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

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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 · 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

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 · 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

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

4 stars · 5 stars · Books · Fantasy · Historical · Historical Fantasy · Mythology · Reviews

The Sisters Of The Winter Wood

This work had caught me off guard and made me feel a wife variety of emotions as I read through it. And it blends poetry and prose altogether. And ensuring that each sister has a distinct viewpoint. And it works fantastically to make a different piece of work. All the while the setting is rich.… Continue reading The Sisters Of The Winter Wood

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

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

3 stars · 4 stars · Adult · Books · Fiction · Historical · Mystery · Reviews

The Poisoned Pilgrim

If there was anything which I really liked about this was the clear establishment of its characters. The story is rather quiet and simple. About the hangman and his daughter. And also his extended family. And that they were now on a pilgrimage elsewhere. It was entertaining as the story was rather personal about where… Continue reading The Poisoned Pilgrim

1 star · Books · Fiction · Historical · Historical Romance · Reviews · Young Adult

When We Caught Fire

You know what, I really couldn't care less about the story. There was literally nothing that caught my attention as I struggled through the first hundred pages. There is nothing interesting about Fiona. She is really there to be the wallflower of the story. As for Emmeline, I found her disdainful. I didn't like her… Continue reading When We Caught Fire

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

5 stars · Books · Historical · Horror · Literary · Reviews · Thriller

The Corset

This was something that would linger in my mind. And the moment I started to read, it simply refused to let me go. I finished the book in one sitting. It is a book about murder, tales and most importantly it is a book about society. How in one end it is so perfect, where… Continue reading The Corset

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 · 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

3 stars · Books · Historical · Mystery · Reviews

The Library of Light And Shadow

I was more confused than anything else. This book was good at completely baffling me that by the end I had no idea what was going on. I wasn't kidding. I really had no idea what was going on. The plot threads in my opinion had been really weak with no follow through. And no… Continue reading The Library of Light And Shadow

1 star · Books · Historical

The Huntingfield Paintress

It just didn't feel good. A hundred pages in and I was feeling nothing about the book. I did not feel like I really wanted to continue reading or anything. And the beginning had turned it off for me. Even as the chapters that continued it really made me really not keen on doing anything.… Continue reading The Huntingfield Paintress