Author Archives: Talvi

The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

If you want a light and fluffy, easy-to-read, and honestly rather simplistic YA romance, this is definitely an option. If, however, you want more realistic and organic character development, with protagonists who aren’t overidealized, shallow, underdeveloped, or cliche-feeling, then you … Continue reading

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The Light Years by R.W.W. Greene

In many ways, this feels very much like a throwback to 1970s sci fi – complete with all the ‘hippie’ ideals where you get to stick it to ‘the man’ (greedy corporate types), save the poor, strive for peace, be … Continue reading

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Don’t Call Me Dirty by Gorou Kanbe

This is a stand alone story told in several chapters about life in a small town in Japan. The story focuses on boyish adult Shoji mostly but also brings in a host of small town characters. The plot is about … Continue reading

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Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson

It would be hard to rate this as anything other than a 5 star since the writing is so good, the characters nuanced, and the plot highly grounded. More so than most YA books out there, this eschews platitudes in … Continue reading

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The Mall by Megan McCafferty

From the beginning dedication of “To all Riot Grrrls, past present and future” you’ll get an instant idea of what to expect from The Mall. There are a lot feminist ideas here, perhaps the author looking back at the time … Continue reading

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Jujutsu Kaisen 2 by Gege Akutami

This still has me curious enough to keep reading and see where this will go. It feels very much like Bleach and certainly the worldbuilding as established hints at some interesting storylines yet to come. For now, we bear with … Continue reading

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Given, Vol. 1 by Natsuki Kizu

I was really on the fence about whether to rate this 3 or 4 stars. On the one hand, this firmly hits too many of the BL cliches and on the other hand it does have an interesting idea to … Continue reading

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