REVIEW: Gold Shadow

Gold Shadow (Bronze Rebellion, #1)
by L.C. Perry

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 BOOK SUMMARY: 

In the North American continent, eighteen-year-old Ebony has been living as a slave for as long as she can remember. The underground cities, the tattoo, the scars and the shackles are a part of the only world she has ever known. She knows that in order to survive, she will have to stay strong. And she will stay strong, cursing those in power, until her very last breath. She waits for a meaningful way to die as she quietly pushes her body to its limit…but that all changes when rebels from the surface drop down right in front of her. 

Now, Ebony is challenged to envision a life beyond slavery as she and the other escapees are thrown into the center of a rebellion against the monarchy. She has to embrace this glimmer towards a real life…this glimmer called freedom. But what can she contribute to a rebellion that is doomed to fail like those before it? How can they stop a corrupt monarchy that has lasted for a century? Among the lower class, those with hope are hard to come by, but Ebony has found refuge with people full of it. And through their strong desire, an idea emerges…one that has never been done before. The princess of the country is coming of age and what better way to send a message to the king and queen than to kidnap their only daughter?

 BOOK REVIEW: 


5 STARS

*A free PDF copy of this book was given in exchange for an honest review*

Gold Shadow may have a slow start but 10% into the book and you will find yourself hooked, I assure you.

We are first introduced to Ebony, a character who is cold and self-sufficient. As a slave all her life, she has learnt to harden her heart and disregard the companion of others as it could only bring more trouble. The foil character, in contrast to Ebony, is an innocent princess named Irene who was shielded from the harsh reality of the world, fed with the idea that the rebels were causing more trouble to her soon-to-be kingdom. The narrative of the story is told through the lives and experiences of the two characters, forming a clear understanding of the background of the characters.

Being at the wrong place at the wrong time, Ebony crosses paths with the rebels from the surface and is forced to go with them. As they make their leave, they are noticed by other slaves who wanted in on the escape as well. Ebony who was a slave all her life was experiencing freedom and the outside world for the first time. It was what she wanted, but yet she feels empty and wants more meaning in her life.

Gold Shadow has a variety of characters, each unique and captivating in their own way. There was diversity, which I really like. In my opinion, it wasn’t the plot that drove the story, but the characters. Every character had a past that shaped and motivated them to be a part of the rebellion. It was also the relationships between the characters that made this book so interesting. 

I love seeing the character development in the story, especially for Ebony whose life changed because of her mentor, Asher. She was constantly driven to the edge, motivated yet scared for her life. I would see why too, especially because of Asher’s personality. It was also how Perry revealed each characters’ past that made me engrossed in the story. It was done so smoothly without it seeming as if it was awkwardly inserted into the middle of the story. Furthermore, the characters were so relatable that it could make the reader feel a connection with them.

The only thing that I disliked was how it ended with a cliffhanger, however, it sure sets the mood and thrill to read the second book in the Bronze Rebellion series.

REVIEW: The Colossus Rises

Seven Wonders: The Colossus Rises (#1)
by Peter Lerangis

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BOOK SUMMARY:

One Boy

Jack McKinley is an ordinary kid with an extraordinary problem. In a few months, he’s going to die.

One Mission

Jack needs to find seven magic loculi that, when combined, have the power to cure him.

One Problem

The loculi are the relics of a lost civilization and haven’t been seen in thousands of years.

Seven Wonders

Because they’re hidden in the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. 

BOOK REVIEW:
3 STARS

I read this book a while ago, back in 2013. I didn’t like it at that time, too confusing, too unclear. Everything happened so quickly and I didn’t get time to process it. 5 years later, I decided to give it another chance.

For those who likes the PJO series, the plot will seem familiar – young boy and his friends with a task to save the world, cliché of course, but nonetheless, a favourite. However, I won’t be comparing to PJO much because it is an entirely different series.

Four 12 year-olds, captured by the Karai Institute and given the task to find seven magic Loculi that were scattered around the world. With a special G7W gene that will kill them at the age of 13, these 4 Select have to receive treatment from the Karai in order to prolong their deaths. Only by retrieving the Loculi, they can be saved.

The story was written very descriptively. It was easy for the readers to imagine every event of the story, from how the characters felt to the surroundings of the places. However, it can be quite distracting from the story.
It was an entertaining read. The characters were introduced early on and there wasn’t much to them, if I were to be honest. There was no time for the relationship to develop between the characters. Within a few moments of Jack and the other 3 Select meeting one another, they have gotten super close and chummy. I guess the writer should’ve developed their relationships a little. I mean, when you’re facing a life and death situation, you should kinda get to know your allies and gain their trust a little.

The start of the book was interesting. There were a few plot holes about the story though, but of course, it wouldn’t affect the story much anyway. Towards the end, the story got a little messy. So many things were happening, so many descriptions, yet everything seemed so blurry.
I wasn’t particularly fond of the book, nor the characters. Like I mentioned, the characters were flat. It was all in Jack McKinley’s point of view but then again, it really seemed bland. Nothing much was revealed about them, but of course, maybe the author left it for the next book, Lost in Babylon.

REVIEW: The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman by Denis Thériault

The Peculiar Life of a Lonely Postman
by Denis Thériault

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BOOK SUMMARY:

Bilodo lives a solitary daily life, routinely completing his postal rounds every day and returning to his empty Montreal apartment. But he has found a way to break the cycle—Bilodo has taken to stealing people’s mail, steaming open the envelopes, and reading the letters inside. And so it is he comes across Ségolène’s letters. She is corresponding with Gaston, a master poet, and their letters are each composed of only three lines. They are writing each other haikus. The simplicity and elegance of their poems move Bilado and he begins to fall in love with her. But one day, out on his round, he witnesses a terrible and tragic accident. Just as Gaston is walking up to the post-box to mail his next haiku to Ségolène, he is hit by a car and dies on the side of the road. And so Bilodo makes an extraordinary decision—he will impersonate Gaston and continue to write to Ségolène under this guise. But how long can the deception continue for? Denis Thériault weaves a passionate and elegant tale, comic and tragic with a love story at its heart

BOOK REVIEW: 

3 STARS
What stood out for this book was the interesting plot. The idea that our trusted postman could be someone who finds thrill and excitement in reading our mail was the last thing I’d think of, and Thériault turned the whole idea into a book. What enticed me about the book was the haikus and the thought of communicating through haikus fascinated me, something I did not think was possible.

Bilodo was just like us – seeing a romantic love story and falling in love with one of the characters, infatuated with a love life that he wish he had. And when he saw his chance to be the next actor of this love story, he jumped at it.

The plot was interesting and somewhat different. It introduces different Japanese literary art like ‘tanka’, ‘renku’ and ‘enso’ but it happened all in a blur and I could not understand any of it. The only reason why I bothered continuing the book was to look for good haikus. Unfortunately, there were only few that stood out.

It was rather creepy of Bilodo to have such a hobby and it certainly made me wonder if any of the postmen did the same. He invaded the privacy of others, just for his mere enjoyment. Poor Ségolène, if only she knew. Their poor love story would never had happened.

The ending was unexpected, but nonetheless, I loved it. It felt as if the entire story had come to a full circle. It also leaves me wondering, had ‘Grandpré’ really been Grandpré?

TL:DR

I believe I expected too much from this book regarding the haikus. It was a good book in terms of the plot and how unique it was. However, some parts in the book was confusing, especially when the literary arts in Japan were mentioned.


A segment of this review has been first published on my Goodreads.

Online Brain (garbage) Dump

A blog. Because everyone needs somewhere to store their ideas and opinions. 

Hello there (if by chance, there would be anyone who’d be reading this). This an online brain dump page where I’ll store all my ideas, thoughts and basically anything that I’d like to do. 
As an only child who has issues expressing certain thoughts and opinions, sharing interests and basically finding it difficult to unleash my creativity, a blog would probably be a safe space to do so. 
As of now, I don’t have any solid idea about what I’d be posting here. Potentially book reviews, gushing about certain movies and characters, writing stories – just things that I enjoy that could probably find a home here. 
Currently, I post book reviews on Goodreads. However, I’d prefer a home for my reviews, which would probably be here on my blog! I’ll be posting some of my old book reviews here to get a foundation started for this new blog, it will be interesting, I suppose. 
Till the next post. 
– J