Genre: Contemporary

[Manga Monday] Ouran High School Host Club

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08 September
[Manga Monday] Ouran High School Host Club

I thought that to usher in the school year, we’d look at a manga centering upon school life. But this isn’t your typical slice-of-life. This is Ouran High School Host Club. Ouran High School Host Club was written by Bisco Hatori, and serialized in LaLa magazine, then in America in Viz’s Shojo Beat. The manga’s distribution extends to England, France, China, Austrailia, and even Singapore. It became excessively popular, and still has a fierce following in certain Anime conventions. An anime was released by Nippon Television in Japan, and Funimation in America, and while it lasts two seasons that are quite faithful to… Read more »

[ARC Review] The Hook Up by Kristen Callihan

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07 September
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If I had to sum The Hook Up with just a few words it would be: Hot! Hot! Hot! This book was smoking hot. It is not the type of book you want to read on a plane, train, or well anywhere in public. It is the kind of book that is best read in private because take my word for it, it will make you blush. I liked The Hook Up, but then I think I like anything Kristen Callihan writes. I think she could write a picture book and I would still be like oh wow I really… Read more »

[Review] Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

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17 August
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My first reaction after finishing this book is that I love it, no I adore it. This book is so amazing it makes me want to do a happy dance. I don’t think I ever told anyone but the very first Kindle book I ever purchased and read was Anna and the French Kiss. I really liked that book and then I read Lola and the Boy Next Door. I fell in love with Stephanie Perkins’ writing and this world even more. Now I have finished this series and I didn’t think it was possible to fall even more in… Read more »

[Manga Mondays] Hikaru no Go

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11 August
[Manga Mondays] Hikaru no Go

Welcome back to Manga Monday! Today we’re looking at the manga Hikaru no Go, written by Yumi Hotta and illustrated by Takeshi Obata. Hikaru no Go is a Shounen title, and began its serialization in Weekly Shounen Jump in 1998. It wone the Shogakukan Manga award in 2000 (a high honor), and caused a reawaken in the fad of Go. We’ll get more in to what that means in a bit. The series spawned an anime that didn’t follow the whole length of the manga, but still encouraged a hopeful and very uplifting ending, and became very popular even in America. It currently is… Read more »

[ARC Review] Magnolia by Kristi Cook

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06 July
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Let me say first off there is just something about a boy from the south.  I don’t mean rednecks, I have nothing against rednecks.  I mean a well-mannered boy from the south that calls his mama, says yes ma’am, and most of all has one of those lilting southern accents.  Ladies, let me tell you that Ryder from Magnolia has all those qualities and more.  When I read Magnolia I spent the whole time wishing I had met a boy like that when I was seventeen. Magnolia is a story of two teens whose parents want them to be together. … Read more »

[Review+Giveaway] Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae

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01 June
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Today I continue my foray into contemporary romance with Wish You Were Italian by Kristin Rae.  This book is YA contemporary that is cute, sweet, heart-breaking at times, and oh so romantic.  This review will be short and sweet for a book that is the same.  Wish You Were Italian is about a young woman who is kind of forced to go to Italy, the summer before her senior year, to attend a program in art history.  The only problem, Pippa is not that into art history. She is ready for this summer to be the worst summer of her… Read more »

[Manga Mondays] Sensual Phrase

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20 April
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Welcome to another edition of Manga Mondays! I hope you all had a lovely Easter Weekend. On with this week’s review! This time I’m looking at Sensual Phrase, or Kaikan Phrase. This title is a shoujo manga, written by mangka Mayu Shinjo. Shinjo has a style that is partial to exceptionally ‘pretty’ men, and wide-eyed, very large breasted young girls, with a few androgynous folks thrown in to take you off your guard. She also has a lot of love for characters with extensive clothes and cars. Seriously, the outfits that both men and women wear in her mangas are gorgeously… Read more »

[Manga Mondays] Sherlock

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13 April
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Before we begin, I want to apologize for the LONG absence I made. Due to real  life (studies, life events, etc.) occurring, I was unable to devote time to this manga  review. But I am back! And I’m here with a fairly recent favorite that’s also a tie-  in to one of my favorite TV shows. This is the review of ‘Sherlock: A Study in  Pink’. First, let’s have a look at the cover. Naturally you’ll see that all but the title and the name of the artist…is in Japanese. SORRY! This is the one title that I have ONLY… Read more »

[Review] Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens

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03 April
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So my dive into contemporary YA novels continues with Faking Normal by Courtney C. Stevens. Only this time it is with a book that has a much darker and at most times emotional story line. The story is about Alexi, a girl struggling with a dark secret. The book opens on a funeral, and the day Alexi decides to befriend Bodee at this mom’s funeral. Alexi and Bodee connect because they both have stories to share. Stories that will change not only their lives, but the lives of those around them. These stories and secrets are so life changing that… Read more »

[ARC Review] Better Off Friends by Elizabeth Eulberg

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11 March
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It’s official, after finishing Better Off Friends I am now an Elizabeth Eulberg fangirl. I want to shout from the rooftops and gush to anybody that comes near me how good this book is. The best way to describe Better Off Friends is that it is like a teen version of When Harry Met Sally. The book starts when the main characters are just kids in middle school. Macallan’s mom has recently passed away and Levi is the new kid in school and both of them are in need of someone to lean on. The book follows them through middle… Read more »