Book Review: Love & Lies Volume 3

January 9, 2018

Love & Lies Volume 3 cover

I hope that everyone is having a good week, and coping well
with the return of the monotony of everyday life.

Things have still been going fairly well, as I can still do
the things that I enjoy.

Recently, I had used some credit I got for Amazon to buy two
books that had been released before the new year, and one of them have already
been covered.

Today, I will be reviewing the last remaining title, which
is called Love & Lies Volume 3
by Musawo.

As I have given a series synopsis in an earlier
, I will not go over it again.

Yukari and the others have come back from the camping trip
and things seem to be a bit different, as Misaki is now avoiding Yukari for
reasons he does not realize, and Lilina seems to be having struggles of her
own, as she is still determined to get Yukari and Misaki together.

However, when Yukari receives a government notice about a
special course, things become worse for Yukari when an incident at the course
causes Lilina to avoid him as well, and somebody reveals that he knows the
situation that Yukari is currently in.

With how this series went from being generic to something
that might have a unique vibe and then back to being generic, I was not too
sure that I should really make myself suffer any more, but I did say that I
would check out three volumes of this series, to see if it could impress me.

And after reading this, I can say that it was okay.

From the moment that I opened up this book and started
reading it, I kind of felt like I wanted to keep on reading, though not to the
point where I did not want to put it down for any reason.

While this series does have a big problem of it feeling like
the most generic and clichéd series out there, especially considering that the
first two installments alone made me feel like I was reading through something
that I had read a countless number of times, Musawo has been able to write and
illustrate things in a way that does not completely turn off her audience from
only the first few pages, as she knows when things need to go slow and when
things can go fast.

In a work of fiction, there are many things that can
contribute to how well a reader can become absorbed into a work, such as the
writing style, how it flows, and how well the audience can create images in
their mind, and the way those things can be brought into a work can differ
depending on the genre and medium, but what really helps is when the pacing
needs to be changed from fast to slow or vice versa.

In the case of this volume, it starts off in a way that I
could have become just as engrossed with it as I was back with the previous
volumes, even with their imperfection, but it ends up only being an okay
beginning because I was more of wondering what the aftermath of the events were
of the previous volume than wanting to see a new day, though it ended in a way
that it would have been best to start the next chapter on another day, like the
first chapter of this volume did.

If it had started out the way I would have wanted it to, I
might have been a little happy, but it would still be bothersome because Musawo
and the editors helping her make the series as good and pleasing for her target
audience would have been ignoring how the story was flowing, thus creating yet
another issue nobody should have to deal with when reading a work of fiction,
in addition to being a work that has no feeling of originality, regardless of
whether or not it was truly an original work.

Thankfully, Musawo and everyone involved in bringing this
series to world did not do that, so I can at least give them a passing grade.

Hopefully, things will improve more as the series goes on,
but I most likely will ever know, since the problem that existed in the last
two volumes did not make it so that I would want to explore this series any

I also kind of liked the humor.

While it was once again something that was not unique, when
compared to anime and magna in general, things were still executed well enough
that I was able to get some chuckles out of it.

One of the biggest problems with many works of fiction,
especially those that are published where I live, a country that houses some of
the most well-known writers in the world, though I would not say all of them
deserve the recognition that they get, is that they do not really have a lively
atmosphere or characters that seem to be interesting, and this prevents many
readers from actually being able to enjoy the work, as the readers read in order
to have a fun time.

However, in this series, a series that has been plagued with
the feeling of being unoriginal, the one thing that I could really look forward
is being able to get a good chuckle out of it, and those moments do help to
give this series some sort of lively atmosphere, as well as make for
interesting moments to see play out.

If these moments were not present in this volume, I would
have been severely disappointed and truly regretted reading this volume, and
much more so than I did when I noticed how this series once again had that
feeling of being generic and cliché that it did when it first started.

Fortunately, Musawo did not forget that, which makes me feel
like giving her a good round of applause for once.

Hopefully, the humor will continue making it possible for
fans of the series to continue enjoying it, but seeing as how the series has a
vibe of being something that has been done so many times before, I suspect that
it will not be long before even the humor becomes lackluster.

The thing that I liked most though was how it showed how
things can be so complicated.

One of the biggest problems I have with anime and manga,
especially series that have a heavy focus upon romance, is how characters seem
to have no problem helping their friends hook up with they one they like, and,
in many cases, they get over it relatively quickly, if we even get a clue that
the character does have feelings for the person they are helping.

Yes, this is not a problem all anime or all
mange have, since we get to see a few times that characters are struggling not
to give into their selfish desires, but they still are not great because that
is where things end, and makes it seem like we are rational creatures who can
easily accept that our strong feelings towards somebody are not reciprocated or
be able to accept how we really feel about people, which makes it hard for the
reader to be able to sympathize, unless they put themselves in the shoes of
that character in the same way that parents try to make their child not be so
selfish, which is flawed because one would be seeing themselves as they are now,
instead of really understanding the character.

Here, however, with the exception of Nisaka, who remains
mysterious, I felt like I could understand what each character was going
through, at least some of the time.

Seeing as this a romance series where there is a kind of
conflict between wanting to be with the person one likes and marrying somebody
that one is expected to marry, there is some complications that come up, and if
the reactions, thoughts, and/or dreams of the characters were not presented,
things would not seem to be very believable or enjoyable, because the reader
would not be getting the same experience as the characters and would have made
this series terrible enough to not even bring out one of the biggest benefits
fiction has over other kinds of written works of television shows or movies,
which is a way to really be able to learn about how humans work
psychologically, as well as to be able to see things from different

Thankfully, Musawo remembered that arranged marriages were
the biggest obstacle for the characters to truly become happy, and decided to
cover how feelings and wanting to do the right thing could complicate things,
which makes me want to give her another good round applause.

Hopefully, this aspect of the series does not disappear
entirely, because it is one of the best ways to give a romance series what it
needs, though it will not guarantee that it will have what every work of fiction
needs to be considered good.

Outside of those things, I cannot think of anything else
that I particularly liked, at least that stood out as much as what I talked
about and could not be shoehorned into those very same things that were nice
about the book.

Because my attention was capture really quickly, though not
as well as past installment, the humor did not start to feel as generic as the
series has been feeling ever since the first two volumes, as I was able to get
some chuckles, and that the characters are having troubles sorting their
feelings, which I felt like I could sympathize with, this was a fairly decent

Although I liked a few things about this book, there are
some issues.

However, aside from things that are too minor to talk about,
such as typos, and a problem that are reared its head in the first two volumes,
there was only one thing that bothered me.

Things were rather predictable.

Even though it is possible for things to be predictable, yet
still enjoyable, though most people associate being predictable as a negative
rather than a positive, readers want to be surprised and say that they never
saw something coming, whether it is because the series it took a turn nobody
saw coming or that scenario was so obvious or likely that they did not think it
would happen, which is something that is likely to occur in the detective,
mystery, crime, and thriller genres of fiction, because that helps a work give
a reader the impression that a work is different from everything else out.

Unfortunately, in the case of this volume, predictable is
more on the negative side of things, because of the fact that this series has
already been established as a series that is just more of the same, even with
an arranged marriage situation that has a basis in science, in the first two
volumes, which should be giving readers a reason to follow the creator's work.

From the way things were set up, I already had a good idea
that Yukari would end up with Masaki and that there would be problems, with how
well Yukari and Lilina got along from the moment they first talked, but those
were at a level of predictability that I could somewhat live with, as this is
considered a romance and I never really expected it to get any worse in this
area, though I should have with lack of feeling that this was any different
from other series.

However, it did manage to get worse, by having somebody
suddenly coming onto the scene that knows Yukari has feelings for somebody
other than Lilies, his assigned partner.

Seeing as there are arranged marriages decided by the
government, it would make sense that there are people in the agency that would
know who each child is infatuated with, but anybody could seeing this happening
and how the guy seems to influence Yukari to do what he did during the special
course could also be seen from a mile away, since it has been stated that these
arranged marriages came about to stop the declining birth rates.

Really, Musawo? Is this how to do a great romance?

Fans of romance works might not be as bothered by
predictability as fans of detective, mystery, and crime fiction, as they tend
to read to experience the thrill of romantic moments, which means who the how
romance plays out it more important than what is obvious, but I think that even
they would be annoyed if things went as predicted way too often, because that
would make every relationship seem like it is the same for everyone, when each
relationship is as different as each individual, with the main thing in common
being how the two get to be so close.

Still, I wish that things did not happen as I expected, and
now that things have become predictable, I am even less inclined to give this
series any more attention than I already have.

Maybe, things will improve later on in the series and that
light that fans of the series see, and I wanted to see from the very beginning,
may finally make itself known, but I am done with this series, as none of us
have enough time on this planet to give all works of fiction enough time to
become good.

Thankfully, this was the only thing that really bothered me,
so I do not have to rip into the series any further.

While there was only one issue, and it was not as bad as the
one that presented itself in the previous two installments, it was still bad
enough to make it so that I could not enjoy things as much as I wish I could

Despite the fact that there was more to like than hate, the
fact that only a few positives earned some applause and things that mattered
were either okay and the negative turned me off of the series made this only
good enough to kill time.

I mainly recommend this to fans of Love & Lies,
as they will like this the most.

As for everyone else, you are still free to check this out,
but I doubt it will amaze you, due to how the series became a bit predictable,
so I suggest avoiding this series like the plague instead.

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