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The Light Within Me by Carly Fall

Honestly, it all comes down to this being very poorly written: cardboard characters, unrealistic plot, unbelievable dialogue, and a liberal ‘lifting’ of similar plots from other (much better) books. At the start of the 5th chapter, when the info dumping … Continue reading

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Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted is a straightforward fantasy featuring a YA-type of protagonist and a fairy-tale feel. The book is a very well written standalone that will appeal to many ages from teen on up. And while it does rack up cliches in … Continue reading

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So Cute It Hurts!! by Go Ikeyamada

So Cute It Hurts is the story of twins Mitsuru and Megumo and their romantic comedy antics at school. It’s silly and cute (as the title implies) but admittedly the plot is fairly pedestrian. Sweet but innocent girl, showy brother, … Continue reading

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Love Stage Volume 2 by Eiki Eiki and Taishi Zaou

Love Stage!! is such a sweet series – the perfect ‘pick me up’ combination of zaniness, romance, and comedy. The art is superb and this Viz/Sublime translation is, honestly, sublime. A poor/unsympathetic translation would really have killed this series but … Continue reading

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The Shattered Court by M.J. Scott

The Shattered Court ended up being a difficult book for me.  What appeared to be a YA/NA type of fantasy romance (just look at that cover!) instead read much more like the graphic sex fantasy books of the late 1970s/early … Continue reading

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Mandy by Claudy Conn

Sometime in the 1940s, regency period romances moved away from the Austen model of intelligent heroine and logical hero – into studly rake and ‘spirited’ but dumb as a doornob, overemotional wreck of a heroine (both of their only ‘redeeming’ … Continue reading

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Outlander by Diana Gabaldon

For twenty years, I’ve had friends who have raved about this book – glowingly, giggilngly, blushingly calling it the best romance ever written.  And for twenty years I’ve put off reading it – after all, it is a dense book, … Continue reading

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