The Life II: Of Living In Iceland
Hihi I guess time for another review?😆
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Honestly, lemme start by saying that this book was DARK HAHAHA When I first learnt about the sequel to your first book, I was kinda expecting more of Fleming and his family entering the scene, trying their best to save Sapphire from the tyranny of her father which would form the crux of the tale. BUT things turned out to be in a totally different path, didn’t it?🤣 To be really honest, I was just a bit disappointed to learn that Fleming’s family wouldn’t be part of this work HAHA and I certainly didn’t expect it to be a full-on horror read, given that this was supposed to be sequel of a romance-drama themed book! Perhaps, this complete change in genre from the predecessor may seem abrupt for some (I felt it😅) cause it kinda disrupts the relevance and continuity between both books? But nevertheless, that didn’t stop me from diving into this book! ‘Cause after all, I was suuper curious about the life of Sapphire especially after you left me hanging at the end of book one!🤣
First I’ll start of with the language ‘cause I got lesser things to say HAHAHA. Generally, there are hints of improvement as compared to before but the mistakes on dialogues can still be improved!😆 (referring to the previous review). As usual, I loved you using actual names of places, highlighting the level of detailing and thought that goes behind the scenes! Dialogues were mostly smooth and natural which was great! Perhaps, descriptions of places and people can be improved but overall, not too bad!👍
Now for the main chunk which is the content. The content of the book was really sinister, cold and nerve-wrecking at times, insinuating constant feelings of hurt throughout the whole book. The attempts at accentuating injustice was a constantly recurring theme and you were spot-on to not sway away from that central theme! All throughout the book, I can see conscientious effort being made to portray Mark as this ruthless monster who likes to torture her poor daughter. The characterisation of the antagonist was amazing, probably the biggest plus point of this story!😁 I really enjoyed the way Mark constantly invoked fear among the readers whether through his sharp words or his sinister actions! I also admired CJ and PJ who never hesitated to help Sapphire, providing glimmers of hope in a bleak environment!😆 (But sometimes I confused the names over HAHAH Perhaps they could have been more distinguished but anyways😁) But while you tried to make this story as terrifying as possible, I felt it was dragged (maybe its just me🤣) I get that this work is supposed to make you feel bad for Sapphire and her plight but when I kept reading a string of chapters with Sapphire being bullied with Mark constantly getting away with everything, its really frustrating😆 It felt more like a one-way traffic with Mark always ‘winning’ in this battle between Sapphire and him and the protagonist of the story is just too powerless, not being able to give him a run for his money or sort of. If this one-way victory had gone for fewer chapters, it wouldn’t be a big thing but when it spans over the majority of this book, it becomes quite noticeable and brings down the overall morale and feels of the book (like readers might be more inclined to giving up with the book halfway, knowing that the villain wins all the time hehe) It takes a heavy toll on the engagement of the story. Perhaps to counter this issue, there could be
- (i) Fewer chapters potraying Mark as invincible.
- (ii) (A more plausible option) Include a mix of incidents or scenes where Sapphire gets close to revealing about Mark to the rest. (Simialr to a see-saw battle between the duo) This would also possibly provide the hook for the readers as they would be more eager to know about who would eventually win.
Definitely, I can see hints of Sapphire standing up and having duels with Mark during the latter half and I felt that aspect could have been brought forward to the initial portion of the book. In this way, instead of seeing Mark totally abusing Sapphire all the way, it will be more interesting to view the constant see-saw battle between the both of them!😁 With that being said, I also admired the chapters at the back end which went racy as usual. The pacing of the book felt a bit slow at the first half HAHAHA? Normally, this pacing would be ideal if you’re writing a romance themed book like your previous venture but this being a horror book, pacing could have been quicker just to keep the adrenaline pumping!😆
Overall, yea I enjoyed how the journey of Sapphire unfolded from being trapped under Mark to being free finally!😆 Though I didn’t see a horror-themed story coming, I really liked the way you tried to induce fear to the readers! These are just my personal opinions so pls don’t take it too personally🤣 cause I’m pretty sure many others would have loved this book even though its not my cup of tea HAHAHA. BUT IM EXCITED FOR UR NEXT BOOK 🤣 Keep writing and keep shining! Cheers!😆