Lizzie Austen

Weaver of tales from S.E. Asia-Pacific

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Like stepping into another world

There are two things I really love about this story: the epigraphs and the scifi tidbits. As a superhero and timetravelling fan, Maelstrom lived up to its title. There are many mysteries waiting to be uncovered in the next chapters. The world is reminiscent of Men in Black and Umbrella Academy. Given that scifi's one of my favorite genres, I'm excited to see the adventures waiting for Cam and the rest of the group (especially Rhys - talk about hot and brooding fictional guys). It's rare to see scifi like these -especially when the self-consistency principle was mentioned - I'd love to hear what would Einstein and Hawking say about it. :)

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A Shroud of Secrets

The Mystery of the Past is a story that grabs you from the blurb itself. I loved the characterization of the MCs -Aislinn and Finn as well as Natalia. I think she's got a larger role to play soon. I can't decide with the genre. I expected this to be some kind of a romcom mystery but it wasn't. There were unexpected twists and surprises to every chapter which kept the mystery and tension at bay. Truly, another page-turner I'd recommend to everyone here. Keep writing, author! :)

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Interesting, unique take on a Regency-inspired society

First thing that really caught me up was the blurb. It lured me in intrigue and suspense. Having read the first few chapters, you could already tell the depth of the author's understanding of the world she created. Each character was very well-written, the author didn't miss any details especially on her heroine, Rosie. I love Jane Austen and Rosie's story reminded me of the famous classic author's writing. The feminism, satire, and socio-political machinations are only some of the few reasons why you should add this book to your reading list. Excellent work author, and keep writing! :)

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Sizzling paranormal romance

Vampire romance rarely interested me, but Imprinted made a difference in terms of the characters and the world they live in. Immersed in a character-driven storytelling, this story would make you appreciate romance in a different way. Archer and Liz is such a dynamic duo - a perfect relationship forged throughout the first few chapters. Imprinted is a well-built romance set with right amounts of drama, suspense, and intrigue. Excellent work author. Looking forward to reading more of your work. :)

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Viscious Hearts

(Read until chap 2) Good worldbuilding, prosaic and straightforward diction and fast-paced scenes. There's a hint of militaristic element in the world which will keep readers engaged with the characters and the narrative.
There are no technical errors I've seen so far but I had a hard time with the writing style (don't be discouraged future readers and author), this is only my opinion and I wanted to be honest with my reviews as possible - because it's the only way we can grow as writers.
Keep writing though! And best of luck to your future writing endeavors. :)

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Everybody Loves Josh Bennett

A contemporary, romcom with a dash of British bad boys and hidden feelings. Your writing fits your genre, and it's well-developed compared to previous stories I've read under the same genre.
The entire plot is character-driven - poignant and straightforward in expressing the MC emotions and his secret crush (well-kept feelings) for his bestfriend.
Keep writing author! This is a good start. :)

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The Songs of Strife

The Songs of Strife is an epic, historical fantasy inspired from Philippine History. The concept of making a creative story out of Magellan and Conquistadors left me craving for more. Action-packed and gripping narration that will keep you reading from page one to the end.
I'll post this early review in the hopes of attracting more readers from all around the globe to read stories of other cultures. From Slavic to Scottish to Filipino-inspired ones.
I hope this will get the attention it deserves soon.
Keep writing, author! It was an exhilarating read. :)

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A Train for Lost Souls

The Wrong Train is a quintessential contemporary story of a young girl who's seeking what it means to be yourself. You have an interesting set of characters especially Lucas. Stories like these can easily grab a reader's attention, that's why your story's idea is highly commendable for the YA genre.
I do agree with some reviewers here who said that there's something with the style it was written. I didn't mind those though because I usually look into the heart of stories and yours is about finding one's identity and purpose. I won't delve more on the technicalities, surely more people has already seen this and you should be proud of your work.
Keep writing author! I can't wait to read more stories from you. :)

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Bewitched

Astrig tells the story of a girl who finds out nothing's too literal for the human eye - for there are powers lurking inside us, hidden and unfathomable.
I like the concept and the worldbuilding. It's slow-paced but the build-up as the story progresses will take you by surprise. Characters are well-written and their firm voices will keep you reading for more.
You have something great going on here especially your characters which I know you know so well. xD It's a telltale sign that the plot is building up to a crescendo until the last chap. Engaging and a true-page turner for me.
Keep writing author! This is a promising story. :)

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Unmasking the Veil

The Masquerade of a Clown is a gothic fantasy story with a hint of mystery. The descriptions hit the mark in creating a foreboding eerie atmosphere that will keep you reading for more.
The author's creative prowess is commendable in the twists and turns that will take you by surprise.
Highly recommended and keep writing author! :)

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An action-packed thriller

Killer is an action-packed story reminiscent of Die Hard and John Wick movies. Arkka, a weapons dealer, took a hostage woman named Demi, from her son. The concept is well-thought of for an action/thriller. There's gore and violence and the author leveraged each with fast-paced scenes and tense dialogue.
The writing style is easy to follow - an engaging read that will keep you on edge on what will happen next.
It's also good that you kept your chapters short, it brings more mystery as each scene is tailored to each character and their motivations. There are some technical errors but nothing significant that could hinder a reader from reading. The most important thing is the 'killer' factor - recommending this to action/crime fans out there. This story's for you. Keep writing author! :) (read until chap 5)

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Decadent snippets of nostalgia

Preserved in Ink is a humorous, YA contemporary novel that will make you forget you're reading. First chapter will hook you in with the characterization of the MC, Amelia, and her introversion. I always have a guilty pleasure for funny stories that remind me of my adolescence. The story is so lighthearted and warm, I almost forgot I'm smiling and laughing all the way through the end of each chapter.
Your writing style is also smooth and easy to follow. There are many stories I've seen with the same plotting and setting but yours so far is the only one I can gauge as engaging, a true page-turner for this genre.
It's too early to conclude about the plot so I'll leave it for now to the author to continue writing this story. What I loved most about it are the pop culture references (e.g. anime and Naruto Run) that fitted well with the tone of the narrative.
Overall, a comical, unique take on what it means to be young and how friendships change us over time. Excellent work so far, author and keep writing! :)

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A well-crafted narrative of introspection

Where the Devil says Goodnight is a gripping, pensive story that will leave you wondering. Your writing style is unlike any story I've read here because I often see this type on Japanese books (works of Yoshimoto and Murakami etc). Each chapter is very well-written, though sometimes it can get too descriptive. I understand that the style you're conveying here is to show to the readers not just your characters and their physical qualities but emotions. Quite difficult to execute especially on an omniscient POV so good job for doing it so well. It's one thing that sets your story apart.
As for the setting, the Irish phrases and the Polish words are a delight to me. The reason why I really want to finish this book is to find out more about Dawid and Micheal's relationship - the endless cycle as titled from one of the chapters.
You have a sense of grip on your characters and a structured grammar that wouldn't backtrack a reader from the story.
Overall, an intense riveting read. I hope to see more of this in the future. Keep writing, author! You're off to a great start. :)

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Time Capsules from Another Dimension

From the story's blurb, you can already tell how imaginative and thought-provoking this story's going to be. I loved the pace, plot and the world! I'm awed with your knack for imagery - it was just too good. I hope this will get more attention in the future.
The well-built characters and the dynamics of your world drew me in for the first few chapters. On top of that, philosophical conjectures that theorizes about the paradox of scientific breakthroughs - it can either alleviate mankind or destroy itself from within.
Overall, a promising and memorable start of a scifi-adventure story on timetravelling and warped dimensions.
Keep writing author! I can't wait to delve deeper to the world of Amber Tiger. I'm loving this so far, you deserve a five-star rating. :D

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Bloody Horror and Suspense

There are only two chapters up so far, but the author has already showed a prowess in blending horror and suspense with detective crime. Your descriptions hit the mark in terms of creating a sense of terror to the readers, especially the chilling chants. Are they ghosts or does the protagonist travel between two worlds to communicate with the dead, or with something far more supernatural? Well, I guess I'll know what's up with them in the next chapters. In the meantime, keep writing author! This is a promising start. :)

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A Shadowed, Gritty World of Crime

On The Verge is set in a Gotham-like city with gangsters and mafia lurking the alleys of its grim atmosphere. The author clearly showed us the world where the story is taking place. Your writing style reminded me of Fonda Lee's, and you are excellent in fleshing out your action scenes - it's a thrilling ride for someone who loves adrenaline-filled scenes.
The set of characters are also very well-written, from Avery to Leo and Theo with his mysterious, and cheeky demeanor. But I loved Leo the most, she's a kickass female MC and that gruesome scene involving Lou and Vanna was incorporated very well with the setting.
As for the grammar and misspellings, there are times when I backtrack a little to fully understand some sentences. You said yourself that you're still editing, and I'm familiar with these too. What matters the most is the story and how you communicate your world to your reader and you did it so well.
All things aside, I loved your writing style and the plot - I'm already bracing myself for more thrilling and intense scenes especially with Leo.
Overall, I'm recommending this to crime aficionados out there, with a heart for a little mystery and thrillers.
You're off to a great start, author. Keep writing! :)

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A Safety Blanket for Weary Days

A war-torn era disrupts the lives of two young people hailing from very opposite backgrounds - a British girl anxious of the circumstances of war and an Austrian boy mistaken for a German who loves books and anything weird.
I loved the author's immersive storytelling - mind you, historical novels are usually intricately drawn and well-researched - and Somewhere Safe hit the marks for the aforementioned descriptions. Each character's personality has this distinctive quality to it, telling you which sets one from another. I enjoyed Max and Sarah's banters mostly and their nerdy conversations (they're bookworms too so they're definitely going to be my bffs in the real world). Those literary references are a delight - I always prefer those stories that have their own voices and Somewhere Safe changed me. It's a safety blanket that you could cozy up after a tiring day. I'll definitely recommend this to those who love historical drama/children's fiction. Excellent work Sofia and keep writing! :)

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An Anthology of Life's Vicissitudes

Whispers of the Heart is a zine-like, poignant collection of short stories. Uniquely written and spoken from distinctive voices, each story is character-driven. The author knows her characters so well - a definitive sign of storytelling that metaphorically comes from the heart. The length of each story is quite abrupt for me, but every piece of fiction always has its own way of ending its narrative, so I guess it's still too early to conclude about the entire plot.
What I really love about your writing is your way of reaching out to your reader's emotions, and not just their imaginations per se. All things aside, I'm bothered with some of your technical errors - switching tenses and odd punctuations. I can understand these as a writer, no one's perfect anyway and there's no perfect draft. Given that Inkitt's a home for many unpublished writers, I think what I really look for in a story is its heart - the world and the narrative and how it is written.
Overall. I enjoyed reading Whispers immensely (esp those literary references I'm also very familiar with-e.g. Wuthering Heights and Romeo & Juliet).
Keep up the good work! We'll see how the plot of each story would thicken soon. In the meantime, keep writing! :)

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A meet-cute story reminiscent of chick-lit tv shows

You're off to a great start, author. This comical, humorous story you have is reminiscent of Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls, and Sex and the City. I adore the chick-lit genre for its straightforward plots and funny characters and your story fits the bill. The relationship of Amelia and Blake is something that I often see in books but your description of your characters makes them unique as individual characters. A troubled sexy male hero and a female psychiatrist who wants to know the reasons behind his behavior and willing to help him overcome it. All in all, a story for anyone who needs to unwind and destress from the hectic episodes of life. Keep writing! I'll be looking out for how this story ends. :) - Updating this review for the progress in the late chapters.

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Chilling, lustrous tale of a maverick princess

I'm a lover of mythology since grade school and I always look up to stories spun out of those legends and mythic heroes. The Daughter of Ice is one of those stories - one that speaks to you from another world. Our heroine, Morana, is a very relatable character who's the lone wolf of the family - not very noticeable to people and unorthodox with her beliefs. I like her free-spirited manners and sass. She reminds me of Merida from Brave, and the Slavic words made me want to read more. There's an imminent war and a song forged of magic and a past that may or may not only exist in the story's own legends.

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Lighthearted story of a carefree girl

I seldom see stories on Inkitt that feature other cultures - and this one made a mark on me. I love Indian-inspired stories (Nalini Singh fan here) and this contemporary book is a lighthearted story of a princess and her adventures in a majestic palace. The descriptions are a delight - you made me travel to India even just for a handful of chapters. Keep up the good work and keep writing. :)

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Unrequited thirst for retribution

A shifter novel about a girl intent on revenging the deaths of her family. I like what you've got on your prologue so far, I know this is going to be action-packed in the next chapters. Blurb needs a little tweak, but otherwise, it's a good concept. Copyedits and revising may come later and I understand, after all, the story is what really matters to me. Keep writing and good job on your opening chapter. :)

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Heart-stopping psychological thriller

Dark, thrilling, and immersive horror story. I love how introspection and terror complemented each other here. You've hit the mark in terms of creating fear and suspense to me as a reader. This review might not do justice for the next chapters - for I know that it would be intricately written and character-driven. Excellent work! That second chapter just gave me more goosebumps than any other horror stories I've read before.

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RPG-inspired fantasy adventure

Overall, I found this story interesting. It has a linear plotting and it wasn't bad either because the world unfolds itself chapter by chapter; and surprising twists (especially at the ending, so better watch out). My only main concern is the technical writing. It needs more improvement as of now. All in all, you've got an amazing story here, a weapons-master and a girl as a weapon (who, I hope, would be his love interest in the next chapters).
Keep up the good work. :)

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