Hey all, Sam here.
Is it weird to feel tired after spending a day reading? Readathon recovery is no joke, but it seems silly because all I did was sit around and read. But I had a great time, and I accomplished a bunch of reading, which was wonderful. Honestly, I should consider doing a 24 Hour Readathon more than 3 times a year.
I’m now like 20 books ahead on my Goodreads Reading Challenge, which feels great after having a slow couple of reading years. It feels like after the stress and the depression and all that from the last couple years, like perhaps I’m finally moving into a better place, and that’s pretty great. I’m reading more, I’m blogging more, and I’m getting back to my creative writing.
Anyway, we’re at the start of a new month, and the blogging streak continues here on Free State of Geek. Seriously, somehow we are at 90 days in a row of blogging. I’m really proud of that.
Let’s jump into today’s Manga Monday post. If you’re new here, every Monday, this blog has a focus on manga, typically meaning a review of one volume each week. This time I’m continuing a cute literary focused female-led isekai series that I quickly became obsessed with at the beginning of the year. Let’s get started.
A SPELLBINDING ADVENTURE!
Since being transported to a new world Tsukina has made a cozy life for herself, doing magic and running a book café. She’s even grown closer to Il, a handsome soldier who also loves reading. But Tsukina is keeping a huge secret from him: she is a Savior, sent to this world to help protect it. By hiding away in her book café, is she neglecting her duties? And will Il hate her for it when he finds out?
Rating: 5 stars
This volume definitely establishes that this is going to be kind of focused on the relationship between Tsukina and Il, which I am totally okay with. They just fit together and it’s so cute. I love the simplicity of this couple and their day-to-day life at the book cafe. It’s beautiful.
But then it gets a bit more complicated by the fact that Tsukina was technically brought to this world to be a Savior, but since there was another Savior in the area, she thought she was fine to just hide away…but this other Savior is spoiled and while there’s the potential for power, it hasn’t been harnessed and trained…and unfortunately that leads to problems and dangers.
Tsukina realizes that she has no choice. She has to step in to save this place and the people she has gotten close to, and as the synopsis says, Il will find out that she’s a Savior in this volume. I don’t really think it’s a spoiler to talk about how he reacts, because it’s kind of predictable for a cute romance story. Clearly Il understands why she hid that fact about herself…and he decides to help her keep it under wraps.
The question is…with the Savior issue settled…do we think Tsukina will be able to return to her quiet book cafe life…or does this land still need a Savior? I guess we’ll need to keep reading to find out.
I really enjoy this series. The art is nice, the story is adorable, and I can’t wait to see how the world develops as the series progresses. I guess I would like to see more about the magic and how that works. Also, I’d love to see more people start coming to the book cafe. I want a large cast of random and sometimes weird folks stopping by. That could be fun.
Well, that is all from me for today. Thank you so much for stopping by, and I’ll be back soon with more geeky content.