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Freaking Romance, Season 1 by Snailords | Webcomic Review

A cat-ear wearing girl named Zylith moves into a haunted apartment to escape her parents’ demanding that she be a doctor instead of an artist and they kicked her out for refusing. She soon finds out that the place is haunted by a handsome green-eyed KPOP star.

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You’re Welcome, Universe by Whitney Gardner | Book Review

Julia is a deaf, Indian girl who has attended a school for the deaf until her friend snitched on her for covering up offensive graffiti in that snitch’s defense. She is also a street artist. Now she has to attend a school where the vast majority of the student body is hearing, and her moms banned her from spray painting.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Graphic Novel · Review · Young Adult

Kimi ni Todoke: From Me to You, Vol. 1 by Karuho Shiima | Manga Review

I can’t remember where I heard about Kimi ni Todoke, by Karuho Shiima, but the concept of a shy girl who has been dubbed “Sadako,” the name of a horror movie character, by her classmates because of their eerie similarities sounded light but intriguing. I like that this is a light….

Graphic Novel · Review · Science Fiction · Young Adult

Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 2, by Stephenie Meyer | Book Review

Adapting the last half of Twilight into a graphic novel, Young Kim keeps her beautiful artwork while completing a disappointing conclusion to the novel. For those who missed the Twilight hype and don’t care about spoilers, Twilight: The Graphic Novel, Vol. 2, starts with Bella meeting Edward’s vampire family and has a vampire hunting….

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The Beloved Brother Award Goes to Johnny Olivera

For the first I Heart Characters prompt of 2019, I am going to write about a beloved sibling character. There are some truly great siblings in YA books, but one is a particularly great big brother. The fictional sibling I think deserves an award is Johnny Olivera from Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard. Girl… Continue reading The Beloved Brother Award Goes to Johnny Olivera

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Concluding the 2018 Reading Challenges

We’re seven days into 2019, and I need to share the results on the reading challenges I started in 2018. It’s time to wrap these challenges up. As a spoiler, I did pretty well at completing my challenges, but I dropped the ball on a couple of them. Book Blog Discussion Challenge This was, maybe,… Continue reading Concluding the 2018 Reading Challenges


7 Good Movies That Made Me Read the Book

I’ve said for years that I mostly prefer books over their movie adaptations. I usually prefer the source material to the adaptation because I’m in a habit of looking for fidelity to the source. But there are times when movies make me interested in their original books. A little while ago, I watched one of… Continue reading 7 Good Movies That Made Me Read the Book

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

The Last Leaves Falling by Fox Benwell | Book Review

About a year ago, my mom discovered The Last Leaves Falling, by Fox Benwell*, on the Internet and was inspired by an interview with the author that she read to go find this book. She also found an interview, which I think was this one, where she was surprised to find out that there were different plot threads between the U.K. and U.S. editions, so she purchased both editions. She has been encouraging me to read it, so I finally did—the U.K. edition.

This book is about a Japanese boy who has….

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Harry Potter Honoring the Dead Book Tag

Happy (early) Death Day to Sir Nicholas de Mimsy-Porpington, James Potter, and Lily Potter née Evans! We should also remember Sirius Black, Severus Snape, Albus Dumbledore, Hedwig, Dobby, Fred Weasley, Nymphadora Tonks, Cedric Diggory, and Remus Lupin. Instead of throwing a Death Day party, I’m doing the Harry Potter Honoring the Dead Book Tag. Jessica from a… Continue reading Harry Potter Honoring the Dead Book Tag