Category Archives: Book Reviews

Bento for Beginners by Chika Ravitch

This book lives up to the title: the recipes are easy to create, using very ordinary and easily-obtainable ingredients, but also have good flavor and interest. The cover photo gives an accurate image of what you’re likely to be making … Continue reading

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Blue Flag Volume 1 by Kaito

Since I had never heard of this title, I had very little expectations going in. At first, it felt like a light-hearted slice of life with a bit of angsty romance thrown in. But after finishing the first volume, I … Continue reading

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Not Your Idol by Aoi Makino

Coinciding neatly with the #metoo movement, this is a surprisingly hard hitting look at masculinity and femininity, objectification, and the price of being an idol/famous/fandom. While some topics covered are universal across cultures (dressing sexy does not mean rape is … Continue reading

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Secret XXX by Meguru Hinohara

There is an amusing contrast here of a manga with a lot of innocent looking fluffy bunnies interspersed with scenes of very graphic (more than usual in this genre) sex. But this slice of life is more melodrama than drama … Continue reading

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Every Reason We Shouldn’t by Sara Fujimura

Every Reason We Shouldn’t is a nicely written YA story that feels very much like the outline for a teen movie. I appreciated that as much attention was given to the pro skating/training as to the romance and that the … Continue reading

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The Orville Season 1.5: New Beginnings by David a Goodman, David Cabeza, Michael Atiyeh

The irony that this Orville TV series is more Star Trek than the actual Star Trek currently airing is not lost on readers. Or, at least a lot more Star Trek: The Next Generation. Originally in Season 1 it was … Continue reading

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The Stars We Steal by Alexa Donne

I’ve tried to write this review several times now and somehow it keeps coming off as just mean spirited. So in a nutshell, this is Jane Austen’s Persuasion dumbed down for the YA audience. I’m not one who believes we … Continue reading

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