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

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4 stars · Books · Historical · Intrigue · Mystery · Reviews · Thriller

The Murder of Harriet Monckton

It wasn't written in the usual way and yet I can't say that the story didn't entice me. It managed to get me to read this highly wildly structured novel. And managed to make it work. The best part of the story lies in Harriet's own thoughts. That to me was the biggest part. And… Continue reading The Murder of Harriet Monckton

4 stars · Books · Historical · Intrigue · Literary · Reviews · Women's Fiction

Terrible Virtue

If anything, this was something that brought me back from a reading slump. A book about the woman who spearheaded the Birth Control Movement. The idea of planned parenthood. I liked the way that her story was narrated. Unconventional, it worked even as at certain times I found it rather strange to be there. But… Continue reading Terrible Virtue

4 stars · 5 stars · Books · Historical · Intrigue · Legends · Literary · Reviews · Women's Fiction

The Romanov Empress

This was a story of a woman who tried her best to save the monarchy of Russia. Even if it will not be successful. If anything, she was a brave woman. Beginning from the time she was a princess, and slowly to becoming a Russian Dowager Empress. The change as she grows is astounding, wise… Continue reading The Romanov Empress

3 stars · 4 stars · Books · Historical · Intrigue · Legends · Retellings · Reviews

Mademoiselle Chanel

If anything, this was the story which was different. Although it was not to the exact idea I had for a long time. Chanel was a woman whom captured my interest. A woman who never married and worked her way to her own fortune. It was one of the most inspiring works, but I feel… Continue reading Mademoiselle Chanel

4 stars · Books · Historical · Historical Romance · Intrigue · Literary · Mystery · Paranormal · Reviews

Bohemian Gospel

This was something that I liked incredibly much. Even as the last chapters had me mostly wondering what happened and whether there was time skip. But the story opens in a way that is unforgettable and even later never loses sight of who Mouse is as a character. And for all that she is, she… Continue reading Bohemian Gospel

2 stars · Books · Fantasy · Fiction · High Fantasy · Intrigue · Retellings · Reviews · Romance

Uprooted

For most of the time I was reading, nothing really kept my attention. Or even tried to keep it. The story is about a girl who ends up becoming some apprentice to a dragon. And has a friend who is corrupted or something. And when the dragon helps her, a prince comes to check if… Continue reading Uprooted

1 star · Books · Epic Fantasy · Fantasy · Fiction · High Fantasy · Intrigue · Reviews · Young Adult

The Queen’s Rising

Disappointing, I was intending for a story about a woman who was going to rise to be Queen. Which I got nothing of. It begins with a girl who is admitted because of her blood instead of skill. And when she is a teenager, she is hopeless. That makes for the best of stories, am… Continue reading The Queen’s Rising

3 stars · Books · Fiction · Historical · Intrigue · Legends · Literary · Reviews

The Map Of Salt And Stars

This is a work which I enjoyed as much as I was baffled by how certain things went. At the same time I liked the atmosphere and the setting. But the story is split into two, one about Rawiya and her travels. The things that made her life, when she made her way to Sicily… Continue reading The Map Of Salt And Stars

4 stars · Books · Epic Fantasy · Fantasy · Fiction · High Fantasy · Intrigue · Reviews

Ash Princess

If it was anything, this was something that really worked if you wanted something that doesn't tread too deeply, but never shies away from touching the more darker aspects. Thora is a princess, the last of her line. And well, she is suffering for everything that has been done by the Asterean. With the first… Continue reading Ash Princess

1 star · Books · Historical · Intrigue · Reviews

The Inquisitor’s Wife

I'm just mostly disappointed with the book. Despite being set in Spain, during a time were anyone and everyone could be a suspect of religious heresy and charged. But it just didn't understand what it was trying to do at all, when it has a lot of words spending it with a girl whose father… Continue reading The Inquisitor’s Wife

4 stars · Books · Fiction · Historical · Intrigue · Legends · Literary · Reviews

The Vatican Princess

This was one of the most difficult emotional journeys I have read. For a girl like Lucrezia to know that those closest to her are the very ones she could not trust. That they used her to their own gain, and left her to reap the consequences. That they thought her an object, a pawn… Continue reading The Vatican Princess

4 stars · Books · Fiction · Historical · Intrigue · Literary · Reviews

The Queen’s Vow

For a story being about such a controversial Queen, this done her justice. The best moments were the middle of the novel before she was crowned and when she was fighting for her throne. And all the issues she dealt with such as her husband's infidelity, and hinting that eventually he might do his own… Continue reading The Queen’s Vow

5 stars · Books · Epic Fantasy · Fantasy · Fiction · High Fantasy · Horror · Intrigue · Reviews

The Poppy War

If anything, this is not for the kind hearted. It is reading about war, and what drives people to commit atrocities. How much are you willing to do to commit them. It begins from a girl who escapes. It is a struggle for her to survive, that she chose to take the test km holes… Continue reading The Poppy War

4 stars · Biography · Books · Historical · Intrigue · Literary · Reviews · Women's Fiction

The Last Queen

If anything, this was the story of a Queen who simply had too many tragedies happen to her. And at the same time, it is a story where a woman must discern what was right and what is wrong. Everyone around her wishes to use her to accomplish something. Or seem like it. Her mother,… Continue reading The Last Queen

4 stars · 5 stars · Books · Fiction · Historical · Historical Romance · Intrigue · Literary · Reviews

World Without End

I feel that this is the strongest entry in the series. Unlike Pillars of the Earth, where it was at times dragging here I feel that the world came alive, and I cared for almost every character here. Regardless of who they were. And it all begins when a boy becomes a carpenter's apprentice. Merthin… Continue reading World Without End

4 stars · 5 stars · Books · Historical · Intrigue · Light Novels · Literary · Reviews · Women's Fiction

The Confessions Of Catherine De Medici

If anything, this is one of the most human accounts of her. She is portrayed as the scared little girl, the woman who was queen in all but name, and of course the mother who did her level best to save her country and family. She isn't perfect, then again, who is. She has her… Continue reading The Confessions Of Catherine De Medici

2 stars · Books · Historical · Historical Romance · Intrigue · Reviews

Song Of Isabel

Mostly I'm just not sucked into the world. And that the story didn't seem to have any idea what it intends to be. For a historical romance, there isn't a lot of scenes building who she is married to. For court intrigue, there isn't any good maneuvers. Mostly because of how limited the time period… Continue reading Song Of Isabel

5 stars · Books · Fantasy · Fiction · Intrigue · Reviews · Speculative Fiction · Young Adult

State of Sorrow

Surprises aside, this was one of the most satisfying and incredibly entertaining series. Each character has their own characters, I have never felt that any was an extra. And each of them had their roles to play. And instead of a kingdom, we get a family dictatorship. Which was still incredibly entertaining st the end… Continue reading State of Sorrow

Historical · Historical Fantasy · Intrigue · Paranormal · Shounen

What makes Kuroshitsuji enticing?

Although many say that it is a series which has lost its focus with recent arcs, which I won't rebuke because it is the truth. The story didn't develop nearly as much after the Campaigna, especially in the blue sect arc. But I'm here to talk about just what made Black Butler so incredibly addictive,… Continue reading What makes Kuroshitsuji enticing?