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Duke Of Treason 

I found myself barely able to connect with almost any of the characters at all, there was barely any reason why I kept on reading except that I was expected to since I got a free copy of this.

The romance and characters were flat, and they became a bane to read. As it went to romance pretty fast, even though Annabel is a sort of spy or secret agent meant to search for his traitorous activities. Although I do know that Annabel wasn’t born into this, and the way she chose it was sensible. As for Romulus, the man she was supposed to check, I really couldn’t feel their chemistry together. Or even think they were a fit. But they are quite alike in some ways, and can work. Just that I don’t feel it.

However, she never really clicked with me much. It was just hard for me to get into, and really hard for me to relate. The entire problem lay there. Although the writing was good, I couldn’t really care much about the characters. And the plot was straightforward and the ending one that is happy. Like any typical historical fiction.

This just wasn’t for me, I couldn’t find myself loving it or anything. And that was the one thing that failed me in this book. I won’t say much more than this, but overall I do say still check it out. It just wasn’t my taste.

I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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Worlds Of Ink And Shadow 

A book about the Bronte family, in which three of the women became famous writers in a time where no woman is actually encouraged to do it. And I really was curious, as to what their personalities were like. But their entire character feel flat and even dull. 

And that it can be rather messy, sonetimes we are in their heads, in another world or in daily lives. Those aren’t the easiest way to discern what is happening amongst them, and more often than not I was confused. At least until half way where it was explained what Vendropolis was to them. 

And all of a sudden, the fantasy becomes important and is inserted. I would have liked a little more hints, a little more time to develop this. Such as Charlotte actually thinking about what it is. Although I do see why Charlotte is careful not to cross over when it is revealed. 

As for what Emily bargains at the end, I do admit that it is well thought out given the biography of them. That she and Anne died within a year of each other, and young too. 

But the characters are bland and tasteless, they barely have any other personality other than what you could read from their books. There is really no life to them, no real complexity in their characters. The fact that they dream, they write and eventually manage to get critical acclaim. I would have wanted more on their personal lives, there is a degree that the author could have taken liberties with. 

But keeping some traits associated with them would have been understandable. But other than that, nothing is really developed about them. Their relationship, I could say they could have a lot more nuances and a lot of flaws more than just what I see. They barely were characters and I barely even cared about them, least of all think them as actual people who existed in history. 

So, I just didn’t care enough about this book. Although the fantasy aspect was interesting, but the characters could have been developed better, to be more vivid and real. 

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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Sentinel 

I could connect with the book on a certain level, but it never went to me really caring about the characters worrying whether they are dead. Also, regarding the chosen one and Nephillim, I would want a more subtle approach to the chosen one. And the way it just felt tacked in, without having Luna deal with everything about it. 

I just couldn’t connect with the characters and couldn’t bring myself to believe them. Despite the whole idea about Nephillim being kept hidden, and even kept away from the human and angel side of things. It just didn’t feel real, it just didn’t feel right. And the way the chosen one was used as it was, without a name change, without really having any real purpose in the story. I just can’t buy it. 

I’m a skeptical person, and I prefer heroes be normal or skilled rather than some prophesized chosen one. Also, I prefer main characters having more of a drive to do things. Luna didn’t have have that development or even a reason why she wanted to do so which I wanted to read about. It just felt as though she accepted it and did nothing. Whether to uncover her memories, which would have been interesting. 

And I greatly prefer that the entire confrontation had been dragged out, Finn telling Luna that she needed to see some memories. And her having moments where she was going to doubt herself and the angels. Otherwise, I just don’t buy it. I don’t even know why Luna decided not to seek answers when it would have been logical, and normal even. Having her memories become a pivotal point would make sense, as she’s beginning to learn about herald and it is very important that she learns. 

I just couldn’t buy the fact that Luna went around and fought, yet she never felt like a character. She’s simply the chosen one, the one who was destined for greatness. Except without the depth that would make her a good one, or the depth of why she would accept it. 

I do think that the book can be improved a lot, given that I could not connect. But the writing style was readable and enjoyable even, clearly edited very well. But I just couldn’t buy the novel as Luna was a very one dimensional character, with little reason to even begin a journey to hell. I think she needs to have more time doubting, more time thinking and more time spent exploring her options and looking through a different perspective. 

Rating: 2 out of 5

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Blood Rose Rebellion 

The first fifty pages were good, them everything went downhill. What killed this book for me? The romances Anna and various young men that I could barely be bothered to remember in explicit detail. The middle where almost nothing happened. 

I feel as though Anna could have been an antihero, one that was done well. She was angry with them, for condemning her just because she had no magic. That honestly was what was the drawing point, the fact that she didn’t have any powers. But the way it was handled, didn’t leave it much to be desired. 

The execution was rather poor too, the beginning was rather strong. She was sent to Hungary because of her scandal, and I would prefer that Anna had found a real reason why she wanted change. The many lurking reasons why she would have wanted to end this and free magic rather than allow it to continue. But it wasn’t explored at all. It never was really given enough depth at all. And it was like, she wants to break it for people. But she barely had seen some horrible things to say that kind of things. Quite reasonable reasons, but almost no justification. 

I did really like the world, be it about Luminate society, magic, or even about the fact that there was a way to restrict it. I really enjoyed this world regarding the distribution of magic, the way that many choose to abide due to their own worry that they will lose their magic. Or the fact that a rebellion happened, it was bound to occur. 

But other than that, the pacing was slow, and it was in the wrong way. Anna danced, kissed, flirted with all sorts of men. When I see that it could have been turned to the world, the true reality of her world. The way that she would find a reason as to why she should break the binding. And even making the word a little more grey, a little more fleshed out. 

But it all went to the endless romances, with some gone, some dying. Even then, I couldn’t care less about it.

So, overall I would say the world intrigued me, Anna was interesting until she became obsessed with boys and the fact that she thought of breaking the binding for them. There wasn’t really any reason why she should do so. I was expecting more stakes for her, more reason for her to do so. But I was sorely disappointed. 

Rating: 2 out of 5

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Deep Blue 

I just couldn’t take how childish this story was. It didn’t feel like it was meant for young adults, it was meant for middle grade at best and I would even recommend it for children. It didn’t have a single ounce of page that was unsuitable for children, and the dialogue was childish at best. I should have known when Disney supported this. 

And what did I feel about it, I couldn’t even connect to Serafina or even any characters here. It just wasn’t my cup of tea, and the dialogue lacked any substance to make it feel more realistic. It just made me feel nothing. 

The worldbuliding was quite detailed, with plenty of details that I really like them because of how it is developed. And how the countries are called. I can even derive a certain country’s name from its origins. Although at first it sounded strange, but then it made quite a bit of sense to me(that kingdom was Qin, on hindsight it was quite smart.)

But apart from that, I could barely care about the characters. There wasn’t really anything that I cared about within the characters themselves. Even the comedy didn’t get to me. 

Although the plot was decent, and it was quite interesting on some levels. But the characters simply could not support it, it was just too light hearted for me. So I would say that the main issue of the book lies with that I simply cannot believe that so many things were so simple, and so many things were simply just so happy and easily resolved. 

So, I would say that this book simply didn’t feel convincing as a young adult. For children or middle grade, I would be able to reconsider my rating. But since this is under young adult, this was simply too light and too unrealistic to get to me. In other words, it’s not you, it’s me. 

But I still recommend it to readers who want something light, or easy. But those who want something darker and a little more down to earth, avoid this book. And really the Disney label is a good gauge whether you should read this book. 

Rating: 2 out of 5 

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The Glass Sentence 

I would say that the drawing point of this book lies in its premise and worldbuliding. The way the Great Disruption affected the world, had been fascinating to read since it threw the entire world into completely different ages and possibly different times. 

Also, all the while introducing many points about the side effects of the Great Disruption. People who came back to see that their age is lifeless and completely abandoned, and people who do not believe in the current world. 

That is really what made it for the book. Even more than the characters honestly, since they weren’t as unique as other characters from other books. But the worldbuliding is really good and level headed, with plenty of history. 

The only thing I would have wanted to complain was that I wanted much more. And how the worldbuliding was executed needed a lot more work, I was bored to tears on so many of the pages. 

The characters are okay, their interactions many a time quite dull and uninteresting. And the only thing really interesting about Sophia is her lack of having any sense of time. The rest you can find in almost any other female main character if you ask me. 

Same for Theo, Uncle Shadrack and almost the other cast of characters which I barely have an impression on. They simply didn’t compel me, and the dialogue at times was shallow and quite simplistic. It didn’t have anything really thought provoking in it, or any quotes which I would have wanted to read about. 

That is the real issue with the book. The characters are bland, the worldbuliding was basically dumped onto me. The only thing that redeemed this has to be the worldbuliding, which was fascinating to read about and the plot which was fine, giving Sophia an actual motivation to go in a journey to find her uncle.. But the rest could be done better. 

So, I would say if you want to read this, just keep in mind that you need a lot of patience and a lot of love for finely crafted worlds. If you prefer characters, I would say just move on. 

Rating: 2.5 out of 5