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24th May 2008

Little Cry Baby

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

Every once in a while you want a dose of sweetness and light. Stories that are warm, sweet and just put a grin on your face. It’s not my normal cup of tea, but this release fits the bill when I’m in the mood for simple and uncomplicated happiness.

This one is all about first loves and heartache. There’s the adrenaline rush of first falling for someone and then the let-down when there’s the thought that the feelings are not returned. We have school boys, salary-man, a novice magician and one very shy university student with glasses.

Happy endings abound, which made me a very happy girl. I wasn’t in the mood for an angst fest or stories that made me think, but at the same time left me feeling sad. I wanted boys in love and sweet moments, and I got exactly what I was looking for.

The artist, who I liked from her work in You and Harujion, continues with her sketchy style and endearing stories.

One of the nice things about reading a book that is so much sweetness and light is that when you do get to a moderately dirty bit, even something as innocuous as oral sex, it seems all the more dirty in contrast to the chaste kisses you’ve been reading about.

This is not going to be a book for those of you who want a smut-fest or who are fed up with sweet, school-boy stories. It is a book for curling up with when you’re cranky and just making yourself feel better.

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19th May 2008

You and Harujion

Rating: ♦♦♦♦

Poor Haru. He was left orphaned by the death of his father. Not only is he an orphan, but he’s left with a mountain of debt and some not-so-kind people nosing around the house trying to collect on it. Haru’s saved by the appearance of Senoh, a lawyer who seems to have a soft spot for Haru.

Turns out that when Senoh was younger, he was a patient at the same hospital where Haru’s mother was receiving care. Senoh ran into a young Haru and was inspired by his strength. However, Senoh’s original plan to help the child who helped him starts to shift when he starts to develop feelings for Haru. Of course, it doesn’t help that Haru is developing feelings right along with Senoh.

Both of them are torn, thinking that their feelings are wrong because of the age difference and because of the position that Senoh’s put himself in. He’s supposed to be a father figure to Haru, not a potential lover.

Yes, everything works out for the best and a decision is made to wait on anything physical until Haru is of age, still it’s sweet watching them get there.

I don’t think this book is going to be everyone’s cup of tea. The age difference is enough to turn some people off and I don’t think a lot of people will buy the plot of the story. It struck a cord with me because I lost a parent and know the feelings of just wanting someone to come and make everything all better.

It’s got the sketchy art style that I love and it’s just a simple, sweet story. It’s not going to be one of my all-time favorites, but it will be one that I will pull out when I need a pick-me-up and want to walk away from the book with a smile.

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