Category Archives: romance

Hana and Takane Volume 5 by Yuki Shiwasu

I really enjoyed the premise of Takane Hana – our hero being a complete idiot but with redeeming qualities and the more grounded girl who has to put up with him. In a way, it was Boys Over Flowers again … Continue reading

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Twice Dead by Caitlin Seal

While Twice Dead is not a terrible book, it is burdened by cliche writing and lack of world building. Logic holes and character inconsistencies are rampant while the plot unfolds in a laboriously passive voice. It made for a chore … Continue reading

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Pride by Ibi Zoboi

I have to admit to a lot of ambivalence about this book. On the one hand, Zoboi did an excellent job of bringing Pride and Prejudice to a modern (and American) setting. There were many clever nods to the original … Continue reading

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Sinner Without A Saint by Bliss Bennet

Although I am rating this four stars for solid writing, excellent research, and the writer’s attention to detail, I have to admit that I did not enjoy Sinner Without a Saint. And although I haven’t read the other Pennington books … Continue reading

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Beyond Meridian by C.C. Bridges

Lacking world building, nuance, and depth, Beyond Meridian often feels like a warmed over Luke/Han Solo slash fanfiction. The leads were nearly perfect copies of those two characters – even to where they have to infiltrate and then rescue the … Continue reading

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Takane & Hana 5 by Yuki Shiwasu

I really enjoyed the premise of Takane Hana – our hero being a complete idiot but with redeeming qualities and the more grounded girl who has to put up with him. In a way, it was Boys Over Flowers again … Continue reading

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Ao Haru Ride by Io Sakisaka

Ao Haru Ride is a gentle slice-of-life high school romance series. It has its own charms and is a very separate animal from titles like Kimi Ni Todoke – perhaps a little less mature but a bit more heartfelt. The … Continue reading

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