3 stars · 4 stars · Books · Dystopia · Reviews · Science Fiction

Chase

This work is the sort of work which does everything well, but I wished it could be more. The story begins with a young mother, who has her own secrets with her situation being defining of what sort of world she lives in. In a loveless marriage, without any real way out. It got me… Continue reading Chase

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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

1 star · Books · Fiction · Literary

More

This was a strange book to be reading at the very least. It was baffling, rambling but about a very dark topic. Except the writing made me want to cringe. Like so many times. It was as though no one bothered to check the content and the work itself doesn't really come across as some… Continue reading More

3 stars · Books · Fiction · Reviews · Science Fiction

First Of Their Kind

This was a book which gave a fairly nuanced view of AI. In a way that does not simplify matters, and gives a fresh take on the artificial intelligence. Theren is unemotional, which is what many might expect since he's a robot. He doesn't really feel and a lot of it can translate to dry… Continue reading First Of Their Kind

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

1 star · Books · Fantasy · Historical · Historical Fantasy · Reviews · Young Adult

The Gilded Wolves

I was sorely bored. I guess I wanted to be swept up into a book of strong characters, schemes, in which this book was supposed to prove that. It doesn't. The execution of the story was bloody terrible. From the beginning to the end I still don't care and don't know any of this people.… Continue reading The Gilded Wolves

4 stars · 5 stars · Books · Fiction · Historical · Reviews

When Christ And His Saints Slept

This was a surprisingly good book. Detailing the events that came to pass of the Anarchy. Of the civil war between Stephen and Maude. It was indeed done brilliantly. Both Stephen and Maude are sympathetic characters, neither one is perfect. And the whole reason this existed is that both did not agree. The same reason… Continue reading When Christ And His Saints Slept

3 stars · Books · Fiction · Historical · Reviews · Thriller

The Paragon Hotel

The story had a distinctive style to it. Especially in its setting, but the plot and characters were rather lackluster. At least in my opinion. The story starts off with a style that takes a while to get into. And there seems to be a direction. Except that I don't really feel it anyway. The… Continue reading The Paragon Hotel

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

1 star · Books · Fiction · Reviews · Uncategorized

Hazards of Time Travel

I am honestly really really bored by the story. What is there to read? Something going horribly wrong? The idea of time travel being flawed. None of that is actually answered here. When the story literally jumps around with absolutely no idea on what it's doing at the end of the day. Who is the… Continue reading Hazards of Time Travel

4 stars · 5 stars · Books · Fiction · Historical · Retellings · Reviews · Young Adult

The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

Well, this was a book which kept me flipping the pages. With twists that I didn't expect and was in all ways, entertaining, but also full of depth. What happens when a girl is given to the Frankenstein family? What happens if she is raised to know to win his love, and he only has… Continue reading The Dark Descent of Elizabeth Frankenstein

1 star · Books · Fantasy · Fiction · Historical · Historical Fantasy

The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

I was bored with the story. It just didn't help me and the more I tried. The more it just didn't seem to have anything that fitted. Even as it touched a little on Japan, although I'm particularly baffled about how it comes together. And the writing for most part was bland and unmemorable. And… Continue reading The Watchmaker of Filigree Street

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

4 stars · Books · Fantasy · Fiction · Reviews · Urban Fantasy

Vita Nostra

If anything, this was a bizarrely delectable journey. It's a school about magic, but it's nothing like Harry Potter. The students have no idea what they're studying or even the reason why. Some of them don't even want to be there and were forced into it. There were no answers given, but even then it… Continue reading Vita Nostra

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

3 stars · 4 stars · Alternate History · Books · Fiction · Historical · Reviews

Annelies

What if Anne Frank survived? This book answers the question to an extent. I found the beginning of this book to be slow, I almost dropped it then. But by the middle, where Anne was angry, resentful and mostly a girl not knowing what to do. She is still a girl who has been through… Continue reading Annelies