Durarara!! Vol. 1: Review

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I finally have this one on my bookshelf and can’t wait until I have all 13 volumes!!

I dived into reading the light novels after watching the Anime series (multiple times) and absolutely loving it.

The light novel did not disappoint. I read the English Translated volume and the translation was on-point. The writing is witty and the plot twists take you by surprise. The author knew well enough how to handle such a huge cast of characters and each character gets their due limelight as the story progressed. Each character has a distinct personality and their interactions and decisions is what moves the plot forward. The art is also good.

Overall 5 out of 5 stars. Recommended if you enjoy character driven stories, (the anime is just too good!)

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)

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.