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Thumbs down for A Christmas Proposal: A Betty Neels Best Selection, Vol 1 by Natsu Momose adapted from novels by Betty Neels. Manga/romance.

Manga-ized versions of some of my favorite old-school romances. Simply dreadful. Not even fun dreadful. I just had to know.… >> Read more

Jagannath

Thumbs down for Jagannath by Karin Tidbeck. Science fiction/fantasy short stories.

I really wanted to like these stories; foremost I chose to read this anthology to explore some Swedish science fiction, but also, I won’t lie, the cover is just fantastic. The stories themselves made almost no impact on me. “Rebecka” had a nice frisson of a twist to it; “Aunts” was gross but interesting; but there was only one story that stuck in my head, “Augusta Prima.” It reminds me of Saki.… >> Read more

throneofglass

Thumbs down for Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. Young adult fantasy.

I am tempted, so very tempted, to go all teenage girl and write a review that consists of nothing but “It was ok I guess.” This book has much okay about it. The writing is okay, the characters are okay, the worldbuilding is okay, the plot was okay, the love triangle was okay.… >> Read more