MICHELLE: I don’t know what to expect from Prince Freya, as I haven’t read either of the creator’s series that have been published in English so far. The “impersonate the prince” plot could go wrong, but similar plots have occasionally gone very right for me (Hello, Basara!). Mostly, then, I am picking it on the strength of its cover, which is frickin’ gorgeous.
SEAN: If Prince Freya is like Basara that would be fantastic, though I suspect it may be more along the lines of the author’s other series. I’m definitely looking forward to it. That said, I’m picking The Engagement of Marielle Clarac from J-Novel Club. Tagged as ‘josei’ on their site, the tale of a woman who is too busy seeing her fiance in terms of a fandom ‘type’ sounds right up my alley.
ASH: I’m totally with Michelle this week. I’m fairly certain I haven’t read any of the creator’s other titles, so am not entirely sure what to expect, but Prince Freya is definitely the debut that has piqued my curiosity the most.
ANNA: I’m most intrigued by Prince Freya as well, count me in!
MJ: I will admit that the kind of crossdressing story I expect from Prince Freya, which always seems to end up with cishet romance in the end, has become much less of a draw for me over the years. I generally think, “Well, I’d rather just re-read Basara.” But in difficult times I’m willing to give it a shot. Sign me up for Prince Freya!