Official Review: Original Music Makes by Veronica Purcell

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Official Review: Original Music Makes by Veronica Purcell

Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 23 Sep 2015, 10:00

[Following is the official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Original Music Makes" by Veronica Purcell.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you to a young adult series entitled Original Music Makes. The author is Veronica Purcell, a web-fiction writer who has numerous other works under her belt - a series entitled Seriphyn Knight Chronicles is among them. In I'm Kita Duran (Original Music Makes Volume 1), I had the pleasure of meeting Kita Duran, a goal orientated teenager set on starting a music club in a school that doesn't teach its students music and art. In his quest to start the club, he must face many obstacles. Will he quit while he's ahead or will he do the seemingly impossible and bring music to the hearts of his fellow students?

Duran's first day at Hotaka High turns out to be quite eventful. His science teacher Watanabe-sensei tricks him into making a love potion that causes everyone in that class to fall madly in love with each other, whether they're of a different sex or not. Special ingredients are needed to make an elixir that will negate the effects of this mad concoction. Watanabe-sensei can get in serious trouble for what he's done. Duran is a smart young man though. He wants to help save his fellow students, but he also wants to start a music club. One of the things he needs to do before he can start one is to have a teacher sign his application form and become the Music Club's adviser. Will Watanabe-sensei give in to Duran's demands?

The book has typos. I found them on almost every page, but I simply didn't mind them. The book is so fun to read that overlooking these frequent typos is like ignoring the buzz of flies when one's busy devouring one's favorite type of food. The author has done a fair amount of research on Japanese culture and it is apparent throughout every page of this book. Through reading this book, one gets to discover the difference between the family and given names of the Japanese people as well as Japanese words for brother, sister, friend, and many more.

I loved all the characters. They are all unique and as a collective they make this book very interesting to read. I can safely say that all of them are my favorite characters. There's Duran, a good looking guru when it comes to the piano that girls can't help but blush when first talking to him. There's Chiasa, a hot girl who isn't shy when it comes to showing her affection for Duran, even though Duran is secretly falling madly in love with another boy named Saski. There's Fumio, a guy who is always starving and constantly dreaming of devouring ham flavored pancakes. I've described only three characters here, but there are a lot more that I enjoyed reading about.

In total, this book has six chapters. Wait, did I say six measly chapters? Okay, bear with me. Original Music Makes is also a web-fiction series that can be read on the author's blog and one that is structured like a serial. The chapters, which contain many scene breaks, are very long and each can be described as a standalone story, although they each propel the overall plot of Duran's music-club-in-progress to the conclusion of the first volume of the series entitled I'm Kita Duran.

Purcell has executed the homosexual scenes beautifully. I must admit, I was a little hesitant about reading this book because, well, I don't play for that team. The scenes aren't too erotic though - it's just kisses, kisses, and more kisses. I think anyone who loves young adult novels, serial style fiction, books about music, Japanese literature, and novels that contain content of homosexuality will enjoy this book. Readers who enjoy watching the occasional manga cartoon series or reading a manga comic book will like this novel as well. My rating is 4 out of 4 stars.

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Post by Tanaya » 25 Sep 2015, 16:39

The first line alone made me smile. As always, I enjoy how much your personality shines through in your reviews. You have so many quotable lines.
The book is so fun to read that overlooking these frequent typos is like ignoring the buzz of flies when one's busy devouring one's favorite type of food.
The book sounds really fun, especially the whole love potion business and the ham flavored pancakes. Awesome review!
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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 25 Sep 2015, 18:06

Thanks Tanaya. OMM is extremely fun to read. Each chapter reads like an episode of a manga television series. The ham flavored pan cakes... I have no idea what they are but Fumio, one of the characters in the book made it sound sooo delicious.
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Post by bookowlie » 26 Sep 2015, 09:50

Ladies and gentleman, I loved reading this review. :lol: You did a wonderful job of letting potential readers know about all the things that made the book special. Ham flavored pancakes sound tasty!
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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 26 Sep 2015, 09:53

Thanks bookowlie! I had a lot of fun writing this review.
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Post by bookowlie » 26 Sep 2015, 10:45

You really did a good job of showcasing the book's positive aspects. Nice job!
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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 26 Sep 2015, 11:17

@bookowlie Thanks. The only negative thing I can say about the book is that it has a lot of typos. It was published by indie publisher Katarr Kanticles Press, but why the typos?
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Post by bluemel4 » 26 Sep 2015, 12:03

Fantastic review! I really got a great sense of what this book is about and all the fun little zany elements that make it special. Wonderful review. :D
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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 26 Sep 2015, 13:44

Thanks bluemel4! If you're looking for something with a little bit of this and that, then this book's for you.
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Post by Jesska6029 » 26 Sep 2015, 17:37

Your appreciation of this book SHINES in this review! Loved reading it!
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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 27 Sep 2015, 00:39

Thank you, Jesska6029. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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Post by chytach18- » 27 Sep 2015, 04:53

Leon, after reading you review I searched on the Web and found out what the "manga comic book" is. Never stop learning! :lol: :?
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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 27 Sep 2015, 05:50

@chytach18 lol. Manga is pretty cool. Always entertaining and funny in ways normal movies and books can never be.
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Post by hsimone » 05 Oct 2015, 11:35

I simply enjoyed reading your review, Leon! I thought it was light and informative. I can really tell how much you enjoyed reading Original Music Makes! I might add this to my to-read list!
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Post by Cee-Jay Aurinko » 06 Oct 2015, 00:36

@hsimone Thanks for the wonderful comment Hsimone. I'm glad that you are interested in getting the book. I promise it won't disappoint.
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