Saturday 20 February 2021

Book Review: Date A Live Vol. 1 by Tachibana Koushi & Tsunako (Light Novel/Fantasy)

Title: Date A Live Vol. 1
Author: Tachibana Koushi & Tsunako
Publisher: Yen On
Publication Date: 23 March 2021
eBook - PDF
Genre: Light Novel / Fantasy
Source: ARC via NetGalley

A little meet-cute in a decimated city
April 10. The first day of school. Shido Itsuka is rudely awoken by his personal alarm clock—his little sister. It’s shaping up to be another typical day…well, as typical as it gets on a planet plagued by massive spatial quakes. Little does Shido know, however, his life is about to take a sudden turn when he encounters the source of this destructive phenomenon—a girl his age, apparently known as a Spirit. Turns out, there are only two ways he can stop her from unleashing hell on the world: Eliminate her by force or placate her…by taking her out on a date and making her fall in love with him!


I struggled to get into the first third or so of Date A Live Vol. 1. The story and characters just didn't grab me. However, as things progressed I finally began to get a feel for the piece and I enjoyed watching the developing relationship between Shido and the Spirit. There is plenty of humour and action in the tale, even if some of that humour seemed more aimed at guys (with various panty jokes etc.). However, it was still amusing for me too in the way it poked fun at certain manga tropes. This is perhaps not a series I would completely fall in love with, but the end of this volume did leave me wondering what would happen next, so I would be interested in reading on.

I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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