Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Year One by Amy Tasukada Blog Tour

A robot fanboy. An erotic voice actor. Will their secrets overwhelm their love?

Sato doesn’t get out much. The anime company accountant spends his days at a desk and his nights working on his own small-scale robots. His geeky life is like a dream, but it has just one piece missing…

The world only knows Aoi for his moans. The erotic voice actor has legions of fangirls obsessed with his gasps of simulated ecstasy. And his new boyfriend Sato can barely handle the attention.

As Aoi’s popularity rises and secrets about his past begin to reveal themselves, can the accountant and the voice actor rise above their problems to create something real?

Year One is a short story anthology collection unlike anything you’ve ever read. If you like geeky settings, and sweet romance, then you’ll love Amy Tasukada’s slice-of-life story.

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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

I loved the way this book immersed me in Japanese culture. From Sato’s workplace to the food he and Aoi share to Aoi’s anime audio CDs, Sato and Aoi’s contemporary Japan is fascinating. Unfortunately, I really struggled to connect with the characters and their story.

Within a very short novella, this story attempts to cover a year in Aoi and Sato’s relationship. There is so much content, so much that happens in this first year that many parts of this story feel like journal entries listing events and reactions. The lack of a central story arc left me floundering a little. I wanted conflict and resolution and instead we get a collection of vignettes in linear sequence.

We get flickers of emotions and reactions from both Aoi and Sato. For example: Sato is jealous of Aoi’s fans, Aoi is angry and sad about his parents – but the emotions are never fully explored and we don’t really understand the reasons for the men’s reactions. Aoi and Sato end up feeling like roughly sketched character outlines – ‘types’ rather than fully human characters which left me unable to care for them.

We also see glimpses of problems or cracks in Aoi and Sato’s relationship but even when the same issues resurface, they are brushed aside and seem to be ignored. I don’t know how much of the detached nature of these characters is cultural – Japanese culture does tend to be more restrained and formal than Western cultures – but I really struggled with the idea of a romance between detached and slightly formal characters.

Amy Tasukada lives in North Texas with a calico cat called O’Hara. As an only child her day dreams kept her entertained, and at age ten she started to put them to paper. Since then her love of writing hasn’t cease. She can be found drinking hot tea and filming Japanese street fashion hauls on her YouTube channel.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Year One (Would It Be Okay to Love You? #2) by Amy Tasukada to read and review for this tour.

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