ARC Review: After Hours, Vol. 2 by Yuhta Nishio, Abby Lehrke

After Hours, Vol. 2After Hours, Vol. 2 by Yuhta Nishio
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

There’s always something going on at night. Sooner or later, you’ll find your scene.

Emi Ashiana is 24, unemployed and not really sure what she wants to do with her life. When a friend invites her to a dance club, Emi doesn’t expect much. But what she finds will change her world!

 

Note: Not a YA novel.

The second volume explores Emi’s and Kei’s new ventures into their work, as well as development in their relationship. At the end of the previous volume, we learned that Emi still had a boyfriend (who she essentially ghosted when she moved in with Kei) and she hasn’t told Kei about this. Now, as she is figuring out what she wants, she is still scared to come out about it to her. Kei finds out anyway, and this leads to a tense situation between them, with lots of things unsaid, some insecurity which is all resolved with some communication. On their project for the rave, they are making good advances, and Emi herself feels more confident in herself as she looks back on what a change she has had in life, going from a regular day job to now night life reigning. Also, we get to see the group dynamics with Kei’s friends and how their attitude towards organizing events has changed, and yet how they find a way to each other. I think the things I loved best is the honest exploration of feelings from both their sides, as well as the lack of homophobia or even surprise from their friends.

Is it diverse? Sapphic romance between two queer Japanese women

Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review from Viz Media LLC, via Edelweiss.


Previous book in the After Hours series

After Hours, Vol. 1 (After Hours, #1)

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Buy links

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