The Hawkman

Well, for a fairy tale I was lost in this. I didn’t get what was about Mr Sheenan that was intriguing, or any of the characters at all.

Setting it during the twentieth century, was really confusing me. There wasn’t really a solid fluid character to ground me in the story, I cared for none of them.

And to be honest, I forgot that Mr Sheenan existed multiple times. It just felt confusing, and the characters lacked something which allowed me to care for them.

The setting was confusing as well, and at times I wondered what was the point of this. The plot was very much unclear and I didn’t know where it was even going to head, and well the writing didn’t help much. It was lush and gorgeous, but little else.

I guess I just prefer books which get to me more with much more realistic characters. But this wasn’t for me, needless to say.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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Wires And Nerves

This was pretty simple and easy to read. Although it did take me some time to get accustomed to the art style, by all means.

I did like the many moments of the old characters who appear often enough to remind me. But the plot was a little too slow to my taste. A lot of the pages were important in setting up the story, but lacked much action.

Which I wished that it could have been faster. But for those new to the series, this will be a godsend as it helped to establish the characters in the books before.

However, the story is quite intriguing as it deals with the aftermath of the situation. And even the case where it is facing those who wished to be back into human. The ending does intrigue me to read on, but the first book is slow, but is still important.

Not entertaining, but important in introducing the world to new readers or people who read graphic novels.

So, overall, quite okay.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Ten Thousand Skies Above You

By all means, this explored the different aspects of alternate dimension traveling. And I think that it was incredibly thorough, very very thorough.

Such as the idea of what happened when people facing danger decides to jump, but it doesn’t work. Which also sets up the plot of the book.

And also makes things turn in a way that I never see it to. Well, as difficult and unique as the subject is. I was in for quite a ride, the beginning was by far the strongest. Given how Marguerite commented that equality happened in an era still stuck in the dark ages, and she will enjoy it more if she wasn’t being chased by them.

And I did hope that it will remain so. I enjoyed how it was jumped straight into the series, and how it simply went from there. With the plot being explained on the way not to mention that it was completely understandable.

Well, I was in for a surprise when I started this trilogy by sheer concept. But the author did a fantastic job with it, I cared for most of the characters and the situations.

Few as they were, due to the fact that every dimension will be different in how they have differences and similarities.

Overall, I found that this sequel was well done and explored the situation of having someone travel through dimensions, while introducing the main villain. Which was surprising, but I’ll leave it to you to find out.

Rating: 4 out of 5

The Scorpion Rules

This was something that I feel is worth the addition, as it has rather complex thoughts and completely does a different things from most dystopian novels.

The world here is as simple as this, it has been taken over by an AI, as long as each president or monarch hand over a child of theirs, they can rule. But this children grow up as hostages, and when they break the peace they die. It is brutal, but it makes sense.

Who is willing to let their own children die just so they can wage war, for a petty reason. It isn’t, since if you don’t have another child then there will be no one inheriting the position in the near future.

Although the plot was slow and at times eluded me, but I knew the fact that Greta was in a dangerous position. She could die at any day, the moment her mother changes her mind when war is worth more than the life of her only child.

And so does all the characters here who have become hostages. I was expecting a romance between Élian and Greta, but it was different. Instead, it is a romance between Da Xia and Greta, a lesbian romance. Which was believable, as I at any moment never thought that Greta was going to be in love with Élian. She wasn’t mooning over him, and I appreciate that.

While she depended on Da Xia many times, and well it was possible.

As for the ending, I was a little confused but it was indeed intriguing. How could someone become an AI, the process was detailed and clear. And the reason why Greta does it because she makes a deal with Talis.

As for Talis, I do like the guy. He seems less like a villian, by all means he is normal. Charming, super genius but perfectly normal with almost no clear villainy tendencies I often see in this genre. Surprising, since I could understand him and his intentions.

I mean, having hostage children have a long history in many countries. And makes the ties better, as both sides will hesitate as the moment they declare war these heirs die. Which makes many monarchs at the very least hesitate for a long while, as they aren’t replaceable that easily.

And so, this was a unique addition, full of twists with a truly bleak setting. I enjoyed the story, but this is only for those who are able to spend the time reading it and understanding the intricate plot and world. Far from easy, although I loved the premise due to my interest in history and society. And it didn’t disappoint.

Rating: 4 out of 5

The City Of Brass

This was a work which I savoured from beginning to end. A tale of djinns which paints them as complex and a blend of mythology which I’m enthralled by.

I love Nahri, from the beginning regarding her self preservation. A sensible protagonist who did all she could to survive, and to allow her own survival. And her wit, those were moments which made me laugh. Her interactions with Dara was anything but boring and I enjoyed their conversations.

As well as Ali, who was interesting in the beginning. But by the end, I’m attached to him. And even surprised as to where his ending was leading me. And that despite the fact that he is a good prince, he doesn’t just

throw everything away. He has a family and he treasures them.

As for Ghassan, he is a villain. But he isn’t plain evil, he has moments of humanity. The way he treats his sons, which also serves as his flaws. As much as he is someone who is ruthless and cruel, but he is a product of his times. And I am interested in the things that shaped him to be who he is today.

And Dara, I liked the man. For all his past, he is someone who has seen so much. And those are what that shapes him, and he respects Nahri. I liked the way that he is someone who has gone back from the dead to here but does all he can to help Nahri. And their romance was even something that I felt natural, it doesn’t come in words such as “I love you.” But they care for each other and when they lose the other, it leaves a hole that cannot be fulfilled.

The plot is very full of twists. It moves fast, in a way that I never expected it to be at all. Or even guess that it was going to happen. I was surprised at how original it was, that not all of it was something I could predict. The lore was something that intrigued me endlessly, and so well explored, that by the end of it a brand new world was created. And one that I will enjoy returning to.

So, you can say that this are all reasons why I love this book. From the middle eastern themes, to the djinns and the plot and the characters who appealed to me. By all means it is something worth checking out.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Fierce Reads: Kisses And Curses

As for this anthology, I also don’t feel like touching individual stories. And that most of them are rather consistent with the theme of it all.

Glitches was memorable as it allowed me to see where Cinder really came from. And what took her to get there. The same also do Bridge of Snow, since I do think there wasn’t a lot revealed about him. And this tidbit was insightful and yet reminds me of him in such a unique way.

Monster Crush was rather interesting, at least until the end when I began to really take an interest in it. As well as the concept which was very unique, and paranormal. Which really hasn’t been done before.

Fixer and Unstolen were rather easily forgotten, as was most of them with the exception of the Cypress project. That was really interesting in the sense of a whole new world, and one where another controlled it and leaving all of the poor, sick and aged to die.

As for the too clever fox, relatively interesting but rather forgettable too.

Rating: 3 out of 5,

Defy The Stars

You know, sometimes Sci-fi does work for me. Even if it is more the rarity rather than the norm. And this book is that rarity.

I mean, the story isn’t just about science or anything. It is about violence, has a touch of religion and also about robots having a soul. That is something that I will prefer to read instead, science which had an impact. Science which will create different viewpoints.

And you know, I just love Noemi. She never compromises herself, but she slowly accepts and eventually falls in love with Abel since she realises he has a soul. Nothing else, but that was enough to convince me of their romance. It was a believable ride, with neither really changing themselves too much.

As for Abel, when he slowly grows to care for Noemi it is done well, and gives him a slight human touch. However, it does not define him. It doesn’t make him who he is. It just helps him grow to be a human, and as a reader who doesn’t love this kind of stuff.

As for the touch of religion, where Noemi is so, and she doesn’t change so much. Eventually, it will fade and her views will change slightly but it still remains the same. She still is the same girl we see at the start, all ready to sacrifice herself.

The world is made up of many planets with humans living on almost all of them, and there are a lot of difference in opinion in the world as it is. Genesis and Earth are having a war, Cray is a place for all those geniuses and Kismet as a tourist attraction. All the while, the mechs are important as it takes a lot of space since Abel is one. And there is a lot of argument there, whether Abel is that disposable and whether he truly is a completely different being. And that whether he actually has a soul despite having almost everything a human has.

And this book did make me think, and immersed me in all of it. And for sci-fi, it is rare for me to ever do so. And I guess that I will wholeheartedly recommend this, for it is talking about something that does deserve attention in this day and age.

Rating: 5 out of 5