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REVIEW: Horimiya Vol. 2

REVIEW: Horimiya Vol. 2

Their schoolmates would say Kyouko Hori and Izumi Miyamura are total opposites: Hori is cheerful, pretty, and popular, while Miyamura is a gloomy, loner otaku. But Hori's really a total homebody, and Miyamura (who does admit he's pretty gloomy) isn't [...]

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Best of 2015: Young Adult

Best of 2015: Young Adult

In the past year, I wrote a graduate thesis and planned a wedding. Reading, though always my dearest love, was not top of my priority list during this time. With the help of a couple co-workers, though, I was able [...]

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REVIEW: Horimiya Vol. 1

REVIEW: Horimiya Vol. 1

Everyone has a side they hide from everyone else, and appearances and first impressions can be terribly deceiving. This idea is at the core of Horimiya, a manga series newly publishing in the U.S. by Yen Press.  At school, Hori looks pretty, [...]

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REVIEW: I Am Princess X

REVIEW: I Am Princess X

Oh man, I Am Princess X was one hell of a trip from start to finish. Cherie Priest’s YA novel tells the story of best friends May and Libby, who created a character named Princess X one day at school while [...]

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REVIEW: Love at Fourteen, Vol. 4

REVIEW: Love at Fourteen, Vol. 4

Kanata Tanaka and Kazuki Yoshikawa are very grown-up for middle schoolers. Between Kanata’s womanly grace and Kazuki’s sophisticated manliness, the rest of Class 2-B is awed – and a little intimidated – by their maturity, seriousness, and good grades. But Kanata [...]

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