The Girl Who Saved Ghosts

Perhaps if it had been just that bit more gritty, I will have liked it. The concept was nice and caught my eye. It was very easy to like the main character, and I believed her on many levels.

I really cared about her relationship with her mother, which was rather interestingly more complex than I thought. Such as her love hoping that she will be part of her family because she was afraid. My most favourite moment of the book.

But the rest of it just fell flat on me. There is no other way to describe it at all. I couldn’t care a little bit, because I just didn’t seem to find it all that believable at all. Especially the plot in the later half of the book.

It seems so quick that all of a sudden there is some ghost against her, and she saves them. Way too fast and I could not even believe that was the villain and how quickly it happened.

I guess that it just wasn’t to my taste. I expected a little more development here, and well it just wasn’t to my stadnards. Maybe this is yours, but I just found the execution poorly done and the story to only be rather superficial. However, the main character is very very relatable and the narration is smooth.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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Something Evil Comes

Although at times I was enthralled and interested in the story, but many times it just became rather monotonous.

I do like the idea and the writing which was able to draw me in quite well. But the story just fell flat and the characters were difficult to understand. I didn’t care about any of them at all.

As for the storyline, it also failed to drive any emotion within me at all.

I guess this may be a case that this story wasn’t tailored for me, as I didn’t hate the direction things were going of the characters. It just really failed to endear them to me.

Overall, this just wasn’t to my liking and despite the fact I found it readable but it was completely forgettable.

Rating: 2 out of 5

The Other Alice

Well, this was quite a disappointment.

Although I liked that the main character was solely focused on finding her sister and neither did it include some funny romance that will have never made sense.

As for the whole context of stories, I do think that it is really well explored if you were to ask me seriously. The whole idea of Alice and her stories effecting it is really well done and even to the degree that I very much liked it.

But other than that, I just didn’t enjoy much of the text at all. And the main character is so forgettable that I forgot her name already. I just couldn’t really remember it.

Well, this work just wasn’t to my liking at all. Which was why I just couldn’t rate it too highly.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Keeper

I feel rather mixed about this book. On one hand it did probe to be a fun ride for most of it, but eventually it just became what I read so often in paranormal all over.

Although I do like how Lainey handled it, that she was wanting answers and demanded them instead of just waiting around. Not to mention her denial was so incredibly real, before she becomes quite like a hero. And frankly to me, those have lost all their shine to me. And there was where I believe it didn’t work.

There were many pop culture references which honestly wasn’t annoying and sometimes fitting, as well as up to date. It does make it feel so, however it does feel a little off as not everything does speak about superheroes in such a large scale in the book. But it was still passable.

However I believe that the plot could have been handled better. I did see that it went down the most normal route known to readers, plenty of fighting and discovery. But really, I am sick and tired of it.

As for the whole world that is hidden from here, it is rather basic as to what are the kinds of creatures here, fairies, vampires, etc.

This was really a case where it simply didn’t work for me as it was not to my taste. I preferred something a little more unique, or with a little more unique stance. Unfortunately this just didn’t cut it, and originally it just had its charm before towards the end it lost it.

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

Wicked Like A Wildfire

I just found myself rather liking, for the writing and the way it did handle magic. Which to my ideal was a lot more new than any other. Although a tad vague.

However, the main issue of the story is that it takes forever for it to move the plot forward. Up until halfway, the story was more concerned about the sensory descriptions which were indeed gorgeous, but boring.

It really only got good when the whole magic comes in and her kinsman are revealed. I really like that part for the originality and the way that it felt so incredibly real and true. And in fact, was the best part of this book in my opinion.

Iris, is okay I just really didn’t care enough about how she is portrayed. Apart from the fact that her mother and her have a strained relationship. Or her sister who eventually decides to save her sister, I don’t really want to get into the details now. It’s really better if you read the book.

The myths and the setting were one of its brightest points, for it is rather different in the place of Our Lady Of Rocks. And also, the myths were so incredibly fresh from what I knew of the setting. And if there is mythology blended into a story, I always love it. And here, I guess it was well intertwined as I did care about the fates of them and their choices from there.

So, I guess this worked for a multitude of reason when it came to me. However, I do believe that whether you want to read this is up to you. It just was to my taste, but not completely faultless either.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Spellcaster

Well, although I thought that this premise will be okay but I was just so bored from reading it and that really it could have done it so much better.

Nadia, she was okay at first. Then eventually, it just became impossible to continue reading and I went to skim. It seemed that there was no clear goal as to why she was chasing Elizabeth, nothing personal. But she just felt there, she just loved Mateo. And her family feel like background props when it will have been more interesting if they were more utilitised.

As for her friends, yeah I really don’t care about any of them. At all. The villain was as interesting as a piece of cardboard, and she was a witch who was revived over and over. And really, she has almost no motive. And she never really reveals anything about herself that will make this interesting at all.

And the plot, I really didn’t know what it was meant to be. More about Nadia’s mother, and also Elizabeth. But I feel as though her mother just was there to make her trained, when it will have been better to explore her mother’s past. Which is likely to be more interesting. Rather than having some school queen be a witch, who gets revived over and over, although it is explained. But it makes little sense why it should be in the first book. Or makes little sense why Nadia will be chasing her.

And so, you can see that I really didn’t understand the need of this book. Since I was bored, and terrifically underwhelmed in it. I can’t really bring myself to recommend it at all.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5