graphic novels

I Left the House Today by Cassandra Calin

I Left The House Today! by Cassandra Calin

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

This was really cute! It was very short but still adorable and extremely relatable. The art style was simplistic but I really liked it. I’ve actually seen a bunch of the author’s comics online so this was a treat. I thought this might’ve been like a story that stretches out but it wasn’t anything like that, and the comics didn’t correlate with one another, but it was still light and cute.

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paranormal · romance · vampires · werewolves · witches

The Dark Awakening by D.L Blade

The Dark Awakening by D.L. Blade

Rating: 1.5 out of 5.

Yet again, I find myself in the minority.

I was so excited to read this, but it turned out to be a huge let-down. All of the characters were super flat, if the mc was to be murdered at any moment, I would not feel a thing. The main character was a complete Mary Sue, and honestly, so was everyone else. All of the “plot twists” I saw a mile away, and nothing really surprised or intrigued me in this story.

The romance was just not done right. I don’t want to include any spoilers, but the supposed love interest caused a great deal of pain to the mc. And all she could say was “I CAN’T SEE YOU TODAY.” LIKE WHAT EVEN, if something like that happened to me I would’ve been furious and not want to see the person for an ETERNITY. I know that the mc was in a unique situation, but it still didn’t make it right, and she was so easy to forgive. And even more than that, all she could say about anyone in the novel is “OH HE’S SO HOT BUT TERRIBLE.” LIKE WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS GIRL. The main love interest (I honestly have no clue if this was a love triangle or not, this book was that confusing and a bunch of love interests were introduced last minute) constantly kissed the mc with no regard for her comfort and she just went along with it even though she “hates” him. I wouldn’t call this novel a romance, even though it did try and focus on the aspect a lot, because it was really just a bunch of kissing and memories of “love.”

I wish I could say that I liked or disliked a character, but I was so unattached to this book that I just did not care about anyone. This novel really did feel like I was reading about characters who had no emotions, robots at that, and I did not like it whatsoever. I was told that the mc was angry, I was not shown her frustration with the world itself. This story is in first person but I felt very detached to the main character and everyone else. Also, this was one of those novels where the bad guys were solely “bad” for the sake of being villains. They cackled and had dark backstories and were evil with no actual motive. I really don’t like it when characters are this bland and nothing was really memorable about this book. The main character acted very immature, and the whole “chosen one” trope has been done a MILLION TIMES. I’m sick of seeing it in novels, a simple Mary Sue becomes almighty in a matter of seconds and then says “OH, I ALWAYS KNEW I WAS SPECIAL, DEEP DOWN INSIDE.” I just can’t. Tropes can be done right, but this one was not.

The writing was bland and boring, and I found myself losing focus as I tried to read this novel. I started in the morning yesterday, and took hour-long breaks because I couldn’t continue. In the end, I forced myself to read through and was disappointed but not surprised. I want to give this one star but since it wasn’t very problematic and I don’t hate it, I’m going to be generous and give it two. I can say though that the book doesn’t have many grammatical or spelling errors and the cliffhanger at the end captured my attention, which is good, but doesn’t make up for my discontent with this novel.

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new adult · romance · vampires

The Cardinalis Code by Avery Sterling

The Cardinalis Code by Avery Sterling

Rating: 4 out of 5.

This book is a hidden gem.

When I started reading this, I was surprised at how clean and well the writing flowed. There were barley any grammatical mistakes, which is rare in e-books. I didn’t expect much from the novel since the past couple of e-books I’ve been reading have been in the 2-3 star range, but this definitely exceeded my expectations.

I requested this as soon as I read the premise of the novel on LibraryThing. It was much shorter than the Goodreads synopsis, but it captured my attention. The story is about a girl who works in a nightclub to pay off her tuition, and one night she meets a handsome stranger there while trying to escape a man who keeps following her around. Yes, I know how that sounds: cliché, overdone, boring. That’s what I thought too, but as I continued on with the book, it got so much better.

Not only were the characters crafted and written well, but broke molds and stereotypes. This book was really good and engaging as well. I COULDN’T stop reading, which is always a good sign, except when it’s 12 in the morning and you’re left staring at your screen, wishing for a sequel, which was literally me after finishing this book.

I did have some problems with the novel, the mc’s first encounter with Michael left a sour taste in my mouth. But I literally have nothing else to complain about, WHAT HAS THIS BOOK DONE TO ME? The concept of this story was really good, and even though I’ve read books like this in the past, this is by far the best.

Also, a guy from Italy whose actually written like a normal human being (well, technically as normal as Cardinalis get) and not mafioso? WHAT EVEN, THANK YOU AUTHOR. I feel like every book with Italians in it always depicts them as mafiosi and it really bothers me as a fellow Toscana.

I really can’t comprehend why this isn’t more popular? It’s probably one of the best romance novels I’ve read so far, and this book deserves so much more love. I definitely reccomend checking this out if you’re looking for a romance novel with fleshed-out characters, vampires (or rather, Cardinalis), engaging plot, and a potential new book boyfriend.

Thank you to LibraryThing for my free copy. This is no way affected my opinion of the book.

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