Lenni Reviews: “Higurashi: When They Cry” vol 6 by Ryukishi07 and Jiro Suzuki

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When detective Ooishi comes sniffing around Satoko and her abusive uncle returns, Keiichi gets even more protective of her. As the abuse gets worse, Keiichi’s frustration with the futility of reporting to the authorities drives him to take matters in to his own hands.

This was an odd one. A little spoiler here but in this volume Keiichi’s anger results in people dying if he wishes them so and his arc this time ends because he wishes the entire town was gone. I read the notes in the back and there’s something about Keiichi didn’t find the key – whatever that is. According to my research, the series is divided into 4 question arcs and 4 answer arcs. Volumes 1-8 are the question ones and boy do I have a lot of questions! The art is amazing and the story is cool despite being confusing but it must be doing something right to keep me coming back to it for answers. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Higurashi: When They Cry” vol 5 by Ryukishi07 and Jiro Suzuki

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After a trip, Keiichi returns to Hinamizawa, picking up right where he left off with his crazy collection of pranking friends. This time around, his friend – Satoko – is dealing with the disappearance of her brother; who has been missing for over a year. Seeing how sad she is, Keiichi decides to be a surrogate big bro to Satoko, who believes her brother will come back one day. But if Keiichi asks about Satoko’s brother, the villagers act very strange; saying it was Oyashiro-sama’s curse that demoned him away.

While I enjoyed the set up in this volume, it meandered a lot more than the previous setup volumes. I’ll be honest, I skimmed through the baseball portion. Other than the coach giving some backstory on Satoko’s family, there didn’t seem to be much point in it; just some filler. Overall, still a 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Higurashi: When They Cry” vol 4 by Ryukishi07 and Karin Suzuragi

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In this volume, Keiichi learns the story behind the Cotton Drifting Festival – it is actually a cannibalistic human sacrifice. The day after the festival, Mion starts acting very suspicious; especially concerning Keiichi handing out with her twin sister, Shion.

As the disappearances and murders begin again, Mion reveals she is heir to the demon curse of the village and is forced to fulfill the Cotton Drifting killings and has been trying to keep Keiichi safe. But is she lying? Is the demon even real?

This series… This series is weird. Are these kids trapped in hell or in a time loop cycling this curse thing over and over in different scenarios? Is just Keiichi cursed? I did notice the editions of this I’m reading are divided not only into different arcs but each arc is split between the slow set up and burst of chaos. But then everything resets. I am so confused. 3.4 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Higurashi: When They Cry” vol 3 by Ryukishi07 and Karin Suzuragi

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Yes, I know it’s the Cotton Drifting arc number one but I’m doing the overarching series numbers because it’s easier for me to keep track.

Keiichi is back and him and the girls decide they’re gonna play their penalty game and wear some embarrassing costumes. Seeing the costume Keiichi ends up wearing, his dad takes him to a themed restaurant and see his friend Mion works there. At least he thinks it’s her but it turns out to be Mion’s twin sister; Shion. Shion is the polar opposite of Mion; a sweet, girly girl who loves to cook. Keiichi is convinced it’s Mion pretending to be girly so she wouldn’t be embarrassed but nope, Sion is shaping herself to be a rival against Mion for Keiichi’s affections. As the Cotton Drifting Festival approaches, the Oyashiro-sama Curse threatens to take another live.

This volume is much more silly than the previous ones. The tone was so different, I had trouble getting invested. If I didn’t already know it will get all fucked up again in the next volume, I might not have bothered to continue reading. And that’s all from the expectation of this being a horror manga and getting a lot of slap-stick shenanigans. 2.5 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Bonfire” (Hours of the Night #1.5) by Irene Preston and Liv Rancourt

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated 18+

Thaddeus – a vampire – and his assistant/boyfriend, Sarasija live together in the bayou. While Thaddeus begrudgingly indulges Sarasija’s enthusiasm for Chirstmas decorations, strange lights are seen in the darkness which lure people away. To avoid being scapegoated as the cause Thaddeus goes to investigate while trying to keep Sarasija safe.

I found it very difficult to get into this and the blame can be squarely put on the fact I haven’t read any other books in this series. Bonfire is one of those in-between books that’s more of a side story for fans. You get the most from it if you are already familiar with the characters and the world they live in. As a result, how Thaddeus and Sarasija spend their holidays means nothing to me.

That being said, the mystery of the swamp lights did keep me reading to the end. The POV shifts from time to time, Thaddeus can be overly guilt-ridden to the point of being tiresome, and without the books I had trouble feeling the connection to the couple of the towns people around them. Still an interesting enough diversion. 3 out of 5.

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Lenni Reviews: “Fenced-In Felix” by Cheyenne Blue

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*This book was given to me in exchange for an honest review and is rated for 18+

*This review is cross-posted to Otakus and Geeks.

Felix Jameson has been working on turning her family’s land into a hospitality business including cabins, campgrounds, and trail rides with her own horses. As she’s doing errands and distributing some promotional materials around her small Australian town, she meets Josie, a drifter currently bar tending at the local watering hole. Felix tries to avoid getting involved but Josie also needs a place to board her horse; Flame. But Flame looks eerily like a recently stolen racehorse, leading Felix to wonder what this woman she has fallen for may be involved in.

This book is in a series called “Girl Meets Girl” but it functions perfectly fine as a standalone story.

I got a real good sense of the Australian outback and Felix and Josie as characters. I love how the mystery surrounding the horses moves their relationship and while that initial event brings them together; it follows along with them in a very real way. As the mystery deepens, so does Felix and Josie’s connection. It’s also comforting for everything to be wrapped up in a realistic way so we avoid an unrealistically neat ending.

If I were to nitpick, I would say that the ending needed an epilogue for some of the unanswered questions as to the fate of the horse after the investigation (I am trying to avoid spoilers). Also, it kinda bugged me in the beginning when Felix kept saying Josie wasn’t beautiful. And I don’t mean “she wasn’t beautiful; she was – insert descriptive term like ‘compelling’-“. It it was just eh, not pretty. Ok then, what are you attracted to? Just her butt? I got over it but it raised my eyebrow… Overall? 4 out of 5. A very sweet and saucy lesbian romance.

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May Birchbox

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It figures I’d get a wave spray when I start flat ironing my hair again. :p

The perfume is nice, I am happy with the primer and mascara but I am most excited about the firming cream. If you’ve been following my running, you’ll know I’ve been working out pretty hard and regularly. My body has been changing in a LOT of ways which include more muscle burning away the fat on my body. This has left me with some sagging skin. Not on Skin Tight levels, just enough for me to think “Huh, that wasn’t there before.” I’m not morphing into an overly vain person but I wouldn’t mind it not being there. I plan to give this a try and see how it works. I’ve used the Fat Girl Slim products and found them kinda meh but at that time, I wasn’t working out to the degree I am now. And yes, floppy skin is a concern from a health standpoint mostly; not just aesthetics.

I will review that in particular since it’s the product I have the most interest in and use for right now. Look out for that in the future.

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Loot Crate: J. K. Rowling’s Wizarding World

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  • Percival Graves shirt
  • Professor Umbridge collectible plates
  • Azkaban pencil pouch
  • Chamber of Secrets wax seal set
  • Tom Riddle diary pin

Omg, those plates… 😄 Those are just the funniest random item.

Fantastic Beasts is the only Potter movie I haven’t seen from the series. And THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for stationary sets. I mean, this is Harry Potter. They use parchment paper and quills; a geeky writer’s dream. This paired with the pencil case made this box for me.

One day when I’m not poor anymore and I can fix up my kitchen, I am hanging those plates. That’s not even a question. The pin? To be honest, it makes me a little nervous. Any dangly things make me nervous. I always think it will catch on something when I wear it or use it and it will break. Does it look cool? Yes. Would I break it like a klutz so I will likely keep it in a case so it’s safe? Yup.

I certainly hope more journals and stationary are in future boxes. When I went to Universal’s Harry Potter world, they had beautiful journals so it would be awesome to get some sort of exclusive journal or pens not seen in the park or in stores. Like an ACTUAL Tom Riddle diary. How amazing would that be!?

But that’s not a drawback or a criticism, just some ideas on what I’d like to see in the future. 🙂

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A huge thank you!

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The gods must be shining on me because the same day I end up needing to take my car in for repair, I get a notification from Patreon that a pledge has gone up. Thank you so much, Natalie. You have no idea how much I needed good news today but you are amazing! Thank you!! 😀

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Kal-Elle Fandom Monthly Special Edition Box: Stranger Things

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  • Sreangwe Stranger Things charm necklace
  • Stranger Things charm bracelet
  • Waffle earrings
  • Drawstring bag
  • Stranger Things 16oz coffee mug
  • Camera scarf
  • Demogorgon magnet
  • Eleven art print
  • Stranger Things art print

All of this is cool. The end.

Ok, for real. This box as some really creative items in it and I was fangirling all over it. I know I get a lot of these cards and prints but I post them all over my desk. I am convinced I have the geekiest desk at work…

I think overall, this box was well worth the cost and I’m glad I got it. It’s always a treat to get geeky and nerdy things I can wear to work and still look professional (since I shouldn’t be wearing t-shirts at work). And I can change up my look (since I do tend to wear the same jewelry every day). This is one of my favorite boxes right now.

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