessing yourself the whole time. The way the author writes leads you on to believe other the wrong thing but then something else happens that ruins your whole theory.
This book will keep you turning the pages till the last word.
Agnieszka (pronounced Ag-NYESH-kah) of Dvernik is a Dragon born girl. Born between one October and the next, she and her best friend Kasia are among the ones who will be chosen to serve their wizard, the Dragon, for 10 years. Kasia is the one he will take. Everybody knows - she is everything the Dragon would look for, everything Agnieszka is not. But when the dragon comes, the tables turn and Agnieszka is ripped from her world and taken into the Tower.
Despairing, she knows that when she returns from the 10 years, she will not be the same, and never return fully to her village. At first, the Dragon is sure she is a spy, but soon realises she is a witch - with a gift for disaster, but a witch nonetheless . Every day in the lonely tower, she grudgingly learns her trade beside the Dragon, but it’s not until the Wood, a dark, enchanted place of wickedness attacks her village, and her best friend that she uses it willingly. With the Dragon elsewhere, she escapes and discovers her own type of magic, and is fiercely devoted to protecting the ones she loves from the terrible Wood. But it’s hard to fight against an enemy so unknown and so strong - no one knows where it came from, but it grows ugly, twisted trees, children snatching Walkers, disease, corruption and death. And ever so slowly, it eats up the land and takes over villages. No one returns from the Wood unchanged, but with the aid of the Dragon, Agnieszka knows she will stop the wood if even if it’s the very thing that will kill her. And it will, if she can’t stop it. Because everything comes at a price.
This book is full of the raw will of Agnieskza, the complex relationships of herself to the land, to the Wood, to the world, and the deep, enchanting and deathly magic of Evil. This world is one you never want to escape from, and the the book will catch you in it’s claws and hold you until you finish it. I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I couldn’t tear my eyes away from it. You're never safe in this story - there is no easy way out and the twists are continuous and hard to unravel, but it makes you want to read to the end and reread to make sure you've made sense of it. It won’t suit everyone’s taste, but don’t judge this book as a fairytale, because it’s much, much more than that.
“Such an idiot. I hate idiots. They’re so incompetent it’s irritating.”
The darkest chapter in Kaneki’s life is about to start. If you thought that the past few novels were too hard on Kaneki then guess what? That was only an appetiser. This novel has heaped a load of new pressure onto him, and he will ultimately be pushed to his limits.
Book 6 introduces the infamous Aogiri Tree, an aggressive organisation of ghouls that openly hunt the CCG. They enter the 20th Ward with a strange objective: kidnap Rize, or anyone that smells like Rize. Of course, this means that they kidnap poor Kaneki – who didn’t even want anything to do with them in the first place.
I honestly think Kaneki could be one of the unluckiest protagonists I’ve read about. Misfortune seems to be his best friend, and he always finds himself in the worst situations. He is beat up, interrogated and hunted by this brutal organisation for the whole book and I get this sinking feeling that it’s only the beginning.
Aside from this, a new character that had a cameo in volume 5 is developed further in this book. His name is Juuzou Suzuya (the cover character) and he is a complete nutcase. I think he has potential to become a very important character though, and it was helpful when he asked his superior about ghouls because we subsequently got to learn about them too. If you were confused about the nature of ghouls from the previous volumes, everything is summarised in this book again – without being boring!
The cliffhanger in this book is terrible. I really can’t wait to read volume 7 and find out what happens to poor Kaneki. Hopefully he’ll be able to pull through and survive whatever gets thrown at him… this is recommended for people who loved the past Tokyo Ghoul novels and have a strong will. Reading about Kaneki’s tragic life is going to be a tough ride…
“If you’re going to pray, pray for yourself.”
In my opinion, this book is one of the best in the Tokyo Ghoul series. My hypothesis from earlier was right – volume 4 was set up as a huge foreshadowing for all of the amazing action that went down in this book, and it was well worth the wait! I read this in one sitting, and could not get enough of the beautiful drawings (especially the coloured one on the very first page!)
Kirishima Touka is bar none, the star of this volume. Her ferocity, initiative and battle skill stole the show (I might be a little biased though, who knows?). This volume features the recently introduced Tsukiyama as an antagonist, and it’s up to Kaneki and co. to rescue an innocent human friend from his clutches. A series of events happen, and what I can say without spoiling anything is that Touka will impress you. She will impress you a lot.
I think Sui Ishida deserves an award for writing the creepiest psychopaths in the literary universe. I have never been more terrified in my life, and have never encountered so many in such a short amount of time – nonetheless all written by the same author! Never fear though, these characters are what make the story entertaining, and it’s extra satisfying when they ultimately get defeated in the end.
This series just gets better and better as it goes on! Recommended for people who love epic fight sequences, an excellent plotline, beautiful drawings and are fans of Kirishima Touka. This volume showed the end of a story arc, and I’ve heard that the next one is a lot darker than the previous ones. Apparently there is a lot of change, especially to Kaneki’s innocent character and I’m worried and excited to read about it…
N.B: Make sure you read the cute little bonuses at the end – they are very funny and will put a smile on your face! :)
“We’re workin’ and you’re a freak so get the hell outta here! Shoo shoo!”
HAHAHA (the first ¾ of) this book was relatively more light-hearted compared to volume 3, and full of laughs. The characters are given a well deserved break after what happened in volume 3, and it also explored Touka’s precarious lifestyle of how she acts at school and the measures she takes in order to blend in with humans. You really feel a lot of respect towards her in this book!
Another really dodgy character is added to the mix, and his name is Tsukiyama. As a reader, I felt very suspicious of him and kept thinking ‘run, Kaneki run!’ He really knows how to make a story interesting though, and it’s great how his character engages the reader and makes them want to find out more about his backstory, even though he is slightly deranged. (That’s what makes it entertaining though!)
A character from volume 1 that I won’t name makes a return, and I was so amazed by how the author manages to make us hate and then feel pity for him so quickly. His addition to the story once again makes me anticipate what his role is in the thickening plot, and how he will play a part in it once more.
This manga felt like a huge foreshadowing to me, I get the feeling that something epic will go down in volume 5, something that will be on par to volume 3. Even though it lacked action compared to the previous volumes, I still thoroughly enjoyed it because it showed us other aspects of the plot that did not include action and grit. Again, I felt so proud of Kaneki because he is proving to be quite the little sneak, and his intuition is a lot better than it was in volume 1.
This book was great because it gave us a break from the heartache that was volumes 2 to 3, and because it showed us different sides of the characters (namely Touka), which was interesting to read about. Can’t want to see how the plot progresses in the next volume!
If you love cats, adventure and a twinge of magic, then this is the book (series) for you! For those wishing to try out these books, this is the perfect introduction to the Warriors series, and for dedicated fans, it’s the long awaited return to Bramblestar’s rule of ThunderClan. After the events in the previous sub-series Omen of the Stars, the Clans (ThunderClan, ShadowClan, RiverClan and WindClan) have mostly recovered, and are living in a rare moment of peace. However this will soon be interrupted by a new prophecy accompanied with an ominous vision, that will send young Alderpaw on an epic journey to find what lies in the shadows and what be the Clans’ last hope. I loved this book because of the intricate plot and loveable characters, and I definitely recommend it to all those looking for a great book that they won’t be able to put down!
Girl Online is about a socially awkward girl from Brighton called Penny.
Penny creates a blog about her life she makes it anonymous so no one can judge her. Her family whips off to New York for a wedding where Penny meets a boy called Noah. She ends up hanging out with Noah a lot and is posting every bit of it on her blog. When Penny arrives home someone has found out who she is. No longer Girl Online she makes a task to find out who did it and how to get Noah back.
I love this book and have read it front to back and back to front!
Personally, I found the book different from the usual books you find most people reading. It takes different perspectives on the end of world. The main characters are all from different back grounds and despite the fact that they might all die soon they find small comforts in each other and I find it really sweet. At the end of the story there is a cliff hanger and you really want to know what happens next but it let's your thoughts wonder about what might unfold. I loved seeing the characters grow and change in such a small space of time.
The book also reminds you to count your blessings and never take anything for granted. It is a really sweet and a coming of she story.
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