A Curse So Dark and Lonely: Review


I’m always ready to read a retelling of Beauty and the Beast, and this one did not disappoint. It’s very much based on the main source but the new elements and the modern twist blend in seamlessly.

The characters are well developed and have distinct personalities which both clash and compliment each other to take the story forward. Harper is strong-willed, smart and simple. The best part is that she doesn’t let her disability control her. Rhen, in contrast, is a complicated character. We never see him fully for what he is and what he is thinking or planning. While this keep him in a mysterious vibe, it slightly takes away from connecting with him too much. Grey, on the other hand, was more open and as a character, we came to know more about him.

The writing is smooth, well-paced with the right amount of descriptions. The romance is gradual and quite slow burning! World building is simple, compared to other retellings I’ve read. That plot twist towards the end didn’t catch me entirely by surprise but now I’ll have to wait for book 2 to come out.

Overall 4 out of 5 stars.

Vicious: Review

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I wanted to read such a story for a long time, and I’m glad I read this!

The story is essentially in two timelines; the present and 10 years ago. It is in third-person narrative, and follows two sets of characters’ lives. The story progresses of how their lives have intertwined with each other, and the implications that follows, in a form of a revenge story.

The character development was a gradual. It gave insight to each of the character lives and why I should care about each one of them, which I did.

“Heroes vs. Villains” was a reoccurring theme. And it really comes down to the perspective you chose to see, that will define who you label ‘hero’ or ‘villain’.

I would love to have a sequel, but as a standalone novel it is well-written, and I loved it. (UPDATE: there is a sequel coming soon!!!)

Overall 5 out of 5 stars.

Durarara!! Vol. 1: Review


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


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


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.