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The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji – Book Review

The Decagon House Murders is an #OwnVoices Japanese, honkaku, psychological horror novel written by Yukito Ayatsuji who is mostly known for his novel, Another.  The book is Ayatsuji’s very first work of published fiction, released in Japan in 1987, and takes minor inspiration from his college days at Kyoto University. It was published in English…… Continue reading The Decagon House Murders by Yukito Ayatsuji – Book Review

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Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition Volumes 1 & 2 by Natsuki Takaya – Manga Review

Fruits Basket is a shōjo, romcom, slice-of-life series with mild supernatural elements written and illustrated by Natsuki Takaya. It’s an immensely popular series, one that is considered to be the very best of the shōjo manga medium! Originally, Fruits Basket was published by Tokyo Pop for Western readers, but then Tokyo Pop went out of…… Continue reading Fruits Basket Collector’s Edition Volumes 1 & 2 by Natsuki Takaya – Manga Review

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Mini-Reviews: Poetry Collections by Rupi Kaur, Amanda Lovelace, & Ayesha Khan

Recently, I have been on a massive poetry kick. I have been reading as many poems as I can, and have even began compiling a collection of personal poems that I hope to get published one day. Most of the collections that I read were rather mediocre, unfortunately. This doesn’t mean that they were bad…… Continue reading Mini-Reviews: Poetry Collections by Rupi Kaur, Amanda Lovelace, & Ayesha Khan

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Noble V: Greylancer by Hideyuki Kikuchi – Book Review

Noble V: Greylancer  by Hideyuki Kikuchi is a Japanese, science-fiction, supernatural novel. It was released by Haikasoru (an imprint of Viz Media, LLC) in May 2013, and translated by Takami Nieda. Disclaimer: The book is a part of the Vampire Hunter D universe, written by the same author, and as such I don’t recommend this…… Continue reading Noble V: Greylancer by Hideyuki Kikuchi – Book Review

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The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim – Book Review

The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim is an #OwnVoices Chinese literature, young adult fantasy novel. Even though the novel has a twelve-year old main character and is classified as a middle-grade read, the content and subject matter of the  book would be more appropriate for mid-to-older teens, personally speaking. It was originally published in January…… Continue reading The Crystal Ribbon by Celeste Lim – Book Review

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A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir – Book Review

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir is the sequel novel to An Ember in the Ashes by the same author, which is part of a young adult fantasy quartet series of the same name. The novel is an #OwnVoices fantasy novel that is woven with many subtle South Asian elements as a part…… Continue reading A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir – Book Review

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Revenge by Yōko Ogawa – Book Review

Revenge by Yōko Ogawa is a collection of eleven short stories that are all interconnected in one way or another. It’s an #OwnVoices Japanese literature novel that also falls under the psychological thriller and horror genres, and was originally published in January 2013. I read the UK Vintage International edition released in January 2014. The…… Continue reading Revenge by Yōko Ogawa – Book Review