Monthly Archives: October 2015

Honey so Sweet Volume 1 by Amu Meguro

In many ways, this does hit several shoujo romance cliches: normal girl and guy with rough appearance who actually has a heart of gold and will win her over in the end. Of course, she’ll have a crush on someone … Continue reading

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World Trigger Volume 8 by Daisuke Ashihara

In author interviews, mangaka Ashihara is noted as saying he wrote out extensive background information on each of the characters. With volume 8, that attention to detail really shows – from Kazama’s careful teamwork and tactical skills to the efficacy … Continue reading

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Swallow This by Joanna Blythman

With Swallow this, author Blythman presents a thoroughly researched and informative book on everything that goes into store bought or restaurant food (in other words, anything you didn’t grow yourself). With a distinct EU/UK perspective, nearly every chemical (whether listed … Continue reading

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Girls and Sex by Peggy Orenstein

So many books on this subject tend to gloss over or sanitize the reality in order to make it more palatable to parents or the readers. With Girls and Sex, author Orenstein lays it all down on the table: countless … Continue reading

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Down Town by Jim Butcher

I came into Down Town without having read any of the Dresden Files series. As an introduction to the series, it stands on its own without losing the uninitiated reader. Yes, there is likely a lot of undercurrent between the … Continue reading

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Awakening The Dark Rituals by Catrina Burgess

Around 11% into Awakening, I knew this was not going to be the book for me. The pace is easy to follow, story fairly straightforward, but the writing very problematic. For anyone who reads many books, substandard plotting and lack … Continue reading

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Dire Steps (Sim Wars Book 3) by Henry V. O’Neil

Dire Steps continues the momentum of the first two books and opens up the mystery of the Sims a bit more. The series is now, for the most part, a 3-POV story of the Mortas family – patriarch Olech and … Continue reading

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The Vile Desire to Scream by Oisin McGann

The Vile Desire to Scream is short at 35 pages but in no way feels rushed or lacking. ¬†Intricate details are unveiled organically and this little kidnapping caper is quite satisfying from start to end. Although there is nothing in … Continue reading

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