Mini Reviews: The Iron Butterfly

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Title: The Iron Butterfly

Author: Chanda Hahn

Publisher: Word Circus

About The Book

The Iron Butterfly

Summary from Goodreads:

Imprisoned, starved and left with no memories, Thalia awakens to find herself at the mercy of an evil cult known as the Septori. Their leader has chosen Thalia as the test subject for a torture device of untold power, designed to change and twist her into something that is neither human nor Denai.

Escaping, Thalia finds an unwilling warrior to protect her and an unlikely Denai to befriend her. After finding a home at the Citadel as a servant, Thalia’s worst nightmare comes to life and she begins to show signs of power. Scared and unable to control her gifts, she tries to hide her past to fit in among the Denai. But the Septori want their latest test subject back and will stop at nothing to retrieve her, dead or alive.

My Thoughts

“Down in this hell, silence was more than golden; it was the difference between life and death.”

Chanda Hahn is one of my favourite authors and I adore her ‘An Unfortunate Fairytale’ series. So I was really looking forward to reading The Iron Butterfly, which unfortunately didn’t win my heart.

The Iron Butterfly follows Thalia’s journey after she escapes torture and imprisonment by a mysterious group called the Septori.

I felt the first few chapters were the best part. The world Hahn creates is both new and captivating. I enjoyed Thalia’s journey to the the Citadel, along with Joss and his uncle.

However, it becomes too slow towards the middle and the story didn’t move forward much. It wasn’t all terrible. There were quite a few interesting things happening, but it failed to hold my interest for long. I expected the story to be a bit more dark. I also wanted to see Thalia struggle with the trauma of being tortured and experimented on. But she seemed to fall back to a normal routine quite easily.

Thankfully, the plot picked up towards the end , with the reappearance of kael ( Thalia’s ex-prison mate). Farwaway, the horse ( who talks!) was also a major bonus. Even then, I wasn’t quite satisfied with the plot.

One Thing that bothered me was the similarity between the characters of An Unfortunate Fairytale and The Iron Butterfly.

Thalia was Mina.

Kael was Jared.

Joss was a carbon copy of Brody.

The similarities were just too much! I wasn’t impressed.

The Iron Butterfly was enjoyable, but it lacked in plot, pacing and needed a lot of editing.

My Rating-

3 stars

Do I recommend it?

It is free on kindle, so I would recommend giving this a try if you are curious.

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Reviews: To Nowhere by C.E. Wilson

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About The Author

C.E. Wilson is currently living in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her husband, beautiful daughter, a chubby beagle and two cats. They are all the loves of her life. When she’s not writing young adult fantasy novels, she enjoys writing short stories on her Deviant Art page. She loves to write stories involving giants and little people (also known as GT) and she can’t decide what she loves more: horror movies or shoujo manga. She has a bachelor’s degree in English Education so she has a soft spot for older literature authors including John Milton, William Shakespeare, and stories such as Paradise Lost and Beowolf. On a side note, nothing helps her to write more than drinking good beer and watching The Twilight Zone.

To Nowhere

Sypnosis

To Nowhere

A world no one would believe.
From the moment Lyris is treated to coffee by a beautiful stranger, she has no idea that her life is about to change forever. In her enthusiasm to start at a new school with a new boyfriend, Lyris is almost able to look past his oddities.
Almost.
The way he eyes up her striking red hair.
The way he loves that she’s seventeen. “The perfect age.”
And the way he’s gone from all but begging to show her a specific room in a specific house to making her swear never to even think about it again.
When Lyris doesn’t take his strange warnings seriously, she finds that nothing could have prepared her for what lay behind that door.
Suddenly, Lyris finds herself in a world no one would believe. A world where she’s only a few inches tall and giants aren’t creatures from fairy tales. Where humans are no longer the dominant race, but pets auctioned off to the highest bidder. Lyris understands the true danger of such a place, but there seems to be one person on her side.
Her kind and surprised captor.
And while Brindt appears to be sweet and trustworthy, he also straddles the line between seeing her as an equal and a cute animal.
Lyris has to get home… before the one person can turn to becomes the one person who can’t let her go.

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2.5 stars

* I would like to thank the author for providing me with a free review copy for a honest review.*

My Rating: 2.5 stars

“Just a house. Just a room. Just a rumour. Just a disappearance.”

To Nowhere was an interesting and different read. The concept of giants was new. I’ve never really read anything with giants except for Jack and the beanstalk. So it was refreshing.

The plot was kind of interesting. I felt it had a good storyline. It had a lot of good, interesting concepts, which sadly I felt, the author didn’t much delve on.For example, the concept of who is a monster. Brindt, a giant helps Lyris. But Wyatt , a human had tried to sell her. So should a giant be labelled as a monster just because of his size? Maybe because the writing wasn’t strong enough…

The world building was really good. It was intriguing. I liked how giants were portrayed as humans who were very tall. I wanted to know more. I wished there were more scenes were Lyris sees more of that world.

I never felt awed at any point. I did not fall in love with any character. Lyris (the Mc) annoyed me to bits. She takes boy crazy to a new level. After finishing the book, I understood why this was necessary. But it was in first POV, where you’re like inside the MC’s head. And being inside Lyris’s head was not pretty.

To Nowhere had a lot of potential. But the spark that makes you fall in love with a book was missing.

Reviews: Incarnate

Rocki'n

About The Author

Jodi Meadows lives and writes in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, with her husband, a Kippy , and an alarming number of ferrets. She is a confessed book addict, and has wanted to be a writer ever since she decided against becoming an astronaut. She is the author of the INCARNATE Trilogy and the ORPHAN QUEEN Duology (HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen), and a coauthor of the forthcoming MY LADY JANE (HarperTeen).

www.jodimeadows.com

incarnate

Sypnosis

New soul

Ana is new. For thousands of years in Range, a million souls have been reincarnated over and over, keeping their memories and experiences from previous lifetimes. When Ana was born, another soul vanished, and no one knows why.

No soul
Even Ana’s own mother thinks she’s a nosoul, an omen of worse things to come, and has kept her away from society. To escape her seclusion and learn whether she’ll be reincarnated, Ana travels to the city of Heart, but its citizens are afraid of what her presence means. When dragons and sylph attack the city, is Ana to blame?
Heart
Sam believes Ana’s new soul is good and worthwhile. When he stands up for her, their relationship blooms. But can he love someone who may live only once, and will Ana’s enemies—human and creature alike—let them be together? Ana needs to uncover the mistake that gave her someone else’s life, but will her quest threaten the peace of Heart and destroy the promise of reincarnation for all?
Jodi Meadows expertly weaves soul-deep romance, fantasy, and danger into an extraordinary tale of new life.

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My Rating: 3/5

3 star

Incarnate had a new, different and refreshing concept: souls are reincarnated over and over, with their memories intact. The basic plot seemed so cool. And then there was the cover.

That was one amazing cover!!!! But it did not quite reach my expectation.
Writing:
I guess its meadow’s writing that kept me going. She manages to create an air of mystery and I wanted to know more about this utopian society. It felt mystical.

Plot: The story was quite serious/ solemn with a few jokes here and there (not really laugh worthy).

It was unique, souls reincarnated, their memories intact. So you find babies talking and a 10 year old boy talking about how he killed a tiger(or something) when he was just 20.
Before I go on , I need to say this: the memories intact thing seriously creeped me out.
These souls (who are reincarnated) are different genders in different lifetimes and one can be a mother /father/wife/husband in different lifetimes. Ana borrowed Sam’s clothes from when he was a girl. It is bizarre.

Glad I got all that out.
So now to the story,

“Who am I?
No one, she said. No soul”

Ana is a new soul who has replaced the soul of ciana. No one knows why this has happened and many blame Ana (including her own mother, sad right?). Ana sets out to the heart (the main town where the council who decides matters resides) to find out who she is. I really sympathised with ana. She was a ‘butterfly’. No one knew whether she will be there tomorrow, whether she will be reincarnated. I loved this plot. A girl who sets out to find her identity.I was so excited.

But then comes along Sam and …….. its sam,sam,sam. It’s like Ana forgets why she came to the heart in the first place. Yes, the romance was cute, sweet and Sam was a nice guy and all, but the story focused too much on it.

This was where I was disappointed. Where was the adventure? The revelations? All Ana does is play the piano with Sam. Honestly, I got a bit bored. The only time I got excited was towards the end.
The world-building was quite good. But I needed to know more about how the society works.

The plot was slow-paced but the ending was really great. I loved why and how Ana was a new soul . I almost got all my answers and left me wanting for more.
I really want to read asunder because I really like where this story is going and hopefully it would be better.

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