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She wasn’t aware of her gift’s significance, yet he expects to be courted. Kimiko enrolls at the In-between’s prestigious new high school, which is designed to promote the integration of the human and inhuman races. As a reaver, she’s supposed to act as peacemaker, bridging a formidable cultural gap, but the other two members of her triad don’t need any help in that departm She wasn’t aware of her gift’s significance, yet he expects to be courted. Kimiko enrolls at the In-between’s prestigious new high school, which is designed to promote the integration of the human and inhuman races. As a reaver, she’s supposed to act as peacemaker, bridging a formidable cultural gap, but the other two members of her triad don’t need any help in that department. Akira and Suuzu have been friends since middle school. Instead, the boys must rally behind Kimiko when she inadvertently initiates a courtship with Eloquence Starmark.


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She wasn’t aware of her gift’s significance, yet he expects to be courted. Kimiko enrolls at the In-between’s prestigious new high school, which is designed to promote the integration of the human and inhuman races. As a reaver, she’s supposed to act as peacemaker, bridging a formidable cultural gap, but the other two members of her triad don’t need any help in that departm She wasn’t aware of her gift’s significance, yet he expects to be courted. Kimiko enrolls at the In-between’s prestigious new high school, which is designed to promote the integration of the human and inhuman races. As a reaver, she’s supposed to act as peacemaker, bridging a formidable cultural gap, but the other two members of her triad don’t need any help in that department. Akira and Suuzu have been friends since middle school. Instead, the boys must rally behind Kimiko when she inadvertently initiates a courtship with Eloquence Starmark.

30 review for Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal

  1. 4 out of 5

    Holly

    The world created in this series is so unique and interesting, but unfortunately the plot not so much. Set in a Japanese culture this book creates a world where shapeshifters (Amaranthine), humans with some innate magical powers (Reavers), and regular humans (muggles, haha j/k) all live together but not necessarily in harmony. The supernaturals have only recently come out publicly and in this book a new school was created so that children of all races can learn more about/from each other. That's The world created in this series is so unique and interesting, but unfortunately the plot not so much. Set in a Japanese culture this book creates a world where shapeshifters (Amaranthine), humans with some innate magical powers (Reavers), and regular humans (muggles, haha j/k) all live together but not necessarily in harmony. The supernaturals have only recently come out publicly and in this book a new school was created so that children of all races can learn more about/from each other. That's where things start to go wrong with this book - nothing happens. I mean, there is an accidental proposal, as the title states, but even that isn't all that interesting and doesn't go very far in regards to the relationship. This feels very much like a setup book used to help introduce us to future books for all these new characters, which maybe would have been fine if there was some central story line that kept the reader interested. That didn't happen. Also unfortunately, the new characters that were set up in this book aren't all that interesting either (with the very big exception of Akira/Suuzu) so I don't think I will continue on with future books *sad trombone*. Unless there is an Akira/Suuzu book, that I would read without a doubt!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Noelani

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I had to split the difference between a 4 and a 2 star rating and ended up with a 3 star rating overall. The 4 star rating: Let me preface by saying I love this world the author created. I love reading their struggles and triumphs. The relationship between Akira and Suuzu was ambiguous in Book 1, but develops beautifully in Book 2. The author does a phenomenal job doing emotional scenes. Gah! So good! We get a few scenes with Argent and Tsumiko, so life is good. The 2 star rating: someone needed I had to split the difference between a 4 and a 2 star rating and ended up with a 3 star rating overall. The 4 star rating: Let me preface by saying I love this world the author created. I love reading their struggles and triumphs. The relationship between Akira and Suuzu was ambiguous in Book 1, but develops beautifully in Book 2. The author does a phenomenal job doing emotional scenes. Gah! So good! We get a few scenes with Argent and Tsumiko, so life is good. The 2 star rating: someone needed to be a plot editor and machete the heck out of this book. There was so much going on, it was spinning off into too many directions. Book 1 had 2 points of view (POVs: Tsumiko and Argent) and 3 basic goals: free the Fox, form a relationship, and learn about the rogue dragon. Book 2 had so many I can’t even count them all! There were 5 POVs, 1/10 of the book was a POV of a character who could have been cut completely. While Tenma is an interesting character, his chapters were confusing and left plot holes all over the place (lonely boy gets roommate then loses roommate, human is terrified and lonely then becomes skittish and multiple clans want to adopt him, a broken dragon becomes unbroken, a crazy fox chases a monkey, and nobody knows the why or how to any of these situations b/c nothing is explained). I wish more time had been spent on the courtship (There are 12 pledges, we saw 1 and there was a cut-scene right before pledge #2...WHY? Why stop at #2?). There were other extras that, while interesting interrupted the story and pacing (the sister’s proposal, the sword and the maiden who may or may not have confronted a dragon, how the kith came about) Will definitely read the next book, but if all that extra info is needed to complete the series it might be better to either lengthen the series or to consider spin-offs.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Erica

    I'm in pain. I blazed through reading this book in one sitting -- Forthright's work never fails to make me feel giddy. I will say that the romance in Tsumiko's book feels more complete, and the number of characters that was introduced was a little overwhelming, but Kimiko's story is just as satisfying as the first book in the series. I love the world of the Amaranthine Saga, and I especially enjoyed the way Kimiko is shown to be someone who isn't a remarkable Reaver but has unique strengths and I'm in pain. I blazed through reading this book in one sitting -- Forthright's work never fails to make me feel giddy. I will say that the romance in Tsumiko's book feels more complete, and the number of characters that was introduced was a little overwhelming, but Kimiko's story is just as satisfying as the first book in the series. I love the world of the Amaranthine Saga, and I especially enjoyed the way Kimiko is shown to be someone who isn't a remarkable Reaver but has unique strengths and unexpected charm. When's the next book going to be out??? I need more!! (4.5/5 stars, rounded up.)

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rosa

    (I think I might prefer Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox over this book) Forthright does a lot more worldbuilding and exploration in this story. As a result, the point of views will be switched from Quen and Kimiko to other characters. It's not bad, but it's not something I prefer. There's a lot of new character introductions since I think the author is trying to set it up for her next couple of stories, but it is a little overwhelming at times. I would have preferred if the author focused more on Ki (I think I might prefer Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox over this book) Forthright does a lot more worldbuilding and exploration in this story. As a result, the point of views will be switched from Quen and Kimiko to other characters. It's not bad, but it's not something I prefer. There's a lot of new character introductions since I think the author is trying to set it up for her next couple of stories, but it is a little overwhelming at times. I would have preferred if the author focused more on Kimiko and Quen. I did enjoy her exploration of the Amaranthine's culture and world and how Kimiko was learning Quen's culture and customs. Just like the romance in the first book, this would be considered a slow burn in my opinion, but it's a sweet build up of trust and getting to know each other that leads to love and bonding. Overall, I did enjoy the story and the world exploration.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sun-Light

    So... This book isn't out yet but there are already negative ratings. How can people be so petty?

  6. 5 out of 5

    kels

    While I enjoyed the story slightly more than Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox, the number of characters was a bit overwhelming, and some of the relationship aspects felt uncomfortably fetishistic to me. Kimiko is a likable and interesting character, and I wish the story had focused more-so on her and her interactions with everyone / the world around her - I didn't mind the inclusion of the other perspectives/relationships, but it did feel somewhat like the author couldn't decide what story they want While I enjoyed the story slightly more than Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox, the number of characters was a bit overwhelming, and some of the relationship aspects felt uncomfortably fetishistic to me. Kimiko is a likable and interesting character, and I wish the story had focused more-so on her and her interactions with everyone / the world around her - I didn't mind the inclusion of the other perspectives/relationships, but it did feel somewhat like the author couldn't decide what story they wanted to tell.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Kimiko is barely a reaver, she doesn't have much power. But she has spent years studying the interactions of the inhuman races so that she can be a bridgemaker and go-between. When she brings a festival gift for an absent classmate, she accidentally starts a courtship with worldwide consequences. Why I started this book: I liked the first book and was eager to revisit the world. Why I finished it: Gently mixing magic and Japanese culture this was a fun story about sharing traditions and forging fr Kimiko is barely a reaver, she doesn't have much power. But she has spent years studying the interactions of the inhuman races so that she can be a bridgemaker and go-between. When she brings a festival gift for an absent classmate, she accidentally starts a courtship with worldwide consequences. Why I started this book: I liked the first book and was eager to revisit the world. Why I finished it: Gently mixing magic and Japanese culture this was a fun story about sharing traditions and forging friendships.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Malva

    I knew going in that this was a longer series but I expected Kimiko's story to feel more self-contained and be completed in the one book. Now to wait for the next installment... I like the first book better but I'm hoping to revise this rating once the next installment is out.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Holy crap. Holy crap. Holy crap. I loved this. Sad that it ended where it did, but completely head over heels with the world building and plot. Kimiko is the middle child of a family of reavers that have fallen almost to obscurity. Thanks to her youngest sister's calculated meddling Kimiko has been accepted into a prestigious new school where reavers, humans, and Amaranthine are mixing to change the future. While not the brightest soul in the class, her unusual upbringing and understanding of the Holy crap. Holy crap. Holy crap. I loved this. Sad that it ended where it did, but completely head over heels with the world building and plot. Kimiko is the middle child of a family of reavers that have fallen almost to obscurity. Thanks to her youngest sister's calculated meddling Kimiko has been accepted into a prestigious new school where reavers, humans, and Amaranthine are mixing to change the future. While not the brightest soul in the class, her unusual upbringing and understanding of the Amaranthine subtle body language has brought her to the attention of her rather impressive classmates. Amongst those classmates is Eloquence Starmark the runt of his clan and charged with such responsibilities that make his future not his own. His famous little half-brother is his to raise and foster much as his uncle did for him. That task is made harder by the fact that he must join this new mixed school, but Quen finds that there is more to be found in his new triad than he expected. Then Kimiko's kindness and warmth, plus an impish pup, leads her to accidentally propose to Quin. Through a twist of fate, Quin wants her actually pursue him and though other humans often mistake her for a boy, Kimiko feels very unprepared for her new role, because as crazy as it seems she's decided to accept. Thankfully the rest of her triad is more than willing to step up and help her through these new steps. Admist all of this, something is stalking Reaver females and their hometown has just become its newest hunting grounds. I adore seeing this world through the different characters' eyes. A world seen through those who had no knowledge of the Amananthine before the emergence, those bonded even more than one of them knows, a Reaver fearing for her future, and a dog that craves what he thinks he'll never gain. I laughed, got teary, pissed off, and basically ran the gauntlet of emotions, all the hallmarks of an amazing book. While I am annoyed at where this book leaves off and that we're changing continents in the next book so it's unlikely I'll get to see as much as I'd like of this couple's continued courtship. Basically if you need a recommendation, read book one then continue on to this one immediately, because it's more than totally worth it. On to the novella!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Taz

    I really like this author, but the ending seemed a bit rushed to me. We all know that wonderful, horrible mix of satisfaction and need you get at the end of a book. With this one, as the end appoached, I had so much need, but the satisfaction was very wishy washy. Everything was wrapped up, but in a bit of a prefuntory way. Even with this disappointment, I did enjoy the book. The world is rich and I feel the characters have enough depth to be interesting. I'd recommend this book as some light fu I really like this author, but the ending seemed a bit rushed to me. We all know that wonderful, horrible mix of satisfaction and need you get at the end of a book. With this one, as the end appoached, I had so much need, but the satisfaction was very wishy washy. Everything was wrapped up, but in a bit of a prefuntory way. Even with this disappointment, I did enjoy the book. The world is rich and I feel the characters have enough depth to be interesting. I'd recommend this book as some light fun reading.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Enjoyed it I originally found this series because one of my favorite authors mentioned how much she'd enjoyed it. It reminds me a bit of Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunters, a bit of Anne Bishop's Others, and a lot of Inuyasha all rolled into one. I enjoyed the first book, but overall I think I like the second even better. If you're looking for complex plots that twist and turn or characters that struggle with inner demons, this may not be what you're looking for. This is a fun, light read with an en Enjoyed it I originally found this series because one of my favorite authors mentioned how much she'd enjoyed it. It reminds me a bit of Cassandra Clare's Shadowhunters, a bit of Anne Bishop's Others, and a lot of Inuyasha all rolled into one. I enjoyed the first book, but overall I think I like the second even better. If you're looking for complex plots that twist and turn or characters that struggle with inner demons, this may not be what you're looking for. This is a fun, light read with an enjoyable plot and unique characters (which honestly I think everyone needs from time to time). That's not to imply the book or writing is subpar, it's just not that kind of story. The first book was mostly an introduction to the world with a focus on the two main characters. In the second book, the world is already established so it focuses more on the different clans and adding characters. While I liked the story and characters, there were a few times I had to backtrack to figure out "wait, how did we get here" or "who is this character again". It was just a lot of new people, customs, and story lines to keep track of at times. The only thing I really didn't like about this book was that nothing really got resolved in it, which made the end feel like a cliff hanger. I hate cliff hangers. In the first book Tsumiko and Argent have a rocky beginning that leads to love. They free Argent, they save a baby and resolve to help others like him, then they get married. They didn't resolve everything, but that particular story had a conclusion. Nothing was really accomplished in this story. Kimiko and Quen get engaged and are still engaged at the end, there's a possible continuation of story lines from the first book but nothing is confirmed and they don't learn anything new, you get to know Akira and Suuzu better and you get glimpses of what the future may hold but nothing significant changes, you meet a bunch of new characters but it's mostly just introducing them to the series. It feels like a book of beginnings. That being said, I still liked it enough to continue with the series and add it to the books I re-read periodically.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennavier

    While I really enjoyed several of the characters and the way men were allowed to be nurturing, the plot in this book was *everywhere*. it was really frustrating and I lost interest several times. If I hadn't enjoyed book 1 so much I wouldn't have finished it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Loved it I never wanted to put this down for even a minute especially not for mundane reasons like sleep, food or work.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elecia

    Lots of good, continuing mythology, different characters. Irritatingly ended without resolution.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Martin

    Kimiko Miyabe is from a family of reavers who manage the Kikusawa Shrine. She is the middle daughter in her family. When she gets a chance to attend the New Saga High School with Amaranthines and other humans, she is eager to learn more and her family, especially her mother, is eager for the opportunity to form connections. The students are divided into triads containing one Amaranthine, one reaver, and one human. Kimiko's new triad partners are Suuku, a phoenix, and Akira, a human - both charac Kimiko Miyabe is from a family of reavers who manage the Kikusawa Shrine. She is the middle daughter in her family. When she gets a chance to attend the New Saga High School with Amaranthines and other humans, she is eager to learn more and her family, especially her mother, is eager for the opportunity to form connections. The students are divided into triads containing one Amaranthine, one reaver, and one human. Kimiko's new triad partners are Suuku, a phoenix, and Akira, a human - both characters familiar to readers of Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox. Also a part of the class is Eloquence Starmark, whose father in one of the Five. Quen is reluctant to join the class because he is older than most of the other Amaranthine class members and has responsibilities to his clan. He'll also miss his daily closeness with his little crosser - hybrid - brother Ever. Tenma Subaru is a human who was encouraged to apply by his father who is also looking for new connections. Tenma was fascinated when the Emergence happened nearly four years earlier but he is finding actual close contact with the Amaranthine frightening. He is saved from a panic attack when Quen offers him a sigil of protection and agrees to form a triad with him. Their third is Isla Ward who is twelve and already a brilliant reaver. This school year will be a learning experience for all of these characters because there is a secret threat that is threatening the fragile peace between the Amaranthine and the humans in Japan. And each of the characters will grow and change because of contact with each of the others. This change is especially true when Kimiko accidentally proposes to Quen. Gladly accepted by Quen's family, Kimiko has to quickly learn what it means to court a member of the dog clan. Meanwhile, she is concerned that she will never satisfy her mother who wishes her to marry another, stronger reaver to improve the status of their family. I loved the way Quen and Kimiko get to know each other and fall in love. I enjoyed the rich, creative worldbuilding in this story. I also liked getting to know more about some of the characters from Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox as they interacted with characters in this story. While the main plot of this story is resolved, there are still questions unanswered and problems unsolved which makes me eager for the next book set in this world.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    I really love the Amaranthine Saga! The author has said that there will be a total of seven books. Each is a romance so, naturally, the central protagonists of each book will be a new couple. Fortunately, characters we already know from earlier books still appear. Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal is book two. Book one began with Tsumiko, who knew nothing of the Amaranthine, and we got to learn about them as she did. Kimiko is somewhat familiar with the Amaranthine clans but not in detail. Oops! I really love the Amaranthine Saga! The author has said that there will be a total of seven books. Each is a romance so, naturally, the central protagonists of each book will be a new couple. Fortunately, characters we already know from earlier books still appear. Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal is book two. Book one began with Tsumiko, who knew nothing of the Amaranthine, and we got to learn about them as she did. Kimiko is somewhat familiar with the Amaranthine clans but not in detail. Oops! This is how it came to be that she accidentally proposed to an Amaranthine man. I love these books because this world is so layered! This series is somewhat like Anne Bishop's The Others because each series is about how humans share the planet with inhumans. In the first The Others series, our protagonists were in The Courtyard, where the inhumans literally had their own "school" to learn about and practice interacting with the humans. In the Amaranthine saga, the Clans had only recently revealed themselves to the humans. A school is set up with students from both the Amaranthine and the human cultures in book two. This is where our protagonists first meet. On neutral ground. Yes, the first book had Tsumiko and Argent falling in love with each other. But the first book also had Tsumiko's brother Akira impressing the phoenix Suuzu. (Yes, in the Pern dragons' sense!) So, these two are nestmates, closer than brothers. I was very happy to see both Akira and Suuzu in this second book and they play significant roles in this tale, as well. This series is set in Japan but some of the Amaranthine characters are from as far away as America. So, the characters speak either Japanese or English (or both). Can't wait for book three Tamiko and the Two Janitors! Plus, there is a serial story (up to about 23 parts already) on the author's Web site in her blog! (Actually, several serials but one definitely set in the Amaranthine Saga world!) Highly recommended for fans of urban fantasy and fans of humans learning how to live with the inhumans with whom they share this planet!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    Boring I loved the first book. I was so excited to see a second one. 30% into the book nothing happened. 6 character were introduced. 5 of them suffer from social anxiety disorder. They are outsiders, they are overlooked, they are too similar to be interesting. The author cannot supply any rational or irrational reason why they are liked, so she doesn't bother. It is explained as something beyond human understanding. And all they do up to this point is sleep all together. Yes 30% in there are 3 s Boring I loved the first book. I was so excited to see a second one. 30% into the book nothing happened. 6 character were introduced. 5 of them suffer from social anxiety disorder. They are outsiders, they are overlooked, they are too similar to be interesting. The author cannot supply any rational or irrational reason why they are liked, so she doesn't bother. It is explained as something beyond human understanding. And all they do up to this point is sleep all together. Yes 30% in there are 3 scenes where a bunch of people sleep in groups, and find a lot of comfort in that, just in case you missed how important it is to these characters they also reminisce the good old times when they did that before and how good it felt. +3 very important conversations, that are really mysterious and should not be understood yet. That is it. Nothing else. I can't even spoil anything. This is a very large disappointment. In the end I forced myself to finish the book. I really enjoyed the main couple, but I'm really upset they have like 20% of the book devoted to them. It makes their relationship rushed and underdeveloped. You can see that they had a lot to overcome and needed to fall in love. It could have been a magical story. But instead: day one - they are accidentally betrothed, day two - they are kissing and trusting each other for no reason. Day 3- they are in love. In meantime two other relationships are slowly developing and growing. These are male to male relationships, they are supposed to be secondary, but both are given more time than Kimono and Еloquence. Over all this book reads as a place holder. Like the author needed to write something, had no idea were they want the plot to go, so it has no plot. It lays the foundation to several other stories, but has no point and no other purpose than to meet a deadline.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Dani

    KatAP is a semi-sequel to "Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox". (It takes place a few years later, and some of the major characters of the first book are peripheral characters in this one.) The milieu is the same: A world like ours in which supernatural beings have revealed themselves. The revelation that there are shape-changers with magical talents has been received with nervous acceptance: The public response is generally positive, but integration will continue to be hard to sell. In one corner of KatAP is a semi-sequel to "Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox". (It takes place a few years later, and some of the major characters of the first book are peripheral characters in this one.) The milieu is the same: A world like ours in which supernatural beings have revealed themselves. The revelation that there are shape-changers with magical talents has been received with nervous acceptance: The public response is generally positive, but integration will continue to be hard to sell. In one corner of this world, part of that public-relations effort is a school attended by a mix of Amaranthines, Humans, and Reavers (Humans with some mystical abilities). One of the students is Kimiko, a Reaver of mediocre status and attainments - who accidentally proposes to an Amarantine classmate. It was an accident, and could have been left at that, but instead her friends and his family get behind and push. And help. The best thing about Forthright's writing is the absence of melodrama. The author is forced to rely on excellent story-telling to keep the reader engaged, rather than on cheap plot devices. So no, Amaranthines do not, as a people, have bizarre sexual or violent habits. No, Kimiko does not turn out to have the Reaver equivalent of super powers. No, the courtship is not blown off course by contrived coincidences and misunderstandings. What keeps the pages turning is well-written and engaging characters, and a story that works for those characters. It's a refreshing change.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    KIMIKO AND THE ACCIDENTAL PROPOSAL is the second book in Forthright’s Amarathine Saga, and at this point I am completely invested in this world and these characters. That said, this book suffers a lot from too-many-plot-directions syndrome. Several threads were obviously introduced to be teased out in future books, but it was just a bit too much, causing some of the focused elements to get lost. This story follows several different narrators and 3 different major storylines, with lots of little KIMIKO AND THE ACCIDENTAL PROPOSAL is the second book in Forthright’s Amarathine Saga, and at this point I am completely invested in this world and these characters. That said, this book suffers a lot from too-many-plot-directions syndrome. Several threads were obviously introduced to be teased out in future books, but it was just a bit too much, causing some of the focused elements to get lost. This story follows several different narrators and 3 different major storylines, with lots of little threads in between. First we have the ‘main’ story described in the cover copy: Kimiko and Eloquence and their courtship. While I liked them both, with everything else going on, I feel like their story lost focus at times, and their growing bond didn’t impact me as much as I’d hoped it would. Second, we have Akira and his nestmate Suuzu, and I am all in for these two. The seem to be an ongoing and building story that I cannot wait to develop further. They are the thread I was most interested in following. Third there is this Tenma character that seemed to be a very random plot that I wish had been cut entirely. I didn’t dislike him, but I wasn’t sure why he was sharing the narrative with the other characters in this book. His plot seemed unfinished too, so I’m not sure how he will come up again. Despite all this I still flew through this story, and I’m definitely going to be following along with this series. But I’m hoping the next installment feels a bit more focused than this one.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    In Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal we get to see how a reaver with an ordinary rating fits in at New Saga high school. Personally I liked the varying viewpoints and the loads of plot development that were woven into the romance. Spoilers ahead: The main romance is Kimiko and Quen, and we get to see why each one isn't expecting marriage/ love at first sight but they see something in the other person worth pursuing as they gain a deeper understanding. The book ends with them both committed to a In Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal we get to see how a reaver with an ordinary rating fits in at New Saga high school. Personally I liked the varying viewpoints and the loads of plot development that were woven into the romance. Spoilers ahead: The main romance is Kimiko and Quen, and we get to see why each one isn't expecting marriage/ love at first sight but they see something in the other person worth pursuing as they gain a deeper understanding. The book ends with them both committed to a long courtship, so I think we will see more of them ahead. Suuzu and Akira are not quite ready for a full romance, my perception is this is due to Akira isn't ready for or interested in a romantic relationship with anyone of any gender yet. What we do see is more of Suuzu's intentions and the deep friendship that will continue to grow as Akira matures. The boy Tenma's various adventures didn't read at all as a romance to me. Tenma wanted friends, and was open to helping all others. His personality reminded me of Tsumiko, in that he came across as very selfless. But his character development is very different than Tsumiko's arc. I enjoyed learning more about tributes and golden seeds. I absolutely loved that we learned about Anna Starmark and thought that Ever was a scene stealer throughout.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Vermillionice

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Rating 3.5/5 Pros: * Kimiko was shown not to be some super rare power, but instead her skillset was gained through education and specializing. * As usual I enjoyed seeing more about the Amaranthine from the viewpoint of someone who had grown up at least partially involved in the In-Between. Cons: * There was just so much going on that I felt that the romance in the story was more of a side piece than the actual focus. * I didn't really feel the connection between Kimiko and Eloquence. It just see Rating 3.5/5 Pros: * Kimiko was shown not to be some super rare power, but instead her skillset was gained through education and specializing. * As usual I enjoyed seeing more about the Amaranthine from the viewpoint of someone who had grown up at least partially involved in the In-Between. Cons: * There was just so much going on that I felt that the romance in the story was more of a side piece than the actual focus. * I didn't really feel the connection between Kimiko and Eloquence. It just seemed to me like they went from barely acquaintances to getting betrothed and 100% trusting each other very very quickly. It seemed somewhat like Eloquence accepted the courtship because it might be his only chance for a romantic party (not exactly a high compliment for a romantic partner) and Kimiko just kind of went along with it all because she was expecting an arranged marriage anyways. * Tenma didn't seem realistic. He goes from being intensively afraid of the Amaranthine to being 100% ok with being piled upon by a million of them in a slumber party really quickly. For someone that shy, even though he did have some magical assistance, seems really strange. Overall I liked the book, but I felt it was getting a sense of the narrative being crushed by the worldbuilding.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kingohats

    Well this was. A read. I can't say I was ever bored and it's competently written, but honestly? This was a let down from the previous book. Let's start with issues I had previously. The Reaver culture. Now this book stars a character that grew up at least knowing she was a Reaver, but still somewhat an outcast to traditional Reaver upbringing. Yet still, we don't learn much about Reavers or the In-between aside from the fact Reavers have arranged marriages and marrying for love is frowned-upon. Th Well this was. A read. I can't say I was ever bored and it's competently written, but honestly? This was a let down from the previous book. Let's start with issues I had previously. The Reaver culture. Now this book stars a character that grew up at least knowing she was a Reaver, but still somewhat an outcast to traditional Reaver upbringing. Yet still, we don't learn much about Reavers or the In-between aside from the fact Reavers have arranged marriages and marrying for love is frowned-upon. The Amaranthine also don't have much culture. Sure, they're definitely different from the human characters, but what really separates them all from each other? Nothing except some happen to have token animal parts that others don't. The Starmarks have stupid names, and I mean really stupid. I guess they're all named after a virtue, but their names are so pretentious. And for that matter, what language are they in within the story? Relatively early on there is a joke made about Eloquence's name and some human classmates laugh, but they're in Japan, and generally normal japanese high school students aren't going to know the meaning of 'eloquence' enough to understand a pun made with it. This book also makes a big deal about what's essentially Amaranthine sign-language, because our main, Kimiko, happens to be fluent in many kinds of Amaranthine signs. Unfortunately, the author is very bad at describing these signs and usually sticks to something like "they made the sign for patience" without actually going into what movement or stance the character actually did. It's a huge let down, and I'd expect something that takes up so much of a book's interactions to actually get real-life equivalency research by the author, but it's very obvious the author never bothered to even look up basic sign language. The plot also takes forever to take off. This book is 54 chapters long, and the main pairing do not even interact until chapter 21. That's 31% of the way through the book! So much time is wasted that could have been spent on them developing a relationship, and instead we get like 5 scenes of them together before Quen tells Kimiko's dad he loves her. When did their relationship happen? Another problem is this book barely has a conflict, and when it does (for two scenes) the conflict doesn't even happen to our main two characters. The ones in peril are side-characters, and the peril lasts mere paragraphs before they're safe again. There's a big reveal about another side-character in the last few chapters too, and it looks like we're finally gearing up to something happening, but all we see is her ride off to deal with the trouble off screen and that's the end of it. This book was just a very long ramble of character drabbles with no actual conflict or development, especially on the part of our main couple, Kimiko and Eloquence. It's a time waster, but at least it wasn't an offense one. Well, not to me at least. I'm sure plenty of people will be horrified and disgusted by (view spoiler)[the eleventh hour reveal of bestiality. (hide spoiler)]

  23. 5 out of 5

    Aki

    3.5 Stars. So this was a continuation of the first book, Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox and while I liked the first book, I’m as confused by this one as I was the first one. Don’t get me wrong, Ever was adorable— little match maker that he is. But throughout this entire book, I kept wondering what was so great about Kimiko Miyabe? No, seriously. I read another review while I was reading this book that stated that the author needed someone to machete the plot out, or something like that. I can’t agree m 3.5 Stars. So this was a continuation of the first book, Tsumiko and the Enslaved Fox and while I liked the first book, I’m as confused by this one as I was the first one. Don’t get me wrong, Ever was adorable— little match maker that he is. But throughout this entire book, I kept wondering what was so great about Kimiko Miyabe? No, seriously. I read another review while I was reading this book that stated that the author needed someone to machete the plot out, or something like that. I can’t agree more. The plot is this nebulous thing that seems to get lost in the dealings with the characters, if the author actually manages to remember mentioning it. The whole plot/conflict is a rapist dragon who’s barely ever mentioned in either book. Why? At some point, that needs to be the main focus. There’s also lack of action. There’s just so much wrong, but in the end, I still somewhat enjoyed this book and will likely read the others.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Annushka

    A very very good read...or feel:) I have just realized how much of a sexualized world this is. The author uses words such as 'nestle', 'tend', 'cuddle' and 'tangle.' In the story they carry meaning but with absolutely no sexual overtures and it amazes me how much I find this relieving and satisfying. How often do we satisfy our soul needs? When I say 'soul needs' I mean human to human contact and connection. Tv shows and movies all seem to cater to one aspect of our selves; constant talking( with A very very good read...or feel:) I have just realized how much of a sexualized world this is. The author uses words such as 'nestle', 'tend', 'cuddle' and 'tangle.' In the story they carry meaning but with absolutely no sexual overtures and it amazes me how much I find this relieving and satisfying. How often do we satisfy our soul needs? When I say 'soul needs' I mean human to human contact and connection. Tv shows and movies all seem to cater to one aspect of our selves; constant talking( without any meaning) and sex and conditions for it. And as we move from child to adult the less likely are we to try to satisfy our soul needs in the eyes of others. The more shameful or weak it makes us. Which is simply sad. This series has given me a definitely new perspective that feels somehow revolutionary. All in all a very very good read...or feel:)

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    The second novel in the Amaranthine Saga is just as good as the first novel, if a little bit shorter and more compact in story. Set in the same world and with many of the same secondary characters, this novel follows a new couple as they traverse society where humans are newly aware of the paranormal people who have inhabited the world beside them all along. The blending of the three societies (Amaranthine, Human, and the humans with talents - Reavers), in this book, takes place in a high school. The second novel in the Amaranthine Saga is just as good as the first novel, if a little bit shorter and more compact in story. Set in the same world and with many of the same secondary characters, this novel follows a new couple as they traverse society where humans are newly aware of the paranormal people who have inhabited the world beside them all along. The blending of the three societies (Amaranthine, Human, and the humans with talents - Reavers), in this book, takes place in a high school. The young adults are not all the same age as each race ages differently but are all in the same step in their own society - cusp of adulthood. I highly recommend this book (and its predecessor) if you enjoy Japanese mythology and culture with your paranormal fiction. Not all characters are Japanese but the location is in Japan.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    Continuing the story This is the second book in the series. I felt it started a bit odd, then I realized that that I am still getting the lore straight in my head. It had a tiny feel of Jane Austin’s Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. Not expected to be anything but classmates, then a strange throwing together, and then a friendship that turns to real affection. New bonds form, old characters explained and added to their place in the series. Friendship, trust, and how we deal with those we perceive as Othe Continuing the story This is the second book in the series. I felt it started a bit odd, then I realized that that I am still getting the lore straight in my head. It had a tiny feel of Jane Austin’s Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. Not expected to be anything but classmates, then a strange throwing together, and then a friendship that turns to real affection. New bonds form, old characters explained and added to their place in the series. Friendship, trust, and how we deal with those we perceive as Other are dealt with with humor, fear, and curiosity. I like the writing in this series.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Marianne

    Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal introduced some new characters, revisited some old ones, and developed the overarching plot of the series. I liked both Kimiko and Quen, but I also enjoyed spending time with Tenma and Akira and Suuzu. I also liked the descriptions of the shrine, and the backstory of the Starmark clan. Learning about Amaranthine communication was really interesting, a highlight of which was "pudding please" and Ever was absolutely adorable, especially with his "sniffening." It Kimiko and the Accidental Proposal introduced some new characters, revisited some old ones, and developed the overarching plot of the series. I liked both Kimiko and Quen, but I also enjoyed spending time with Tenma and Akira and Suuzu. I also liked the descriptions of the shrine, and the backstory of the Starmark clan. Learning about Amaranthine communication was really interesting, a highlight of which was "pudding please" and Ever was absolutely adorable, especially with his "sniffening." It will be interesting to see where things go, and I've added the next book to my tbr pile.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sam W

    Overall, a good book. I thought that there were a bit too many points going on and because of that some scenarios felt a little flat. I would have liked for her to have chosen just a few topics, either focus on Kimiko/Quen, Akira/Suuzu, Inti, the abductions, etc. and really fleshed those out. Overall, the book left me wanting a bit. Still enjoyable, but a little of a let down. I did get the autographed copy, and loved the inscription and signing page!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Fides Mabanta

    I. Love. This. World! Woah. This was certainly no disappointment from Book 1 - it was no hardship to follow along all the different subplots and they all satisfied immensely. No cliffhanger at the end. Looking forward to a hopefully long series w/ more blossoms of this world unfolding 💜

  30. 5 out of 5

    Ramona

    I liked this one better than the first one, mostly because Kimiko was more proactive than Tsumiko, but while the worldbuilding is really interesting, the plot was not that impressive. Barely anything happened and despite some compelling moments, I can hardly remember the book after 2 weeks since I read it.

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