Category: Zero stars

So, the House of Small Shadows was bad

So, the House of Small Shadows was bad

☆☆☆☆☆

(0 stars)

A quick quick review for a bad, bad book.

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What is 27 hours but the poorly written garbage heap of the pander-tastic soul?

What is 27 hours but the poorly written garbage heap of the pander-tastic soul?

☆☆☆☆☆

(0 stars)

This grade is entirely based on the book, overlooking (most) of the colonialist controversy and all of the author-sex-abuse stuff. It’s just a shite book.

But the above is why I’m dropping it early. I meant to write a sick-ass takedown of what was a painful read, but it’s kind of relevant if it’s being taken out of print, fans are turning against it, the series is cancelled and the author has been disavowed. Kind of makes my deep literary critique pointless.

If the allegations end up false and she’s brought back to honor, maybe I’ll finish the book. I’m using this as an excuse not to.

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Chameleon Moon is very, very diverse. It is also very, very messy.

Chameleon Moon is very, very diverse. It is also very, very messy.

☆☆☆☆☆

(.5 star)

1.0 stars? The faults are mostly/all plot/pacing/character/content, the writing is fine.

50% of this book is characters giving emotional counsolling to other characters, mostly by reminding them to breath or saying ‘it’s going to be okay’

The other half is introducing way too many fucking characters.

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A Soul To Take has a great premise, but needs a rewrite (or two)

A Soul To Take has a great premise, but needs a rewrite (or two)

☆☆☆☆☆

(0 stars)

(This is a review of a free ARC I got from the publisher. As you may guess, this did not impact or change my review or review process. These opinions are my honest own.)

I hate to leave a negative review, especially for a book I’d been excited for, especially for a book by a debut author, especially for a book from an indie press… but here we are.

This book was right up my wheelhouse- wait, scratch that, it was parked in my garage. Urban fantasy? Demons? Demon-human integration? (with promise of political-social implications of that?) Beauty and the Beast type romance? Soul selling? Gothic cyberpunk? Yes. Yes please. It was on my ‘to-read’ list before I’d gotten myself an ARC.

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Relic: The next big YA dystopia you’ve never heard of (because it flopped, hard)

Relic: The next big YA dystopia you’ve never heard of (because it flopped, hard)

☆☆☆☆☆

(0 stars)

The dystopia craze of the early 2010s brought forth an incredible wave of roughly the same plot line: an average white girl (often with brown hair, which she tends to tie back) finds she’s not so average after all, and then must contend with two love interests in a paper-thin world that just doesn’t understand her problems. Hunger Games was a good book series, but the vast majority that followed were not. Many felt like cash grabs towards the current hot genre.

Relic, by Heather Terrell, feels entirely constructed. Somehow I refuse to believe she put any soul into it, ever labored on the manuscript in dreams of one day publishing this dear pet project. To be frank, it is a disaster of a YA novel, so cliché it feels like clever satire. Described as Game of Thrones meets The Hunger Games, this book is neither of them.

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