Hi all my bookworms!
How are you all?
My name is Chiara and I am a Bookworm.
In my last review, P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han I told you that I had started using CAWPILE to rate my books. If you are still unsure what CAWPILE is or you didn’t read my last review (I recommend you do) I’ll break it down for you here. To begin with I really recommend that you check out Book Roasts video here where she explains what it is and how to use it. She explains it a lot better than I can. However my very brief explanation is that CAWPILE is a star scoring technique where you break the aspects of the book into different categories: Characters, Atmosphere, Writing, Plot, Intrigue, Logic, and Enjoyment. You give each category a score out of ten and then the fantastic spreadsheet that Book Roast has created for us give you an average and works out what that average means in terms of stars.
Like in my last review I’m not going to brake down my CAWPILE score, but if you want me to let me know down in the comments and I will.
Today’s book is Venators: The Magic Unleashed by Devri Walls
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher: Brown Publishing Group
Publish date: 10 April 2018
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Urban Fantasy
First of all guys I just have to say how excited I am that I am part of this ultimate blog tour. My thanks got to Write Reads and the author, Devri Wallace for this opportunity.
I have very mixed opinions on this book. I want to start by saying that I really enjoyed this book and would recommend you pick this up as your next read. If you are a fantasy geek you will love this. All those old fairy tales, those old monsters, vampires, werewolves, Fae, fairies, they’re all true. And they exist, not quite in harmony, in an alternate world that Grey and Rune have been taken to.
To begin with I want to talk about the characters. The characters that Walls has created are very complex and deep. Their layers are slowly peeled away so that the reader learns more about them as you go through the book. I think this is brilliant. Even now when I have finished the book I am looking forward to next book because I want to continue learning more about the characters.
I think Rune and Grey are amazing. Rune takes everything in his stride but he is an idealist and when this other world doesn’t meet his ideals he becomes very disappointed very fast. Part of my wonders how long it will be before one of the other characters doesn’t meet his standard and he turns on them. Rune, on the other hand, has to take a bit of time to get to grips with what is going on but when she does she fits in well. Maybe too well.
The relationships between the different characters are great. I don’t honestly know whether I’m shipping Grey and Rune or Beltran and Rune at the moment.
However, there was a downside to this book. The plot for me was too slow going to begin with. And then too much was happening in such a short amount of time and by the end it till felt like very little had happened. The most exciting part for me, the part that had me on the edge of my seat was those last few chapters.
Part of me thinks that my enjoyment of the book was tainted by the idea that I was reading it on a deadline. I’d forgotten that I had this tour coming up and had to read it last minute. I literally finished this book half an hour before I am writing this review. But the writing kept me hooked. Walls knows how to give the reader just enough information to keep them coming back for more, to keep them questioning.
I can’t wait to read the second book and I hope you are eager to read this book as well.
If you’ve read this book, or want to read this book please leave your comments and opinions down below …
… and until next time!