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Monday, April 4, 2016

A Vanishing Glow by Alexis Radcliff | Book Review

There were a lot of cool world building things in this book, but I had a hard time finishing it. For fans of steampunk/flintlock action and aristocratic politics this might be the book for you. I thought the story world, the machine body parts on people, and the technology was really cool, but it wasn't enough because I was not drawn to the characters. I wish the main character had more agency instead of needing other characters to push him in the right direction to get him to act.

This book had a strong start and some really intense action scenes that were very well done and I was enjoying the book, but then it was all politics and aristocracy and I was super bored. I didn't really care about the main character or his problems or all of the political and social workings of the world. A lot of talking with not much going on.

There was another storyline going on and that one was more interesting but I felt like I just got little snippets of it here and there. I wanted to like that character but I didn't get to know her well enough so I didn't care what happened to her either. Also it would have been nice to see the storylines come together by the end but they don't really do that. Another thing that made me want to put this book down was a romantic scene between two young female characters. I chose to skip past that scene. It also has very brutal violence that made me cringe it was so gruesome. Those scenes were well done but they just didn't seem to fit with the tone of the rest of the book. If these are things that would bother you too then take a pass on this book.

I think for the right reader this book could be a good read. It has lots of 5 star reviews. It just wasn't my cup of tea for the reasons I have mentioned. That said the author created a really cool world. I just wish it had been populated with characters I cared about. I was given a free advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review.


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