Fantasy Book Reviews

Book Review: Unpopular Opinion

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Title: We Hunt the Flame
Author: Hafsah Faizal
Series: Book One
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux
Page Count: 500
Status: DNF’d at 35/40%
Type of Book: Hardback, New Release
Received: Library
Rated: 2.5 stars rounded up to 3/5 stars
Notes: Unpopular Opinion-this book was not meant for one such as me.

I really had high hopes for this novel. Everything from the description to the gorgeous cover sounded like my type of read. I’ve heard nothing but good things about this book, and I was really eager to finally dive into another 500+page epic fantasy series. Alas, that turned out not to be the case.

People lived because she killed.
People died because he lived.

I liked Nasir but his character didn’t really *grab* me. Same with Zafira, however cool her name was, she was a bit baffling to me and I just couldn’t muster enthuasism for her character. Naasir’s story was a bit more promising…but it just fell flat, for both of them. I made it about 150 pages in, before giving up entirely.

Another issue was language. The book really should have a glossary, terminology, and character chart list at the start of the book. There’s supposedly one on the author’s website, but that doesn’t do me much good since I do not have internet at home to look it up, and rely on my phone more often than not for service. Therefore, nothing of that sort for me.

Then there was the Chapter: Boy’s POV and Chapter: Girl’s POV back and forth switch that I hate reading. I like sticking with just the one character, though there have been exceptions-such as The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan, but those exceptions are few and far between. It just was frustrating-as soon as I started getting interested in that character, it would swap back to the other and I would loose interest all over again. Ugh.

The writing, admittedly, wasn’t bad at all. In fact, I was interested in the plot’s story arc, but my main complaint is the characters, strange terms, and the weird names. There’s one character whose name is Umm. Seriously? Umm.

I get this is supposedly to be otherworldly fantasy. I get this was building up to something probably epic and awesome and thrilling for all. I get that, I do. But sadly, it just couldn’t keep my attention and I want to read things that I enjoy reading and not have to reach so hard to find the parts that I like. Therefore, unfortunately for me, this is a definite DNF. Maybe I might try again in the future, but it’s highly doubtful.

Overall, 3/5 stars and I feel as though I’m being generous.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.

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ARC Review: The Bone Carousel

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Title: The Bone Carousel

Author: J. Peter W.

Series: Book 1

Page Count: 265 pages

Publisher: DP Books

Type of Book: ARC, Kindle Ebook

Rated: 3.5/5 stars

I read this book over the course of yesterday, and it reminded me very strongly of a cross between the Fablehaven series and The Spiderwick Chronicles. I liked the idea of it, but I didn’t care for the ending, and I definitely didn’t care for one of the characters-Mucus Markus, the boy who spits a lot. I did like the girl Frankie, she made up a large part of the book that I enjoyed, and I did like Stevie as well.  I won’t tell you the ending of the book, because that’s rude and will have massive spoilers for the second book to come of which I don’t believe I’ll read because I’m just not invested.

Overall, the writing was good. The plot moved decently, if not very quickly in some spots, and it seemed a decent story, though it read more for a younger audience-or so it seemed to me.

While I do appreciate getting an ARC copy of this, I don’t think this will be one of my absolute favorites and that makes me sad. I always feel bad for leaving not raving reviews on books that I’ve read, and this is yet one more book that I’ve read this year to go into the “meh” pile of books for me.

Overall, I’d rate this book a 3.5/5 stars.

Until next time,

-Pass Me That Book

{Review also posted on Amazon and Goodreads.}

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