The Kings Of Bones And Ashes

This just wasn’t my thing. I really tried to get into it, but it just didn’t have much of a story to tell.

This is a very slow work, and to me it just never picked up the pace fast enough. Or even made the characters interesting enough to keep me reading. I just felt nothing as I slowly trodded through this.

The writing was pretty good, and at the beginning held my attention. As all the characters were being introduced and fleshed out. Just that I believed it took a little too long to get to the heart of the story and most of the middle was rather sagging.

With the scope of the novel, it indeed is interesting and nonetheless fascinating. But it just didn’t do a good job to tie me to anyone at all, nor did any of the characters interest me.

Although there were plenty of talking about the witches but very little of the spells, and it took too long to get to it and all the possible implications.

Overall, I just think that it took quite a long time just to get to the core of the novel. And that was what killed the book for me.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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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

The Magdeburg Relic

I just didn’t feel as though this was written for me. Initially, the beginning was intriguing as well as fascinating. It was written in such a way which really made me curious.

But I just didn’t care. The characters fell flat to me, with very little depth which I enjoyed or even saw among the characters. And for much of the book I was confused as to what they even wanted in the first place.

None of them had much of any motivations at all, which caused me to just be comepletely unable to immerse myself in it.

Well, this just wasn’t for me. The writing was to my taste, but the characters were particularly bland and the plot felt rather aimless.

Rating: 2 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

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

That Olde White Magick

And this was something which I found myself strangely attracted to. In a way that I had some fondness for the characters yet comepletely zero interest in the mystery.

Yes, I didn’t really care for any of the characters but I enjoyed the characters and their interactions which had a lot more sense here. As for the ending, which was rather comedic but one which I just liked. The tone of the book hasn’t been very dark from the beginning and it didn’t progress much further either.

Although the mystery didn’t have any connection to the main characters which is a pity. As when it makes the detective think about their own demons, as well as their true opinion on this is something that I will always like about. This just didn’t have that connection.

But this was a bunch of really relatable characters, which worked very well for me in the least.

Rating: 3 out of 5

A Grave Search

I just didn’t have any interest in this work at all. It wasn’t really bad, the writing was rather nice and even bearable. But it just wasn’t my taste at all.

I just didn’t care about the main mystery or the novel itself. I just find it a tad too generic, unable to even connect with the main characters in the least. I really didn’t care about anything at all regarding this mystery.

But as I said, the writing was readable just that I couldn’t really care anything about it at all. It just lost my interest in the content but kept it going through the writing.

Rating: 2 out of 5