The Deceived

If anything, I was more confused by the work at all. I just really didn’t seem to have understood much of it at all.

I just don’t feel a single connection to any of the characters at all, neither did it really make me interested in the work at all. Just some demons like Lucifer, then an archangel and some angels.

But really, I don’t feel any connection to them. And making me invested is really important in a book. It just didn’t do it.

The writing was okay, if you ask me. And the world having some interesting aspects but nothing much apart from it. I just didn’t like the work at all, since there was virtually no character who managed to catch my attention.

However the premise was interesting and definitely what I did see here. Except that I just didn’t feel a thing for the characters, which again is the book’s greatest flaw.

This is simply a case of just not my taste. And well, I guess I just can’t help it that I have picked up such a book.

Rating: 2 out of 5

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Thick As Thieves

I found this rather okay, the world which is heavily inspired by Ancient Greece was definitely interested, intricate and well developed.

The story is about a slave, who runs away. But after he runs away, almost all my interest had waned in him. Nothing wrong, just that I really didn’t like how the story went. It was just travelling, and more travelling. And eventually, I found myself bored.

And when that happens, it became a great chore to read it. There just wasn’t much of anything really drawing me into this story at all, apart form the way that Kamet’s thought about his slavery, not just that and also some instances of his past.

And the way that enslaved people are trusted more than those who aren’t. It makes sense, and most of it is filled with difficult political intrigue. Also, managing to characterize a person that had died. I really did like this book on some level, except that nothing much happens in this book. That is why I was bored and really I couldn’t enjoy it.

So, overall this book does have interesting worldbuilding but just a rather lackluster plot.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Flames To The Beast

Well, I just don’t really understand much about this book really.

To me, it just felt as though it didn’t have the focus of any book and hence it didn’t really move me in a particular way at all.

I didn’t really find a character whom I really liked or even enjoyed, it just was a bunch of them together doing something.

Although the ending is rather interesting about the birth of an immortal and eventually the epilogue in 2008 when it was originally in 1881. Interesting to say the least.

It just didn’t kept my interest at the front, sadly to say.

Rating: 2 out of 5

The Chiron Confession

I guess this was okay, nothing particularly special about the mystery which really drew me in at all.

However, I do feel that this is well researched and the writing clear but rather old too. It did fit the ancient time of the story. However, I just really didn’t care about any of the characters.

Or any of the plot at all. Something about the Chiron, something about a conspiracy, but nothing really intriguing me. Since it was all centered around Athanasius having to prove himself.

But really, I don’t really care about him at all. There was absolutely nothing interesting which will have intrigued me in this book. I don’t understand why is it all so important at all.

And really, it just wasn’t written in a way that will interest me. The writing was really just dull and the real reason why I just could not enjoy the story. Along with the fact that most of the characters don’t feel real to me, they don’t jump out of the pages or made me care for them.

And there is where I think that this book just didn’t meet my expectations, however it is something for those who love Roman history. Which I have a very poor understanding of, and at the same time need a good solid character to be able to really care about this book.

2 stars

Daughter of the burning city

I found that this was rather okay. Although I didn’t care much for Sorina, but in the circus again it takes something quite new to this.

Sorina is blind, and doesn’t have eyes. Although the strangest part of her character is how she can see without them. The best way this could have been done was through sensory description, otherwise it is physically impossible for her to be able describe. She doesn’t have eyes. Which was a weakness, third person narration will have done a far better job when it came to this.

Also, the pacing really seemed off to me as I spent such a long time picking it up and down, but didn’t feel like wanting to continue. The ending was okay, some questions were answered with an interested twist given. As well as making me think, what does this really do. It is simply a story about Sorina facing danger and protecting her family, but nothing managed to shake me from within. It is pure enjoyment. Which was okay, but at the same time quite boring.

And the world, although some development is given is flimsy at best. There really is nothing to define any of them, apart from being freaks, and most of the world building at least to me could have been better, and more vivid.

The weakness laid in how unbelievable it was for a blind girl to be describing so well. And that really is my main issue which developed into subsequent issues regarding the worldbuilding and the description. It lacks a little bit of logic since it is written in first person.

However, I really like this book on some level. Although there are sone undeniable weaknesses in it too, such as the plot and description. It had an interesting premise, but mediocre execution. And this is why I think that this book is rather okay, a quick fun read but probably won’t do it again.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

A Column Of Fire

I was really interested in this tale, where I was sucked in completely. To the time of Tudors, which is to say my most favourite time of all under Queen Elizabeth (who is also my favourite if you ask me).

As for the story which begins in 1558 but ends in 1606, about Ned and his life while helping Elizabeth all the way. Serving as her spy and helping her to quell rebellions. I did enjoy how Elizabeth was portrayed here, as a rather intelligent and sensible Queen. Besides, she saw the time of having a Queen who was dethroned. And she still managed to rule extremely well, there had to be a reason. And I think the book did do her justice in how she was portrayed.

And the intrigue in my view was very well done, and did feel real as I cared for Ned. As well as all the characters in the novel, but mostly for Ned. I just really liked him as he constantly worked for the crown, and as a protestant had some logical views about tolerance. It was the most acceptable part of him.

Although I could see why so many was divided or wished the Queen took a side, or perhaps even wanted her gone. Nothing is easy in those times, and for Elizabeth who wanted religious tolerance which likely was impossible in those times.

And this is where I fell in love with the book, for I am a history buff to the core. And that this kind of stuff, will always have a dear place in my heart. So, if you love history then yes, I will recommend this.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Ash And Quill

This was rather decent. Although the book did have plenty of character development and even moving the plot forward in a way that I expected it would.

Such as the building of the printing press, and also finally making deals with his father. Jess’ family is truly unique to be reading through, and when he is on I really like the interactions between the Brightwell family, it is fascinating to figure out the dynamics. As well as certain reveals with the other characters, Dario’s illustrious family and also, Thomas getting some development and being a little more common. Expected after what he had been through.

Although it didn’t really thrill me in a way that I hoped it will, noe did it work as well as the first book did, but it is similar to the second book in nature and development. Slow, but eventually it will catch up on its pace and I think from it it will get a lot more faster paced.

The ending was indeed a surprise to me, but it was rather fine and did serve as to why Jess will have a younger brother. Apart from the fact that his younger brother is dangerous and different than Jess, and his father is always in for a good deal. It stays rather consistent throughout. And I’m a sucker for family dynamics which are messed up.

So, overall this was a solid sequel. Although not stunning nor outshining the first book, but I do believe that the unique concept and also rather dark world, will be something that many will enjoy.

Rating: 3 out of 5