Book Review:  Kane Chronicles #3 – The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan

I really wanted to like this book and this series but Riordan continued the weird and strange transcript method of storytelling for this otherwise interesting and well written book. It’s such a strange thing as the writing itself was compelling and all the characters were interesting and well developed yet this one choice ruined so … Continue reading Book Review:  Kane Chronicles #3 – The Serpent’s Shadow by Rick Riordan

Book Review: Harley Merlin #8 – Harley Merlin and The Challenge of Chaos by Bella Forrest

After a rather long hiatus, I thought to get back into reading and writing by continuing the Harley Merlin series. Truth be told it was far more difficult than I expected. An author typically has a planned length for how long their series would be and, as one would expect, it would feel like it … Continue reading Book Review: Harley Merlin #8 – Harley Merlin and The Challenge of Chaos by Bella Forrest

Book Review: Harley Merlin #7 – Harley Merlin and the Detector Fix by Bella Forrest

Keeping a series feeling fresh after 6 books is a difficult challenge. Book 6, Harley Merlin and the Cult of Eris, felt like a bit of a stumble as it’s position in the overall plotline felt a bit forced to ask a question which it immediately answered early on. There was a lack of tension … Continue reading Book Review: Harley Merlin #7 – Harley Merlin and the Detector Fix by Bella Forrest

Book Review: Harley Merlin #6 – Harley Merlin and the Cult of Eris by Bella Forrest

Entering the latter half of the series begs an interesting question. How does the author keep the story engaging and exciting when so much has already happened? That might sound strange, but truth be told it was something I hadn’t really considered before. Trilogies don’t have this issue, but anything longer essentially has a longer … Continue reading Book Review: Harley Merlin #6 – Harley Merlin and the Cult of Eris by Bella Forrest

Book Review – Harley Merlin #5 – Harley Merlin and the Broken Spell by Bella Forrest

A series that has gone on as long as the Harley Merlin series can be at risk of running into derivative plots and character arcs. As someone whose working on their own lengthy book series, the idea of keeping everything fresh and interesting by book #5 seems like a daunting task. However Harley Merlin and … Continue reading Book Review – Harley Merlin #5 – Harley Merlin and the Broken Spell by Bella Forrest

Harley Merlin #4 – Harley Merlin and the First Ritual by Bella Forrest

Getting back into the routine of reading and writing reviews, I thought I’d pick up the Harley Merlin series again. Truth be told I wasn’t quite sure what to expect as the series has always felt kind of off in a way. While there was a clear focus, it never felt like each book had … Continue reading Harley Merlin #4 – Harley Merlin and the First Ritual by Bella Forrest

Book Review: Assassin’s Creed – The Ming Storm by Yan Leisheng

Growing up, I had always been a fan of the Assassin’s Creed series. While the stories’ overall plotlines were never the best, it was the character stories throughout those games that were truly interesting and how they were woven with historical moments. It was actually one of the first few elements of my youth that … Continue reading Book Review: Assassin’s Creed – The Ming Storm by Yan Leisheng

Book Review: Harley Merlin Book #3 – Harley Merlin and the Stolen Magicals by Bella Forrest

The third book in the Harley Merlin series and one would think we would see some significant progress in the overarching plot of the series. Book 1 The Secret Coven started off pretty strong introducing a compelling, if not entirely unique, mystery while Book 2 The Mystery Twins had a unique twist of perspective for … Continue reading Book Review: Harley Merlin Book #3 – Harley Merlin and the Stolen Magicals by Bella Forrest

Book Review: Trials of Apollo #3: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan feels more like what was to be expected from this series after The Heroes of Olympus series. The book takes a significantly darker tone and, in some cases, rather gruesome and unexpected. There were some genuinely surprising moments that, had it not been spoiled for … Continue reading Book Review: Trials of Apollo #3: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan