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text 2017-09-11 01:34
Reading progress update: I've read 54 out of 176 pages.
Death Note: Another Note - NisiOisiN

This is going to be a quick read, from the looks of it. As Death Note fanfic, it's interesting enough, with lots of asides and cameos meant for fans of the original series. As a mystery, I'm currently unimpressed.

 

The setup is okay. Three locked room mysteries involving an obsessive killer who completely cleans up all possible fingerprints in the victims' homes, going so far as to unscrew light bulbs and wipe the sockets. The killer's methods differ from one murder to the next - the only thing all three have in common (aside from the victims' odd names) is that obsessive cleanup and the Wara Ningyo dolls nailed on the outside walls of the homes, always one less at each murder. It seems that the killer also left other clues the police didn't catch, that L and Misora, his temporary assistant, have just started to find. Unless L has already found them all and is just waiting for Misora to catch up.

 

The problem is that, so far, more time has been spent on describing L acting weird and mysterious than on the murders themselves. We just know that the first clue (a crossword puzzle) was very difficult, so difficult that the police couldn't figure it out, but of course L could. Although the author has the opportunity to show us this crossword puzzle, he doesn't - it's just mentioned in vague terms. I figured out the basics of the next clue so fast that it made me doubt Misora's intelligence that she didn't at least get that far.

 

And now we have L fishing for compliments.

 

Okay, so Misora doesn't actually know she's in the same room as L right now. She thinks she's communicating with him via cellphone and that the guy in the room with her is someone completely different. (Why L enlisted her help if he was planning to investigate on his own baffles me.) She gets suspicious, calls L up, and describes the situation and this "stranger" to him. His response:

 

"'Was he cool?'

 

'Hunh?'

 

L's question came completely out of left field, and he was forced to ask it a second time before Misora answered, still unable to work out what he was driving at.

 

'No, absolutely not,' she said, honestly. 'Creepy and pathetic, and so suspicious that if I weren't on leave, I'd move to arrest him the moment I laid eyes on him. If we divided everyone in the world into those that would be better off dead and those that wouldn't, there's no doubt in my mind that he'd be the former. Such a complete freak that it amazes me he hasn't killed himself.'

 

'...'"

 

I have a feeling that Nisioisin intended this to be humorous (L fishing for compliments and getting the exact opposite), but it was so over-the-top harsh that it actually made me gasp. Yes, he's creepy, suspicious, and weird, but saying he'd be better off dead and that it's a wonder he hasn't committed suicide is just plain horrible.

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text 2017-09-10 23:52
Reading progress update: I've read 22 out of 176 pages.
Death Note: Another Note - NisiOisiN

Oh man, these names.

 

Victim #1 is a 44-year-old male freelance writer named Believe Bridesmaid.

 

Victim #2 is a 13-year-old girl named Quarter Queen.

 

Victim #3 is 26-year-old female bank clerk named Backyard Bottomslash.

 

::laughing helplessly:: Although seriously, how could the police say these victims have nothing in common?

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text 2017-09-10 23:16
Reading progress update: I've read 9 out of 176 pages.
Death Note: Another Note - NisiOisiN

I didn't like the one other Nisioisin work I read, but I love L in the original Death Note series, so hopefully Nisioisin resists the urge to write multi-page panty descriptions and just gives me a nice L vs. Serial Killer story.

 

This should count for the Serial Killer spot and several others.

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review 2017-09-04 02:24
The Secret of a Heart Note - Stacey Covington-Lee

I feel in love with Stacey Lee's second novel, Outrun the Moon. I was super excited to have won an ARC copy of her newest book, The Secret of a Heart Note.

 

  • I love the herb alchemy
  • BFF is <3. She helped save the book when I was annoyed with Mimosa. 
  • It has all the typical cute, angst-y, confused, awkward, and adorable romance troubles. 
  • The twist was really obvious. It made the story feel a bit long and Mimosa a tad irritating. Like, just wanted to shake her and her mom so badly sometimes!
  • Mimosa's old school mom was realistically annoying and stubborn. She's good and loves her daughter but is her own person with her own issues. I'm really glad how their relationship was done all the way through. 

 

The Secret of a Heart Note is good and cute, perfect for all the YA contemporary fans wanting a little drama and magic. The Secret of a Heart Note has a unique premise with a typical plot and diverse characters with standard relationships. 

 

While I enjoyed The Secret of a Heart Note, it didn't capture me like Outrun the Moon

 

I adore Stacey Lee's writing and skill, so I'll be reading her other book Under A Painted Sky and anything new. 

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review 2017-06-02 16:29
Review: The Post -It Note Affair by Justine Avery
The Post-it Note Affair: ~ a Romance Nov... The Post-it Note Affair: ~ a Romance Novelette of Love Lost and Found ~ - Justine Avery

Here is a summary of what the book is about. Emily wants what every woman does: to have it all. Is that too much to ask? Emily really can't complain.  She's married to a wonderful man, her high school sweetheart, who still dotes on her as he did when her first laid eyes on her.

 

They have a beautiful home together, and they each enjoy successful careers. On the outside looking in, Emily has what any woman would be perfectly happy with.

 

But it's just not enough. Emily can't help wishing for just a bit more- for that special spark, for that thrill of something new and surprising, for the shivery tingles running down her spine. For real passion- for true romance.

 

She never expects to find it during the workday and definitely not in the form of a sticky note.

 

Just one square slip of paper with a few handwritten words, tucked mysteriously into the contents of her purse and dropped right into her small world, marks the first of a slew of sexy surprises Emily couldn't  have anticipated no matter how hard she wished for them.  She's desperately sought after every one of the special moments in store for her, and there's no question that she deserves them.

 

Even as Emily eagerly anticipates and thoroughly savors all of the excitement and mystery of what may come, she just can't guess the roller coaster of emotions she's soon to experience- or just how much it will change her.

 

And she may never guess just who- is leading her on the romantic adventure of her dreams. Just when she feels she's lost the life and love she most wants to have, she finds them- in the last place she'd ever think to look.

 

Wow I loved this book because it reminds you of the important things in life.

 

This is a very quick story there are only 7 chapters in it.

 

I found the storyline to be very cute and sweet. I also saw some surprises that I didn't see coming.

 

I would recommend this book. I believe you all would enjoy it as well.

 

Happy Reading Everyone!

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