Thornhill 

I found this beautifully crafted to create a haunting ghost story which I will remember for ages to come. That is likely to happen, when I remember the story. 

Such as about Mary, who is bullied to a severe degree and her uniqueness. Which draws the wrong kind of attention, like it should in those times. And eventually, she becomes a mute at the end of it. 

It is surprisingly set in alternate times, such as now and nearly 35 years back. The story is carefully told and reminds me of the many Gothic novels I have seen before, something mysterious happening but never getting an explanation. And the ending was completely understandable, and I greatly liked it. 

As for Ella, she is simply curious about it all. That is why she chose to go to Thornhill when it was supposed to end as it was. Ever since she seems to have parents that although are not dead, they are quite absent. Well, she looks around Thornhill and slowly discovers Mary, and the truth behind it. 

The illustrations are done nicely, and give a mysterious tone. As well as the story which is written as a journal of Mary, and details her life. Such as how she thinks about finding a solace from her own bully, because that bully just went too far. All because she was a different child. 

And to be honest, I liked it. The ambiguity, the kind of chill it gave me at the end of the day. It was completely enjoyable and a quick read. So, I recommend it to all those looking for a quick but good read. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Wicked Charm

Well it will have been better if it wasn’t for the fact that everything was predictable. I saw everything a mile away. Like really far away.

And then romance was predictable, although having a murder mystery added in did add some tension. But Willow becomes a target just because she is in love with Beau at the moment.

As for who is the killer is, it’s predictable. I expected it was her, she made sense. And well, the description regarding the murderer was vague in the first place.

As for Beau, I don’t really care much about him. He was as interesting as the rest of playboys who learn that breaking hearts have consequences. And you can ruin others lives just because it.

The plot was as usual as it can get. Nothing which was mind blowing or entertaining.

I didn’t find anything particularly interesting or unique about it at the end of the day. And well, maybe it is for you but it isn’t for me. I liked it to a certain degree but it just didn’t suit my tastes.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Jane, Unlimited

And this is a book where I really liked the way it was written. The path of unlimited possibilities and the story of Jane and her choices.

This is really light on the romance but it is all about possibilities, her choices. And for once, this worked with me. Since the author had a very interesting view when it came to feminism, this was perfect. Jane and her paths, the choices she took all the while having a mystery set in a house.

As for Aunt Magnolia, she has a lot of influence on Jane. Something which I really liked, and the way the Jane constantly talked about her. And that she was the centre to this mystery which was rather paranormal to be said.

Although at times I was confused but the writing worked here, I enjoyed every inch of it and the way it showed all the characters. The choices Jane made and the effects it all had, and also finally the mystery of Aunt Magnolia. It started off a little slow, but the beginning really kept my attention in how it was about Jane moving into the house.

As for the ending, I will say that it is rather perfect. There is no perfect ending here, no ending that is closed. Just one filled with limitless possibilities of the imagination as shown above.

So, you could say that I just liked this. It worked with me overall, and it just all clicked. Will I recommend it? You can give it a shot, this isn’t for everyone after all.

Rating: 4 out of 5

All Her Secrets

DNF

Well, something about this just didn’t work. Apart from the fact that I cared almost nothing about Victoria or Sam but I found dreadfully boring.

Even when Victoria was getting kidnapped. And well, she didn’t seem to be thinking too hard as to how to get out at all. Although I get that she panicked, but why don’t you use your brains a little to sort it out. It doesn’t make any sense at all. Even more when her father is creating something that can change humanity.

As for Sam, I don’t understand why he is an important part when he has zero motivations. An unlucky chap to be roped in, yes but that doesn’t make him interesting. It just makes me wonder where his brain cells went to agree to kidnapping a girl. Just to get back at her father or something like that. The girl here is blameless.

And well, after all the chapters which were sort and did nothing to advance the plot. Other than Victoria telling her life, getting kidnapped and Sam telling his life and how it was like being her kidnapper.

And well, if it doesn’t try to make itself seem meaningful I’m out. It reads like stream of consciousness with zero focus on the actual plot, or even anything for that matter. I just didn’t feel the need to finish a book when it is like this.

Rating: 1 out of 5

Black Goat Blues

I just really didn’t understand nor care what was happening here. That was the main problem. The characters were flat and the plot was nonexistent, and that was just about it.

At the beginning the writing was rather charming, but right about the end I found it tedious and even annoying as it was just too much. It had so much context than what I initially expected or even decided. And that when I become confused I really get confused.

Charlie was difficult to even like as all his actions were written in such a way that I didn’t care the slightest for them at all. Or even know who was the characters at the end of the day. They were just uninteresting with the writing making it really difficult for me to understand. I just didn’t like the way it was written.

And when I can’t even stand the writing you know that this isn’t going to go anywhere. So, I’m just dropping this. I just don’t understand the writing or the characters nor even get what the story is about. Maybe it’s for you, but it is certainly not for me.

The Automaton 

At times, I was completely confused but nonetheless found the work entertaining and enjoyable. Even when I have no clue as to what is happening. 

The writing had a lot of charm, with some strange things happening all around while I have little ideas. But the book succeeded in making me care about the characters which as usual was difficult when it comes to me. 

Odissa and Odys, which were twins and I found them really relatable here. As well as all the characters whom I did grow on such as Dorian and the mystery regarding their father. The plot to me could have been clearer as the writing mostly caught my attention, since it was rather unique. 

As for the ending, I have to admit that it wasn’t what I expected. It was a lot more darker than even that of my expectations and full of reveals that I didn’t see coming. I might have very little idea as to what was happening but this was wholly enjoyable. 

Overall, this was just entertaining for me and I really enjoyed much of it. I might still be confused as to where this was heading but at the end of the day it was still something which I derived great joy from. I don’t understand why I liked it when I can barely remember the plot. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

Fierce Reads: Kisses And Curses

As for this anthology, I also don’t feel like touching individual stories. And that most of them are rather consistent with the theme of it all.

Glitches was memorable as it allowed me to see where Cinder really came from. And what took her to get there. The same also do Bridge of Snow, since I do think there wasn’t a lot revealed about him. And this tidbit was insightful and yet reminds me of him in such a unique way.

Monster Crush was rather interesting, at least until the end when I began to really take an interest in it. As well as the concept which was very unique, and paranormal. Which really hasn’t been done before.

Fixer and Unstolen were rather easily forgotten, as was most of them with the exception of the Cypress project. That was really interesting in the sense of a whole new world, and one where another controlled it and leaving all of the poor, sick and aged to die.

As for the too clever fox, relatively interesting but rather forgettable too.

Rating: 3 out of 5,