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The Golden Specific 

I just can’t seem to get myself to feel anything for this characters. And I certainly say that the world building is once again, good with plenty of exploration. But the characters just don’t feel real to me. That is a major turnoff to a reader like me who prefers characters instead of awesome worlds.

As for Sophia getting on board a ship with Remorse, only to find herself on her own. I don’t even know what to say except that it is very surprising, and at the same time, very strange.

The side characters often feel just there to talk about something, and there are many of them to the point I can’t even seem to know who is talking and who is Sophia asking. The exploration is really intriguing to me, but Sophia as a character, not really.

Another point is that the dialogue although okay, is utterly unforgettable. I didn’t read so much of it, and could barely find myself really caring. Most of it is about the world which is the drawing point of the book, but the characters, not so much. I could barely care less about Theo, or whatever characters stood in the middle of it. Including Sophia too. Although she was rather realistic in that sense, but I could never really relate to her.

I really think that this series wasn’t really written for me. Wasn’t really made for me to understand. It just feels so bland and forgettable when it comes to the characters. And it becomes a weakness for readers like me who prefers character driven stories, with the plot being made by them, not having it all happen. However, Sophia has a reason, and she does take advantage of everything. But I was more surprised that she didn’t do anything except try to survive on her own, or try to learn while she was on the journey who wanted her in the papal states and why.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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The Bone Witch

This was a really good surprise, since the world really went up my alley. Multicultural, and although borrowed from several cultures had a really good way of making it original.

Here, there are some interesting developments. Asha, which clearly remind me a lot of Geisha, and their customs. Although making some clear distinctions too. Not just limiting them to song and dance but also the fact that they can do magic. The also are able to draw runes.

This reminds me of an alternate world with certain cultures at the center of it. Looking at the eight kingdoms, I find that it does include a lot of different cultures, and a lot of magic intertwined to it. I was immersed with the world building of this world, for some strange reason I was enthralled by it.

The writing is another plus point, the descriptions are lovely. Although characters weren’t as complex as I expected. But the lyrical writing worked for me in this case, and clearly expressed itself and managed to keep me reading. Somehow this worked, since the world building happened to be up my alley, as were the writing. Simple, yet beautiful. Also, the one person who I found to be fully fleshed out was Tea, and certain aspect of the side characters weren’t what I predicted too.

As for the main character, Tea. She is fine, she has moments where she is a defined person. She has moments where she needs to grow. This story is about her growth, it is about her becoming powerful. It isn’t about her taking down or saving the world, even though she does it once. But also, one where she becomes the hero. One where she eventually finds her path. She isn’t set on any path as of now, and I like her for that.

All her struggles, the way that sometimes a lot of time passes. Her moments of heroism is slowly built. As for the romance, I didn’t feel it. I did however saw her falling in love, but frankly to me, that doesn’t really affect her decisions. She chose to save another, because she had close ties to her mentor and didn’t want her to die. She is selfless in that sense.

The romance was such a small part, and really to me doesn’t seem all that important. It is subtle, and a lot more telling, which I would prefer. Tea needs to grow, and this book is about her path. It isn’t about her romance, Kance sometimes appears, but he doesn’t appear all the time. Tea is left on her own just to survive, just to make the decisions herself.

And when things doesn’t go her way, when she tries to help another. She chooses to use other means, to become someone who uses her head more than her stubbornness It isn’t about the romance to me honestly, because a lot of the decisions she undertakes doesn’t have really any man she is rooting for. She is simply trying to find her place in the world, and also, eventually change it. I could relate her to the girl who narrated her entire journey, that was believable as even from the ending, Tea would sought many ways out.

She never seemed to be a person who adhered, and isn’t hopeless when it comes to lessons. I was glad they glossed over it, but also giving small glimpses which explained the world and its details.

When the ending came, there were surprising reveals. Some of it seemed convenient, while some seemed quite a bit different. She worked things out with Kalen and his hatred of her. Also, a lot of people in here tend to have a little more about them than I thought. The world isn’t just fully white and black as it seems, to me really. Towards the end, and the middle life gets easier and harder for Tea too.

To me, it isn’t purely black and white. And I liked this book since Tea struggled, she failed, she was relatable. She had many moments where she suffered, where she was forgotten. When she got power, she chose to use it carefully, to use it to achieve her own goals. Also, she would be someone that would take power and go against the customs. That to me, is where I think Tea really found herself.

The ending seemed a bit too easy, and all of a sudden a character was revealed to be that person. Although I did have my suspicions, and also, certain times when I wondered why Tea didn’t bring it up. Although given good context in the end, felt convenient. And that is a rather big flaw of the book.

I recommend this, since it takes time. There isn’t a major villain, or something big happening. Instead, it is Tea learning, growing and slowly becoming that heroine we know she is. It is like Wintersong, where it takes it time to slowly develop the world, slowly have the main character discovering herself. And at the end of the day, emerging as someone else. Someone who matured and fully grown and ready to take on the uphill battle of changing her entire world.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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The Burning Sky

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I think Fantasy and I need a long break. This is like the many books shelved in fantasy where I can’t raise it any higher than a three, and I barely remember anything from it. Again, unoriginal, bland and most importantly boring me to sleep.

I gave up by the hundredth page and began to skim read it. I can remember some stuff, but most of it is utterly useless apart from the setting in which I was right. It is Victorian England, and the Domain, Atlantis, whatever which I don’t have a clear picture about.

As for both the characters, I didn’t even bother. Iolanthe is perfect, she had that one weakness only to find out that she can control it. Also, she’s the chosen one. Titus is you know what, I don’t really care about his life. And both characters interactions flew over my head, and by the end I knew this simply wasn’t for me.

Their romance was relatively well thought out, seeing that Iolanthe doesn’t know Titus, and they really only got together at the end. But again, both characters fell on me and so, do I give a damn? No.

Simple and easy, I thought would serve the trick. But this failed in such a way that I’m considering taking a break from ya fantasy, seeing as the number of books I have read ends up either with a three or a two, and sometimes a one. And well, this just wasn’t one of them.

I have a feeling that I have grown out of the ya fantasy genre with so many books that I have either given up half way or probably cannot rate it higher than just a three.

But check it out, it may be just for you. But this isn’t for me. I guess I really should avoid anything that is too light, it just isn’t my thing.

Rating: 1 out of 5

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Airwoman 

This was a case of exceeds expectations, given that I didn’t come with much and found myself enjoying this tale. 

Jade is a typical main character, but she feels realistic, insanely relatable. Sometimes she needs to deal with things that aren’t too good, deal with things on her own. And at the same time, she doesn’t have anyone helping her. She is on her own and a lot of her own decisions, she must pay the price to get there. Take the risks even. 

That was why I liked her, loved her even. Because nothing ever came easy to her, nor did anything fell into her lap. I guess this was why I became invested, to know whether Jade could survive this. That was why I became interested in this show. 

Another bonus is how little the romance take up the book. And for most of it, she doesn’t have the chance to meet him and does think of him as a villain. Only when it was revealed and shown to her that he wasn’t one then it became believable. And she wasn’t flawless due to the reason why she believes in her uncle, it’s common sense. 

Even though I could see everything coming from a mile away. I knew who killed her father, who caused all this. Not that difficult, not that hard either. Around half of it I figured it out. But all that kept me reading was the reason why her father died, and found myself looking at a pretty good and exciting tale.  

The world was interesting, travellers, dragon-verse, all of this was interesting. The culture that was developed nonetheless was interesting, really interesting to read if you ask me. 

Overall, I really liked this book for the way the main character was so utterly relatable. She neither was given any sort of special treatment and honestly nothing came easy to her. She had to work for it, make a gamble. And this is why I like this book, it is a tale of someone discovering the horrible truth. A girl who is true to herself and kind of heart. Although I prefer more morally grey characters, this proved to be an interesting tale. Straightforward, predictable but one that I recommend to all. 

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

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A Court Of Mist And Fury

I have almost no hopes for this author. Especially since Queen of Shadows and I dnf Empire of Storms and A Court Of Thorns and Roses. And it didn’t disappoint. In the completely wrong way.

I still cannot even try to read the book, at best skim and some parts I read. But I just couldn’t find myself in it anymore. Why do I care about all these characters? I barely knew them. I barely knew every one of them.

I was only a quarter into A Court Of Thorns and Roses, and here I give up. There is virtually nothing attracting me to the series anymore, and I find myself scratching my head as to what was I reading. Other times, I could barely even bear to read it. Whether it is about them having sex, or the Fae or whatsoever. I don’t give a damn about any of them.

Because this work simply failed to pull me into it. And that’s all I have to say about it. Nothing about Feyre or Rhysand, nothing about their characters at all. Their romance was flat, what did I care to know what Rhysand gave her. There wasn’t really any tension. I was waiting for Tamlin to just appear way earlier and try different methods.

And in one of the chapters all of a sudden without warning I was reading about Rhysand. That just feels so strange. That just feels so weird. All of a sudden a change without really any clear indication at all. And there was nothing distinct about his voice, you could not even tell the difference should you compare.

I used to love Maas and held high hopes for her work. But with each disappointment, I think it has more to do with the time she is allocated to editing. I mean, she is releasing two huge books at the time without much time for her to edit. And really, I heard that the next book in throne of glass was written in a little over a week. I really don’t have any hopes that it would be decent in any way possible.

And now with this, I think I would be avoiding her for a while. A long good while. With this book, I give up on the series too. One book earlier than most since I can’t even find guilty pleasure.

Rating: 1 out of 5

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Nevernight 

When the writing is filled to the brim with purple prose, a reader like me has no time to try and infer whatever under it. Writers are supposed to make their intentions clear using as little words as possible not drown it with adjectives to the point it feels as though I trying analyze everything. And the whole substance apart from the pretty writing is completely lacking in substance. 

Mia’s intentions are clear, but they are often boggled with such descriptions that it makes it so hard for me to even link to her. So hard for me to even connect with her. Those passages felt unreal, I wasn’t reading through her, I was reading about her. All of it was described by using descriptions that didn’t warrant so much adjectives being thrown, so much vagueness that it was so hard just to know. That it made me lose the entire reason why I wanted to read this in the first place. 

I wasn’t reading a book, I was trying to understand literary jargon. All of it crammed, without anywhere where I could just be mindless. I want to be to easily read this book, not wading through a thick set of purple prose and still having to infer what was under it. This was the reason why I couldn’t be bothered, not every reader has the patience of a saint to be reading through this, and seeing it with a fine comb. 

The characters in general all lost any chance for me to connect with them through the writing. It just wasn’t my style. It was too long to get the meaning across, I like books uses way less words to get the meaning through. Not find ways to go around it, do so long that I probably missed out on a lot of details and I didn’t care. The writing, was a bore and a pain to read through for me. 

I am not one of those, and I would not reread unless I loved that book to death. And here I am telling you, if you want to read this, read it when you have nothing better to do. Not when you have a slushpile to get through. And I simply don’t have that kind of patience to dedicate myself to be reading this piece of literary masterpiece. 

So, check it out if you feel like wanting something written that is thick. That is heavy. And don’t mind sex scenes right in the middle of it. And also, if you have the patience of a saint. To those that managed to finish this without skimming, I salute you. 

Rating: 1 out of 5

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Death Sworn 

What did I like about it? It doesn’t have a heroine who becomes either too perfect or too stupid by the end of the book. She is somewhere in between, and she is extremely relatable. She is someone that basically lost all that mattered to her, yet I don’t read about her moaning about her loss of power. 

She instead just chooses the best routes, the best choices for herself. She makes the decision herself. And I like the way even after being bullied, she doesn’t give up. She doesn’t make excuses for herself. 

Even though the scope of this book is small, we are restricted to a cave. Nowhere else. A cave. Filled with assassins who are male. I get the feeling that many of you would be thinking that this would be a reverse harem. Nope, none of them are interested in her. 

The one guy that even has some form of feeling for her, still isn’t the usual idiot who would sacrifice all for her. He is guarded, he has his own plans. And his loyalties is to the master first. He doesn’t just magically fall in love with her. 

The way it deals with familiar tropes and the way it keeps many safely out of the way. I would say is the best part of this book. More importantly was the running theme of whether one life saving many would be worth it, such as the assassins who kill to save so much more. To create a better world. 

This are all important parts of the book. And the romance never takes over. It is more about Ileni trying to find the murderer, training. And the ending, was perfection. That was something I never saw coming, and I look forward to the next book dealing with it. That Ileni would be in the Empire, and the way it was written. It fits her so. 

She is someone that doesn’t like killing, it is explicitly shown and she never changes. She treasures life. She is realistic, she doesn’t whine when life is unfair. To me, that is a real heroine that I would admire. 

So overall, pick this book up if you are sick and tired of the usual tropes. The usual storytelling. And expect something that is quick, but isn’t too heavy or dark.

Rating: 4 out of 5