The Crown’s Game-Book review

1/5  stars

The instant he touched her, his shadow flickered, and his real self flashed through. Vika sucked in a breath. Oh, mercy, he was handsome, all ebony hair and ink-black eyes and a face so precisely chiseled, Vika could almost picture the blade that had created him…


I really don’t understand how books like these continue to be published. I don’t get it!!!!
The Crown’s Game seemed promising to me. It was set in imperial Russia and followed two enchanters competing to be the imperial enchanter. (Imperial enchanter is a super important and powerful position , so this competition is really important because the one who gets this title and the other one dies. Intense, I know.) I love books set in Russia and I love fantasy, so I was dying to get my hands set on this book.
However, all the things I expected in this book I didn’t get.
Interesting characters?
Exciting plot?
Tension and drama?
Beautiful romance?
Excellent worldbuilding?
So, what did I get? I got a book with two cardboard cutout main characters with zero personality , instalove (whyyyy), love triangles, and a half assed attempt at a competition that is supposedly sooo important.
The book doesn’t even try to make it intense or exciting. The two main characters are supposed to be in a competition where one of them dies. DIES. So, you would think that they do everything they can to win and keep from dying. Yet, from the second they see other, they’re practically in love already. *rolls eyes*
This book is just not worth your time. It’s not the worst book ever, but there’s absolutely nothing I liked about it. It’s just so boring. I never cared about what went on and I have no interest in the sequel.
It’s just another standard YA “fantasy” novel that is wayy too light and fluffy for my taste with no substance. This is why I shouldn’t follow trends or hyped up books.
Little disclaimer: I didn’t actually finish this book. I got to about 50%, started skimming, and then eventually gave it up. I realize that maybe things could change, but I’m fairly confident that nothing that happens later could change my opinion.

“The Thief” Book Review

3.5 stars

Due to my love of fantasy, I make it my priority to seek out some of the more well loved stories of this genre, and this series in particular caught my eye. The reviews were incredibly positive and it seems to be a series that only keeps in improving. It sounded like the perfect series to get into. It was.

While I wasn’t exactly over the moon with this novel, I believed it be a very fun and engaging first book that had amazing world building. At times it felt rather slow, but I do know that the next books are better. Also, the book has a lot of world building which always slows things down. But, that’s not to say I didn’t truly enjoy this book.

This story centers around a young man name Gen who is an acclaimed thief. But, when he finally gets caught he ends up in a prison for quite some time. Then, the king’s magus asks for his help to steal a treasure from another land. The story is basically their journey to and from to get the precious stone with plenty of twists and turns.

I really loved Gen’s character and all the stories he would tell from his people’s religion which was a wonderful form of worldbuilding. He was a likable and funny character, and I really felt for him at times. I did feel that there was something missing, however, and didn’t quite connect with him, but I’m sure that will develop over time. The other characters didn’t really do much for me, but they were still a nice addition to the story.

I don’t have too many things to complain about. The main issues were really just that is was quite short, i didn’t feel that attached to the characters, and the pacing. But, other than that it was wonderful. 🙂

“The Ocean At the End of the Lane” Book Review

“The Ocean at the End of the Lane”by Neil Gaiman

“Nothing’s ever the same,” she said. “Be it a second later or a hundred years. It’s always churning and roiling. And people change
as much as oceans.”

4/5 stars

On some occasions when reading a book, I have to stop every few pages to marvel at the author’s writing abilities and just how fantastic they are at making words flow beautifully on the page. Neil Gaiman’s work is a prime example of that. He has this ability to write such poetic sentences and such haunting stories, it’s almost scary. His newest book, ” The Ocean at the End of the Lane” is no exception.

From the first page, I was sucked in.
This beautiful story about a man who revisits a small town in England, and remembers back to when he was seven and the adventures he went on. This book is not even 200 pages and yet it is better than half the books I read. Magical, nostalgic, and heartbreaking, I loved this book.

Although this is classified as an adult book, it read more like a children’s story in the sense that the majority of the book takes place when the man is only 7. Only one “romantic” scene would make it inappropriate for children to read. The characters are wonderful, and I loved how relatable the main character was.

“I went away in my head, into a book. That was where I went whenever real life was too hard or too inflexible.”


There was a birthday present waiting to be read, a boxed set of the Narnia books, which I took upstairs. I lay on the bed and lost myself in the stories. I liked that. Books were safer than other people anyway.”

I really felt for the boy, especially when the new nanny comes into his family and seemingly wrecks his life. While I admit that storyline is a bit overdone in stories, it didn’t take away from the story. Childhood can be tough. But, having an escape, having a special type of freedom to cling to, can be your savior. Books and music were mine. His were books as well, and a special 11 year old girl named Lettie Hempstock. Her family was a joy to read about and helped the boy through a hard time in his life. Something I really appreciate.

I don’t want to describe too much of the book’s plot since it’s more fun to go into it a little blind, but just know this was a very imaginitive, a little sad, and a very nostalgic, fantasy story.

Overall, fantastic story. It’s slightly too short for me to give it five stars although I loved it, but I am definitely excited to read more from him. Stardust and Coraline are the only ones I’ve read previously. Definitely an author to seek out.:)


Mistborn Book Review

Mistborn: The Final Empire is the first book in the Mistborn trilogy which kept me hooked all throughout reading. From fantastic worldbuilding to plenty of action, I enjoyed almost every bit of this book.
Vin, the main character of this book was someone I enjoyed to read about. her life has been pretty rough and she’s been kicked and shoved around. Like pretty much every fantasy book, she is discovered to be a special rare breed, a Mistborn. Kelsier, the one to discover her, is the leader of a rebellious group, determined to overtake The Lord Ruler, the evil leader of their empire. Vin, as well as Kelsier have the ability to do allomancy, the ability of using metals to allow them to do special things.
I really enjoyed Vin’s character and her bravery and perseverance. My favorite character, however, was Kelsier. He really made me laugh, and his cocky, egotism somehow managed to really amuse me.
The world building was fantastic and I liked all the noble scenes as well as the skaa scenes. There was lots of action and the concept of allomancy was a little confusing at first, but really intrigued me by the end.

My only real complaints were that it was a little slow at the beginning and a tad confusing, and that Vin’s scenes with Elend irked me. It seemed so out of her character, an untrusting, suspicious of everyone kind of girl, to fall so fast for him. I really hope the romance isn’t is prominent in the sequel. It really bugged me and felt forced.



Overall, fantastic book with an amazing plot and world building. Can’t wait to read the sequel. 😀