The Black Witch – By Laurie Forest
Goodreads Synopsis: Elloren Gardner is the granddaughter of the last prophesied Black Witch, Carnissa Gardner, who drove back the enemy forces and saved the Gardnerian people during the Realm War. But while she is the absolute spitting image of her famous grandmother, Elloren is utterly devoid of power in a society that prizes magical ability above all else.
When she is granted the opportunity to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming an apothecary, Elloren joins her brothers at the prestigious Verpax University to embrace a destiny of her own, free from the shadow of her grandmother’s legacy. But she soon realizes that the university, which admits all manner of people—including the fire-wielding, winged Icarals, the sworn enemies of all Gardnerians—is a treacherous place for the granddaughter of the Black Witch.
As evil looms on the horizon and the pressure to live up to her heritage builds, everything Elloren thought she knew will be challenged and torn away. Her best hope of survival may be among the most unlikely band of misfits…if only she can find the courage to trust those she’s been taught to hate and fear.
I picked up this book on a whim, the cover looked pretty and the story sounded interesting enough. I’m a big fan of witches so I decided to take a chance.
Ultimately I ended up disliking the story, but liked parts of the world and wishing I could like the characters more. The first chapter drew me in right away, but sadly after it everything goes downhill. The plot is propelled by cliche after cliche and I ended up quitting 136 pages in. The main character is suggested to be the chosen one, she falls in love at first sight with the ”bad boy”, she fights with the ”pretty girls”. It was just boring.
I wish I could have interested myself in the book more, it seemed to me that there was an asexual character which is awesome. But the writing itself wasn’t a style that I enjoyed, and the main character was annoying too. In the end I gave this book 1 star.
Furyborn – Claire Legrand
Goodreads Synopsis: When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.
One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.
As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.
I was given a copy of this ARC by NetGalley in exchange for a review.
Wow, what the heck is the book? I did not last long reading it. There is just so much going on. It somehow managed to be cliche and the strangest book I’d read in a long time.
For me this was a case of just too much going on, with a major info dump but yet at the same time so little about the actual story and characters is revealed which made me confused. The story starts, and then in the next chapter the POV changes and it’s suddenly 1000 years later? And worst of all I didn’t find a reason to care. After the first few chapters I just kept asking myself why I should continue since I didn’t care about anything that was happening.
In the end I quit and gave the book 1 star.