Season Of Blood

Although it began really interesting but in the end my interest mostly waned.

Although it tackled an interesting topic but I just felt that nothing was happening and nothing really interesting was catching my attention.

I do feel that the writing is nice. But again, the characters just didn’t stand out to me. And well, when they don’t stand out it just feels really impersonal and difficult to connect or even understand their emotions. Or even why they are like this.

The starting was really the strongest where it is rather mysterious but eventually revealed itself to be rather entertaining. At least until around half of the novel.

I guess this just wasn’t for me. I will still recommend.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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In The Shadows

The only good thing was the graphics. It was beautiful and even gorgeous if you ask me, while the prose was absolutely dry and dull.

I loved the art, as I flipped back to enjoy the pictures. However the writing seemed to be so lifeless and didn’t expand on the worldbuilding at all, not really tried to connect the stories together.

And that the plot, doesn’t feel so connected. With the romance being boring, in a way that I just couldn’t stand it. The character being so gorgeously bland that it could have been better. Even the art version of it was more tolerable than the words.

And that’s saying something when it comes to me. So, look at the art which tells a story so well. It does so enough without needing to do too much, with plenty of mystery and showing the characters in a good way. Well, this will have worked without the prose well enough.

And there is where I say, this book told a good story using the pictures but a terrible one using words.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

The Farrier’s Daughter

DNF @ 80%

I give up. The book went well for the first quarter or so, before it went downhill since then.

And well, I just can’t. The plot was basically nonexistent as was the world. Initially, it caught my attention but eventually it just revealed itself to have really no idea where it wanted to head. And the romance, at best it is laughable.

I just don’t even know where this book is heading, when it should have focused on the curse which got Alainn becoming nobility or something which comes so true. But just really, it doesn’t bother to pay attention to this juicy bit and instead focus on much duller things. Which doesn’t make much sense, although the setting is rather unique at the least.

And there is where I believe that it simply lost me.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Moonlit Waltz

I guess that the whole appeal with this entire story is that it is short and sweet and doesn’t drag out unnecessary agony.

It was okay overall, not making things too complicated all the while I did enjoy how Ella was portrayed too. Add in a little touch of werewolf magic and I did find this rather okay overall.

But that is about it.

Everything else was just too light for my taste and I guess this wasn’t written for me. I like my books darker, although this gives good breathing room but it simply doesn’t make me think.

And when it doesn’t haunt me to continuously think about the story you can see why I will have to lower it. It is just going to be forgotten by me, and probably I will never remember it.

Overall, whether you do want to read it is up to you. It just wasn’t to my taste.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Traitor’s Hope

Well, this was indeed the most surprising since it is not only just a sequel but also somehow seemed a rather different yet heavily inspired Japanese fantasy.

Although there are no Samurais, and that the system is a little confusing since it was not really explained to me while I had to make some guesses here and there.

However the characters were rather okay, although they blended in at times and I found the plot a tad aimless. It’s like I don’t really know what is happening but the book neither really tried to bridge the gap as to what happened in the previous book.

So I found myself quite lost hut rather liking the narrating characters and the writing felt do incredibly real and even easy to read. Which is really easy for me to read and even understand.

So, overall I really liked the way it is written and the unique kind of fantasy, it takes some aspects and turns it into something new. But I believe that the execution could be better as I found myself quite confused overall.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Iron Cast

For a moment, I just didn’t found myself captivated by this. Although the writing was readable, and the characters on some level relatable, and also, the world did seem rather different.

The things which I did like was how diverse it was, and how it handles a book without too much romance. It does show that not everyone needs a love interest, but the main problem is that there really is nothing else other than that.

Corinne and Ada are just there, apart from having a lot of friendship and a good relationship. There really is nothing else that defines them or makes me interested in them. They are just there. Which I consider a major flaw, and the diversity to be one thing that I did enjoy.

As for the world, hemopaths are indeed an interesting aspect of this world. Which I find rather well explained but just wasn’t explored too much. I didn’t find them doing too much magic or testing how much, it just felt there although given a good context. And the setting, apart from it being in the 1910s, I know zero things other than that. Again, another flaw since the background is simply too sparse and doesn’t help support and define where it is set in. Although it does seem to be more towards the 1920s if you ask me.

Overall, I don’t really dislike this work but I just don’t find it all that thought provoking and several aspects which I feel could have been done better.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

The New Voices Of Fantasy

Since again, I am reviewing anthology, I will be listing each storyindividually and evaluating them. Apparently, I realise that fantasy probably has not been Actually, this I believe was the best and most well explored. About a fairytale in the school and how it will take many people who vanish without a trace. And the main character also jumping eventually to find out, quite interesting overall. \nRating: 5 out of 5with me lately.

Hungry Daughters Of Starving Mothers

This was rather memorable, and that I did find the tale rather interesting and the main character a very interesting sort.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Selkie stories are for losers

I did like the way that it felt so real, about Selkie and the main character doing a fantastic explanation of it. All the while having quite a bit of introspection which I always like.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Tornado’s Siren

This was rather okay, and that I did find the writing clear. Sadly, I didn’t feel like connecting with the main character at all.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Left The Century To Sit Unmoved

Actually, this I believe was the best and most well explored. About a fairytale in the school and how it will take many people who vanish without a trace. And the main character also jumping eventually to find out, quite interesting overall.

Rating: 5 out of 5

A Kiss With Teeth

This was rather interesting about Vlad, and eventually his wife. An interesting tale with touching moments and an ending that does make me wonder for quite a bit what just happened.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Jackalope Wive

Didn’t really remember much about it, the writing was quite dull and I’m more confused about the world than anything else.

Rating: 1 out of 5

The Cartographer Wasps And The Anarchist Bees

Quite entertaining about the whole idea of bees and wasps, and the main character who seems to be a beekeeper.

Rating: 3 out of 5

The Practical Witch’s Guide to acquiring real estate

I didn’t feel that this was particularly well done, or even interesting. Perhaps the style was just a little too removed for my liking.

Rating: 2 out of 5

The Tallest Doll In New York City

Didn’t really remember too much about this story, it just didn’t ignite my interest. The whole doll thing was quite interesting if a little boring.

Rating: 2 out of 5

The Hunting Of Apollo A7LB

Well, not my type either. I found Hazel to be rather flat and the writing easy to skim true. Sci-fi just never works so much for me.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Here Be Dragons

I found the main character rather relatable, and the dragon hunting not that interesting if you ask me. But the first one where I won’t just be flipping pages.

Rating: 3 out of 5

The One They Took Before

A rather interesting and mysterious one where many died and Kayla seems to be at the centre of it all. Not surprising but could use a little more answers than that.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Tiger Baby

Perhaps the whole entire thing about it being set in my home country really attracted me, although it did suffer a little from being unable to hold my attention too much.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

The Duck

Found it quite a bore, and needing a little more interesting about the duck and the main character.

Rating: 1 out of 5

Wing

Again, quite interesting and mysterious. The whole story works since it never gives much names, and that the ending was mysterious enough to continue to invite me.

Rating: 3 out of 5

The Philosophers

Using a guide format, just never gets too much of my interest. And again, it fails to really interes me.

Rating: 1 out of 5

My Time Among The Beach Blowers

Again, I didn’t find anything particularly interesting about this.

Rating: 1 out of 5

The Husband Stitch

I found the experimental way of it, clearly interesting and about the entire story of her being something different. I just enjoyed how it is rather normal, and at the same time something is lurking in the back to suggest otherwise.

Rating: 5 out of 5

The Pauper Prince and the Eucalyptus Jinn

I just didn’t remember too much of it. It just didn’t keep my interest long enough.

Rating: 1 out of 5

Average rating: 2.68 out of 5