Maverynthia: Library of the Labyrinth of Blue

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The Medium (Emily Chambers Spirit Medium Trilogy #1) - C.J. Archer

This is a pretty awesome mystery book as Emily the MC isn't a fainting violet and actually has agency in this romance/mystery. HOWever, the one she falls for isn't George the flesh and blood human, but Jacob. I hate Jacob and I really wish Emily wasn't in love with him.

You see, Jacob is tall dark and growly type of man. He's DANGEROUS more than once he's threatened Emily by hitting things and doing that arm against the wall corralling thing men do to control women. He even wanted to see her dead on many occasions just so they could be together forever in death. So, of course  he's the main love interest. I just wanted to toss my ereader across the room.

I preferred George. He's the weak type that wears glasses. Someone to protect. He's the opposite of Jacob and because he's weak... Emily doesn't want him. I really wish I could find a romance where it's the woman protecting the man and stuff. That was not in this book however.

No dragons despite cover.

Tess of the Road - Rachel Hartman

I got this book off of Netgalley as an eARC.

I have mixed feelings about this book.
It has a strong female protagonist as does Seraphina, however it has the whole rape backstory, which sucks.
So the whole premise is that Tess needs to get away from her mother as she's pretty much abusive and hates Tess for being raped and getting pregnant as the religion of her mom is St. Vitt which is an analog of Christianity.
Tess then gets the opportunity to run away from home and meets up with Pathka, her childhood quigtl friend.
We then find out that quigtl can change their sex so Pathka is now male instead of the female quigtl that Tess knew. This is important as quigtl have the gender neutral pronoun 'ko' which never gets used when talking about Pathka. This really bothered me because there is a correct pronoun and it's not being used.
There's also a homeless man that Tess is horribly cruel to, just so she can have a moment of redemption getting help for him.
After she meets Pathka then the whole book is about her going after ko goal of Anathuthia. After thus it's pretty much set in arcs of what happens. She gets to a place then thing happens, gets to another place and another thing happens. That may or may not be your thing, but to me it felt like it was padding.
Overall it felt as if there was a hatred of women as it was women that seemed to be the ones hurting Tess, even inadvertently, to where she'd run to the arms of a man to seek consoling. This is kind of painful to see for a book that wants strong women. They just don't seem to support each other as much as I'd like to see.

Overall it's not a bad book, but I really wish it wouldn't have done a lot of things it did.

A Dark and Stormy Murder - Julia Buckley

SO I picked this book up randomly for my mom, and she can't read it since the print is too small so I decided to give it a read myself.

I'd say the biggest thing I didn't like about this book is that there's no real sleuthing. The mystery just unfolds by itself and I really wanted an amateur sleuth story. Other problems were the constant talking about calories and food and getting fat. Why is this such a big thing? Otherwise it was a good book. Nothing that really chafes me other than that and it has two female leads, one that's old which is nice to see. Not sure about the love triangle that will have to resolve itself.

Alice in the Country of Hearts: Junk Box - Mamenosuke Fujimaru, QuinRose

It really started to feel like a bishoujo manga at the end the way she was crying and stuff.

The Betrayal Knows My Name, Volume 5

The Betrayal Knows My Name, Volume 5 - Hotaru Odagiri We have a nice interlude before the manga tells us that angst is going to start.

Eerie Queerie!, Volume 2

Eerie Queerie!, Volume 2 - Shuri Shiozu, 四方津 朱里 Good for the first half but then when Mikuni shows up we got straight into the the rapist trope. Kanau is then forced to serve Mikuni when he doesn't want to. :/

The Ruby Eye

The Ruby Eye - Hajime Kanzaka, Rui Araizumi Overall this book doesn't seem too bad, whoever it loses massive stars to that whole trying to rape Lina thing. Even if it was changed to "A kiss" it's still sexual assault and the author thought it was a good idea to put in his book.
In the afterword he mentions how he has to "think like a girl" which, men just can't do. Considering they never listen when women are talking and just assume things I can only wonder what the next books will be like.
At least in the end it's Lina that gives the finishing blow and not Gourry.

Made in Abyss Vol. 1

Made in Abyss Vol. 1 - Akihito Tukushi There's a naked picture of 12 yo Riko close to the front of the book, complete with details on her chest so it loses stars for feeding the pedophiles in the Anime culture. Also has a "Squishy Boob Relic" So you can tell a dude wrote this.
Also has the "I must protect you Riko!" Despite her mom being cool.

Overall the book seems like it might actually be good however I get a feeling it will turn into moe torture porn for gross pedo dudes that is now so common in anime culture. (See Madoka)

Phantom Dream, Volume 3

Phantom Dream, Volume 3 - Takaya Natsuki This is getting too predictable and I'm not liking where hte plot is going. Having Eiji switch genders just so he can suffer "as a woman" by being vulnerable and need saving from Tamaki.

Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch (Gold Edition)

Record of Lodoss War: The Grey Witch (Gold Edition) - Ryo Mizuno, Yutaka Izubuchi This really isn't a good story. There's next to no characterization and the kind that is there falls into stereotypes. Deetlit is supposed to hate dwarves, but we are told this and not shown this, and even then only once. We really only get backstory on Parn, because he's the protagonist, even thought this is from a TRPG where there really shouldn't be one protagonist. Woodchuck gets the least amount of lines devoted to him and the fight between Kashue and Beld is frankly the most detailed thing in the book.
We get Ashram in there, from nowhere as he's never remarked on, but suddenly he's been fighting with Parn. Really I think the anime does a bit better job of giving them character.
Oh and Deetlit.. of course falls inta love with Parn for... no real reason at all. I'd say she's just a lamp that uses magic on occasion but really Parn has a whole Rent-A-Room following him.
The translation also needed some QC, the te-u-ra thing I pointed out in my notes as well as Slayn's Philosopher's ROPE getting frayed. Then there's the major problem that an error version was sent to the stores so if you ordered it form Amazon, you'd get one with red ink.

Black Butler, Vol. 10

Black Butler, Vol. 10 - Yana Toboso Grossly sexualizing Mei-lin knocks the rating down.

Devils and Realist, Vol. 9

Devils and Realist, Vol. 9 - Madoka Takadono, Utako Yukihiro Let's introduce even more characters! However we get some back story for Camio to it's good. Kinda wish Mary featured more in it.

Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru Vol. 4

Uragiri wa Boku no Namae o Shitteiru Vol. 4 - Hotaru Odagiri Introduces new characters for... whatever reason, but we geto to see more Duras and learn a bit of back story.

Not enough spider

So I'm a Spider, So What?, Vol. 1 (light novel) (So I'm a Spider, So What? (light novel)) - Okina Baba

I wanted to like this book a lot more, however there's a male POV in it and of course he gets his Japanese name and a bunch of skills. He is basically the protagonist of the book even though we spend time with Spider Girl, who is not named.
The other girl in this book is also a monster and Katia of course is one of Shun former male classmates.
Basically women get screwed in this book. Could have had a female POV for the person that is going to be the hero.

It's no wonder that Yen Press even translated it as it's listed as Seinen. Since Yen Press hates women and hasn't even looked into any shoujo novels to bring over like Saiunkoku Monogatari, Earl and Fairy, etc.

I'm going to give this story one more book to get better. Otherwise I'm going to drop it.

Reading progress update: I've read 70 out of 256 pages.

So I'm a Spider, So What?, Vol. 1 (light novel) (So I'm a Spider, So What? (light novel)) - Okina Baba

SoI was excited for this beek because I thought it was going to be shoujo. Yen Press bringing this over should be a clue since they only bring over brotaku shit.

First of all it inject a male POV character that has ALL the skills and divine protection, where as we only have our spider at level 1 and barely any skills. This is the part where if the POV was female they'd rant about how "mary sue" she is. But not, it's a fucking male so they won't which is also why I'm pretty sure this book was written by a dude. The point that the Earth Hatchling is female and needs a "pretty" name over a bad ass one. The jealous little sister, and the fact that Earth Dragons can become nagini! This is setting up to become a Monster Musume book real quick. I've seen some of the art looking for that cover and it DOES seem that our hero spider becomes a big breasted drider along with other big breasted driders. Toss in our POV male PRINCE character and there you go.

Could Have Been Better

Another - Yukito Ayatsuji, Karen McGillicuddy

This story ends how pretty much every Japanese horror seems to end, with a man killing a woman.

It also has the trope of "Let the Man Do It". Of course when a woman is ready to end the horror, Mr. Brotag has to step up and do it because it would simply be too much for a woman to take.


Overall the mystery is pretty nice, since you are spending time trying to figure out "who the "another"" is.

As for Mei she's of course hte "damaged meek" girl that brotaku go "moe" over. You can see it in plenty of anime and books of the girl with the patch over her eye.

She really doesn't offer much to the book other than being mysterious for no real reason and more or less being a deus ex machina right at the end.


The book also seems to drag, past the deaths going on, nothing much seems to really happen and a good chunk could be taken out to speed up the plot.

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