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Where is it available? comiXology (it was free for a limited time)
Genre(s): contemporary romance, interracial romance, historical romance, fantasy, lgbqt
School Spirit is a lighthearted take on classic high school romances with two queer women in the lead. Because Malie and Justine want to keep their romance a secret, they pretend to be competing over the same guy, Miles, but Miles also has a secret.
Ruined is a classic Regency romance, with lots of attention to period details. Catherine and Andrew are getting married – but neither one of them is happy about it.
The Ruby Equation is a story about love in a coffee shop – where barista Ruby is on a mission to help people find love so she doesn’t have to deal with people anymore
Pros: First of all, the art for this comic is really good and the stories have potential. I just would recommend not reading this until it is compiled into a single volume.
Cons: My biggest gripe is the size of the comic effected how much I could get into the stories. A normal comic single issue is 40ish pages for just one story, this book had 3 different stories. That means 13ish pages for each story which amounted to every story not being able to settle enough for me to know what is even going on. I couldn’t get engaged/connected because the stories were so short. Overall, I don’t get a this is the first chapter feel from the first issue of Fresh Romance. It jumped straight into the middle of the story rather than introducing anything to make me care.
A question I have to ask is how are they going to format volume 1?
Shonen Jump and Shojo Beat monthly books did something similar to this but had about 300 pages with 5-6 stories. The ultimate goal was for the stories to be compiled into separate books. So I’m wondering if they are going to put the compiled stories when they reach about 40 pages each into one book?