Splintered by Hope Christine

Splintered

Really interesting and original twist on the usual fantasy characters with great details to establish each culture / people as individual powers in the land.

Occasionally more gory than I necessarily want to deal with, especially when I’m reading in bed.

The story jumped straight into the thick of things with no build up and remained well-paced. The entire book felt more like a ‘snapshot’ of many political and historical issues coming to head at once, with flashbacks and memories to flesh out any details necessary to make sense of what was happening.

Very intriguing fantasy world, loved the descriptions of the tree spirits.

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Ice by M.S.Watson

Ice

My first impressions of Ice were not particularly favourable. Having studied Classics, I found the characterisation of the Greek gods to be lacking, especially when the mighty Poseidon forgot to change his clothes and needed to hide in the bushes to avoid detection.

The storyline was interesting enough that I read on to see what would happen, but ultimately, the writing style had me less immersed in the story as bemused about the odd wording and inconsistencies (especially chronological ones). For example, at one point the MC went from worried that torrential rain will soak her to shaking off the light mist. Another phrase I found particularly strange: ‘Freedom so close I could taste its toxicity.’ This could be a poetic turn of phrase about the liberties of those who fate cannot control, but I doubt it.

Both the main characters had some serious temper issues that I just could not identify with, so that made it hard for me to get involved with them and their story. Characters I would have thought were important to earlier scenes suddenly turned up a third of the way through – like best friends who hadn’t been around for the previous week of turmoil or 18th birthday party’s.

Lastly, the characters seemed to switch temperaments at the end, the reasoning for which I didn’t understand or see explained.

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Stolen Songbird by Danielle L. Jensen

Stolen Songbird

loved this story.

The characters pulled me in immediately. I foolishly started reading at about 10pm on a Sunday, knowing I would have to get up early for work the following morning. See me today, bleary eyed, finished and desperate to share the love!

The story was fantastic – familiar enough to give comfort and different enough to hold my interest. The twists and turns kept me guessing as to what would happen – unusual for me, as I very often find myself picking up on the story’s ending long before I am close to finishing the book.

The characters remained consistent in their ways, gaining depth and wisdom as their tale progressed. This was not an ‘insta-love’ scenario, but a rather more realistic romance, growing in feeling despite tricky conditions.

I now see that this is the first of three and I’m off straight away to see if the second book is out yet, because I could very well do without another night’s sleep!

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