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Colorless

Once again, I am dropping a book. Nothing is making me enjoy this book, and I do think that it was enough of just sitting through it.

Although the premise and beginning did sound interesting, at least for a brief moment before it ends up boring. Even with so many perspectives, I feel as though I’m reading all the same person. And was there really such a need to change it so many times, I was as confused as to who was the actual protagonist. And neither did I even feel connected to one of them, the writing was really bland and normal. I feel as though I couldn’t even get into it at all. The beginning was pretty okay and I did hoped that it would be decent.

All I know is that there are magicians but where are they. I don’t really see them, nor does Annabelle become directly involved in them. Most importantly, when her line was being ended by them it was only when it was at 80% of the book. That sounds like poor pacing to me. So much of the book felt useless to me actually, since I was so incredibly bored while reading it. Not much happened, at least not much which I wanted and even expected from this book.

When my expectations aren’t met, I don’t see the need to give it time to let it settle with me. I’m out.

Rating: 1 out of 5

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My Lady Jane

This was the right sort of hilarious, it made me laugh within fifty pages of the book and the rest of the time giggling to myself(like a bit of a lunatic, can’t help myself since I also talk a lot to myself). I guess a book that doesn’t take itself too seriously is right up my alley (now where can I reserve a copy of The Gentleman’s Guide To Vice And Virtue).

Well, instead of the religious divide we have in Tudor England during the region of Edward the Sixth, what we have instead is a divide between people who can turn into animals, and people who cannot. And that the cast is full of animal, we have a kestrel, a fox, a cat, a ferret and of course a horse(now I can’t stop laughing at the mention of one.)

This was just so enjoyable, and you know making me laugh. I read this with rarely any skimming, because I really didn’t want to miss a joke, since it made me laugh out loud for the first time with a book(which had never happened in the year and a half that I continuously read books). Let me just say, when these three authors come together to write a comedy, count me in and I’ll forever be a willing supporter of their humor.

And I enjoyed the fact that for the first half history was there, for the second half it was thrown out the window quite literally. But for a book like this, who cares, you’re in for a silly fun ride regardless of whether it follows history or not. Trust me, just go with the flow, I suppressed my skepticism and gave myself up(though it was easy to do since it made me laugh out loud to resist all disbelief.)

As for the ending, it follows history. There won’t be any great changes to history, with some exceptions of course. And well, everyone does get a happy ending. And for an animal reference, a cat and mouse exists in here, which would prove to be the dynamic of the two characters in history(it’s easy to guess who, since they were cousins and one had the other’s head chopped off).

And not to mention the cast being as diverse as it was, and making a great joke out of Henry the Eighth in the first 10%.

I guess I have said too much, any longer and I’ll have to change this to a recap of the book, which isn’t what intend. So, I’ll end here. The rest is up to you dear reader of this review whether you want to read it or not(but I highly recommend you to like really recommend you to, this book it worth it.)

Rating: 5 our of 5

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A Tyranny Of Petticoats

Since this is a short story anthology, I probably would be reviewing every piece in detail and the take the average rating.

Mother Carey’s Table:

Set in America during the early 18th century, I certainly enjoyed the choice of using native Americans. Importantly, a little bit of myths and fiction did make this rather interesting, and clearly about an awesome girl.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

The Journey

Like my books from this author, her work is as usual great. Set in Alaska during the 18th century, about her namesake of blood affecting her eventual life. Also, eventually finding her way after losinh both her parents, and still remaining strong.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Madeleine’s Choice

One of my personal favourites if you ask me, when Madeleine makes a mistake, one that almost no one could blame her. Love makes a lot of people blind, and when she does know the truth, she is sensible enough to just move with it. Also, on a good note, I like how the author included the often neglected best friend in this.

Rating: 5 out of 5

El Destinos

About Mexican American girls, which again is a rare sight. Not limiting to my often lack of reading in that area. About three sisters, although it didn’t really get to me till the end and took me some time to get used to Rosa really.

Rating: 3 out of 5

High Stakes

A personal favourite too, very little is known about Kilo and the ending clearly suggests that she got what she wanted. Her relationship with the Djinn was so heartbreaking that it made me really happy to know that she would avenge him, and is another strong woman with her own ideals. And clearly, wouldn’t just forget when she knows something is wrong, besides that guy deserves it.

Rating: 5 out of 5

The Red Raven Ball

One particular fondness I have for this, is how the main character doesn’t accept when someone betrayed the country’s trust and also became disloyal. She also had a moral compass and a sensible mind, which are all traits that I enjoy in a main character. She does advise her sister to just marry, and she doesn’t want to be involved in such a thing. During the 1862 where there was wars, there were spies too.

Spies who basically betrayed themselves and began to supply information, and some were women, even socialites became them and I guess this interesting take does draw me interested in that history.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Pearls

A favorite of mine, what to do when a girl doesn’t want to marry in the 19th century. Find a job and run away. Which is what Helen does, and although her life is far from perfect. She never stops believing and helping those children. And well, I agree that education changes everything since it is necessary to read, make deals and without those. Anyone can trick or manipulate you.

One thing I like, is that even once when the creepy fiance came back and tried to possess her, I like the way she handled it. And that was the true surprise of the story.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Gold In The Roots Of Grass

About a Chinese American during those times, someone who works in the laundry and also as a spiritual medium.

A rather interesting read to me, as she helps out a client that she did a couple months earlier. He begs her to do it, and unlike most people although she didn’t have a good end. But she managed to live on in their hearts and became quite famous, as for the ending, is she becoming a ghost bride or what? I do wonder where ghosts can register their marriage actually.

Rating: 5 out of 5

The Legendary Garrett Sisters

I really enjoyed this little tale of two sisters who stand up for themselves and also go against a pretty awful guy. Proved to be interesting and the way that they outsmarted him was pure brilliance, and they aren’t too stupid to live either and realistic enough for me to really like them.

Rating: 5 out of 5

The Colour Of The Sky

A real perfection if you ask me, about a black girl who wants to fly, and one days hopes to see the sky. Also, about the first American black woman to become the pilot. Although she dies in this story, but it is about Antonia. Who would not stop dreaming and stop finding her dream. Even taking the chance to go elsewhere to fulfill it when many would have just given it up.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Bonnie And Clyde

About a female bandit, you can always count me in. And really, this is one who was pushed to the circumstances rather than grew up dreaming of it. But who dreams of becoming a bandit anyway, and about a lawman who wants her. Well, interesting but didn’t leave a lasting impression on me at all.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Hard Times

About a reporter who wants to find a news report, only to see a lot more. And about a black girl who simply works hard, and hopes to see a better life. About migrant workers who don’t have much stability with their jobs. And the ending, like always had been perfection in my eyes when an author touches on social issues without much of a romance, but with a developing close relationship. I really like Llyold when he cannot deny the truth and has to say it.

Rating: 4 out of 5

City of Angels

One thing to note, about lesbian girls and eventually a writer too. I like the way this was handled having Evelyn dream of writing about girls, and the stability she had during the war. When men were away, all they could depend on were the women. And what happens when they come back, loss of jobs. Most importantly was the fact that she never lost faith in anyway and continued to find a way to survive.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Pulse of the Panthers

Didn’t really enjoy it as much as I thought, I did find it a tad difficult to get into their heads and really understand them. Again about a relatable girl who is always the best narrator, and about the activists for black rights and equal treatment. They were treated worse than second class citizens.

Rating: 3 out of 5

The whole world is watching

Although about tumultuous times, this fell short when it came to me. And really, I didn’t enjoy it as much as I thought I would. Although about the protestors taking to the streets during the Vietnam war, I just didn’t really feel the spark and nothing really made me remember.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Overall, I really enjoy this book for what it represents, and that it looked to the invisible women. Ones whose names were forgotten and lost. Also, keeping plenty of badass women around. Some sensible, some dangerous and some just normal women thrust into this. If you want to read about a book with plenty of feminism and during different points of history. You’re looking at the right one.

Rating: 3.7 out of 5

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Given To The Sea

I can’t even be bothered to remember who was in this book. None of the narrators are even the least bit interesting and so many are obsessed with getting Khosa pregnant so you know she can drown as a sacrifice. And even that doesn’t sound as depressing as it should, I don’t even know what is wrong with that world.

And that Khosa although I do think that being raised to think of this would have resulted in her being like this. But I never thought that it was too off, but what made it so incredibly off in my eyes. Was that she is bland as hell and doesn’t even bother trying to find anything out or even try to fulfill her destiny; you would think that being raised in such an environment would make her more willing to do what it takes. Not end up waiting for the one whose touch she can stand. Yeah, and all the other characters were almost just as bland but not as lacking in activeness as compared to Khosa.

There were four narrators; as for the complicated romance why do I even bother. As for the world, where the heck is it, and why the heck is it so twisted? And also, it is confusing, utterly pointless and too many things introduced in one time. To the point it overlaods me and I have nothing but a burning hatred for this book.

Vincent is the prince, or whatever. I didn’t find him interesting. Khosa is as lifeless and emotionless as she is in the book, and having zero ounce of personality. As for the three other narrators, why the hell are they there in the first place. None of them seemed to even make me wonder what this story was about and I found myself skimming most of the pages.

In other words, if you want a mermaid book or one about the sea, don’t look at this one.

Rating: 1 out of 5

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The Secret Science Of Magic

I found this a rather surprising book. Given that this is the first time I’m reading contemporary teen fiction, and I find myself quite liking it. Diversity, mental disorders they are all here for us to see and read about. And well, I guess it was a main reason why I like it more.

Elsie is likely Indian, given the name of her brother. And both Sophia and Joshua on some level can be attributed to being autistic even. And well, despite it being mostly about the romance but this issues get a very good spotlight too. Just like how Sophia isn’t said to need to be fixed, Joshua accepts her. And for once I don’t find the dual narration to be annoying in many ways.

I don’t really have a lot to say since this is my first teen romance, the first time which I tried to read this. So, generally yeah I don’t really have a lot to comment apart from the fact that I liked it. And that the romance and characters face quite a bit of circumstances. About Sophia and her real life, where basically she is quite isolated.

One more thing, this is really up to date with the new pop culture. Frozen, Game Of Thrones which are all things we can relate to, and also feel that it is really happening now, and also quite realistic and relatable for me really. Since the references aren’t too removed, and I do feel as though I have read it or even seen it before.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book for its simplicity. And also for refreshing and making me think that accidentally grabbing a book off the shelf because of the cover was a pretty good thing which sometimes resulted in horrible choices of books that I hated.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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When I Cast Your Shadow

I have really got used to her writing and style, and that this was slightly easier to read than Vassa In The Night.

Once again, this tale is like her previous. Bizarre and filled with weird events, with a hint of paranormal but no clear explanation on how the dead can be brought back to life, but I’m more or less fine with it.

As for a beginning, I really like Everett. He is the one reason why I really kept on with this story, and well he isn’t all that perfect either. And so aren’t any of the other characters. However, he always has sensibility and insecurities since he is different when compared to his brother. But I’m all the while fine with it. Truly, really fine with it.

As for Ruby, she is rather brave and at the same time naive. Since she relishes control over to her own brother, who does seem quite evil at times. But at the same time has always trusted him. As for her brother, who I have grown some sympathy for towards the end. Seeing as how he had plenty of moments where he seemed the same and yet different, towards the end, his character feels a lot more rounded with his awareness. And that it was a rather nice change to know them, and sibling relationships always do get my attention. Although it did bordered at times, but I didn’t feel as though it was really incest in any way possible. At least the end really revealed it all in a good light, convincing me that it didn’t seem that way. And all the while having the characters be a lot deeper than what they seemed.

As for the weirdness of this, I like it. It’s as simple as that, and that I have really gotten used to and even enjoyed how it was done. And that it was a lot easier to read when compared to her previous work.

So, this book may not be for everyone which is what I admit. But if it sounds interesting, do give it a shot. Also, check it out if you really like magical realism, for it gives no real explanation just plenty of possibilities as to why Dashniell could come back.

Rating: 4 out of 5

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A Madness So Discreet

Initially, I thought that this would be purely about being in an asylum. But it went so much more than that, to bring about criminal psychology and mystery. Which to me, was a fine deal as it was.

I really liked Grace, since the beginning opens up by her having a child. A child which her own father puts into her, that is even more terrifying. Since it wasn’t her fault that she ended up carrying his child, and going into labour in a mental asylum. Thankfully, she manages to survive. And above all, she is a survivor. She never gives up, and neither does she ever forget what her father did to her. She seeks revenge, and that at times didn’t end up well for her. However, what she did in the ending, those words to her own father was perfect.

Thornhollow, was interesting. He and Grace have a working relationship, which isn’t romantic. But he cares for her and even does things for her, he protects her. And one time, he serves as her moral compass. I fully agree, since certain actions Grace undertakes isn’t the kindest, however Thornhollow disagreed and I think this is where they balance each other out.

He knows why she became like that, especially towards her own father. He raped her and when she got pregnant put her in an asylum. Even worse, was her own mother didn’t even protect her from this. And I could see why some had pity, but Grace is a lot more than that. She would survive no matter what she is put into.

Despite the lack of any romance, there is a very good set of friendships whcih Grace has. With Lizzy, with Nell and of course with Thornhollow. There isn’t a need for her to have someone save her soul, nor heal her heart. It is she who finds that kind of strength in the first place, and she who moves on. Even at times where Grace loses herself, her friends do help, her friends do understand and sometimes even covers for her.

Although this went from madness to being about.Murders and criminal psychology. I was always interested, always fascinated. And this was one which a lot about the mind, and one where a person’s background likely affected their actions and even forced them to do certain things.

Although this wasn’t so much about the madness, but a lot more on murders instead. And also, Grace getting justice done for herself, for all the other women who suffered under him. And this is a story about Grace, and eventually surviving her ordeal and moving on with her life.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5