Scatterwood

Well, I gave it a shot to see how long my mind could retain the memory of this book. And sadly, it just didn’t work in my favour for I emerge having no idea what happened in it.

This book has a really dull way of telling the story, coupled with pacing that I could see that nothing was happening apart from being taken as a slave. But there is a lot of telling, and a lot of passing moments. But not enough times showing me about all of his time as a slave.

And with it, I just couldn’t connect with any of the characters since there really isn’t much of anything which kept my attention. The writing is rather emotionless and dull which made enjoying this difficult, at least for me.

And since the writing was neither lyrical nor smooth in a way that I hoped, but rather just forgettable. As well as the characters were quite flat, and I couldn’t feel their emotions or even sympathize with them. Hence, you can see why this just didn’t work for me.

Rating: 1 out of 5

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Traitor Angels

This was okay, although on some level it did manage to draw me in and enough to have me finish this book. But there are just some things which I need to really address.

The one character which somehow caught my attention was Robert, yes the bastard of the king and the duke. Also, something very interesting happened towards the end which did ruin my view of him completely. But I guess I never really knew him well enough. And that I don’t think the author really suggested his other side. However, the story was narrated in first person, and Elizabeth never truly understood him and I’m reading through her eyes. But yeah, I feel that the most compelling character was him.

As for the rest of the cast, needless to say they exist. But nothing more than that. I was rather bored when I had to read Elizabeth’s scenes, and somehow the rest apart from Robert seemed to completely disinterest me(maybe I have a penchant for liking characters with a dark side.) And that when he was revealed to be who he was, although not completely convincing but neither completely out of question. I just didn’t see it, but I welcomed it.

Elizabeth just didn’t hold my interest, and that is a major flaw since we are seeing everything through her eyes. And well to me, she is mostly what anyone will expect of YA heroine. But she just didn’t work with me.

So overall, the story to my belief is well researched with many of the details gotten right. However, it is just that I don’t care about any of the characters apart from Robert, and so, I can’t really bring myself to recommend this.

Rating: 2 out of 5

A Rebel Among Us

DNF @46%

I really tried to read this book, but it just really dragged on for too long.

I did like the beginning with David and the whole entire scene where he wakes up and learn about them. I found that entertaining.

Although I was expecting a romance, but I just didn’t expect it to take this long for anything to happen. I was expecting a lot more of questions, and a lot more of suspicion. I mean the title is a rebel among us. I expected a little more tension.

What I really got was mostly a little romance, some obstruction. But nothing that really lights up my mind or makes me want to read on. Almost halfway through the book I just couldn’t hold onto it anymore. There is very little reason why I want to read it.

There is almost no real character exploration or really understanding. And the romance, I just didn’t feel the chemistry together. Although I liked how they were kind to him. But I just wanted more than this, it just didn’t satisfy my tastes enough.

Perhaps this is for you, but it just isn’t for me.

Rating: 2 out of 5

The Cloister

This was a really interesting tale about Both World War II, religion and also the 12th century.

I did find the entire focus to be there. The writing good enough to handle the difference in styles and syntax, since how we spoke nearly a century ago will be extremely different from now. And the way that it managed to interwine it with the entirely storyline well enough.

The writing and the tale of Heloise was the real reason why I fell in love with this book. Rachel was incredibly relatable too, but she wasn’t as engaging as Heloise. Heloise who indeed was brilliant, who did really accept her own ideals. And really, she was willing to pursue what she believed was hers, and love when the chance came. I find that rather courageous to do, and to even support Peter, no matter how hard the times.

As for the religion aspect, I’m not a Christian, but I did like how it was simply as a choice. Or the different interpretations of the religion, for I do know about their very bloody history when it came to difference of opinions.

One flaw that I really don’t tolerate much is that what was the plot of Rachel’s story, she seems to be wanting to tell the world of their story. But it seems that after a while, it just doesn’t get fulfilled. And I will have highly preferred for her to have really gone through the war in France, although the ending was rather poignant and open ended. I just didn’t care that much for Rachel, since all My sympathies was with Heloise for the most part.

Overall, I just really enjoyed this book. There was something that really worked this tale for me, and Heloise was always the one who won my heart.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Toru: Wayfarer Returns

Now to me, this was what I hoped to read about and it’s representation. Setting it in the Edo era as an alternate history, during the times when Japan is indeed struggling to modernize itself or keep to their ideals.

And I do really like how it handles female characters here. Masuyo is just more than the love interest, I do feel her strength and also her love for her family. Besides, she outsmarts her father but still will try to abide by his wishes when he insists. As well as being truthfully loyal, and never wavering from her beliefs. And her favourite moments were with the Lady Tomatsu as she is a woman who thinks survival is above all, and her ask to just have her denounce her own father. Although it does show her tenacity, but I find Lady Tomatsu to be a more sensible character than anyone else.

As for Toru, he was indeed middle ground. He dreams and wishes to see, and doesn’t like people taking advantage of his country. Strong patriotism, nice personality. But to me, he doesn’t really have much of an arc and his identity is just there and under utilized when it could have added more tension and is it just me but it does seem that he has no noticeable flaws. The one who I did feel was stuck a little more in between and still someone who will dream is Masuyo. And that he doesn’t seem to have much of any character arc apart from that.

The setting is basically perfect, I mean who wants to be overthrown in their lives. Their fear was real, and unless the whole bakufu power really weakened until the Meiji restoration which allowed it implant changes. Otherwise, I can see why almost anyone who was rich back then really wanted to keep their power. Same thing with the need to keep up with them, since they were facing plenty of threats from outside. And I do like the way that it does, although the Meiji restoration is still far away but nonetheless a step to the Japan we know of today. Although the other complaint is that it doesn’t make sense how industrialization can happen over the span of a couple months, not really believable if you ask me.

So, overall I just like this book due to the Japanese culture which was authentic. The way that it generally was for Masuyo did feel real, but she still overcame those boundaries. And last but not least, that this tale was satisfying overall, as my complaints was as above. But otherwise, it was pretty much enjoyable.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Flames To The Beast

Well, I just don’t really understand much about this book really.

To me, it just felt as though it didn’t have the focus of any book and hence it didn’t really move me in a particular way at all.

I didn’t really find a character whom I really liked or even enjoyed, it just was a bunch of them together doing something.

Although the ending is rather interesting about the birth of an immortal and eventually the epilogue in 2008 when it was originally in 1881. Interesting to say the least.

It just didn’t kept my interest at the front, sadly to say.

Rating: 2 out of 5

The Chiron Confession

I guess this was okay, nothing particularly special about the mystery which really drew me in at all.

However, I do feel that this is well researched and the writing clear but rather old too. It did fit the ancient time of the story. However, I just really didn’t care about any of the characters.

Or any of the plot at all. Something about the Chiron, something about a conspiracy, but nothing really intriguing me. Since it was all centered around Athanasius having to prove himself.

But really, I don’t really care about him at all. There was absolutely nothing interesting which will have intrigued me in this book. I don’t understand why is it all so important at all.

And really, it just wasn’t written in a way that will interest me. The writing was really just dull and the real reason why I just could not enjoy the story. Along with the fact that most of the characters don’t feel real to me, they don’t jump out of the pages or made me care for them.

And there is where I think that this book just didn’t meet my expectations, however it is something for those who love Roman history. Which I have a very poor understanding of, and at the same time need a good solid character to be able to really care about this book.

2 stars