Category Archives: contemporary

My Fairy Godmother Is A Drag Queen by David Clawson

Admittedly, I did not enjoy reading My Fairy Godmother Is A Drag Queen as much I had expected. While the dialogue is crisp, often quite funny, it was also unrealistic and none of the characters ever really felt fleshed out … Continue reading

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Maid Sama 2-In-1 Volume 8

After 16 volumes, you’d think Fujiwara would have plumbed the depths already and come up empty. But 15 and 16 were a surprise as both Usui and Misaki have to deal with the ghosts of their pasts. There are, of … Continue reading

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Anonymous Noise 2 by Ryoko Fukuyama

Now that the story was established in volume 1, of course we can delve more into the glamour, fashion, and pressures of the music industry as Momo agrees to join Yuzu’s band. But, surprising no one, Momo suddenly appears and … Continue reading

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Anonymous Noise 1 by Ryoko Fukuyama

Anonymous Noise begins with the time honored shoujo manga cliche of girl meeting her ‘love’ at a very young age, he/she moves away, and then when starting high school, he suddenly appears very changed and not the same person (but, … Continue reading

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Ten Count Volume 4 by Rihito Takarai

With volume 4, we’re given Shirotani’s backstory as well as tantalizing hints that all is not perfect with Kurose, either. And in contrast to volume 3, there is less sex and more plot to follow. Readers hoping to understand Shirotani … Continue reading

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Echoes by Mike Richardson Gabriel Guzman, Java Tartaglia

Echoes is a book that looks to have begun from a short story. The writing and illustrations are solid, if not quite unique, and the story flows smoothly. If at times it felt like it could have been even shorter, … Continue reading

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Secrets of a Reluctant Princess by Casey Griffin

I have to admit I found Secrets of a Reluctant Princess to be far too formulaic to keep my interest. There have been some GREAT geek YA novels lately (e.g.,The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl and the fantastic The Only … Continue reading

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