This book is a detective story, with only a tiny bit of magic. That’s not a bad thing, but don’t go into this expecting a fantasy!
This book took me a while to get into, but eventually I found myself enjoying it. The world building is done really well, and I became immersed in the world and the characters pretty early on.
I wanted to like this book SO much more than I actually did, and it is probably the biggest disappointment of my reading journey so far this year. After absolutely loving Caraval and Legendary, my expectations were set really high for Finale.
My one and only complaint about Ace of Shades was that we didn’t get enough info on the politics, and then comes King of Fools with all kinds of explanations and a political race at its center.
Everything about this book was basic; I enjoyed reading it, but it doesn’t have anything that makes it special. Nothing made it stand out, and there were all kinds of small things that grated on me along the way.
I’d definitely recommend picking up The Emperor’s Soul if you’re in a reading slump; it’s super short, but packs a punch with an impressively fleshed out story for such few pages.
I had a really hard time getting into this one, and I’m not really sure why. I think there were a few things going on: first, that the characters didn’t have enough depth and I was struggling to connect with them, and second, the plot had too many loose threads that lasted too long and not enough happened in regards to each.
I’ve never read anything quite like The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, and I enjoyed every second of it. There’s a new mystery around every corner, and every time you feel like you’ve gained a step you’re thrown a foot back.