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Reading Challenge Update: September & October 2019

What up, y’all? Sooooo, I’ve been all over the place the last two months and totally had no time to do any Reading Challenge updates until now. I’m not too bothered by it, though. I’ve been to some work events, seen some awesome concerts, spent time with great friends at NYCC, moved to a house with some of my best friends, and gotten completely obsessed with Death Stranding. It’s been a good time, but now it’s time to get back to some books.

Let’s give a look at what books I read in September and October!

The Five-Star Favs

final fantasy vii
Finished: 9/8/19| Rating: ★★★★★

Challenges met:

The Kids Are Alright: A Turks Side Story by Kazushige Nojima probably isn’t a LitRPG book in the strictest sense of the word, but it is a book based on the classic JRPG Final Fantasy VII, focusing on the Turks, a mob-like, fictional organization, and a slew of original characters. And Kadaj, let’s not forget that. I’m still stunned by how amazingly written and in-character this translated book was. [Review]

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Book Review: Final Fantasy VII – The Kids Are Alright: A Turks Side Story

final fantasy viiTitle: Final Fantasy VII – The Kids Are Alright: A Turks Side Story
 Kazushige Nojima
Genre: Fantasy/Sci-Fi
Version: Paperback
Page Count: 224
Publisher: Yen On
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: POC cast, based on a video game
Recommended Readers: Fans of Final Fantasy VII, the Turks, and original characters
Rating: ★★★★★

This is definitely not going to be a typical review from me. If I’m being honest, this entire thing is one big excuse to fangirl both over this book and Final Fantasy VII in general because this past week has fed us so well, fam. So well. If you haven’t seen the new trailer or the demo of the game yet, please do because we are blessed.

When it comes to The Kids Are Alright: A Turks Side Story, I won’t lie to you: it’s probably not accessible to people who haven’t played FFVII (or at least know the game’s events) or who haven’t watched the Advent Children movie. The story bridges the two, leaning heavily on fans’ understanding of the FFVII world, its locations, and the game’s ending.

It may not even be a book that some FFVII fans appreciate if they want a book solely about the main party. While Cloud, Tifa, and a few others make brief appearances, readers are solely going to be running around with original character Evan Townshend, his best friend and crush Kyrie Canaan, and everyone’s favorite Turks: Reno, Rude, Tseng, and Elena. Oh, and Rufus Shinra, which, thank you. Thank you so much, Nojima-san.

So here we go. Time for me to shine unabashed love and feelings on The Kids Are Alright and all things FFVII.

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