Tag: netgalley

As of ‘Wicked King’, the only character I’m interested in throttling is Carden

As of ‘Wicked King’, the only character I’m interested in throttling is Carden

★★★★☆

(4 stars)

I read the Cruel Prince a few months ago and enjoyed it, even though I despised the main male love interest, Carden. It’s tricky to say I hate him, because this book series is about 50% sexual-tension-hatred, and my feelings for Carden are purely murder based. I can get into a lot of discourse about him and what he means as a YA romantic lead, but I’ll mostly try to review this book.

Who gave me this ARC? I didn’t even get an email, but I checked netgalley and it was just there. This is one of the books I’ve been most excited to read, so thanks.

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Don’t let the mention of Wattpad fool you- White Stag is an engaging and original fantasy

Don’t let the mention of Wattpad fool you- White Stag is an engaging and original fantasy

★★★★★

(4.5 stars)

This is a review of an ARC, which I got off netgalley for an honest review.

This is far from the first time, also, I’ve read a book where I have a small connection to the author- but again, I do not let this color my review, and I’ve in the past given books from friends low ratings.

Hey, Wattpad! Now, I don’t want to come off as too rough, but as someone who was active on Wattpad for many years, a lot of the books on their are hot garbage, especially the most read ones. Books like ‘After’, ‘Lailah’, ‘My life with the Walter boys’ do not set a good standard for Wattpad fiction being… good. Often you end up with poorly written books that got popular due to various circumstances, but don’t hold up in the mainstream market, least of all to outside critique.

I knew the author of this book in passing, though not particularly well. We were both active for a while on the same quiet chat thread, and while we were in no way friends, I kept her on my radar over twitter (where it turned out we had an absurd amount in common) and in passing. Seeing her book on Netgalley was a very pleasant surprise, so I requested it right away, still with a twinge of ‘Wattpad Worry’.

Luckily, White Stag came through.

Aw yeah.

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Evenfall breaks a few genre conventions, but can’t shake a cliche story

Evenfall breaks a few genre conventions, but can’t shake a cliche story

★★☆☆☆

(2 stars)

Got this book as an ARC off NetGalley for an honest review. Like an odd number of recent reads, I picked this because *kisses fingertips* the cover is fantastic. I am incredibly easy to persuade about a book if I like the cover, and I especially love the illustration on this one. It’s fantastic arc and deserves credit, as does the typefacing and font-work!

Anywho, this is a slightly different YA fantasy- that still, very much so- is extremely conventional. It’s an indie book with an extremely mainstream storyline, and seems to fight itself over if it wants to tell a typical YA story, or if it wants to make a point about breaking those cliches. While the latter half of the book surprised and pleased me, overall I found the cast not particularly likable, the worldbuilding uninteresting, the storyline plain, and the writing far too overdone.

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The Iron Flower is a lush fantasy with lovable characters and far fewer issues

The Iron Flower is a lush fantasy with lovable characters and far fewer issues

★★★★★

(4.5 stars)

What a turnaround!

If you tried to tell me a month ago I’d be a certified Black Witch fan, I would have been very worried for my future. Now I sit here quite excited for the next book in the series, and quite certain it’s good to have a bit of fun.

There’s still some negatives I’ll talk about, but on the whole I had a blast. The characters grew on me. I understood the large world better. The drama and storytelling was up a notch. It’s YA, but good YA.

I even drew fanart (possibly the first ever for the poor series).

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The Similars is promising, but falls apart with one-note characters

The Similars is promising, but falls apart with one-note characters

★★★☆☆

(3 stars)

I received this book for free on Netgalley for a review. I requested it because I thought the cover was *kisses fingertips* fantastically designed, and the summary sounded like the sort of thing I’d like.

I’m struggling to write and rate this properly. I sort of skimmed reviews when I was 25% into the book, and was surprised to see most pointing out a discrepancy between the beginning and the end of the book- but having read it, I agree. The start is a solid 5 stars, and the book declines in quality around 50%, with the very end being… below average quality.

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