|Reviews for The Bell Keeper: Journals|
| K chapter 11 . 1/14
After being behind in like 2 months worth of reading (for this chapter and about 1 or 2 others), I finally finished! Wow, amazing job on the last couple of updates (sorry, too lazy to write individual ones for each, but they were great). So much shit is going down, it's quite the emotional roller-coaster ride and that's very exciting!
Wow, this chapter is pretty amazing in many ways. I love how you all have created so many very realistic situations/scenarios in many of the chapters and how it all ties into the characters' lives. From prejudice/discrimination, near sexual violence, and, (for this chapter) the danger of landmines (which is a very real thing in many countries still), I'm very happy to be able to read a fictional story that touches upon realistic dangers/violence that very well exist. I say this because I feel like some fictional stories (including real novels) may try to avoid these "real dangers" in order to keep their characters immaculate, healthy, and "bulletproof" to the point where we know they'd never be killed off since they're the main protagonists of the story. That's where TBK is different and one aspect I have come to love about the series, I never know what the hell is going to happen to my favorite characters since they're constantly being put in shitty situations that downright scare the shit out of me while reading. (Seriously though, during the week where you left us hanging with what seemed like Yutsu's "end"...yeah, I was still in university, and couldn't focus on anything until I figured that shit out...and that has never happened to me with ANY kind of story I've read or followed).
Damn the description of the landmines...but yeah, that is the gruesome reality of it which just reminded me of the terrorist attacks in this country. Pretty spot on.
Best part of this chapter for me was the end. Esme pretty much waking from a night terror of the memories of her father which ironically relate to very thing she was forced to utilize against the enemy. But, what I love the most is the continuing relationship with Heidi here, and before I even read the last 2 sentences of this chapter, I could feel the "mother-like" relationship going on. Very nice! It was very sweet to see her reaction to Esme's terror, but, as I've said before in previous reviews, my favorite aspect about storytelling is "character relationships" and the continuance of these 2 from your previous chapters with them is pretty darn awesome! They started off kind of cold towards one another and slowly warmed up as they worked together...and now this. After this incident, I'm excited to see where their closeness will take them!
Awesome job on the past few chapters! Sorry I haven't been reviewing them on time, but I finally caught up and still follow! Can't wait to see what's in store for next time (and hopefully I'll finish my quite overdue fanart soon)!
| Guest chapter 11 . 12/10/2013
| SalemXYZ chapter 11 . 12/8/2013
I would say this is the most intense journal entry so far. But it's still a journal entry, so I can only speculate how intense the real deal (the 'interlude' chapter) is.
I don't know how to feel about Hideki. On one hand he's part of Elaine's childhood friends group, a Matagian prince, and a friendly person. I like his people, the Akitas. On the other hand, the miners seem wary of him and he's curiously absent when the soldiers attacked. Maybe I'm reading too much into it because the Tyrian scouts perfectly ambushed them, which implied possible set-up. Then again, I have no clue just how well-trained the Webgate forces are. Perhaps the soldiers just happened to chance upon the defenceless engineers.
Esmeralda's character is developing nicely. From the previous journals we see her getting more and more involved in this battle to defend her nation, from a civilian to a leader that people trust and want to protect. I like the break part where the workers mingle and share their culture, with Esme boosting their camaraderie by encouraging in Yasumaran (which was most likely taught to her by Yutsu lol). What happened later on though is her first direct experience with the war, so I wonder how this would affect her future involvement, injury aside. She did witness the gruesome deaths of young men, also civilians like her who simply wanted to contribute to the cause and had sacrificed their lives for her. She also almost experienced the same tragedy that befell on her father, so certainly it would take some time for her to recover, physically and mentally. Heidi is steadily becoming a sturdy anchor in Esme's life, perhaps the mother she never had the luxury of knowing. From what I know, Heidi doesn't have any children either, so this growing bond is quite heartwarming to see.
The Foxes are unexpected but welcomed. And the fact that the ninja looks like Rui makes me want to see what would happen if the northern group rendezvous with the south. Nita can reunite with the monk, Yutsu with Esme, Kura with Tal and Heidi, and Rui with this smaller look-alike? If I remember correctly, Rui's father was a ninja…
Overall, exciting entry. Looking forward to the next instalment as always.
| SalemXYZ chapter 10 . 10/7/2013
Heidi's POV is unexpected but a nice addition to the current cast. Out of all the characters, she is the only one most involved and active in the Rebellion, in both the past and present. She is thorough and systematic, but also war weary enough that she doesn't remember how to relax anymore, or at least that's the impression I got. The most she could do is recall her fond memories, when she was still an innocent teenager trying to keep up with her liege/best friend's antics.
On that note, Ala is even more… I don't have an exact word for it, but I would say she's more unpredictable in the past. We don't know her side of the story but I sense that it's probably the typical locked-up heiress scenario where she's surrounded by rules and (boring) traditions. It's no wonder that someone with her personality would want to get away from all that to join Hector's group, which is free and actually doing something for their land.
Back to Heidi, she doesn't seem to have good relations with her aunt. Or at least it's merely professional rather than kinship. We can also see a little bit of Elaine from her uncle and, of course, her father Tal.
The recap of the big events is nice, it helps readers jog their memories. It also brings many things to perspective, as this is the first time we get to see a former Rebel's POV, describing the beginning of the end. The young Tyr rising to power, the world tittering off balance, the war against MIladenyd and Beryn and then finally Hodous.
And now Heidi's back to face all that again, but this time she has an assistant in the form of Esmeralda, who resembles her young self in many ways. Heidi is now in Dr. Draque's shoes, a teacher and perhaps even a kindred spirit for Esme. It'll be interesting to see how their relationship would develop with their similarities and differences. Like Heidi said, they used to be strangers - a civilian helper and a rebel whose name the former only heard about from tales.
But they are friends now, and this sentiment is quite nice.
| K chapter 10 . 10/6/2013
Still liking the relation between Esme and Heidi from the last chapter to this one. Nice job!
| K chapter 9 . 10/1/2013
Heidi reminds me of Nel from Star Ocean 3...I don't know if it's her work ethic or her appearance. Nice interaction between her and Esme, especially comparing the beginning with the very end.
| SalemXYZ chapter 9 . 9/28/2013
Finally had time to leave a proper review.
It's nice to see the tension rising in the south in spite of the peace in the Plains (not counting Kura's decision in Ti26). Just as Heidi said, "it begins." In comparison to any of the places we've been in both TBK and CC, southern Fenrisyr is the most unified and country-like. Each main Dog capitals act like its own country but you can still see an alliance between the 4 houses that unified them in defence to their people.
I also like the fact all this is happening in Esme's view, not Tal's or Ala's (though that would be pretty fun to read lol). Esme is a neutral party since she is neither royalty nor rebel. She is a simple civilian who just wants to do something for her country and that's admirable. So far, the people in the meeting seem fair, not the stereotypical condescending type you'd expect of nobility. For one, these people are chosen by Elaine's childhood friends and Heidi, who values proficiency over status. At least, Esme would be able to work with them smoothly since I would think Dholes rank quite low on the social ladder.
Speaking of Heidi, I do vaguely remember her as stern from back in Book1, but I didn't think she is this intimidating. A pushy boss, but not in a mean way. At least, I don't feel any ill intent from her actions towards Esme, so I suppose the latter would just need time to get used to this kind of demeanor. She'll also have to get used to the fact that some nobility are… quirky, in the case of the Akita and Ala.
On a side note, I wonder how Ala's violin students would react if they see her riding an equi doing Princesse stuff lol
The new names can be hard to remember for now, yes, but gradually they'll be easy to identify through their species and/or ranks. It'd be unrealistic if you didn't introduce these various representatives instead so don't worry about it.
| SalemXYZ chapter 7 . 8/11/2013
I'm pleasantly surprised to see Esme again. She's important to give the readers what's been happening with the Dogs and how they react to Hodous, while I suppose Kura's side will be showing us the Coyotes (and the Wolves'?) reactions. It's exciting to see all these aforementioned people gathering together - Carlos, Tal, Heidi and now Ala too. This is the Rebels' homeland, so it'll be interesting to see how much they're capable of on their own turf, with the proper support too. I do wonder what happened to Stryk and Ed.
While I've suspected Ala's true identity for a long time, seeing it blatantly stated as the last line is quite... epic. Those thugs in Dr9 weren't wrong, Elaine really is a princess lol
I sympathize with Tal. It's definitely not easy to hear the daughter you've babied since day 1 is now traveling in foreign lands, all on her own with this stranger he knows nothing about. Poor guy... I do love how the serious discussion suddenly went to the comedic discovery of Elaine's whereabouts. All that's left is Kura finding out about it...
| jfmhill chapter 7 . 8/10/2013
asdfghjkl; tal and heidi and ala and just yeah. Their appearances just make me excited c:
| TAO chapter 4 . 4/29/2013
*breaks window again*
Te Amazing Oppai is at your service again! oh, and sorry for the broken window again *sweatdrop*
I can't pay for the window but here's a review!
This entry just made me love the Clarice X Elainne pairing more!
"Nay, I hath been struck by thine beauteous eyes, my fair lady," Clarice growled quietly and tugged the Husky's hand from her shoulder to her face. "Thy presence burns a wild fire in my soul, only to be tamed by thy soft touch."- *squeals*
Elaine instinctively stroked the brunette's whiskers with her thumb and closed their distance so their noses were a teasing centimeter apart, their eye contact never breaking. "Then, if I may…what is it that thou bid of me, my Lord?" -*gets tissue box* 'they're doing it! they're doing it!'
The smoldering shades of those Felines eyes seemed to promise something perilous yet irrefutably intoxicating. "Oh thou shalt know soon," Clarice licked her fangs in a predatory manner and slowly wrapped her arm around the Husky's shoulders. "Thou art…"- *Nosebleed* 't-tissues, tissues!'
The blonde merely smiled and lowered her eyelids. "Yes…?" *Blood fountain* Kyaaaa!
"… what the heck are you two doing?" *collapse* 'w-wait...what? No Hammy! The moment-! It's...gah!' *facewall*
You know how to give fanservice guys...and to ruin the moment -_-
Aww it's so thoughtful of them to help Mary!(Even though she kinda appeared at the wrong time)
These interactions from them are just so lighthearted I'm smiling at the screen like a retard.
Good-NO, Great job! *thumbs up while holding a bloody,tissue-clogged nose*
Now off I go!
*escapes through the window*
| TheAmazing Oppai chapter 2 . 4/29/2013
*enters from the window by breaking it*
Don't mind the username -_- I'm here to give a review :3 *thumbs up*
This is like a break from all the tension they're experiencing.
They're so peaceful in the ship :)
"But you said that kind of blue is hiding something…?"
something like ticks? -shot-
anyways, I'm off to read the other chapters
(oh, and sorry for the broken window)
*escapes through the window*
| jfmhill chapter 3 . 2/15/2013
Awwwh toughRui is such an adorable tsundere
| K chapter 3 . 2/14/2013
Wow! First off, let me say...I'm impressed that you have the patience to write something so long ago and not publish it until this very moment! It adds to my amazement (as I've repeated over and over) of your planning and dedication to such an art (of writing). It's very inspiring.
Interesting use of 2nd person narration...it's not really commonly used, but it worked so well with this short scene and allowed all the inner thoughts and emotions to really come out without losing any meaning! Ah man...the words used...they are just written so damn well! The way you create the images with your words, even with something so simple as just talking on a phone, is so beautiful.
Don't get me wrong, I have followed your stories for a while now and love every one of them and every chapter that you create for this particular series...but it's the chapters like "this" one that really shows your amazing talent in writing, your attention to detail, characterization, and emotion, and was the biggest factor in pulling me into your stories in the first place! Awesome job!
Rui is a lot more emotional than she lets on to be...I love her characterization, especially how angry and pessimistic she seems to have been for those 6 weeks, (which you would think would cause her to explode on the phone, but she doesn't). And it completely affected her mentally too as she couldn't concentrate and was dropping glasses...Instead of raging once Yutsu finally made contact, she was simply calm in response and then worried. As stated in the first paragraph scene, Rui has an hardcore outer shell that is required for her position as a bartender, but deep down, is quite soft and has such a good and sincere heart.
Sorry I haven't been reviewing much lately...just trying to finish this last semester which is almost half-way over...but I'm still reading everything and will continue to do so if you continue to write (and I seriously think you shouldn't ever stop...)! Great job once again and keep it up! This scene certainly deserves every ounce of being "treasured" because it really is a praise-worthy piece of work! :D
| SalemXYZ chapter 2 . 10/3/2012
A reflective blip. It shows a softer side of Yutsu that she didn't allow to surface, but Nita's too innocent, perhaps even resemble Charlotte, that the hardened bounty hunter yielded to the Bear's attempt at making friends. She probably even compared Nita and her 15yrold self.
I find Yutsu's view on the sea interesting and ironic, considering how the rolling tides were a major symbolism in Waves I. Rui has always likened Yutsu to the blue sea, yet the woman in question despised it the ocean and its depth. I'm interested to see if this clash in opinion would manifest in the future.
On an irrelevant note, I can already see Rui scrubbing Kura's tail raw the next day...
| K chapter 2 . 10/3/2012
Very sweet journal, with some still very mysterious details that help shape the personalities of the characters that we know now...it's always nice to see Yutsu's tender side...
I love how you show this trait (for Yutsu):
"Perhaps this was why she always passed out on Rui's bed whenever she returned to the Cog Weasel. The reason was quite simple, her body and mind knew it would be safe to let go and succumb to sleep around her lover."
As simple as this small section may seem, it really does continue to match with Yutsu's developed characterization as we have all read over the insane amounts of detailed-filled chapters. Great job with sticking with it because I feel like some authors can be easily distracted and forgot about their main characters' actually behaviors when they write stories of this length. Plus, I really love the amount of work you guys have done to create both Rui and Yutsu, so that's my bias...but it really is great to see a character come to life.
I like this:
"I despise the sea," Yutsu said severely before she realized it, so she tried to soften her tone even though the topic was quite sore for her. "Well, I just don't like deep water much. They look pretty, yes, but they could be deceiving too."
So, this is interesting...I'm curious to see if this will be a recurring issue that will play a role in later chapters...
Nice job! :D