Manga Review: My Brother’s Husband V 1 by Gengoroh Tagame


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Sometimes I read a book that wrenches such an emotional response that I am reluctant to review it. How can I ever adequately explain how that story made me feel? I went into My Brother’s Husband not really knowing what it was about. Sure, I knew that someone’s brother’s husband was going to show up in Japan, and that was about it. Imagine my delight when all of the characters were fleshed out, and made me empathize with each of them, despite their sometimes thoughtless behavior (Yaichi, I’m talking to you).

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Review: A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena


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This is a hard book to review without giving out a lot of spoilers, but I’m going to try my best. I was initially attracted to the book because of the setting, and the premise sounded intriguing. Was Zarin really a troublemaker, a deviant girl who leads her schoolmates astray? How did she and Porus end up in the deadly accident? Just bad luck? Someone looking to get back at her for some slight? Once I picked it up, I found it compelling and hard to put down. Did I like it, though? I don’t know. This is a hard book to like, because when I finished it, I like I had been fed through a wringer.

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Manga Review: The Gods Lie by Kaori Ozaki

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When I started this, I thought that I would hate it.  It was pretty weird when Natsuru was grabbing his mom’s boobs.  Their entire relationship took a while to get used to, and even though it’s obvious that they are close, I just don’t know. I guess you have to have a few boob references since it is a boys’ comic, but, yuck.

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Mini Review: Lawyer for the Dog by

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I loved everything about this book. Sally’s life is a mess, mostly self-inflicted, but she’s such a likable character you want her to figure things out. Forty-nine, divorced, and emotionally bruised after her mother’s Alzheimer’s diagnosis, she just wants some normalcy back. Unfortunately, when Judge Baynard, her ex-husband, appoints her the lawyer for a dog in a divorce case, things seem to be going even more off the rails. Sally doesn’t know anything about dogs, and she’s quite sure she doesn’t want to learn. Soon, she’s caught up in the case, captivated by Sherman’s bright black eyes and soft doggy sighs. Now she’s more determined than ever to do right by Sherman, but the feuding couple are giving her all kinds of headaches.

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Blog Tour: The Square Root of Summer by Harriet Reuter Hapgood

 

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The Square Root of Summer releases today, and I’m geeked to be part of the blog tour. 

The Square Root of Summer focuses mainly on change.  How Gottie changed from one day to the next because of the loss of her grandfather, and how she changed from one summer to the next because of all of the other losses in her life.  The loss of her first love, her best friend, her ability to communicate.  Unfortunately, some of Gottie’s losses are self-inflicted.  Her grief is so intense that she doesn’t know how to deal with it, and it morphs into grief over other losses, so she doesn’t even know what she’s grieving for.  She also has all of this guilt to reconcile herself with, and she understandably has a difficult time processing all of the emotions and changes in her life.

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Mini Review: Up From the Sea by Leza Lowitz

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Up From the Sea is a moving story of a boy who survived the earthquake and tsunami in Japan in 2011. The account of his fear during the quake and flight from the deadly ocean surge is suspenseful and very scary. I can’t imagine experiencing it myself. His worries about the fate of his family is also very emotional. Kai has lost everything, and his helplessness and hopelessness resonate through the author’s use of free verse. How can he go on, knowing that his mother, grandmother, and grandfather have all died? Everything he loved and took for granted is gone. His family, his friends, his school, even his soccer ball – gone.

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Review: Dancing in the Moonlight by RaeAnne Thayne

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I enjoyed the first book in this series, so I decided to read more.  Dancing in the Moonlight is about Jake Dalton, the doctor (and the least interesting brother for me, at first glance, at least), and Maggie Cruz, a wounded vet returning home after being injured in Afghanistan.  Maggie is angry and wounded, pushing away the help offered to her by her concerned family and caring neighbors.  She is independent and wants to do everything for herself, even when it’s physically painful and not the smartest path to follow.  She’s determined to do everything on her own, but pesky Jake keeps interfering and getting under foot and on her nerves.  Maggie’s rage and her fears for the future are emotionally examined as she struggles to help her mother run their ranch.

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