1.75 stars. This volume actually had a lot of interesting ideas that I enjoyed; unfortunately it took far too long to get to them (the latter half of1.75 stars. This volume actually had a lot of interesting ideas that I enjoyed; unfortunately it took far too long to get to them (the latter half of the book), and I've thought this in prior books, but I would enjoy the series a lot more without Jenna. I really don't like royalty who say they don't like being royalty and being treated like royalty, then they go and be the bossiest, most superior being ever when the situation benefits them to do so, and none of the other characters point out that this is hypocritical....more
I used to really enjoy movie novelizations when I was younger, but now I believe I'd rather just rewatch the movie. Even as a middle grade book, it feI used to really enjoy movie novelizations when I was younger, but now I believe I'd rather just rewatch the movie. Even as a middle grade book, it feels sparse and bland. It does its job as a novelization, but again, it made me want to just watch the film again...more
An incredibly fun and rather clever book that basically feels like a cartoon in novel form. I do agree with one of the reviews that say thi4.25 stars.
An incredibly fun and rather clever book that basically feels like a cartoon in novel form. I do agree with one of the reviews that say this likely won't appeal to its actual target audience, middle grade boys, outside maybe particularly nerdy ones who already highly enjoy reading. Most readers are probably indeed middle-aged women or so....more
2.5 stars. It was cute, with some nice ideas. Mostly kids who particularly enjoy the magical school genre (it's its own genre now, right?) will probab2.5 stars. It was cute, with some nice ideas. Mostly kids who particularly enjoy the magical school genre (it's its own genre now, right?) will probably enjoy it.
I did enjoy parts of it, but mostly I was a bit underwhelmed, and a lot of characters besides Gilly felt like they were there just to pad out the cast. I'll probably check out the second book in hopes of it upping the quality....more
-Himeko ups her stupidity by at least five levels. -Daichi is far too perceptive for his own good. Please sh**spoiler alert** Volume 3 bugs me because:
-Himeko ups her stupidity by at least five levels. -Daichi is far too perceptive for his own good. Please share even just a fragment of your brain with Himeko. -Due to Himeko's complete stupidity, she gets herself into a lot of needless trouble, and perfect Daichi is always there to bail her out in the nick of time. I really dislike heroines who get themselves into trouble and then can't get themselves out; it's always the romantic interest. (Even in a romance series, even in an older one like this, it is and always has been way too prominent.) -They're busy doing that young teenager budding romance thing, where they're both too immature to realize it, and so spend all of their time together aggravating one another. -Hibino is a horrible rival in that she's completely delusional and lacks even the slightest levels of self-awareness. This would be forgivable if she were at least funny. (Hint: She's not.)
All of these elements by itself aren't too bad, although I tend to dislike all of them. When they're all pasted together into one volume, things become overly cringe worthy.
If I remember the series from when I read it a long time ago, then I believe most of the characters do see development later on, but right now they're all intolerable.
Also: Why the hell doesn't Himeko think to keep a small pocket mirror that she can pick up and carry with her whenever she needs to transform? Oh, that's right, because she's an idiot. Also, because then the author couldn't use "no mirror crisis!" as a plot element....more
**spoiler alert** In volume 2, Himeko gains a confidant in the overtly perceptive love interest, Daichi. Speaking of love, the romance is upped a litt**spoiler alert** In volume 2, Himeko gains a confidant in the overtly perceptive love interest, Daichi. Speaking of love, the romance is upped a little too, though we're still just looking at the groundwork being built.
The plot deepens a little more, with perhaps actual, real, consequences for Himeko's idiotic decisions (seriously, what were you thinking against a man with a gun.)...more
Rereading this series before I give away my copies.
I like neither "doppelganger causes problems for people" nor "let's give powerful magic items to stRereading this series before I give away my copies.
I like neither "doppelganger causes problems for people" nor "let's give powerful magic items to stupid main characters!" stories, and Hime-chan's Ribbon is essentially a combination of both those concepts. Luckily, the story is light-hearted enough that it doesn't stab too strongly at these two weak points of mine (though there is plenty of cringing and facepalming on my side). Also, Himeko usually remains positive and energetic, along with being uncompromisingly tomboyish, a nice trait in a culture where it's still generally looked down upon. This makes it difficult to dislike her (though not enough to want to smack her when she comes up with outrageous solutions to her problems.)...more
1.25 stars. I guess I've lowered my standards, but book 2 was vaguely better than the first, if only because the paddling isn't focused on quite so mu1.25 stars. I guess I've lowered my standards, but book 2 was vaguely better than the first, if only because the paddling isn't focused on quite so much, and "delicious" was probably used less than five times this time around, as opposed to around 50 in the first.
**spoiler alert** All spanking, all the time? That's a paddlin'. I guess some people like it, hur hur, but man, is its constant mention in the book bo**spoiler alert** All spanking, all the time? That's a paddlin'. I guess some people like it, hur hur, but man, is its constant mention in the book boring.
Just some thoughts as I listen along.
The copious use of 'buttocks' and 'sex' for every mention of genitalia is beginning to numb the words to me, and I hate it when authors constantly use 'almost' or '(pronoun) wanted to' instead of having their characters actually do anything, or the author him/herself actually trying to show something. "She almost scurried" "It was almost delicious", 'cept she didn't and it wasn't. Okay. Exciting stuff. A few times is okay, but it's pretty overbearing here. And this is why the lady really should have editors.
Mostly, I'm just kind of shaking my head at the stupidity or hilarity of the situations. There hasn't been anything particularly entertaining or terribly messed up that I haven't already seen in various hentai anime.
A little further along, now. Beauty has about as much personality as a Shinjou Mayu heroine, but that's probably what Rice was going for: Beauty as a self-insert (using 'insert' in any context when talking of erotica seems a little too appropriate. And wrong.) character.
Anyway, the male slaves must all be overdosing on Viagra or something, as the priapism is just silly, even in this world. Also, Beauty fluctuates a bit between sorta-slash-fangirl in regards to some prince-on-prince action, then to jealous girl when some squire fellates Prince Alexi ("*I* was going to suck that cock! How dare he?!")
In summary: I don't know. I just don't.
And now there's silly horseback spanking games. How the heck did this kingdom attain such power over all other lands when the people spend all their time doing absolute asinine things like this?
Then there was the Queen and Beauty scene, and guess what? MOAR SPANKING.
The scenes are more entertaining if you imagine all the paddlers as Jasper from the Simpsons.
Alexi sure does talk a lot. And cry a lot. But hey, at least he should be proud of his amazing memory. Seriously, him remembering everything about his 'training' is ridiculous.
Also, 'delicious' is apparently everyone's favorite adjective. EVER. Rice reuses the same words (and situations. SPANKSPANKPADDLESPANKSPANK) too often.
Finished now. That was surprisingly boring. And bad. Like someone's bad porn fan fiction accidentally got published or something. 30 years before it happened with 50 Shades.
Although probably 95% of all sex in the book is rape, I couldn't even find the situations really horrific, since everyone and everything in the story is so damn nonsensical and stupid. Like, I still can't understand how this kingdom manages to retain power or have any sort of working structure, when everyone is too busy spanking kidnapped royalty from other countries. And I know about rape-fantasies, and that this whole book is essentially one big one, and I have no intention of harping on people who did enjoy it, but I figure if you're not going to find it hot, then you should probably find everything horrifying...but nope. I just find it all really stupid. I mainly wondered why nobody tries to just knock the teeth out of their handlers, although I also realize that that isn't the point of the book. Still, all these lords and ladies and pages and grooms and whatnot that do nothing else with their time besides pick on slaves are probably so accustomed to being the ones who dish out the punishments, that if they were the ones to have to deal with a little pain, they'd all be so 'untrained' for it that they'd sob like little babies. I myself really kind of want to kick Lord Gregory hard in the face.
I'll probably listen to the second book, since it's available through my library website, and I'm generally not smart enough to learn from my mistakes. Let's see this dreaded Village *cue Psycho violins*...more