The Moon In The Palace

This was just pointless on so many levels. I expected a more deeper novel, and this is about Wu Zetian. And well, nothing happened in the first hundred pages or so.

I did want to know what the author thought of her. And although her portrayal was plausible, since the novel starts when she was a girl. Not a woman condemned to the nunnery, not a woman who has seized power. But it is also its greatest flaw.

Because nothing happened, and I don’t see how this girl can be Wu Zetian. She lacked the ambition, the aggressiveness that was well known during her time. A reason why she was passed over for Lady Xu. And I expected someone more bold, since she readily took her place in court. Her life was rather miserable after her father’s death, and the only thing it served to was to make her rather angry and wanting to take revenge. And that she had no hopes for ever marrying well. That did happen in this case.

Also, I highly doubt her sister married a merchant. I really doubted it. Tang Dynasty merchants will have problems finding a wife since they are regarded as the most lowly of them all, even poor girls like her sister will be better off married to a poor farmer. It was that bad for merchants. They could not enter imperial examinations, and their girls could never expect to serve in court. There were all sorts of discrimination against them. So, I highly doubt so.

But this is about Emperor Wu Zetian. I could accept it for any other Empress but not her. Even when going she exhibited some character that she will bring to adulthood.

I just find it pointless that it had to focus so much on the relationship between them rather than exploring her character. Her thoughts in a deeper level.

And this is where it just failed. Of you want to read one which is really doing Wu Zetian justice, checked out Empress by Shan Sa.

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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

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

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 Of The Current

This just was a huge surprise. Yes, this was a book which was.a joy to read and indeed was satisfying and fun.

It has a romance but it is not the kind which I want to bang my head against, but rather the kind which I like. The relationship was a slow one, slow but all the while developing their relationships wholly.

As for the plot, it all begins when Caro opens a crate. I’ll just leave it at that. The rest is really one hell of a ride and an adventure. One which I thoroughly enjoyed and even loved. The way that it just never seemed to be predicable, and gave me a lot of thrills. Since I couldn’t really see any of the twists coming. Even though I really should have known better and guessed it from the start. But I didn’t.

As for Caro’s parents actually being an important part of her lives and her book. Yes, I liked it. That they aren’t perfect parents, and they have mistakes. But at least they exist, that is the main point. And I did like how her parents were complicated people, and Caro sees them as an adult does instead of that of a child. I found it rather fitting and one which really worked for me.

Therefore you could say that this work just happened to be one of my favourites. As everything was perfect, a good plot, great characters which I could relate to. And finally, a world and characters. If anything, this was just a lot of fun to read. Will recommend if you’re looking for something to pass the time and something entertaining.

Rating: 4 out of 5