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review 2017-02-20 02:56
My first manga
orange - Ichigo Takano

 

I read this book for my Multicultural Lit class. I used the Comixology app to read it and it was great. I did sort of miss the paper book experience of the graphic novel. The story is set in Japan and involves 5 friends and a new kid in school. The main character receives a letter from herself, 10 years in the future. The letter warns her that she has to do something to prevent a terrible event. It tells her what happened and what she should do differently. At first, she doesn't believe it, but as events in the letter start happening, she realizes it is the truth.

 

This story involves typical teen issues, including love, dating, jealousy, insecurity, etc. The action mostly takes place in the present with intermittent flashforwards to 10 years in the future.

 

I enjoyed the book, but I don't know if I will read the sequels (there are at least 5). I needed to read a manga for my class, and the letters from the future appealed to me. It was a fun story, but I usually prefer horror, sci-fi, or fantasy. 

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review 2017-02-02 22:39
A Crown of Bitter Orange (La Vie en Roses #3) by Laura Florand 5 Star Review!
A Crown of Bitter Orange (La Vie en Roses Book 3) - Laura Florand

Childhood friends.
Tristan Rosier might have asked Malorie Monsard to marry him when he was five years old, but things had only gone downhill from there. She’d spent the rest of their lives ignoring him, abandoning him, and destroying his perfumes. Now she was back, to wreak who knew what havoc on his life.

Lifelong enemies.
Tristan might choose to dismiss the generations-long enmity between their two families, but Malorie didn’t have that privilege. Like all the other privileges wealthy, gorgeous Tristan took for granted that she couldn’t. But if she was going to restore her family company to glory, she might just need his help.

Or the perfect match?
They’d known each other all their lives. Could these childhood friends and lifelong enemies ever uncross their stars and find happily ever after?

 

Review

One of my best moments of the year is when Laura Florand published a new book.

Her world building combine with wholly realized and oh so human romantic leads that fall in love before my eyes can not be beat.

She has a gift for setting and seeding details of history, fairy tale, place, and skill. Her books are feasts for the emotional as well as physical senses.

This romance is so good. Taking place in France within the perfume industry in a the long history between two families in the shadow of World War II, we get an opposites attract romance with fun twists and turns. Each detail revealed about the hero builds the heroines love even through they have known and cared for each other their whole lives. The heroine is reseen through her and the heroes eyes.

It doesn't matter what the plot is of the book, though it is a good one with a nice pace of before, during and after that so many love stories lack, you just want to be with this couple in this place and with the cast of characters.

The marriage proposal scene is the best I have ever read. The best. The tenderness, the embodiment of who they each are and so so sexy. It is the best scene I have read in a long time. I reread it. Alot. I want to go and reread it now.

A great book that I will be reading from comfort and joy for a long time to come.

I was given this book for my honest review. So, there you have it

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text 2016-12-30 07:14
Favorite books of 2016 part 1
The Deal - Elle Kennedy
Everything, Everything - Nicola Yoon
44 Chapters About 4 Men: A Memoir - BB Easton
Pucked - Helena Hunting
Mud Vein - Tarryn Fisher
Clockwork Princess - Cassandra Clare
We Are The Ants - Shaun David Hutchinson
orange - Ichigo Takano
Because You'll Never Meet Me - Leah Thomas
The Raven Boys - Maggie Stiefvater
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text 2016-12-19 03:13
A Crown of Bitter Orange (La Vie en Roses Book 3) by Laura Florand Preorder!
A Crown of Bitter Orange (La Vie en Roses Book 3) - Laura Florand Love everything Florand writes! Can't wait for January 27! Childhood friends. Tristan Rosier might have asked Malorie Monsard to marry him when he was five years old, but things had only gone downhill from there. She’d spent the rest of their lives ignoring him, abandoning him, and destroying his perfumes. Now she was back, to wreak who knew what havoc on his life. Lifelong enemies. Tristan might choose to dismiss the generations-long enmity between their two families, but Malorie didn’t have that privilege. Like all the other privileges wealthy, gorgeous Tristan took for granted that she couldn’t. But if she was going to restore her family company to glory, she might just need his help. Or the perfect match? They’d known each other all their lives. Could these childhood friends and lifelong enemies ever uncross their stars and find happily ever after?
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