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

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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

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

In The Shadow Of Blackbirds

I really enjoyed this novel. Even when the entire story started from a death, and although it still ended in the same way. But I loved Mary Shelley.

She was such an original character, and most importantly I always found her really relatable and even realistic. And that she has seen so much, and despite not fighting in a war she has already lost a lot in it. I really liked the impact it has done on Mary Shelley.

As for the main story, it is a murder mystery about Stephen. Where his death is more suspicious than anyone thinks it is, and well there is quite a bit of supernatural aiding Mary to allow her to figure all this out. I just really enjoyed the way it was handled.

Most importantly, was that the novel dealt with war. The mystery dealt with how people impacted by the war, the plague and how it creates a tragedy. And how it happens. I really enjoyed yet was saddened by the reveal of it all. And at the same time, it was never what I expected at all.

All the while the side characters stood out. Such as Julius and Mr Darning, and their secrets. Aunt Eva and her protectiveness which did have some sense, although I was groaning at her all the time. Yet, I never detested her just found her really annoying and wishes that she will understand.

As for having Mary serve the red cross and help those war veterans, it was really real to me. And I felt that it was fitting if anything.

Overall, this is a novel which explores more than just war and ghosts. It is about all the effects it causes, apart from the epidemic to even the mental health of soldiers. Overall, this was really enjoyable.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Keeper

I feel rather mixed about this book. On one hand it did probe to be a fun ride for most of it, but eventually it just became what I read so often in paranormal all over.

Although I do like how Lainey handled it, that she was wanting answers and demanded them instead of just waiting around. Not to mention her denial was so incredibly real, before she becomes quite like a hero. And frankly to me, those have lost all their shine to me. And there was where I believe it didn’t work.

There were many pop culture references which honestly wasn’t annoying and sometimes fitting, as well as up to date. It does make it feel so, however it does feel a little off as not everything does speak about superheroes in such a large scale in the book. But it was still passable.

However I believe that the plot could have been handled better. I did see that it went down the most normal route known to readers, plenty of fighting and discovery. But really, I am sick and tired of it.

As for the whole world that is hidden from here, it is rather basic as to what are the kinds of creatures here, fairies, vampires, etc.

This was really a case where it simply didn’t work for me as it was not to my taste. I preferred something a little more unique, or with a little more unique stance. Unfortunately this just didn’t cut it, and originally it just had its charm before towards the end it lost it.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

Eye Of The Moon

This was just very surprising. It had a huge touch of the paranormal and definitely felt very very Gothic.

This is a mystery, and a thriller. Slow at the beginning, and for much of the book. But by the end, there were plenty of secrets revealed, a touch of the occult and bizarre things happening.

As well as plenty of stories told on the way, such as Bruni and her family. Johnny and his, as well as Alice. All of them come together to form an interesting tale, filled with family secrets and a bit of the occult.

The ending was really interesting and satisfied me. With many secrets revealed, a rather good ending that still had a lot more beyond it. All the while combining the more complicated sides of Gothic fiction all together.

I was really interested in the main characters as you can say, invested in them. Which made this a lot more enjoyable, Percy and his eventual mistakes leading them here. As well as Johnny and their upbringing, they were close like brothers and I truly felt their closeness here.

By the ending, things have largely changed so much from the beginning. Such as the characters who all have a part to play here, it doesn’t feel as though any of them are wasted. And the plot is complicated and twists in many many ways.

Overall, this was immensely satisfying and in all ways comepletely clicked with me. I enjoyed and savoured the work slowly, and if you’re like me a fan of more Gothic works then this is for you.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Beneath The Skin

Something about this just didn’t work with me, it wasn’t about the book. It just wasn’t to my taste.

It is about werewolves with a hint of romance. But I found it really uninteresting to be reading about, it just wasn’t what I expected or even knew wanting to read at all.

Although the werewolf part was really interesting and even well explored, however I just felt the plot was heading nowhere and neither was it really intriguing me.

At the end of the day, I just didn’t enjoy this and this just didn’t work for me.

Rating: 1 out of 5