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The House Of The Spirits 

It does live up to expectations of a saga. As this story slowly unravels and balances the first person narration and mostly third person narration so incredibly well. The main narrator of the entire story is Esteban, who at times disgust me of the way he thought that Clara was his. And that she should be willing to share everything with him. 

As for Clara, in her own right, she is a strong woman. She would put her foot down and leave him, which she does in this book for her own daughter. The way that she is always so incredibly wise and aware of the world, and how she is portrayed is like a clairvoyant sometimes. Where she doesn’t try to speak. And her abilities really quite magical, and the way it is presented places this book into magical realism. Where sometimes certain events barely have any explanation, and this does pass due to the way Clara appears so incredibly aware. 

As for the family, which they are all rather crazy. Esteban with his obsession with Rosa and became a reason why he married Clara in the first place. Clara with all her abilities yet choosing not to interfere in many of her fates. Blanca, and her eventual life working hard and doing what she likes. All the while giving birth to a daughter. And Jaime and Nicolas, both of which finds their own strange path. Nicolas moving from one point to another without much thought, Jaime and his constant need for helping the poor. 

I really liked how their entire family became part of politics eventually. Such as Esteban running as a conservative, Jaime standing on the opposition side. As for eventually what happens to Alba and her, I would say that another party has come into power and one that is indeed a cruel tyrant. 

As for the story slowly beginning and ending, it all ends with Alba. And this saga has been quite entertaining really. Such as Clara deciding once and for all leaving, even though they still kept up appearances. Blanca and her affair, Jaime and Nicolas where both their paths diverged so incredibly much. And Alba, who grew up in this ridiculous environment.

So, this is a good book. More in the part that it developed characters over the years, and yet still kept their essence in the way that I could still recognize them. All the while spanning years and years with three generations of the family. And well, this books handles it all well. With how bizarre some of them are, and eventually having Esteban realise that he on some level had faulted. And Blanca deciding to let her first love go, after seeing that he was unwilling to be chained to her. 

And the way Alba views the world at the end. I would say that all this took a lot of work and planning, given how each character eventually had their own role to play and their own role to fulfill. And even seeing Esteban begging on his knees was nice indeed, and the way that he simply wants Alba back is really heartwarming too. 

So this is a family saga, and centered about their entire family and lives. And the way that somehow a lot of things eventually come back to them, and a lot of times there aren’t a lot of answers seeing as how Alba changed, and how mysterious she was at the epilogue. So, I would say that this book is more about the family than anything else. And each character was handled well for me, at least within the Trueban family. 

Rating: 4 out of 5′

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The Joy Luck Club

I have really enjoyed this book, as almost every character had her own story. And well, it was indeed interesting to read really how each ended and began. Also, how much their mothers also influenced them. 

But mostly was how realistic it was to be a woman then in China which was not a good one. And thus makes each story which is narrated, each character here carries a rather big story here, and those back stories are the reason why I also love this story. It really makes each story count and put a lot into the eventual ending. Such as having disagreements, a perfect American woman, a woman who eventually married because of a disaster in her house. 

Then, to a daughter who had so much hopes placed on her to be a genius. A perfect chess genius. I really loved this story for how it was, how each story were so carefully crafted, so detailed that I could feel it really. It just so realistic that my hearts went to them. Though I would have wanted more about the Joy Luck Club, about the main story. It was mostly like reading a back story but barely having any link till the end. 

That is really my only complaint. Otherwise, the characters, the atmosphere, the story is almost perfect. I would say, read this for each character. Where each of them carry a heavy story and a difficult background from the start. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Chameleon 

CHAMELEON 

By 

Zoe Kalo
Genre: YA/Gothic/Ghost/Multicultural

Word count: 55,000 

Release date: February 2017
Premise:
Kicked out of school, 17-year old Paloma finds herself in an isolated convent in the tropical forests of 1970s Puerto Rico, where she must overcome her psychosis in order to help a spirit and unveil a killer. 

Blurb:
An isolated convent, a supernatural presence, a dark secret…
17-year-old Paloma only wanted to hold a séance to contact her dead father. She never thought she would be kicked out of school and end up in an isolated convent. Now, all she wants is to be left alone. But slowly, she develops a bond with a group of girls: kind-hearted Maria, insolent Silvy, pathological liar Adelita, and their charismatic leader Rubia. When, yet again, Paloma holds a séance in the hope of contacting her father, she awakens an entity that has been dormant for years. And then, the body count begins. Someone doesn’t want the secret out…
Are the ghost and Paloma’s suspicions real—or only part of her growing paranoia and delusions?

Review:

The story was quite fine, I had really enjoyed Paloma as a character really. She was quite decent, had made plenty of mistakes and was suffering for it. But the only complaint was how abrupt the ending was, since it didn’t really tie up what I had wanted to see in mind. 

It just didn’t feel complete. But the ending chapter to me where the murdered was revealed was the best and felt more like a climax than a ending. Although it is rather surprising how well it was done that the mystery had eluded me for quite some time.  

I do like the time and detail spent into the convent, and how abuse can take place with very little help. And how nuns can help this so-called troubled kids. Mostly, it was how that parents would be likely to turn a blind eye to this matters. And most of the parents here, they are either drug addicts, or want their child gone, or perhaps didn’t really care much for them. 

I really liked Adelita, she was rather unique in a sense and had a lot of my sympathy, seeing as what she went through. Same for Maria, although she had the best back story of them all, with just a loving mother who has no means of supporting her in the least. 

The plot, had been rather well executed with many twists that I didn’t see. And many deaths that I didn’t see incoming either, keeping this mainly a mystery. And all the while clearing up names, or trying to figure out who was the murderer. All the while Paloma tries to convince the convent that she was still sane despite what she said. 

I do really enjoy this ride, only that the ending left me unsatisfied and really let down in some ways. I was expecting some closure, not really an cliffhanger which left things at the edge. I do wonder whether there will be a sequel to this story, seeing as how it was left at the end. 

But overall, I really enjoyed this work and the author has once more wrote a good book which I would recommend to those who want to read about mystery and young adult. It won’t let you down, but expect a cliffhanger ending. 

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

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Gosick 


I have to admit that I took a very short time to finish this anime(technically three days). Firstly, it was mostly to kill boredom before it became an obsession with this show. I would say that this is less of a mystery but more of historical fiction. Mystery wise, it is very easy to solve it given who Victorique is. 

I would say that the plot is incredibly well thought out, with it simply being incredibly clever at many points. From the names, to the tales used. And even where it heads, the early mysteries merely set up the storyline before the ending. And all try cases are rather easily solved by Victorique, which is why I chose to place it under historical fiction, it isn’t a mystery when she can solve it with enough evidence which I would say to any detective might be sparsely any evidence at all, and less than is actually spent in investigation. 

But all the mysteries build up and is one piece of a puzzle to the next, perhaps not a chain reaction. But rather threads set apart and one day would come together, that is how the plot works and it comes together very smartly too. Even giving hints as to what happened to the characters at the end of the mystery if they were still alive. 

As for the characters, I do admit that they are well done. To me, Kazuya is a nice but kind hearted and also a badass(he fought in a war, and in episode two he managed to knock people out with brass knuckles). He’s clearly nothing compared to Victorique in terms of brains, but his combination is a nice for a main character. I might become pretty bored if it was solely Victorique. 

But the one whose past is even more important to the entire storyline is hers, with her history being of the most difficult to see. And that it explains her character rather well enough why she acts as she does, and why does she even treats Kazuya so incredibly badly. I mean, she has no social interaction up until Kazuya, I barely count conversations with her brother and her father. 

Another great thing is the last of support characters, where they might seem incompetent (Grevil at sleuthing or ridiculous(Cecile and Avril). But that all play a role in building towards the ending. 

And Grevil is one of the more developed, he is in love with someone else, sports a ridiculous hairstyle because Victorique made him too. And he has a personality, in certain ways being unkind to her yet helping her when he can. That makes him quite complicated, but also interesting. Particularly the part where he is a sleuth, he is absolutely useless as one, and depends on his sister, but not completely stupid and plays dumb when needed of him to. 

As for the characters later which draw my attention it would have to be Cordelia. She is by far the one with the most tragic back story, I mean being exiled for a crime that she did not commit, not really that bad. But what happens to her during the time where she brought Victorique to the world I really would not say, and even more after her birth. Rather insane if you ask me. And her end, I would say pretty tragic for someone of her life where she spent it moving from one terrible situation from another. She is clearly one which wins my sympathy in this case. 

Overall, I would say that this has been one enjoyable anime for me. Where I spent them putting clues together, some I managed to figure out, others, I couldn’t even begin to scratch the surface itself. And watching a romance develop to me, is something I enjoy if it is slow, and in this case it has to be as Victorique is clearly rather difficult to love immediately. 

Rating: 5 out of 5

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Assassin’s Apprentice 


I really like this work, the world is fascinating to me so many times. And Fitz is a really interesting character, he has many faults and is an assassin after all. And I’m just thankful that despite being a bastard, it is more detrimental to his character than a surplus. 

Also, the world being about a skill, and how the the six duchies are. It is enough to build a really good and complex image of the world. I was fine with mostly about the kingdoms and less so on the other side. 

I for once, definitely enjoyed seeing Kings actually doing work and truly thinking about the country. And also, at the same time is not always horrible as a person. As for the Royal family here, they all don’t get worked up just over a bastard seeing how many of them exist in the country. I didn’t find it strange in the least. 

As for my most favorite female character here is Patience, she despite being angry, but who won’t be. But she eventually thought about it and taught Fitz all that she could. And also as a female, instead of being an ornament, she is someone that always works and helps out. And even tries to see and look for good paper. To me she is doing something rather than just idling about. 

The plot definitely shows his growth from a mere child well enough to becoming an assassin. It is believable to me with plenty of growth, yet he still has many things to learn. 

About the skill which was fascinating for me to read about above all. It was the drawing point of the book here, the world more than its characters really. 

Overall, I really recommend this to those who want solid fantasy with less annoying tropes that plagues many books. And one that does focus a little more on the intrigue, and character growth than before. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Carnival Of Souls


I didn’t really enjoy this. The book took forever to move forward and Mallory only really went towards her real father at the end. That was where it began, but before that is mostly just setting up the series and neither is it even remotely interesting. 

Mallory is a bland main character, the most interesting to me had to be Aya. And the love interests were not that much different, just boring and bland. The characters didn’t really have much of any personality to me. Although Aya and Evelyn striked me as intriguing given how ruthless she was to use her own daughter as a weapon. 

And Evelyn was able to breed and used her as a weapon, which to me was interesting and making me more curious about her character. Adam is simply like a typical overprotective parent, almost no words about it. 

As for the relationship between witches and daimons, it does interest me quite a lot as to how it is. But I would have preferred a little more explanation, they just dislike each other and maybe some issue that sets them at odds. 

But other than that, there is almost nothing remotely interesting about it. 

Overall, I won’t say I hated this book but neither did it entertain me. 

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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The Republic Of Thieves 


I would say that this was nonetheless interesting. This is very much the turning point of the series, and where it would head eventually. And revealing plenty of secrets regarding Locke and his entire backstory, it really is unique and almost impossible to know. 

As for the plot, it’s a little weaker than before. But nonethelsss still intriguing and well frankly just amazing on some levels. 

And knowing more about the Bondsmagi, such as how they are named, and how they worked even. With some additions apart from the Falconer to the Bondsmagi, such as Patience, and even why they choose to have contracts and knowing magic. And with her is such a huge connection to Locke, and essentially, she also becomes a rather interesting favourite of mine. Seeing how she messes Locke over. 

As for Jean, I would say that Locke needs this guy. Their relationship is even closer than Locke’s romance with Sabetha, Jean’s his rock and probably the one thing that’s keeping him alive. 

As for Sabetha, she was what I thought she would be. And for her really she made her own choice in this, and made her stand. 

While this book would most likely affect the eventual books as well, as this is where many relavations which still brings a lot of questions to me. 

As for the theatre story, I would have wanted it to also have an impact with the actual story here. It was like two stories together which really didn’t add on well, even though both were enjoyable, it did seem that the theatre part had been a little extraneous when compared to the actual story about an election. 

Overall, I would say that this book had been enjoyable even if I wanted a slightly better motivation but the ending parts was interesting and would lead me to continue with this. 

Rating: 3.5 out of 5