“You told me before that you’d never regret meeting me. Do you still feel that way now?”
Party? Cake? Friends? No, for Sakura Takeshi, her eighteenth birthday was spent meticulously preparing for her coming death. But all of her planning didn’t include meeting the star of her late guardian’s fairy tales in her garden one night.
Now she has a handsome yokai now sharing her house and her bed, a jealous young tengu living in her cherry tree, a cheerful classmate determined to push past her walls to be her first friend, and a heart in danger of being stolen.
Sakura’s stoic acceptance of her fate is slipping, but with the end of her life rapidly approaching, is there any point in learning to live again?
Aisuru is a young adult love story with a charming prince of hero, a sweetly conflicted heroine, a sprinkling of fantasy, and a little spice to warm the heart.
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Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite In Aisuru from debut author Anma Natsu, we are introduced to a world that includes romance and fantasy, sadness and happiness, love and illness. The protagonist, Sakura, is a lovely Japanese high schooler. She hasn't had an easy life, in fact, her father's mental illness when she was a child led to her suffering very severe physical and emotional injuries. When her suffering was at its worst, her guardian would tell her stories from his childhood, stories of a friend of his that was a magical 'yokai' from another realm, stories that Sakura had always assumed were nothing more than fairy tales. But when her kind guardian dies, and Sakura also finds out that she won't live past her 18th birthday due to the injuries she had sustained as a child, she finds out in a most surprising way that the stories were not fairy tales. Not only is the 'yokai' real, his name is Kazuki, and Sakura soon finds herself in love with him. But what can their love bring but heartbreak? Aisuru is a beautiful book, both in terms of the storyline and its appearance. Author Anma Natsu depicts both the culture and the environment of Japan in such realistic detail that you'll feel that you're actually there. Her skills at developing characters, especially characters that a young adult reader will be able to connect with, are extremely strong. And the romance aspect of Aisuru is emotional, heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time. Any young adult reader who likes romantic adventures would love this book. Author Anma Natsu is a very promising new author in this genre, and I will be watching for more work from her in the future.
This is a wonderful tale of hope, love and magic. Anma Natsu does a wonderful job of creating characters that make you feel sad, love and even made me cry at points. To me that is an accomplishment! Sakura Takeshi is 18 years old and dying. This is her story. Her doctor informs her that because of injuries she sustained from being stabbed when she was 10 she will not live to see another birthday. All Sakura wants to do is graduate high school but then everything changes the day she finds Kazuki, a yokai, in her backyard under the cherry tree. Yokai are mythical demons in Japanese folklore but here was a live one, injured in her yard. Kazuki is Prince in his homeland of Throklana and there is the beginning of turmoil in his land. It 'appears' that his brother Yuji tried to kill him. When Kazuki went to transport home while under attack he ended up in Sakura's backyard. What follows is a story of hope and love in one hand and hate and deceit in the other. There were some unexpected turns along the way that made the story even more interesting. This is not the genre I usually read but I am so glad that I read Aisuru!! This book was provided to me free from the author for review purposes.