Category Archives: Fantasy

Book Review: Ink Spell, by Cornelia Funke.

I just… I just can’t even… How can a book so bad have sold so well?

Even though this book was slightly better than the first, it was still awful.
The writing, the story, the characters, everything was just plain horrendous.
Once again, this is going to be a short review, as I don’t have much to write about.

The story did progress a little more and a little faster than the first book, but at the same time, it didn’t really move anywhere. Not only is the narrative still stuck in a loop, but it was essentially the same story and loop as number one.
This book also introduced a few new characters – if you can call them that. While they may have different faces and different names, at their core they are the same as all the others we’ve met, and essentially boil down to nothing new at all.
The writing is very boring and very bad. The only good parts are the words written to be spoken, which are actually rather good. To be honest, I think the author would have been better off just writing a trilogy about the Inkworld, and not bothering with our world. It would have been much more interesting and may have actually gone somewhere.

There is no surprise or shock factor with the book, and no emotions to be felt whilst reading it.

I’m going to give myself two weeks instead of my usual one to read this, as it’s very bad, and it’s now Summer which means I will not have as much free time for reading.




Book Review: Inkheart, by Cornelia Funke.

I’ve had this book on my shelf for about two years now and I finally got around to reading, and it was terrible. It wasn’t that I didn’t like it, – I didn’t, but that’s not the point – it was that is was just a bad book, full of poor writing, terrible characters, a major lack of excitement and progression, and multiple plot holes.

I honestly thought I was going to enjoy this book, from everything I had heard about it, but boy was I wrong.

I did not enjoy any of the characters, and beyond that, none of them really did much throughout the story and made no progression with themselves. The relationships between the characters were very unexciting, and the relationship between reader and character was nonexistent.

Coming back to my point about progression, the story seemed to go nowhere, and was not only looping but also didn’t move physically. The majority of the story took place in a single location – a very dull location, too.

Another thing that I disliked is how overboard the book was everything. Everything was exaggerated. This mighty villain that was literally just some mean guy, and worst of all was how they all thought about books. They’re just books. Seriously.
I have looked books all of my life, I have worked in a bookstore, and I’ve been to university to study Creative Writing, and I have never met anyone who thinks about books in the way these characters do. It’s ridiculous.

I won’t talk about too many of the plot holes otherwise I will give too much away to people have not yet read this book, but I will talk about one – the biggest one.
So, toward the end when they have their plan to stop The Shadow and they’re writing in their cell/room, why don’t they just write about a superhero and bring him to life…?

I disliked this book so much that I actually have very little to write about in this review.
If I weren’t so compulsive about reading books that I own, I would not be finishing this series, but, I will be.

I do not really recommend this book to anyone. Sorry.



Book Review: A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas.

Oh! My! God! This book! I have not read a book this good since… I don’t even know when! Maybe since The Silmarillion! I really want to give it five out of five stars because this is so easily one of my favourite books that I’ve ever read, it is so good that I already want to read it again, and am shaking with excitement about reading the next book in the series. Unfortunately, even though it is so amazingly perfectly awesome, there is one problem with it that prevents me from rating it a full five stars, and that is the enormous, stupid – would be – ending – but I’ll get to that later.
Let the review begin!

This book was a big deal for me. Before reading it I knew that I would either absolutely love it, or want to throw it as far away from me as I could because Beauty and the Beast is one of my all-time favourite stories. Thankfully, Sarah managed to write a masterpiece and made this Beauty and the Beast fan very proud.

I’m not really sure where to start with this. Maybe at the beginning? I was hooked from the very first chapter. Sarah’s writing is captivating to say the very least. She chooses every event, every action, and every word in this book with care and precision. Not one sentence is wasted or used as filler,
Her style, her layout, and, in the case of this book, her poetry, and limericks, all flow so well. Her writing is a wave that just carries you to the next wave, and the one after that, and on and on and on, each word intrinsic, carrying you to wherever it is you are going to end up.

I take a ride up and down the emotional spectrum with A Court of Thorns and Roses. I was filled with both and rage at the start of the book, after the killing of the wolf, mostly because I love wolves, but also because Sarah’s writing is so intense and vivid that it felt kind of real.
As the story progressed I went from happy to sad, sorry to fed-up, jealous to annoyed, scared to excited, turned on to turned off, and round and round until I was emotionally exhausted. Let’s not even talk about how many times I blurted out with laughter, if anyone was there to hear me, they’d think I was crazy.

There isn’t too much to say about the story as it is an adaptation of Beauty and the Beast and so the story isn’t really the book’s story, and I’m pretty sure everyone already knows the tale as old as time.
However, there are a few things to say.
The fantasy element is incorporated very well, and perfectly reflects the fairytale side of it. Of course, there are parts in ACOTAR that don’t come from the Beauty and the Beast story, like the trials and what not, and they seem to go so organically with the story and fit in perfectly. In fact, the new elements that Sarah has added actually kind of expand and further the story.
I also really enjoyed how she added in even the tiniest little details from the fairytale, like the chipped tea cup in her house, the picking of the rose, and the big things, too, of course.
As for the characters, they are kind of similar to Belle and the Beast and Gaston, etc. but they also have a lot of unique traits that make them original and separate them from their counterparts.

I actually forgot to write this part and had to come back and add it in. I just want to talk about how good Sarah’s erotic writing is. Like, it’s SO good! Admittedly, I haven’t read many erotic novels, but any that I have read have nothing on Sarah’s. It’s so hot and so intense and so passionate. She should toooootally write something in the erotica genre… even if it does have faeries in it.

Now. The one thing that lets this book down. The massive, for lack of a better phrase, plot hole.
Normally I wouldn’t write any spoilers in my reviews, but this bugs me too much not to write about. Okay, so, near the end when Tamlin sends away Feyre… WHY WOULD HE DO THAT? IT MAKES NO SENSE!
His logic behind this decision is to keep her safe, correct? Okay, but sending her away actually puts her in more danger, and takes away her only chance for safety. The threat that looms over her is Amarantha, whose goal is to take over Prythian and then destroy the mortal world. Well, the only way to stop Amarantha is by breaking the curse so everyone gets back their power, and the only way to break the curse is for a mortal (Feyre) to fall in love with Tamlin. So, knowing that there are only a couple of days left to break the curse, and knowing that if he doesn’t then Amarantha will take over and soon destroy the mortal world, wouldn’t it make sense to keep Feyre nearby and use every last second to break the curse? By sending her away he sends away the only chance to break the curse, and thus loses his only chance to stop Amarantha, and the humans obviously stand no chance of defeating her and her people once they invade. So, by sending her away, he is basically ensuring her death. FAIL!!!
Sarah! What happened there?!?

Phew! It feels good to have gotten that off my chest. Now!
I don’t think I really need to clarify that I absolutely loved this book. It’s easily in my top 10 books that I’ve ever read.
The recommended audience is pretty obvious, but to be honest, I think everyone should just read this because it is so damn good!



Book review: Knights of the Borrowed Dark, by Dave Rudden.

Shit. Shit, shit, shit. Okay, it wasn’t that bad. Or was it? It wasn’t good, that’s for sure.
I planned to read this within three days, but it was so bad, I ended up taking five. It is cliché, it is pretentious, it is slow, and it is boring.

The main thing that I didn’t like about this book was the characters. Denizen, the central protagonist, was only thirteen years old, which is far too young for a book like this. None of his dialogue, actions, and reactions were that of a thirteen-year-old. On top of this, the writing style did not match his age, at all.
He and all of the other characters were also for cliche and overplayed. There was not a single character in that book that had their own defining traits. Absolutely nothing to make them anything more than rehashings of previously seen – seen many times before – characters.
The same thing can be said about the plot. A young kid, down on their luck, finds out a big family secret and quickly becomes a hugely important character for no reason at all, and somehow saves the day. This is possibly the most overused narrative in the children’s/young adults fantasy genre, and this book plays it down to the very last sentence.
While on the topic of the plot, let’s talk about the plot holes and massive lack of information and detail.
Rudden has put so much of his book down to plot convenience. Not only is there a huge lack of information given to the reader about the story, the characters, and the fantasy world, but there is also a number of times when the story only progressed because things happened in an unrealistic way. Take the beginning of the book for instance: *SPOILER ALEART* when the villains come to find and kill the central protagonist, they leave him because he didn’t instantly show his power when they thought he should have. Putting aside the fact that these are villains who want to come and desroy the entire world, and who live on misery and despair, why would they leave him alive anyway if they thought he would be a threat. They’re villains.
Dave Rudden is a lazy writer. I have no doubts about it.

There are no interesting character connections in the book. No one to empathise with. No one to get attached to. No interesting romances to follow. Nothing. It’s as though they’re all traitless blobs trapped in a human skin.
A similar thing can be said about the story. Where is the intrigue, Dave? Where is the suspense? Where is the writing that makes you want to read on? It was so dull. I only finished it in the hope that eventually something interesting would happen. It didn’t.
The action sequences were lousy and short in detail. The dialouge was as plain as blank paper. There was a very poor balance of emotions. So much so that, I didn’t feel any. I think I maybe laughed once.

I want to say that the shock and awe factor was good, with the few suprise end reveals, but I would be lying.
Although the reveals were rather shocking, they were unnecessary. As were many of the things that went on in this book. Rudden has attempted to build mysteries within his work, but actually he has just added pointless filler.
The only thing I can genuinely say was quite good is his descriptions. His descriptions are creative and vivid.

I think it’s safe to say I did not enjoy this book, for many, many reasons. I would reccomend this to a younger audience, perhaps of around twelve years of age. More specifically, twelve year olds who enjoy stereotypical fantasy.