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Day 81: Prophecy by Ellen Oh

Day 81

Summary From Goodreads

Kira’s the only female in the king’s army, and the prince’s bodyguard. She’s a demon slayer and an outcast, hated by nearly everyone in her home city of Hansong. And, she’s their only hope…

Murdered kings and discovered traitors point to a demon invasion, sending Kira on the run with the young prince. He may be the savior predicted in the Dragon King Prophecy, but the missing treasure of myth may be the true key. With only the guidance of the cryptic prophecy, Kira must battle demon soldiers, evil shaman, and the Demon Lord himself to find what was once lost and raise a prince into a king.

Intrigue and mystery, ancient lore and action-packed fantasy come together in this heart-stopping first book in a trilogy.

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Prophecy has many of the elements of a great fantasy novel but unfortunately it just can’t combine them effectively. Demon slaying, 7 different kingdoms potentially fighting one another whether in wars or political discourse and, of course, prophecies. All of those combined, well they’d likely make up a slightly different version of Game of Thrones, but Prophecy falls short in execution and fails to draw me in.

Let’s start with the characters. I didn’t connect with any of them. No, seriously, not one, not the MC Kira, not her siblings, not the “love interests” if you can even call them that, nobody. The main reason for this is they simply aren’t fleshed out enough. There is no reason to sympathize with them. Oh sure they go through a ton of crap in their lives, but a lot of people do, and without knowing enough about them and connecting with them there is no way to separate their plight from anyone else. Kira has many burdens she deals with, but while Prophecy seems to want to make you believe that she grins and bears them silently, or as much so as possible like a good little soldier, in reality she whines and gripes a lot. The love interests, if you even can call them that, have no spark. To top it off the little brother is just annoying, not compelling whatsoever. Blah.

While there could be plenty of world building and wonderful scenes presented considering there are seven kingdoms to develop and showcase for some reason Ellen Oh does not go that route. None of the scenery even manages to add to the book’s allure, or lack there of, as they are surface only. There could be so much done here but alas this story could be taking place in Japan or in Venezuela, you really couldn’t tell any differences in how the novel would play out.

As for the plot, I wasn’t engaged. I tried getting into it a few times, even going so far as to put the book down for a while (never a good sign) and then picking it up a couple hours later to see if it gave me a new feel or perspective. All it did was prolong my time getting through the piece. The battle scenes were akin to a hack and slash video game, one that is so repetitive as to get dull within the first half hour of play. I don’t care how trained or hyper sensitive Kira is supposed to be, she isn’t dodging every single attack at the last second in a realistic battle, especially when her and her group are outnumbered multiple times. Forget it. The pace is slow despite the action scenes mixed in and it just never piqued my interest.

I really had thought Prophecy would be a solid read especially after one of my best bloggy friends Annabelle gave it such a glowing review, but alas I just didn’t find the same things enticing as she did. Kira was a strong female MC but I don’t think that being a “badass” gives you enough leeway to be seemingly devoid of personality. Nor did I need to be reminded every other chapter about how everyone everywhere doesn’t like her at best or wants her dead at worst, I got the gist in the first few chapters, really. While Prophecy had plenty of potential (I did compare the elements it could have used to Game of Thrones after all) it wasn’t executed well in my opinion. I don’t think I’ll be reading the rest of the series. Thanks as always for reading and come back tomorrow for Day 82!

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge #81/365

DNF


Stacking the Shelves #10

Stacking the Shelves

Stacking The Shelves

A quick reminder that Stacking The Shelves is a wonderful way that we can share books we’ve won, bought, or been gifted in either printed or eBook form. It is a weekly meme created by Tynga’s Reviews that is generally posted on Saturdays.

Wow, it sure has been a while since I’ve done one of these! The amount of print/eBooks I’ve received since my last one way back on November 9th, 2012 is a tad ridiculous so I’m just going to do a recap of the print ones I’ve received/bought since the start of 2013 and include a select few eBooks as well. Sound good? Alrighty! Without further ado, my haul for the last month!

Some Awesome eBooks

Duplicity by Nikki Jefford

Shift by M.R. Merrick

Cold Hearted Son of a Witch by M.R. Mathias

Derailed by Alyssa Rose Ivy

Print Books (Bought)

Print Books (Won/Gifted)

Stormdancer by Jay Kristoff

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

Inheritance by Christopher Paolini

The Dark Lord by Kathryn Le Veque

There you have it! Yes, I know it is an insane amount of books, especially in the “bought” group, but I can’t help it! They’re so pretty…oh boy do I have an addiction. Well, at least it is to books right?! Right? Anyone? Oh well…

Thanks so much for stopping by, I hope you find something in that list of books that interests you! Please feel free to leave comments about my post or with your own Stacking The Shelves, I do read them all and would love to see your hauls for this week! Enjoy your weekend! 🙂


Review: The Red Serpent Trilogy by Rishabh Jain

The Red Serpent Trilogy

I won The Red Serpent Trilogy in a giveaway on Reading and Writing Urban Fantasy and Paranormal Romance.

The Red Serpent Trilogy takes place in a time where vampires have taken over the Earth and the majority of what is left of the human population is living in a spaceport on a nearby asteroid. The story centers on Alexander who is half human and half vampire and the prophecy that states he will bring the end to either the vampire or human race. A vampire who claims to be Alexander’s uncle shows up at the human spaceport and forcefully takes him back to Earth and the vampire headquarters. Alexander must choose between his mother’s people, the humans, or his fathers the vampires, his choice will determine the future of both races and condemn one to extinction.

When I won the giveaway for The Red Serpent Trilogy I was pretty excited to dive into it after reading the blurb on Amazon, vampires vs. humans, the fate of Earth and all centered around a hybrid young man, count me in! However, once I started reading the book I was struck by the poor quality of the writing immediately but chose to push through it for a while to see if it would improve when the plot picked up. Sadly it was not to be. The Red Serpent Trilogy felt like it was written by a grade-school kid who was attempting to write a book but really just wanted to get to the fun battle between the two races. The beginning was sloppy and very rushed, there were little to no explanations for any of the events that occurred early on and this Alexander is just about the luckiest guy in the universe when it comes to being able to eavesdrop.

The vampire arriving in the spaceport was completely random. There was no explanation for how he got there, why, or how no one noticed his presence. There is also a scene shortly afterward in the cell on Earth where the vampires are holding Alexander that is completely unbelievable. Without going into too much detail Alexander’s vampire uncle does a bigger flip-flop than most politicians with a corny and pathetic excuse given for his reasoning to do so.

I was going to push through the book but eventually the poor writing mixed with the weak characters forced me to put the book down. I quit about a quarter of the way through and I can’t say I feel bad about that, it wasn’t worth the time or energy to put up with. Simply put I don’t recommend this to anyone, I think it desperately needs editing though I don’t know if that would salvage it. I will say that the author is only 22 and based on his (ridiculously long) Amazon profile it would seem he wrote The Red Serpent Trilogy when he was 16. He may improve as a writer in the future but I don’t think I will have the patience to find out.

As always thank you for reading and leave a comment if you would like to, I do read them all! ^.^

                                   Rating: DNF/Don’t Read