Monthly Archives: July 2018

I Liked My Life by Abby Fabiaschi (Book Review #185)

I rate this book 1.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 10/07/18

My 41st book this year)

Maddy has committed suicide leaving her daughter and husband behind to pick up the pieces. In the afterlife she is watching over them. She realises she liked her life but she has to watch as they fall apart and try to move on without her. Distraught by not knowing why she did it. They feel guilt for not appreciating her more, for not noticing the signs, for not being there for her when she needed them most and for not listening to her. Now they are left with her journal and the mystery of why.


I did not enjoy this book. At almost every chapter I just wanted to give up and pick another novel. I loved the idea behind this story. But I felt there wasn’t enough regret, sadness and loss from the afterlife nor the ones who were left behind.

There wasn’t enough drama and not enough big memories to bring tears, anger or pain to the story. I expected tears. Just thinking of this situation pulls my heart strings. But the book just didn’t deliver for me.

I can’t really say much for the characters either. I didn’t feel much compassion for them. Didn’t connect. Apologies to the author for not appreciating the efforts of your work. However the final two chapters finally made sense and made the story very slightly better.

Written by Ling Lee (10/07/18).

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The Demon King by Cinda Williams Chima (Book Review #184)

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars.

(Finished Reading: 01/07/18

My 40th book this year)

Hans Alister used to be a street lord known as Cuffs. He got his name due to the metal cuffs that have been attached to his wrists since he can remember, but they seem to be magical as they keep growing as he grows and no amount of force or coaxing can damage or remove them.

Hans is also known as Hunts Alone to his fellow clan members. With his friends he gets up to all sorts of mischief. Accidentally confronting a well known wizard family member, they argue and get aggressive. When the underage wizard tries to cast a spell on their group, they manage to get hold of the magical amulet and end the drama. Only the amulet they have gotten hold of is an immensely important artefact dating back to the legends of the past. The wizards want it back and life seems to get even more dangerous for Hans, life threatening.

Hans finds himself on the run from all sorts of trouble. He fears for the safety of his sister and mother, so to protect them he escapes back to the clan camp. It is here that he finds out his whole life has been a massive lie. Everyone important to him has kept this secret since his birth and now he must face reality and try to keep the wizards and clans from war.


This book was refreshingly full of adventure and excitement. Hans with his multiple roles in life, ex street lord, son, brother, clans man and one more special role that is revealed at the end of the book..

I adored the passion in Princess Raisa’s character. Not wanting to be just a pawn, she is feisty and has many ideas of her own as to how she wants to treat her people when she will be one day Queened.

I absolutely despise the magical Bayars. Trying to control the royal family, to bring power back to the wizards and to break the peace treaty made so many years ago.

I loved the image set out for clan life. How everyone works a big family, everyone contributing in whatever way they know how. Utilising each persons skills. They have healers, blacksmiths, warriors and much more. I enjoyed the escape through the forests, the dark time in the street alleys, the confinement in the royal palace. I loved unveiling the secrets and uncovering different elements of this realm. A job well done to Cinda Williams Chima. What a great start to the “Seven Realms” series. I am very much looking forward to reading more of this series. Highly recommended read for fantasy lovers.

Written by Ling Lee (01/07/18).

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