Thalia @ Pictures in the Words

I'm Thalia! I run a book blog called Pictures in the Words and I hope to be an editor for YA fiction. I'm a GoodReads refugee!



Currently Reading

The Martian
Andy Weir
Progress: 31/369 pages
The Letters of J.R.R. Tolkien
J.R.R. Tolkien, Humphrey Carpenter
Progress: 193/432 pages
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix
J.K. Rowling
Progress: 43/766 pages
The Children of Húrin
J.R.R. Tolkien, J.R.R. Tolkien
Progress: 313/313 pages
Oracle - Sunken Earth - C.W. Trisef, Giuseppe Lipari Before I begin, I must note that I received the review request for this book from a family friend. The author is his cousin, so I do have somewhat of a connection to the author. While I have tried my best not to let any of that influence my feelings or rating of the book, I can’t promise that I was fully unbiased. So if you’re looking into reading this book, I’d recommend reading multiple reviews and not deciding one way or the other based on mine alone.With that out of the way, I did enjoy this book at its core. It’s easy to tell that Trisef is a good writer, if only a little over-thought and overly descriptive. Too many classifiers and adjectives and all that stuff–it got too complicated for casual reading, and especially for the age group the characters (and, I assume, the target audience) are supposed to be. On top of that, I also felt like some of the characters were a little…cartoonish (either too jokey or villains who were supposed to be evil but ended up being comic relief), and the plot itself was kind of overwhelming (that is, the way it was put together via individual scenes). I can see the potential in the story and the writing, but for now, it’s slightly overdone–once the characters are toned down a little and refined and so is the writing itself, I can picture this being a really good book, especially for the target audience.A copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.Read more?