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Red River Volume 2 by Chie Shinohara

With 28 volumes to its catalogue, Red River did charm many in the mid to late 1990s. The exotic location of the ancient Hittite empire and a spunky heroine had their own charm. But now in 2018, this can feel … Continue reading

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Red River Volume 3 by Chie Shinohara

With Volume 3, it is clear our heroine Yuri is going to be spending a lot of time in the Hittite empire before she will be able to return home.  In this volume she becomes embroiled in a war, is … Continue reading

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Red River Volume 1 by Chie Shinohara

Red River is a book very much showing its age and roots: the illustration work is all sparkly eyed characters, elaborate hairstyles and dresses, and a protagonist who has to fight off a horde of guys – a la Rose … Continue reading

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Forbidden Dance Volume 2 by Hinako Ashihara

So…. what to do with a plot when your heroine triumphs and wins the big event to make her guy notice her? Add in a rival, of course! And a perfect one as well – the elusive European who speaks … Continue reading

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Forbidden Dance Volume 1 by Hinato Ashihara

In 2018, when this review is written, titles such as this can feel very dated. The artwork is very shoujo 1990s and can be hard to like at times with the era’s huge foreheads and small faces. As well, we … Continue reading

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Boomerang by Helen Dunbar

Boomerang is a bit of a different animal in that this isn’t a romance so much as a collection of people with very messy lives coming to terms with their life choices and the mistakes they’ve made. There are absolutely … Continue reading

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Anonymous Noise Volume 7 by Ryoko Fukuyama

It is pretty hard to get love triangles right in this age of silly young adult novels. But Fukuyama does an excellent job of making us like both Momo And Yuzu and their obsession with our Nino/Alice. Each volume will … Continue reading

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