These ‘about me’ sections, or even sections that inform you about blogs, have never been my forte. Much to my chagrin, I was never taught the unwritten rules of what you are supposed to say. The links at the side of the blog – Twitter and Goodreads, for example – are liable to tell you more than I could ever say in words.

Mostly, this will be a book blog. I read a lot, and I love to share my views on my most recent reads. I try to read a little bit of everything, but if you look closely you’ll notice I will occasionally become obsessed with one specific genre for a short period of time. Old books, new books, yet to be released books – I read them all. If you’re an author looking for advance readers or just wish for more reviews of a book you’ve already released, please feel free to contact me. There is a contact form at the side of my blog – if you scroll down below the Twitter and Goodreads sidebar you will find it – so drop me a message and I’ll be sure to get back to you in double time. After all, finding new authors is what makes the book world go around.

Thanks for taking your time to read this. With a little bit of luck, you will find my blog much more interesting than this mundane introductory section.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Review: Once Upon a Dream

Once Upon a Dream Once Upon a Dream by Liz Braswell
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Truthfully, I found Once Upon A Dream to be somewhat of a disappointment.
The Twisted Tales series seems to be dividing readers: some love the books whereas others despise the books. I found myself enjoying A Whole New World, appearing to be in the minority. I was able to accept that the story would not be for everyone, but I enjoyed it for the most part. Thus, I was intrigued to see what the second book would bring.
What I was given… well, the book didn’t give me much.
It took me forever to get into this one. I kept trying to get into it, but it never seemed to happen. Then, when I finally was pulled into the story it wasn’t long before I found myself rather bored again. It was a case of constant ups and downs, with there being more downs than ups. It really did seem to drag, with most events being dull. There was such potential, it could have been so much better, and yet it fell short in most ways.
I’ll start with the disappointment of events. I kept expecting things to happen. I was always eager for something big to occur. Only, nothing big ever seemed to pop out of the woodworks. Promises of action were dangled before us, and everything that played out was mediocre at best. There were a couple of interesting things – but nowhere near enough for a book of this length. It needed so much more to ensure amusement for the entire novel.
Then there’s the disappointment of characters. The Prince was the best part of this book, in my opinion, but even he stopped being amusing after a while. I wasn’t sure what it was about him, but there was a glimmer of promise within him. Every so often he would show the potential of being a real character – yet he never made it. As for the rest of the cast… to put it simply, they were flat. I grew so tired of listening to Aurora, grew tired of how she had nothing going for her at all. I feel as though there was supposed to be some kind of message behind her character, due to the attempt at development, but I was so bored of her I failed to pay as much attention as I probably should have.
Honestly, this wasn’t at all what I had hoped for. I’m planning to give the next story a read, if only because it’s one of my favourite tales, but if it’s anything like this one I may give up. The first book was fun – it didn’t blow me away, but I enjoyed it – yet this one barely managed to scrap a three star rating from me.
To make matters worse, there were so many errors in this. Typos that really should have been noticed. Mistakes that stare you in the face. I’m disappointed Disney, you can do so much better than this.

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