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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.

1.3/5.0

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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.

1.0/5.0

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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.
*SPOILER ALERT*
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!

4.6/5.0

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Book Review: Queen of Shadows, by Sarah J. Maas.

Queen of Shadows is the fourth installment in Sarah J. Maas’s Throne of Glass series. It carries on the story of Aelin Ashryver Galathynius, once known as Celaena Sardothien, as she utilizes and faces her horrifying past in order to become the queen she was born to be.


After the disappointment of Heir of Fire, I was in no rush to read this book. It had been sitting on my windowsill since December until I decided, this week, to force myself to finish it. And I am glad I did.

The first half of the book seemed rather slow and played out, a lot of what was written seemed rather irrelevant and could have been left out. I would give specific examples if there were not so many to choose from.
The second half of the book, on the other hand, was very fast paced and kept to the storyline and point as much as possible. When I hit that switch in the book, I could not put it down.

As usual, Sarah’s writing is almost impossible to fault, being economical, well structured, and correct in all senses of the word. Her storytelling is another story. As I have said, a lot of what she writes is unnecessary. The stories and characters also seem rather unoriginal, a lot of the time, as I pointed out in my review on Throne of Glass.
On a more positive note, she does have a certain knack for creating strong bonds and emotions between her readers and her books. She did with me, at least. I found myself trapped in an unrelenting cycle of emotion whilst reading this. From excitement, to rage, to disgust, to sadness, to worry, the list goes on. I even cried, which only three books have ever been able to make me do.

Going back again to previous reviews for this series, I would like to make a note that, while most of the characters have stayed the same, the story, and a few characters, have finally shown some form of progression. It only took four books.
As for the characters who have not progressed, they have become increasingly more annoying. Aelin and Rowan’s romance still sickens me, as it completely stole a defining trait from Aelin’s personality and made her as cliché as any other protagonist with a love story.
It was interesting, however, to see Aelin finally have an emotion other than grief. It made reading about her a lot more palatable.

The book is predictable and only managed to surprise me a couple of time within its six hundred and forty-five pages. AND Sarah is still using those godforsaken ‘phantom’ metaphors and similes.
Although, Sarah has put reins on her character switching in this book. There is still plenty of it, however, it is used much more effectively and flows naturally with the storytelling.


Even with the lack of progression and the boring first half, the latter half was very strong and well written, and much more enjoyable. Needless to say, I recommend this to the same readership as the previous books in the series.

3.3/5.0

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