When a secret government agency trying to enslave you isn’t the biggest problem you’re facing, you’re in trouble.
Erik, a former teen star living in San Francisco, thought his life was complicated; having ...more
I absolutely loved that the main ...more
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. This has not influenced my review.*
This book was a refreshing, diverse urban fantasy story that managed to stand out while still capturing the kick-butt, monster-fighting essence that I think many readers look for in the UF genre!
First let's talk about our protagonist, Erik. In this book, there are people who are Blooded---descendants of old, powerful beings and have powers based on their bloodline. Erik is one such person. He's a ...more
I'm not going to tell you about the plot really, but if you like magic, fantasy, intrigue, action, adventure, flirting, parallel worlds, a different way of looki ...more
highlights: incredible world building
excellent use of shifting perspectives
hella queer ❤❤
hella brown and black
sick ass monsters (not monsters?)
moving as hell (I cried in a pizza parlor)
I am eager for the second book in the series. Cannot wait but sadly must wait.
Honestly, I was there to fangirl over Victoria Schwab, but I left being very excited by all the authors' books. Afterwards, there was a book signing, and I wound up getting The Root, A Gathering Of Shadows (V.E. Schwab), and A Natural History Of Dragons (Marie Brennan). I have finally had time to sit down and read t ...more
The biggest strength of The Root is... do I HAVE to pick? There's a lot to like.
Still, if I had to pick, it would be the way that despite an immense cast of POV characters, I cared out them, and I keep thinking about them after finishing the book. The Root does an impressive job of finding room for its wide cast to have complicated feelings and complicated lives with complicated families. I enjoyed the nascent fri ...more
I got more into it as I read it, but I'm still left with a "meh" feeling about it.
I LOVE the freshness, that it's different, the creativity that went into the world building, the diversity. All of that is really, really lovely. And I think that's what kept me reading it.
What I struggled with was the writing. There were times that I had to re-read sentences or paragraphs again because I didn't understand who was talking, or what was going ...more
Too many POV characters and the story moved forward at a crawl. You barely get a feel for a character before the POV switches to a new one. The writing is okay, functional though clumsy at times. The world building confused me rather than enthralled me, which is too bad because it has some creative ideas. Maybe because the reader is thrown into a new world before we even get a strong grounding in the first one.
I want to like this book. There's a lot going on. I love the diverse set of ...more
I try to avoid series and trilogies when I can because I have enough on my to-read list without adding sequels, but I've tentatively added this one, because I just want to know what happens now. This is not a stand-alone by any stretch. Interesting characters, very imaginative and unexpected world-building.
I think I really did like it, actually.
Erik’s a former teen star living in San Francisco. He thought his life was complicated enough, but now he’s finding out that he’s Blooded – descended from gods and gifted with powers he doesn’t understand. He also finds himself in the middle of a secret battle, between Blooded and a government organization kidnapping them and trading them off to an alternate dimension.
Lil’s an apprentice archivist in said ...more
First things first, it is really, really hard to talk about this book without talking about how diverse it is. So I’m just going to ahead and get that out of the way with a fancy bullet point list:
- Two main characters, both are POC
- One of the main characters is queer, and it’s hinted the other main character may be as well
- One of the characters is transgender
- Another character uses gender neutral pronouns
- There are less white people in this book then there are POC
Got all that? Good, you can...more
This is one of the most intriguing and captivating stories I have read, with much originality in its telling. The characters are diverse and well-rounded, with excellent voices that are clear on the page. The world building is decent, with some confusing moments of information being thrown in randomly with little explanation, though not too often, and in some cases so much imagery described that it was a wonder these characters did not go into ...more