I love high-stakes, murderously dark fantasy, and Kendare Blake delivered.
I really wanted to like this story, and I'm sorry to say that I was sorely disappointed. The summary of this book sounds wonderful. It's an adventure story, Liza is the only one who can save her brother, she gets to explore a dangerous, fantastical world that she's only heard of from her babysitter. Everything about this book sounds like it should be so good. Which is why it made me so sad that it just wasn't a compelling story.
I read this book in one sitting. I'm a sucker for a good witch story, and this plot was very compelling. I kept on trying to get different things done, but the story just wouldn't let me go. The book is dark and dangerous and mysterious - it's the perfect rainy day read.
The Goblins of Bellwater by Molly Ringle Received: NetGalley Published: October 1, 2017 Publisher: Central Avenue Publishing 4.5 out of 5 stars The Blurb: Most people have no idea goblins live in the woods around the small town of Bellwater, Washington. But some are about to find out. (From Goodreads) The Nitty-Gritty: This book was enchanting from …
This book was ridiculous. It was delightfully silly. It was incredibly dumb. And I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This was one of those books that gripped me straight from the start. I read the first page and thought, "Oh, I'm going to like this." And like it I did.
I absolutely loved The Wrath and the Dawn, so when I heard that Renee Ahdieh was writing a retelling loosely based on Mulan I was very excited. And I was not disappointed. I think it was Roshani Chokshi who described Renee Ahdieh's writing as "butter", and I cannot think of a more accurate description. It is rich, and smooth, and velvety, and makes you wonder how you managed without it before.
I had heard so many good things about this series from people who I really trust, so my expectations were pretty high going in. This, as it turns out, was a mistake. I was promised rich politics, morally grey characters, blindsiding betrayal, and fascinating magic. I expected strong worldbuilding and intriguing characters. I got none of the above.
If you couldn't already tell from the 1 star rating, I absolutely hated this book. In fact, I seriously considered not even writing a review. I couldn't even finish this book. If you check my Goodreads, it's on my DNF (did not finish) shelf. Normally, if I don't finish a book I don't give it a rating, because I don't feel comfortable rating a book that I didn't even read all the way through. This book is an exception, however, because it was so awful that I felt the need to contribute what little I could to bringing down its average rating on Goodreads. That being said, if you loved this series, and will just get angry reading a lot of hate directed towards this book, maybe just click away. Why then, did I decide to write a review? Because I felt like I was not adequately warned about this piece of trash.
I know that everyone was so worried that I had stopped making those videos where I recap my feelings upon re-reading the Harry Potter series. Fear not! I have continued - with The Order of the Phoenix.