Wednesday 26 July 2023

#bookreview: Songs in the Night | Laura Frances

Songs in the Night (The Song Giver, #1)Songs in the Night by Laura Frances
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this up because I kinda liked Slave, which is a totally different series I haven't finished. (Maybe I should finish that one.)

There is Eris, the unwanted child from the evil land, marked with a darkness she doesn't know of yet. And then there is Etan, the servant boy from the good land, who rises to be a knight. They meet once, twice. They never forget each other. Then war comes.

The story switches between both of their perspectives. Which is fine, but they don't actually meet each other again until about the 70% mark. I don't know why this irks me. Maybe it's the parallel storylines that don't quite meet. Maybe I just found Etan annoying. (Maybe I am in an irritable mood, I have been finding many characters and books annoying.) Then they have all sorts of assumptions about each other (or he does about her).

Or maybe it's the frequent use of foreshadowing lines that pull you out of the story.

Whatever it was, it was an interesting story, but it didn't quite pull me in.

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I went backwards to complete June's stretch goal from the 2023 Booktempter's TBR reduction challenge!

Wednesday 19 July 2023

#bookreview: The King's Sword | CJ Brightley

The King's Sword (Erdemen Honor, #1)The King's Sword by C.J. Brightley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's an okay enough story - prince escapes an assassination attempt, fearsome but outcast soldier helps put him on the throne.

I like the worldbuilding - it's very colourful and complex and quite interesting.

I just didn't feel like the story itself engaged me very much, like it doesn't quite pull the reader in. The last battle was also a little anticlimactic.

Caveat: read this in several disjointed sessions while travelling so maybe I didn't have the focus to fully engage.

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This is July's stretch goal from the 2023 Booktempter's TBR reduction challenge!

Thursday 6 July 2023

#bookreview: The Princess Bride | William Goldberg

The Princess BrideThe Princess Bride by William Goldman
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I really wanted to like this more, but as it is, I enjoyed the actual abridged parts of Morgenstern's story but every time William Goldman had an aside or explanation I just kept getting very annoyed.
(Thus this really short review)
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This is July's book from the 2023 Booktempter's TBR reduction challenge! I guess I have another justification for the short review: I'm travelling and have no time to think about long reviews haha. Maybe I'll update it later. But probably not. 

Monday 3 July 2023

Join the #MalaysianMagic launch team!

 New book, new tour!

This one's an anthology that I really loved putting together. IT'S AMAZING, PEOPLE! Even if I have to say so myself *ahem*

Anyways, join the launch fun! Cover reveal's in about 2 weeks and the launch is in November at GTLF! Again! We have rough dates of between 23 - 26 November, which are the festival dates, but don't know the exact day/time yet.

But ebooks launch 23 November anyway.