The Cursed Queen

Well, this was okay. Although I will admit that the Impostor Queen was much much better.

This isn’t about Elli, it is about Ansa and is a warrior for a tribe extremely brutal and also having quite a love for her best friend Thyra.

I just couldn’t really connect with Ansa at all, as well as most of the characters here for most part. Elli had her great dilemma in the first few chapters and eventually she moved from there and worked on it. She found herself with her own choices.

Sadly, Ansa doesn’t have that. The book was slow, and it simply was detrimental that it was written in her viewpoint. Which I found rather lacking. However I really did like how she dealt with it, apparently none of the better characters were around with her.

As for Sig, I just like him. In fact, despite he can barely hold a decent conversation with Ansa, due to language barrier. But nonetheless I like him, as in the way that I wish to. And the way he helps Ansa, sad to say, it was really small.

As for Ansa being the Valtia, we know that was coming this way since Elli has no magic and is only masquerading as the Queen, while Ansa is the one with all the power. It is a little sad that Ansa and Elli barely meet, even then it is mostly so limited.

However, I will look forward to the sequel. Although this was solid, it just wasn’t completely living up to my expectations.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Walk The Earth A Stranger

The strongest point of this whole book is the main character. I found her strangely believable, and able to keep to herself make sensible choices and try to escape when things get terrible for her. Girl is definitely a brave one, and what she does is rather classic of almost any other girl in such a system. Dress as a boy.

I just found her strangely relatable, since she doesn’t bitch about her life, neither does she seem like a hypocrite. And that there are some interesting female relationships here.

As for her uncle, I really hate him. Yes, the author succeeded in making me hate him as a person with a passion. Trust me, I will like to see him conveniently fall off a cliff so that he will no longer haunt Lee. Well, that is the one thing which I will like about them.

However the plot is for lack of better word nonexistent. Yes, it is nonexistent. And I found myself asking where this was going where in actual reality it is just setting up the next book. There is a lot of things that happen to Leah on the road, it just doesn’t seem that impactful if you ask me.

The writing flows very well, and I really could feel Leah as a character. Perhaps another reason why this worked so well for me, but sadly it lacked a lot of details on the plot or anything inventive which will really buy me.

Overall, I did find this okay if a little underwhelming. Leah is a good character, Hiriam is a good enough villain that I do hate him. But the rest of it, honestly could use some work.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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 Stolen Bicycle

I feel as though this just wasn’t meant for me. On some level the beginning did draw me in in such a whimsical way and the bike notes was rather okay.

Perhaps it just wasn’t to my liking the way it was written afterwards and I began to wonder where did it lead me.

In the beginning, the narrator is not only believable but I could easily believe him and understand him as well as like him. And that his whimsical attitude did feel rather interesting.

But I just didn’t like the format it was written in although detailed about the bicycle but I didn’t find it intriguing nor really enticing to read about. And the war, wasn’t too much of an interest and I did think that I read a repitition of the passage in another form.

Overall, I just didn’t like this for the format but otherwise it was enjoyable.

Rating: 3 out of 5

The Summer Of Crud

I feel as though the plot was just nonexistent, but all else was interesting.

And the main character was going through an interesting time in his life. But it just didn’t draw any attention at all for me.

The writing is very well tuned to showing the voice of the main character. I really could connect with him and understand him. But I just didn’t have much caring for the story as it seemed largely plotless.

The plot just felt all over the place and I really didn’t care or know what was happening. It just felt as though there wasn’t anything that was happening at all.

And that is just where I think the book fell. The main character was relatable but I just didn’t like the plot or its direction.

Rating: 3 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