ARC REVIEW: Enchanters – by K.F. Bradshaw @ReadingAlley

Title: Enchanters
(Enchanters #1)
Author: K.F. Bradshaw

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Magic
First published: March 1st 2017
Publisher: Wishbox Press
Finished reading: May 9th 2017
Pages: 590

“We don’t get to decide what we bring into this world with us. But you have a gift, Andrea, and you should consider using it for something useful.”

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Reading Alley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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I enjoy reading a proper high fantasy read every once in a while and the cover and blurb of Enchanters managed to catch my attention immediately. It somehow took me longer than expected to finally pick it up, mostly because I wasn’t in the mood for the genre and I didn’t want that to be a bad influence on my experience with this story. I’m glad I finally decided to give it a go though and I have to say I really like the idea behind the worldbuilding and plot in Enchanters. The worldbuilding of the fictional Damea is extensive and I like the clash with the ‘real’ world that represents Cassie’s character. This without doubt adds a whole different dimension to the story and I like how K.F. Bradshaw portrays this difference in worlds and customs in the characters. That said, I do think the story itself is overlong and I feel it would have been more enjoyable with more focus on the action and less on the ‘insignificant’ details and dialogue. These elements slowed down the pace considerably and sometimes even distracted from the plot itself. I also wasn’t completely convinced by the characters and some of them even started to annoy me; especially the bantering between Cassie and Andrea. I did appreciate that it’s a YA high fantasy read with a proper glbt angle though; it’s something you don’t see every day. In short, I ended up having mixed thoughts about Enchanters. The worldbuilding and plot is without doubt interesting, but I did feel the story was overlong and I had some problems with the (sometimes) forced dialogue and characters.

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The people of Damea have had access to magic for centuries, using it to improve their everyday lives. The so-called enchanters have the power to wield it and magic has been woven into their societies for a long time, but now everything has changed. The magic is dying, and Damea is slowly dying with it… Nobody seems to know how to reverse this, but Andrea is determined to find a way to bring it back. She is an enchanter’s apprentice and has been helping another enchanter for years… But it might take a stranger from another world to actually try and restore the magic. Will they be able to?

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I was looking forward to read Enchanters, but I ended up having mixed thoughts instead. While I liked the worldbuilding, plot and general idea behind this story, I still think it was also overlong and even dragged at points. That might just be because the dialogue didn’t feel all that natural and I didn’t really like some of the characters in the first place though. The pace did pick up in the second half and there was a lot more action… All in all an interesting read, although I did have my problems with it.


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#BoutOfBooks 19.0 – Day 3 Update

I wasn’t really feeling all that well during most of Bout Of Books 19.0 day three, so I didn’t get as much reading done as the previous two days… I’m still happy with the progress though and even managed to join for yesterday’s challenge as well. Looks like I will be finishing book number 3 today!

DAY 3: WEDNESDAY MAY 10th 2017

# Pages read today: 237 (Roses Of May) + 10 (Aurabel)
# Total pages read: 1.055
# Book continued: Aurabel by Laura Dockrill
# Books finished: Enchanters by K.F. Bradshaw (3/5 stars) // Room by Emma Donoghue (4,5/5)
# Book startedRoses Of May by Dot Hutchison


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January-April 2017: The Numbers

Ever since I first started to keep track of the books I read with the help of an Excel spreadsheet last year, I’ve been putting together these wrap up graphics every four months. It seems like only last month I wrote my last The Numbers post… But the calendar doesn’t lie: it’s May already which means it’s time for another round of bookish graphics.

First of all some quick facts. In the first four months of 2017 I have read no less than 68 books with a total page count of 22.725 pages; an average of about 334 pages per book. The average rating is 3,79 stars, which is a lot higher than last year and shows I’ve been enjoying my books so far this year! Especially since it also includes one 0 star rating (DNF). 26 books had a 4,5 or 5 star rating and 17 books received a rating 3 stars or below… Which means I enjoyed reading about 75% of the books this year, not bad! Another fun fact: 47 of the 68 books I’ve read so far were actually ARCs; about 69% of the total.

And now some graphics for those who like them as much as I do. 😉

This graphic above explains exactly why my average rating is so high, because the highest ratings seem to have taken over completely. I don’t think I’ve ever had so many 4, 4,5 and 5 star ratings together in such a short period!!

I’m ashamed to admit I have yet to pick up a Middle Grade read this year… It’s not that I don’t like reading them, but with so many ARCs and other YA/Adult reads, I just haven’t had time. I’m hoping to read at least one by the next graphic post though! I’m also pleased that more than half of my books have been Adult books…

One of the things I’ve been trying to do this year is read more books by male authors, because somehow I always seem to be reading more books my female authors (even though I never base my choice of books on the gender of the author). I’m pleased my percentage of male author went up 7% since last time!

The main genre is basically the most dominant genre I think each book belongs to. As always mystery/thriller/horror is the biggest group (there’s truly no surprise there for those who follow my blog!), and both fantasy and (realistic) fiction are well represented as well. I’m happy with the numbers for the other genres though; they seem to be spread out more evenly this year.

I’m very happy with this average rating graphic! Because for the first time my favorite genres are actually among the highest ratings. Both mystery/thriller horror (3,77 rating), historical fiction (3,75 rating) and fantasy (3,63 rating) score pretty high even though each genre had some low ratings as well. (Realistic) fiction is a clear winner though with a whopping (4,64 rating). Almost a perfect score!

I’ve been reading more stand-alones since I started with this graphic posts, and I’m actually quite happy with this. As much as I love reading series, I tend to neglect them with the result of a huge pile of unfinished series collecting dust. And there is no such problem with stand-alones! 😉

Boy do I feel bad about this graphic! I joined the Beat The Backlist challenge and have other challenges as well to help me read older titles, and somehow only a meager 12% of the books I’ve read in 2017 are published in 2014 or before. Oops? To make things worse, almost half of the books have been published this year… I guess it does show I have been reading mostly ARCs so far. xD I’m hoping to change this number by the next post!

Last graphic: as always most books I’ve read have between 300 and 399 pages, which seems to be a pretty good number and a  sign of a story that’s not too short and not too long. There are exceptions of course; some stories are just too complex to be told in under 400 pages… What I am happy about is that I’ve read quite a few longer books as well; a total of 25% of my books had over 400 pages. Fingers crossed I’ll keep this up!

Tired of numbers yet? I know I am! That’s it for this January-April 2017 review… Happy reading everyone!


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