Mangas I’m currently reading!

Hi everyone!

I’ve been in a manga mood lately, and thanks to Tiktok my to-read list is full of recommendations to try. I love shoujo manga, mostly set in high schools because I like to live through these kinds of stories. Most of them feature cute romances, and also wholesome friendships. I’m also watching anime again and I might make a post of the anime I will be watching from the current season.

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[Review] Odessa by Jonathan Hill

★★★★☆

graphic novel | young adult | dystopia

Eight years ago an earthquake—the Big One—hit along the Cascadia fault line, toppling cities and changing landscapes all up and down the west coast of the United States. Life as we know it changed forever. But for Vietnamese-American Virginia Crane, life changed shortly after the earthquake, when her mother left and never came back.

Ginny has gotten used to a life without her mother, helping her father take care of her two younger brothers, Wes and Harry. But when a mysterious package arrives for her eighteenth birthday, her life is shaken up yet again. For the first time, Ginny wants something more than to survive. And it might be a selfish desire, but she’s determined to find out what happened to her mother—even if it means leaving her family behind.

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[Review and Book Tour] The Falling in Love Montage by Ciara Smyth

★★★★☆

young adult | contemporary | LGBTQ+

Saoirse doesn’t believe in love at first sight or happy endings. If they were real, her mother would still be able to remember her name and not in a care home with early onset dementia. A condition that Saoirse may one day turn out to have inherited. So she’s not looking for a relationship. She doesn’t see the point in igniting any romantic sparks if she’s bound to burn out.
But after a chance encounter at an end-of-term house party, Saoirse is about to break her own rules. For a girl with one blue freckle, an irresistible sense of mischief, and a passion for rom-coms.
Unbothered by Saoirse’s no-relationships rulebook, Ruby proposes a loophole: They don’t need true love to have one summer of fun, complete with every cliché, rom-com montage-worthy date they can dream up—and a binding agreement to end their romance come fall. It would be the perfect plan, if they weren’t forgetting one thing about the Falling in Love Montage: when it’s over, the characters actually fall in love… for real.

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[Review + Giveaway] Koimonogatari: Love Stories by Tohru Tagura

★★★★★

romance | contemporary | boy’s love

Hasegawa Yuiji accidentally finds out that his classmate, Yoshinaga Yamato, is gay. Eventually, he realises Yamato’s gaze is directed towards an unattainable love. From a study group together Yuiji finds out that Yamato is a “pretty nice guy,” and despite his awkwardness, starts wishing for his happiness.

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[Book Haul] 20 Kindle Books I’ve Bought During Quarantine

One thing the quarantine has brought me, besides more time with my cats and craving to bake, is books. I know I’m not the only one that has gotten a little buy crazy these last few months and has gotten maybe more books than planned or financially advised. For me specially has been Kindle books, I’ve gotten so many! Thankfully I’m more a fan of the Today Only and deals from Amazon Kindle or else my bank account would really be crying.

Due to border restriction international shipping has been really hard, so getting physical books has been a nightmare (Just recently got some books I ordered since the beginning of March!). But that has not stopped me and I have some book mail on the way to my overstuffed shelf.

But as the title says, we will center on my Kindle purchases for now.

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[Review and Book Tour] For The Loss Time by Heather Blair

★★★★☆

chick lit | contemporary | historical fiction | LGBTQIA | new adult | romance

Summary: When Diego Delgado closed his eyes it was 2020. When he awoke, he was one-hundred years in the past. Thrust into the dawn of the Jazz Age with no money and nowhere to go, Diego encounters a veritable bouquet of acquaintances including a kind-hearted factory owner, a free-spirited flapper, a worldly-wise mystic, and a strong-willed heir named Thomas Greely. Diego, desperate to return to the future and reunite with his young daughter, must blend in with the roaring twenties lifestyle while searching for answers. But distractions are all around him, especially Thomas who is both beautiful and charismatic, and Diego must grapple with the reality that even if he succeeds in returning home, half of his heart will stay behind.

Trigger Warning: Racial slurs, internalized homophobia

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[Review] Havenfall by Sara Holland

★★★☆☆

young adult | fantasy

Summary:
A safe haven between four realms. The girl sworn to protect it–at any cost.
Hidden deep in the mountains of Colorado lies the Inn at Havenfall, a sanctuary that connects ancient worlds–each with their own magic–together. For generations, the inn has protected all who seek refuge within its walls, and any who disrupt the peace can never return.
For Maddie Morrow, summers at the inn are more than a chance to experience this magic first-hand. Havenfall is an escape from reality, where her mother sits on death row accused of murdering Maddie’s brother. It’s where Maddie fell in love with handsome Fiorden soldier Brekken. And it’s where one day she hopes to inherit the role of Innkeeper from her beloved uncle.
But this summer, the impossible happens–a dead body is found, shattering everything the inn stands for. With Brekken missing, her uncle gravely injured, and a dangerous creature on the loose, Maddie suddenly finds herself responsible for the safety of everyone in Havenfall. She’ll do anything to uncover the truth, even if it means working together with an alluring new staffer Taya, who seems to know more than she’s letting on. As dark secrets are revealed about the inn itself, one thing becomes clear to Maddie–no one can be trusted, and no one is safe . . .

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[Review] We Were Promised Spotlights by Lindsay Sproul

We Were Promised Spotlights★★★★☆

young adult fiction | LGBTQ | romance

Summary:Taylor Garland’s good looks have earned her the admiration of everyone in her small town. She’s homecoming queen, the life of every party, and she’s on every boy’s most-wanted list.People think Taylor is living the dream, and assume she’ll stay in town and have kids with the homecoming king–maybe even be a dental hygienist if she’s super ambitious. But Taylor is actually desperate to leave home, and she hates the smell of dentists’ offices. Also? She’s completely in love with her best friend, Susan.
Senior year is almost over, and everything seems perfect. Now Taylor just has to figure out how to throw it all away.

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