Ever The Hunted

This book is just predictably boring. I was right about who killed him, it being one of most predicable plot twist. I mean, it just simply sounded fishy that Lord Jamis wanted to find a murderer for Jo reason at all. Britta just accepted it, it’s not that she’s blinded by grief, but because she is point blank dumb. 

There were so many moments where she would have proved her common sense, but nope she does plenty of things which make as little sense as possible regarding her talents. And how did it even bloody take so long for her to guess that she’s a channeler. Hello, you can tell the difference between lies and truth tell me you aren’t so dense to actually believe that it is normal. 

But she did, for almost over half of the book. Until her grandmother revealed to her, and she got worked up over nothing. With her intellect, I couldn’t even be bothered to care about her. She is simply too stupid to live in the case, with how she handled her father’s murderer. And how she didn’t know how fishy Lord Jamis was. He waited months until his death before telling her the possible murderer and she doesn’t even think something it wrong. 

As for Cohen, I have no bloody idea how the hell did the author make him smell good even after weeks of not bathing. I kid you not. And other than that, he has about as much personality as a fresh smiling plant. Once he came into the picture, whatever that was left of Britta’s intelligence evaporated and her brain was filled with his fragrant smell. 

The plot, it just isn’t my thing and took forever to take off. I tend to steer clear of books with a journey, and clearly here it doesn’t handle it well. It felt more like a romantic journey than an actual fantasy one, so many pages were just filed with her thinking about him, trying to kiss her. Where did the bloody plot go? Replaced by a fresh smelling plant is what I guess. 

And the worldbuilding, it has to be the most vague and pointless of all fantasy I have read. Two countries are basically aagisnt each other, Malam hunts Channelers for no reason at all, not even Lord Jamis provided an explanation to it, and he is the one controlling the king. I mean can’t we have a king who is not controlled, manipulated, I can understand, but controlled, what do you think all monarchs are? The puppets which only reign and never rule, this is just getting ridiculous in ya. 

The Channelers being hunted by Malam, for almost no decent reason at all. The explanation I got basically had no connection at all, and Lord Jamis was as developed as the stereotypical villain, except he is paired with a very dumb protagonist who managed to get enamoured with a fresh smiling plant for almost the entire book. No wonder he managed to do it because the person who would stop him is simply too dumb to even notice people left tracks, and she’s a tracker. 

So, what can I say? That was a disappointment to me, but don’t let it affect your judgement in reading this. Perhaps you might enjoy it, but for me, it simply wasn’t. 

Rating: 1 out of 5


The Alloy Of Law

This had been one fast read. Now that I’m once more back to the Mistborn world, except these hundred years later everything has changed. And it has became one interesting development entirely, which characters leaving their mark, particularly Elend. His name makes up the city of Elendel, very easy to figure out. As for Vin, I feel as though she needed more recognition. But a gun being named Vindication after her is quite a lot, and a couple of places too. But at least she is still remembered. 

As for the world now, there are no longer Allomancers who are able to use the sixteen metals. Instead, we have twinborn(a mixture of Feruchemy and Allomacy) and Allomancers who can at best only burn one metal. 

But I would say despite not having the same characters as the first Mistborn trilogy had. This is something different and clearly defined so in fact, with Wax, Wayne, Marasi being all different from Mistborn. And also, unlike most of his works, this doesn’t feel nearly as dark but more of fun. 

Wax is a lawman who came back into the city. All the while there are kidnappings, crimes to be solved. It is unlike Mistborn in anyway possible, and begins in a simpler note. While Wayne has the cake for being the king of wit here, I laughed real hard at his lines. This work isn’t as serious as Mistborn where I read it slowly and carefully. In fact, this is lighter. 

As for Marasi, she is a strong willed character but I do like the fact that she loves skirts and dresses and look pretty. But she is a great shot. As the same for Ranette, who I’m interested in seeing as how she made Vindication and practically shoots Wayne every time he meets her. Wayne is one the most interesting and deep characters I feel that is here. Even more than Wax himself sometimes. 

For the ending, it is rather interesting to find out that. Though I guessed that there was more with the Ladrian family than on the surface with how Wax described his own uncle. In a sense, I was right and quite surprising, a new character show up. 

So, overall this work is remiscient of Mistborn in many ways possible, yet it sets itself apart as a sequel to it, yet never in the most direct sense. But should Mistborn readers read this? I suggest you try it, it may not be a cup of tea for all but it was for me. 

The Requiem Red 

I do admit that this book was realistic on many accounts, yet it was still hard to read at times. Mostly because of the consent switching of POVs, I would have preferred it merely being Jules and Jane, they were the really important characters. The rest of them merely made me confused as to who was narrating or what they were saying. 

As for the asylum here, and its procedures was definitely one of the more horrifying and true to history about what they did with the mentally challenged. Jane here clearly was rather sane, she simply saw the word in a different manner when compared to others. Same for Jules as well, both of this characters were similar. 

As for the ending, it felt abrupt and that there were some loose ends which needed to be tied up from there. The plot to me was rather simple and yet was confusing at times due to the style of the narration, as such it really confused me at times. I didn’t even figure out who was Jules until the middle and the extra names, to me had made little sense. I prefer my books to have narration by many characters to avoid using the word, I, and in this case it is so because I was just so confused by it. 

The historical setting to me felt real here, seeing as how it went by within the asylum and the best pulled off task seeing how they were and the asylum were treated. I know that during those times most patients were women, where it could be used as a convenient method to remove them without any divorce occurring. But an asylum during these times simply are horrible places to live, and as such, not exactly a good place. As for children who grew up there, they mostly remained there. 

I guess that I prefer the darker side of history where procedures were performed sometimes with disastrous effects, other times with little help at all. And most importantly, being ablated was the same as cutting off a part of the brain, many became infantile because of it. I really like this book in how it drew me to read up about it. 

Overall, I do think that this is those who like first person narration and would not mind having multiple narrators, I thought they were her split personalities above all. But I do like in how it gives a realistic portrayal of the mental illness and how it was viewed in that era. 

Rating: 3 out of 5

On Worldbuilding

To me, this is as important as making characters itself. How your world is structured would make your characters, it would show what kind of society they grew up in, the kind of beliefs they were raised in. And to me, it is important. 

Some writers treat this as a character itself, to me it is an interesting perspective to see. That the world is intricate and hard to define in one sentence, it basically sums up our world. Where there are so many things which are so simple yet so complex, there are completely different explanations for children and adults. Just like morality, Jo answer is completely right, and most of the time it comes in shades of grey. 

To me, history plays an integral part in shaping my world. It tells me that to make a believable world, I need to show the history having its own merits and faults, and how the world is flawed itself. If the world was perfect, it would be called an utopia rather than what it is. And writing utopian works; they are simply hard to pull off. How do you write a work of an utopian world, a dystopia would work far better. 

To me, it is also figuring out how the world would impact the characters and what sort of characters might come out of it. Especially in long sagas about fantasy, the world plays a large part in making characters who they are or what they believe. Such as whether it’s a patriarchal society or matriarchal society, whether both genders are treated equally, whether they respect power and authority. It all plays a part in making the characters. 

With the world set, possible back stories can be made with the context of the world itself, and hence making the character even more believable with the environment they have grew up with and the sort of life they had lived. As long as the world is developed enough to justify the personality of the character and also how it happens to them. 

To me, worldbuilding can also be a fascinating topic. I once did a note on nothing but earrings, but they were quite an important way to show their status in my book, as such the development was necessary to me. For me, worldbuilding is about as much as the important beliefs, traditions, more than miniscule details which might matter little. For me, focus on what is important in the world. And don’t be afraid to use the real world as an inspiration and helping you to figure out some details and also use objects as a way of symbolism. That to me, has always been one which I loved to use in my books if I could find an appropriate form to use it. 

Worldbuilding can be fun, and also sometimes just let yourself loose and surf the net. I always end up surprised what I end up searching, the history of the world is basically your best friend here. There are plenty of interesting facts about the world waiting to be discovered in fact. 

As for those who didn’t worldbuilding daunting, just stop trying to fill your notes with words and details that might matter little, more on what is important and vital to the story for it to feel realistic. And also, leave it alone until you feel as though you want to add something. Mine are still sparse till this day but I keep in mind on what I develop and write in the actual document itself.  

This Savage Song 

Victoria Schwab is definitely becoming a favourite author of mine. Her books are always the right kind of work for me, dark yet light, with characters that I do actually care about from Kell, Lila and now Kate and August. 

The situation both of them are in are simply interesting to me, Kate aspires to be her father yet finally discovers something horrible about her father. That guy is a bastard, and she realises it. I liked how the author pulled it off, making her just be the girl that chose to do so. To me, Kate is a character which feels as though she’s constantly trying to her father yet never managing to be so. 

As for August, he is more interesting in how he hesitated to kill them. And his hesitation about the Sunai itself. 

But the drawing point of the book has to go to the world, a post-apocalyptic world where we make our own monsters? It is a fantastic idea to me in fact, it sounded just so bloody interesting after all while. Especially how they are made, the Sunai are made through extreme tragedies which sometimes happen which is a good explanation why they are so few. 

As for the other characters, I certainly like Ilsa and hoped that she got a bigger role, since August mostly bored me. Kate was what pulled me through the entire book but there were some moments where he was interesting before he fell flat all over again. As for Leo, he definitely feels the way he is being judged, righteous even if he is not completely right. 

Overall, I really enjoyed the story as a whole with the only weakness being how boring August was, most of the time. But overall, I really enjoyed this book for its world and narrator, and how it took an interesting concept and delivered quite well on it. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

Kuroshitsuji 125 

Well, here is plot movement at last. The chapter revealed what happened to the P4, which seems that they are on the run after all this. They do seem to be nothing more than simply pawns apart from Violet who seems rather important. 

As for Bravat, is there another mastermind behind him? Clearly there is. But I doubt he is just a pawn, but more than that now. Seeing that he referred to them as we. So, who is this mastermind? Given how the blue sect was the named in similar fashion as the Campania being built by the blue star line. Perhaps a mastermind as to who lies behind. Possibly Undertaker or a new duo entirely? I don’t know here. But I can get that Undertaker has some connection to them otherwise he would not appear on their ship. 

As for the donors in actual reality, most of them have extended lives using a machine which suspiciously acts like a dialysis machine. Renal failure, in other words kidney failure meant that the body cannot remove any toxins. Once this was invented, it helped them to remove it. Which makes me think of someone supernatural helping them and also inventing the machine. 

As for the new shinigami, there definitely seems something off with him. Especially with how he acts around Ciel, but more specifically one line where he comments that Ciel is familiar. What could this mean? Maybe fifty years ago, he met someone close to Ciel in looks and also possibly shared similar ancestry. But I doubt that it is often, otherwise he would have been able to see it. But his obsession with Ciel clearly is because of the fact that he is in a contract despite his age. 

But I think this chapter moved the plot forward a lot more than usual, and left some questions. But I do wonder what would be found inside next? Will we finally get the answers to where Lizzie is being held captive? I think I’ll just wait and see. 

However, I do definitely think that we might seeing as how it is going. It’s fine time for some answers to be revealed about them. But I do think that we might get to see Ciel live to his fourteenth birthday, at the rate this is going(it is in November). One month doesn’t serve as a good timeframe to solve all answers if you ask me. There is still many unanswered questions that needs to be resolved and some development left for Ciel before we should see the ending. 

Overall, I do think that this chapter certainly answered enough but not enough as there are still loose ends. Such as Bravat’s true motives, Lizzie, and the mastermind behind this. 

A Gathering Of Shadows 

The sequel didn’t disappoint in anyway. A darker shade of magic was one enticing book, and this certainly proved that the series is worth chasing after. Even though the last book is coming out this month and even on this day(do I have such fantastic timing) but I feel that it has been one hell of a ride. 

This book takes place months after the whole incident in a gathering of shadows. And this time it is a competition. But not fully so on the competition rather more on Rhy, Kell and Lilia. All who which share a narration together. 

The competition not taking up most of the book was thankful for me, as Kell, Rhy and Lila all have their issues and new characters are introduced into the story. Alucard provides an interesting character and even once upon a time being loved by Rhy. Surprisingly he was gay, should have striked me when he had no women by his side nor a wife. Still wondering whether his parents knew about his orientation. 

It certainly adds an intriguing diversity into the story, with an actual gay couple, Rhy is as important to this book as Kell and Lila was. Without him, it would have lacked quite a lot. Given as how he was linked to Kell, and tries to make Kell happy as it would do to him. It is certainly something that I enjoyed seeing what would go down after months. 

Kell, here is trying his best to keep it all. And as an adopted prince, he certainly isn’t held to the same stick as Rhy was. He is distrusted by the King, who I vehemently hate right now, even if his actions made sense but still to Kell who did it all and is still sacrificing, I jag enough words how can someone be like this. As for the ending, I sincerely hope that he would be fine after the end of this. 

As for Lila, she is certainly exploring whatever abilities she was gifted with. Even if some of her methods are not really intelligent, but that’s Lila. She is a fine blend of badassery and naiveness, and also recklessness. And here, watching her enter felt so Lila, and all the things she has done to me although some were incredibly stupid but made me feel like it was her indeed. 

Overall, I really enjoyed the sequel as it developed some side characters which weren’t developed in the first book(Rhy) and introduced characters which were somehow important (Alucard Emery). I’m certainly interested to know where this would head after this, and definitely would be getting my hands on the sequel. Just not today, I live in Singapore which is in a whole other continent from USA, so probably for a while before I can get my hands on the final book. 

Rating: 5 out of 5