Flowers and Keyboards #1: Her Elysium Review

Her Elysium (Flowers and Keyboards 1)
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Her Elysium is a romance novel by Emmy Engberts about two girls who find each other by playing an MMORPG. Fleur thinks that the tank of the guild is a cute guy named Alex, and she starts to fall for him before even getting the chance to meet him. To her surprise, Alex is a pretty girl who has been crushing on the talented healer who recently joined the guild. Fleur has never had a girlfriend before, but she can’t seem to stop thinking about Alex. She fell for Alex the person; does it matter if Alex is a boy or a girl? Alex knows that she and Fleur could work well together, but she wants to make sure that Fleur is ready for a relationship first.

I randomly stumbled upon this book, and I am so glad that I did! Not only is a LitRPG book where the author actually knows a lot about games, it is a really sweet YA romance novel! When I heard that Fleur was going to be a healer, I was bracing for the typical “gamer girl” stereotypes to come out. The healer can’t do anything, and so girls choose to be healers so they can rely on the guys in the game to do everything. Some girls might do this, but I personally don’t know any who have. Instead, Fleur is a really talented healer! Good healers have to make sure that they stay out of harm’s way while keeping the whole team alive. Fleur had to know the battles by heart in order to learn the boss’ patterns and be a better healer for the team. This is what real healers and people who play these sorts of games would do, and I was happy to see this represented in this book!

Back to the romance. I like that the author didn’t make this an ultra-sexual romance novel simply because the two characters were both female. In fact, she went on to discuss in the novel how people unfortunately believe that LGBT+ couples are more sexual than straight couples. Alex and Fleur were just two normal high school aged girls who liked each other and were happy going out with one another. They became close friends first because of the game, and then they continued to play as they fell for each other.

Overall, this has been one of the best F/F YA romance novels that I have ever read. I would definitely recommend it, and I am definitely going to read more books by Mrs. Engberts!

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 books

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Shadow Eyes #2: Luminous Spirits Review

Luminous Spirits (Shadow Eyes, #2)
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Luminous Spirits is the second book in the Shadow Eyes trilogy by Dusty Crabtree. Iris is finally coming into her powers and has started to go on more difficult missions with Gregory, Patrick, and Kyra to save people from the shadows that prey on them. But her best friend Lexi is being completely left out of the picture. She isn’t a light warrior and can’t go on the missions for safety reasons, but Iris is now spending all of her free time training. Soon, the shadows start to come for Lexi, and Iris has to figure out how to save her best friend. Her relationship with Patrick is also hurting because of a new girl named Lila that won’t leave him alone, and her ex Josh has come back into the picture and reminds Iris of how things could have been.

I am loving this trilogy so far! Iris has truly blossomed since the last installment of this series and has finally started to become a full-fledge light warrior, but she is still learning some important things. For example, she has to learn how to tell shadows apart in order to figure out how much strength will be needed to remove it, or if it can be removed at all. Some shadows are so strong that they have already started to kill their human hosts, but most can be removed before they get to that point. The shadow description in this trilogy has been done so well, as the shadows aren’t simply random “villain” encounters. The shadows have voices, the shadows can speak to their hosts, and Iris has to intercept them. I felt as though the shadows were real as I read this, and felt as if I wanted to be a light warrior to save people from the shadows that plague them.

The only thing that I didn’t like in this novel was how quickly Iris seemed to jump to conclusions. She seemed pretty indecisive about her relationship, but the minute her boyfriend does something totally out of character for him, she is willing to believe the worst. This could just be my bias against love triangles coming out, but I don’t see a love triangle in the near future for this series. This book focuses mostly on Patrick though, which made me glad.

My two absolute favorite parts about this book were learning about Patrick’s past and the side story with Iris’ best friend Lexi. Patrick wasn’t always a light warrior, and he starts to tell Iris more about his past self in this book. I am a little confused as to the timeline with all of this, but I understood what was happening when he was telling his stories. A lot of new characters were introduced this way, and I enjoyed learning about the new people in this world. It also really touched me to have Lexi not be forgotten, and for Iris to realize how she was hurting her friend. In most books where a kid gets powers and leaves their friends behind, the friends either turn out to be evil, secretly have powers too, or just “don’t understand” so it is reasonable that they are forgotten. Lexi tried to be a good friend, but she kept getting pushed to the side, making her an easier target for the shadows that latch onto sad emotions.

This was an amazing installment in this trilogy! I would recommend the Shadow Eyes Trilogy to anyone looking for a new YA fantasy or urban fantasy series.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 books.

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The Beholder Blog Tour Plus Review

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The Beholder (The Beholder #1)

by Anna Bright
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: June 4th 2019

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings

Selah has waited her whole life for a happily ever after. As the only daughter of the leader of Potomac, she knows her duty is to find the perfect match, a partner who will help secure the future of her people. Now that day has finally come.

But after an excruciatingly public rejection from her closest childhood friend, Selah’s stepmother suggests an unthinkable solution: Selah must set sail across the Atlantic, where a series of potential suitors awaits—and if she doesn’t come home engaged, she shouldn’t come home at all.

From English castle gardens to the fjords of Norge, and under the eye of the dreaded Imperiya Yotne, Selah’s quest will be the journey of a lifetime. But her stepmother’s schemes aren’t the only secrets hiding belowdecks…and the stakes of her voyage may be higher than any happy ending.

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The Beholder by Anna Bright is a fantasy novel about a girl named Selah. In Potomac, Selah has been preparing to marry from a young age. She knows that she wants to marry her best friend Peter, but he rejects her. Her stepmother says that she must cross the Atlantic to find a suitor and marry. Selah doesn’t want to have to deal with stuffy court protocol for months in order to find an equally stuffy husband, but she doesn’t have a choice. Her father’s health is also failing, and her godmother seems to be wary of her stepmother’s true motives behind sending her across the ocean. Selah embarks on her adventure, determined to come home as soon as possible.

Selah was definitely an admirable character. The only thing I disliked about her was that she seemed to fall almost head over heels for a specific suitor of each region, almost completely forgetting any suitors from any previous regions. Peter, her one true love, is sitting on the backburner by the end of the novel. But I understand that this is her first true experience with “dating” or “courting,” so it makes sense that she would be a little flighty. I forgave her flightiness almost completely after learning about how down-to-earth she was. Despite the fact that she was a royal, she loved to serve her people. She would help keep up the community garden and wouldn’t mind getting her hands dirty for others at all, but her trip to the Atlantic forced her to give up these things almost entirely. Most of the novel was focused on her fighting what was “proper” in order to do what she thought was right.

I wanted to learn the story of each individual character in this game. When Selah travels across the Atlantic, she has to pick a suitor that will satisfy her Council, her Stepmother, and ultimately, herself. This means that she has to get close to each individual suitor in order to pick the best one. Even though the story kind of bombards you with a lot of suitor names when she is first on the boat, the story starts to make sense almost immediately once Selah actually starts meeting the suitors. You will be able to have a connection with each one as you read this story.

The story moves smoothly. There is a bit of slowdown around the middle, but it only lasts for around 10-20 pages before it picks back up again. I read the book over the course of one day, and I didn’t have many issues putting it down and remembering where I was when I decided to start reading again. No large time-skips, nothing to make the story confusing to the point where I couldn’t finish it.

Overall, this was a great YA fantasy novel. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a new book in that genre, or anyone looking for a YA romance novel with a dramatic storyline.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books

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AUTHOR INFORMATION

I believe in woods, mountains, highways, cobblestones, roller coasters, dancing, concerts, cherry Pop Tarts, books, and magic.

When I’m not reading or writing on my couch, I’m dragging my husband off on an adventure, communing with Salem (my kitten/spiritual familiar), or causing trouble at One More Page Books, where I work.

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The Strongest Vow Review

The Strongest Vow: In the way of love, we never win or lose completely; a throbbing share always remains.
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The Strongest Vow is an interfaith love story by Hasan Ahmed Ashrafi. Harris was focusing on going to college, but his father had different plans. When he found out that one of his friends was going through hard times and needed someone to tutor his teenaged high-school daughter, Harris’ father volunteered his son. Harris didn’t want to do it at first, and the daughter Hareem wasn’t excited about it either. She hates all boys, specifically Non-Muslim ones, and she is determined to fail everything until her parents choose another tutor for her. The more time the two spend with one another, the more that like each other. Soon, they are considering dating each other. But Muslims aren’t allowed to date non-Muslims, so Hareem would be going against her beliefs by dating Harris. Even though Harris is completely dedicated to her, the strength of their relationship may not be strong enough to cross the religious barrier.

I enjoyed this novel. I rarely get the chance to read interfaith love stories, so I was excited to be able to try this one out. I actually had no idea that non-Muslims were not able to date Muslims, but it was interesting how this was addressed in this short romance story. Crossing religious barriers when dating can be almost as difficult as crossing racial barriers, and Hareem and Harris are trying to do both.

Harris and Hareem were sort of close, but I think that their relationship might fail if they were truly allowed to be together from the start. Every time that one of them has the smallest disagreement with the other, they don’t talk. At one point in the book, Harris doesn’t talk to Hareem for seven months. Seven months? And they still think that they are “perfect” for one another. It simply doesn’t add up. But since they are both only teens, I could see them possibly working in the future.

My main issue with this book was the grammar. This book really needs to be edited by a professional. It would be far easier to read if it was. The book is filled with grammatical errors and broken sentences. If this book was edited by a professional, I would say that it is a great read. Since the grammar errors are so prevalent, I would say wait until this book has been properly tweaked.

After it has been tweaked, I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for a new YA interfaith romance novel.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 books

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Wanted: A Boyfriend Who Doesn’t Suck Review

WANTED: A BOYFRIEND WHO DOESN'T SUCK

Wanted: A Boyfriend Who Doesn’t Suck is about a teenaged girl named Natasha and her adventures with her high school love life. You can currently read this book on Wattpad, and this is a part of a romance novella series.

Natasha was a some-what relatable character. Sure, she could have had better choices in boyfriends, but she was a decent girl overall. She didn’t side with anyone who bullied people, she even stopped talking to one of her old friends because she was bullying someone. She had a side job helping little kids at a dance school, and all she wanted was a successful love life. This was where Chris came in.

So, on her first “date” with Chris, he leaves her to be with his friends. This should have been the end of this relationship in my opinion, but Natasha has convinced herself that Chris is perfect for her. They see each other off and on, Natasha continues to insert herself into his life at random intervals, but he just never shows a consistent interest in her. Then, she starts to learn more about him, and learns that he might like her more than he is letting on. Now, Natasha knows she can’t let him go.

This….just REALLY made no sense to me. If he had truly liked her, he would have said so from the beginning. Now she has just been annoyingly persistent enough that she is convincing herself of things that probably aren’t even there. If he has repeatedly ditched her for his friends, and has repeatedly hung out with other girls in front of her, what is making Natasha think that he likes her in the slightest? I just can’t comprehend why she won’t take no for an answer.

Other than the fact that the romance annoyed me a bit, I did enjoy this overall story. I hope that the future installments of this novella series will allow us to learn the truth about Chris and his life. But I definitely hope that Natasha gets over him soon, he doesn’t seem to be very worth it.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a semi-realistic YA romance novel.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 books

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Shadow Eyes Review

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Shadow Eyes (Shadow Eyes, #1)Iris thought she could ignore the shadows…until they came after everyone she loved.

Seventeen-year-old Iris Kohl has been able to see both dark and light figures ever since a tragic incident three years ago. The problem is, no one else seems to see them, and even worse…the dark figures terrorize humans, but Iris is powerless to stop them.

Although she’s learned to deal with watching shadows harass everyone around her, Iris is soon forced to question everything she thinks she knows about her world and herself. Her sanity, strength, and will power are tested to the limits by not only the shadows, but also a handsome new teacher whose presence scares away shadows, a new friend with an awe-inspiriting aura, and a mysterious, alluring new student whom Iris has a hard time resisting despite already having a boyfriend. As the shadows invade and terrorize her own life and family, Iris must ultimately accept the guidance of an angel to revisit the most horrific event of her life and become the hero she was meant to be.

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This book had some of the most realistic YA fantasy characters that I have ever read. I am used to YA characters either acting a lot younger or a lot older than their age because of adult authors writing them. Crabtree gets the seventeen-year-old lifestyle just right! Once I started relating to the characters on a deeper level, I knew I would love this book. And love it I did.

Iris had been seeing shadows for years, but she wasn’t some sort of instant hero. She wasn’t trying to take on the shadows by herself, she just wanted to be able to make them go away again. Nevertheless, she kept trying to live her life. She had a crush and started dating Josh, and she went on group dates with her friends. The shadows kept trying to bother her and her family, and Iris slowly starts to see everything around her crumble. Either Iris is going to have to start fighting back, or the shadows will win.

I hate to keep using the same word, but I have to say that Iris’ relationship with her boyfriend Josh was so relatable! She was with him and she liked him, but sometimes he would just go too far. She never wanted to speak up for herself, but something would always happen to allow her to get out of the uncomfortable situation. Now I’m not saying that all teenage boys are like this, but like every single girl I know who has had a boyfriend has one of these “uncomfortable but just waiting it out until I can leave” stories to tell. Heck, even I have a few! It just seems like a teen girl’s relationship rite of passage. Of course, if she said something, Josh would always back off. But he would get upset about having to back off at the moment, and only apologize later. My gosh, if only all YA boyfriends were written like this. It would definitely tell girls that no, all boys aren’t the perfect beach boys who can never do any wrong like most YA guys. Josh was a generally good guy, but he could get pushy, and Iris just didn’t know how to deal with that. I could go on and on about those few scenes, but they just stuck with me. I hope that this relatable-ness continues in whatever relationships Iris is in in the future novels.

Iris family situation was different but in a good way. One of her sisters was older and was struggling to have children with her husband. Iris thought that the shadows must have been messing with her. Her other sister lives with Iris and her mother and tries to keep things light in the house when Iris or her mother is depressed. And her mother was divorced, finally trying to look for love again. Definitely a modern family situation, but it was more realistic for a girl born in the 2000s. I liked seeing Iris and her sisters make a family with her mom whether or not a new boyfriend was in the picture. They each had their own demons to fight, demons that had truly come out after Iris’ fourteenth birthday, and they leaned on each other to fight them.

The only thing that I didn’t quite like in this book was the assault scene. I thought that it was kinda strange how it played out. I didn’t know exactly what the person did to Iris, and it was never quite explained. Iris just forgave this person, and I think that she forgave the person too quickly. But things were explained at the end of the novel, so maybe they will be revisited and explained in the second book of the series. I’m not saying that Iris shouldn’t have forgiven this person, but I still don’t know why the person tried to attack her. We will see in the next few books!

Overall, this was an amazing read. I can’t even mention everything that I loved about it because it contains too many spoilers, but I will definitely revisit some more things in my review of book 2. I would recommend this novel to anyone looking for an actually relatable and realistic YA fantasy read.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Princess in Love Review (Princess Diaries #3)

Princess in Love (The Princess Diaries, #3)Princess Mia may seem like the luckiest girl ever.

But the truth is, Mia spends all her time doing one of three things: preparing for her nerve-racking entrée into Genovian society, slogging through the congestion unique to Manhattan in December, and avoiding further smooching from her hapless boyfriend, Kenny.

For Mia, being princess is not the fairy tale it’s supposed to be . . . or is it?

I have to say, out of the three Princess Diaries books that I have read so far, this one has to be the one that I hated the least.

Mia has done a wee bit of maturing here. Her mother is married to her Algebra teacher, but she is getting used to having him around. They do a good job of separating home and work/school, so there aren’t that many awkward altercations while Mia is still trying to be a normal freshman in high school. And even though Mia still wants to tell her mom what to do while she is pregnant, they are just a few occasional remarks instead of a constant banter about how she’s being a bad mom. Much more tolerable!

The only thing she said in this book that truly made me angry was when she said that mistletoe was a way for boys to sexually harass girls, but then makes a comment along the lines of “but it’s only harassment if the WRONG boys have it.” So does that mean that if a hot guy does it it is fine, but if a “nerdy” guy that you don’t like has it that it is harassment? But onto the story as a whole.

Kenny and Mia are together, but Mia doesn’t love him. He is constantly doing cute things for her, but her heart lies with Michael, Lilly’s older brother. Lilly actually questions her as to why she stays with Kenny when she isn’t interested in him, and this was one time where I actually agreed with Lilly. Mia just leads him on for the majority of the book, and in the end, she doesn’t even want to break up with him until the Biology test is over so that she can cheat off of him. This is cruel, but she doesn’t sneak behind his back to cheat on him (only sending a few anonymous notes to Michael), and she doesn’t dump him randomly. She is sorta nice about it? I’m not letting her off the hook, but the situation could have gone a whole lot worse than it actually did in the story.

Mia even stands up to Lilly a little in this novel! When Lilly plans a walkout during in-class final reviews, Mia knows that this will just lead to kids getting in trouble and not being able to study for finals. So instead of allowing her friend to get herself in trouble, she pulls the fire alarm. This does force the school to technically walk out, but it gets students back to class faster than Lilly’s walkout. And since her school didn’t have cameras (did they have camera’s in schools in 2002?), she was never caught. And she had a bonding scene with her stepfather, which was really cute and showed how much the characters have grown. Even though Lilly was still being herself, Mia was not going to just take it anymore, and I hope that she continues this attitude in future books of the series.

The other thing that I didn’t like but that I can’t discuss because of spoilers has to do with the grandmother. I can’t believe some of the stuff that she does, and she does something in this book that is unbelievable. She had good intentions, but she destroyed her relationship with multiple people in the process. I think that her relationship with Mia might be repairable, but it might not be, who knows.

Now I’m torn. This is the last Princess Diaries book I own, but the series JUST got good, so I kinda want to read the next book just to find out what happens. But I don’t want to fall down a rabbit hole and read myself into a slump with these books. I’ll take a break, and then who knows, I might just revisit it.

Overall Rating: 2.5 out of 5 books

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Jaclyn and the Beanstalk Blog Tour Plus Review

Jaclyn and the BeanstalkSYNOPSIS

What fate awaits a girl who hears monsters at night…

Sixteen-year-old Jaclyn looks up to her father. An honest man who once fought for the king, he now teaches Jaclyn how to use her wits—and her sword.

But he has a secret. And his secret may have a connection to the one thing Jaclyn is hiding from him.

Upon hearing “monsters” are terrorizing the small villages around Black Mountain, Jaclyn’s father and his friends head out to hunt them … but they don’t return.

Armed only with her sword and three magic beans—a gift from a mysterious old woman—Jaclyn sets out for Black Mountain to save her father.

On her climb, one bean drops and grows into a beanstalk, catching her when she falls.

She isn’t the only one that takes the ride. Jack, her childhood friend and secret crush, is following her.

Jaclyn and Jack will have to work together to save not only their fathers, but the townspeople the beasts plan to lay waste to before it’s too late.

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Jaclyn loves both of her parents, but she won’t tell them that she has dreams about monsters. These dreams attack her, cause her to see things that she never wanted to see and cause her immense pain. She doesn’t know why she has these dreams though and just asks her father to teach her how to fight in case something happens. Then, her father and his friends are taken by the monsters, and it is up to Jaclyn to save them.
Even though Jaclyn was sixteen years old, this book could still relate to younger YA readers. Some parts of the story were a bit suggestive, but other than that, she actually acted more 13 or 14 to me than 16. I especially thought this when she was so connected to her parents, and obeyed them in almost everything, even when she wanted to go out and see the world. This was a great fantasy novel, but I would recommend that if you read it, just age the character down a few years in certain scenes to make it more realistic.
I love how Jaclyn’s father never babied her for being a girl. He was willing to teach his only daughter how to fight, and Jaclyn is willing to learn. The only person who wasn’t completely on board with the plan was Jaclyn’s mother, but even she gave in eventually.
I also liked Jack and Jaclyn’s small romance in the story. It wasn’t the main focus of the story, but it was sweet, and I am a sucker for childhood friends-to-lovers books. This was definitely a good romance for Jaclyn’s type of character! Jack was just the right amount of assertive and caring, even though they hadn’t met for many years.
Overall, this book had great characters and a great plot, even though the plot felt a bit rushed. Jaclyn was a unique main character who had a healthy teenage romance, and I only wish to have been able to learn a bit more about her without flashing from scene to scene. This might have eliminated the small issue with her seeming a tad younger than her age in certain scenes. I can’t wait to read the next book in this retold fairy tales series!
I would recommend this book to lovers of YA fantasy novels.
I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 books
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Praise for JACLYN AND THE BEANSTALK

A mash-up of “Jack and the Beanstalk” and “Lord of the Rings” … RECOMMENDED ―School Library Journal

“Keenly descriptive and eloquently written with touches of sixteenth-century language, the story takes the reader into the world of monsters controlled by a diabolical villain, and into a land of mystery and magic beans.” ―Readers’ Favorite Review

Mary Ting managed to surprise me at every turn, even though I must have read this story a million times as a kid. The most impressive surprise was the creation of a girl protagonist who is so much better than the original Jack. Then she brings in the boy, Jack, as the love interest. Sheer genius and a great idea. The writing is great. The plot is good, and the various themes woven throughout the story make it a very compelling tale.” ―Readers’ Favorite Review

Mary Ting writes with an adventurous heart, a clever pen, introducing young readers to a classic that meets fantasy, shedding light on the family devotion and a love story that buds to completion by the end. This short novel comes as a highly recommended read for parents and young adults that prefer fantasy fiction with a Christian-based theme and a creative perspective. Mary Ting is one of those writers to notice and watch. ―Kingdom’s Review  

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Mary Tingis an international bestselling, award-winning author. She writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers around the world. Her books span a wide range of genres, and her storytelling talents have earned a devoted legion of fans, as well as garnered critical praise.

Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.

Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Being a huge Twilight fan, Mary was inspired to make book-themed jewelry and occasionally gives it away as prizes to her fans.

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The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 2 Review

The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 2On her sixteenth birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits her ancestral estate that she’s never seen. Momochi House exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms, and Himari is meant to act as guardian between the two worlds. But on the day she moves in, she finds three handsome squatters already living in the house, and one seems to have already taken over her role!

This book focuses on the other aspects of the house and the different spirits within it. One spirit has a sister who took her own life and is on the lantern procession for the purification rite of souls that comes through the house every year. Himari learns about Aoi’s past and his role in the house. She even learns that the dangers of the demon world are not just confined to the Momochi house.

Let me just say that the scenes with the lanterns was beautiful. Even though I don’t believe in the whole “people who kill themselves go to hell/purgatory” thing, I believe that this was a beautiful way to represent that issue. The souls were able to walk peacefully through the Momochi house, and Aoi would make sure that they would make it to the next stop on their march safely.

By the time we get to the end of this novel, the intensity of the story-line increases. I won’t spoil anything, but the beginning of the next book was my favorite part of the entire story so far.

Even the entire novel wasn’t that intense, I did enjoy learning more about the Momochi house and the demons that pass through it. So far, we actually didn’t know that much about the house itself, but this book clears up some important little details. Again, I can’t spoil anything now, but I will definitely discuss them in my review of Volume 3 if you don’t mind spoilers.

I would recommend this series to lovers of romance stories with magical men, and lovers of manga.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Demon Prince of Momochi House Volume 1 Review

The Demon Prince of Momochi House, Vol. 1On her sixteenth birthday, orphan Himari Momochi inherits her ancestral estate that she’s never seen. Momochi House exists on the barrier between the human and spiritual realms, and Himari is meant to act as guardian between the two worlds. But on the day she moves in, she finds three handsome squatters already living in the house, and one seems to have already taken over her role!

I usually don’t read that much manga, but this one in particular caught my eye in the library. I am completely addicted!

Himari has never really known a family, so she was surprised when she randomly received an estate when she turned sixteen. Imagine her surprise when she finds that there are already people there! She decides that since the house is a mess, she will try to fix it up and run the people out. Nevertheless, the squatters are determined to stay, and one named Aoi claims that he is the protector of Momochi House.

Alright, I will admit, this one is pretty silly. Himari seems to lack some pretty common sense. If she is given a house and it is full of men, she should have called the police and had them moved out of the house. But this is not how things ever work in these books right? She is determined to move the out on her own, and then she sees that they are lonely and wants to join their little family. Not to mention the fact that her and Aoi seem to have some chemistry. Himari just has to learn how to be safe in this new house, which seems to have danger around every corner.

The art in this story is amazing. I’ll say it again. The Art. In This Story. Is. AMAZING! I loved reading it just because of how beautiful all the characters were. The only thing I really wish was that every time something evil happened that the text boxes wouldn’t turn to black. This automatically lets me know that Himari would be in trouble! It made her look even more foolish as she “walked” into danger. Making everything have the same color box, even though it would be breaking manga “rules”, would allow the story to be more suspenseful.

Even though this story has quite a bit of fluff, the main plot only starts in this novel. As I have read the next two volumes already as I am writing this review, it does get more intense as the series goes on. Believe me! I personally was shocked at how dark this series can get at times.

Also as a side note, this also reminds me a lot of the more mature visual novel “Seduce Me: The Otome.” In this novel, a girl who is a senior in high school inherits her grandfather’s estate, just to find out that 5 incubi live there. I personally loved this game, and even though it did have mature parts due to the men being incubi, it definitely had a lot of clean romantic portions.

If you like romantic stories with magical men, I would recommend both this manga and the game above.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars