Book Review: Mystic and Rider

Mystic and Rider

Title: Mystic and Rider
Author: Sharon Shinn
Series: Book 1 of 5
Genre: Adult Fantasy
Publisher: Ace
Page Count: 500
Status: DNF’d at 45%
Type of Book: Mass Market Paperback, Owned
Received: I honestly don’t remember where I got this, I got it *years* ago
Rated: 2/5 stars
Notes: Recommended for people bored and desperate to read fantasy with shapeshifters.

Perhaps my notes might be harsh, but this book did not live up to the expectations that I’ve been hearing about on Goodreads. Just another reason I don’t typically trust most Goodreads Reviews unless its from people I know and trust in regards to reviewing books.

Let me start off with the good:

The book opened up with a fascinating first chapter told from a barkeep’s point of view, as his attention is drawn towards a young nobleman, two foreigners, and his own band of thieves, not to mention his indentured slave, Cammon. He thinks that all those attending his bar that night are going to die, even if overpowered by sheer numbers. But when the young nobleman turns out to be a young noblewoman, that’s when things change. The two foreigners rescue Cammon from indentured servitude because they believe him to be a Mystic-though they didn’t originally set out to rescue Mystics they were on a quest for the King, for they are King’s Riders.

Now the bad:

I wanted the story to be from Cammon’s pov. It wasn’t. I wanted something besides hysterical fear from normal humans over Mystics power-seen that all too often in fantasy books before. I wanted something that wasn’t political intrigue between houses focused on the group that’s NOT Cammon. In fact, the half of the book that I read Cammon is barely in the story at all. There’s also shapeshifters, firestarters, and healers in this book.

Overall, while the plot was interesting it didn’t hold my attention for long. I’m giving this a 2/5 stars and moving on.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book

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.

Netgalley Review: The Turnaway Girls

The Turnaway Girls

Title: The Turnaway Girls
Author: Haley Chewins
Genre: Fantasy
Publisher: Candlewick
Page Count: 300
Type of Book: ARC, Netgalley Read
Review Word Count:
Rated: 3/5 stars
Notes: DNF’d at about 50% of the way through. Sigh.

I couldn’t finish this book. The writing wasn’t bad, and neither were the characters, I just couldn’t keep focused on it. Perhaps its my mentality state and trying to read so many books, one after the other, so that I can finish and write up my many belated reviews, but…I didn’t much like this one. It wasn’t grabbing me, and I didn’t feel any strong connection to it.

I’m sorry to the author, I know menial reviews like this hurt their product, but it just wasn’t for me. I’m going to try again in the future to read it, and finish it, but after weeks of forcing myself to keep flipping pages…

Meh.

3/5 stars for this book.

Until next time,
-Pass Me That Book.