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review 2015-05-18 00:00
The Confidant (Lost Locket of Lahari)
The Confidant (Lost Locket of Lahari) - Janna Jennings I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

So, I'll admit that the Confidant wasn't what I was expecting. First, I had no idea that this was quite so short. It was a bit of a surprise. Also, it had some of the problems that are more prevalent in shorter books. So that was also not all that fun.

Problem #1: The whirl-wind plot. You can only fit so much into 64 pages. The amount of plot twists and action-y scenes that were in here could have properly filled a 200 page book, but in here they seemed to be crammed together. Perhaps I could have been a little more forgiving if more time had passed between the events, but they happened not only one page after another but one minute after another. There were arrests, there were shootings, there was a lot of sneaking around and hiding, and there were rescues. It was like bookish sensory overload.

Problem #2: The characters. It took me a while to figure out exactly what was going on with Emma and her mom in the first place, which is definitely a problem. I really never got a very firm idea of their backstory. There were a lot of characters thrown into this book, many of whom could have been developed so much better than they were. George, for example. The main character, Emma. I never really identified with her or got to know her.

Problem #3: The ending. It just kind of cut off! It didn't help that it was rushed--as soon as everything was turning out all right, we got about a paragraph of what happened next and an assurance that Emma's dad would be proud of his family. The end. It didn't feel like a smooth finish at all.

Problem #4: this time period. My main purpose for picking up this book was that I wanted to learn more about this period of time; we only briefly touched on it in my US History class, and I forgot all the details. But the events that are happening in this book during the time are never explained in great detail, and it caused some confusion for me! This isn't one of those time periods that everyone knows in great detail; I don't think I'm the only one who will be unsatisfied with the background this book gives.

The Confidant seems like it would be better suited as a bit longer of a story; all of the problems I listed could be fixed if more information was added to the story. This book had promise, but it let me down.
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review 2015-04-04 09:01
Grimm Memories
Grimm Memories (Grimm Tales Book 2) - Janna Jennings,Erica Crouch

Sometimes they say, if you've read one you've read them all...

 

I wasn't really enthusiastic about the first book, A Grimm Legacy in this series, but since I already had an ARC for the second book in the series, I wanted to give this book a chance. Unfortunately it suffered from the same problems as the first book. Reading them almost back to back probably didn't help, as near the end I was quite fed up with the story, even though these are relatively short books.

 

I still liked the idea of mashing up all the fairy tales and introducing readers to lesser known fairy tales, but that's about it. I still didn't care for the characters, or the plot, really. They felt very interchangeable. There's a bit more world building, but not enough to answer the questions I had. The writing isn't that good either, or at least it wasn't a style I particularly liked.

 

I think some people might enjoy this series as 'snackbooks'* but for me it wasn't working. Any more books in this series, I think I will pass on them.

 

Grimm Memories is the second book in the Grimm Tales series. The first book in A Grimm Legacy.

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

 

*Snackbook: An easy book to enjoy without needing to think to much. =)

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review 2015-03-31 08:20
A Grimm Legacy
A Grimm Legacy - Janna Jennings

I don't have too much to say about A Grimm Legacy. I finished the book a few weeks ago (I know it, I'm horribly behind on my reviewing) and frankly - but unsurprisingly - my eReader did yet another reboot deleting all my notes.

 

Which brings me immediately to the biggest problem with the book. The story is quite forgettable. I remember some of the details but the story itself is a bit of blur. Not that it was that much better immediately after reading.

 

What I really liked was the fact it tries to interweave well known and lesser known (at least in my region) fairy tales in to one story. I suppose they are all Grimm tales, though I wouldn't know enough about that to check it. The only problem is that the execution of this idea doesn't really work. It results in some fairy tales being really glanced over while others receive almost half the book. It never really worked for me.

 

I was also wondering about the world. Almost every fairy tale has his/her own prince/evil queen et cetera. How can they all live in peace together? The characters are all quite interchangeable except for one girl who gets kidnapped all the time.

 

I didn't really plan on continuing the series, although I normally like fairy tales with a twist I saw that this one wasn't really for me, but I already had an ARC for the next book in this series, so I read that one as well. (Review to come)

 

A Grimm Legacy is the first book in the Grimm Tales series. The second book is Grimm Memories.

 

Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for providing me with a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

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text 2015-01-08 17:24
TBR Thursday #22
Storm Siren - Mary Weber
The Haunting of Sunshine Girl: Book One - Paige McKenzie,Alyssa B. Sheinmel
The Dead Hamlets - Peter Roman
The Yellow Wood - Melanie Tem
1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die: A Food Lover's Life List - Mimi Sheraton
Twenty Trillion Leagues Under The Sea - Mahendra Singh,Adam Roberts
Grimm Memories (Grimm Tales Book 2) - Janna Jennings,Erica Crouch
Henshin - J. M. Ken Niimura
Mind the Gap, Volume 1: Intimate Strangers - Rodin Esquejo (Artist), Jim McCann, Sonia Oback (Artist)
The Ghost of Sephera (Theodore Crane) (Volume 2) - J. D. Tew,Scott Spotson,J Caleb Clark

Moonlight Reader started the TBR Thursday, and I think it's a good way to a) show what new books I've got and b) confront myself with my inability to lower my TBR. In fact, since I started recording it, it has risen significantly. I get the feeling I'm doing something wrong here...

 

Remember when I stated I didn't want to add new books to the TBR pile this year?

 

Well, there's something I need to admit. I failed miserably this week. So, here are some of the lousy excuses I've come up with to help myself feel better about it.

1) The publishers returned from their Christmas breaks and approved a lot of my older requests, so it's basically not THIS weeks mistake...

2) Some publishers just presented their new Netgalley books and there were a few books I just didn't want to miss out on...

3) I need to study all day (damn you bloody exams) and searching for/finding books is such a good way to come to rest afterwards (I'll worry later about when to read them).

 

Flawless argumentation! (But I really hope there will be less books next week or I'll never be able to read them all)

 

Reading has been great though. I've already finished 6 books this year and I think another one will follow tonight.

 

TBR pile currently stands at 275. (+12)

(Netgalley ARCs at 109 (+9))

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review 2014-11-10 01:34
A Grimm Legacy (Grimm Tales #1) by Janna Jennings
A Grimm Legacy - Janna Jennings

I received a copy of A Grimm Legacy from the publisher in return for an honest review.

This book frustrated me quite a bit. It could have been a great story, the idea was fun and the basic story was there, but the writing lacked and let it down.

What you have here is the story of 4 children who are transported to another world and on trying to find their way home they find themselves travelling through several different fairytales. Some you may have heard of and some not so familiar.

I couldn't connect with the characters, I found myself getting frustrated with the way the author had portrayed them. It took me ages to get the characters right in my head and even then at 73% in I still wasn't sure which girl was which. The author didn't define them enough for me. I know one had blonde hair and one had dark hair but apart from that there was nothing. The author didn't given me much about them appearance wise to set them apart from each other, there was no picture built of them in my minds eye, yet I was expected to know who was who. I kept having to stop and try to remember which was which and I eventually gave up trying.

The story mostly centres around the two girls, which seemed weird to me as Frederick was really the only character that the author gave any substance to, he stood out more clearly and had way more substance than all the rest, yet he played a much smaller role than all of them. Also for some reason Quinn was the only one that got captured, not just once but every time someone got captured it was poor Quinn.

There were many places where the sentences and grammar were off and the dialogue could have been improved. Each chapter jumps between the four characters. When reading these chapters I found that sometimes on moving to the next paragraph the story had jumped ahead all of a sudden, like a part of the story was missing. Normally this would be where a new chapter would begin, but because of the chapters revolving around a character, it just goes right into a new paragraph instead and it got confusing and pulled me out of the story.

A Grimm Legacy had a lot of potential but I think it needs quite a lot of improvement and a lot more character building. The characters are flat and forgettable they need more substance. Show me, don't tell me, build the images in my mind so I can see the characters and remember them, make them stand out as individuals.

Reviews also posted to my blog: Scarlet's Web
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