The Count Of Monte Cristo

Well, the actual story is completely with me. But the reality of the manga is that it is too choppy. I didn’t feel the emotions Haydee did about Dante.

Or even what the heck was happening. It was just too summarised if you ask me. And well, it was like trying to tell a story that barely have any context to rely on.

Suddenly, Dante makes his move from the middle of nowhere. That happens all the time where I felt the transition was clumsy and could be handled a lot better. Not just once but many many times.

As for all the foreshadowing that occurred, well some of it was really grasped. Other just flew over my head.

Overall, I still liked the original work but the adaption just felt clumsy and honestly it could be stretched far longer than I thought. But the manga has great art, nothing else need to be said about it.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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War of the World Makers

DNF @50%

I just couldn’t understand where this was coming from. I did want a story that was more focused, and less confusing. I didn’t get any of that at all.

And it just happened to be a strange mix, somehow there was a Tsarina alive in those times, in 2033, some weird bizarre things happening around. It just wasn’t easy to understand where this was coming from, and there just wasn’t a character which drew me in.

I just didn’t feel as though it was making any sense at all. And that is where I just gave up as I didn’t understand what was happening in this book from the beginning or even cared about it

The Night Of Elisa

Well, the story begins with Elisa waking and having little idea of what she is herself. Or where she came from. But eventually her personality was slowly developed, to the point that I greatly enjoyed the story.

The writing was the strongest point of the story if you ask me. Where I found it full of life, easy to understand and even love. Elisa, all the characters were written in such a way that I cared about them. Even if I barely knew anything about them.

Answers did come, and there were some regarding Elisa. But some things shall remain a mystery as it was here.

Although there were some things which I didn’t think was done well enough. Such as Elisa’s abilities and what it really did. I was expecting a little more to say, about what it really did. And what it really meant to her.

And the romance between her and Leonheart, I didn’t really feel the chemistry between them. A little sad about the fact, although the ending was nice. But they could have spent more time together and understood each other better before the plot kicked in.

But otherwise, solid story and filled with the supernatural. Which is just to my taste.

Rating: 4 out of 5

A Matter Of Circumstance

And well, this book was also the same to me. It just wasn’t what I wanted at the end of the day. Perhaps when I want romance, I want something else to complete here.

I like it when it has some other theme that the romance wasn’t for the sake of romance. To me, this is where it just fails. It is neither sensual or sexy but doesn’t have any touching moments at all.

As a historical romance, it brings nothing new to the table at all. All the while it doesn’t provide me the entertainment that I wanted to gain from this.

So, this just wasn’t to my taste at all. And by two-thirds through, it seems completely pointless to push on.

I received an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

A Treacherous Curse 

In a strange way, this completely captured my attention. The mystery was different as was the main characters in a very very good way. 

Veronica was defining relatable, and even entertaining to read through. She was a woman who didn’t try to complain or show how difficult her life was. I barely knew anything about her, but she is a detective who does all the work expected of her. She investigated everything thoroughly. And all her words were rather memorable. 

As for Stoker, who is her partner is also nonetheless interesting. It isn’t a romance, they remain very very platonic. While it reveals a lot about Stoker and what his past was, which was something interesting. 

Again the novel shows that almost no one caused the death of a particular person. Just plenty of people with different motives who happened to drive him to his eventual death. 

The ending was rather fulfilling as it was, since Veronica does have a place for herself not to mention the fact that Stoker also gained closer. As for the dialogue regarding Caroline de Morgan. It was entertaining and so right as it was. 

Overall, I really really enjoyed this work. It was satisfying yet differently structured from most mystery novels set in this time period. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

Song Hereafter

I guess I just lost interest in the book after a while. Since I just felt so horribly lost as to what was happening here.

I didn’t comepletely understand Estela or any of the characters here. The story is set in an interesting time against the backdrop of Spain in the twelfth century.

However, the historical facts were indeed what I found really there. As the scope of the book does appear to be a little large covering France and the Angevin Empire as well as Spain.

But I just couldn’t understand any of the characters or even where the story was headed. Well, guess this is where it gets me when I request a book far too ahead in the sequel. I was comepletely lost.

There wasn’t anything which drew me to this story at all. There wasn’t anything which really grounded me. I just found myself reading the writing with very little idea as to what was happening.

Although the writing was readable and full of things which intrigued me. But I was mostly confused about this.

So, you can say that I just didn’t feel for the story among all of it.

Rating: 3 out of 5

A Study In Charlotte

I have to admit that this just caught my attention, in a good way and I rather liked it.

Although the front part of it does need to be slightly better, at least looking at speed it moved at. The main storyline was introduced rather quickly which I liked, but the mystery just took quite a long time before I could solve it.

As for the reveal and the villain, I really liked it. The villain did have some real motives to do as she wanted to. And that it did feel believable. All the while she did it in such a way which covered all her tracks yet at the same time it revealed her personality.

Charlotte was flawed, she is an amateur detective but was really really flawed in a sense. I really did like how the author potrayed her as such all the while still making her the genius. In fact, her own mistakes may be the same thing as well.

I do like the whole history with two families and how it went down. It just didn’t work out well, and Charlotte simply did something wrong. And well, I liked that little bit on drugs and how it was handled here.

As for Jamie, well he was just there I guess. I found Charlotte to be really the one who really took the whole show.

Overall, I really liked this work for the mystery and the attention it pays to the work. It is rather refreshing to read this, where it takes a different stance on the series. Comepletely enjoyable and even likeable. Read this if you have a fondness for contemporary romance with mystery, and well this is a lot darker than I initially thought.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5