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Cradle

I really don’t know why I kept on reading, even when I really cannot even seem to find a character to relate. Strangely, I just kept on reading.

The writing is excellent, and somehow really drew me in. Anything else really was difficult to relate to, but as long as it was the writing, I found it strangely entertaining and easy to read.

However, the plot and characters are not even memorable. Apart form the fact that it is set in the era of King James I, who happens to be a new king. And also one of the many colonies where settlers would eventually go to, I really don’t know what else about it. Nothing about the main character is really entertaining, and I can’t really remember anything about it at all.

And well, you could say that I only kept on reading because of the writing style. And also because I was slightly interested yet had no idea what was happening. I didn’t remember much from this book, but I really liked the writing.

So, how can I rate this? It won’t be high, since apart from the style I really didn’t feel anything about the story.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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Karina’s Silver Shoes

I originally really liked this work at least before it became one heck of a mess.

The beginning was the strongest part was where Karina will pick up the silver shoes. But after that, I don’t even know what is happening. There is no certain clarity in this novel, and I know that magical realism can be rather messy in the first place.

But the writing had no wit, absolutely nothing to draw me in. And by halfway, I was skimming. I kept on due to my ability to like this kind of books, but in the end, I don’t even know what it happening anymore.

Well, it showed promise. But the novel could have used plenty of cleaning up, and clearly making the writing more vivid, real and also alive. Magical realism is confusing as it is, and with the writing as dull as it was, I really didn’t like it at all.

Same for the characters, I simply didn’t care for anyone of them. At all. They were all just there, Karina, some princess or some weird bunch of characters which I don’t really get a sense of their personality.

I think that given all I said, you will know how I feel about recommending this.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5

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Halayda

Something about this just didn’t work with me. Although at times I did like the worldbuilding yet there was something that I could always find it so difficult just to read and have to trod myself through.

Despite having four POVs, I barely could even remember which was which and all of them merged together. Is this a bad sign? Yes, since I can’t even tell them apart. And basically, not even one of them had kept my interest. And as you all know me, I love reading with characters. And none of them once again grabbed me to start reading with them(really when can I have an interesting session of character study all over again. Or finding that at least one of them seems interesting.) And well, even immortals like Talyan didn’t have any interesting quirks, and that guy has been wishing to die for almost twelve centuries.

I can’t even figure it out whether it was the writing or the style that killed this book. Because, Talyan would have proved interesting to read. As did all the faes who have been alive for centuries.

Why was Talyan wanted Sylvie. None of the characters had any interesting traits which kept me reading. And these days, it is incredibly more difficult to get to me. Perhaps it’s a matter of less time and higher expectations. Because I for once, want to enjoy a book now. I don’t think I want to go into a book just to tear it all apart.

The only thing that really did grab my interest was the worldbuilding, which at times was indeed rather convenient. However, the Fae lore is definitely more interesting here. It takes some very interesting aspects of them which I was always so thankful for in this book. At least it’s refreshing.

The plot, well what I did remember of the plot was that Sylvie was something of the Fae King, and that he was depending on her or something. Then, of course Talyan faced some rebellions here and there against Sylvie. Basically, I couldn’t be bothered to keep up. Oh, and there’s a romance too and you don’t even need to guess the ending(it’s the one that’s always given.)

These days, I’m giving up on so many books. And well, you know whether I will end up recommending this book after reading that chunk of text.

I voluntarily requested a copy of this book from Netgalley.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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The Ninth Circle

Well, if you want to read this book refer to the last pages where the glossary is. Otherwise, you will be like me, asking constant questions, what are the ten circles, what are the difference creatures? Wait, what since when is there a new creature? Well, the author provided a very extensive glossary, but didn’t came in useful since it was at the back.

And I was thrown into this world without any cushion and look lightheaded to figure out what they all are. Nighthunters who hunt creatures or demons or whatever.

The only thing that did manage to ground me somewhat was the main characters. They were like a vessel to read through, and they did have some personality but really, I don’t even know what to make of them since both Tala and Avia are just there. I can read through them, the narration is smooth. But is there anything else that stands out? Nope.

As for the plot, would have worked better if I was not confused, just a teensy little bit of info dumping I would not have minded. But here, I was wondering what was going on. Is there even anything to help me? And well, I could barely imagine what the demons look like, and all the hidden nuances about the demons, the back story behind the characters which never seemed to really have a place or even spurred them on until the last quarter of the book.

And really again, nothing sucked me in. The writing was okay, and readable. The characters, in my eyes don’t exactly feel real yet. And the worldbuilding, please I beg of you, just do some info dumping, I don’t even understand any of what the characters are talking about. Except the go to bars, hunt demons and whatever I could figure it out.

My verdict: up to you.

I voluntarily requested a copy from Netgalley to review.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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Nine Lessons

DNF @60%

I really didn’t understand how this could have taken so long for even the plot to move forward. There was nothing interesting or nothing about the mystery apart from some guys died. And the rest of it was never revealed.

I prefer a book when the main character is getting affected by the mystery. Josephine, I don’t even know what she does. Perhaps being around, or just there. She doesn’t really have any role in the mystery at all.

And really, I want a mystery to be about the mystery and solving the crime. But even up until halfway through the book, I really don’t know why they were dead except there were more victims. And what does anything have to do with Josephine, nothing at all. Really, nothing at all.

And that is where I think I have no reason to continue, when I barely see any development in the first half of the book. However, the time of the novel does fit rather well, but that was about it.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5

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The Tiger’s Daughter

I really didn’t know why I was reading this. The whole entire narration, began to get really creepy. It reminded me of Ivory and Bone, and seeing that I didn’t enjoy it, you could see why this didn’t work for me too.

The world is inspired by Asian, that is the best way to explain it. It really is. Since there are terms used to describe Chinese Emperor, Japanese names. And this never claiming to have been inspired by a certain culture, I’m willing to close an eye to this. Even though it is still confusing.

As for the other kingdoms here. It was rather well built. But the writing just creeped me out quite a bit and turned me off. That was why I couldn’t go further than almost halfway through. And that it was plotless for most part.

The plot, what was it. Apart from the strange writing, which just didn’t work on me. And really, I don’t even know who the main narrator referred to half the time. Or who “you” was. It was just confusing and I simply didn’t understand.

And overall, the writing just sounded off to me and the plotting really could have been better. This just wasn’t for me, but I will still recommend it, perhaps it will be for you but it just wasn’t for me.

I received an e-ARC from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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Faithless

Something about this just did not click right with me. I couldn’t get into this book at all, and alas the writing was what made it so difficult for me to read it in the first place.

Although the world is rather interesting but the way it is written, fails to make me want to read it. It feels more tedious and bland than simple enough for me to read. Something just didn’t sit well with me with this book. I just couldn’t get into it.

Apart from the writing was also the characters and dialogue. It just went flat on me and I did not really want to read it at all. Nothing was really sucking me into this book at all. It simply wasn’t my taste and simply wasn’t my style. I’ll have to consider it, it’s not you, it’s me.

However, I do recommend that you check it out and perhaps this might be it for you especially if you like epic fantasy. I guess I should avoid epic fantasy from now on, seeing as I enjoy it slightly or simply don’t like it at all. And well, this just wasn’t one of them which I like at all. It just wasn’t to my style and taste, and it was very difficult for me to get into it. Don’t get me wrong, I just didn’t have an interest in this book, you can and should check it out if you wish to.

I voluntarily requested for an ARC from Netgalley.

Rating: 2 out of 5