Witchcraft, anachronism, dark humor. Author portrait by Ville Jokiniemi.
While I sadly skippety skippety skipped all the steamy stuff, the non-steamy parts showcased that the author knows what they are doing. Excellent style. I would legit say that the horrifyingly striking beginning is one of the best I have read in a while. There is nothing I would change about the language, even though the genre is not my thing. I would say that the pacing and the absolute gut punch of a beginning should be enough to convince any reader.
Yes, it's as good as I hoped it would be. Yes, there are bits and pieces with tense, grammar and such that feel a bit off. Does it bother me one bit? No. As with all romancey books, this one feels like a bit of a guilty pleasure to me, but that's not a bad thing. The dialogue is very nice to read, I like the way the characters interact with each other, it's good how the author brings up emotions in an organic way, right beside the actions that make total sense when considering both the hidden and visible motivations of the characters. The plot is dynamic and there is *gasp* little, if any, filler. Overall, the pacing, the language and the vivid worldbuilding bump the rating up to a perfect one, although if I could, I would rate this as 4.999.
This is a rather sweet, personal and very human tale. With the downsides being grammar (acceptable and readable, but still) and the upside being a narration that gets very close to the thoughts of the main character, you really start to feel like you could know this person who has been through so much bad stuff. the warm interactions between some of the characters are a lot of fun to read. I feel like that makes up for the grammar.
this has a diary-like quality to it and I rather like it!
Ok. I actually like the time skip consistency and the fact that the author is willing to elaborate on where and when it is right now in the text. The story in itself is mysterious and luckily does not feel infodumpy at all. And again, thanks for making it clear that we skip to a family dinner a while ago etc. it improves the reading experience greatly. However, please, try to write without including song lyrics. As for the general feeling of the language and the characters, it is clear that the author has written before. There aren't too many errors, the flow is enjoyable, and the characters are lifelike and perhaps it is better that they are not caricatures? I think most readers will like reading this if they have come this far.
Overall, this feels like a warm-hearted, fun read, even though the grammar leaves a lot of room for improvement. The character building in this novel is accelerated and improved by the flow of thoughts, and those parts with inner dialogue are where the grammar does not bother me at all. I like the pacing of thoughts and emotions, it feels real, likable, and there is clear empathy from the author towards the characters. Again, my favorite part must be the way thoughts and emotions are represented.
Awe-inspiring, terrifyingly intense and exciting, with thrilling concepts and worldbuilding, the book shines with its humor and originality, even though the rampant jumping from past tense to present and a million times back again makes it a confusing read if your focus is not excellent. What I said about the intensity largely presents itself in the pacing and the correct ratio of show to tell. WHICH IS GOOD. Very enjoyable. And might I mention that the first chap should be enough to make you want to read anyway even if the author had used a previously undiscovered tense. Also, when you have beasts like these, who needs perfect grammar?? I will be reading this for a) humor b) intensity and c) duh, kaiju chickens and stuff! What will make me read slower than I otherwise would: the tenses. I literally don't care what the characters are like. I'm here for the action.
Please never use the word "evilly" in any context ever. But otherwise pretty good stuff so far so I am not going to complain
Ok, so, this story certainly starts off with a main character being in a completely miserable situation. The pacing of negative emotions with a moment or two of positive stuff or neutrality sprinkled in makes it readable, and I like the general feel of the language. The first chapter is one of the best chaps in this novel. The second has a bit of an infodump syndrome going on, but it's not the worst I have ever seen. A nice MC. A genuinely nice one. Perhaps the side characters could be a bit more fleshed out, but I see nothing wrong with the main character. Somehow, the author just pushes the right emotional buttons. So the strength is the feeling of sympathy. The weakness is that everything seems to revolve around the most central concepts of the story and at times, it does not feel fleshed out. Doesn't make it unreadable of course. And the language is enjoyable as well.