Review: Storm Front

2020, REVIEW

Author: Jim Butcher
Pages: 384
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪

Synopsis

Harry Dresden is the best at what he does. Well, technically, he’s the only at what he does. So when the Chicago P.D. has a case that transcends mortal creativity or capability, they come to him for answers. For the “everyday” world is actually full of strange and magical things—and most don’t play well with humans. That’s where Harry comes in. Takes a wizard to catch a—well, whatever. There’s just one problem. Business, to put it mildly, stinks.

So when the police bring him in to consult on a grisly double murder committed with black magic, Harry’s seeing dollar signs. But where there’s black magic, there’s a black mage behind it. And now that mage knows Harry’s name. And that’s when things start to get interesting.

Magic – it can get a guy killed.

My thoughts

Wizards and detectives! sign me up… as soon as I read that I was extremely interested and wanted to dive into this series.

Characters = 8.5

I thought the characters were extremely likeable and developed throughout the story. Harry Dresden is the main character and he is extremely funny. He makes some choices throughout, which sometimes where debatable and if made ever so slightly differently he would have had an easier ride but he was funny throughout about these choices.

Murphy is the female detective in the plot and she is a strong female character who doesn’t take anything from anyone but is still self conscience about how she is doing in the job role.

Atmosphere = 7

The atmosphere throughout was good and I felt all the moods and emotions, there were times were it lacked a little but it didn’t take away from the story.

Writing = 8.5

I really liked the writing style and the way it was written. It is written in first person and I think that adds to the way the story works.

Plot = 8 and Intrigue = 9

I really enjoyed the plot for this book, it was a murder/mystery detective plot with the twist of supernatural with a wizard detective consultant. This plot was everything I didn’t know I wanted in a book. It plot was just so intriguing and I think it was done really well.

Logic = 8.5

I gave the logic an 8.5 because I thought the choices the characters made where choices that made sense but if they made changes, for example, just communicating with another character, the choices would have had a better outcome now matter how logical they seemed. I could feel myself thinking “oh Dresden” when he just didn’t make that one little phone call.

Enjoyment =10

I loved this book and I thoroughly enjoyed my experience reading it. I dove straight into the 2nd book of the series and can not wait to see were the series goes.

overall the book got a 8.5 which equals a 4 star and I would highly recommend this series to everyone. One thing to note is that for some people it takes a couple of book to get in to.

What are your thoughts on this style of review? Let me know in the comments below

– Happy reading XO

Review: Harley Merlin and the Secret Coven

2020, reading, REVIEW

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Author: Bella Forrest
Pages: 402
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪

Synopsis:

Being an empath has its advantages.

Harley Merlin can sense people’s emotions, among other things. It’s how she snagged her first job pinpointing cheaters at a casino.

But she has no clue where she got these freakish powers because she spent her childhood jumping from home to home in the foster system, and her father left her with nothing more than a cryptic note.

Then she crosses paths with a terrifyingly real monster. Which is when a mysterious and annoyingly arrogant young warlock named Wade Crowley steps in, introducing her to a hidden world of beasts, magicals, and covens riddled with secrets—as well as clues about her murky past.

Whether she likes it or not, this new world is where she belongs. But after a disturbing twist of events, Harley quickly realizes that her past is darker than she could ever have imagined. And that someone in the coven is out for her blood. With the help of Wade and her new friends, she must figure out who the traitor is and why they’re targeting her… Before the human and magical worlds dangerously collide.

My Thoughts:

This book is advertised as a book for fans of Harry Potter. I didn’t pick it up for this reason but I did like the sound of the book. This book is available on Kindle Unlimited on Amazon UK.

I did enjoy this book and the plot. The characters are ok, Harley is a little childish and does things which makes me roll my eyes but I am also enjoying the characters and the relationships they have with one another. The friendships are done really well and the “family” feelings are done extremely well and you can feel this throughout the book. Everyone looks out for one another.

I like the way the covens have been described and that the reader has had a little history of the covens explained so that we understand a little more at how they work.

This book was a fast read and did keep me interested, I didn’t get bored at any point. I always felt myself wanting to pick up the book at the end of every day. I have picked up the second book also on kindle unlimited and will carry on with the series at the moment to see where everything goes.

I would recommend this to people who would like a fast read.

Review: Elantris

2019

Author: Brandon Sanderson
Date Started: 11-03-2019
Date Restarted: 29-08-2019
Date Finished:01-09-2019
Pages: 609
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Elantris was the capital of Arelon: gigantic, beautiful, literally radiant, filled with benevolent beings who used their powerful magical abilities for the benefit of all. Yet each of these demigods was once an ordinary person until touched by the mysterious transforming power of the Shaod. Ten years ago, without warning, the magic failed. Elantrians became wizened, leper-like, powerless creatures, and Elantris itself dark, filthy, and crumbling.

Arelon’s new capital, Kae, crouches in the shadow of Elantris. Princess Sarene of Teod arrives for a marriage of state with Crown Prince Raoden, hoping — based on their correspondence — to also find love. She finds instead that Raoden has died and she is considered his widow. Both Teod and Arelon are under threat as the last remaining holdouts against the imperial ambitions of the ruthless religious fanatics of Fjordell. So Sarene decides to use her new status to counter the machinations of Hrathen, a Fjordell high priest who has come to Kae to convert Arelon and claim it for his emperor and his god.

But neither Sarene nor Hrathen suspects the truth about Prince Raoden. Stricken by the same curse that ruined Elantris, Raoden was secretly exiled by his father to the dark city. His struggle to help the wretches trapped there begins a series of events that will bring hope to Arelon, and perhaps reveal the secret of Elantris itself.

My thoughts

This book took me a while to read and I am unsure why I put it down to one side and never picked it up again. When I finally picked it up again and got stuck into it, I loved it.

Even though I hadn’t picked this book up in a while I was still thinking about the characters and the story that I had read. Brandon Sanderson is really good at writing characters you will immediately care about. I really like his writing style and the more I read these books and short stories, I am realising he is becoming a favourite author for me. I personally think he is an amazing storyteller and can even make things that I would usually find boring or an info dump interesting so that I keep reading.

Princess Sarene was my favourite character, she was a well written stubborn princess, who doesn’t let the fact she is a woman get in the way of doing things she wants to do. She stands up to all men and says it as it is. I would like to read more about Princess Sarene on her own.

I would recommend this book to people wanting to get into Bradon Sanderson’s books

 

 

Review: Lumberjanes Vol.1

2019

Author: Noelle Stevenson, Grace Ellis, Shannon Watters, Shannon Waters
Date Started: 24-08-2019
Date Finished:24-08-2019
Pages: 132
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪

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Synopsis from Goodreads

Jo, April, Mal, Molly and Ripley are five best pals determined to have an awesome summer together…and they’re not gonna let any insane quest or an array of supernatural critters get in their way! Not only is it the second title launching in our new BOOM! Box imprint but LUMBERJANES is one of those punk rock, love-everything-about-it stories that appeals to fans of basically all excellent things. 

My thoughts

I read this one on the Kindle app on my phone, I really really enjoyed it. I don’t usually read graphic novels. I got this through Kindle Unlimited – I have also got the other volumes which was immediately after finishing this.

I really enjoyed myself reading this one. It was fun and different from what I have read previously. I loved the relationship between each of the best friends. The adventures which they go on together, whether intentional or not. you can tell that they are such good friends and would do anything for each other.

The art style is colourful and suits the graphic novel and the story amazingly.

I can’t wait to the rest of the volumes throughout the rest of the year.

I recommend this to everyone

Review: The Eye of the World

2019

Author: Robert Jordan
Date Started: 20-08-2019
Date Finished:23-08-2019
Pages: 782
Star Rating: ✪✪✪✪

Synopsis from Goodreads

The Wheel of Time turns and Ages come and go, leaving memories that become a legend. Legend fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth returns again. In the Third Age, an Age of Prophecy, the World and Time themselves hang in the balance. What was, what will be, and what is, may yet fall under the Shadow.

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My thoughts

This book was a strange one for me. I loved it when I was reading it, but I put it down for a few months and didn’t pick it up again. I couldn’t stop thinking about the books, but still never picked it back up.

The plot grabs your attention from the beginning and keeps your attention throughout, even though it is a little slow at the beginning. The action is sprinkled through the story. every time I found I wanted to put the books down, something interesting happened so that I would have to carry on reading.

All the characters where likeable people, Nynaeve was the only character that seemed to get on my nerves a little, she was whiny and complained about everything they were doing, trying to control the rest of the characters but then carried on the adventure anyway.

My favourite character is Lan, he is a little mysterious but extremely royal.

A hint of romance happened towards the end of the book, but it didn’t play a major role in the plot and doesn’t distract from the main story.

The ending made me want to pick up the next book immediately but due to other reading commitments, I couldn’t. I can’t wait till next month, where I will definitely pick it up. overall I loved the story and the writing and would recommend this book.