The Paper Magician by Charlie N. Holmberg
The Paper Magician had an amazing premise but unfortunately failed in the delivery. I couldn't connect to any of the characters, and mainly found it an incredibly boring read which I DNF'd at 41%. People that like descriptive writing and stories that take the going slowly will more then likely enjoy it more then me.
Honestly, this a good book, and well worth reading, but only if you have the time and energy to settle down and dedicate yourself to it. Seeing as I am not the most patient person at any time, it just comes down to it, that it's not you, book, it's me.
Blood Oath by Felicity Pulman
Shadow Study by Maria V. Snyder
Shadow Study is the 4th book in the Soulfinder's series, that I thought was a trilogy, but recently turned into a six book series. Eight years have passed since Fire Study was published and I was shocked in December when I discovered that there were 3 new books to be released in the series, with Shadow Study coming out this March. I was half excited but mostly extremely apprehensive about Shadow Study, mainly for the fact that after the amazeballs that was Poison Study, Magic Study lacked that literary punch in the emotions, and Fire Study was completely dismal in EVERY way.
Unfortunately, Shadow Study, was pretty much craptastic from page 1, which made me horribly upset throughout the whole book. I think the thing that bothered me the most, was the fact that Yelena our MC, is 28-years-old here. AND THIS BOOK IS YA. In Poison Study, Yelena had just turned 20, but I was ok with that because the book was brilliant, and it wasn't a big factor, but I honestly think that having a 28-year-old main character in a YA book, is not only stupid, but doesn't even make sense. YA is called YA for a reason! The story was pretty drab, and the writing was so basic. The ending was not only PATHETIC, but didn't add to the book at all. 2/5 (i'm being nice)
Ticker by Lisa Mantchev
Ticker, was a read now on Netgalley, which I just couldn't resist, especially after seeing that eye-catching cover! While I really enjoyed the story and the romance was pretty cute, apart from the slight insta love factor. Unfortunately, while I really liked this one, it didn't stand out in any way from any other steampunk book I've read. It didn't leave any lingering impact, which I was kind of hoping from it, but it was still an enjoyable read, especially if you're looking for a light one. 3.5/5
What book has let YOU down, recently?!