I will admit I wasn't exactly sure what I was walking into when I decided to read The Queen of the Tearling. Was I reading an epic adult fantasy? WasI will admit I wasn't exactly sure what I was walking into when I decided to read The Queen of the Tearling. Was I reading an epic adult fantasy? Was it YA novel? Add into the fact that this novel (by the time I read it) already had tons of 'haters' and bad reviews, and I was certain I was walking into a world of hurt. Surprisingly, that isn't what happened.
I'm just going to come out and say this. I enjoyed The Queen of the Tearling. Sure, it didn't blow me away and I would hardly label it 'best fantasy novel ever', but I enjoyed it. The plot was engaging, the world building was alright, and there was enough action, adventure, political intrigue, and mystery to keep me reading. Of course, it isn't a perfect book either and it does have some problems.
Before I go any further, I do think the issue of it being compared to The Hunger Games needs to be addressed. I saw multiple references to The Hunger Games and even on the flap of the book it says it is 'like' The Hunger Games. There is nothing Hunger Games about this book. If you are going in expecting to walk out with the same feeling you did with Hunger Games or even read a book that is remotely similar, you're asking for trouble.
There is a constant need to compare books to each other and try to find a similarity between them. The Hunger Games is still what is considered hot and popular, so every book tries to ride that excitement. Unfortunately, it sets a lot of people up for disappointment. This is just one of the many examples of 'Hunger Game' hype disappointment.
I do understand the need to compare books to each other to give readers some idea of what to expect, but in this situation The Hunger Games is so off from this book that it creates problems. My recommendation is to read it and give it a try before you make a decision. Just don't expect the Hunger Games.
Now, what did I like about Queen of Tearling? There was a lot that I enjoyed. I found the main character, once I got to know and understand her, intriguing and captivating. I found her supporting cast diverse.
One of the elements that I really enjoyed was although the supporting cast was theoretically many, many years older than our main heroine of the story, they all gelled together nicely. It was like one big, oddly unique family.
Another element I really enjoyed was the library element. Seriously, any book that incorporates secret libraries or encouraging society to read, I love. I did find the way the author paid tribute to some of the modern day authors/books fun. It may have only been a sentence or two here or there, but I felt it was a nice touch and a great way to honor authors/books that inspired people's love of fantasy.
There were some flaws with The Queen of the Tearling. One of the biggest issues I had was it appeared that the book at times was unnecessarily mean/evil/gritty. I've read gritty books and there is a right way to do it and a wrong way to do it. The grittier scenes just seemed forced and really unnecessary. For example, there were several references to rape and detailed sex/killing scenes that just seemed, there to be there.
Another issue I ran into was the author's rather obvious attempts at world building. I wouldn't go as far as to call them info-dumps, but they were pretty close to it. There were many times where there'd be a break in the action or adventure to tell lengthy history stories, explain the layout of the land, talk about the society's government, or other issues. It really disrupted the flow of the story.
When I first found myself reading The Queen of the Tearling, I wasn't sure I would enjoy it. I found as the rather fast-paced book moved on, I was really sucked into the book and just could not stop reading. By the end, I was a fan and honestly could not wait until the next installment. I'll be anxiously awaiting book two to see what happens and what is in store for us. ...more
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In this sequel to Frozen, Anna suffers from some sort of PTSD about having her memories wiped as a child. Unfortunately, since Elsa is ashamed and alsIn this sequel to Frozen, Anna suffers from some sort of PTSD about having her memories wiped as a child. Unfortunately, since Elsa is ashamed and also suffering due to her almost killing her sister, the only answer available to Anna is to seek some wanna-be magic doctor who makes her dance around like a chicken to gain her memories. Does it work? I dunno you will have to read it to find out!
On a real note - I am finding it difficult to take these books seriously. I don't get the Frozen vibe from them and the character's dialog is stilted and not really inviting. I've read 100s of children's books and this just does not stick for me. ...more
Wow. A more in depth review to follow but all I can say is guess they saved on an editor/proofreader. I swear every page had at least 5 (okay some hadWow. A more in depth review to follow but all I can say is guess they saved on an editor/proofreader. I swear every page had at least 5 (okay some had 1 or 2) typos on it to the point it was bad. I have never had to fight such an urge to take a pencil and edit a book, but I was close! ...more