A Mortal Likeness

I really liked this, for the tale that it tells is a lot more complicated than it seems in the first place.

They are hired to find the truth as to why a baby was kidnapped. And I really liked how the twists here all worked out. There were many characters with a more interesting connection to the story rather than the ones I usually see.

And the whole story behind Sarah and Hugh together were an interesting one. They are friends, since Hugh is gay and she has her own lover. Just the Sarah is a photographer and Hugh helps in solving mysteries. I really liked the diversity here, and that Sarah was a rather strong character amidst it all.

As for the personal background, I liked how Sarah’s father affected her too. That he had a presence here and gives her a little more depth. And I think the next book will reveal a little more about her father and perhaps the main case of it. But in a sense, Sarah also affects this, her having some emotional investment and help also works too. Especially towards the end where all the twists came crashing down, with Sarah constantly wondering who was guilty and who was not.

Although there were wrong accusations, innocent people becoming guilty. And this are all normal with the evidence always hinting them to be such since they don’t ever talk about their emotions. All the while anyone here is a suspect and has a motive too. Not to mention, clandestine romances and secrets.

I think the title completely fits this story. And describes it to a tee. Most of the suspects here are complicated people, and quite like who we know from our everyday lives. Overall, I really liked this work for all it stood up for and the surprising mystery.



Again, I was just plain confused. Nothing else, I just didn’t understand where this book was coming from or where was it about sleepwalking.

Well, if it was dreams and all the places Debbie visited, she strangely was a lot more lucid than she was before. But I feel that the writing was just too bland and forgettable, I barely remembered much about it at all.

Debbie lacked something which I could connect with her, it was probably a lot of drive. I mean it, I didn’t understand what was her reason to even exist here at all. That was something that I never felt from her. She just existed without any reason while the plot revolved around her, yet I knew so little about her, much less cared about her.

And you know me, when I don’t understand a character I probably won’t get the book either. The main character is the tying point when it comes to me, that they are the ones who care who make it important. If Debbie ends up being like an aimless zombie, I could guess that there isn’t a lot to write in the story at all.

And that was where this just failed me. I just didn’t understand what this existed to do at all.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Flash A Death

The most interesting part about this story was the beginning. It was where it really intrigued me. And I thought that this was horror. But I feel it is learning more to science fiction.

Afterwards, it didn’t really go anywhere once the main character left the room and even worse when Issac was introduced.

The entire situation did intrigue me, and I did believe that it was handled very well and even explored in a way that was rather interesting.

But it was mainly the execution and the main character. After she got angry, and left the place which was by far the best thing to do. After that, it just didn’t seem to go anywhere and she didn’t seem to grow much at all. Or at least in a way that I felt it was satisfactory.

Overall, I really liked the premise and the beginning but just didn’t like the way it was executed or explored.

Rating: 2 out of 5

These Vicious Masks 

This is a really really fun book to read, and brought me quite a lot of joy as well after some pretty dark works, and heavy works, maybe returning to this also became enjoyable. Although not too light, but it’s still a good and enjoyable read. Which is also one of my most unexpected books that entertained me this year. 

Evelyn is one of the better protagonists I have seen so far. She’s entirely focused on trying to save her sister, even though the ending is unexpected and twists aren’t really all that it seems. She still keeps her head in the goal of saving her sister in the end, even swoony guys don’t distract her. 

As for the love triangle, it is quite one. Yet, I don’t really hate it, both sides of the triangle are rather interesting. One being a detective who’s actual gift is to force people to tell the truth, and another is someone who can kill you with his presence and especially quick if you touch him. Talk about deadly touch. 

And both sides have their own flaws, deadly secrets that made Evelyn unable to decide. And for once, she doesn’t excuse either of the boys from the rules or even forgive them based on looks alone. That is believable for me to say. 

As for the hidden abilities all possessed, it didn’t really bother. More or less felt fitting even the ending bit where another plot twist was pulled, that power made a whole lot of sense why Rose would be considered a healer. And countless hidden abilties in the people all around Evelyn, most of her allies have some abilties. 

As for Miss Grey, I like her and I do want to know more about her. She did after all survive an insane asylum and would be an interesting character to read nonetheless. I’m just hoping that some importance would go to her time there, it’s a pretty traumatizing thing to go an asylum during those times. 

And Camille, she may be a minor character but she really was what I liked in this entire book. She may be more willing to betray, but that doesn’t mean she’s fascinating. She’s someone who disguise herself, even admitting that she might not even have a true self, which I mean makes her one of the most intriguing characters. I just have fingers crossed that she might appear in the next book. 

And the book provides some of the wittiest dialogue I have read, since Six of Crows and provides plenty of entertainment as I chuckle at some of those lines. Particularly Camille’s that woman is interesting with her lines, both quotes that I have taken come from her. 

And I like how the title actually translates to many ways, about how people are willing to do vicious things to keep other things under wraps. And having masks and secrets, all the while depending on it to grow. 

Overall, this is a pretty fantastic and fun read. If you’re looking for a good Victorian era fantasy, I would suggest this, little but still incredibly enjoyable and for once a heroine that puts her family first. 

Rating: 5 out of 5


We do not remain the same each minute to the next. Every word you hear, every sight you see, every smell, every thought you have, every moment—it all changes you. We keep putting on mask after mask, layers over layers. That’s how one grow. 

The moment you doubt your appearance is the moment others will sctutinize your behaviour

Code Name Verity 

Contrary to most, I didn’t want to cry after reading this book. I didn’t have much of an emotion after this. But the story was good, and white exciting and the way it’s written rather engaging in its own way. 

Here I have Maddie who is a pilot, and captured by the German, although I was guessing at her identity since it was rather confusing and most of the time the narrator was unreliable. She used many names, which shouldn’t be of surprise since she is in the military and subsequently captured. 

The plot here is rather interesting with it being about Maddie, who I really thought was the best friend, but nonetheless interesting at times, and others where it really started to make me lose my interest. 

The style it’s written is really interesting switching between first and third with narration due to it being what Maddie herself wrote, who should have guessed once the report was written in third person. But despite it all, I feel almost no tears coming out from this story, it’s just that I don’t feel anything about this. 

But the theme here is really touching, although at times distant since most of the book switched and tended to confuse me as well, seeing how unreliable the narrator was, I really only guessed and confirmed who she was at the end with that letter which I read. Other than that, I spent most of it guessing. 

It’s just that I couldn’t feel anything after reading this which made me have to lower the rating, since it is really hard to write like this. But it still was engaging mostly the moments when she was in captivity. 

But otherwise, I have to admit that it was enjoyable, and just that it really failed to move me at all. So, for some who is advised to get a box of tissues, but for me, not really necessary. Maybe I just simply cannot connect deeply with sometimes how confused I was, and that I didn’t trust what I was actually reading. 

So, maybe check this out if you’re curious, because I did get a good time despite really failing to tug upon my heartstrings. 

Rating: 3 out of 5