Monthly Archives: December 2017

Forbidden Dance Volume 2 by Hinako Ashihara

So…. what to do with a plot when your heroine triumphs and wins the big event to make her guy notice her? Add in a rival, of course! And a perfect one as well – the elusive European who speaks … Continue reading

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Forbidden Dance Volume 1 by Hinato Ashihara

In 2018, when this review is written, titles such as this can feel very dated. The artwork is very shoujo 1990s and can be hard to like at times with the era’s huge foreheads and small faces. As well, we … Continue reading

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dazzle Volume 1 by Minari Endoh

Back when Tokyo Pop was licensing big chunks of random manga, selections veered to the very good and some very bad titles. This is one of the latter: lazy writing, lacklustre storylines, and cliche stock characters. It’s everything that can … Continue reading

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Category Freaks by Gokurakuin Sakurako

Mangaka Gokurakuin is mostly known for her illustration work rather than her storytelling skills. Juvenile Orion series broke her out with its beautifully drawn characters but the plot was honestly silly and pedantic. With Category Freaks, she attempts to write … Continue reading

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Valentine Book 1 by Vanyda

This was a hard nut to crack – very little happens and we are pretty much a fly on the wall of a quiet and reserved teen girl who is navigating friendships, booze, sex, and boys. That sentence makes the … Continue reading

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The Diet Detox by Brooke Alpert

Alpert’s The Diet Detox contains most of the findings about diet and nutrition that we come to expect: avoid sugars, avoid carbs, get away from processed foods, eat smarter. In addition, there are exercises and lifestyle changes such as not … Continue reading

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Boomerang by Helen Dunbar

Boomerang is a bit of a different animal in that this isn’t a romance so much as a collection of people with very messy lives coming to terms with their life choices and the mistakes they’ve made. There are absolutely … Continue reading

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