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Books 68-71

ノラガミ 21 (Noragami: Stray God, #21)ノラガミ 21 by Adachitoka

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


This one made me think much less of the gods. Under the influence of the Crafter's words, Yukine starts to question about how he died. From past episodes we know that this is bad news for any of the shiki. But rather than intervene, the gods just step aside and plan on how to destroy him. The fear is he'll infect others with this quest for forbidden knowledge.

Meanwhile Yato is off on his own quest to prime Kazuma as his weapon to take on the crafter. Some of that was fun. On the other hand, I'm often quickly bored with train, train train train and then fight format. It's getting a tad boring for me.

The art however remains top notch.



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青の祓魔師 21 [Ao no Exorcist 21] (Blue Exorcist, #21)青の祓魔師 21 [Ao no Exorcist 21] by Kazue Kato

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


Really, this one is impossible to review without giving away very important things. Let's leave it at the art alone is worth price of admission; the world is more in peril than ever before; everything between the brothers is about to change and for the worst.

At the end of it I have a little less respect for Yukio and a lot more for Rin.

Can't wait to read the next one.



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I Hear the SunspotI Hear the Sunspot by Yuki Fumino

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I've heard good things about this one even though it's not my normal stuff. Contemporary fiction isn't my jam but this is LGBT with a disabled character so I thought why not give it a try. Taichi is a student with some challenges, broken home, not highly motivated and he literally falls out of the sky and nearly lands on Kohei after he fell through some fencing. That's their meet-cute.

Kohei has challenges of his own. He lost most of his hearing as a young man and he wants a note taker for his classes (which apparently he has to hire vs being provided by the school). Taichi takes over that duty, for lunches as payment.

Taichi isn't particularly good at it but he is a voice Kohei can hear without troubles. Kohei is a bit jealous of how Taichi is so easy with others which Kohei can't manage with the hearing barrier.

This is the story of their friendship and isn't particularly romantic, at least not yet (if you are the insta-love type, this isn't that. It's slow burn which I'm happy about). There are questions and character development I wanted more of but that might still be to come (I hope). The art is nice. I would be interested in seeing more.



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Murder at Blackwater Bend (A Stella and Lyndy Mystery, #2)Murder at Blackwater Bend by Clara McKenna




I won this from Goodreads which in no way influenced my review. I think I missed that this was #2 when I put in to win it so I was a bit confused in the beginning. Stella is an American heiress to a bore of a father, horse baron from Kentucky, who is looking to marry her off British nobility to make his station in social rise. She is set to marry Viscount “Lyndy” Lyndhurst and his mother is almost too cookie cutter English upper crust, demeaning all around her. She loathes Stella and doesn't want the match but her husband has lost the family fortune in his quest for fossils.

Stella tries hard to be proper but she's head strong. She loves her horses. She loves her car. And she loves to solve a mystery. This opens with the return of an orchid hunter who is wooing all the ladies in the upper crust social circle and with a horse showing that is rigged in fair of Lord Fairbrother and the contested shack of a local snake hunter, a near vagrant who has befriended Stella.

Soon, Fairbrother is dead, his wife Lady Phillipa is now free and after Lyndy with his mother's blessing, and Stella's friend is in the frame for the murder. She and Lyndy have to help the detective breech the societal walls to solve the case.


Lyndy and Stella are nicely defined characters (also we have their povs along with the inspectors) and are on their way to being a love match versus a marriage for money. His mother and her father are awful people, a bit stereotyped in that but it works for this. The mystery was engaging and I enjoyed it. I would love to see more. Not sure I'd go back for the first since I know how that turned out thanks to this but maybe.



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Tags: historical mysteries, manga, paranormal, urban fantasy
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