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From Fire & Shadows 💫 Spoiler Free Review

Title: From Fire and Shadows
Series Name: A Tale of Six Sources
Author: J.F. Baptista
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: August 15th, 2020
Pages: 313
Publishers: BooksGoSocial
Rating: (I do not give ratings to DNF books)

Goodreads Synopsis

A girl with a dangerous power.
A warrior they call the shadow of death.
A world divided and slowly dying.

Six-year-old Theodora grew up at the House, a place for girls born without power. Abandoned as a baby, she has no memory of her past beyond the melody that invades her dreams. So when an ancient presence starts whispering in her ear, she answers.

The reward is fire; the price is the destruction of the only life she has ever known. Yet from the loss comes a chance at a better future… if she can learn to control a power that no one seems to understand.

Across the ocean, Death’s Arm warrior Kai struggles with the changes forcing him out of the shadows. With the neglect of those in power breeding dissent, he is called to do his job as their occasional assassin: cut it at the root.

But when a strange restlessness makes him question an order for the first time… he finds himself on the path he never wanted, but can no longer avoid. After all, he may be the only one capable of stopping what is coming—a war where death is just the beginning.

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I am DNFing at 17%.

I have 3 main issues with this book. Well 3 & a overall, I am bored….

Firstly, the sentences do not flow. They feel very choppy which makes it hard to follow and difficult to read as there is just no flow to it. I am confused as to what is going on because it is so jumpy. It feels like I am just missing something.

Next, there has been basically no world building (besides names of towns really), explanation of the magic or really plot since the first few paragraphs. Nothing is really happening to interest me in continuing and I keep finding myself putting it down and getting distracted by other things because it’s just not gripping me in any way.

Lastly, the characters feel very 2 Dimensional. I feel like I don’t know the main 2 characters at all and it’s been 17%. Things are happening and they are talking but I feel no personality to them at all. Which is another reason that the book isn’t gripping me. I couldn’t care less what happens to the characters because nothing has made me like them as they just feel like cardboard cut outs of people.

Overall, this book sounded really interesting but it’s just not gripping me enough to make me continue. At this point I would be forcing myself and I just do not do that to myself. Reading is for enjoyment, so unless I am enjoying it, I don’t keep reading.

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Archangel One by Evan Currie 💫 DNF Review

Title: Archangel One
Author: Evan Currie
Genre: Adult Sci-Fi
Publication Date: September 1st, 2019
Pages: 272
Publishers: 47North

Goodreads Synopsis

An elite squadron must go undercover behind enemy lines in this thrilling new space adventure from the author of the Odyssey One series.

Humanity has reached an uneasy truce with the Empire—but unless the allies bring the fight to the enemy, extinction is all but assured. In preparation for the inevitable next war, Commander Stephen Michaels is at the helm of the Archangel Squadron, and his orders are simple: go rogue.

Disguised as mercenaries, Commander Michaels and the Archangels seek valuable intelligence on their imposing foe. Their mission takes them deep into uncharted territory, where they make inroads with the Empire, fiercely guarding their true identities and purpose. Fighting for the enemy goes against everything they stand for, but these are desperate times.

As their deception increases, so does the risk. With the Empire’s deadliest secrets within reach, Commander Michaels and the Archangels accept a mission that will take them even deeper into the Imperial fold. They know all too well that one wrong step won’t just end their lives—it could end their entire civilization.

Normally, I wouldn’t review something that I only read about 10% of before DNFing but as there was a pretty specific thing I had an issue with I wanted to share.

So my issue with this book is straight up the writing. As I said I only read about 10% of this one before DNFing, so the writing might have improved after that, I don’t know. What I read though I found very difficult to get through.
Firstly, some of the writing was quite technical and I just didn’t understand what was being talked about. This is an adult Sci-Fi and I don’t have a tonne of experience with the genre or a tonne of knowledge. So, with all the technical terms I was a little lost.
Next was the speech between characters. It all felt very formal. Like there wasn’t emotion or meaning behind it and the conversations just felt forced and didn’t flow. I don’t know how else to describe it, so I hope you kinda understand what I mean.
Lastly, the writing itself was just bland. I just didn’t find myself interested or hooked in any way as the writing just felt flat.

I didn’t get far enough in to really have strong thoughts on the characters or plot yet but the writing is the reason I DNFd and I just wanted to share that.

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The Golden Fountain by Zuheb Alep – DNF review

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Title: The Golden Fountain
Author: 
Zuheb Alep
Genre: 
Middle Grade Fantasy
Publication Date: Feb 28th, 2018
Pages: 320 (Paperback)
Publishers: Troubador Publishing Ltd
Rating:
No rating

Goodreads Synopsis

The Golden Fountain is the story of a twelve-year old Benjamin, a rebellious boy whose fierce desire to become a leader is threatened by the children disappearing around his city. The citizens of the city has long suffered their children’s disappearance, but the fact that they were never discovered leads Benjamin to finally decide one thing; he would creep on-board a ship carrying eight thousands soldiers to rescue them around the world.

This story is set parallel in a world to our own, with magical creatures such as talking snow-cats bred for war, winged humans with elemental powers, birds as large as a horse and ferocious witches.

This world is more than magical, with the balance of light and darkness about to break. Only Benjamin can prevent that with his unbreakable sword and a unique compass. Fall into a story completed with many themes, mostly about love and worst of all … death

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DNF @ 55%

Okay, so some middle grade are for me and some aren’t and this is one that just isn’t.

First of there is basically no world building at all! You are just thrown into this parallel world to our own that makes no sense and then nothing is explained. Maybe it will be in the end but I just can’t force myself to push through another 150 pages when I don’t care. And yes this is parallel to our world, it’s basically our world but they slightly changed the spelling of everything and then threw some weird magical items in.

Examples of the names:

Book: Aradia, Egypta, Afrika, Europia, etc.

Real: Arabia, Egypt, Africa, Europe.

Okay next, I’m just bored. As there is no development or world building I can’t connect with characters & the world doesn’t interest me so I’m just bored reading about characters I don’t care about in a world that makes no sense.

Also this book is just constant action that makes no sense. Like I said, nothing is explained so we just jump from event to event with no reasoning as to why. Then that thing just ends without explanation and we move onto the next ridiculous thing.

Also there are so many characters!! Half of them we meet for like one chapter and then don’t hear about again. It’s impossible to keep track of everyone as there is just so many.

Then there is the similarities to other books & movies that I noticed. They aren’t big things but things like ‘Stellotape’ I have no idea why they didn’t just call it Sellotape when most of the other random objects in the book don’t get name changes. But ‘Stellotape’ reminded me straight away or ‘Spellotape’ from the Wizarding World. Next we have a magic compass that points to the thing you want most. Sound familiar?

Then there is the excessive use of Explanation marks. It’s not all the time but I noticed a heap of spoken sentence that had a ‘!’ behind it for no reason. Let me give you an example.

*Please be aware that this quote is from the ARC and may differ from the finished published work*

“What? No!” said Jordanna

SAID! SAID does not mean yelled. Make up your mind. Is she saying or yelling it. Like it just contradicts its self so often.

Then there is also the very abrupt description/observations of characters. Let me give you another quote.

He soon woke at the sound of Benjamin’s voice and began propping up his fat body

Uhm? Is that necessary? I suppose at least he didn’t say it out loud.

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So overall, I am simply not enjoying this book and don’t want to continue. Also I’m just coming out of a reading slump and don’t want to force a not enjoyable book on myself right now!!

Also just a little warning. There is a fair bit of death, violence and abuse in this book. And it is marked at ‘Young Adult’ even though the main character is 12.

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The Kiss of Deception by Mary E. Pearson – DNF review

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Title: The Kiss of Deception

Author: Mary E. Pearson

Series Name: The Remnant Chronicles 

Genre: YA Fantasy

Publication Date: July 8th, 2014

Pages: 486 (Paperback)

Publishers: Henry Holt

Rating:

1 star

Goodreads Synopsis

She flees on her wedding day.

She steals ancient documents from the Chancellor’s secret collection.

She is pursued by bounty hunters sent by her own father.

She is Princess Lia, seventeen, First Daughter of the House of Morrighan.

The Kingdom of Morrighan is steeped in tradition and the stories of a bygone world, but some traditions Lia can’t abide. Like having to marry someone she’s never met to secure a political alliance.

Fed up and ready for a new life, Lia escapes to a distant village on the morning of her wedding. She settles in among the common folk, intrigued when two mysterious and handsome strangers arrive—and unaware that one is the jilted prince and the other an assassin sent to kill her. Deceptions swirl and Lia finds herself on the brink of unlocking perilous secrets—secrets that may unravel her world—even as she feels herself falling in love.

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This is probably the weirdest review I will ever write! It is 2:30am and I am laying in bed on my phone right now writing this because I need to get it out! I will make all the proper layout/graphics and crap tomorrow so it looks presentable. But who knows what this review will be.

Okay firstly, I don’t know exactly where I am up to in this book. I am listening to this on audiobook through a new app that the membership works the same as Scribd. But it is crap. It’s Otto Radio btw. The reason this app is crap, well there is more than one. So I’ll just mention 2 main problems. Firstly there is absolutely no way to tell how far you are in a book or how much you have left to go. On Scribd, there is a progress bar where you can see where you are up to. It’s not exact but it’s easy to guess. Audible, has a progress bar too and also when you go into the ‘share my progress’ option you can choose text and a little automatically written message pops up that says something along the lines hey I’m …% through …. book. This one, however, has NOTHING! The other thing that annoys me is that the app splits the book into way more chapters than the book legitimately is. In this specific book you can tell when a new chapter starts because the narrator will say the name of whoever’s POV we are reading from. But each chapter is split into like 3 or something chapters of the audiobook. Seriously every chapter is 3-5 minutes long. So you can never actually tell how much more of a chapter you have left!

Okay, rant about Otto over. I will be cancelling my subscription.

Now onto my DNF review of this book. Like I said. I don’t know where I was up to but based on this audiobook having 165 chapter & I’m up 57 I’m going to say around 1/3 of the book.

Okay, first let’s talk about the false advertisement of this book. This is a ‘YA Fantasy’

Wait, I need a meme or something for this!

I know right Grandma, where the hell is the fantasy?!

I recall 1 mention of magic in the 1/3 ish of this book I read. And that was right at the start where it is mentioned that the MC does not have the power she should have gotten from her family line because she isn’t actually related to both of her ‘parents’.

That is literally it! There has not been a single hint at any magic system besides that slight hint that some families have abilities.

Okay next!

The plot so far has been utterly dull. I was just bored. She ran away, bought some donkies (what the fuck is the plural of donkey, bloody hell I need to go to sleep) and got a job and met two attractive dudes, picked some berries and lied to her best friend because it was ‘easier’ than being honest. I think I’ve covered all the plot so far.

*And no I didn’t bother editing this paragraph when I’m reading this the next day as it cracked me up. Yes I know the plural is Donkeys but it just wasn’t looking right on my phone at 3am*

Sounds interesting right. Okay moving on.

Next, the. Romancy side of things. Yes, I’m pretty sure I just made up a word.

So we meet the guy and instantly can’t breathe. Great, one of these bitches is it. Moving on.

Then there are the constant thoughts about this random dude you just met. You’re blind mate! There is literally two guys stand in front of you lying their arses off about who they are and you’re just 😍😍😍 them. Good lord.

And when she isn’t thinking about them, her and the best friend (I literally can’t think of either of their names) are sitting around chatting about kissing boys.

Then, of course, there is the innocent servant girl who thinks that handsome army guy loves her. HAHAHA, we all know how that ends in a YA Book.

It’s like instalove & love triangle galore over in this bitch

Can you tell I don’t like romance?

Okay next! The Assassin.

Gotta love a good Assassin right? Well, we would, if he existed! Seriously if he is an assassin, then I’m a fucking dragon!

Literally, the big bad assassin gets the job. Meets the target and instead of killing her starts giving her heart eyes. He even follows her into the woods and can’t do it. Then continues to follow her and sees her with another male, assumes they are fucking and gets jealous. Dude, you met her what 3 days ago?! My god. Also, they were so not doing that! Thankful there is no incest in this book at least.

Okay, I think lastly, the whole who is who Mystery. So this book’s description is basically the girl gets into an arranged marriage and runs instead of marrying the guy. An assassin & the guy she was meant to marry her try hunting her down. The catch is you don’t know who is who.

Firstly at the start, this is not the case. They say exactly who they are. It’s only when they are meeting the MC that they take on fake names and you don’t know which is which.

As for the mystery, it’s so easy to guess. 1 male makes some a comment about the MC being a lot higher class/wealth than him. Well, that’s obviously the assassin. The other guy has a similar standing to her so it would make 0 sense for him to be thinking about that… so yeah, obvious.

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Well, there are all my 3am thoughts on The Kiss of Deception!! Hope you enjoyed the weirdness.

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