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the story is breathtaking although is has been clearly influenced by Harry Potter unfortunately the stile can be heavy and redundant and sometimes I had to sotp reading to ponder on how ridiculous it all sounded.
It was a nice story with good ideas, but it still took me a whole month to read. The book started quite well, but as the story continued I couldn't really connect with the main protagonists. I really struggled to stay attentive while reading the middle part of the book.
It lacked dialogues. There were too many shiny descriptions for me. I just wanted more dialogues between the main protagonists. I wanted more background stories too.
On top of that, I couldn't care less about the "villain" until the very end.
But I loved Silas. The demon was the highlight of this book and I will remember him with a lot of fondness in my heart. Thank you Silas.
I loved Margaret Rogerson's first novel- An Enchantment of Ravens. To me, this book lacked the same magical splendor. Her writing is solid and engaging. The heroine, Elizabeth, would absolutely be besties with Feyre from ACOTAR or with Isobel from her first novel. Aside from that though- I feel like this book is a collection of amazing story kernels that don't really go where you want them too. The plot could have been fleshed out so much more, and some things could be left out. Such as- what ARE the demons exactly? Are we talking devils minions or are they more like the Fae? What's with all the occult crap? The Pentagrams, the demon summoning, etc? If the demons are demons in the proper evil sense of the word, why even bother with them? Why wouldn't sorcerers be considered evil and shunned by society? Why does magic exist? What's it's purpose? None of that is really addressed and it bothered me. Why isn't the Other world in the story more? Also, why is Nathaniel randomly bi? That one left me scratching my head. It's mentioned once then never again. I mean, if it makes sense to have an LGBTQ+ character then by all means. But it really doesn't here. I guess I felt there was a lot going on and not a lot of follow through. It's worth reading, if for no other reason than she's a great writer, but like I said, Meh.
When I picked this book up, I had high hopes. The idea itself was very promising, and I love the idea of all of those dark tomes holding an intelligence and power of their own. The books themes and descriptions are fairly mature, featuring death and violent themes, but yet the dialogue screams "disney movie" to me. Every other sentence feels childish and silly, an example here being a character who seems to speak exclusively in sarcastic jokes for a good portion of the story. Suffice to say the dialogue became tiring quickly and I grew to dislike most of the characters for this reason particularly.
All in all, I feel I may have been somewhat missold on the target audience here, but alas. 3/5 for me, but others may well enjoy it more, depending on their tastes.
It definitely had a Hogwarts Library feel to it, and it made me laugh a few times. I’m not sure it deserved the amount of hype that it got, though. I definitely wouldn’t rate it as one of the best books I’ve ever read, but overall it held your interest and was a decent read.
While the book is not in bad condition, it does not look new. I was under the impression it was a new book. It is obviously used or maybe not properly handled before packaging? With a few bends and scuffs as well as looking a bit dirty, It is not exactly what you expect when getting a new book. Overall it is ok, and it is the first book I have ordered new that didn’t appear to be beautifully new, so maybe it was a fluke of some sort. I will still purchase more books via amazon in the future, just maybe not for $15 if the quality will not be brand new.
This book has a lot that I normally LOVE: mischievous and misunderstood leading man, strong and independent leading lady, books, books and more books, demons and magic. But for whatever reason it just never really had me dying to know what happened next. Each element of the book was great. I loved the characters, the setting, the writing and imagery. But for whatever reason the sum of its parts didn’t equate to a standout to me. Good but ultimately forgettable.
I liked the story but it felt rushed and it didn’t feel like I really new the main character at the end of the book even though she was in the whole thing. It was a good story just lacking a bit when it came down to the character and details.