As per usual with me, I’m trying to catch up with my review pile. This time around I’ve got a round up ARC graphic novels I read with some positive things to share 😁
Here are the books reviewed below:
- Black Canary: Ignite by Meg Cabot
- Don’t Call Me Dirty by Gorou Kanbe
- Dekoboko Sugar Days by Yusen Atsuko
*I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
Synopsis from Goodreads: Thirteen-year-old Dinah Lance knows exactly what she wants, who she is, and where she’s going. First, she’ll win the battle of the bands with her two best friends, then she’ll join the Gotham City Junior Police Academy so she can solve crimes just like her dad. Who knows, her rock star group of friends may even save the world, but first they’ll need to agree on a band name.
When a mysterious figure keeps getting in the way of Dinah’s goals and threatens her friends and family, she’ll learn more about herself, her mother’s secret past, and navigating the various power chords of life.
Review: As a fan of Meg Cabot back when I was a teen, I decided to look harder at this book and when I learned who Black Canary is and her power, I decided to take a chance.
This book is so much fun. I was happy reading it. It is mostly fluff and feel good, but there is the trials of middle school here as well as Dinah comes to terms with her powers and has to learn how to juggle powers and her normal life. I did like that there are good friendships and Dinah has a good relationship with her parents.
A light-hearted and fun book!
Synopsis from Goodreads: After some time in a long distance sort-of-relationship with his crush, Shouji is crestfallen when weeks of getting ghosted finally result in a confession: his boyfriend just isn’t gay. Having struggled with his sexuality for years, Shouji throws himself into his work to distract himself from the rejection— but when a young homeless man called Hama shows up at the shop, Shouji finds himself curious to learn more about him and, hopefully, befriend him. Attempting to make their way in a society that labels each of them as ‘outcasts’ and ‘dirty,’ the two men grow closer. Together, they begin to find they have more in common than either of them could have anticipated.
Review: While this book is about the budding romance between Shouji and Hama, it also forces the reader to take a look at their prejudices. In the case of this book, how people think of gay and homeless people and the labels we assign to them.
When it gets down to it, this book is adorable and also had me emotional. I really started feeling for the characters and getting so mad when others were being close-minded. Truly, worth the read.
Synopsis from Goodreads: Yuujirou Matsukaze has been close friends with Rui Hanamine since the two of them were children, and at that time, Yuujirou was the one who stood up for and took care of his adorable, soft-hearted friend. But as it turns out, Yuujirou’s childhood dreams end up growing a little too big to handle ― or, rather, too tall! At over six feet in height, the cheerful and happy-go-lucky Rui towers over his would-be protector… and still has no idea Yuujirou’s had a crush on him since they were kids!
Review: Perhaps one of the cutest books I’ve read in a while. This one just UGH I loved it. We’ve got the tall cheerful boy and the short hot-tempered one who drinks milk in hopes he will get taller. Like, this is a couple type that sings to my soul.
I’ll admit to not quite remembering much about the story (sorry it’s been 3 months since I read it), but I remember flying through it and squealing over the cuteness. I love the support they both received from their friends and the slow build-up of them coming together and understanding their feelings. Honestly, I already want to read it again.