Category Archives: romance

Red, White & Royal Blue

I greatly enjoyed the first half of this book – couldn’t stop listening to to the Audible version well into the night and next morning. But by the second half, it began to drag and it was clear that the … Continue reading

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The Upside of Falling by Alex Light

If you want a light and fluffy, easy-to-read, and honestly rather simplistic YA romance, this is definitely an option. If, however, you want more realistic and organic character development, with protagonists who aren’t overidealized, shallow, underdeveloped, or cliche-feeling, then you … Continue reading

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Don’t Call Me Dirty by Gorou Kanbe

This is a stand alone story told in several chapters about life in a small town in Japan. The story focuses on boyish adult Shoji mostly but also brings in a host of small town characters. The plot is about … Continue reading

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Every Other Weekend by Abigail Johnson

It would be hard to rate this as anything other than a 5 star since the writing is so good, the characters nuanced, and the plot highly grounded. More so than most YA books out there, this eschews platitudes in … Continue reading

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Given, Vol. 1 by Natsuki Kizu

I was really on the fence about whether to rate this 3 or 4 stars. On the one hand, this firmly hits too many of the BL cliches and on the other hand it does have an interesting idea to … Continue reading

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The Wolf and the Sparrow By Isabelle Adler

This book was in every way a Twinkie: light, fluffy, overly sweet, unfulfilling, and very artificial. None of the characters or world building was developed, the leads were overidealized and emasculated, the romance was an over dominant insta-luv cliche, and … Continue reading

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The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite

This was a very well written romance with exquisite characterizations that felt both real and authentic to the period. For once, we don’t have over-idealized leads, manufactured drama, or over-the-top situations. What we do have is a lovely slow-burn romance … Continue reading

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