Category Archives: romance

Geekerella by Ashley Poston

I can see why Geekerella was so beloved upon release in 2017 – it is a charming remake of the fairy tale with an appropriate modern flavor. Relatable (if not very realistic) main leads make you want to root for … Continue reading

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Kenka Bancho Otome by Chie Shimada

By this second volume, I had hoped for something to really distinguish this manga from similar (but much better) titles like HanaKimi. I enjoy the premise (cross dressing/pretending to be a boy at an all-boys school) but here we have … Continue reading

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Anonymous Noise Volume 8 by Ryoko Fukuyama

With Volume 8, we get some closure on several plot threads and, of course, new ones are opened up. Yes, the pattern of Anonymous Noise has been this: one volume Nino says she will reach Momo and then the next … Continue reading

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Restore Me by Tahereh Mafi

As much as I enjoyed the other books in this series, I had a hard time with Restore Me. It felt like the entire book was the following scene ad nauseum: Juliet: “I’m not sure what to do.” Warner: “I’m … Continue reading

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Everyone’s Getting Married 8 by Izumi Miyazono

Volume 8 honestly feels like a filler volume – not much happens and our couple spends the entire time missing each other. Ryu’s business in Washington looks to be more long term and Asuka’s job is running into problems when … Continue reading

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Phoenix Fire by S.D. Grimm

I have to feel that with Phoenix Fire, you’ll like it if all you are looking for is a YA romance. If you want plot, worldbuilding, character development, logic, and solid word smithing, then you may be very disappointed. For … Continue reading

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Takane & Hana 2 by Yuki Shiwase

In many ways, Takane & Hana reminds me of Boys Over Flowers: we have the romantic lead as somewhat of a nitwit and conceited but also surprisingly sweet contrasted against a more grounded but spirited heroine. Granted, Takane & Hana … Continue reading

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