Saturday, 10 November 2018

Enchantée by Gita Trelease (Review)

     A magical and, honouring the name, enchanting tale, Enchantée was a fun time to read. It's the story of a poor young lady in pre-revolution France, Paris specifically, named Camille Durbonne. Camille and her siblings are impoverished after the traffic death of their parents, and in an attempt to pay rent, get her sisters medication and put food on the table, she turns to magic; specifically, a magic that stems from pain and sorrow, that eats away at the magician. Using her magic to slip into the court, she gets sucked into a world of excess and gambling, and has to figure out how far is too far before she gets caught, or the magic takes too high of a tole. All the while, her heart is taken for a ride with a sweet hot-air ballooning aristocrat, who poses the risk of figuring out her disguise and risking everything she has worked for.
     I really enjoyed Enchantée. I have been in a bit of a reading slump recently, but this book was just the pick-me-up I needed. It was in a new setting from the one I am used to and it had multiple fascinating premises. I was not expecting much from this novel, since I don't love political court dramas, but I found myself happily engrossed in it. I really liked Camille and her sister, and constantly found myself deeply empathizing with them and muttering my encouragements to them aloud as I read. They, like every single character in this book, were incredibly well rounded and developed. The plot was constantly developing in some manner or another and it felt like there were no wasted moments in this book, which is fantastic. When I put down the book I found I was very satisfied with it, and was proud to have an ARC of it in my collection, which is awesome. All in all, I really recommend Enchantée and give it the rating of FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS!!!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Angel in Crisis (Louisiangel #4) by C.L. Coffey (Review)

    The fourth instalment in the Louisiangel series, Angel in Crisis continues on where Angel Tormented left off. After defeating Asmodious, one of the two Princes' of Darkness, Angel and Cupid have a lot on their hands. Managing the convent is not easy, especially with having a messy relationship with the run-away cherubs. To top it off, with Michael dead, everything is unguided and without direction. This leads to absolute chaos and a lot of hard work for Angel. With Lucifer on the prowl and planning some mysterious and terrible thing, being distracted and busy can be a very dangerous thing indeed.
    Yah, this instalment was fine. I mean, I am beginning to grow a little board with the series, and Angel mainly, but it delivers a story roughly equivalent to the previous two in the series. I really don't have much to say about this novel except that is was mediocre and that if you love the series, you will find no issue with Angel in Crisis. Also, the romance with Joshua is really starting to feel dry and disinteresting. Since the romance was what drew me into the first novel, I am debating whether or not I want to continue this series. I guess we'll see won't we. Also side tangent, I found how this series deals with deaths sometimes to be weird, and makes characters feel overly emotional and under emotional at the same time. That's just a random thing I noticed. Anyway, all in all, Angel in Crisis was okay and I give it the rating of FOUR STARS OUT OF FIVE!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Thursday, 8 November 2018

Shifters and Glyphs (Fairy Tales of the Magicorum #2) by Christina Bauer (Review)

       Another instalment in the Fairy Tales of the Magicorum, in Shifters and Glyphs, the story continues where Bryar Rose and her mate, Knox, continue their hunt for the fountain of magic before it is too late. As Bry tries to translate the egyptian runes from an ancient text, a new enemy enters the ring with aim to get the magic Bry is chasing after. They follow her through her dreams and wipe her memories in the morning. 
       It was fine. The writing style was fairly consistent to the first book in the series, the characters were still developing, which was nice, and the story expanded the world and added to it. My only real reservation about this book was that I got bored. It was unfortunate situation, but I just didn't feel drawn into this one and just didn't fall in love with it. I'm honestly not sure why, but I just am not pumped over this book. It hits most of the notes, but was just missing something. That extra push/hook that would really have helped this book over the hump, but in the end, I felt Shifters and Glyphs was just fine and give it the rating of FOUR OUT OF FIVE STARS!!!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Tuesday, 6 November 2018

The Dysasters by P.C. Cast and Kristin Cast (Review)

      A new novel by P.C Cast and her daughter Kristin Cast, The Dysasters is a story of super-powered genetically altered teens that control elements and are trying to escape a mad scientist. A super-hero story without any actual heroism, this book doesn't really seem to know what it wants to be. This book is seriously lacking in development or meat so I'm just going to jump straight into my opinion on it.
     I did not enjoy this novel. The art was pretty and the concept was interesting, but everything else was pretty bad. The plot was rushed, underdeveloped and uninteresting, and the exact same thing can be said about all of the characters in this book. To get the amount of development this story needed while keeping its drawings, it should easily have been double, if not triple, in length. This book, in just text, is the length of a medium short story, and most of the pages are just fluffed out with drawings. Even while being short, it was a tedious book to read. Its characters are seriously underdeveloped, and it feels like a wanna-be graphic novel. One that was unwilling to put in the extra effort of actually drawing all of the panels. This book wanted the same kind of rushed intros with no descriptors that come with graphic novels 
(because the graphics can pick up the slack), without drawing the actual panels for it. It also wanted to be a book while demanding to control how you picture the characters with its own visuals, which most novel readers passionately hate. The Dysasters has a major identity crisis on what it wants to be, a graphic novel or a regular book. All in all, I did not like The Dysasters and give it the rating of TWO AND A HALF STARS OUT OF FIVE!!!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Star-Touched Stories (The Star-Touched Queen #2.5) by Roshani Chokshi (Review)

      A compilation of mid-sized short stories about the characters in The Star-Touched Queen and A Crown of Wishes, either continuing their stories or going back in time and telling stories from before the events of the novel. My favourite story is the first one, Death and Night. It gives much wanted context from what happened before the events of The Star-Touched Queen. It was a sweet and incredibly magical romance that warmed my heart and re-invigorated my love for the characters. This book in a final toe dip in this incredibly magical world for all of the fans who miss it.
        I loved this short story compilation. Before this point, I hadn't had a very good experience with short story compilations, finding them unpleasant, boring and disrespectful to the original series; but Star-Touched Stories felt really well done and honouring to the stories it is based off of. I found I sincerely enjoyed the short stories and felt refreshed by reading it. I was left wanting to go back to the original series and re-experience it. Anyway, I really enjoyed Star-Touched Stories and I give it the star rating of FIVE OUT OF FIVE STARS!!!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Friday, 26 October 2018

Heart of Thorns (Heart of Thorns #1) by Bree Barton (Review)

       The Heart of Thorns is the beginning of the story of Mia, a hunter of Gwyrach, women with magical powers and the ability to stop a heart with a simple touch. They are seen as monsters. The Guild hunt them down on behalf of the King, and Mia's father is their leader. He has slaughtered countless women and girls for their Gwyrach abilities, and brought back their hands to be put in the King's Hall of Hands. Mia wants to join her father in this, but he has another idea. Mia is to marry the prince. She hates this, but as the wedding goes awry, and she is forced to re-think everything she knows and believes.
      I dislike this book. It felt like it was dragging on and on, and that it was more of a straight-man hating manifesto then an actually good fantasy novel. I couldn't help but constantly notice how the only men in this book that weren't portrayed as abusers, murders or rapists were a bi-sexual one and a gay one. Literally every other man was evil in this novel. It was so unrealistic it ripped me right out of the story. Also, things really slow down in the middle of the book. It just devolves into a rant about woman power and how oppressed women are; how that makes it okay to steal the will of men with magic, since its just revenge you see. It was gross. I felt dirty reading it. And to clarify, it shouldn't matter but for some it does, I am a woman. As a woman, I felt disgusted by how men were being villainized in this novel. It was also quite a boring read, which sucked. All in all though, the ideology in this novel is really what ruined it for me and I give it the rating of TWO AND A HALF STARS OUT OF FIVE!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*

Empress of All Seasons by Emiko Jean (Review)

    Mari is a yōkai, a monster, a beast in a woman's body. She has claws and killer fighting skills, and she is destined to take on the four Seasons, all while pretending to be a human. Each a room of magic, a magic that is trying to kill her. Why does she do this? To become Empress. To marry the inventor and tormented prince Taro. To steal the riches of the Emperor. All the while, her friend Akira, the half human half yōkai ghost. The three clash as the state of humans, yōkai and in-between becomes perilous. Who will win, will any win?
    I'm quite shocked, this book had every advantage. Japanese mythology? Count me in. Epic heroine battling for the thrown and freedom in magical season rooms? Heck yah. A yōkai falling in love with a human? Sweet. How could this go wrong. I really question this. Somehow, with all of this book's advantages, IT WAS SOMEHOW BORING! How? How does this happen? Starting off, the romance was crap. I couldn't care less about it. Same goes for almost every character in this novel besides Mari. Mari is the only rounded character in this novel, and even her roundedness dissolves towards the end of the novel, making more of a paper cut-out of a character then a real person with solid genuine motivations. It really began to fall apart at the end. Oh and speaking of the end. It sucked. I was weak and underdeveloped. I stopped caring. That is the worst. This whole book felt incredibly underdeveloped and rushed. There were fun elements to this book, but they could not save it. I don't recommend Empress of All Seasons and give it the rating of THREE STARS OUT OF FIVE!!!
*Advanced Readers Copy Review*