Book review

Heartstone by Elle Katherine White – book review

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So I’ve been away from blogging land and social media for awhile and now it’s time I caught up on some reviews. Starting with, Heartstone by Elle Katherine White. This was introduced to me as a buddy read hosted by @litetally.ruth.mitchell on Instagram (way back in February, oops). She said, “If you like Lord of the Rings and Jane Austen this book is for you” and boy was she right. This book is a Pride and Prejudice retelling in a fantasy/ medieval-ish setting, with talking dragons, little hobgoblins and other fantastical creatures. So it basically its P&P in a LotR’s world and I’m here for it! It really feels like it’s own story and I don’t feel it is immediately recognisable as a Pride and Prejudice retelling (although it’s been a long time since I read P&P).

The world building in this is quite good. There is a bit of name droping and info dumping at the beginning but it’s not entirely complicated. It’s full of action, talking dragon’s and of course some romance.

The relationships and the dialogue are strong in this. Daired and Aliza really worked towards getting their happy ending. However while the relationships were strong, there were a few small things that I feel were missed out on. One of these were Daired’s sister, Julienna, and her dragon, Mar’esh. I loved this character. A strong young woman, who’s a little bit sassy and her equally strong dragon that she took an oath for and who she continued to stand beside, even after he was injured. Loved her.

Another character I would have loved to have read more about was Tobble and the other hobgoblins. He’s so much fun. There is a good few funny parts in this book.

All in all, I love this book. And although the following two books in this series have mixed review’s, I will certainly be picking up the next one soon.

Well that’s all from me today. Don’t forget to, Read You Fools 😉
Charlie

audio book · Book review · dnf

Dnf – Rise of the Dragons by Morgan Rice – audiobook

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Rise of the Dragons (Kings and Sorcerers–Book 1)

From #1 Bestselling author Morgan Rice comes a sweeping new epic fantasy series: RISE OF THE DRAGONS (KINGS AND SORCERERS—Book 1).

Kyra, 15, dreams of becoming a famed warrior, like her father, even though she is the only girl in a fort of boys. As she struggles to understand her special skills, her mysterious inner power, she realizes she is different than the others. But a secret is being kept from her about her birth and the prophecy surrounding her, leaving her to wonder who she really is.

Just as Kyra is coming of age, the local lord comes to take her away. Her father wants to wed her off to save her. Kyra, though, refuses, and she quests on her own, into a dangerous wood, where she encounters a wounded dragon—and ignites a series of events that will change the kingdom forever.

15 year old Alec, meanwhile, sacrifices for his brother, taking his place in the draft, and is carted off to The Flames, a wall of flames a hundred feet high that wards off the army of Trolls to the east. On the far side of the kingdom, Merk, a mercenary striving to leave behind his dark past, quests through the wood to become a Watcher of the Towers and help guard the Sword of Fire, the paranormal source of the kingdom’s power. But the Trolls want the Sword, too—and they prepare for a massive invasion that could destroy the kingdoms forever.

With its strong atmosphere and complex characters, RISE OF THE DRAGONS is a sweeping, romantic saga of knights and warriors, of kings and lords, of honor and valor, of magic, action, adventure, destiny, sorcery, monsters and dragons. It is a story of love and broken hearts, of deception, of ambition and betrayal. It is fantasy at its finest, inviting us into a world that will live with us forever, one that will appeal to all ages and genders.

Synopsis from Google Books.

Dnf stands for did not finish and I most certainly did not finish this book. I tried. I tried so hard to listen to this but I just couldn’t. I got through a few chapters at the start but that was it. Maybe I’m just not an audio book type of person. It can be kind of hard to listen to an audio book when there are kids shouting and making a tonne of noise, the t.v. is on full blast and other general ‘home’ noises (my washing machine seems to be on constantly lately). So it could be that I just prefer the more traditional aspect of going off to a quite(ish) corner to read by myself. Atleast then I can just drop and run if there’s any disasters (usually spilled milk-sigh). Or maybe it’s because I can block out the noise better when I’m reading.

I feel bad about not being able to give this story a fair go but it wasn’t for the lack of trying. From the few chapters I got through, the story was alright but I can’t tell if it was because it was an audio book or if I actually just didn’t like the story. Maybe I’ll try it again if my house ever gets quieter (or is that wishful thinking).

Did you listen to this book? What did you think? Or what do you think of audio books in general?

You can get it for free (currently) on Amazon, here: Rise of the Dragons (Kings and Sorcerers–Book 1).

Well that’s all from me today. Don’t forget to, Read You Fools 😉

Charlie

Book review

Frostborn: The Gray Knight by Jonathan Moeller – book review

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Frostborn: The Gray Knight (Frostborn 1), is the first book in a series of 15 books by Jonathan Moeller.

From the author of DEMONSOULED and THE GHOSTS, here is a new epic fantasy of high adventure, heroism, and daring deeds.

A thousand years ago, the last grandson of Arthur Pendragon led the survivors of Britain through a magical gate to a new world, a world of magic and high elves, of orcs and kobolds and stranger, darker creatures. Now the descendants of the exiles rule a mighty kingdom, peaceful and prosperous under the rule of the High King. 

But a shadow threatens to devour the kingdom. 

RIDMARK ARBAN was once a Swordbearer, a knight of renown. Now he is a branded outcast, stripped of his sword, and despised as a traitor. 

But he alone sees the danger to come.

CALLIANDE awakens in the darkness, her memories gone, and creatures of terrible power hunting her. 

For she alone holds the secret that can save the world…or destroy it utterly. 

The secret of the Frostborn.

Synopsis from Google Books.

Spoilers ahead, ye be warned.

I really wanted to love this book. It has everything I look for in a story; a fantasy land that’s full of a variety of creatures, a witchy or magical female character, a group setting out on an adventure/ quest/ mystery. However, everything seemed to fall short. There were parts of the story that I was really hooked into. The village/camp of the kobolds for instance. But there were other parts I felt were just full and anti-climactic. When defeating Qazzarl, it felt too easy or straight forward. Then there were parts that felt like they were heavily ‘influenced’ by other stories. Going underground into dwarf mines, which were currently inhabited by other creatures that will probably kill you on sight (Mines of Moria anyone?). Now I know and can appreciate when authors are ‘influenced’ by other authors and stories, and some can be very well written. But for me, this was just a bit too similar.

I also felt that Calliande earned her powers too easy. Nothing for ages, then we meet Alamur and bam, oh that’s how I do it. Even he was confused as to how she suddenly had her powers.

I liked the concept of this story and I liked how it leads itself into another book (or several, 15? Wow) but I don’t think I’ll be purchasing anymore of this series.

Have you read this book? Am I missing something or did you feel disappointed by it too? Would you or have you read the rest of this series? Maybe it gets better.

I gave this book a 3/5 on my goodreads.

Well that’s all from me today. Don’t forget to, Read You Fools 😉

Charlie

Book review

The Watchmaker’s Daughter (Glass and Steele Book 1) by C.J. Archer – book review

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I found this book for free on Google books but you can get it here
(for free at time of writing this) on Kindle from Amazon.

The Watchmaker’s Daughter by C.J. Archer, book review by Read You Fools

After the death of her father, India Steele finds herself without a fiance, a job and a home. As she looks for employment as a shop assistant in the other watch shops in the town, she finds Mr. Glass who is searching for a very specific person to fix his watch for him. So India finds herself a job as being his assistant in his search, but she knows something is not quite right about Mr. Glass and his special watch.

She then starts to think that Mr. Glass is the american outlaw that the newspapers have been talking about. All the evidence is pointing directly at him. Is she after putting herself in danger?

She then meets other employees (or are they friends?) of Mr. Glass, that live with him. They are also American and India thinks that they act quite weird. I quite liked the character Willie. A brash female with a male dress sense and a gun at her waist.

But then there’s his watch. Did you see the purple light? Or was she imagining things?

There are inconsistencies through out the story. For example India is first described as a plain looking girl who wouldn’t catch a fella to marry her for her looks. Then near the end she its described as a beauty that is too pretty to get a governess job. Unless this was how she saw herself? That when she recieved some attention she liked, she started to see the beauty in herself, maybe? Also the way Mr. Glass was healed or rejuvenated by his watch seems to take different amounts of time.

I also didn’t like the way her corset was written about. As I was someone who used to waist train and wear corsets daily for a few years. And who also has a love for researching historical dress/fashion. It pained me to then read the very stereotypical view, that corsets are a work of the devil and no-one could breath in them, or run, or move and they would require someone else to get you in and out of them. If you can’t breath in your corset then your not wearing the right corset for you. I could really get stuck into debating about them but this is not that post. Instead, I will just say, that I skimmed over the few mentions of her corset in this book. They didn’t add anything to the story anyways except for an excuse for a brief romance building section.

Even with the odd inconsistencies though, this book caught me, hook, line and sinker. Victorian-esque london? Yes historical fiction. Watches, clocks, cogs and gears? Yes please. A steampunk sounding watch with a bit of purple magic? You got me. I will more than likely be purchasing the next book in this series to see what adventures do Glass and Steele get up to next. I wonder will it explain more of the magic systems? I hope so.

The Watchmaker’s Daughter (Glass and Steele Book 1)

Well that’s all from me today. Don’t forget to, Read You Fools 😉

Charlie