Ocean of Secrets #2 – Sophie Chan

Ocean of Secrets Volume 2 MangaOcean of Secrets Volume 2 

Author: Sophie Chan

3.25 stars

A big THANK YOU to NetGalley for being kind enough to provide me with a free copy of this manga in exchange for an honest review.

This manga was definitely a bit more enjoyable than the first manga in this series. I really liked the suspense and the tension that the narrative provided (e.g. the oncoming war between the three Kingdoms and the pirates). But yet again, I felt like the plot was just either incredibly choppy (suddenly cutting from one scene to the next with barely any dialogue) or that it progressed way too fast. I really like Lia as a main character, but I feel as though she doesn’t get that much “screen time” as some of the other characters, which is a bit of a shame.

Rai is definitely an interesting new addition as a character and I really wished that they would have expanded upon him discovering the three magical islands a bit more. Like I said, the plot in this series progresses incredibly fast. This is a real shame, because the way that the world is laid out definitely brings enormous potential in exploring more elements of the story, as well as expanding upon some of the characters and their personalities or backstories.

The dialogue also felt quite standard. The showdown between the good vs. bad guys was quite cliche and most of the other conversations between the characters also read quite dry.

The art is gorgeous though – the artist is incredibly talented, especially for a self-taught manga artist. Hats off!

Overall, this was a solid read. I definitely enjoyed myself reading it, but it also didn’t bring that much originality to the table (especially comparing this manga to many other mangas out in the market). I hope that the author expands upon more personal struggles the characters experience in the upcoming mangas and delves more into the relationships between the characters. I will definitely pick up the third manga when it comes out.

The Moment I Actually Began Writing My Book

So pretty recently I made a slightly life altering decision. (Okay so maybe it was more like a 5-month altering decision but still). 

I am currently studying math at a college here in Germany, or at least I was until I decided to change my major. I had been doing psychology as a minor now for a couple weeks and found myself really loving it. I always looked forward to going to the psychology lectures and dreaded the math ones and hated every second between Monday morning and Friday evening. In fact, ever since I started going to college I realized there had never been a time when I looked forward going to a math lecture at all, even the very first ones (bad bad sign). 

Don’t get me wrong, I still love science and math, it’s just that liking a subject and actually studying it as a major can be wildly different. Wildly, wildly different. 

To put it shortly: I decided to drop out of math and change my major to psychology completely. To say that people were surprised would be an overstatement. Most people had seen it coming, they said which shocked me more than anything (how the hell can someone see you changing your major before you do?!) 

The only problem is that I can’t transfer immediately since they limit the number of students and I will have to reapply in about two weeks and then the courses only begin in the middle of October. As of now, that gives me five whole months of nothing to do (and that’s not even counting these last two weeks). 

Now I know a lot of you readers are probably not Christians, but myself being one I have to say that this truly felt like a God-given time to write my book. I do have to admit that at the beginning I panicked a little bit. After all, this was only my biggest dream since I was a young child. What if I screwed up? What if I screwed up majorly? Well, I can finally say that (almost) my entire story and plot has been neatly planned out from beginning till end and that I’m already a good 2,000 words into the story. EEEEK. 

So as of right now I am trying to get a minimum of 500-700 words written down a day. Anyway, being a former mathematician and all I calculated that if I really do manage to write a minimum of 700 words a day starting today then by the end of my five months I’ll have about 420 pages of my book done (and I think that might even be going a little over what I imagined I’d have). (For all of you interested people that’s (30*5*700)/250)

I am majorly excited to see how these next five months will turn out. I think I might get a job or work placement sometime in between but up until now writing and planing has been taking up a lot of my time and I’d rather just focus on that 100%. Also, I recently registered to NetGalley and have been basking myself in the delight of getting free Kindle copies of awesome books. 

Anyway I’ll (hopefully) write an update blog soon to keep everyone up to status.

My Very First Post (Very Melodramatically Put)

My Very First Post (Very Melodramatically Put)

I have to be honest with you guys. I have no idea what to write as my first post. As I spent the last half an hour or so coming up a suitable blog name, I think the imaginational juices in my brain have been used up. 
I’ll start with introducing myself – thought I won’t actually post my full real name on here, since I want to keep some privacy, and my friends who view this blog will know who I am anyway – I’m Lexxy.
I’m not going to go through all the things about me just yet, since that would take an age, and would probably flash ya’ll to death if I released all my awesomeness onto you at once. (I guess my modesty has been used up as well – haha, oh well…)
However, I would like to mention one very very special person in my life – my boyfriend. He is the cutest, sweetest, kindest, most gentle, generous, caring person I know (more on that later), and I am so lucky to have him, really. If any of you girls were ever looking for Prince Charming, and have always doubted his existence, well.. here he is (and mine – yay!). So, keep your heads up, amazing boyfriends really do exist!
The idea of starting a blog came to me during my English class yesterday morning where we are currently analyzing and writing about non-fiction texts. We got on the topic of blogs and the idea struck through me. I’ve always been a fan of talking about books, movies, music, food, relationships – and my life. This will be a great idea for me to be able to review books, talk about all my favorite bands and all the bad movies I’ve seen lately. 
I also plan on writing a book sometime soon – no joke. I have some great inspiring ideas which have thrilled me and all my friends ever since the day they had eloped in my brain and I am super excited about it! I have written several scenes of my book as a rough draft and they are looking pretty good. However it’s a bit hard for me to just sit down and write something with lack of inspiration or no vivid image in my mind – it just has to come to me at the right moment. Unfortunately, that doesn’t happen very often. Anyway, a blog will help give me something to write about, and help practice my skills of writing whilst I’m in No Inspirationland. 
Also, my lack of studying has brought me to a point where I think I should stop writing for tonight – but I’ll definitely come back to this tomorrow! 
I’ve got a good feeling about this.