Category Archives: contemporary

Star Collector by Sophie Schönhammer, Anna Backhausen

While the illustration work is decent in Star Collector, the storytelling feels not much better than a hastily written fan fiction. The pacing is very off, the story rushed, characterization unnatural and inconsistent, and it is a very hard story … Continue reading

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Technically, You Started it by Lana Wood Johnson

This hits all the check marks of a great Summer read: cute romance, very funny interactions, light and fluffy read, and two interesting main characters. The ‘gimmick’ here is that the story is told completely through text messages. I admit … Continue reading

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Skip Beat 42 by Yoshiki Nakamura

With Volume 42, Kyoko is dealing with the consequences of recognizing she has fallen for Ren – and letting it affect her audition for her new role as a ninja assassin. There are plenty of fun scenes, of course, even … Continue reading

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Candy Color Paradox by Isaku Natsume

Candy Color Paradox is one of the rare ones of its genre in that it does provide a story beyond the romance of the characters. The plot isn’t deep – it’s about investigative journalists, the cases they take on, and … Continue reading

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Ten Count by Rihito Takarai

I enjoyed Ten Count more than the previous books in the series; author Takarai was likely took a lot of heat for how she presented mental issues and this last book in the series felt like backpeddling: Kurose admits there … Continue reading

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Chasing Forever by Kelly Jensen

As with all Kelly Jensen books, here we have another story of two good people making their way in life despite the obstacles placed in front of them. However, this third (and likely last) in the series packs a stronger … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Jeremy Warsh by Jess Moore

The title here is appropriate: The Evolution of Jeremy Warsh is a slice-of-1990s-life story of a young man and and how he deals with the big changes that come with the teen years. Author Moore articulates the savageries and confusion … Continue reading

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