26 November 2017

Zenith; Lindsay Cummings

Zenith (The Androma Saga, #1)Zenith by Lindsay Cummings
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

DNF. Too derivative, too many POVs, and after 30% on my eARC I just couldn't care about anyone. Better world building and fewer (or more sensible) switches between characters would have helped. Maybe.

ARC provided by publisher.

Beasts Made of Night; Tochi Onyebuchi

Beasts Made of NightBeasts Made of Night by Tochi Onyebuchi
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Really hope this is a one-off! The world Onyebuchi creates is both comfortable (corrupt royals/rich population surrounded by poor people trying to eke out a living plus mysterious origins of religion and a taboo on finding history) and different (the African overtones), a combination that works so well you want more of the world without this being a forced trilogy. Having said that, the downside is that the main characters are nothing more than stock stereotypes - with a few exceptions (Omar, who gets few paragraphs) there's nothing for readers to grab onto in terms of caring about their future or where they may go in the next chapter.

12 November 2017

A Line in the Dark; Malinda Lo

A Line in the DarkA Line in the Dark by Malinda Lo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Oddly predictable. I'd expected more from Lo, plus the cover is completely misleading. There's also the problem of lapses in plot (that thing that happens offstage that cracks the case), something that mystery writers often do but here just is annoying when dealing with the death at the center of the book.