Inish Clare

Well, I expected a lot more than this. At least in terms of the mystery and historical fiction.

However, what I got was a rather bland story where I barely know even the main characters at all, and that the main narrator was largely forgettable. Paired with an even more forgettable mystery and even one where I barely remembered anything about it, and hence you could see why I didn’t enjoy this at all.

I did expect a lot more about the pirate, since I was sold through the premise on the promise of pirates. Unfortunately, it just never delivered it. And the curse or whatever was just uninteresting, it never felt real or even the least bit. It just felt there.

And I did find that almost any paranormal aspect or even anything about the history wasn’t really elaborated upon or fully explored. That is a rather large weakness if you were to ask me. And it didn’t really tie up what it had to do, and I just couldn’t find much of anything interesting to talk about.

So, you could say that my expectations just wasn’t met well enough. It simply wasn’t talked about well enough, and overall this was a rather disappointing read.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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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

Daughter of the burning city

I found that this was rather okay. Although I didn’t care much for Sorina, but in the circus again it takes something quite new to this.

Sorina is blind, and doesn’t have eyes. Although the strangest part of her character is how she can see without them. The best way this could have been done was through sensory description, otherwise it is physically impossible for her to be able describe. She doesn’t have eyes. Which was a weakness, third person narration will have done a far better job when it came to this.

Also, the pacing really seemed off to me as I spent such a long time picking it up and down, but didn’t feel like wanting to continue. The ending was okay, some questions were answered with an interested twist given. As well as making me think, what does this really do. It is simply a story about Sorina facing danger and protecting her family, but nothing managed to shake me from within. It is pure enjoyment. Which was okay, but at the same time quite boring.

And the world, although some development is given is flimsy at best. There really is nothing to define any of them, apart from being freaks, and most of the world building at least to me could have been better, and more vivid.

The weakness laid in how unbelievable it was for a blind girl to be describing so well. And that really is my main issue which developed into subsequent issues regarding the worldbuilding and the description. It lacks a little bit of logic since it is written in first person.

However, I really like this book on some level. Although there are sone undeniable weaknesses in it too, such as the plot and description. It had an interesting premise, but mediocre execution. And this is why I think that this book is rather okay, a quick fun read but probably won’t do it again.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

She Be Damned

DNF @90%

I give up, I really just cannot continue reading this where there is absolutely no charm with any of the main characters at all. I’m not even lying when it comes to this, I really skim read so much of it.

The writing was bland and forgettable, as were most of the characters. Diversity is not enough to appeal to me, not when the story fails to captivate and even manage to make me even the least bit interested in this story. Or even the least bit interested in the main character or even anyone else.

What really sounded interesting, the premise did. Everything else failed to even keep my attention.

Rating: 1 out of 5

Death At The Emerald

I really like this book as it was an interesting deviation from the usual mystery I have read.

And with a twist that I never really seen coming. Most importantly, was that Frances was an entertaining detective. She is focused and definitely breaks most norms, and naturally is not afraid of the really dirty part of detective work.

The time is in the Edwardian era, with Frances being a suffragist. And surprisingly, there is very little but Frances is portrayed as strong and capable, as well as talented. Not to mention, that the mystery surrounds mostly women, and the relationship Frances has with her maid is definitely interesting.

The mystery is not just simple, but also really hits home. A girl who runs away when she was twenty-one because she didn’t want to be married or rather sold to anyone. And eventually managed to make a life for herself. That to me took guts, and that she may have been naive, but with time she really showed wisdom with her choices. And I really adored Louisa, the way that she simply had the courage to pursue what she wanted. She fought, she never gave up. Her story is told through here, and she was my favourite character. Even though she really doesn’t appear much.

As for all the things she really went through is quite a lot, and yet the ending to me is rather satisfactory. At least it will be something hopeful, amidst all the investigation.

As for Frances, she may be a suffragist but she does not spenf all her time talking about feminism. Or even about it. It does not have much of a place but I think that she leads it by example. She is talented, strong and at the same time not beyond emotions. And really, she is fighting by being herself and doing what she is good at. And that really, she doesn’t feel the need to prove herself to men is a nice welcome.

So, to me, this mystery really worked in my favour of the way that it really kept me guessing. It really is like a character study, since it is about a disappearance not a death. To investigate what happened to her, I believe that understanding her background is the most important.

Rating: 4 out of 5

The Medievalist

I will say that this was surprising, despite it being a time travel tale but set out to tell the tale of one of Britain’s most perplexing mystery that has raged for five hundred years.

Many will say that he killed his nephews and recently many will disagree. Well, I won’t take a stand here but it does fascinate me how such a mystery still is such a huge mystery today, and that we are nowhere closer. Although this book gives a slightly fictional but plausible ending for the Princes in the Tower, and a slightly more sympathetic light to King Richard III.

Although Jayne was originally really okay, I never found her to really stand out but she really had much connection with me and was a suitable narrator for this extremely perplexing mystery and although a little biased. But this is fiction, so, I can’t say that she was wrong and there is still no hard evidence that she was right.

But the tale is in the 15th century, and that the narrators being from different times does set it out. Jayne is still rather modern, while Richard takes a older style which is what I will expect of him since he is a medieval figure and here is where I feel that the time does set them apart.

As for the plot, it is how history unfolds but the ending is a nice twist and final end to this. I do like that closure was found in the modern world, and Jayne was right. And that this is fiction although she can never say that he did it and neither can anyone say that he did not, the princes merely dissaapeared there was no bodies of them, no definite evidence that they were certainly dead by the hand of his uncle.

But this is simply a take on the whole mystery, deviating from the usual. However this will be prove to be interested and even entertaining sometimes heartwarming sometimes rather clever. But I guess I’ll just leave it as it is.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Cradle

I really don’t know why I kept on reading, even when I really cannot even seem to find a character to relate. Strangely, I just kept on reading.

The writing is excellent, and somehow really drew me in. Anything else really was difficult to relate to, but as long as it was the writing, I found it strangely entertaining and easy to read.

However, the plot and characters are not even memorable. Apart form the fact that it is set in the era of King James I, who happens to be a new king. And also one of the many colonies where settlers would eventually go to, I really don’t know what else about it. Nothing about the main character is really entertaining, and I can’t really remember anything about it at all.

And well, you could say that I only kept on reading because of the writing style. And also because I was slightly interested yet had no idea what was happening. I didn’t remember much from this book, but I really liked the writing.

So, how can I rate this? It won’t be high, since apart from the style I really didn’t feel anything about the story.

Rating: 2 out of 5