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, 2 February 2017

Review: Book of Spells

Book of Spells Book of Spells by Bill Lucas
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Book of Spells was a quick enjoyable read. It ended in such a way that it is unclear whether or not a sequel will happen, but should there be a sequel I’d certainly be interested in giving it a read.

It’s one of those books with a premise that promises so many things without giving you the specifics of how the story will play out. It takes one of the lovable fantasy tropes, giving us a story that is wonderfully unique, entertaining, and certainly worth the read. From the start until the end, you’re pulled into the magical world, watching as things slowly develop and become clear, constantly waiting to find out exactly how things play out.

There is a lot going on in this story, and from the very first page you’re thrown head first into the events. We go from watching our main character playing out the role of a normal everyday man, to watching him protect the world from magical beings he is suddenly set to defend the world from. Throughout, we’re introduced to many magical creatures and laws of magic. Each new aspect shown to us works to make the book unique, giving us a different spin on the usual fantasy worlds.

Not only is the book filled with action, we also have a wonderful cast of characters. Both the humans and the magical creatures are enjoyable, developing as the story unfolds. Some characters developed better than other characters – in a couple of situations it seemed almost as though the change was forced upon them just for the sake of adding more to the story – but each character had something to add to the story. Moreover, many of the characters had idiosyncrasies that made for entertaining reading. Not only were the characters amusing, but the situations they found themselves in worked to bring about a smirk.

I will say, however, that I wish the book had been a little bit longer. Despite being nonstop action, I felt as though some parts of the story were rushed compared to others. I would have preferred it had the story been longer, allowing us to truly appreciate all that was occurring. Yes, it was fun; however, I wanted a bit more depth in certain situations. It simply made for uneven enjoyment of the scenes – some were truly loved, whereas others didn’t quite pack the punch they could have.

My only other issue is that the editing wasn’t quite up to par. It wasn’t that the story was badly written, simply that there were errors that could have easily been picked up on had it been given a good one over. For example, the relationship between certain characters seemed to shift throughout the book and certain words were misused. How much it annoys you really does depend upon how well you deal with such things.

Overall, though, I had fun with this one. As I said, I’m certainly interested to see where the story goes from here should there be a sequel.

As a final note, I would like to thank the author for allowing me to read this in exchange for a review.

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