Stolen Songbird: Review

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I read this books ages ago but forgot to write a review it. So, I had to go back and skim through it to refresh my memory.

The book is all-in-all a good read (but not a great one) For starters, it felt quite a drag.
The world building was done very well. And the introduction to the whole set up and the troll themselves were the parts I liked. Also, troll-related myths were debunked as the plot moved forward. However, the writing felt simplistic.

Cécile is strong willed girl who gets kidnapped and taken to the hidden underground city of Trollus where she is destined to fulfill a prophecy. I liked her take-no-nonsense attitude and her overall development. Tristan is the handsome-but-salty prince of Trollus, but as we get to know more about him, he is living a life which he didn’t choose for himself, and perhaps Cécile might be able to help them both.

The MC’s (Cécile and Tristan) were well developed and were complete opposites to each other. They love story had a decent progress and story progresses which didn’t make it seem rushed or forced. The side characters were also interesting, and I would like to read more about them.

The story is a bit slow-paced, but when the plot twists came, I was taken by surprise and flew by the last 1/3 of the book.

Overall 3.5 out of 5.

(I remained thoroughly claustrophobic the whole time we were in Trollus)

The Avengers Assemble Book Tag

Having recently watched Avenger: Endgame, when I saw this book tag on Lauren’s Blog @ Fiction Tea, I immediately thought of doing it.

Don’t Worry, this post will not have any spoilers.


Iron Man | A book that made you laugh out loud

Hmm, I don’t really read comedy books, but I remember laughing while reading The Lies of Locke Lamora, although I have yet to finish it.

Locke is witty and smart at all the things that would land him in trouble. Watching him getting in and out trouble is always a good laugh.

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Captain America | A book positive message

After much thinking, I choose the Six of Crows series. As the series progresses on we come to know the characters weakness and how they strive despite it.

All the cast of characters is just to wonderful, plus this book includes a heist, so there is that.

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Thor | A book with a character’s strength you admire

I have to choose my all time favorite book, The Name of the Wind, since I admire the MC so freaking much!

This book is truly a must read, do check it out if you haven’t. It has all the elements of a perfect epic fantasy.

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Hulk | A book that makes you incredibly angry

Oh I have this one ready! It was the Red Queen Series. I just can’t get over how annoying the MC is and how angry the book made me.

Some characters are smart, some are well-written, some are developed over-time…. she was neither.

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Black Widow | A book with a kick ass female protagonist

There are so many to chose from! But the one with stands out is Air Awakens Series. The MC is determined, brave, and will stand up to do the right thing.

Best thing? this series has a sequel series with even a stronger female protagonist!

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Hawkeye | An underrated book that people should pay more attention to:

The Night Circus, Seriously. I’ve read reviews that many DNF’ed the book. Y’all are missing out on this hidden gem of a book.

While I was reading it at first, I was terribly confused, but when things started falling in place and everything started to make sense, I just love this book!

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Bonus: Loki | A book with a twist or surprise that tricked you:

For this one, I’ll have to go with The Inheritance Cycle. This books is so well written, I never saw any plot twists come, and could never guess the ending.

This book basically made me fall in love with Dragons. You won’t regret picking up this one.

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Thanks for Reading

FTK 🙂

To Kill a Kingdom: Review

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This book was dubbed as best stand-alones of 2018 and that alone made me buy it. To start of with, this is a re-telling of Little Mermaid. While I’m not a big fan re-tellings I do appreciate well written ones.

This book, however, didn’t meet my expectations. The world building was not detailed enough, it felt as if I’m drawing from another source; Disney’s Little Mermaid. Most descriptions and places were handed to us at point blank, I felt there was no further deeper development or explanation as to how it came to be or why is it the way it is.

The characters were interesting but only at the start. As the story progresses, my feeling for them don’t. After the half-mark, the story became a bit slow, and felt to drag as the characters didn’t live up to the ‘introduction’ they got in the first-half of the book and the expectations they had evoked. My barely remember any side characters. Most characters who were introduced or interacted with the MCs didn’t add much to the plot itself.

The writing was okay-ish, and story was paced well enough, but my overall enjoyment didn’t last very long.

Overall 3 stars out of 5. Recommended to anyone who enjoys re-tellings or wants a quick day’s read.

The Emissary: Featured Review

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The Emissary is book 1 from the One Great Year Series written by Tamara Veitch and Rene DeFazio.

The story revolves around Marcus and Theron and their love through ages. The characters are well developed through the sections of the book we see their past lives and how their relationship evolves through time. 
The word building is intricate and detailed, this gives an important element to the different eras where the story takes place. Tamara’s and Rene’s writing had an academic feel to it, and I won’t be surprised if this story is used in academic essays in the future.

Over all 4 out of 5 stars. Recommended to all if you like descriptive work building and intricate story plots.

A Court of Frost and Starlight: Review

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Waste of time.

I had pre-ordered this book but now I’m re-considering to even order the remaining books in this series.

ACOFAS starts off after some time has passed from the events of ACOWAR. Ferye, Rhys, and the inner circle are learning to accept themselves after what they’ve lost during the war and preparing for the festivities of the Winter Solstice.

This book lacked the SJM fast-paced writing and several paragraphs felt repeated sometimes with the exact same words. The plot itself didn’t progress much further. In just 229 pages, it actually felt that it was quite a useless read.

There were several chapters that were either a flashback sequence or just the characters remembering

the past events. In my opinion, those chapters were simply there to add to the word count because honestly someone reading this novella is more likely to have read the previous 3 books.

Moreover, having read more POC books of POC Authors/POC Characters in the duration from ACOWAR to ACOFAS, this book felt utterly ‘white’.

1.5 out of 5 stars.