Today I want to try something new and launch a new segment on my blog! I want to write short reviews of books, therefore the name “Quick Check”. Don’t worry, this is not going to be a book blog because I just read about 1-2 books a month, so there are not going to be tons of reviews. The reason for this segment is that I read a book, remember that I like/don’t like it but I forget what the book was actually about and I don’t even remember why I liked/didn’t like it (wow, sounds like I have a memory problem…). The Quick Checks are a great way for me to remember the books I read and maybe some of you guys can benefit from my reviews! Let’s start!
Title: A Darker Shade of Magic (first part of a trilogy)
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publisher: Titan Books
Published: February 2015
Cost: 3,60€ (English version for kindle – Amazon Link)
Number of pages: 401
Summary: Magician travels between three parallel Londons /Universes and needs to save the worlds.
Well, this was a typical youtube/book blogs made me buy it. This book is soooo hyped! But it completely disappointed me. I wanted to stop reading it after a couple of chapters but since everybody and their mothers loved it, I continued reading and was waiting for the great parts. They never came. I don’t sympathize with any of the characters and the female side character was extremely annoying. She can do everything, doesn’t need help, doesn’t mind dying in return of a little fun, can do everything better as the guys. She is the type of side chick who was not just annoying me but also the main male character (I am guessing they will end up together… that is super realistic, right?). The synopsis of the book seemed so interesting but the story ended up being forced and predictable.
The idea of parallel universes connected through magic is really exciting and totally my thing! The description of the lives in the three Londons is also well made (although it is quite simple because there is good London, a bad London and a spooky/mysterious London so you have a typical good vs. bad situation).
Maybe the story gets better in the next two parts of the trilogy but I am not going to buy them! For now, I rate this book 1/5.