Nicola Manning-Mansfield

Hall of Fame Reviewer - 2011
Top Reviewer Ranking: 26
Helpful votes received on reviews: 85% (962 of 1,126)
Location: Ontario, Canada
Anniversary: Jan. 29
Birthday: July 12
In My Own Words:
A Bookaholic, Catholic, with Aspergers, who reads a lot. I read well over 400 books every year! I`ve been blogging since 2005 but started book blogging in 2007. I love reading many types of books non-fiction to novels; picture books to adult literature. I post my reviews on many book sites.
My especial eclectic interests include:
1. graphic novels & manga 2. forensics 3. serial killers 4. n… Read more

Besides reading & writing I like: going to Mass, walking, chatting over coffee or wine, dancing, not worrying or stressing, and taking each day as it comes.

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Top Reviewer Ranking: 26 - Total Helpful Votes: 962 of 1126
UQ Holder 2 by Ken Akamatsu
UQ Holder 2 by Ken Akamatsu
This is getting a lot more tense and dark. Tota and Kuromaru are taken to UQ Holder Headquarters where they are thrust into a deadly challenge, a test to see if they are worthy enough to become members of the esteemed UQ. While we know Tota is a vampire, we find out the world he belongs to is filled with the yokai and Kuromaru's secret is finally revealed (which makes the OT rating for this series appropriate for 16+). There is plenty of battle with just a bit of magic and it is much more mature in presentation than other shounen. They have been sent out on their first mission which proved to be violent and we don't know whether successful yet or not. The main character Tota adds the… Read more
Damian: Son of Batman Deluxe Edition by Andy Kubert
This is a little strange because we are transported to the future. A future where Bruce Wayne is a sick elderly man, Dick Grayson is Batman and Damian Wayne (alive and well) is still Robin. The book opens with the death of Batman and Damian coming to terms with himself taking over the reigns as the new Batman, at first he refuses to carry on the tradition of being just and drawing the line at killing but he finds everyone from all sides coming down hard on him after his string of eliminating the bad guys. He promises his father to carry on the tradition and live up to the respected role of a just Batman. This is a dark, gritty Batman with quite a few changes in this possible future which I… Read more
Wheel On The School by Meindert Dejong
Wheel On The School by Meindert Dejong
3.0 out of 5 stars Makes a Good Read-Aloud, July 20 2014
This is a re-read for me. The first time I read it aloud to my eldest about 15 years ago and we both loved it so much. I went on to read several more of the author's books after that, also enjoying them. I was looking forward to this re-read. I was a little disappointed as the story was much slower than I had remembered and at first I actually thought it was boring. So it did take me some time to get into it this time, though I hardly remembered the story except the basic plot. I did find my groove though, and settled down with this old-fashioned story, set in a different time in a different world, pre-WWII Netherlands. This is a sweet story about children and their love for animals, storks… Read more

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