Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Review: There Are Things I Can't Tell You by Edako Mofumofu


There Are Things I Can't Tell You
Edako Mofumofu
Release: July 21, 2020
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Trigger Warnings: Themes of Depression and Neglect and Internalized Homophobia

Kasumi and Kyousuke are polar opposites when it comes to personality. Kasumi is reserved, soft-spoken and shy; Kyousuke is energetic and has always been popular among their peers. As the saying goes though, opposites have a tendency to attract, and these two have been fast friends since elementary school. To Kasumi, Kyousuke has always been a hero to look up to, someone who supports him and saves him from the bullies. But now, school is over; their relationship suddenly becomes a lot less simple to describe. Facing the world -- and one another -- as adults, both men find there are things they struggle to say out loud, even to each other.

Review: 
Before I even talk about my thoughts on this manga, can we talk about the art style? This is my first Edako Mofumofu manga and the art style alone makes me want more volumes by this mangaka. It was very beautifully drawn and the illustrations really lent themselves to telling the story which was an angsty yet sweet friends-to-lovers romance.
 
Friends-to-lovers is always a trope I'm up for reading and There Are Things I Can't Tell You is a great example of two friends finding their way to being together. This is an angsty but touching read about confronting internalized homophobia and choosing your own happiness. I really enjoyed reading this manga!
 
I'm a sucker for an opposites attract romance and the two main characters are so very different from each other. Kyousuke is popular, outgoing, and creatively driven while Kasumi is shy, disorganized, and a bit of a klutz. They've known each other since they were young through high school but an incidental confession in high school causes them not to see each other until they meet up at a school reunion.

The amount of yearning and wishing for the other's happiness is palpable from the start. These two are in so in love with each other but neither will act upon it for different reasons. In classic Boys Love manga style, they think they're doing what is best for the other. I firmly believe that they would have gone on hurting each other in the name of having the other's welfare in mind if things hadn't come to a head.

I enjoyed watching Kasumi and Kyousuke work through the issues that were holding them apart from each other to finally get to the point where they chose to be together even though being together scared both of them. It was sweet and just the kind of story I needed when I picked it up.
 
While I really enjoyed this, I did have one issue with it. I felt that it ended too soon after they got together. I needed to see more of them being a couple. What we saw was adorable and heartwarming, but didn't feel like enough of a payout after all the angst in the lead up to them ending up together. I really feel like this would have been a five star read for me if it had had twenty more pages of them being in a relationship after they finally got their act together.

Overall, this manga was a delightfully emotional read that provided a nice break from the current reality. I'd would recommend giving it a try.

*ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley


   1/2
  3.5 / 5 Stars

 
Recommended for fans of:
Our Dining Table by Mori Orita

Book #56- BFF's House (Sun Pack)- Read a Friends-to-Lovers Romance

Tuesday, October 6, 2020

Release Day Review: In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren


In a Holidaze
Christina Lauren
Release: October 6, 2020
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One Christmas wish, two brothers, and a lifetime of hope are on the line for hapless Maelyn Jones in In a Holidaze, the quintessential holiday romantic novel by Christina Lauren, the New York Times bestselling author of The Unhoneymooners.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year…but not for Maelyn Jones. She’s living with her parents, hates her going-nowhere job, and has just made a romantic error of epic proportions.

But perhaps worst of all, this is the last Christmas Mae will be at her favorite place in the world—the snowy Utah cabin where she and her family have spent every holiday since she was born, along with two other beloved families. Mentally melting down as she drives away from the cabin for the final time, Mae throws out what she thinks is a simple plea to the universe: Please. Show me what will make me happy.

The next thing she knows, tires screech and metal collides, everything goes black. But when Mae gasps awake…she’s on an airplane bound for Utah, where she begins the same holiday all over again. With one hilarious disaster after another sending her back to the plane, Mae must figure out how to break free of the strange time loop—and finally get her true love under the mistletoe.

Jam-packed with yuletide cheer, an unforgettable cast of characters, and Christina Lauren’s trademark “downright hilarious” (Helen Hoang, author of The Bride Test) hijinks, this swoon-worthy romantic read will make you believe in the power of wishes and the magic of the holidays.

Review:
As someone who religiously watches the movie Groundhog Day every year on February 2nd with her best friend, I knew I would be reading this book as soon as I heard the premise of the story and the words time loop popped up. Y'all, there aren't near enough time loops in fiction, in my opinion, let alone in the romance genre. So it's not at all unexpected that I went into this book excited, with high expectations, and with more than a bit of trepidation. I'm happy to report that I just read my favorite Christina Lauren book yet.

In a Holidaze was fun, campy, hilarious, heartwarming, and sexy all at the same time. Everything about this book worked for me. The romance! The time loop! The family dynamic! The location! The Christmas/holiday setting! The Christopher Walken puns! I loved it all! I will say that this one straddled the line between Women's Fiction and Romance splendidly although I will say that it veered more on the Women's Fiction side of things more often than not.

I loved the main character Maelyn and her crazy extended "made" family! All the secondary characters made me want to add myself to the gang at the Hollis family cabin. I kind of want Benny to be my adoptive uncle too. I loved that the time loop happened in response to Maelyn making a last minute wish to find what would make her happy. It was fun to see Mae break out of her shell, so to speak, and take chances and make changes she wouldn't have if she hadn't gotten stuck in a time loop.

The romance was sweet and sappy once I got on board with the love interest Mae chose. There is a slight love triangle thing going on at first and it's the only thing I have a complaint about. It's actually probably something that won't even occur to other people but I kept thinking as I read that something was going to happen where Mae would go back and choose the other guy. And it kept pulling me out of the romance aspect of the story. Once I convinced myself that that wasn't going to happen, I was all in with the relationship developing how it did.

I seriously can't rave about how much I loved this book enough. It's about finding what makes you happy and clasping on to whatever that is with both hands. I do think it's one that is better to go into the story a little blind so I don't want to say too much about the plot or the romance. It's definitely one that I'm going to add to my holiday collection and work into my yearly holiday book TBR. It made me want to have Christmas in October which is high praise coming from someone who has a strict no trees or Christmas music before Thanksgiving policy. 

If you're looking for a sweet, heartwarming story with a side of time travel, this book is what you're looking for. Go read it and then come back and chat with me in the comments. I'm going to go find a mug of hot chocolate to drink while I contemplate finding my holiday cheer a little earlier this year.

ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley


    1/2
  4.5 / 5 Stars




Book #57 : Lady Lane- Read a Women's Fiction Novel

Monday, October 5, 2020

September Reading Challenge Recap


We’re heading toward the finish line in our 2020 challenges and we’re actually feeling pretty good about our progress. In fact, these challenges just may be the only things that have gone according to plan all year. But hey, we’ll take it.

Here’s how the Weres did in our challenges in September:


Romanceopoly

Gretl

I have to fill at least 7 squares every month to finish my second Romanceopoly board. I got 8 in September.

Moon Board


Completed:

✔️Farmers Market - Romance w chef/ food industry MC 

The Ultimate Pi Day by Jackie Lau

✔️Emergency Services - MC in medical profession

Selkies are a Girl’s Best Friend by Molly Harper

✔️ Library 2 - Free Choice

Shadows in Death by JD Robb 

✔️Post Office - Epistolary romance

Well Played by Jen DeLuca

✔️ The Vault - PNR longest on TBR

Lover’s Instinct by Katie Reus

✔️ Passion Place - Erotic ménage or RH

Gifting Me to His Best Friend by Katee Robert

✔️Autumn - Orange, gold, leaves on the cover/ Halloween read

A Match Made for Thanksgiving by Jackie Lau


Coming Up:

Burger Joint - book boyfriend list

Drive In Movie - MC in film industry

Journey’s End - Fantasy w/ Chosen One trope

Past Eaves - Historical Fiction

The Cobbles - HistRom not set in London

The Gym - Longest book on TBR

➖Outer Space - SF w/ alien or cyborg MC

➖Lady Lane - Women’s Fiction


Sun Board

Completed:
✔️Autumn - Orange, gold, leaves on the cover/ Halloween read
Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz

Coming Up:
➖Lady Lane - Women’s Fiction

Rose Red

I’m almost done with my first trip around the board (only three spaces left!) so I decided to go a second time around using the Sun pack. I'm not sure if I'll get the second one done but I'm sure going to try! I only need to read seven books for the next three months to finish it.

 

Completed:

Moon Pack

✔️Autumn- Read a Book That is a Spooky or Halloween Read
Acsquidentally in Love by K.L. Hiers

 

Sun Pack

✔️Post Office- Read a Romance That Started Online
Better than People by Roan Parrish
✔️Library #3- Read Any Book
Huntsman (Fox Hollow Zodiac #1) by Morgan Brice
✔️Outer Space- Read a Sci-Fi Set on an Alien Planet or Spaceship
Fire's Mate by C.W. Gray 
✔️New View- Read an Enemies-to-Lovers New Adult Romance
Faith by Kiki Burrelli
✔️Soldier Street- Read a Romantic Suspense Where the H/H is in the Military
Giorgio by Silvia Violet- This one is fudging the prompt a bit. The hero is ex-military but works for a military-like vigilante group.

Coming Up:

Moon Pack
➖Beau Boulevard- Read a Young Adult Novel by a New-To-You Author
➖The Vault- Read the PNR That Has Been on Your TBR for the Longest.
➖Campus Corner- Read a New Adult Where the H/H is a Jock
 
Sun Pack 
➖Rainbow Row- Read a F/F Romance
➖Flirts Corner- Read a Contemporary Romance that has a Nerdy Hero or Heroine
➖Past Eaves- Read a Historical Fiction Novel
➖Autumn- Read a Book Where It Has an Orange, Gold or Yellow Cover; Is a Spooky or Halloween Read; Has Leaves or Trees on the Cover; Or One of/All of/Any Combination of the Above!

Beat the Backlist

Gretl 


My goal was to read at least 0% backlist and I'm way above that with 144/204 books for the year. I’m also playing Beat the Backlist Bingo and filled 1 square this Month.

Book About or Including Recipes: The Ultimate Pi Day by Jackie Lau

 

Rose Red


I read mostly new releases this month so I only completed 1 square on my Bingo Board this month.
I only have 2 squares left on my board!

Beat the Backlist Bingo
One Word Title- Truth by Kiki Burrelli

Non-Bingo Backlist Books
Family Ties by Susi Hawke and Crista Crown

Library Love Challenge 

My goal was 36 library books for the year. So far I’ve read 108.


Here’s what I read in September:

Selkies are a Girl’s Best Friend by Molly Harper

Shadows in Death by JD Robb 

Gifting Me to His Best Friend by Katee Robert

Her Halloween Treat by Tiffany Reisz

Her Naughty Holiday by Tiffany Reisz

One Hot December by Tiffany Reisz


Tackle My TBR Challenge

After successfully completing the Safety level last month, my new goal for the year is to read 30 Books I Own for the First Down (25-36) level. I'm happy to report that I have read 26 TBR books so far for the year! I'm so happy with my progress!
 
 
This month I read 3 books that count for this challenge but I didn't complete the challenge for September which was to read a Book That's Been on Your TBR the Longest.

 The books I read are:
Better Than People by Roan Parrish
Acsquidentally in Love by K.L. Hiers
Huntsman by Morgan Brice

How did you all do on your reading challenges this month?

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Friday, October 2, 2020

Month in Review: September 2020


 
We don't know about you but this school year has been crazy so far. Since it's been such a busy month on the IRL front, the Weres have been quiet again here on the blog but we did post a few things!

This is what the Weres were up to in September.
 




 
Reviews:
Ink & Sigil by Kevin Hearne
Spoiler Alert by Olivia Dade
Black Sun by Rebecca Roanhorse
The Midnight Bargain by C.L. Polk
In a Holidaze by Christina Lauren

Thursday, October 1, 2020

This Month’s Most Anticipated: October 2020


We don't know about you but some of our most anticipated books of the year are finally publishing in October! We're so excited to finally get our hands on so many of these! The Weres will definitely be stalking their kindles for all the new releases this month. Or at least, Rose Red will.

Here are our most anticipated October releases:
 
Books
Oct 6

 

Oct 13
 
 
Oct 20
 
Oct 23
Oct 27

TV/ Movies
Oct 28
The Craft: Legacy
Streaming

Oct 30
The Mandalorian Season 2
On Disney+

What books are you looking forward to this month?
 
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