The Flame Never Dies

This was one book which I really didn’t expect a lot of things. And well, it was written in such a way that I fully enjoyed the series. For what it was, and how it was written.

To me, this isn’t like most books. The premise is original, and the sequel definitely surprised me in how it went. Such as where it was heading, and the ending itself was in such a way that I didn’t expect it to turn out.

And the plot was entirely enjoyable, it tied up all the loose ends although I did wish for a more satisfying conclusion than this. But I didn’t mind it for the way it was, as it was unconventional and something that I haven’t actually seen done before.

And it worked.

The idea behind souls, exorcists and demons. The ideas that blend together and the reveals that comes with the story, is something that does a pretty good job of exploring the world as it is.

The characters and their background, back stories have truly been able to explore this rather messed up world without a soul and everything. And the way Nina dealt with everything, was something that was incredibly brave and truly makes her likeable.

As for Kastor, I was expecting something more sinister. But he was interesting for the last part, and all the truth that came out of his mouth. And as a villain, he somehow works. He has really dark agendas, and it is in such a way that is personal motivation and the fact that he is a demon.

All the while concluding this work which has been rather different from most in its genre, and making it end well, although it didn’t really tie up everything. And the world is largely still unchanged by the end of it.

Overall, I liked it. It is unusual, though it might not be for everyone.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Advertisements

Beasts Made Of Night

Well, I barely remembered anything about the book itself. And I think that it could have been way better executed than this, if you ask me.

I was kind of interested in the world which seemed unique and much more different from what I have read. Sadly, it was just written in such a way that I could not care less. And if I do not care for the narrator of the book, since it is written in the first person.

I feel that the story took way too long to become good, the plot doesn’t kick in until much later, which makes this feel like a prequel rather than a first book. Which should be able to grab my attention rather than slowly introduce me to the world.

I’m fine with that, but it must have tension to make it interesting. But nothing of much importance happen here which is the main reason why I couldn’t really enjoy it. It doesn’t really show the characters’ personality well, since I don’t know anything interesting things they did throughout the book itself.

Well, it was a disappointment to say the least.

Rating: 1.5 out of 5

Lost Crow Conspiracy

And this is where I say, I simply don’t care enough about the series. Anna isn’t a particularly good character, and neither does the plot continue to prove to me that the series is worth reading.

I am intrigue by the Luminae, and the whole idea behind them. The spirits that were used to bind them has finally come back to haunt them. And has come for their rights and wishes to be heard.

And Anna is special, she has a reason why she is in the middle of all this. But again what is she doing for most of the book? Definitely not pushing forward the plot. She doesn’t do much, terrible things happen to her. Which is boring.

And the other narrator who was brought back to life, even then barely has a story. Despite the fact that he was resurrected and well currently a potential hero, who is serving some goddess which brought him back. But he still doesn’t have anything intriguing to say. Or even a role to play, because he is known to be dead.

Wow, then what is the plot if none of the characters have anything to do with it. Nowhere, of course. Since some woman wants to kill Anna because she’s a danger, quite legit, but other than that she doesn’t even have a reason why she should continue this kind of life. I mean it.

Overall, the characters lacked agency. Will do better when they are motivated to do something rather than having said things happen to them, and they react to it. While most of the book is a ray of sunshine where nothing interesting happens. Just Anna and her annoying sister and Noemi.

Rating: 1 out of 5

City Of Saints And Thieves

Well, this was rather enjoyable. In how the work itself told the tale of a city that existed, and the story of Tina.

I did like Tina, I clicked with her easily and I understood her motivations. Yet, something just felt so predictable about her story. Almost as though I saw it coming a long time ago. Taking away all of the really big surprises from the story itself.

And well the characters here all lacked a certain charm which drew me to them. I initially liked Michael, but something about him just fell flat. But when it came to the other characters, it was really really difficult to like any of them.

But the writing is skillful and I could feel Tina’s voice coming alive, in the way I feel it should. She is a girl who survived the streets after all, and is more than able to take care of herself. The way she is written shows that maturity.

And well, I was annoyed since her mother was doing borderline child abuse. Pushing a six year old daughter to find a job, even if you taught her how to survive, is just plain cruel. Very very cruel. And well, by all means I don’t like her. I mean, she shows balant favoritism when it came to her children. Sheltering Kiki at every way even on her death, but never Tina. When it will have made sense to do so to both, if she was really a mother who cared about her children.

Maybe it was that which really make me dislike it. As Tina does nothing but love her mother, and idolize her. When I see her actions as otherwise.

Overall, I didn’t enjoy it. Given how I saw that despite how Tina is abused, it isn’t really touched upon as something that was discussed. But overall, I enjoyed the book if it wasn’t for this portrayal which is problematic.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Hunting Prince Dracula

This was pretty entertaining in the right sense, that I enjoyed the mystery. Perhaps it’s just that my tastes changed a lot within the last year, and this was not nearly as enjoyable as the one before.

However, all else is still exciting and even well planned. Since they were finding the serial killer as to who was behind the murders here, on their own. I enjoyed it quite thoroughly, although the murderer was someone that I could have seen coming.

Something lacked a little more regarding Thomas, which was why I liked him so much in the first book. It’s that he no longer has his genius, somehow that has eroded from him. While Audrey is going through the phase of whether she should just reject all the help. And well, I like that she is strong and modern although I still will have liked her to also accept him.

However, I do admit that the tension here is well deserved. It was going to happen the moment they started to understand romance, and when Thomas will take care of her. In the wrong way, and not in the way that she wants him to.

Well, the mystery was nice and so was the characters. But there just wasn’t a spark here they allowed me to completely love the series. Enjoy it, very much yes. But did I fall in love, not really.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5

Among The Red Stars

This was a rather interesting novel, about the Russian female pilots during World War II.

I greatly enjoyed the way the story was narrated, leaving some of the details out, and using letters to fill in the spaces. It worked to a great extent, as it allowed me to see the way the war impacted them.

And at the end of the day, it was all about moving forward. Regardless of what they left behind, and remembering all of them. The ending, in my mind was perfection and captured the way it should have ended in the first place.

The plot, is very much like reality. Although I do wish that there were more tension regarding Valka’s struggle, and that her accepting her regiment wasn’t so easy. Although I liked the way that she did it because of her cousin, because she wanted to be with her. And that was something that I enjoyed.

As for the way it turned out, the climax was actually given some thought. It challenged what Valka was thinking, it challenged what length she will go to for the sake of those she wanted to protect. Rather suitable even if it meant disobeying orders. And those are really not something that is taken lightly in the country. At all.

Overall, pretty enjoyable and the main character is incredibly likeable. I do reconmend this if you’re interested in a war story, from the Soviet perspective and this works, very well.

Rating: 4 out of 5

Renegades

On some level, I appreciate how these superheroes here don’t really on some really over the top superpower. Both of them have powers which are pretty neat, but neither of them are particularly ridiculous in terms of power.

But I wasn’t all too sucked in by the book at all, in how the main characters although did strike a chord with me didn’t really fully grab my attention. They just fell a little flat in my opinion, and that Nova didn’t question things enough.

Although it was fairly certain, since her back story was really nailing how focused she will be. But Adrian, I wished that he learned who Nightmare was, and also questioning more about the system. Something here was done, but I just felt that it wasn’t enough.

And the plot was really quite easy to see, and predict. With the exception of the last part, which I didn’t expect in a sense. But was I all too shocked not really.

I guess it’s just that I have seen enough movies of this kind and the dialogue doesn’t truly diverge too much. Although I enjoyed how these characters simply relied on their powers, and also their skills and the fact that there is no secret power boost at the end.

It was purely them, and their wits. One has the power to bring his drawings to life, which is versatile while the other puts people to sleep. An easy way to get out of a quick fix.

But something just really lacked here, that didn’t suck me in. Unlike Heartless, which caught me with many of its twists and entertaining character.

Overall, still a solid book by all menas. But it just didn’t work fully for me, I was bored at some moments and really didn’t care that much for some of the characters.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5