Mystic by Jason Denzel

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Now let go of fears. Give yourself the gift of not attaching to your worries. Show…how you give thanks for this precious life…sing me a song about you.

That one quote (edited cuz, well, spoilers) and the scene that went with it was actually a game changer for me, despite my initial feelings. This one was a random Bookoutlet find, and is one among many I picked up while binge buying fantasy series.

Synopsis: In a world of magic welders known as Mystics, and an inescapable caste system that dictates where you must live out your life, Pomella yearns to learn of the magic reserved strictly for nobles. And Pomella, much to her distress, is far from royal. That is until she receives an invitation from the prestigious High Mystic to become her apprentice. Now, with significant handicaps and a dire consequence if she fails, she must compete against 3 other nobles for the right to be the Mistresses apprentice.

Rating: 6.5/10 Unicorn Horns

I was actually pretty conflicted about this one. It’s a pretty good story, and I love the world set up, but the not so great parts stuck out too much for me to ignore. So I’ll break this up and start with the negative, ending on the positive side.

The Negative:

Main Character Pomella. You know there’s an issue when you’re 170 pages in and still trying to find reasons to like a character. I couldn’t help but be bothered by how immature and downright disrespectful she was. While I actually like snarky, and smart-ass characters, Pomella just came off as someone who is completely self-centred. Most of these actions are done under the guise of “independence”, which I was attempting to make the stretch to understand, but then her actions not 2 chapters later completely undermine all that. Which brings me to the second negative.

The romance. Nothing wrong with it in and of itself. I didn’t mind the hints of romance at the beginning, the issue came up later. It all eventually just started to feel really out of place considering Pomella’s situation, and her constant need to make her own way by herself- something she voices throughout the story. A. Lot. 

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The Positive:

The world building was easy to follow, and we learn along with Pomella, which was nice and info-dump free. From the abundant and mysterious spirit-like animals in the forests, to the nature filled settings, their environment is something I loved reading about.

While the story line, could maybe count as both, as it has it’s up and downs, overall I enjoyed it. It was the story and the music centred magic that kept me going when Pomella made me want to stop. Unfortunately the most amazing part of this story is in the last 7 or so chapters, but with some significant character growth from Pomella those chapters alone made me think it was worth reading. 

Lastly there was the other characters.  It was really refreshing to read a straight up fantasy featuring such a diverse cast of characters. While I don’t feel there was much depth to them, they were all undoubtedly more interesting than Pomella.  In fact, one of the major balms to putting up with Pomella was the alternative male POV, Sim. His attachment to Pomella (something that’s put out there from the first couple pages) will forever boggle my mind, but was otherwise the more interesting of the two. But of course there was the game changing character. This is the one behind the above quote who’s existence made me change my mind about writing this book off.  Of course they don’t appear till well into the book, but even if Pomella didn’t show significant growth with their help, this character would have made me want to read more just to hear more about them. 

So, I Will of course be picking up the next instalment July next year. But would only recommend this if you’re more of a story driven reader.

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5 Series I’ll Never Review

I’d been thinking about doing some new things on the blog for a while now, but haven’t gotten around to doing much except taking breaks lol. Now that I’m back (again) I’d like to restart doing some original posts as well as try my hand at few lists (a big thanks to fellow bloggers for the suggestions in the past!). 

While I was thinking up things I wanted to review, I kept coming across things I absolutely refused to write a review on. So for these lists I’ll be picking five books, manga, and/or comics that I’ll never write a review on (with varying reasons). Then attempt to say a few words about said book/series. Here goes:

 

5 Books/Manga Series I’ll Never Review…because my words will forever be unable to do them justice:

 

These are 5 (of many) series where a review attempt may begin normally, but would quickly descend into raving madness, ending with incoherent fangirling.

Graceling by Kristin Cashore (Just the first 2)

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A Short Synopsis:

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Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

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A Short Overview:

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A Seven Realms Series by Cinda Williams Chima

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A Short Summary:

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Vagabond by Takehiko Inoue 
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A Few Words on the Series:

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The Night Angel Trilogy by Brent Weeks

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….I Think You Get the Idea:

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Now excuse me,

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while I go drown in an ocean of FEELS for a few days…

The Time and Place Book Tag

I’d like to thank meltingpotsandothercalamities for this tag. Picking just one was hard, as usual, lol, but I had fun doing this. Check out her blog for book, webtoon, and anime reviews, as well as some original lists & recommendations!

This tag was created by Jen Campbell.

Rule:

Pick ten books from your shelves that you associate with a specific time and place in your life. Tell us the story behind your choices and what the books are about.

I think I’ll try to list  them in chronological order by whatever age I was at when I read them. Here goes:

 

Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry & Wesley Dennis (Art)

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First “big girl/boy” book I remember reading. There were about animals, specifically horses, which I loved, and I remember being quite proud of myself for getting through the series without help.

Synopsis: A somewhat historical story in setting that surrounds the life of two young children, a wild pony, and her foul on Chincoteague Island.

Guardians of Ga'hoole series by Kathreen Lasky

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First series I remember stalking the the release dates for. This was sometime in upper elementary school, when the school library was my go to place for books. Looking back, I now feel sorry for that librarian. This was also the first long running fiction series I ever really got into. It turned out to be a story with much darker elements than expected, which, of course, is part of what made me love it so much.

My excitement for the 2010 movie adaptation was probably excessive.

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Synopsis: Surrounds the life of a barn owl after being kidnapped from his nest by a dark organization who call themselves “The Pure Ones” (can you see where this is going?). Despite the captivity, main character Soren manages to hold to the hope in the stories his parents told of heroes, and works to resist their brainwashing and escape with a new friend. 

Twilight by Stephanie Meyer

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First popular teen series I ever read. I didn’t even know popular teen fiction was really a thing until someone recommended it to me. Not the best book for obvious reasons, but it is what got me out of my years long reading slump and into the world of YA.

Synopsis: Is this even necessary at this point? Emo vampires. Ordinary human girl. Unsettling romance. Nuff said.

Fell by David Clement-Davis

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This was the first fictional philosophical read I remember picking up. It was also the first animal centered read I went to after popular fiction got me back into reading. Technically Fell is the sequel to The Sight, but I unknowingly read them out of order, and fell in love with this one more.

Naturally the synopsis would be a bit of a spoiler so I can’t give any specifics, but I can say it’s about a wolf and young girl, both outcasts, form an unlikely friendship. And that it was as they travelled together towards a shared destiny, each struggling to find the meaning of their lives and their place in it, that I excitedly whipped out my “book quotes” notebook.

Bitten by Kelly Armstrong

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First Adult Urban Fantasy I ever read. I got into them after reading her YA The Darkest Powers series. Though I’m 99% sure I wasn’t quite old enough for that genre at the time, it started my long standing enjoyment of adult urban fantasy. 

Synopsis: Starts off pretty normal: normal female werewolf and normal ignorant human bf, equalled a “normal” level of problematic relationship in Toronto. Till her old pack comes calling, mysterious murders happen, psychopaths run wild, humans grow suspicious…it all gets fascinatingly hectic. 

Eon by Allison Goodman

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This is one of a few very memorable reads from the time in high school where I finally got a spot as a library assistant. I was encouraged to read a wide range of books, and I think this was my first Diverse fantasy read.

Synopsis: Set in an Asian modelled fantasy world, 12 year old Eon, despite facing ridicule as “a cripple”, endured gruelling training for years in hopes of being chosen as an apprentice- a Dragoneye- to one of 12 dragons. And his hard work pays off. Which is all well and good, except Eon is actually a 16 year old girl, and girls are strictly forbidden from becoming a Dragoneye…like “we’ll lop off your head!” type of forbidden. 

Ghostopolis by Doug TenNapel

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First graphic novel I ever read (about the same time as Eon). Aside from Archie comics and comic strips in newspapers I had never actually tried reading a graphic novel before. Even though I loved DC comic movie adaptations, I always preferred reading novels. But one day I finally decided to give one a try.

Synopsis: A middle-grade series about a kid who finds himself, accidentally, in the world of spirits facing understandable levels of terror, and a tyrannical king.

The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

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There might have been one before this, but this wonderful series happened around the time book to movie adaptations were blowing up in theatres. This is the first (during this time that is) I remember watching the movie for before hearing about the books. Which made me one of the very few that didn’t despise the movie…till I read the series, watched the atrocity that is the second movie, and re-watched the first. 

 

Synopsis: Another I don’t think needs saying, but just in case: young boy struggling to deal with a dysfunctional family and learning disability meets attempted assassination by mythological creature. Truths are unveiled. More assassination attempts. And a great mystery/action/fantasy filled adventure ensues. 

 

Saga by Brian K. Vaughn (Story) & Fiona Staples (Art)

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First comic series I really fell in love with (2015). While Ghostopolis is the first comic/graphic novel I ever read, Saga was the first that actually made me want to read more. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed Ghostopolis, but unlike Saga, it didn’t make me think: “what is this!? I need more like it in my life!” It was this that officially jump-started my Image Comics binge session. It’s also the first graphic novel series I started collecting.

Saga Synopsis: Two opposing races in the middle of a galactic war find themselves falling for each other Romeo and Juliet style…just with a ton of crude language, attitude, fantasy, and advanced tech, and minus the mutual suicide and everything Renaissance. Once their relationship takes off, and becomes known to both sides of the war, the two lovers find themselves desperately protecting the lives of their less than orthodox family. 

D. Gray Man by Katsura Hoshino

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First shounen (YA for males) manga I fell in love with and started collecting. I actually didn’t start reading manga till a couple years ago (I wouldn’t touch it before), but my then newfound anime watching slowly changed my mind. The first couple manga series I picked up were…meh, but this one and Skip Beat! by Yoshiki Nakamura (the covers do NOT do the series justice) are the two that not only really got me interested in reading manga as a whole, but in starting my own collection.

Synopsis: Way darker than I expected. Ever had a love one you wanted to see back from the dead? Well in alternative late 19th century London it’s made possible by a man called The Millennium Earl. Which would seem like a good thing, if they didn’t come back as Akuma- a living weapon fuelled by human souls, and used by the Earl to wipe out mankind. Allen Walker, bearing the curse of an Akuma yet determined to save them, is just one of many Exorcists chosen (no consent needed) by the only substance capable of stopping Akuma and opposing the Earl. 

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

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“Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.”  Goodreads

 

This novel is an absolutely beloved gem and is among a lot of book reviewer’s favorite books of all time. I always intended to read this novel, but I wanted to wait until the hype would not impact my reading experience and I could be sure that I wouldn’t have overly high expectations.

One thing that I was not expecting, was for this novel to be ableist AF! It took me completely off guard because I have heard/read reviewers reference the ‘amazing’ anxiety representation in this novel. Cath legitimately made my skin crawl numerous times and angered me to my core. The word “crazy” is used so loosely in this novel and with derogatory connotations NUMEROUS times and in reference to Cath, her father and her outlook on various habits people have.  The way that Cath’s father is written is so aggravating. Her father has bipolar disorder and the representation of this disorder is laughable at best and vomit-inducing at worst.

A little manic was okay. 
A little manic paid the bills 
and got him up in the morning, 
made him magic when he needed it most.

 

"No," Cath said, "Seriously. Look at you. 
You’ve got your shit together, 
you’re not scared of anything. 
I’m scared of everything. And I’m crazy. 
Like maybe you think I’m a little crazy, 
but I only ever let people see 
the tip of my crazy iceberg. 
Underneath this veneer of slightly crazy
 and socially inept, I’m a complete disaster."

 

And she thought about winning. 
About how she was letting this win, 
whatever this was—the crazy inside of her. 
Cath, zero. Crazy, one million.
Well, golly…I never knew that was how “crazy” worked. On top of the fact that “crazy” is used as a blanket term for any mental illness or disorder is deplorable in and of itself. What type of message are these snippets of the story/inner monologue/dialogue (these were just ones that I could find on Goodreads) sending to readers. At a certain point I’ve begun to wonder if it’s just me. Am I being overly sensitive and overly critical of something that isn’t really there? I am a literal unicorn on this one. A person who doesn’t love and/or like Fangirl…I might as well be a mythical creature. Well, on to the next instance and example of ableism in Fangirl
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Levi is the love-interest in this story, but for now let’s focus on Levi as a singular human being. Levi at some point confides in Cath that he doesn’t read books. 
"You’ve read the books?”
  “I’ve seen the movies.”
  Cath rolled her eyes so hard, it hurt. 
 “So you haven’t read the books.”
  “I’m not really a book person.”
  “That might be the most idiotic thing 
you’ve ever said to me."
Levi gets other students to read assigned readings to him. Often, that auditory assistance is from his ex-girlfriend and Cath’s current roommate, Raegan. He let’s Cath know that he has difficulty reading books, but is able to comprehend  and absorb the stories, if they are told orally.
"Of course I can read", he said. "Jesus Christ."
  "Well, then, what are you trying to tell me? 
That you don't want to?"
  "No. I-" He closed his eyes and 
took a deep breath through his nose.
  "-I don't know why I'm trying to tell you anything. 
I can read. I just can't read book."
  "So pretend it's a really long street sign 
and muddle through it."
Now, maybe, just maybe if Ranbow Rowell had left it at just this interaction I could have possibly been able to live this down, but oh no…it shall be brought up again.
 "This is why I can't be with Levi. 
Because I'm the kind of girl who fantasizes 
about being trapped in a library overnight
-and Levi can't even read."
Oh…oh, wow, okay then! You got any other opinions there Cath? 
 The fact that he misspelled "pumpkin" 
made Cath wince.
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 I wish I had a physical copy of the book with me so that I could throw it across the room right now. Just bash it against a wall until I understand what everyone loves about this novel.
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I am mentally preparing myself to say this next bit in a way that is coherent, concise, and that conveys why I could not ignore or gloss-over the “Levi can’t read books” portions of the story. Please can we just talk about the fact that although Levi is not stated to have any form of Dyslexia, that the author SHOULD have thought about how belittling and demeaning it is to suggest that someone who cannot “read”, or has difficulty reading written text is in any F**KING way less than anyone else who can “read”. OMFG!
Now…on top of that….Levi’s listening, instead of reading, the actual words on the page is a source of great dismay for Cath! Besides wanting to jump in the book and telling Cath to “f**ck off”, I would like to point out that there are people who are unable to read novels through what others think is the only conventional and correct way. What about readers who are visually impaired? Readers who rely on orated versions of stories to be able to consume them? Are you trying to tell me that there’s something wrong with those readers? Even people who just simply prefer to listen to stories instead of reading the written words….are they somehow reading something different? Does the audiobook of your novel leave out portions of the story which will prevent listening readers from grasping the story? Because that’s the only way I see this backwards a** outlook making any sense. 
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 Honestly, I think Cath was not a great character. Ableism of the general overall story aside, she was one-dimensional and uninteresting. To consider her interesting, I would have to admit that her anxiety is a character trait and I am unwilling to consider a mental illness in that way. Mental illness is not there to make a character “interesting”, characters should have mental illnesses and that representation is necessary in literature because real humans have mental illnessesThe side/supporting characters are the saving grace of this novel! Even though those characters felt like accessories and were not adequately fleshed out, if it hadn’t been for the moments of humorous interactions between Cath and the other characters she would have been void of any smidgen of a personality. I legitimately do NOT understand what could have attracted Levi’s character to Cath’s. And considering what the truth in that question would be makes my head hurt and I’m angry enough already, so I’m just not going to delve into that!
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 Cath and Wren’s father was an interesting character with a rather intriguing career. He was incredibly loving and supportive of his daughters. Wren was a rather complex character, it was interesting to see just how different she was from her twin sister. Wren often times felt a lot more emotionally mature than Cath, which I found interesting considering they had an identical upbringing. Levi, was a rather believable character, he  didn’t feel overdone or exaggerated. There are a few other side characters that add to the overall story and each bring an added level of interest, depth, and conflict to the novel. 
If you have no issue with the previous things that concerned and bothered me, are interested in a story about a girl who writes fanfiction, familial issues, branching out and trying to become your own person, coming of age, and that has mental heath “representation”  then you may enjoy this novel. I personally did not, and for a very long time I actually felt bad about not liking Fangirl, I considered never reviewing this novel. However, I ended up doing it in the end. My apologies for this turning into a rant. I really hope that my points came across through the outbursts of angry typing. I give this novel a rating of 2-out of-10 unicorn horns. Happy Reading! 

The Hating Game by Sally Thorne

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Lucy Hutton hates her co-worker Joshua Templeman, with a capital H. The hate is mutual and the two stop at no lengths to make sure the other never forgets. Lucy and Josh are the executive assistants of the Co-CEOs of a publishing company. When the new executive position of chief operating officer is created by their bosses Helene and Mr. Bexley, both Lucy and Josh are determined to win, because how could either of them bear to work beneath the other. Thus begins a story that reminds us just how thin the line between love and hate truly is. As Lucy begins to realize that they may not harbor as much unadulterated hatred for each other as she once believed they did. 

I have been hearing about The Hating Game for a few months now and I never foresaw myself ever giving it a read because I’m not the biggest fan of adult contemporaries. I finally decided to give it a chance because, 1) I had heard such great things about the novel from Chelsea from ChelseaDolling Reads on BookTube (you should totally check her out) and, 2) It was available in ebook format at the library on a day when I wasn’t interested in reading the physical book I had brought with me to work. Lol, I feel like every “how I ended up reading this book”  story involving a book I wouldn’t normal read has some mention of the library. What can I say…I’m a mood reader lol.

One of the sources of my greatest trepidation going into this story is because the novel is presented as an enemies-to-lovers, office romance. When it comes to literary tropes, the ‘enemies-to-lovers’ is one of the least enjoyable for me to read because it plagues sooooo many contemporary/romance/new adult novels. So, needless to say, I wasn’t expecting much better from The Hating Game. The story surprised me, or I should say, how much I ended up enjoying it surprised me. The dynamic between Lucy and Josh is golden. Granted there are moments where I had to roll my eyes, muttering “How did you not foresee ‘that’ getting lost in translation.” Also, there’s another trope that’s in this novel that if it wouldn’t be a spoiler I would mention, but spoilers are a thing, and the rest of the story makes up for it. 

The Hating Game is incredibly funny, witty and smart. It was fun reading a story that is largely set at a publishing company. Lucy is a reader, has a large smurf collection and grew up on a strawberry farm. She’s a dynamic, layered quirky female character without the author dragging her into “manic-pixie dream girl” territory…which I greatly appreciated. Josh is a smart, difficult, and uncompromising love interest. He’s a great character to be opposite Lucy and their characters complement each other in numerous ways. The two are able to challenge each other and bicker in the most entertaining ways. Although Lucy and Josh have spent so much time hating each other, their descent into their romantic feelings for each other is believable. I give this novel a rating of 7-out of-10 unicorn horns. Although this is Sally Green’s debut novel, it feels that the novel accomplishes what it set out to do, and that comes through during the reading experience.  

 

 

Autoboyography by Christina Lauren

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Tanner Scott is one semester away from being done with High School and free of Utah.  Before their final semester of High School begins Tanner’s best friend, Autumn, dares him to register for a  Seminar class at their school and after being accepted into the class he must draft a book. In only four months Tanner, and the other students in the class are expected to complete a novel. Sebastian Brother, is a Mormon student, who has returned to Provo High to mentor the Seminar Class. He  was able to sell the book he wrote in Seminar after he graduated. Somewhat of a local hero and the son of the local LDS church leader, Sebastian is the boy Tanner never pictured himself falling for but, as life would have it, Tanner begins falling for Sebastian and it would seem the feelings aren’t as one-sided as you’d expect. 

I was excited for this novel because I was in the mood for some LGBTQIA+ YA Fiction around the time that I discovered this book. I had been anticipating the releases of They Both Die at the End and Release both of which feature queer main protagonists. While in the store picking up those two titles I stumbled upon Autoboyograpy and I decided…what the hell, might as well pick this one up too. I do have a gift card…and I sure am glad that I did. When I got around to reading the novel and went to add it to my Goodreads account I realized that the author duo, Christina Lauren, are the same people that wrote the Beautiful Bastards series and I began to anticipate the horror show that I thought this book would be. I was pleasantly surprised that I ended up not despising this book.

One of the highlights of the writing in Autoboyography is the fact that the characters are fairly well-rounded and fleshed out. Each and every character felt believable, relateable and individual. Tanner’s parents were lovely, his best friend Autumn felt over-the-top but in a way that just seemed so ‘her’, and Sebastian’s parents were very well thought out and layered.

There were some things that I went into the reading experience incredibly hesitant about or came to be weary of as I discovered certain aspects of each character. As this story is not own-voice and on top of that, the authors are both women, I had very low expectations of the representation and portrayal of a bi-sexual, male main-protagonist. Once again, their writing surprised me on that front. Tanner is a bi-sexual guy who stands by being bi-sexual and even addresses some of the stereotypes that are associated with bi-sexual people. Sebastian’s character is not portrayed in the clichéd -closeted, hyper religious guy  discovers that he likes boys, or at the least, this one boy. But due to his religious beliefs and/or family, he is unable to display his feelings/attraction to the guy. So, this story is going to end with a lot of sexual tension and a heart-broken protagonist who fell for the “straight” gay guy- but, instead his character is complex. A lot of the aspects of Sebastian’s religious beliefs and trepidation with being attracted to Tanner are explored and explained throughout the story and dialogue between them. This provides a particular sense of believe-ability and authenticity to the story and to these characters. 

If you have tried reading either of this writing duo’s series’ (Beautiful Bastard or Wild Seasons) and were not a big fan…or in my case couldn’t even make it through one quarter of the first book in the Wild Seasons series before DNF’ing the book…I would highly recommend you still give Autoboyography a chance and not let those reading experiences deter you, like I almost did. This novel is such a far departure from their previous “popular” series’. I give Christina Lauren’s novel Autoboyography a rating of 7.5 out of a possible 10 unicorn horns. I would definitely recommend this novel to Contemporary lovers, especially those looking for LGBTQIA+ stories.   

 

 

Arata: The Legend Vol. 1, by Yuu Watase 

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Completely disinterested. That’s how I felt about this series at first. I came across  this series a few years ago, took one look at the cover, and decided it wasn’t for me. I figured that was the end, but a few months ago I was forced into a game of Jack in the Box. No matter where I went- online forums, the library, Goodreads recommendations, random book comments- this series would make an appearance. To be honest it started to creep me out, and so (of course) I became interested enough to give it a try! I have never been so happy to be stalked by an inanimate object before 😃

Synopsis: On one side you have Arata. This young adult is the next in line to lead the Hime Clan- long line of females who, every 30 years, have proudly produced a new ruling princess for the kingdom. Only thing is…Arata is a boy.

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On the the other side we have the leading protagonist, Arata Hinohara, a regular high school student with great athletic skills and the grades to go with it, seems to just be starting over from a complicated past. That is, until said past seems to follow him to his new school.

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These two very different worlds clash when Arata (the Hime Clan leader), is falsely charged with the murdering the ruling Princess during a sacred succession ceremony and chased into the human devouring forest.

This is when Hinohara (the regular school student) takes centre stage. As the mysterious forest forces a body swap between these two characters, Hinohara finds himself in a magical kingdom being hunted down by the 12 Sho (12 chosen rulers welding the most powerful Kamui– gods in the form of weapons).    

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Rating: 8.5/10 Unicorn Horns!

Needless to say this was an unexpectedly non-stop, action packed read. The action and adventure the series begins with only continues to increase as Hinohara finds his place in the new fantasy world, and discovers a power of his own. The characters, setting, dialogue (the humours banter was a real bonus), and touch of romance, are all things that came together to make this one of my favourite series.

A big part of what makes this series great for me is the main character Hinohara. The way he faces and overcomes his own weaknesses, quickly becoming a stronger person who does his best to actively grow and stick to his moral convictions is something that I find was approached/written beautifully. I recommend this one to any action, adventure, and fantasy lover! 

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There is also a 12-episode anime version if you want to check it out. Though it covers only a very small portion of the manga, it does adapt most of the important parts (with a few changes of course) up until the last few episodes where events start showing up out of chronological order.