Author: Terah Edun
Format/Length: e-book/177 pages
Publisher/Date Published: Amazon Digital/August 5th 2014
Category/Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
Source: Netgalley — thank you!
Description: Sixteen-year-old Katherine Thompson wasn’t trained to rule a coven. That was her sister – perfect, beautiful Rose. But when a mysterious plane crash kills off the heir presumptive of the Sandersville coven she has no choice.
After stepping in to fill her sister’s shoes, Katherine realizes she didn’t have a clue – faery wars, depressed trolls and angry unicorns are just the beginning.
For centuries, her family has served the high Queens on both sides of the Atlantic but it is a well-known rule that mid-level witches stay away from high-level Queens.
But when Katherine’s youngest cousin vanishes without a trace in the Atlanta court and no one wants to investigate, Katherine decides to step into the darkness on her own. She will soon discover that nothing, especially in a queen’s court, is as it seems.
1.5/5 stars – (rounded up to 2 stars, because I’m nice)
Oh dear. I was instantly hooked into this novel by the cover… but that was about the only thing I enjoyed about this novel. I hate hate hate writing one and two star reviews, but this novel just didn’t deserve anymore. It was short and quick — a breath of fresh air in some regards — but ultimately, couldn’t hold my attention.
ADORABLE OR WHAT??
I exceptionally disliked the main character, Katherine.
For a start she was fairly boring. I wanted to know more about her; she didn’t really have many interests. I felt so, so disconnected to her — and perhaps that is where my disliked of the character stemmed from in the beginning, but oh, it only got worse as the novel progressed. Let’s take this quote from the novel, for example:
“Katherine wrinkled her nose. She had always hated displays of emotion, especially large amounts of tears. In her opinion, crying wouldn’t help Rose, action would.” (Pg. 44)
That’s very true and everything. Action is good. BUT YOUR SISTER HAS JUST DIED, KATHERINE. SHE’S FREAKING DEAD. Yes, it was displayed through the first couple of chapters that Katherine had a rocky relationship with her sister at best — but she even states before her sister is killed that she loves her. So what’s with this no-crying crap? It makes her feel so cold and distant and so, so unlikeable. I just couldn’t relate to her at all. More than that, she was childish and petulant and took upon her duties with great annoyance. I mean, really. Grow up.
I felt like the author did more telling than showing; there were quite a few adverbs that bothered me.
I am so not claiming to be an expert at show-don’t-tell. In fact, I quite suck at it in my own writing, but I can still pick up on places where I personally believed that the author told instead of showed. This one in particular bothered me:
“He grinned flirtatiously.” (Pg. 31)
(There are plenty of other examples, but I forgot to bookmark them.)
This was a fresh take on the paranormal genre — witches in particular.
So perhaps this was not my cup of tea overall — I am really really over the paranormal/witch genre — but this was an interesting take on witches and mythology. There wasn’t just witches, either. There were fae, trolls, and a lot more. So in regards to that, the world-building of this novel was decent.
I mean — look at it. It’s so pretty. That was what made me click the “request” button on Netgalley.
All in all? Not great. I suppose it could have been worse, but this isn’t something I would recommend, nor will I be seeking out its sequels. This was one of those “meh” reads.
Thank you to Netgalley and Amazon Digital for this e-copy!