Fairy Tail: Anime, Manga, Fanfiction

Lately I haven’t been reading regular novels. I got caught up in a fictional world & shipping a couple that are mainly just friends that I absolutely couldn’t bare to let go. So I wound up giving in to a big weakness of mine and reading fanfiction for the almost non-existent couple. Yes, I read fanfiction stories but I try not to because most of the stories are horrible and mostly I just waste my time looking on there, but the story I found filled all my hopes and dreams for the couple.

Finished binge watching Fairy Tail anime about a week ago, to watch every episode it took about two weeks. With over 250 episodes, a movie, a 12 episode spinoff, and OVA episodes it was a lot to watch but with me being greedy I immediately wanted more. There is a second movie coming out and it already hit theaters and it supposedly came out on DVD/Blu-Ray November 17 2017 in Japan but the release date for my area is still unknown. I am really excited for this movie to become available in the U.S. Until then I couldn’t get the main characters out of my head, Natsu and Lucy.

NaluFairy Tail the manga and the anime, is about a wizard guild named Fairy Tail and the story follows Lucy who teams up with Natsu, Happy the cat, Gray, and Erza as they go on jobs to pay Lucy rent. They have dozens of exciting adventures that showcase their camaraderie in their trust for not only each other but in Fairy Tail as a whole. Everyone in their guild has spent time together fighting each other and also fighting for the same cause, building stronger friendships. Although Lucy and Natsu are close there is nothing romantic about it, except for one hilarious time when Natsu asked Lucy to dig a whole and she got the wrong idea. Lucy I believed was open to the idea of being romantically involved with Natsu but as usual Natasu was as clueless as ever. In the OVA they are much more forward with Natsu and Lucy relationship with Natsua being off kilter by Lucy come-ons even though their relationship are deeper than in regular episodes. In the OVAs they are much more forward with Gray and Juvia’s, Levy & Gajeel, and also Jellal & Ezra relationships as well. I guess because they are a shounen anime they can’t really focus that much on romance to keep true to the story. Even without the romance it’s still a riveting story.

The anime has yet to be completed but the manga is completed. The manga has 545 chapters and I am currently on chapter 137 and I can tell you for sure that the anime is better than the manga, mostly because they add a little more dialogue to the anime and the music in the anime get you more emotionally involved doing big showdowns and emotional times. Hearing Lucy cry like a total crybaby in sorrow and relief is way better then reading “Waah waah waah”.

With the new movie Fairy Tail Dragon Cry being so close but so far away I turned to my biggest weakness so far, Fanfiction. At first I read a couple of one-shot pieces of romantic fluff pieces and they were nice but they only tickled the deep itch that is becoming my NaLu Fairy Tail obsession. Then I hit the jackpot, when I ran across 53 thousand word romantic NaLu story.

A Dragon’s Damsel by SingedByDragons is everything I want in a romantic story. First the unmistakable bond between two people, a slight love rival, a little jealousy, rules for the bond between the bonded pair, a general rule book to guide them on their love for each other, and of course a deeper plot that showcases the depths they would go for their love for each other. Of course, I rarely find all of this in romance novels; I guess they are not acceptable in publishers or regular audience eyes, but for me these stories are perfect. These stories are similar to the Princess Bride which I absolutely love. And watch over and over.

SingedByDragons has a sequel to this story called A Damsel No More. After I am done with this post I am going to immediately start reading it. SingedByDragons also kept true to the anime and didn’t veer off course to much from the anime, which is rare because fanfiction allows you to get crazy and explore to your creative content with published authors characters and worlds.  I recommend you start reading and watching the Fairy Tale anime and manga and after you are done read this fanfiction. The fanfiction A Dragon’s Damsel is well written with only a few grammar mistakes but you can find those in published books also. Warning this fanfiction is completed but the sequel is not, I have been waiting almost a decade for some my favorite fanficton stories to be completed. Some fanfiction get completed but take years to complete and others are just completely abandoned leaving the unfinished stories to drive me insane.

Daughter of the Everstar

Toni is alone in life when she made a wish upon her grandmothers well. With that wish burst forth the Bright Queen and she granted Toni the opportunity to grant the wish herself. The Bright Queen transported her to a new world- ahem forgive me a new realm where magic is but a fawn memory. Toni is placed there to save Ronan, their world and its people.

I honestly don’t think I should be giving a review since I could only finish half the book and it might seem like I have only bad things to say but I have so much to say and I don’t want to hold it in any longer. Once I read the synopsis for this book I was thinking this is going to be a fun read because it had everything that I like in a book, magic, sci-fi, adventure, ménage, and most importantly romance.

It had all of these things but the author’s writing style is just so horrible and annoying! The author went on & on about the landscape and details about nothing; overly describing simple things like phrases and slang. She went into excellent details about minor things that I know didn’t pertain to the rest of the story. The author chose to skip over the getting to know you part of the romance to focus on the journey home. And there was two times where they were attacked on the journey but it was told in Toni’s point of view so there was no action only a worried sideline view.

The book is told mostly in first person from Toni point of view. Now to explain Toni, she is like two opposite personalities shoved into one character and it doesn’t fit. One personality is confident, speaks her mind, and is polite. The other personality is shy, timid, a liar, with the ability to be rude. And the way the author tries to mix these two contrasting personalities into one character is atrocious.

It mostly comes out in the way she interacts with other characters in the book. Toni asks in a polite roundabout way, which takes forever. It took Toni nearly two pages to ask for kiss. After the lackluster kiss scene I called it quits and wasn’t able to finish the book.

Toni is supposed to be nice but I viewed her as being hoity-toity, contradictory and un-relatable as a main character. She has no faults, absolutely nothing I can relate to. Definitely not a round character but a square.

The one and probably only good aspect of this book is the plot. The plot is really good and the world building is fine, it’s just that the writing style is horrible and I disliked the main character. The writing style kind of reminded me of my own style of writing, which I am trying to improve.

Even though I dislike this book and couldn’t finish it, I would like for you to read and if you can finish it and tell me if you agree or disagree with me, your likes and dislikes. If you already read this book please leave a comment and tell me your thoughts. Here is the link to learn more about the author & Daughter of the Everstar.

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Dragon’s Gift

Dragon’s Gift is a fantasy romance like I haven’t read in a while. Filled with warlocks, dragons, elves, and gods; Dragon’s Gift took me to a different world where the sexism against women live and thrive.
I was really excited to be transported back in time to where everybody didn’t have instant ways of communication and where they had to ride horses, walk, or sprout wings and fly.
Dareena is a bar maid working in a tavern and it looks like her only option in life is to marry her old decrepit boss. Let him crawl on top of her a few nights for less than a decade and then she can be the owner of the tavern when he dies. Like any young female in her prime though that crotchety wrinkly old bastard crawling on top of her once makes bile rise to the back of her throat, but with so few options that might be her only shot.
With the Dragon’s Hunt festival coming up she decides to put the decisions for the future on hold and enjoy the festival and her daring red gown.
Unexpectedly her life is changed forever when she is one of the chosen three as the potential Dragon’s Gift. She is further surprised and torn when she is the Dragon’s Gift and have to choose between the handsome dragon princes Drystan, Alistair and Lucyan and whoever she decides takes the thrown and her hand.
Drystan is dutiful and responsible, best suited to rule, while Lucyan is cunning or if you want to be more political an enigmatic strategist and Alistair is the calm between his two unbending brothers. The relationship between the brothers is strong and unbreakable and even though they are in competition for the thrown they won’t allow it to damage their relationship.
Dareena gets to know the Princes one at a time and each day she spends with them wraps her further in their arms. Each has their unique personalities and unique strengths and weaknesses. As Dareena spends more time and their presence the more her emotions tell her that each Prince is perfect in their own way.
Dragon’s Gift is an amazing fantasy novel layered with romance and hot loving. I recommend you pick up a copy today because the second book is coming out soon.
Please download Dragon’s Gift today and check out the amazing authors pages May Sage and JasmineWalt.
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Zorvak’s Rescue: Compatibles

Camilla crash landed on a lawless planet and trying her best to survive which leads her to betting her only two credits on a death match. Desperate to get off the horrible planet she converses with the voice in her head telling her to free her.
This book is a stand-alone book but it is part of the Azziarin world/series. I was a little confused about the word compatibles however, that was explained a little late. So yeah it was a standalone but I suggest you start at the beginning of the series. It was a great book beautifully written.
The prologue started very intense and then it went to the first chapter which explained how she became the first female pilot for deep space mission. This got me high and excited only for me to drop from excitement almost immediately while she boringly explained how and when she got accepted.
Zaorvaks Rescue is mainly a sci-fi/action book sprinkled with romance until the end until you thrown into the happily ever after then you get it shoved down your throat.
I honestly didn’t like it mainly because of how the romance in the book is described in the book. There wasn’t a lot of romance, which is perfectly understandable when creepy guys with claw-tipped dicks want to brutally gang rape you and consistently trying to escape from the awful world you crashed landed on. The few sweet moments were passable but I wouldn’t want to read it again.
If you like science fiction and action sprinkled with a little love I would recommend this book, but first start at the beginning of the Azziarin series. Zorvak’s Rescue is the only book I have read in the Azziarin series but I suggest with any standalone book that is part of the same world you start at the beginning because after a while authors get a little lazy and don’t explain everything.
Here is a link to the Zorvak’s Rescue and Hannah Davenport other work, including sneak peaks.
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Sub-Genres That Goes Well With Romance

Well for a romance to be good it has to have a good secondary genre. As you could probably tell I like my romance splashed with a little bit of other worldly. Unfortunately sci-fi and paranormal is not always the best for a good romance.

What makes the best sub-genre for romance?

Sub-genres are important especially for romance. 300 pages of falling in love and happiness is hard to get through. Once you have your readers attention you have to keep it.

sub genre romanceThere are many types of sub-genres which are secondary genres. For example, erotica is a genre and most of the time erotica is the main genre while romance is the sub-genre, but there lines blur so it’s hard to tell in most cases. The broader genres are comedy, romance, mystery, action, horror, adventure and science fiction.

From my experience a lot of the sub-genre that are action drowns out the romance. You know, where the member of the hardcore seal team six members fall in love but he has to go fight in a war and kill the bad guy and protect his love at the same time. Falling in love in the midst of a war seems passionate and hardcore but it really focuses the reader’s attention on the enemies their fighting. And you always want your readers to imagine what your characters life would be like after the last page. It’s hard to imagine a couple that’s seen war and action having a cup of coffee with each other or have a date to the movies. Normal doesn’t go well with war torn couples that seen so much action.

Neither does horror nor creepy go that well with romance, maybe creepy goes but not really. I have read a few and they gave me unpleasant shudders. If you want me to read and review some horror or creepy romance I would honestly do it though.

In my expert opinion the sub-genres that go best with romance are adventure, angst, fantasy, friendship, family, humor, hurt/comfort, supernatural, science fiction, tragedy, western, and erotica. These sub-genres are all good in small doses as long as they don’t overshadow the romance or couple. Especially in fast-burn romances, you know the love at first sight. The couple can’t get to know each other and fall deeper in love if their angst or family drama gets in the way for too long.

The slow-burn romances where they take half a book to fall in love they are a different matter because the sub-genre for slow burn romances is romance.

I will leave you with this; a romance that has it’s couple million miles apart or not interacting with each other or not even in the picture for more than a couple of pages is not a good romance.

Or basically not having the focus on them or their relationship for long periods is not a true romance.

Please leave a comment and tell me what you think!