Kmuse’s Book Reviews (December 26th, 2023)

We are going to end the year with some really strong recommendations. Whether you want something light and fluffy, a Japanese mystery, or an urban fantasy world where magic is….well…reality, I have something for you.

Solo Leveling by Chugong

I impulse bought the first volume of this webcomic and was instantly hooked. The illustrations are gorgeous and I love the fleshed-out world and our hero Jinwoo Sung. He is the weakest hunter, but is forced to face death over and over because of his family’s bills. Because of his intelligence and courage, he is given the chance to level up and become one of the best hunters. Or he might die. Have not gotten past the first volume, but volume 2 has been ordered and I will continue as soon as it arrives. Highly recommend for anyone interested in webtoons/manhwas.

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A Death in Tokyo by Keigo Higashino

I loved this book, especially the way the plot builds upon itself and how you are never really sure about the reasons for the murder. The characters were engaging, and the author did multiple POVs perfectly. We got just enough glimpses into the victims’ lives that kept it interesting, but didn’t take away from the investigator’s story arc. I give A Death in Tokyo 5/5 stars and look forward to reading more by this author.

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The Last Raven by Steve McHugh

I love when I discover an urban fantasy novel with solid world building. The Last Raven is one of those books. The protagonist is wonderfully flawed, and I enjoyed watching him recover from rock bottom. The author even made jumping from the present to flashbacks work, even though that’s a writing style choice that annoys me 90% of the time. If you want solid character development with a fast moving plot, then this is for you. I am excited to read the next book in the series.

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Til the next turn of the page,


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