A Taste Of Evil

There was nothing about this that was even remotely entertaining. I was rather confused as to what was happening and given the way it was narrated, I was half expecting Julia to get revenge.

Which I most certainly didn’t, since it turns to a normal murder mystery pretty soon. And why was Julia even a narrator when she had no connection to the story.

She was just there, and viewing the story when she had really nothing about it. I thought it was roughly about flashbacks, where I get to feel but a lot of it is told.

And first rule is to always show not tell. All the while I never connected with Julia, there was nothing memorable about her sadly.

And this was why this book failed. I just didn’t understand why it existed, the story was confusing and needed more work and a lot of it was told. It wasn’t showed. The transition was often quite clunky.

Overall, just didn’t like it nor found anything worth recommending.

Rating: 1 out of 5


The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue

Well, this wasn’t exactly the sort of hilarity I was expected. But this novel is still something that I agree should exist, really exist. Because it manages to make characters which feel real, and their situations and plights to be understandable.

We have Monty, who isn’t all that likeable. Yes, he is far from that. He does a lot of questionable things and ends up in hilarious situations because of his own stupidity, and the whole reason why the plots starts. A brilliant plan to get him into trouble when it is really all he does.

And that his plight although comfortable was not all that nice. He is like the unwanted son, his father provides for him but never truly cares about him.

Percy is biracial, and has an illness that will have many send him off to an asylum in those times. Sad as that is, but I admire him for the way that he understands his friends and tries to live with it. He doesn’t say that he wants a cure at any means, and I appreciate him for that. Although I will have liked to know more about him.

But I like Felicity the most, a girl who wants to become a doctor but had no chances. Because she just so happened to be born a girl. And that doesn’t stop her, I like what she does to get what she wants. And that I will check out the next book since it is centered on her, if anything I do want to know her better.

The plot is basically revealed up there, Monty gets into trouble, by doing something that he really shouldn’t be doing. But turns out to be all that important, and at the same time develop the plot. Yes, I was surprised at the developments. Although this is for from the normal kind of story that I got.

But by the end of it, they have moved forward and truly grown as people. Monty actually taking some responsibility and taking the first step into an actual relationship, although I enjoy the open ended ending.

Well, I think I will appreciate the sequel more, Monty wasn’t all that likeable for me. And this wasn’t really all too funny. But deserving, yes. It is something that still kept me hooked for an entire day, but masterpiece not really.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Searcher For The Dead

I just didn’t enjoy much of the book at all. I did feel that it could have been done much better. A lot better if you ask me since I didn’t care for the characters at all.

Well, I was initially intrigued. But there just wasn’t anything interesting that was happening there, and I really didn’t care for any of the characters at all.

At first, I liked the setting and the situation. It is the late 1500s, when Queen Elizabeth was hardening her position against Catholics. But there just wasn’t enough of anything that was happening, around this or anything for that matter to the plot.

And well, if I neither like the characters nor can even find where the plot is, I’m dropping it.

Rating: 2 out of 5


This was by all means, dark and satisfying. Even for a middle grade book, this was one which did truly explore the depths of being exploited and alone. With no one to stand up for them.

A tale of a lonely girl and the way that many take advantage of her, when she does something that is so necessary. A thankless job but none of them take her seriously.

I greatly enjoyed this, because of the way that it was told and Laylee’s plight was highlighted. Through her thoughts that she simply moves on without care, even when they often mistreated her.

That what she does is so important yet often ignored. That the dead were simply left on her doorstep to deal with. And she wasn’t even paid enough. I say that I enjoyed this because of the way this issue was so clearly explored, the kind of hopelessness she faced. The situation she was stuck in.

Like many children who are still doing child labour, because if they did not do it, they will never get fed. I appreciate what this story is telling, as much as Laylee doesn’t have a choice.

And the emotions she felt, all the time were so incredibly well done. I felt for her, I understood her. She simply did what she thought was best, she accepted her situation because trying to fight it was hard. Very hard. That there was little way that she could have won.

And Alice and Oliver, although I didn’t read the previous book I liked them. They truly were of aid to Laylee as much as Benyamin was to her. They were her friends, and grew to be.

As for the magic here, the ideas are well explored and developed. Such as how the dead rises, and how they need to be washed. Otherwise they will never move on, and if waited too long they will linger on the earth.

As such, I say that this is a book that should exist. It is relevant, it talks about something that should have been done. Such as the emotions that Laylee bottles up from years of exploitation, mistreatment. That when it comes up, it is scary. In this case, it is so.

But Laylee is still a better person than they were at the end of the day, she simply wanted to be respected and paid for her work. Nothing more, and well isn’t that all we wish for too?

Rating: 5 out of 5

No Cure For The Dead

This was such an enjoyable historical mystery. I enjoyed every inch of it, and the murderer for once was someone that I couldn’t figure out. It was carefully written and planned out without a doubt.

Also, I was blown away by how the author managed to capture the voice of the main character. Who is Florence Nightingale, but by all means the narration happened in my head. Rare as it was for that to ever happen.

This is one of those which I will be likely to remember down the road, as Florence was a nurse. She isn’t perfect, she will not think like a detective because it is not her profession.

And well, that worked. Florence has a reason to figure all this out, it is entirely in her personality to do so. And entirely like her as well, to care so much for she had fought tooth and nail to be there.

And well, despite all was the way the murder investigation was carried out. Interviewing, and finding out information as well as getting herself into contact of many of them.

Which to me is what makes a mystery enjoyable, as there are clues that will unlikely be revealed until they are linked together.

And as for the truth behind many of the characters, they are all different. Some of them have vices, but they are not stupid enough to commit murder. Or at least insane enough. And well, I was surprised at all of this.

But nonetheless, pleased with how Florence dealt with it. Wrongdoing is wrongdoing, especially in a profession such as nursing, and she still has standards at the end of the day.

So, I guess I liked the way Florence was portrayed. Principled but will put lives ahead of others, and in this had many masterful strokes regarding her. Brilliantly executed, although at times dragged.

Rating: 4 out of 5

White Panther

If anything, I really didn’t care much after a while. It just seemed to have lacked something that drew me into the story, even though I enjoyed the narration at the beginning.

I really didn’t like it although the setting was intriguing, about a group that I knew barely about. Since it is set during the Roman Empire, but goes towards more of Celtic tribes.

But I just didn’t get the story, nothing really got to me here. I liked some of the characters, but the plot just took way too long to kick in and the characters lacked something which intrigued me.

Which as always, will be difficult to ever keep my attention when it is so. And so, this just didn’t work out. It was just forgettable with little really developed, although I liked the setting and could relate to some of the characters. It was just the fact that none of them really got to me was the problem.

And the plot could have been more prominent, and more exciting will have helped too.

Rating: 2 out of 5

See All The Stars

Well, nothing really interested me. Although I am a teemager but when I like contemporary books it has to be something that I don’t see being written about everyday.

Here is mostly romance, school and all the usual things we go through. But I find that boring. I don’t like it. I rather young adult books tackle complex issues which affect us now and has been present for decades.

Such as mental illness, racism, prejudice, the nature of being a teen in such an era. Sadly, this just doesn’t get to me. It’s mostly teen drama in this book, which may work for some but has always eluded me.

But you can give it a try, it simply wasn’t for me but maybe it might be for you. I just prefer books which makes me think.