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Daughter Of A Pirate King

This was one funny book, especially with how Alosa was both hilarious and at the same time utterly brutal. Well, she is like a pirate with a really good sense of humor. And she doesn’t shame them either, she doesn’t shy away from having brutal fights or killing. Or even resorting to underhanded means to survive.

Even though there are many places where it could have been better but there was one thing certain I really liked how Alosa doesn’t try to think of herself as a man or even a woman. Just a pirate King who loves her father, and uses any methods necessary to finish her task. Exactly like a pirate. 

Alosa is enjoyable because of that. And also because despite her father having a lot of children, yet choosing her to claim, there is a good reason why she was chosen. And a good way to insert magic, and to even suggest about her father’s personality. Even if I would doubt it a little, but for me it is certain that it would become very important in the subsequent books. 

I do like how Alosa isn’t able to see certain betrayals coming, and that even for something as important as retrieving a map leading to precious treasure, her father treats her as a capable person and that eventually translates to a plot twist of its own. 

Though, I would have preferred Alosa to have resorted to it faster. And not just be seen walking around the deck and enjoying being captive. Even though she does constantly think of various ways to do it, and various ways to get the map. And when she does make her move, a hell of a ride ensues. And well, I could see her skill and her talents as a pirate. That she wasn’t just only telling us that she was a pirate, she had also been trained in the skill too. And wasn’t someone who tried to rationalize her profession or make it less grim about how pirates treat women. Though I did like the use of a female crew, even though they don’t really have much appearance. But I do want them to have a larger role in the later book. 

I really enjoyed how this book was handled in terms of plot an execution and how Alosa was portrayed as a pirate. She is one except that she also has a sense of humor and isn’t afraid to resort to seducing men to get her way. So, I would recommend this to ya readers who long for a pirate who acts and even thinks like one and isn’t simply a really whitewashed version of them. And also ya readers who really want to see a good female main character, who isn’t too affected by romance and even despite that would still put her goal first in front of romance. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

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Mistwood

Well, this was an unexpectedly good book. I liked Isabel from the very beginning and the mystery behind her past, revealing it to be even more than what she expected herself to be too. 

As for the two princes, both sides have their own story. And arguably, Rokan is a far better choice than Kaer. He has enough common sense not to think that the throne should be his, and acknowledged both sides of it. That his father had done what he could to maintain the kingdom, and despite usurping the throne, his father kept power within them. 

I think that Isabel doesn’t have much of a personality, and is quite a blank slate. Except that she develops eventually, and thinks deeper about the two princes. Despite being the shifter, she isn’t just magic, she has a lot to discover about herself. And I really like the ending when it revealed who she was and what she was. It was an unexpected and good twist there. 

As for the court politics, that is something that I deeply enjoyed here. Seeing that Rokan had to face a lot of pressure, revolts from both sides. And how the court is handled, with the different parts having completely different situation. I really liked political intrigue and how it helped form the magic here, and the sorcerers too. 

As for Clarisse, who is pretty different from Isabel in her own way. Isn’t her friend but neither is her enemy, she is a really good character to this dynamic. Whether she intends to betray her own brother or to save him, or to help him towards the end. And mostly, at the beginning when she was wary yet capable of trusting Isabel. That is an interesting character, and also impacted Isabel quite a bit. 

Most importantly, the plot is good, slowly moving but eventually revealing countless twists and secrets. Whether is it about the past, or how the shifter had disappeared. It was handled very well, and also the last addition where it revealed about what Isabel actually was, had been a very nice mix. 

Overall, I would recommend this to those who want a good high fantasy set in medieval times. This is one filled with twists that you would not expect and also a lot of court intrigue too, and with a tinge of magic but enough for typical fantasy readers. 

Rating: 4 out of 5

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These Ruthless Deeds

This has been a joy to read. The last book left Evelyn having to mourn her sister’s death, and well, there are much more twists in this book than I initially thought. 

All the while still managing to make me laugh out loud every time. Especially the interactions between the three main characters. They clearly are the funniest bunch here. 

As for the entire plot, I really didn’t seem so many things coming. Except for that last twist as for who was the head. It was a bit on the easy side, but one which gave her plenty of motives too. Since there weren’t a lot of characters from the nobility at the beginning of the story. But a lot of them, aren’t what you would expect and some come as pleasant surprises instead.  

Despite how light hearted and fun it seems on the surface, beneath it hides a lot more about the actual theme of the story. What should be done? Should someone make the decision to save just one person or a hundred? Should someone have the right to say who had the greater good? I really liked how those tragic moments within the entire story served to this theme. Even those moments have a much deeper depth when looked down. 

Since they have X-men like powers in this situation, it has a lot about how this powers should be used. Who should run them? And really who was revealed to be the head at the end, also gives her insight towards this. It really is great to see that these authors have managed to answer these questions and leave it to us. With people with extraordinary abilities, it gives a lot of questions that needs to be answered. 

As for Evelyn’s decisions here, and how it reflects in the book title. I really enjoyed that Evelyn wasn’t perfect, and well she sometimes made decisions not nearly as moral sometimes. And how she eventually realised that she isn’t all that different from them. I really enjoyed that and the ending, where it left everything as a cliffhanger yet a lot for Evelyn to reflect upon at the end. 

So overall, I really like this book for what it is, and how it balances the funny moments and really dark moments in this book. I always enjoyed a book with both comedic and dark elements, and well this does this really well. 

I recommend this to those who like young adult novels set in the Victorian Era who want to see something rather different, and one which had plenty of comedic moments and dark ones too. So, I recommend it to anyone really. And those who have enjoyed the previous book. 

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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Assasin’s Heart 

The biggest issue I had with this book, is that Lea isn’t an assassin. I mean, she gets poisoned in the first chapter, and it gets downhill from there. 

I was fine with seeing Lea becoming angry, and even difficult. I mean, she just lost her entire family. Revenge was understandable particularly when she was raised to be an assasin and everything. It was expected and her reaction, was realistic given her background. 

But it was from after there did it become really really boring. It failed to grab my attention in the way I wanted it too, such as Lea struggling to survive. I wanted her to be a little more independent, and resourceful. She is an assassin after all. But I didn’t get it. 

All I really got was a lot of romance. And a lot of going around, and failing to really do anything. She meets Les, then falls in love with him. And well, the way he forgot Val could be understood. I mean, this guy may as well helped go slaughter your entire family.  I probably wouldn’t even want to think about marrying the guy. 

But I expected Lea to be smarter. You know what, she could have taken that chance to enter the Da Vias and become the assassin which she was supposed to be. I mean, if they are killing people, it makes morals a little less good here. And well, going inside gives her the chance to enter the Da Vias and you know infiltrate and plan everything from within. It would save her a lot of time, and well make her plans a lot more successful.  

Lea doesn’t need all of that, and well when Marcello says that she will die, I believed that given how incompetent an assassin she was, he was right. The first thing as an assassin was Knowing when she could strike, and well, she should have spent time with her father before, just finding for the right time to strike. 

It’s common sense. I mean, Lea takes the honorable way out and decided to reject it. Could she be any more stupid an assassin. I expected a little more intellect and ruthlessness when it comes to this, and expected her to just be willing to scheme and spy. 

This just doesn’t make up an assassin. I expected grey morals, not righteousness and the more ridiculous part was why were they even renamed as clippers. It just doesn’t make them sound any more threatening. And the way that they believe that by killing them, they are sending them on their next life. 

I mean, if that was their rationalization, it was okay. But it makes their killing justified. And I’m really like: what? It just makes the entire job an upright profession, not one which Lea has to constantly battle herself with. But makes it seem as though there is really nothing for her to hesitate by jumping into this life. 

Perhaps the most difficult part was that during the time Lea died and she met the goddess. I was expecting her to be a lot less kinder, and a lot more different. She certainly didn’t seem so, and was a benevolent goddess rather than one who basically became the goddess who worshipped them. 

This wasn’t a grey book, the assassin was thrown in there to sound cool, the same thing happened for clipper. It was meant to make then less menacing and less immoral. Not given the assasin their true nature and name. 

I admit that most of the book I didn’t really read much, at about a certain point I began to skim it and the ending. Nothing felt complete even after reading the ending. To me, Lea wasn’t even a good assasin. And the villain, just one hell of a lunatic. They were either against her or with her. 

There was no in between. So, this book really failed to make me think about it. The story was boring, the characters mostly dull and quite moronic with the way Lea acted as an assassin, and she still calls herself a clipper. When I think that it was lucky that she even survived for so long. 

Rating: 1.5 out of 5

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Nemesis

This entire book was mainly on Sepora and her romance with Tarik. That’s all there is. Eventually Tarik decides to love her as well, and then decides to kiss Sepora after she managed to get soldiers killed just by revealing her face. I have never read a more pointless love story where there was no chemistry, no spark and most importantly nothing else to keep my attention. 

And the entire world, is centered around the kingdoms yet their romance have more place than the politics between them, I really only gotten a shallow view of the entire kingdoms form here, and really all there is to the entire book is how the romance is between them. Now Tarik having this find a cure and you know stabilize his kingdom, nor Sepora finding her way here. Nope, they have to meet and fall in love. 

What does it achieve? Nothing at all. I would have preferred Tarik seeking her out instead needing her abilities and her identity. It would have been so much more of a surprise rather than taking in her for what reason? She’s odd looking and pretty. 

And come on, I mean does this guy even have the mind to rule. He trusts Sepora fully to not betray his secrets to her, and really doesn’t even bother sending someone to ensure her loyalty. And he is a good ruler, more like idiocy if you ask me. A good ruler should at least have someone by her side to inform him of the situation should Sepora just decide to go back. 

Heck, I was waiting for the moment Tarik would find out about her identity and feeling shocked. Well, it never comes. Instead, her father finds her and she’s a princess all over again. 

Then what was the point of her escaping in the first place? 

I like romance when it is believable, when the world is developed and when the obstacles between them is so much, and their live runs deep within their hearts. They simply loved each other. But they will still put their countries first, since they are royals. Here, most of them are mostly idiots. Tarik doesn’t even bother to protect his own country, Sepora does a poor job at it. Their romance, just felt so forced that I simply lost interest in the whole book. 

It felt as though everything was to build their relationship. I was waiting for King Eron to reveal that he let her run, so that he could get close to Theoria and she was nothing more than his chess piece and his puppet. 

Safely, I can say that the plot was what killed me. I expected complex politics, and I really only got a short overview of their entire world. And nothing else. Really nothing else. 

The main issue was how the execution of the plot, and even the villain was handled. The plot didn’t move me, and failed to have me cheering for the main characters. The main villain had so many places to shine such as using his daughter again yet he never does so. It felt as though there wasn’t enough on the world, and just way too much on the romance. Which I can say, wouldn’t be interesting here since it is a fantasy, I expect a lot of stakes and complexity. Which never got delivered.

That’s really all I have with this book. I didn’t like it or especially hated it. But it just had so many points where it could have been done so much better. And the world she built was complex and layered, but never really shown well enough to save the book. 

Rating: 2 out of 5

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Paper And Fire 

Well, this is a pretty decent sequel. It wasn’t exactly what I expected, because it didn’t have the same dark tone it had, and well I expected a little more death, a little more betrayal. But there still was a set of reveals which I enjoyed and nonetheless held the same tone as Ink And Bone. Such as the ways Obscurists reproduce, I expected it, given that most are locked up in the tower. And really, there was no other way for it to happen.

As for Jess, this was the same main character we had previously. And although he showed quite little growth, but still I liked him as well. But the main issue is that unlike the previous book where stakes were high, and every step had death, and danger with it. Here, I didn’t feel it. And one part became towards his and Morgan’s relationship, which I would have expected really and the issues that they have. But to me, it didn’t hold the same tension as before where there was so much danger and nothing came easy to Jess. 

Here, they saved Thomas, and the stakes although reached a new high. It didn’t get to me ha tension, it just didn’t feel as though it existed. Though a lot happened to them, but I simply couldn’t really care about their emotions or whatever they did. I guess this is a case where there were simply too many characters, and none had really grew further on me. The characters merely had been there and did everything, but I simply couldn’t feel it. 

Overall, this didn’t really satisfy from what I have read from this book. Some instances such as the Tower which hosted the Obscurists and the development of saving Thomas, was what I expected. As for Dario and what he did, it didn’t really leave a lasting impact on me. And that the plot failed to move me, as well as were how the characters were written. It simply didn’t get my attention on any of them. So, would I read on, pretty much I would be willing to give the sequel another try.  

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Recreated 


I feel absolutely nothing about this book. This didn’t make me hate it like I had with tiger’s curse, but wasn’t any better either. The main issue is that almost everything comes easily to Lily, though thankfully there is a lack of food porn or Amon trying to stuff food down her throat. That’s just about it.

Then, we have Lily and three other characters together. Who then magically falls in love with three main characters, I have no words. And if that’s not awkward, they are all literally in the same body. This is completely to a new level, of creepy and becomes a sort of love sextagon. Except it’s really creepy and awkward. 

Even more so is that Lily actually gains nothing, she still cracks jokes which are not funny, insult in a completely cliché way that has no new twist. And for once, being brought to Egypt on her own I hoped that Houck would have grown better. Except that all the hard parts are handled by Tia, and all of a sudden comes in a fairy that I’m very much certain is not from Egyptian mythology. 

Then, it’s really where it gets weird and sometimes creepy. Because it takes a love sextagon to a whole new level with three consciousness in her mind, I have literally no idea what would happen, but I guess that some magical way would be able to separate them and they will be able to live happily ever after with their love interests. Really, really awkward. I mean what’s wrong with setting up other kinds of love, or even other characters who will become important. 

And the only character that I really liked had been her awesome grandmother. I was waiting for her to show up, and then she will asked what the heck is going on and learn about them. I mean, she is one damn strong woman, and runs a farm on her own. To me, I really like her. Well, she only had a small portion in this book. 

And I wanted a better representation of females here. Well, I hoped that the grandmother had played a little more role. The tension was a little higher, and the characters a little more complex, Asten was good, he was rather well developed in my mind with his back story. And another huge issue, is that almost all the guys are rather fond of Lily, even Dr Hassan. I mean it, she has Egyptian gods helping her left and right, and one who is outright lusting after her with only one meeting. 

Those are a lot of issues. But in this case, I would admit that it is better than the previous book. Most still come to Lily easily, but not as conveniently in her previous series either. And Amon, well I won’t say since he barely has any appearances here at all. So, this is an improvement from the autbor but to me still failed to move me in the least really. 

Rating: 2 out of 5