Books: Fantasy

book review | The Silent Blade by R.A. Salvatore | 11

the silent blade r a salvatore book review legend of drizztAuthor: R.A. Salvatore
Title: The Silent Blade
Series: Paths of Darkness 1
Genre: High Fantasy; Epic Fantasy
Pages: 394
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Felt like a little bit of high fantasy, but didn’t feel like going through the worldbuilding, so I went back to the familiar. “The Silent Blade” by R.A. Salvatore is 11th book in the Legend of Drizzt series, and 1st in the Paths of Darkness trilogy.

About the Book: Evil hearts hear a beckon, a call, see visions full of promise that they can’t resist, that they must answer. Sadly, though, the call comes from a shard kept safe in a pocket of a drow elf on the surface, one who, being a good person himself, hears nothing of sorts. But since his companions and he too are a good lot, the moment they realize what’s going on, they seize the opportunity to rid the world of some evildoers, and start shaping a plan…

My Opinion: Oh how I loathe high fantasy names. I could tell you more, for there happened much more, but how am I supposed to if I can’t spell a single name? It’s a good story, well written, but just… I need a system for these characters.

As usual, neither worse, nor better. Time well spent, a 4 out pf 5, solid.

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book review | Dracula’s Child by J.S. Barnes

Draculas Child book cover j s barnes book reviewAuthor: J.S. Barnes
Title: Dracula’s Child
Series: –
Genre: Dracula; Vampires
Pages: 576
Rate: 3/5 | Goodreads

I’m really craving some Dracula content these days. So when “Dracula’s Child” by J.S. Barned got into my feed, I had to read it. And I did. And it was okay.

About the Book: Upon chasing Dracula down and killing him, Mina and Jonathan Harker thought they rid their lives of the evil and can now begin the process of healing. Live their life, raise their son. But upon his death, Dracula swore revenge that’ll reach them across eons… And it seems the darkness is pooling up again.

My Opinion: The book is pretty well written, easy to read, entertaining. But at the same time it’s filled with characters and scene that add nothing, and yet are constantly there just to be there. You either end up forgetting their existence as soon as the scene is over, or try to connect them to anything at all for the rest of the story. But generally, I liked the idea, the way propaganda spreading is portrayed here, and whom it could possibly benefit. 

It’s not a bad book, there’s simply too many mediocre things to make it a good one. A firm 3 out of 5, mostly for the good writing itself.

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book review | Haunted Honeymoon by Marta Acosta | Casa Dracula 4

marta acosta haunted honeymoon casa dracula book review coverAuthor: Marta Acosta
Title: Haunted Honeymoon
Series: Casa Dracula 4
Genre: Paranormal Romance; Vampires
Pages: 320
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Ah, here we go. Finished “Haunted Honeymoon” by Marta Acosta. Last book in the Casa Dracula series. It ended well, so I’m happy.

About the Book: Never has Milagro been in this much trouble. After an argument with her man, she stormed off to let some steam off and figure where things go from there. But a series of impossible events has landed her here. In some weird lab, with a crazy evil scientist who dreams a dream of an undead army…

My Opinion: At first I thought this was going to be one of those boring old stories about getting kidnapped, evil scientists, clones, zombies, memory loss and eventual re-falling in love with douchebag ex. But this was not that, far from it. I made a right call comparing Milagro with Sookie: an underestimated woman who thinks on her feet.

Lots of good endings, since the story ended not just for Milagro. A firm 5 out of 5.

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book review | The Bride of Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta | 3

the bridge of casa dracula marta acosta book review coverAuthor: Marta Acosta
Title: The Bride of Casa Dracula
Series: Casa Dracula 3
Genre: Paranormal Romance; Vampires
Pages: 320
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

I’m really having a very hard time reading this month. Just sort of crawling through what shortest and easiest things I have, or books that might motivate me, and then, here I am, still bummed out, depressed. Got through “The Bride of Casa Dracula” by Marta Acosta though.

About the Book: Milagro is preparing for her wedding with Oswald, which, stressful under normal circumstances, but now involves jumping through vampire tradition hoops that are absolutely maddening. And if that’s not enough, Milagro’s pretty sure someone’s trying to kill or at least sabotage her. But, of course, no one believes her. Not even her husband to be.

My Opinion: At first it was incredibly annoying and mundane with the “strange and unusual circumstances and coincidences keep throwing me at this one other guy, and then someone is also trying to kill me as my family is slowly but surely starting to think I’m insane for there is no proof of it“. But then the story took a gentle little turn that might just make the last book more interesting.

It was alright. A wobbly 4 out of 5.

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book review | Midnight Brunch by Marta Acosta | 2

midnight brunch by marta acosta book reviewAuthor: Marta Acosta
Title: Midnight Brunch
Series: Casa Dracula 2
Genre: Vampires; Paranormal Romance
Pages: 336
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

These days, with so much snow outside, it’s a bit hard to keep attention in the book pages. All I want to do is walk through fresh snow and play Cyberpunk 2077 upon getting home. But I did manage to sit down and read “Midnight Brunch” by Marta Acosta.

About the Book: If Milagro thought Grans the vampires are a tad strange and hostile, then her beloved’s parents need a whole new name to define. And even then, it’s but the tip of the iceberg. Dark cabal of evil greedy vampires are putting together a sticky web to capture the young woman with such magical blood…

My Opinion: Strange. First half of the book was very amusing and captivating. Then it lost the charm. Unusual for the second book in the series, and for second half of the book too. But I’ll definitely read another book, the warm humor really works for winter evenings.

Remains adorably humorous, but sadly not as captivating. 4 out of 5.

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book review | Perfect State by Brandon Sanderson

perfect state brandon sanderson book coverAuthor: Brandon Sanderson
Title: Perfect State
Series: –
Genre: Cyberpunk; Sci-Fi
Pages: 87
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

A friend asked for some recommendations in cyberpunk genre and while searching through what I’ve read and what I haven’t, I’ve unexpectedly discovered Brandon Sanderson has a very short little story in the said topic. “Perfect State“, a strange one.

About the Book: A perfect world to become a hero in and then rule it as a sole god-emperor, just to be summoned like a commoner to, what, procreate? Kairominas is reluctant. Not just because someone has power even above him. It’s the forbidden knowledge. The knowledge that outside his kingdom’s construct walls he might just be one of many, an ordinary, powerless man…

My Opinion: This is a tale of overpopulated planet trying to give everyone a chance to be whatever they wish to be, to reach the peak of their lives. And what happens when you pull these best of the best into one place where they’re less than good. Not the best I’ve read by Sanderson, but it was so short that it’s still worth it. Wouldn’t mind a sequel either, to be honest, for the way it ended was intriguing, and the worldbuilding, as little as there was, was superb.

Masterful writing, unique story, 90s cyberpunk anime vibes, a firm 4 out of 5.

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book review | Happy Hour at Casa Dracula by Marta Acosta | Casa Dracula 1

happy hour at casa dracula marta acosta book coverAuthor: Marta Acosta
Title: Happy Hour at Casa Dracula
Series: Casa Dracula 1
Genre: Paranormal romance; Vampires
Pages: 314
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

Happy Hour at Casa Dracula” by Marta Acosta is one of the most amusing and entertaining books I’ve read this year. Glad I got it in December.

About the Book: Milagro is a gorgeous and sweet woman with a big heart and kind soul. Which sadly means she often gets underestimated and taken for granted by very wrong men. Though broken heart time and again was nothing in compare, to this fella. A single drop of blood on a split lip and Milagro finds herself in the middle of nowhere, at some kind of a cottage, with a family of vampires…

My Opinion: Milagro is like a sweeter, more innocent version of Sookie. Just the kind of gal I love watching messing with the vampires. A quirky and funny book, glad it’s a series.

Cottage vibes, vampires, and a good ending. A 5 out of 5.

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book review | Among the Living by Jordan Castillo Price | PsyCop 1

among the living psycop jordan castillo price book coverAuthor: Jordan Castillo Price
Title: Among the Living
Series: PsyCop 1
Genre: Paranormal Romance; LGBT Literature
Pages: 156
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

Since there’s less time to read before the holidays hit, I’m on a hunt for shorter books. The first one I found that required some virtual dusting is “Among The Living” by Jordan Castillo Price. Pretty good for the paranormal mystery detective that’s this short.

About the Book: To solve crimes police force uses teams of two. A psychic detective, someone able to communicate with the dead on scene. And regular, someone able to keep cool and match unheard testimonies to evidence. But the new cases leave even someone as strong as Victor – baffled. There’s just no one on the scene to talk to. As if the soul moved on or…

My Opinion: Simple but good, easy to read, with pretty good protagonists. Though I somehow ended up liking the side characters better. They just had more dynamic to them, more story, more substance. Detective itself was nice, a little bit scary, a little bit twisty, just enough to keep you interested in what’s next.

Pretty good, will read more, 4 out of 5.

How’s you with time for books as holidays creep in?

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book review | Passage to Dawn by R.A. Salvatore | 10

r.a. salvatore passage to dawn book reviewAuthor: R.A. Salvatore
Title: Passage to Dawn
Series: Legend of Drizzt 10
Genre: Epic Fantasy; High Fantasy
Pages: 339
Rate: 5/5 | Goodreads

I like when stories aren’t afraid to return to the poorly resolved points and fix it. This is exactly what “Passage to Dawn” by R.A. Salvatore did, fourth book in Legacy of Drow or tenth book in the Legend of Drizzt. It revisited a point that actually bothered me.

About the Book: A strange prophecy spoken by a blind seer gives Drizzt a glimmer of hope to see his father once again. But, of course, nothing’s simple. First he must release that who hates him most and return to his first home… Where he’ll likely have to survive a ruse of some kind. But any price is worth paying for this.

My Opinion: These are truly good and captivating stories, very unique in the way characters and their relationships are written, how they understand and interact with one another. There’s plenty of adventures and action to keep you reading. But bloody hell, I’m so tired of the damned names. I need a little break from Drizzt, before another letter-jumble pops up.

Good stories, worth the praise it received through the years. A 5 out of 5 so far.

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book review | Carnival Row: Tangle in the Dark by Stephanie K. Smith

carnival row a tangle in the dark stephanie smith book reviewAuthor: Stephanie K. Smith
Title: Carnival Row: Tangle in the Dark
Series: –
Genre: High Fantasy; LGBT Literature
Pages: 4h
Rate: 4/5 | Goodreads

I really enjoyed Carnival Row, so I picked up “Carnival Row: Tangle in the Dark” by Stephanie K. Smith when I saw it in my recommended.

About the Book: Short little prequel to the series tells us about the life before war made Tourmaline and Vignette run. Life of carefree studies, dizzying poetry and the heights of love. And then they came. With their rules and restrictions, getting ever bolder…

My Opinion: You can read it and get the story no matter where you are with the series, watched it or not. A good captivating little piece of high fantasy.

A quick little read for the busy busy times, 4 out of 5

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