But not for seventeen-year-old Arden Eliri.
Having been involved in Cruex assassination attempts as a mere child, killing is a natural disposition for her. Growing up without parents, in a castle ruled by an iron-fisted king, is the furthest thing from a fairy tale, as is being forced into the Cruex, the king ...more
On top of that, the author offers very expensive writing courses on her website, when she clearly has no idea what she's doing. That rubs me the wrong way, because it's very easy to see her devoted YouTube followers getting tricked into paying exorbitant amounts for a worthless product.(less)
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You can’t really review this work as a piece of work anymore. Plenty of people have done it. What I want to know is where the hell this series is going to go. So here’s some thoughts before I inevitably read Renegade Cruex.
Which is what I would have said if I actually bothered to finish the book.
Here’s a long story about why I hate this thing and ...more
This also works really well as a beginner's book for ...more
Overall a sweet woman.
I ordered this book from abroad trusting her as a writer (so not only I have paid the book but also the expedition of it to my country - about 30 euros!!!).
I really trusted her and not only i wasted money but also I got so angry and offended.
How can she call herself a bestselling author when she barely can write? How can she offer OVERLY EXPENSIVE WRITING SERVICES - not to talk ...more
It was a great introduction to the characters and set the tone for the rest of the series. I was a little confused by Arden's chapters being in first person and everyone else being in third, and I feel like Arden moved very quickly through her emotions, but I still really enjoyed it. It's fast paced, with so many things going for it, and overall felt ...more
The cover to this book is freaking beautiful and I really love the author. I started watching her Authortube channel back when I first started working on my current WIP. She is an indie author, has a podcast, works in the coporate world, and a whole bunch of other things. She has self-published 4 books and they have all made the best sellers list on Amazon. Needless to say I was really excited to finally pick up one of her books.
In a sitution like this it’s really hard to ...more
This is like a low budget version of the first Throne of Glass book, and if you've read the first book in that series you'll know how iffy the writing style was. This book follows our main character Arden, ...more
This book was so disappointing! Its appealing cover is the first thing that grabbed my attention and when I read its premise I totally fell for it cause I love reading assassin books. I really expected this to be a good read because it has an intriguing synopsis and it was written by an amazon bestselling author. Kristen Martin is a famous booktuber. I don’t follow her channel and I never read her Alpha trilogy so I didn’t know what to expect ...more
I'm just going to explain why I couldn't finish. To me, the perspectives changed too quickly, which was jarring. It also made the book seem rushed. ...more
First, the book has a very weak premise. The book is about 17-year-old assassin named Arden being assigned to a mission. We find out within the next few chapters that this mission is a ...more
This was a promising fantasy epic that ultimately fell flat.
Having read Kristen Martin's debut novel, I was completely on board for her new series. I couldn't wait to see how much her writing had improved and what creativity and magic she would incorporate in her world.
To say I'm disappointed is an understatement. While the writing seems to have improved slightly, it could still use several more rounds of editing. Sentences don't flow, and tend to come across as choppy, stilted, and ...more
She’s 1000% scamming people. Save your time, save your ...more
Here's a summary of some of the major reasons why I knocked this down two stars, with examples *WARNING, SPOILERS GALORE*:
1.) Character ...more
I'll start with the good. I thought the illusie's powers were cool and liked how Kristen weaved all the characters and subplots together. There were also quite a few surprises in the plot I didn't see coming. I think I enjoyed the chapters with Cerylia ...more
I liked the book. I thought the descriptions were great and gave me a clear image of the world Kristen created. The pace was good and the author has a great imagination. After finishing it, I wonder what's going to happen next.
However, some things kept me from completely loving it.
How do you know the beautiful book you are holding in your hands is a letdown? Is it the summary? Or do you judge by the cover?
You can know for sure what a disappointment a book is when you start reading it and you know the full extent of that disappointment when you actually pull through the end. The signs were there from the beginning but it's not my policy to leave a book unfinished. Now, thanks to that, I can list all the reasons why this book went from intriguing to plainly boring.
For starters, the cover is absolutely gorgeous. I’m not usually one to stylistically arrange my bookshelves, but this is a book whose cover looks good displayed on my shelf. Shadow Crown is also large enough and thick enough ...more
Too many ...more
Being completely transparent, I could understand a few of the points that those neigh-sayers have pointed out, and maybe there are some spelling or grammatical errors, but Kristen is truly an inspiration. I can sit here all day and pick apart author's work, whether it's a self published, indie author like Martin, or ...more
An avid YouTuber, Kristen joined the AuthorTube community in March 2015 and films weekly videos offering aspiring authors writing advice, inspiration, ways to live a balanced lifestyle, and ...more