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I can't help but feel that the series lost its way a bit. I gave the first book 4 stars and loved it, but as the story reached the third novel I found myself skim reading it. I can honestly say that the last third of the book would have been enough. As a duology, this would have been perfect, as a trilogy it just dragged
I have mixed feelings about this second book. On one hand, it can at best be described as filler, on the other hand, it was enjoyable. I think after giving the first book 5 stars this was never going to live up to my expectations. The story really didn't progress or go anywhere until the very end and that was disappointing.
A first novel it did have me hooked. I love the setting. It had all the elements of a great YA fantasy novel. There's were some nice twists in there too, some more predictable than others, but enjoyable all the same. The romance element felt under developed. I think with YA you get insta love and it feels like lazy story telling. I much prefer a slower burn. This wasn't insta love as such, but the sudden change went unexplained and it was a little jarring, it didn't feel very believable.
Well this one was different, a nine-year age difference isn't usual in this genre but when it's the lady who is older it makes for a very different angle. I liked how different this one was. The problems faced by an older widow are very different from that of a debutant and I loved exploring that more in this book.
Tom Severin has always been a favourite secondary character in previous novels in the series, so when I picked up a novel covering his story arch I couldn't wait. Overall it was a satisfying story although it was a bit predictable. With Tom and Cassandra both being very unique characters I was hoping to story might be a little more unique as well.
Loved this! It was a unique and interesting story for a change and the dialogue between the characters was perfect. It's not often I can't put a book down but this was one of those times where I just had to keep reading to get to a happy ending. The secondary characters were also strong, I'm hopeful that Viscount Greywick gets his own novel!
My least favourite book of the whole series. It suffered being the longest and also the most drawn out. Sometimes a series keeps going when it really should have wrapped up in a trilogy. Saying this the ending was satisfying, I just felt it was a bit of a chore to finish. Despite this being a stretch I would be jumping to pick up the next novel by this author, it’s been enjoyable and unique so I’m interested to see what’s next
The mystery element to this story was my favourite. I love it if I can get to the end of the novel and still have no idea whodunit, those are the BEST and this was one of them. Because I've read a few books by this author, I do feel that they are starting to blend together. This one followed a very similar feel to others for me, it’s not my favourite from the author.
Book 5 in what is turning out to be one of my favourite sibling sagas, it even rivals the bridgerton series for me. This story covers the romance of West, one of my favourite characters from the series. His dialogue has made me laugh in previous novels so I was looking forward to him having his own story. These novels can sometimes feel very samey, but with a reformed rake and a widower it made for an interesting change.
Circe isn’t a character I know much about so I was intrigued. The story is a bit of a slow one, with Circe sharing her thoughts and actions throughout the book. She is often alone and I did find that the story dragged a little towards the last third of the book. Overall I did enjoy it, If you like an action packed story then this isn’t for you. However if you like something that gets you thinking this is a great one to pick up, I finished feeling I had learnt something.
The story does have romance but I loved that it wasn’t the main plot point. Seeing Nina grow as she discovers all her new relatives and her inheritance. The book is really about life lessons and letting go. It reminded me of a 90’s Nora Ephron movie overall and I loved that vibe. It’s a stand-alone story but like with novels such as the “shopaholic” series I can see how this could easily become a much-loved series.
I wasn’t expecting to love this one as much as I did. As YA goes this feels on the younger side than I would usually like but the story is just so unique and fun I love it anyway. Sea monsters, pirates and comedic dialogue while also dealing with issues such as racism, misogyny. Yes it’s a weird mix I grant you, but it works! I love anything that has a strong leading lady who doesn’t appear to be interested in men, or women. At its heart, this novel is about friendship and sticking together.
Into the Crooked Place by Alexandra Christo book review. As with her previous novel I loved the dialogue, it’s sarcastic and playful and that was just perfect for the characters. There’s nothing really to hate here, it was just a bit, well bland. I think the big problem here was I’ve read it before. The characters and storyline were VERY similar to six of crows for me and there was nothing really new to make it stand out.