Series: So when I started reading I wasn’t sure how interested I was in but when it got the meat of it I started to really enjoy the fantastical element and am really excited to see it develop.
Book: This started incredibly slow and I kept asking myself “where are the demons” because it took such a long time tog et to it but the magic system was really interesting and it really picked up after it.
Brief Opinion 7/10
This was a good book but I think it got too caught up in the setting and it wasn’t my cup of tea. I went into it knowing it was a historical fiction but with a fantasy twist and that was the reason I was reading it. I really had to struggle through the beginning but it was worth it and I’m glad I stuck to it. The period setting is interesting and a fun place for the story to unfold and the author did a lot of research to put key news and events into the story to make it seem closer to reality.
I enjoyed the array of characters in this and hated the ones I hated. I really enjoyed that we got to explore high class politics and relationships. There are a lot of names getting thrown around but I enjoyed that we got to have an insight into our main characters and that there were a lot to explore in this and it was incredibly well done.
I have a new crush. I am in swoon with a Duke. I didn’t enjoy the romance in this book because I knew who I liked and didn’t understand the other attraction. You have a perfect gentleman who can offer Helen a good life who she likes but for some reason she’s interested in her cousin? And I can’t see why? The attraction made no sense and I’m hoping that there’s an explanation of it and possibly a plot point but I did think it was lacking.
So it’s regency period before Queen Victoria so you get the London period dress feel without the crazy hoops going on. It really added another dynamic to the story and added another layer of complexity to the magic and how to deal with it and the problems associated.
I enjoyed the story but I was really more interested in the fantasy dynamic. The magic and the fantasy and how she weaved different elements from history and religion into this system that made you feel like there’s an air of truth in it all. However, this is a short story and I wouldn’t say that any element was rushed apart from the relationship between Helen and Carlson.
So it was a bit thin to begin with and there isn’t much in the way of complexity but I believe it can grow and develop because the seeds of a complex storyline do lie within.
The writing really adds to the setting but it did drag for me a bit. It was filled with a lot of description and inner thoughts which can make it difficult to follow.
This was an odd one because you hear of your overarching villain but there isn’t much in the way of their appearance or in fact of their existence and I think it does bring a layer of mystery to the scenario but doesn’t overwhelm the exploration of Helen’s abilities and gives her plenty of room to expand.
Series: So I love Alice in Wonderland and retellings so I’m looking forward to read more of this series.
Book: I enjoyed this book; it was quick, interesting and enjoyable.
Brief Opinion 6/10
It wasn’t a masterpiece but it was really interesting and enjoyable and simple but was an interesting take on the classic story. You have all your Wonderland elements but before the Queen of Hearts became a queen. This is more a tragic story about Dinah trying to deal with her father and being involved in the royal family.
There aren’t many characters and they aren’t well explored but it was enough and was fine but wasn’t the highlight of the story.
It was pretty childish and flat and not all that interesting. It was like such a half-hearted best friend love story but you never really got involved in the relationship or lack thereof.
As I previously said I love Alice in Wonderland and the take the author has on it has enough old and new to make it feel like a proper retelling. She holds true to the strange and mystical world but includes another place other than wonderland but we don’t really get to explore it but from how prevalent it is in this story I imagine there will be more in the following books.
The story is pretty generic but it does give a different perspective on the retelling and is enjoyable enough. I wouldn’t want a different story but a lot of the story is about a whiney spoiled princess but I’m hoping she goes into that strong willed and fierce character that everyone else deems her to be.
The plot threw me because I didn’t know what to expect and it is a bit thin and the ending felt a bit sudden and rushed and I don’t know why because it was such a short book.
I enjoyed it enough but it wasn’t anything special and didn’t really hold that whimsical wonderland theme.
It a generic power hungry king wanting to be mean and rule. Kinda boring.
Top 5 Wednesday is a meme that was created by Gingerreadslainey, you can see all the topic that are decided on the Goodreads page if you want to get involved.
This weeks topic is:
Books I feel differently about now that time has past
Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
When I first read this book I loved it but as time has gone along I have constantly thought about the book and realised how well done it is.
Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor
I found this first book to be amazing and well constructed and interesting and an unusual take on fantasy and magical creatures. However, when I read the last book my love died like a stone being hurtled at the ground. This book doesn’t hold the same fondness it used to and I really wish I hadn’t read on.
Evermore by Alyson Noel
I read this when I was quite young and I enjoyed the exploration and the relationship but now that I’ve read many more books I’m not really holding onto this anymore.
Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen
The love I hold for this book just continues to grow. I can’t believe how outstanding of a debut novel is and how unique and well constructed it is.
Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
I still think about this book and the story but at the same time I don’t hold love for it the same way i love his later work and I think I’ve just missed my reading window for this series and don’t know if I’ll ever make it back to complete it.
My life has turned into a mess; I started an internship, moved out, had no internet, dealt with 6am public transport, had to find a new library….. but I read 6 books and I’m so proud of myself because it wasn’t looking like I would be able to read 2/3.
So for the last couple of months I’ve been just winging my TBR and it’s SO not working. I start about 6 books having no clue what I want to read. So I sat down and figured it out and this is my loose TBR.
The Iron Trials by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black
The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh
The Blood of Olymus by Rick Riordan
Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo
The Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling
And whatever book my Book Club decides
What did you read in July and what do you look forward to reading in August?
Series: This is another one where I’m surprised it was only seen as a stand-alone to begin with. I suppose I would have been fine with this ending knowing that there wouldn’t be any more but it certainly left it open for a sequel(s).
Book: I really enjoyed this from the get go. It was conversational and different and funny and was just the making of a good book.
Brief Opinion 9/10
I really loved this. It was a whirlwind of emotions but you really got sucked in and affected by what was happening. I loved the main characters and their interactions and personalities as well as the side characters we got to know. There is a lot of tragedy in this book and I never knew what was going to happen. I loved that there was a few dimensions and layers to this and it really grew as an overall story. If you’ve been putting it off then I would definitely recommend it. It is a bigger book but due to the formatting it only feels like 400-500 pages so I would expect that amount of time to read it.
So our main character Kady and Ezra start off in quite a weird state of relationship but it is not the focal point of the story. They do start off quite distance and separate but they eventually grow to have some interaction and it becomes one of my favourite parts.
I also really enjoyed the side characters and their relationship that developed throughout the story. However, you don’t get much backstory to the characters but with so much going on I suspect it’s pretty hard to develop this but I hope there’s more in the future.
So this is a weird romance in that it’s about a couple that just broke up. I think it was reasonably well done but it does become quite the main topic later in the story.
So we are in space in a different time with space warships. It’s pretty darn cool even though there’s not much to space. The setting is not is not the main focus but it is certainly an integral part of the story.
So there are a lot of things going on but it slowly develops making it easier to take. It’s like a si-fi mixed with a pandemic which just makes things extremely tense and uncertain. The best part is how it’s told as the format and is extremely unique.
Everything is so well thought out and linked together; it really expands to encompass more elements that make the story more intriguing. The basic synopsis of the plot doesn’t do this book justice. I would like to know a bit more about the underlying motives of everyone but I’m not sure how much we will really get in the next book.
The writing is amazing; it’s just so quick and witty and interesting. I like that the characters feel so different and you can tell their voice. Only once did I get a bit confused due to the style.
So the villain is a matter of perspective. There is much motive behind the overarching enemy and that goes into my plot thoughts. The book is more about survival but there’s certainly room for growth.
I’m really looking forward to the next book but this will certainly take some time to digest and get over.