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Asian Readathon Reads #1

The Beast Player by Nahoko Uehashi. My feelings towards this book are mixed. Whereas I thought it was worth my time, and I enjoyed it as a whole and will probably read the sequel containing the last two books, I also had some issues. First of all, this is translated from the Japanese and I have to say it's a good one; it never felt out of place and the language was fluid and felt natural to me. In terms of the story, I enjoyed the first half way more than the second half - where I found the main character became very passive towards what was happening around her and consequently, behaved in circles. And for a character that appeared to be very smart, her lack of action got to my nerves. Most of the time she remained silent when it was necessary for her to speak up and she endangered herself when it wasn't necessary. The highlight of the story for me was how much she cared for animals and how well she treated them. It's a great message the author conveyed. 

The Complete Chi's Sweet Home. Part I by Konami Kanata. This is a graphic novel that follows a kitten. It was absolutely adorable. Chi is walking around one day with her mom and siblings when she gets lost. And then a human family founds her and keeps her. However they are not allowed pets in their apartment so they have to keep Chi a secret. During the volume we follow Chi's adventures. In truth is a very simple story but the artwork is so cute and I just adored the whole thing. Cannot wait to read Part II.



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