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Teen SRC 2020- Delicious in Dungeon by Ryoko Kui

Have you ever wondered what a dragon tasted like? Would it taste like chicken, maybe beef? Or maybe you’ve been wondering what a cockatrice would taste like served in a good stew. After all, a snake/chicken hybrid would seem to make an interesting dinner combo. Or maybe, you’ve been wondering about the morality of eating fishmen. Unlike mermen, they have fish heads, and though they seem semi-sentient, it wouldn’t hurt to try one… Would it?

These are the questions Delicious in Dungeon set out to answer, as Ryoko Kui serves up a masterful manga, seemingly to answer the age-old question of “What would happen if Gordon Ramsay got trapped in Middle Earth?”

The story begins, as a cave opening is discovered, leading to an underground kingdom covered in gold. A distraught king emerges from its entrance, promising all of his treasure to whoever defeats the insane magician who sunk his kingdom underground in the first place, before crumbling to dust. Word of the king’s promise spreads like a wildfire, as numerous guilds gather to try to navigate the labyrinth-esque kingdom, now infested with monsters of all shapes and sizes. Laios is the leader of one such guild, before his party is decimated and his sister is eaten by a dragon. Laios and his crew rush back into the kingdom of gold in an attempt to save his sister, but soon run out of supplies. They are saved by a dwarf named Senshii who teaches Laios and crew how to properly cook and eat monsters, as the adventure to save Laios’s sister begins.

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TeenTober 2019 – One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

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One Piece by Eiichiro Oda

So according to my sources, One Piece has lost in the first round of the RPL’s Battle of the Books, which comes to a surprise to me as One Piece has sold over 455 Million units worldwide and is the third best-selling comic books series in the world, only being topped by Batman and Superman. But none of this would matter if One Piece wasn’t good. Luckily for Eiichiro Oda, One Piece‘s author, and you the reader, One Piece is fantastic! Let’s talk about the why.

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Teen SRC 2018- Spice and Wolf by Isuna Hasekura

Image result for spice and wolfSpice and Wolf is a novel (yes, novel not manga) about a travelling merchant named Kraft Lawrence who wanders the land, buying and selling goods until a girl with ears and a tail named Holo claiming to be the goddess of harvest appears in his merchant cart. She and Lawrence strike a deal. She helps Lawrence’s business and in return, Lawrence will bring Holo to her homeland.

When you look at this cover, the first thing you might think is “Manga? No thanks. I only read high-end stuff like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Gray.” But don’t you think that’s a bit closed minded? You skip out on hundreds of thousands of books because they’re labelled anime or manga? You might miss your favourite series just because of your pride in your book selection. And this isn’t even a manga. It’s full of words and the occasional pretty illustration. But the book could have all the words in the world and still be a terrible book. So how does this book stack up against the rest?Read More