Bundori by Laura Joh Rowland

Bundori:: A Novel of JapanBundori: A Novel of Japan by Laura Joh Rowland
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Oh man, this book was so hard to get through. Mostly because of its length and the way it was written, than out of dislike for the story.

I admit I have a love/hate situation going on with this series. On the one hand, I love all the historical details and how they’re woven into the story, the settings are realistic, Sano is (albeit slightly annoying to me in his personality) portrayed in a way believable to what and who he is supposed to be, and the crime/mystery aspect of the series is very well played and more or less interesting.

On the other hand, I (as I already stated) dislike Sano’s personality, don’t really care what becomes of the characters, find the repetitive descriptions dragging, and the sprinkled Japanese words reek of fanfic (and I’m not even talking about the titles of their jobs, which require a one paragraph explanation on what position it exactly is else no one [except those who know Japanese and their history] would know, because using the actual words in English like “retainer” and “captain” or whatever apparently takes it too far out of ‘the setting’).

I don’t think I’ll be continuing the series unless I’m very bored or very in need for a kick for some Feudal Japan. I know they’re not the longest books ever, but something about the writing style just makes them drag on forever. If the books were about half the length they are, I might have read on, but as they are… nope.

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Brilliance of the Moon by Lian Hearn

Brilliance of the Moon (Kisah Klan Otori, #3)Brilliance of the Moon by Lian Hearn
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Ugh.
I don’t think there’s a whole lot I can say about this book. I really liked the first one, the second one was nice, just a bit on the boring side, but this one…

I don’t quite know what happened, I just couldn’t get past the first 100 pages. I tried. I honestly tried, but the characters were being terribly stupid and the pacing terribly slow, and every time I picked it up, I didn’t find the heart to read more than one or two paragraphs before being bored to death and thinking I shouldn’t bother, they were going to do something stupid for sure and ruin it further.

No motivation whatsoever to finish it, sorry! I gave up even trying. The first couple of books were OK, though.

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A Cruel Harvest by Paul Reid

A Cruel HarvestA Cruel Harvest by Paul Reid
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

I got this through Goodreads First Reads, and although I’m very grateful, I have to say, I did not manage to finish this book.

Like with some other reviewers I agree that this had a great premise, but as I read on and on I found the characters to be rather bland and boring, and the only thing I enjoyed was the carefulness with which settings were described.
It had more of an angst-factor than I expected it to have (I mean, I expected angst, but not like that), and I also expected more pirate-action, which there was very little off.

All in all it seemed like a good read, but I just couldn’t bring myself to finish it even when I was past halfway into it.

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La Saga de los Confines (Trilogía) by Liliana Bodoc

Los días del venado (La saga de los confines, #1)La saga de los Confines by Liliana Bodoc
My rating: 5 of 5 stars award_star_gold_3

I can’t say how much I love this trilogy. I bought all three in a whim, and when I learned the author had previously only made children books, I thought I would be disappointed, but I was not.
I don’t regret my purchase at all. It kept me hooked from beginning of the first book until the very end of the last book.
It’s a sort of quasi-historical cavemen story, if you may, mixed in with lots of fantasy.

They must be read in order. The three books describe in parts the main setting and troubles that arise, an all out war between good and evil, and it’s resolution.

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La Casa de los Espíritus by Isabel Allende

La casa de los espíritusLa casa de los espíritus by Isabel Allende
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Just not my cup of tea.

I actually won a book of my choice a while back, and out of the few, poor amount of books I had to choose from, I chose this one. I figured I’d read it- it sounded amazing! And Isabel Allende had such good reviews all the time, so why not?

Great mistake. I found her writing to be tedious to my personality. I couldn’t get past the first pages as it failed miserably to catch my interest and was clearly not the type of literature I enjoy, for it was full of socio-political commentary and sounded too pretentious.

I guess I’ll stick to the genres I know I enjoy, because clearly my incursion in others has failed.

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Legacy by Cayla Kluver

LegacyLegacy by Cayla Kluver
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Un libro relativamente bueno para haber sido escrito por alguien tan joven, pero nada fuera de lo normal ni espectacular.
Quizás si lo hubiese leído siendo yo también más joven, me hubiese gustado mucho más. Pero no fué así y realmente no me gustó. Si le doy dos estrellas es por la edad de la autora y no por el disfrute. Hubo mucha descripción en cuanto a lo que tenían puesto, que en cierto punto ya no era importante ni venia al caso. La historia es típica para la edad.

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The immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi

The Immortals of Meluha (Shiva Trilogy, #1)The Immortals of Meluha by Amish Tripathi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

BUT WAIT, you say, how come you rate the book 3 stars when you put it on hold??
Well, let me tell you why: I’m confused as all hell.

On the one hand, I kinda liked it. I love the idea of reading about Shiva, the story seems interesting, the writing isn’t too bad, the cover is pretty, I kinda want to know what happens at the end…

On the other hand, I’m really effin’ confused as to what I’m supposed to think about Shiva (the character). Is he smart? Is he dumb? Is he 15 or what? One moment he’s being all cool and the next he’s Captain Obvious. One moment he’s being all handsome and the next he’s a slobbering 15 year old hormonal kid who doesn’t know how to talk to women. I get character flaws and the guy being from a tribe that didn’t see much “civilization” until reaching Meluha, but he’s more jumping to polar opposites than anything. I just… I DON’T EVEN KNOW.
Also, it’s getting a bit slow on the story, or maybe I’ve just grown too confused and bored with it; and I’m feeling nothing except moderate annoyance for Sati (I like that she doesn’t seem to be a helpless girl most of the time, at least, which is more than I can say for most female romantic interests).

So, I just… don’t know. I haven’t felt like going back to reading it though, which isn’t a good sign, but I kinda liked it. So it gets a 3 and a on-hold and I’ll revise this some other time.

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