Let's not beat around the bush on this one. (I worry the bush might hit back.) This story is good. I've needed a story like this for a bit now. So far it's been funny, cute, light-hearted, and plain good for the soul.
I skipped by this story quite a few times before I gave it a chance. I've tried to read a few stories with similar settings in the past. Magic has been introduced to the word! There's a 'system' now. What will people do? Until now, the stuff I've read in the genre has only disappointed me. I generally only managed to get through a few chapters because I just ended up bored. Maybe I just haven't stumbled on a good one until now, but in these stories, the characters haven't interested me, the settings felt like generic boring versions of our world with not a lot going on except a magical 'system' thrown in, and the writing just wasn't the greatest.
I suppose part of that is intentional. There's a bit of an audience for stories about boring characters with dull boring lives who somehow become interesting/awesome when magic gets thrown into the world. But that's not for me. It's not that hard to write interesting modern fiction imo, but these stories don't often care about that part, instead just focusing on the magic/system/litrpg aspect. I enjoy the gamelit genre, but personally, I need more to a story than well-thought-out bluescreens and talk of how the MC is gonna increase their stats. (And please gods, no more 'lone wolf' characters who basically never interact with other characters.) A problem I encountered with my most recent attempt at reading one of these stories was one that plenty of other stories fall into as well: telling rather than showing.
This story does none of this. It skips over the three-chapter-long examination of the status screen and the clumsy (and generally boring) learning how to fight and use skills and such. I've seen all that before, far too many times now, and the story is tons better for leaving that sort of thing out. In fact, the story cuts out a lot of the needless filler that so many stories of the genre fall prey to. It gets right to the meat of things (the actual story, for instance.) You can tell the author has put thought into what is important to put in the story and what bits can be left out. (I wish I could say the same about my reviews! =p) This leaves the story to be quite well polished, not loitering on needless info or filler, and giving a smooth enjoyable experience leaving me only wanting more and more.
Thus far, I've loved the characters of this story. They all have struggles they're dealing with. The main character, Kira, is cute, not because she is described as cute or because other characters say she is cute, but because of the things she does and the ways she interacts with people. There have been a few sad and serious moments already as of chapter 7, but mostly things have been light-hearted and have me more prone to chuckling than anything else. The author lets us in on quite a bit of information that Kira doesn't know, and we can tell she's going to land in quite a bit of trouble in the future. Or as one character put it: "This is gonna get messy."
The setting itself has ended up surprisingly very different from most stories in the genre. I really didn't expect it, but it was a very welcome surprise. I won't spoil how. You'll have to find out yourself. As of the seventh chapter, the plot is still coming together. We have an idea of who some of the antagonists might be, or at least who they're associated with, but whatever grand moves they're making is happening in the background. I'm eager to find out how things progress.
Do I need to say anything else here? I certainly don't think so. Give this story a try, even if you're like me and haven't liked similar stories. You'll just have to trust me that this one is different. As I said in the title, this story has really been medicine for the soul for me, and I really can't wait for more.
(Also, if you end up liking this, check out Kruos's other story Villainous. I read that one first and enjoyed it as well.)
I was nervous when I first started reading this story. A story with no reviews? About a Princess? How good could it really be? I was quite surprised by the answer I found: It's fantastic!
There are some stories on this site that you feel you can put down for later. Either the plot slows down, or the writing needs a bit more editing, or sometimes you just find something you're more interested in reading. This isn't one of those stories. From the beginning, I was captivated, and I didn't stop until I'd read through all ten of the chapters that are currently up.
The writing is frankly excellent, a story about a young girl in over her head, trying to escape her evil pursuers, and confront the web of mystery and riddles surrounding her. The characters are complex and intriguing, the story kept me reading and wanting more, but most of all, I must say I loved the author's style. It's a battle of wit and one that got me to realize just how much I enjoyed a good riddle contest.
So, do I recommend this story, you ask? Most definitely!
Another one, you say?
There's a reason why this story has so many biased reviews. Before I decided I wanted to hop on the Kammi Kettu writing train (sorry, my story chapters aren't up on RR just yet), I was just another reader. Val has created a wonderful little universe here full of complex characters and a bit of a mystery in the background. It's not a story that's going to be liked by everyone; no story with trans characters and an acknowledgment of racism in America will be. It is, however, a story that I've thoroughly enjoyed so far and can't wait to see what happens going forward!
To set the stage here, I feel like F-Rank Human's review said it well. "A Cute and Fluffy Story With Some Gore." That's what this was until it took a turn towards- well.., you read the review's title. The MC, Snow, is by all accounts an innocent and naive child. Yes, she's also a bit of a bloodthirsty vampire who happens to have a soul that is quite old (a fact which is effectively irrelevant since that soul had no real life experiences during its long period of nothingness,) but it's made quite clear in the story that she is mentally and physically a child regardless. She's described as such clearly throughout the story, as she plays with other children, and is basically adopted by her two travel companions. She's a young impressionable child who is learning about the world and looks up to her adopted parents.
It's a cute story. Or... it started as a cute story. Then came the weird sexualization and pedophilia, which reached a very literal climax in "How and What They See 4." It would be one thing if the story was clear on how totally fucked up this is. But that's not what happens. It's clearly intended to be somewhat of a touching/bonding/whatever moment between the protagonist and her... adoptive mother? This is clearly not a story about how terrible pedophilia is. Instead, it's basically swept under the rug of normalcy and acceptability because 'well, she's enthralled to a vampire so *shrug.*'
Haven't read anything past that chapter and don't plan to read further. Obviously, I would not recommend the story, especially to those who have experienced trauma from things like rape and molestation.