Fantasy · Fiction · Young Adult

Sherwood

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Title: Sherwood

Author: Megan Spooner

Page Count: 480

Series: N/A

Publishing Date/Publisher: March 19, 2019 by HarperTeen

Format: eBook

Review: Well I am embarrassed to say that I did not finish this book before my Advanced Reader Copy expired (I should have been paying more attention to the publication date).

That said, I did admittedly drag my feet in finishing this book.  I can generally finish a book in under a week, and yet I have been reading this one for over a month.  Why?  Mostly because I was not a fan of the pacing.  I absolutely love the Robin Hood story, and I thought this was a unique premise for an adaptation.  Girl power!  It was, however, underwhelming.  I was expecting far more action than was actually delivered (at least not in the first 70% of the book; that’s about as far as I made it before the title expired).  I also found it completely perplexing that it took so long for any other characters to actually catch onto the fact that Marian was masquerading as Robin.  The author very clearly tried to make the “villain” of the story multidimensional with backstory, but he still seemed like a complete dope for falling for Marian’s lame excuses and poorly created masquerade.

I really don’t know how the author is going to end the story, but quite frankly I probably won’t be rushing to find out.

Reader: Bekah

Rating: 

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Fantasy · Fiction · Young Adult

Bloodleaf

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Title: Bloodleaf

Author: Crystal Smith

Page Count: Unknown

Series: Bloodleaf, Book 1

Publishing Date/Publisher: March 5, 2019 by HMH Books for Young Readers

Format: eBook

Review: I found this book to be an enjoyable and quick read.  The main character is likeable, and the plot keeps a steady pace.

I did not know prior to reading this book that it is a retelling of a Grimm’s fairytale.  After reading the book, I looked up The Goose Girl and read a brief synopsis of the plot and primary characters.  My opinion of the book actually went up half a star after doing so, because I thought that the author was very clever in how she incorporated the elements of the fairytale throughout the story.  I also liked that the witch hunts and persecution of accused witches was pretty accurate to historical events.  This made the story more believable, and gave it an interesting twist.

The reason this book was not quite four stars for me is because I think that the setting and some of the characters, namely Kellan, really needed to be fleshed out more.  The plot was well-developed, but it was hard for me to picture events because descriptions of the cities and other locations were not very vivid.  As for Kellan, I did not really understand the relationship between him and the main character, Aurelia.  I assume his character will get more page time in the next two books, as this is slotted to be a trilogy, but I honestly felt that this book should have been a standalone.  The ending provided a lot of closure; so much so that I was actually surprised to find out that the story is going to be extended into two more books.

Reader: Bekah

Rating: 

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Fantasy · Fiction · Young Adult

DOUBLE REVIEW: Thief of Cahraman

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Title: Thief of Cahraman

Author: Lucy Tempest

Page Count: 322

Series: Fairytales of Folkshore, Book 1

Publishing Date/Publisher: July 21, 2018 by Folkshore Press

Format: eBook

Review: I have to say, I am a little bit shocked that this book has received such a high overall rating on Goodreads.  I am a big fan of fairytale adaptations, so I am always excited when I see such a highly rated new series in this category.  Unfortunately, this did not live up to my expectations.  I personally felt that the characters were flat and the story predictable.  I always felt that I was several steps ahead, predicting the events that happen chapters before they actually occur.  This was partly because the “reveal” set-up was not subtle, and partly because I have read this story before.  This book was marketed as “The Selection meets Aladdin”, but I did not realize exactly how similar to The Selection this book would be.  This book lost big time originality points with me for this reason, and I have no desire to read the next two books in the trilogy.

On a more positive note, the cover art for this book is gorgeous!

Reader: Bekah

Rating: 

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Review: I actually really enjoyed it, but that could be because I don’t read much fiction anymore, so it’s all new-ish for me. While it was predictable, I thought it was well done and I loved the introduction of the other Disney characters. I thought Adelaide was a well-rounded character and I found her motives to be very believable: when you have nothing and then suddenly have friends that are practically family, you would do whatever you could to protect them. You wouldn’t let them be taken from you without a fight. I’ll be reading the rest of the series when they come out.

This is definitely one of the few times Bekah and I don’t agree when it comes to a book; we’re normally on the same page. I think it comes down to the fact that she’s read more fairytale retellings than I have, but she’s given me a list so I can catch up!

Reader: Kymberly

Rating: 

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