The Flame Never Dies

This was one book which I really didn’t expect a lot of things. And well, it was written in such a way that I fully enjoyed the series. For what it was, and how it was written.

To me, this isn’t like most books. The premise is original, and the sequel definitely surprised me in how it went. Such as where it was heading, and the ending itself was in such a way that I didn’t expect it to turn out.

And the plot was entirely enjoyable, it tied up all the loose ends although I did wish for a more satisfying conclusion than this. But I didn’t mind it for the way it was, as it was unconventional and something that I haven’t actually seen done before.

And it worked.

The idea behind souls, exorcists and demons. The ideas that blend together and the reveals that comes with the story, is something that does a pretty good job of exploring the world as it is.

The characters and their background, back stories have truly been able to explore this rather messed up world without a soul and everything. And the way Nina dealt with everything, was something that was incredibly brave and truly makes her likeable.

As for Kastor, I was expecting something more sinister. But he was interesting for the last part, and all the truth that came out of his mouth. And as a villain, he somehow works. He has really dark agendas, and it is in such a way that is personal motivation and the fact that he is a demon.

All the while concluding this work which has been rather different from most in its genre, and making it end well, although it didn’t really tie up everything. And the world is largely still unchanged by the end of it.

Overall, I liked it. It is unusual, though it might not be for everyone.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Beasts Made Of Night

Well, I barely remembered anything about the book itself. And I think that it could have been way better executed than this, if you ask me.

I was kind of interested in the world which seemed unique and much more different from what I have read. Sadly, it was just written in such a way that I could not care less. And if I do not care for the narrator of the book, since it is written in the first person.

I feel that the story took way too long to become good, the plot doesn’t kick in until much later, which makes this feel like a prequel rather than a first book. Which should be able to grab my attention rather than slowly introduce me to the world.

I’m fine with that, but it must have tension to make it interesting. But nothing of much importance happen here which is the main reason why I couldn’t really enjoy it. It doesn’t really show the characters’ personality well, since I don’t know anything interesting things they did throughout the book itself.

Well, it was a disappointment to say the least.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5

Made In Abyss

No matter how much this seems like an anime meant for children, it really isn’t. There are all sorts of dark stuff which happens in the series, some things which has even moved me to tears, or realised how messed up it was, especially in the later episodes.

And basically, this is an anime which can be summed up in a sentence: two children go on a dangerous quest. I mean it, it is dangerous and not something that is something for the light hearted. And the characters almost die many times in the series. Or are put in incredibly dangerous situations.

However, there are plenty of humor in the series, which do help to offset the really horrific things that happen in the series. And a lot of is funny in the sense that it is poking fun at a lot of characters and their personalities, or about the situations they are placed in.

However, the characters are well developed and original. They don’t feel like I have read exactly anywhere before, and their interactions are always something that I greatly enjoyed even. With it being well thought out, and heartwarming, sometimes even painful to watch.

Overall, I say that this anime is gorgeous in the sense. The art is nice, and rather beautiful. The music is catchy and suits the mood of the series, and the story is intriguing even if it is only a first season. And some of the scenes will make you cry, for be thankful that this is the world we’re born in.

Overall, recommended for those who wish to really try themselves. There are some twisted things that happen here, although the anime does a very good job to balance it out. But seriously, don’t let small children watch it.

The King’s Fall

DNF

And well, I just wasn’t impressed by it. Kyle didn’t get to me and none of the characters struck a chord, or even made an impression on me.

The premise did sound intriguing, but it just did nothing to really delve deeply into the characters. Although I know that the style of epic fantasy tends to not focus on character development, or at least the kind that I prefer.

But really, this didn’t have a single character whom I even remotely liked or enjoyed. I wasn’t even intrigued by any of them or found their choices interesting. And they were bland, the world didn’t feel different or try to make itself more unique.

And that was where it failed. For me, epic fantasy have to a lot more to impress. And really, characters are the core which I look into, and how I read most books, getting me to care is the main thing here.

Even a fully developed world will not catch my eye as much as a well written character would. But this just had neither, and I couldn’t find a reason to continue. So, I dropped it. It just wasn’t for me, and if you enjoy epic fantasy, you could give this a go. It might be for you, but it wasn’t made for me.

Rating: 1 out of 5

Lost Crow Conspiracy

And this is where I say, I simply don’t care enough about the series. Anna isn’t a particularly good character, and neither does the plot continue to prove to me that the series is worth reading.

I am intrigue by the Luminae, and the whole idea behind them. The spirits that were used to bind them has finally come back to haunt them. And has come for their rights and wishes to be heard.

And Anna is special, she has a reason why she is in the middle of all this. But again what is she doing for most of the book? Definitely not pushing forward the plot. She doesn’t do much, terrible things happen to her. Which is boring.

And the other narrator who was brought back to life, even then barely has a story. Despite the fact that he was resurrected and well currently a potential hero, who is serving some goddess which brought him back. But he still doesn’t have anything intriguing to say. Or even a role to play, because he is known to be dead.

Wow, then what is the plot if none of the characters have anything to do with it. Nowhere, of course. Since some woman wants to kill Anna because she’s a danger, quite legit, but other than that she doesn’t even have a reason why she should continue this kind of life. I mean it.

Overall, the characters lacked agency. Will do better when they are motivated to do something rather than having said things happen to them, and they react to it. While most of the book is a ray of sunshine where nothing interesting happens. Just Anna and her annoying sister and Noemi.

Rating: 1 out of 5

Renegades

On some level, I appreciate how these superheroes here don’t really on some really over the top superpower. Both of them have powers which are pretty neat, but neither of them are particularly ridiculous in terms of power.

But I wasn’t all too sucked in by the book at all, in how the main characters although did strike a chord with me didn’t really fully grab my attention. They just fell a little flat in my opinion, and that Nova didn’t question things enough.

Although it was fairly certain, since her back story was really nailing how focused she will be. But Adrian, I wished that he learned who Nightmare was, and also questioning more about the system. Something here was done, but I just felt that it wasn’t enough.

And the plot was really quite easy to see, and predict. With the exception of the last part, which I didn’t expect in a sense. But was I all too shocked not really.

I guess it’s just that I have seen enough movies of this kind and the dialogue doesn’t truly diverge too much. Although I enjoyed how these characters simply relied on their powers, and also their skills and the fact that there is no secret power boost at the end.

It was purely them, and their wits. One has the power to bring his drawings to life, which is versatile while the other puts people to sleep. An easy way to get out of a quick fix.

But something just really lacked here, that didn’t suck me in. Unlike Heartless, which caught me with many of its twists and entertaining character.

Overall, still a solid book by all menas. But it just didn’t work fully for me, I was bored at some moments and really didn’t care that much for some of the characters.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

The Sisters Of The Crescent Empress

I would have liked this more if it wasn’t just so boring, nothing really happened or even caught my attention here at all.

The characters were really bland, and I often forgot about them. Not to mention the fact that the plot often lead to nowhere, in the sense that I just didn’t want to read on, sadly.

Although the premise was intriguing, but I felt that there was not anything that really kept my attention here. Although it is a sequel, but it still has to be engaging, and actually make me care.

The world was something that I thought really lacked something, something that will have drawn me into the story.

But, I just don’t, and I barely understand what this story is all about.

Rating: 1 out of 5