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Good Omens – Terry Pratchett & Neil Gaiman (Book thoughts in 300 words and 3 gifs)

Three and a half ‘Nice and Accurate’ stars 🐼🐼🐼🐼

Good Omens is basically a classic of the comedy genre. In the edition I read, the authors even acknowledge it themselves. And now that Amazon Prime Now and BBC 2 have picked up the people’s favourite apocalypse story for a series, the book is once again in the spotlight.

Before I get into the specifics, I want to say I massively enjoyed this book. On other occasions I had tried to read Pratchett’s work and Gaiman’s work but couldn’t find it in myself to enjoy them. Something was missing for me. And somehow, this collaboration filled those missing bits and created a book I could not only finish, but also enjoy immensely along the way. To that, I say ‘Bravo!’

The plot is a quirky retelling of the popular doomsday idea, all mixed with the Antichrist, angels and devils, the Four Horsemen and humans being weird and wonderful. In itself it’s nothing new but the way the characters interact with the whole concept is outstandingly done.

Pacing for me was a bit off, the first half of the book was a bit of a drag and I persevered only because the jokes were good. In that sense, it seemed very much like a normal Pratchett novel. But as the Apocalypse started happening, and the action picked up, it was as if Gaiman took the reins and brought these characters together into what seemed to be a perfect finale. I know that’s not how the writing happened but it sure felt like it.

The characters are the best part of this book. They are diverse, likeable and thought-through. The banter between Crowley and Aziraphale was to die for. (See what I did there?) My favourite character was Anathema Device, not only because she was both funny and inspiringly dedicated, but also because the prophecies of her ancestors were a very innovative way of storytelling which provided both plot progression and world building.

The writing style was impeccable, which is nothing to be unexpected from two brilliant authors. The sentences were beautiful and some of the amazing comparisons seemed to be so creative, I would stop to read them twice and mull over how someone could come up with them.

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Tarnished City – Vic James (Book thoughts in 300 words and 3 gifs)

Three and a half ‘Skilled’ stars 🐼🐼🐼🐼

‘Tarnished city’ is the second novel of Vic James’s debut series about an alternative United Kingdom which has plenty of magic, political and sociological issues, emotionally and physically tortured people and lots and lots of intrigue.

The world expands before the reader in this book, introducing not only international aspects but also a different dimension – the world made of Skill. Some questions are answered (How is the UK allowed such atrocities, what about phones and social media?) while other are raised continuously to attract the reader’s attention (Where does Skill come from? What is it exactly?)

The plot thickens following events from the first book. The pace is improving. There is more of the characters interacting and less about them casually mentioning the history of things. The story is definitely a lot more compelling and had me turning pages like crazy. Magnificent endings to chapters made me crave just one page more and unexpected plot twists sparing no one’s fate kept me at the edge of my seat. I’m definitely hooked at this point.

The characters are still this novel’s strongest point. Silyen! Gavar! Bouda! I am exclaiming because they have grown so much and have been built so beautifully I would struggle to review this without spoilers. So I will leave it at this – read on, you won’t be disappointed. Multi-faceted characters are my drug of choice.

The romance part of the story blossoms in this book. I find myself frequently gasping as I read the well-written scenes of the characters exploring their never-simple feelings for themselves and each other. I have a few predictions for unexpected couples following events in this book – and this is the best compliment to an author – keep readers interested, keep them guessing, keep them shipping!  

The writing style is still as beautiful. Ms James writes eloquently and command language very well to provide the reader with an easy way to distinguish which character’s POV they are currently observing the story from. Only reason this section did not receive five stars is that the more obscure words are not always suitable to the books YA audience and some teenagers might find it difficult to read.

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Gilded Cage – Vic James (Book thoughts in 300 words and 3 gifs)

Three ‘Skilled’ stars 🐼🐼🐼

‘Gilded cage’ is the first novel of Vic James’s debut series about an alternative United Kingdom which has plenty of magic, political and sociological issues, emotionally and physically tortured people and lots and lots of intrigue.

The world is built beautifully, with descriptions scattered around the chapters, allowing the reader to put the jigsaw of what alt-Britain looks like. Obscure references in the beginning, such as the family singing a song in Chinese, threw me off at first but as I kept reading, things started mostly falling into place.

The plot is interesting, and while the pacing is a bit all over the place, it’s promising. I want to know more, despite some paragraphs about history being rather tedious to read.

The characters are this novel’s strongest point. There is good selection of different narrators, presenting plenty of different points of view. As this is the first book out of three, however, some of them fell flat as there was not enough time to develop them. I struggled to find some of them compelling and was not sure why they made it as a POV character – I’m looking at you, Bouda and Jenner – and I hope that will be clearer as the story moves on further.

I have become a definite fan of Silyen, a wonderfully complex character, and can’t wait to know more. There is something inherently sexy about the way he carries himself and I hope Ms James has some romantic development in store for him!  

I also adore little Daisy and her interactions with Gavar. She seems very mature for her age and the scenes with her are fascinating to read. She seems to soften the perpetually sulking and short-fused Jardine heir so is a nice tranquil part of the ensemble.

The writing style is beautiful. Ms James writes eloquently and commands language very well to provide the reader with an easy way to distinguish which character’s POV they are currently observing the story from. Only reason this section did not receive five stars is that the more obscure words are not always suitable to the book’s YA genre audience and some teenagers might find it difficult to read.

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