deeply resonating

This Is My America – Kim Johnson 

Racism, judicial error, African Americans, race relations, prisoners, murder, family problems, young adult, fiction.

Rating 10/10

Tracy knows her father is innocent of a crime he didn’t commit. She writes letters to InnocenceX in hopes of getting their help in freeing her dad. She has less than a year before her father is executed. Tracy researches legal help as she wants to become a lawyer to fight for the rights of African Americans. When a teenage girl is found murdered and her brother is on the run, he is being framed for murder. She knows he is also innocent but being blamed because he was found near the scene of the crime along with his jacket. Tracy seeks out help and tries to bring home not only her father but brother as well. 

This novel was not easy to read. As covering the topic of systematic racism is a very serious topic. Johnson describes a reality that all African American families face when someone in their family was innocent of a crime that they did not commit but they were framed and sentenced to jail. Systematic racism exists and it impacts more than the individual but thousands of African American families, young and old. These families struggle to gain a sense of safety and security in a land that is extremely racist and discriminates. Trying to find legal help is never easy just like Tracy when she was trying to get help from a foundation that is dedicated to helping free innocent African Americans. Nothing is free of cost and getting lawyers costs a lot of money and this is a cold truth and reality of the justice system. The justice system is geared to suppress African Americans from succeeding. It was built on racism and discrimination. 

This novel, as it is fiction, does have a happy ending where her father and brother were freed from the investigations and trials to form the harsh stereotypes that were placed upon them. Many in real life don’t get the happy ending of having their family member come back home alive. 

Here is a link of all those who were murdered in police brutality and in the hands of the police Know their names: Black people killed by the police in the US 

Those are only some that appear on the news headlines. 

Many others don’t. 

Racism ends here.

I love learning more about my fave Shouto Todoroki

My Hero Academia Vol 26 – Kohei Horikoshi

Manga, superheroes, super villains, quirks, school, fiction.

Rating 8/10

Deku, Bakugo, and Shouto begin to prove themselves as heroes to work at Endeavor’s work place. Each of them explains their strengths and their weaknesses. They all are invited over to Shouto’s house to have dinner. When they leave, they come across a villain and put the villain away. All of them worked together. The next day, life resumes for U.A. High but word on the street is a new villain that is way deadlier than any has ever faced.

This was alright. I loved the moments with Shouto’s family and saw that their family was healing. I mean it’s a good thing to try to mend the family. I appreciated this volume for the Bakugo moments. I think he is my second or third favorite. I will always love Shouto as my number one. As always, the artwork was perfect, and this was a rather a cliffhanger. Can’t wait for the next manga.

a sad character backstory …

My Hero Academia – Story and Art by Kohei Horikoshi

Superheroes, villains, schools, manga, teen, fiction.

Rating 9/10

Tomura Shigaraki was Tenko Shimura, that was before he got his quirk that ultimately changed his life. His quirk makes people deteriorate into pieces. That is his origin story of how he became Tomura Shigaraki and feared by most. The Meta Liberation Army decided to pick a fight with Tomura, that was their worst mistake because Shigaraki’s quirk should never be under estimated. The Meta Liberation Army is defeated, and the Commander pledges the entire Army to and under Shigaraki. Deku and his fellow classmates learn how to do interviews on television. Eri celebrates her first Christmas with class 1A and the season is full of joy. While Shoto asks Deku and Bakugo if they want to work at his father’s agency, the Meta Human Liberation Army continues their plotting with a new leader.

This manga gave me overwhelming amount of emotions from the first page until the very last page. One of them was Tomura Shigaraki’s origin story that had me crying. This quirk was so traumatizing and so horrible to the point I understand why he became who he currently is. Another scene that had me balling my eyes out was Eri celebrating Christmas, but she was wearing a cute Santa Outfit and was so cute and adorable about it. That tugged hard at my heart strings the most. The poor kid suffered and deserves the whole world. I loved this book especially for that scene. I do suggest reading this entire manga series as well as watch the anime series too. Both are good, and the anime remains true to the manga. However, season 5 is in the works from the last I heard about and I hope they continue to remain true for anime series. Otherwise, I might have some issues in regards of the directing and production of the next season. To catch up, I think Hulu does offer all four seasons dubbed and subbed, for sure Funimation has them up to date with the dubs and subs.

yummy romance

My Favorite Half Night Stand – Christina Lauren

Romance, comedy, social media, dating apps, fiction. 

Rating 9/10

Millie and Reid get incredibly drunk and have a one night stand. After that night, they talk to each other about remaining friends and only friends. Millie doesn’t want to remain friends and neither does Reid. Millie helps set him and their mutual friends up with dating profiles. She makes her own and a fake one. The fake one matched with Reid so she accepted the match. Reid doesn’t know that this Cathrine was really Millie. This goes on for a while until Reid finds out the truth. Millie attempts to fix their friendship that leads to both of them confessing their feelings to each other. 

I loved this book. The characters are incredibly lovable and the plot is purely amazing. I was thrilled and intrigued at the idea that Millie was being herself through Catharine and yet Reid was totally oblivious. I binged this book a little fast because I was wanting to know if and when Reid would realize. I have to say that he was sort of a bad friend for not knowing Millie that well as he should have. Either way, I loved this book and I do recommend this novel.

one more secret keeper…

My Hero Academia Vol. 23 – Kohei Horikoshi

Heroes, villains, crime fighting, drama, comedy, manga, school, fiction.

Rating 8/10

Deku discovers a new quirk during the training battle. After the battle, the results are in and class I.A. wins and class I.B. loses and more optimistic than ever. Deku goes to talk to All Might and Bakugo confronts him as well as Todoroki about his second quirk. Deku explains what happened to All Might and Bakugo. Bakugo now is well aware of Deku’s acquired quirk that its One for All and connected the pieces that All for One is connected to One for All. Meanwhile, the League of Villains plan and there is a new enemy on the horizon, Meta Liberation Army.

I am so disappointed in the fact that I binge read the series like its nothing. After some deliberation of finishing this volume, I found myself liking new characters as well as appreciating the existing characters. This one was bittersweet to finish, and I realize the next one doesn’t come out until July. Which it’s sad but this was worth it completely. I don’t like the new enemy at all. Why can’t the League of Villains and this new group get it that heroes are going to squash them no matter what nomus they produce. Anyways, I do have to say, I do recommend the entire manga series. :]

FIGHT

My Hero Academia Vol. 22 – Kohei Horikoshi

Heroes, villains, crime fighting, drama, comedy, manga, school, fiction.

Rating 10/10

The class versus class pairings and each team is pitted against the other. As they all fight in training, each student thinks of where they are and where they stand. Something strange happens to Deku during his training fight. The League of Villains are plotting once more of something more sinister.

This adds on to the great character development and that shows during these battle trainings. The weird thing that happens to Deku is oddly strange. Can’t say much until I read the next volume. Id really love to find out soon enough though! Other than that, loved the detailed battle scenes here. Didn’t want to get into details of the fight scenes and what each character reflects on their life up to the point in which they are all at.

dreams reveal all truths

My Hero Academia Vol. 21 – Kohei Horikoshi

Heroes, villains, crime fighting, drama, comedy, manga, school, fiction.

Rating 8/10

The fight leaves Endeavor damaged and weakened. Hawks is acting shady and suspicious. Endeavor goes home and so does Todoroki, the family has a conversation about the past, Deku learns from his dreams more about One for All and All for One, and the previous users of One for All. Deku goes to All Might to talk to him about the dreams. They discuss that its normal to see their memories through dreams. Its time for a class against class training battle with a guest hoping to get into the hero course, Shinso. The pairing begins and so does the training battles.

This one was alright; I did like more insight in regards of All for One and One for All. The topic was sparsely discussed in earlier volumes, but this volume gave more clarity. I don’t necessarily feel bad for Endeavor but still can’t pity him. The reason is one has to read the manga to find out for themselves. I suspected a traitor given that somehow the villains know where the students and heroes are going to be. I might know who the traitor is, but I won’t tell a soul. Read the manga. However, the art gets better and better. I do like the costume or hero gear upgrades to winter versions. They are still useful without losing practicality. Which in my opinion is important and vital? I mean… They are ought to do hero work and need to have customized gear that is attuned to their quirks and the environment conditions such as the seasons at least.

the school festival

My Hero Academia Vol. 20 – Kohei Horikoshi

Heroes, villains, crime fighting, drama, comedy, manga, school, fiction.

Rating 10/10

After the fight Deku and Gentle Criminal undergo, Deku has to run to make it in time for his class’s performance. Gentle Criminal turns himself in. The performance goes off without a hitch, and Eri is smiling for once in her life. She feels free. After the performance, Deku owns up for his actions and isn’t punished. Todoroki’s father, Endeavor, works with Hawkes, another hero, when a Nomu comes to attack. Not a great day for Todoroki.

The concert performance was everything I had envisioned it. I was so glad that the performance made Eri smile. Someone like her needs more happiness and less gloom in her life. Especially what she went through no one should go through that. I was shocked when the incident happened with Endeavor and that mutated Nomu. I don’t like him as much. I wonder why they decide to make an appearance but this time they looked very hideous and nightmare fueling.

anything to make her smile..

My Hero Academia Vol. 19 – Kohei Horikoshi

Heroes, villains, crime fighting, drama, comedy, manga, school, fiction.

Rating 9/10

Deku goes to visit Eri and Mirio in the hospital. They find out that she has never smiled before. Mirio and Deku begs Eraserhead to figure out a way for her to go to the school festival. That is approved under a condition. Only way the school festival happens is if no villains attack, if they do, its all canceled. Deku will ensure that. The entire class prepares just in time for the school festival. However, a new villain by the name of Gentle Criminal has plans to disrupt. Those plans are destroyed as soon as Deku comes across him and La Brava, Gentle’s sidekick. Deku does what anyone would do in this case. Try to protect the school at all costs.

I am happy that things were starting to go back to normal until Gentle Criminal and his accomplice decided to go attack the school. Not good. I do approve what Deku does and that is the best school spirit anyone can have. If that isn’t school spirit, then I don’t know what is. I hate the fact that U.A. students, specifically, Class I.A. can’t get a break! I just like how Deku took matters into his own hands.

recovering after the ultimate fight

My Hero Academia Vol. 18 – Kohei Horikoshi

Heroes, villains, crime fighting, drama, comedy, manga, school, fiction.

Rating 8/10

The fight between Chisaki and Deku ends. Only some injuries and a fatality, Sir Nighteye, dies from his injuries during the fight. Everyone goes to the hospital to recover. Everyone wonders, including Deku, what quirk that Eri has. Meanwhile, Todoroki and Bakugo are finishing up their hero licensing remedial work. A new and peculiar villain pops up. A school festival is in the works and class 1.A. plans to do a concert. All Might has private tutoring sessions with Deku about using more of One for All.

This wasn’t much eventful other than the finishing of the epic fight battle. I was so sad of the fatality. I had grown to love Sir Nighteye cause if his peculiar personality. I’m anticipating how to see the unfolding of the concert goes. I would love to see it honestly. That is something of normalcy that these students should experience. Especially since their year has been mostly them fighting off no good villains. I do feel bad for this class.