2 stars · 3 stars · Books · Fantasy · Fiction · High Fantasy · Reviews

The Lantern’s Ember

This would have been better if I was not watching something similar but done in a way better fashion that has gotten me hooked onto it. This just feels bland by comparison simply because it took the idea and did nothing with it. Ember goes around and does nothing and so does Jake. The most… Continue reading The Lantern’s Ember

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2 stars · 3 stars · Books · Fiction · Reviews

A Time for Violence

A short story anthology with that title doesn't really need me to say what it's about. And it's certainly true to an extent, there is a lot of violence in it. Is it really tasteful? Depends. But in most cases, it was just bland. The most memorable was the first, talking about two brothers. Who… Continue reading A Time for Violence

2 stars · 3 stars · Adult · Books · Epic Fantasy · Fantasy · High Fantasy · Reviews

Jade City

Well, I just wasn't drawn into it. There was something about this work that just didn't manage to get my attention and draw me into it. The world was confusing, I had no idea what was going on. And the beginning was... interesting. In a good and bad way. The good way is that it… Continue reading Jade City

2 stars · Books · Historical · Reviews

The Lost Queen

Well, I was fascinated to know where the story could have went. I really was. I wanted to be drawn into the world of early medieval Britain. This didn't work. It has some decisions, but in most cases the main character does absolutely nothing. She simply sits around with her brother, and there is no… Continue reading The Lost Queen

2 stars · Books · Fiction · Historical · Reviews

Templar Silks

I just didn't really got drawn into the story. Which is the main issue when it comes to Elizabeth Chadwick. Her works are all on point when it comes to historical fact, but it just doesn't have any compelling story or really knows how to draw a reader in. And reading it can be somewhat… Continue reading Templar Silks

2 stars · Alternate History · Books · Reviews · Young Adult

That Inevitable Victorian Thing

If anything, this just didn't catch my attention. The story seemed to be heading nowhere for most of the book. And I really didn't find anything interesting. It begins with an interesting premise. What if Victoria chosen to pass it to her daughter who would become Victoria II as compared to her son Albert. And… Continue reading That Inevitable Victorian Thing

2 stars · Books · Fiction · Mystery · Reviews

The 50/50 Killer

For me, this just didn't work at end of the day. It just didn't manage to surprise me or anything of the sort. The writing was difficult and I felt that the right thing simply didn't happen. I didn't know who the chosen couple was, and the investigator was not even on the case. I… Continue reading The 50/50 Killer

2 stars · Books · Fiction · Historical · Reviews

Not Our Kind

I was hoping for something that was a little more on the side of actually telling a story. It does to an extent, but it is just so boring. There isn't a real sense of danger. The beginning was strong, by far the biggest point of the story. It defines the main character Eleanor and… Continue reading Not Our Kind

2 stars · Books · Epic Fantasy · Fantasy · High Fantasy · Reviews · Young Adult

Mask of Shadows

This book just felt so derivative. Told in the point of view of a gender fluid character and at the same time completely like any other YA fantasy out there. The gender fluid thing is no big deal. And that's something I can appreciate. Even if the rest of a book is basically trying to… Continue reading Mask of Shadows

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A Tale of Two Murders

Well, I didn't feel anything at all while reading the book. It wasn't that bad but was it good, I won't really say it was. The ending was convenient if there was a word for it. And I don't think there is one which is better suited to describing the ending than just merely boring.… Continue reading A Tale of Two Murders

2 stars · 3 stars · Books · Fantasy · Fiction · Historical · Historical Fantasy · Reviews · Young Adult

The Dark Days Deceit

I was bored to death by the amount of details in the book. The anticipation was not there, for the most part the book had no idea just where it was heading and what it was trying to do. I like the series. It was fascinating, the world building was often exceptional. But here, all… Continue reading The Dark Days Deceit

2 stars · Books · Fantasy · Reviews · Young Adult

Fly By Night

I was bored out of my mind reading this book. Mostly because of just how boring the story was. I like the style of the writing. But the content was just what turned me off. It had no idea just what it was trying to do. And the book just dragged on for way too… Continue reading Fly By Night

2 stars · 3 stars · Books · Fiction · Historical · Mystery · Reviews

A Study In Treason

This was just bland. The writing at times was interesting. But overall it was just unable to really get me hooked on the mystery. It is a shame as the beginning caught my attention. As far as I know, concerning the ikebana and the deduction. It was interesting to read. Although the latter can't be… Continue reading A Study In Treason

2 stars · Books · Fiction · Reviews · Science Fiction · Young Adult

One Giant Leap

Again, I never had much expectations. And the climax did manage to get me reading. But for the most part the story was just so forgettable. It started off rather decently. But it just didn't seem to hook me at all. The story was poorly thought out and poorly paced. Although there was something but… Continue reading One Giant Leap

2 stars · Books · Fantasy · Historical · Reviews

The Secret Language of Stones

One thing that this lacked was more time for it to become good. A weakness of the author is how she has spent so long just describing everything instead of them happening. I don't see discussion scenes, or scenes where the plot moves forward. A lot of it is spent in description of often nebulous… Continue reading The Secret Language of Stones

2 stars · Books · Contemporary · Historical · Mystery · Reviews

The Collector of Dying Breaths

Again, it suffered from the same problem. Except that I just couldn't understand the characterization of Catherine de' Medici. I am someone who likes Catherine de' Medici, a woman who had done her all to save France as she could. And even from a young age didn't enjoy the sheltered living that many said she… Continue reading The Collector of Dying Breaths

2 stars · 3 stars · Books · Literary · Reviews

Mother Land

The writing was amazingly interesting. That was really all that caught my attention. The narrative to me had moments where it would have had me hooked and other moments where I would just be bored to the point I was simply flipping pages. It was not created equal or really well used. But the writing… Continue reading Mother Land

1 star · 2 stars · Books · Fantasy · High Fantasy · Reviews

The Iron Flower

I was just really bored. The Black Witch had more in terms of knowing what it wanted to do. Here, it is just a series of back and forth. The plot is nonexistent. Things don't get bad fast enough, and even then it doesn't matter. The story begins with plenty of threats to Elloren. But… Continue reading The Iron Flower

2 stars · Books · Dystopia · Fiction · Reviews · Science Fiction

Dry

This just didn't get me. It had an interesting premise where one was likely to really get to me. But just no idea what it had wanted to do at all. The story in my opinion had been really really poor. It just didn't catch me in any way at all. I was trying my… Continue reading Dry

2 stars · Books · Fiction · Historical · Intrigue · Reviews

The Queen’s Prophet

I was somewhat interested in the story. At the same time, I really wasn't. It wasn't really the characters but rather the history. If I didn't have an interest in the Habsburg then I would have dropped the book. It isn't really one that has the idea of what subtlety means. It is not one… Continue reading The Queen’s Prophet