Lenni Reviews: “Wolf Girl and Black Prince” Vol. 1, by Ayuko Hatta

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Erica Shinohara is friends with the popular girls in school and to stay in their circle, she made up a boyfriend, even going so far as to show them a random boy’s picture as proof. But those girls recognize the boy and it turns out it’s Kyoya Sata, a student in their school. Erica asks him to help her out by keeping up the lie by pretending to be her boyfriend but he’ll only do it if she becomes his dog.

Kyoya doesn’t blackmail Erica into sex or anything creepy like that. She’s basically his gopher and has to pay for snacks and stuff. It’s clear that being in the pretend relationship could blossom into a real one. There’s a little angst but this is mostly lighthearted shenanigans in a cute young adult romance. 3.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “The Elusive Samurai” Vol. 6, by Yūsei Matsui

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Despite the loss against Kokushi’s forces, Tokiyuki gained valuable knowledge which will aid him as he heads for Kyo, the capital city of his enemy; Takauji.

From the synopsis, you’d think some major shit was gonna go down but this volume feels like a bunch of setup. We get a new character, Tokiyuki is still a good character, but I didn’t feel like much happened. It’s not bad but it is a bunch of filler that isn’t very satisfying. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “She Loves to Cook and She Loves to Eat” Vol. 1, by Sakaomi Yuzaki

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Nomoto lives to cook but since she lives alone and no friends live nearby, much of her food is left over. A chance meeting with her neighbor, Kasuga, gives Nomoto the opportunity to finally share her love or cooking with someone who can eat her huge portions.

This is a very relaxing read. Its sweet to see Nomoto and Kasuga grow closer. The pairing is a classic bubbly energetic vs calm and deadpan. Kasuga isn’t cold or detached, she’s just really chill. I do want to know her backstory but I’m sure we’ll get to it in future volumes. If you’re looking for a clean (so far) lesbian love story, this is a nice one. I do wish there were recipes, though. I wanna try all this food. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Choujin X” Vol. 2, by Sui Ishida

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

In order to be able to live freely, Tokio must learn to control his abilities by training at the Yamato Mori; an organization that ensures chojin can be trained and registered for everyone’s safety.

This is mostly Tokio learning how his powers work and some introspection on what he wants from his life. It really drives home how dangerous chojin can be. I am enjoying learning about this world. It does feel a lot like Tokoy Ghoul but it’s not as dark as that series. It’s gonna be cool to see Tokio and Ely grow and become more competant in their powers and I’m sure they’re going to face some really dangerous villains. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Mao” Vol. 11, by Rumiko Takahashi

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Mao is able to discover the culprit behind the blood drained bodies and it turns out to be another cursed relic of the Goko clan. In her zeal to be useful, Nanoka acquires a new weapon.

The main antagonists of this volume are Soma and Renji; the latter getting some great backstory. I am very glad that Nanoka gets some time to shine here with a new sword and I love a full cast of useful people. And her weapon is also a challenge for her to overcome so everything isn’t about Mao and his seriously shitty clan (the more I read about them, the more I dislike them). It widens the scope and is so much more fun. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Ragna Crimson” Vol. 8, by Daiki Kobayashi

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

Olto Zora tries to get the Silverware Princess to join him, giving the Argentum Corps a chance to launch a counterstrike; only to have a new player enter this game and change everything.

There’s a lot that happens in this volume and the battle scenes are really well done. I won’t spoil why a certain event that takes place made me mad, I call bullshit, and I can’t stand it but, this series is gonna be wild based on this volume. Even with all the action, I can see a bunch of stuff getting set up in the background. 4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “My Special One” Vol. 2, by Momoko Koda

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After her confession is rejected, Sahoko resolves to stand by her feelings for Kouta even if they are not returned only to have a scandal force Kouta to stay with her family.

Here we learn why Kouta doesn’t want to let anyone in despite his outgoing and cheerful personality. Part of me thinks it’s too tragic (no spoilers but, damn, poor kid…) for it to have been resolved so quickly. In my opinion, Kouta needs some therapy or something more of a journey to open up again. Unless we get more of that in the next volume to make the growth to see more natural. 3.8 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Parasocial” by Alex de Campi & Erica Henderson

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review.

His acting career fading and marriage ending, Luke attends a convention to sign things and take pictures to earn money for his upcoming child support payments. After an exhausting day, he has a car accident and a fan of his stops to help, only for her to take him prisoner.

It’s no Misery but this is a freaky read. It’s very story driven and shows the dangers of obsessive fans but it’s too short. It says a lot and deals with how social media plays into these things, it has some legitimately scary moments but I think there should been more story and less creator notes at the end. 3.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Boy’s Abyss” Vol. 1, by Ryō Minenami

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is for mature readers.

Reiji lives with his mother, older brother, and ailing grandmother in a small town. His mother is overworked, his brother doesn’t help, and his grandmother’s dementia is getting worse. He feels trapped with no where to go in life when he meets Nagi, a woman working in the local convenience store but hiding her identity as a famous popstar.

This is shaping up to be a rather bleak telling of life in a small town. The mom is exhausted and ground down, Reiji see no future he can call his own, and Nagi is not a good influence on him. Reiji’s friend, Chako, is the only likable person so far and who knows what the next volumes will be like. I mean, we start off with (trigger warning) a suicide pact so I can’t imagine where it will go. 3.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Triceratops and Bottoms” by Lola Faust

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I’ve seen these types of books around and since there was no way in the hell of any religion I was going to pay money to indulge my morbid curiosity, I grabbed this (and a few others) that were offered for free.

Now, most of my reviews are fairly short; a quick blurb and my equally quick thoughts as not to spoil the experience (in most cases). If someone is interested and doesn’t want an essay on the book/comic/manga etc., I like to think my reviews will be something short to see if they’d be interested.

But we’re gonna take some time for dinosaur fucking so buckle up. This is a thing.

Our protagonist, Erin – introduced by her firm, perky nipples – lives in the year 2122 where nanobots do most of the work keeping her in a luxurious lifestyle. But all that modern tech has made life boring, so Erin has time to indulge her most wild fantasies. Feeling as if she’s experienced everything, both legal and not so much, Erin takes advantage of a new invention: a time machine.

I’m only 9% in now, by the way. Make note: my copy had some formatting issues. If anyone else cares to admit they read this, feel free to let me know if your copy was the same. No judgment here. Formatting is a bitch and has no bearing on the rating I give.

When Erin stated she felt “like a nerdy girl at her convention” for asking a logical question at the unveiling of the time machine, I took a strong sip of my IPA and wondered if I should branch off into doing drunk reviews on YouTube of books like this. But then I remember I’m in my 40’s and nobody needs to see my old ass face so, text is what you get.

I’m also not sure my liver could take it.

Anyhoo, despite the obvious (and much nerdier) pitfalls of time travel, Erin and her pert nipples are excited to go to the Jurassic era.

Could I have summed this up in a few sentences like my other reviews? Yes. Would it be as amusing? Probably not.

Now, again, I am not going to go in hard on format, typos, or grammar but there are certainly places where either I or Grammarly would have made better choices. I’m also gonna have to give some latitude to the dinos instantly understanding. Telepathy or some sort of other connection is a trope in these I’ve heard. This is my first dino porn so, forgive me if I get that wrong.

I freely admit this is not my thing and I either cringed or gagged at the smut scenes. This entire book is Erin seducing various species of dinosaurs. I have run multiple 5ks and done 10k training and it was more work and less enjoyable reading this book. Every so often I wonder what readers will think about the few smutty stories I’ve written, especially since most of my work isn’t erotica but this has taught me there’s an audience for ANYTHING. I don’t think I’ll be reading other books in this genre since, not to be crass but my brain hurts and I’ve never been drier. Serena’s Plight made me less uncomfortable. 1 out of 5.

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