Category Archives: contemporary

Anonymous Noise 5 by Ryoko Fukuyama

Fukuyama really knows how to create an engaging set of characters – even the love triangle here is palatable as there is no one clear winner for our protagonist Nino. This volume mostly covers the big first live concert given … Continue reading

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Dept. H by Matt and Sharlene Kindt

I have to admit to being really conflicted about Dept. H (read: depth). From this first volume, which ends abruptly and without a story arc, I can see there are going to be layers to the story and surprises to … Continue reading

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SP Baby by Maki Enjoji

Those who have read Enjoji’s other English licensed title, Happy Marriage?!, will find more of the same in SP Baby. Once again we have a plucky but fairly banal heroine, a love interest in a position of power but completely … Continue reading

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Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm

Prince in Disguise is a fluffy, light, guilty pleasure kind of read. It felt like a watered down John Hughes movie – 16 Candles but with British royalty instead of high school royalty. You won’t believe any of it but … Continue reading

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Water Memory by Mathieu Reyn├Ęs

Water Memory feels like a title in search of a good story. We have a girl whose age isn’t stated, in a sea town that isn’t identified, with folklore that isn’t culture-oriented, and a lot of clues/mystery that never seem … Continue reading

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Generations by Flavia Biondi

Some books are just pitch perfect – a harmonious blend of nuanced characters and evocative storytelling coupled with emotive graphics. With Generations, Flavia Biondi has created a thoughtful story full of pathos and heart – a perfect ode that seamlessly … Continue reading

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Antisocial by Heidi Cullinen

After about 20% into reading this title, I began to wonder if I was reading a fan fiction or a book that had not gone through professional editing. The language and technique are fine but this greatly suffers from a … Continue reading

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