The Sin Eater’s Daughter


Finally, a book which I thoroughly enjoyed. Never did I think from the beginning that this was what awaited me, within the book itself had been so different from the title. It represents so little of Twylla’s identity get represented her perfectly at the end. 

I really like this book because of just how conflicted the main character is, she had been taught to believe that she could kill. With so much proof of her abilities, that even I was convinced. Except until the lie, and everything from there was a different sort of story. One which I greatly enjoyed. 

The plot here gives us so much, such as her not having any poison at all(quite expected) but its reveal earlier than I thought, only to find a whole new conspiracy behind it, and why Twylla became Daunen Embodied. 

So much was really well explained, and hinted earlier upon on. And the villain has such a major presence, and we know that she is the main villain of the book from the start with enough development to be interesting really. She is cruel, but a person who knew how to eventually get back the support of her people. She is politically smart, and merely a cruel vicious woman. Nothing else really. 

As for the live triangle, I didn’t hate it. Both Merek and Lief had their own issues, even I didn’t expect what Lief was revealed to be in the end. As for Merek, he was far more than just a typical prince, either too idealistic. But he seems well aware what kind of mother he has, and the lengths she is willing to go to. And in the end, wherever she went was deserving of her, and her end was something fitting to her. 

As for the actual plot, it was a rather twisty ride, even more so than my usual. It had been different and never let me down, apart from being sin eater, to Daunen Embodied to eventually realise her life had been a lie, and another had been nothing more than a liar. I really enjoyed this, it had been a book which I was waiting for for quite some time. Had been on a really bad book streak for a while. 

Overall, I read enjoyed this book and where it headed. It most definitely was not to my expectations and I recommend this to those who really hopes for something different.

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Ruined


I should have known from the moment I had read the blurb, it was quite a disaster, though better than the Selection in some ways. But completely lost my interest for most of the book. 

The only thing that relatively interested me had been some moments of interesting conversations and how aware they are. Their parents were all indeed horrible people, and they have enough common sense to see it. 

But other than that, it didn’t hook me at all. It felt pointless to me actually, the ruined doesn’t feel dangerous. They are mostly messing with people’s mind except in the worst way possible. However, just killing a bunch of innocent people doesn’t really justify it in the least. 

But having them fall in love, it has made it impossible for me to like them. It was mostly setting up the book, the most interesting thing happened halfway where I couldn’t even be bothered to read most of it. And the queen did have potential, and the king to have moments where they could have some moments of cruelty and ruthlessness. They could also have some moments where their minds would have rationalized it, why they have done so. 

I would have also wanted a lot more on Em’s thoughts. About her struggle to understand why it needed to be so, how the ruined themselves had also done wrong. To me, here in actual reality the ruined aren’t perfect nor blameless, but neither the king is right either. There are far better ways than massacring them. 

But unfortunately all of it went to building the romance between them. Not entirely wrong, but clearly not the best way to go. I wanted a lot more on the politics, the motives as this is fantasy. I only managed to get a really shallow view of the villains here, Em, Cas, and all the characters. And really, it was a good plan in the beginning before it went downhill later on where it just dragged for so long that I could barely even continue. 

So, my issues was how the middle was handled and the ending where it completely bored me to the end. The main characters were actually decent, the villains could have been developed more. And really, it still felt better than the Selection. 

Rating: 2 out of 5

These Broken Stars 


A pretty interesting kind of sci-fi. One that managed to keep my interest without me either losing it half way or completely having no interest whatsoever. 

What do I feel about this book? It’s not just about aliens, but also with romance. One which I could like and even enjoy, as they are simply stuck in a situation which they have no control of. They have no ability to control it, and they managed to do it well and controlled it. 

I really like how these two main characters have their own problems, one is a war hero and the other the richest girl in the galaxy. Lilac had plenty of weaknesses, and spent most of the first half being useless, but it’s reasonable and understandable when comapred to the soldier who spent years outside and had experience and training to handle such situations. 

But the most important thing is that they both are vulnerable, not even the Major was perfect in every way as well. He had his own moments of weaknesses, and vulnerability. 

Both have their strengths and skills, seeing as how they were brought up. Nor even Lilac had a life of luxury where she had freedom of choice. And what she does at the end is clearly well handled and even thought out enough for me to like them. 

The plot may seem simple, and ends with many questions as well. What are the secrets lying behind Lilac’s father, he is sketchy, really really sketchy. I mean what kind of father acts like he did to his own daughter. Most of the time, it felt more to me that Lilac had been his possession and no one else could have her. 

And the entire planet itself, there is just so much more than what appears on the surface. Even until the end, it is a mystery. One I hope will be explored later on. The love here for me was realistic, they are all simply surviving, not needing to kill each other, but developing feelings after who close they were, how dependent they were on each other to me was something I could understand. Well, I like them together. 

Overall, I really enjoy this book and work continue with this trilogy as well. It is definitely one of the better books I have managed to pick up in weeks, in the midst of mostly horrible books. 

Rating: 4 out of 5 

The Crown’s Game 


You know what, I really couldn’t be bothered to read most of the book. The only part which intrigued me was towards the end where Nikolai died and potentially would be revived. If not, I was bored out of my mind with this book. 

To me, I had expected a more dangerous game. One where actual magic was used and thrown, not just reading love sick teenagers trying their best to kill each other, but really doing absolutely nothing to say they want to win the game.

The game itself had terms which made sense, and reasons why only one should exist was logical. And the ending does leave quite a lot more to be thought. But the middle was just so dreadfully boring, I completely forgot what was it about.

The magic system interested me, in many ways. Although at times, it felt a little ridiculous to be honest. Vika could do quite a lot, Nikolai, simply couldn’t be bothered. Since I had been bored out of my mind until the last few pages. Where something interesting had happened. 

The insta-love wasn’t as annoying as expected, just the complete lack of any tension of any sort about the game. It was like waiting for the glorious game you wanted only to find that it is mediocre and easy to break.  

But the tension and pacing was what killed me in this book. Even more than the cardboard characters which plagued the book. Though I liked the mother the most, and Vika nor Nikolai or even any characters had any depth of any sort. Even the love triangle to me was boring as hell, and quite unnecessary. It would have been better that Pasha did it out of other interests. 

And that the role of the imperial enchanter had been something which intrigued me quite a lot. I wanted to know more how it fitted in with this world, how it was part of the monarchy. I also wanted more intrigue with each other, seeing that the imperial enchanter was at court. 

I wanted more about the conflicting interests, and watching other people supporting Vika, nobility, the common. But nothing makes sense as there are no stakes involved, no threats to make them make a choice and even no conflict other than the two fell in love with each other the moment they met. 

As such, I really cannot rate this book highly as it was only interesting towards the end. The rest had flew over my head, or simply let me down in expectations. 

Rating: 2 out of 5

Frost Like Night 

This was a decent ending to a series. I didn’t dislike where it headed in the least, nor did I hate where it went as well. Overall, I do enjoy this series even though it’s mostly pure enjoyment. 

I think what made me like this a little more than Ice Like Fire is that there was more on Meira struggling to accept her own death, and since it is in first person. It depends heavily on the main character itself. And her struggle here made me like her quite a bit more than the last book. She was struggling then, but here was where she had a turning point which I enjoyed the direction it took. 

As for the alternating points, I do admit that it is what I should expect in a war. There is just too much and if I constantly read Meira’s struggles all the time, I would be bored and wonder where the heck is everything else doing. As for Rares and Oana, they are quite interesting and at least should have more depth than that. I was expecting him to have a little more quirks, he’s a centuries old dude, he probably has picked up some strange things. I highly doubt that he spent it all locking himself and dealing with monarchs who grow out of hand. 

As for the romance, I do admit that it felt as though it overtook quite a bit in the middle part and dragged quite a lot. I didn’t really find it fluffy nor completely unnecessary. But I do admit that it just didn’t feel like a war to me. At all. 

As for Angra, I was hoping that he would have been explored a little more and well his motives isn’t even hella clear to me. And as a villain, he honestly is boring. Same for Theron, I was expecting a little twist that you know what, Theron followed him of his own will. I was hoping that that would happen, and Angra had a little more depth, he barely had an appearance within this book itself.

Meira most certainly didn’t spend time understanding our major villain, and most of it went to worrying over her life which is legit. But I just want to see Angra being far more a threat, because he just seems so weak in his attempts to crush Meira. 

Overall, I do admit that the ending is nice. Though not what I had expected in terms of the book, but all came together and at least Meira no longer has any magic. And the consequences of it is clear as well, but it dragged quite a bit and less was actually focused on the war they were fighting, figuring out Angra and even outsmarting him. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Kuroshitsuji 126


I would say that this is a cliffhanger which I didn’t expect either. But for certain, I am not expecting it to be Ciel. At least not the Earl we have always known, which brings me whether the next chapter might reveal the Two Ciel Theory. 

Well, since with how Soma particularly acted around this mysterious visitor. He invited him in with a kindly tone, joke with him. And it does remind me of how he interacted with Ciel quite a lot even though he mostly shakes it off. And most importantly, is how he remarked that Ciel looked ill. That could mean quite a lot since the Ciel we see doesn’t have any physical aliment as of now. And that does make me suspect who it is. 

About Lizzie, I really don’t know. But he would not be so casual around her, such as even touching her. It doesn’t strike me that Soma would want to do something like that. As such, I doubt that it is Lizzie at all.

As for what Agni found, it does very much make me think of the photo back in Chapter 123. One which burned, what is left is something extremely important and possibly even what confirms it. I am quite okay with the Two Ciel Theory as it is, it does explain quite a lot. And all the while, there are perfectly good reasons why he would do so anyway. 

As for Agni’s reaction, it’s much more of the Phantomhives having twins rather than something else entirely. His reaction does tell me of it either way. Doesn’t really make sense if he would freak out over something minor, and the other theories don’t make a lot of sense. Unless it has something to do with Sebastian the dog? Maybe, but I think it having more to do with Ciel. 

As for the ending, I think that Agni would be the one who intercept that bullet. Though I do wonder where this would head into, and who is the shooter of that particular gun. I think that the next chapter would be where some questions are finally answered and whether this arc would truly be important to the storyline like what the author promised. I do enjoy this manga for all the clues and mysteries and even small details here which push the plot forward. 

So, I can’t wait for the chapter next month. What about you? What do you think if this chapter currently? 

Carve The Mark 


My real issue with this book is that it is just so dull that I can barely remember almost anything about the story. I didn’t hate the book but I didn’t have any joy from reading it, and it was just so dull I skimmed the last part. 

Cyra, is a sort of weapon. I lost interest in her in the beginning already, she was uttelry boring having almost no emotion whatsoever, and to make it worse when narration was dull. Akos is also as dull as Cyra is, his chapters and her chapters, I couldn’t bloody care about any of them in the least. Even less about the supporting characters. Most of them went way over my head in how they acted. 

The world was so simplistic and the dialogue just boring and not intriguing me to know more about this galaxy and world. It’s just two planets, a solar system and I barely know anything else. It went over my head because of how monotonous the book was. Boring, and failed to keep my attention in the least. I couldn’t even remembered what was mentioned because I simply wasn’t engaged in this. It felt more like a chore that I have to read(I dislike dropping books). 

I can safely say that the writing was what ruined it for me, seeing as how Cyra were developed did seem interesting, except I never even saw what she was raised for. In fact, I expected it at the very beginning. I didn’t have high hopes for Akos which also seemed to be a letdown, as he could help her think about her reality and how it is completely different. And also at the same time provide another narration. 

Nope, both are just so dull that all details flew over my head, the conversations so plain that I barely remembered any of it. Overall, I cannot even rate this book highly. I can barely even remember what to recommend for this book, it’s just that I read it, and skimmed it because I wasn’t even able to connect to the characters nor even enjoy the book at all.  

Rating: 2 out of 5