I’m Leaving this Site…

This Duckie is moving to a new pond!

No worries my friends, I’m transitioning over from a “wordpress.com” site to a self-hosted WordPress “.com” site. I love my book blog and I want to do more with it! I’ll be posting further updates about the move and a final date this site will be an archives site and redirect folks to my new one.

For now, I’ll still be posting book review posts and whatnot while I’ll continue to construct my new site before it goes live.

Have a great day filled with books!

Comment below if you have any questions.

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End of the Year Book Tag 2017!

Welcome to the “End of the Year” Tag!

This is the first time I’ve ever done these book blog tags. I found this fun one via ccampaign7 @ Charmed Book Haven Reviews. Ariel Bessett is the original tag creator.

Question #1: “Are there any books you started this year that you need to finish?”Image result for dragon ball volume 1

Yep, I’m finishing:

  1. The Convoluted Universe by Dolores Cannon(New Age)
  2. Dragon Ball series by Akira Toriyama (Manga)
  3. The Great Pyramid Hoax by Scott Creighton (Ancient Mysteries)
  4. The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall (Esoteric)
    1. The thickest book I’ve read this year!

Question #2: “Do you have an autumnal book to transition into the end of the year?”

Lol, what? Nope.

Question #3: “Is there a new release you’re still waiting for?”

I found news Drunvalo Melchizedek was coming out with The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life (vol.3). I read volumes 1 and 2 a few years ago.

So far, I haven’t seen it on sale on Amazon or any bookstore sites yet.

Question #4: “What are three books you want to read before the end of the year?”

  1. Interview with the Vampire by Anne Rice (Paranormal)
  2. Leap of Perception by Penney Peirce (New Age)
  3. Smarter Faster Better by Charles Duhigg (Productivity)

Question #5: “Is there a book you think could still shock you and become your favorite book of the year?”Image result for the lost continent of mu

I have my hopes on James Churchward’s The Lost Continent of Mu. I freaking love lost mythical civilizations!

Question #6: “Have you already started making plans for 2018?”

Heck yes! Thanks to my extensive Goodreads list, I’ve already included the following:Image result for crazy rich asians goodreads

  1. Beautiful Animals by Lawrence Osborne (Mystery/thriller)
  2. Chariots of the Gods by Erick Von Daniken (Ancient alien theory)
  3. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan (Chick-lit)
  4. The Demon Crown by James Rollins (Adventure)
  5. The Magus of Java: Teachings of an Authentic Taoist Immortal by Kosta Danaos (Taoism)
  6. Tools of Titans by Tim Ferriss (Self-improvement)

 

Go ahead. I dare you to do this tag! Please link your posts in the comments below. I’d love to know what you got! 

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If Santa Gave Me 25 Books for Christmas…

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Instead of having all of your presents on Christmas Day, what if Santa came by every day for 25 days giving you one gift?

I’d ask Santa to give me 25 books:

25 Books Christmas Wish List

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  1. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce
    • Read it middle school. Never owned the book.
  2. Angelology by Danielle Trussoni
  3. The Atlantean Legacy by Paula Bates
  4. Mask and Shadows by Stephanie Burgis
  5. Welcome to Night Vale by Joseph Fink & Jeffrey Cranor

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  1. Berserk by Kentaro Miura
    • Have to read the manga since the anime ended it with a serious cliffhanger!
  2. Dead Tube by Mikoto Yamaguchi & Touta Kitakawa
    • Only available in French for some reason
  3. Demon Love Spell by Mayu Shinjo
  4. Happy Mania by Moyoko Anno
  5. JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure by Hirohiko Araki
    • Currently unavailable 😦

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  1. The Alchemy of Sexual Energy by Mantak Chia
  2. A Beginner’s Guide to Creating Reality by Ramtha
  3. Nothing in this Book is True, but It’s Exactly How Things Are by Bob Frissell
  4. The Pineal Gland: The Eye of God by Manly P. Hall
    • Currently in love with Hall’s works since I’ve started reading The Secret Teachings of All Ages.
  5. The Secret Source by Maja D’Aoust & Adam Parfrey

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  1. Become an Idea Machine by Claudia Azula Altucher
  2. Crush It! by Gary Vaynerchuk
  3. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell
  4. The First 20 Hours by Josh Kaufman
  5. The Now Habit by Neil Fiore

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  1. 2,000 to 10,000 by Rachel Aaron
  2. The Fluff-Free Freelance Writing Master Course by Alina Bradford
  3. The Miracle Morning for Writers by Hal Elrod
  4. On Writing by Stephen King
  5. You Are a Writer by Jeff Goins

 

 

 

 

I’m ready to see the books I’ll get this Christmas! If I don’t get any, those lovely  Amazon and bookstore gift cards I always find in my Christmas stocking will do. 😉

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My November 2017 Book Haul

November was another small reading month. I read some great books including Asterix the Gaul. The last time I’ve read anything related to the French comic was high school.

Asterix is an incredibly popular character in European comic history. France has even dedicated a theme park to Asterix’s world.

Here’s my November 2017 book haul:

Adult Non-Fiction

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1. Infinite Possibilities by Mike Dooley (3/5 stars)

Law of Attraction fans should consider reading Infinite Possibilities. The book can be a bit repetitive, but it’s still a good read.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Law of Attraction
  • New Age Spirituality
  • Self-Help

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2. Pitch Anything by Oren Klaff (3/5 stars)

Do you suck at pitches? Pitch Anything will do wonders for you.

Oren Klaff uses one simple method to nail all his pitches. This book reveals the juicy details to kickstart your pitching game!

Recommended for readers into:

  • Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Marketing

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3. It Was the Best of Sentences, It Was the Worst of Sentences by June Casagrande (3/5 stars)

You’re going to have grammar lessons for life as a full-time writer. Read this book if you desperately need to improve sentence skills!

June Casagrande uncovers grammar topics you need to know from relative clauses to those accursed semi-colons.

Recommended for readers into:

  • Language
  • Reference books
  • Writing
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4. Hustle by Neil Patel, Jonas Koffler, and Peter Vlaskovitz (4/5 stars) (review)

The authors reveal how they’ve made it to the top of their careers through hustling. You’ll learn to do the same (results may vary).

Recommended for readers into:

  • Business
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Self-Help

 Comics

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1. Asterix the Gaul by René Goscinny (4/5 stars)

The Romans have conquered all of Gaul except for the little town of Amorica. Asterix has kept the village safe from Roman invasion.

The town druid Getafix makes invincibility potions for Asterix to scare the Romans away. Eventually, the Romans kidnap Getafix to reveal his secret potion recipe.

Asterix must save his druid friend before the Romans finally find a way to destroy and conquer Amorica.

Recommended for readers into:

  • European comics
  • Historical fiction comics
  • Stories set in ancient civilizations

 That’s all for November 2017! Look out for my December haul later this month.

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30 Books I’m Thankful for in 2017

Have you read a life-changing book this year? Has a book changed the way you work? How about one that made you smile on a bad day?

As a book lover, Thanksgiving’s the perfect time to reflect on the books I’ve read so far this year.

Down below, I’ve listed 30 books I’m thankful for in 2017.

 Adult Fiction

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1.  1001 Nights: Demonica Novella Series by Larissa Ione

I’m counting this as one even though I read AzagothHadesZ, and RazrThese sensually charged novellas were pleasant breaks from my usual non-fiction reads.

2. Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben (review)

Fool Me Once has encouraged me to add more thriller books into my Goodreads “To-Read” list.

Adult Non-Fiction

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3. The 10x Rule by Grant Cardone (review)

I’ve learned I have to go beyond the usual expectations if I want to accomplish amazing feats. You become powerful once you place Grant Cardone’s “1ox Rule” into your daily life.

4. The Automatic Millionaire by David Bach (review)

This book was a bummer, but it has taught me there’s more than one way to become a millionaire. I don’t have to cut out my Starbucks trips to go there.

5. Deep Work by Cal Newport (review)

Deep Work has taught me it’s okay to stay focused a little longer on my projects.

Besides, those who consistently produce rise to higher places faster than the average joe.

6. Hustle by Neil Patel, Jonas Koffler, and Peter Vlaskovits (review)

I appreciate the motivation I’ve gained from this book. According to the authors of Hustle, hustling’s the key to ultimate success.

Imagination and action can take you far if you allow it.

7. Imagining the World Into Existence by Normandi Ellis (review)

I thank Ellis for sharing the ancient Egyptians’ sacred knowledge and mythology.

8. The Millionaire Fastlane by MJ DeMarco (review)

Thank the stars for MJ DeMarco! He takes on a humorous, informative approach to successful financial freedom.

DeMarco understands people want their freedom now, not when they’re so old they can’t do jack.

9. Your Internet Cash Machine by Joe Vitale & Jillian Coleman Wheeler (review)

Your Internet Cash Machine can relieve any readers’ doubts setting up their online business.

Adult Non-Fiction (Channeled)

10. Ask and It is Given by Esther & Jerry Hicks (review)

Ask and It is Given hasn’t disappointed me.

Reading the Teachings of Abraham books have always inspired me. They remind me I am a limitless, creative being.

11. Bashar: Blueprint for a Change by Darryl Anka (review)

Months ago, I discovered Darryl Anka on Youtube. He channels an inter-dimensional alien named Bashar sharing messages to humanity.

Thank goodness, Bashar has published some books including Blueprint for a Change. 

I loved channeled books.

12. Seth Speaks by Jane Roberts (review)

Another channeled book I’ve come to love. A favorite quote from this book:

Every thought you have changes reality. Not only reality as you know it, but all reality.” -Seth

Think about it. You can be an incredible creator of your reality.

Adult Non-Fiction (Writing)

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13. 5,000 Words Per Hour by Chris Fox (review)

I haven’t written 5,000 words per hour yet, but I’m on my way there and it’s fantastic!

14. Accidental Genius by Mark Levy (review)

Thinking about writing is easy, writing in action can be downright tricky. Accidental Genius has helped me release my writing blocks.

The key: get started already!

15. Get Your Articles Published by Lesley Bown (review)

Thanks to this book, I know how to submit articles online and magazines if I wanted to.

16. Lifelong Writing Habit by Chris Fox (review)

Having a full-time writing career takes time and good habits. I’ve gained valuable writing skills to keep my writing flow running.

17. Starting Your Career as a Freelance Writer by Moira Allen

This freelance writing book is a blessing.

Moira  Allen has introduced me to the freelance writing world and inspired me to read much more on the subject.

 18. The Writer’s Market (Writer’s Digest)

I can’t say I can’t find any writing opportunities after checking out the Writer’s Market! The options are endless.

Comics/Graphic Novels

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19. The Adventures of TinTin (vol 1.) by Hergé

When I was little, I used to watch the TinTin cartoons and imagined myself traveling the world with him.

Years later, TinTin has returned to my life as a graphic novel. I can relive the adventures with him again.

(Sounds like I have a crush on him but don’t. *coughs*)

20. Aquaman (Vol. One): “The Trench” by Geoff Johns

I don’t know why Aquaman gets so much hate. I found myself hooked on reading the comics.

The haters are liars lol.

21. Doctor Strange (Vol. One):  “The Way of the Weird” by Jason Aaron & Chris Bachalo

One of my first modern Doctor Strange comics. I’m so happy this multi-dimensional hero exists.

22. The Lumberjanes by Noelle Stevenson

I always wanted to go to summer camp like the cool kids in the 90’s movies.

Noelle Stevenson carries out the magical summer camp adventures I missed out during my childhood.

23. Supermutant Magic Academy by Jillian Tamaki

This graphic novel made me wish I was in this fictional school.

24. Wonder Woman (Volume 1): “Blood” by Brian Azzarello

Wonder Woman by Brian Azzarello was my first Wonder Woman comic after watching the summer hit movie.

I’m thankful for Diana Prince’s existence.

Manga

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25. Dance in the Vampire Bund II by Nozomu Tamaki

A while back, the original series’ ending left me unsatisfied.  I’m so happy a sequel exists!

26. Dragon Ball by Akira Toriyama (Manga Monday)

It’s a pleasure starting over with the Dragon Ball universe with young Goku.

27. Fairy Tail by Hiro Mashima (Manga Monday)

I’m happy I’ve picked up this manga after mistaken it for “kiddie” manga. Now I feel like I’m part of the Fairy Tail family. ^_^

28. Haikyu by Haruichi Furudate (Manga Monday)

It’s about time I found a fun sports manga. I love the characters, and I hope they make it to the top!

29. My Hero Academia by Kohei Horikoshi (Manga Monday)

This series, omg.

Izuku Midoriya thought he could never be a superhero since he wasn’t born with any special abilities. His favorite hero gives him his own.

No matter what you lack, you can make it up with your drive and passion.

YA

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30. The Lost Code  by Kevin Emerson (review)

Picking up this YA book has broken my old beliefs on YA books. The repeated “love triangle” teen novels turned me off from reading YA long ago.

The Lost Code came into my hands, reminding me there’s more in the YA universe. I’m reading more in the future for sure.

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Comment on the books in your “thankful” list below! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 New Age Fiction Books You Can Read Right Now

There’s not enough new age fiction out there.

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I read a thoughtful Writer’s Digest article on why the world needs more new age fiction.  There isn’t many I can quickly think of from the top of my head.

Sure, there’s Paulo Coelho’s The Alchemist and James Redfield’s The Celestine Prophecy, but what else?

There has to be more.

Finding new age fiction books is hard (for me, at least). You can find thousands of new age nonfiction books, but fiction ones are rare Pokémon in the safari zone. It takes forever!

Going through Goodreads, Amazon, new age publishers, and new age authors’ websites, I found 12 new age fiction books you can read right now:

1. The Fifth Sacred Thing by Starhawk

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In the future, war has destroyed much of America leaving San Franciso to become a matriarchal, eco-friendly city.  An ultra conservatives group has its eyes set to take control of the green city. The new San Franciscans will stop at nothing to keep their new Eden at peace.

2.  The Fortune Teller by Gwendolyn Womack

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An antique dealer possesses an ancient manuscript about a missing tarot deck. The more she searches for the cards, the more she realizes how close the cards are to her.

3. The Hermit by Tuesday Lobsang Rama

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A young monk listens to an old hermit’s strange encounter with otherworldly visits traveling on metallic ships.

4. The Magic Mala: A Story That Changes Lives by Bob Olson

The Magic Mala: A Story That Changes Lives

An unfortunate’s writer life changes for the better when he picks up a set of magical mala beads.

5. Meet Me in Atlantis by Megan Sebastian

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A magnetic earth reversal massively reshapes Earth, and a new landmass rises from the ocean. A doctor escapes from her ruined city to what might be the legendary Atlantis.

6. The Merkaba Mystery by Iva Kenaz

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“Merkaba” were the last words Seraphina remembers before she finds herself mysteriously by a river with a pack of magical tools. She ventures through Prague’s old Jewish quarters and regains more of her memories through her flashback episodes.

7. The Mystical Village That Rewired Reality by Justin Nathan

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Anax finds a magical hidden village isolated in the woods and meets a superhuman tribe.  He eventually falls in love with a woman with incredible power, but she’s missing a piece of her soul.

Anax’s new mission is to help her regain her soul with the new abilities he has learned from the village.

8. Outview by Brandt Legg

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Nate sets off on a journey to save his brother from a mental institution and solve the mystery of his father’s death with the help of young mystics.

9. Revelations of the Ruby Crystal by Barabara Hand Clow

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A Boston graduate uses a magical ruby ring to uncover the Vatican’s dark history including the sexual abuse scandals.

10. Sara (Book One) by Esther & Jerry Hicks

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Solomon, the magical owl, teaches Sara the Law of Attraction.

Yes, the authors of Ask & It Is Given and The Vortex have created this trilogy.  🙂

11. The Secrets of Mago Castle by Rebecca Tinkle

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Five people from Sedona, Arizona use their newly-discovered spiritual powers to save humanity from extinction.

12. The Sea Priestess by Dion Fortune

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Shapeshifter Vivian Le Fay Morgan and her partner Wilfred Maxwell investigate a cult studying the moon tides’ hidden knowledge.

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Comment below if you’ve found any good New Age fiction for grabs!

 

 

 

BOOK REVIEW: “Hustle” by Neil Patel

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Having fun doing the work you love? Is that an actual thing?

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It doesn’t seem to exist the way people work nowadays.

Fortunately, Hustle reminds readers you have to take serious action to do the job you want to do every day.

People aren’t millionaires working on somebody’s dream, but hustling their own.

The Hustle authors have been through severe work-related obstacles. Neil Patel cleaned amusement park bathrooms, Jonas Koffler suffered a stroke thanks to his highly demanding job, and Peter Vlaskovits struggled to support his growing family.

Now they’re all successful entrepreneurs thanks to hustling.

Hustle is a highly motivational book to kickstart your decision for a more fulfilling career life.

This Job Blows!

A recent Gallup study reports only 30% of Americans are engaged in their work. The rest are like:

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CNN Money states there are disengaged employees due to little opportunity, irritating co-workers/bosses, company culture, and small pay.

Who wants to go through all that 8 hours a day, 40 hours a week? You don’t. Nobody does.

The solution to this career nightmare: hustling. You still might have to face the nonsense but take time to do exciting work feeding your long-term goals.

Do the Hustle

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Hustle’s most significant takeaway: action.

That’s it? You better believe it!

So many people complain about their current jobs yet do nothing to take the next step forward.  Ask yourself what do you want to do and create opportunities for yourself to do that.

The only person who’s stopping you from your goals is you.

Nobody has truly genuinely succeeded working for somebody else. How often do you hear about the millionaire employees? If they are, they indeed have been side-hustling.

I’ve learned from Hustle you become a truly successful hustler by expanding your network, track record (accomplishments), and your skills. If any of those aren’t growing, you’ll remain in the same, dull spot.

Kudos to Hustle

Feeling lost in your dream career journey? Read Hustle to pull yourself back on track. You can create your future.

It’s never too late to start anew.

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Do you have a side gig? Comment below your job or a hustler’s book you recommend!

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Manga Monday #26: “Blood Lad” by Yuuki Kodama

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Looking for a new supernatural manga? Blood Lad has all the vampires, demons, and werewolves you want!

The manga series ran from 2009 to 2016 with seventeen volumes. The anime had a short run during the summer and fall of 2013.

The story’s not all dark and serious like I originally thought. It has its hilarious moments.

A Vampire Who Loves Humans

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Count Dracula’s descendant Staz T. Blood receives news a human girl has been seen wandering around his demon territory. Good news for him: he loves humans!

Staz is absolutely obsessed with human pop culture. He owns a vast manga library, plays humans’ video games, and collects action figures.

His meeting with the human Fuyumi is cut short when a monster plant devours her. Now, she’s a ghost in an unfamiliar world.

Staz travels through the human and demon worlds searching for a resurrection spell to return Fuyumi back to a fully-fleshed human. If he doesn’t find the spell on time, she’ll fade away into non-existence. Fuyumi drinks Staz’s blood to remain visible in her ghostly form.

The closer Staz gets to returning Fuyumi to human, the more he learns about Fuyumi’s close connection to his monster world.

The rest of the plot gets tangled in deeper conflicts. Staz discovers the only person who knows the resurrection spell for Fuyumi is his suspicious older brother Braz. In exchange for the spell, Staz must do Braz a dangerous favor.

Fuyumi, Bell, and The Executioner of Hell

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As I progressed through the series, I kept hoping Fuyumi’s character development would, you know, develop! Fuyumi has a sweet personality, but she lacks a backbone. She has an interesting character role, but it barely changes her.

Luckily, Fuyumi’s dainty self is mixed in with more energetic female characters.

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There’s Bell Hydra, the dimension traveling witch. She loves getting in Staz’s way. Has a little crush on him too.

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The underworld executioner is Liz T. Blood, Staz’s little sister. Despite being a hardcore kid, she’s hugely jealous of Staz.

You see, Staz was born with greater power than Braz. Braz grew obsessive over Staz’s power and placed him under deadly experiments to test his strength. He eventually manages to seal Staz’s true power away. Only he can unlock it.

Braz still checks up on Staz even though his little brother can’t stand him. It’s a strange relationship.

Liz only wants Braz to stop being so obsessive over Staz so they could share memorable big brother-little sister moments together.  All she wants is his time.

 Reading to The End

Many things are going on in this manga. Something insane happens on every single page!

All Staz wants to do is turn Fuyumi back to human. But no, there’s more, there’s always more.

I must see what happens at the end of this series. I’m surprised I hadn’t heard much about it when it came out. It’s a fun action manga.

Have you read Blood Lad? Comment below your thoughts about this manga or any supernatural manga recommendations! 

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