Mini Reviews: Books I Read A While Ago

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns 

Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

Number of pages: 363

Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1

Rating (out of five stars): 3

I feel really guilty for not having enjoyed Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. It wasn’t for a lack of trying, yet I just couldn’t get into it. As with all of the other books I have reviewed recently, I read this one a while ago, so I may not have everything I say right. Please feel free to correct me if I got something wrong.

I want to talk about the writing first. In the beginning, the writing came very close to sucking me into the story, but would break the spell a paragraph later. I hate to say this, but if I hadn’t known this was a debut already, I would have been able to tell based on the writing alone.

Throughout the entire book, I really didn’t understand Xifeng’s motives, which I think was my major issue with Forest of a Thousand Lanterns. I mean, “the cards said I should become empress” (not an actual quote) isn’t really enough justification to start murdering people and eating hearts. It didn’t seem like she even really wanted to be empress, yet it was all she could talk about. I think part of the reason I’m didn’t understand her motives is I also wasn’t convinced that Xifeng ever loved Wei. She just seemed possessive in general.

Overall, Forest of a Thousand Lanterns wasn’t for me, but it might be for you. It has therefore earned 3 stars out of 5.

The Book of Pearl ARC Review

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Number of pages: 368

Number of times read (including the time before this review): 1

Rating (out of five stars): 1

*Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a copy in exchange for a review. My opinions are honest and my own.

Based on the praise this has received from French readers, I have a feeling something was lost in translation. I’m actually not sure the translator did the best job, since the lyrical writing attributed to The Book of Pearl was nowhere to be found.

The Book of Pearl was a mess. As my Goodreads updates will tell you, I had no idea what was going on while I was reading this. I only figured out what was happening through reviews. The book just kind of jumped around without explanation.

Speaking of jumping around, it kept switching between 3rd and 1st person, which was incredibly annoying. What made it even more frustrating was the fact that I don’t think we are ever given a name for the person whose head we’re in. They’re not even a person who is really connected to the story we are supposed to be following.

Overall, The Book of Pearl was confusing and poorly translated, earning it 1 star out of 5.

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