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The Wrythe and the Reckoning

(The Wrythe and the Reckoning Saga #1)

1.25  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  49 reviews
An Epic Romance set in Mid-Nineteenth Century America.
In the mid-1800s, Lina and her family move from their small New Hampshire village to an industrial city in Massachusetts. During this time, it is said that a bizarre, malevolent human-like monster is lurking about in the forests of the New England territory. Lina is an independent thinker, and she’s determined to make
Kindle Edition, 1286 pages
Published December 4th 2019 by Reverie Ardent
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Feb 06, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The concept of Yvonthia Leland’s debut novel The Wrythe and the Reckoning is really intriguing: a historical urban fantasy about a teenage girl coming of age, a 19th century New England town terrorized by a (maybe) werewolf-like creature, all set against the backdrop of the women’s suffrage and abolitionist movements. I like the parts, but they never came together into a cohesive whole.

The biggest hang-up by far for me, and what ultimately prevented me from becoming fully immersed in the story,
Dec 14, 2019 marked it as id-prefer-not-to
Edit: Things have gone crazy while I was off twitter. This can be read as a PSA, as much as it is a reminder to myself of what to read or not. Please don't go harass the author or spread hate. That's not what this is about. Two wrongs don't make a right. This sort of behaviour brings forth important discussions about boundaries, misinformation and expectations in the writing community, as well as, I hope, bringing down some of the elitism surrounding certain topics.

A final reminder: Goodreads is
I received the ARC of The Wrythe and the Reckoning from Netgalley and let me tell you I was pretty excited when I got accepted for it because my reasons for asking for it were the cover and the blurb which both pointed to a retelling of sorts of an urban legend/ fairytale (which I love to read about in any form). However, my excitement ended when I actually began reading the book...I even considered not finishing it but went ahead since it was an ARC.

The basic premise of the book goes something
Dec 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: did-not-finish
Adding this to the never read list. This site is for readers. Don’t read this book, support books you enjoy and write the reviews you want.
Dec 16, 2019 marked it as thank-u-next
Dear authors,
please stop attacking reviewers because it will only mean the downfall of your careers!

P.S. Why are high ratings of your books valid while a low rating is apparently a reviewer who has not read the book! MOVE ON!

I am not going to rate this as I did not read and never will!

Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I really like the cover of this book, which is what attracted me to it in the first place. Lesson learned, I guess? Judging a book by its cover can definitely lead one astray.

before i explain why i couldn’t get into this book, let me say when you could still be the right reader for this novel:

- this novel would be a great gift for a younger girl in your social circle, say in the age range of 12-16 (full disclosure: i am not good at judging reading ages for material), especially ones with a
Jayme Moreno
Apr 12, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf, arc, read-in-2019
Netgalley Synopsis
The Wrythe and the Reckoning is an avant-garde nostalgic story that will have you not only falling in love with the characters, but you’ll also gain an understanding of their individual perspectives on life. This fantasy tale is sure to be enjoyed by readers of all ages, from teens to older adults. In the mid-1800s, Lina and her family move from their small New Hampshire village to an industrial city in Massachusetts. During this time, it is said that a bizarre, malevolent
I got this book while it was free. I may bother to at least try to read it and offer my opinion. For now I will say that blurb is terrible and much too long.

Additionally, the writing in the first paragragh is very pedestrian:

"The wagon traveled steadily along the country path. The bright sun was shining over the expansive terrain. The green grasses and wildflowers were swaying in the warm breeze. The leaves on the trees were swirling overhead above us. It was the mid-afternoon in early spring,
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
LMAO hard pass.
Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls)
Okay so here's the thing:

Reviews are there for readers to read and decide if a book is for them or not. They are not targeting authors. If an author is interested in criticism and wants to read criticising reviews, then that's fine. But for an author to go around attacking reviewers for their opinions and then proceed to bash the GR community on Twitter for doing exactly what the site is for which is to discuss books and give honest opinions... I mean I cannot fathom what was going through this
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Y’all, this is the first time in a while that a book has made me so confused. It’s also been a while since I was close to straight up not finishing a book. If I didn’t feel obligated by NetGalley to do it, I probably would have given up on this book.

The first thing you notice with this book is it’s voice. The tone is very old fashioned, reminding me of some of the late 19th/early 20th prose I studied for my English
ARC Review: Received for free via Netgalley for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

DNF 20%

Hayi khona. Hayi khona! HHAYI KHONA!!!

I tried, I really tried. From the beginning I was not happy, I was not feeling it. It just wasn't working. The pacing, the voice, the whole setup, it's not it for me, it's just not it!

There's no show don't tell here. The whole story is set up like: and then I did this and then I did that and then I went here but then I went there. And there's nothing interesting
Tato Lè martín
Mar 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I received this ARC on Netgalley for an honest review.

I tried really hard to read on through the book, but it was just not happening for me. The story was really slow for me and was not much amazed by the plot. Who knows, maybe I'm growing out of YA books? or this one was just not for me. Could have had potential absolutely but I DNF.
☙ percy ❧
Dec 17, 2019 marked it as nein-nein-nein
literally how ignorant and oblivious do you have to be of the reading community in 2019 to claim a half-finished novel is an ARC, and bully reviewers for daring to negatively review the book on GR wItHoUt YoUr PerMisSion???

how to destroy your career 101
Dec 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
Note: I previously marked this book as not-interested in light of certain controversies, but I decided to give it a chance anyway, in order to form a content-based opinion.

I think this was the fastest I've ever read a book of this length - and that's not a good thing at all.

What caused me to go so quickly?

1. The writing was very choppy, with excessive text walls and a plethora of errors in grammar and syntax;
2. The plot went all over the place and was full of contrived holes, irrelevant plot
Cynical Daydreamer
Dec 17, 2019 rated it did not like it
I’m just going to copy/paste the review I left on Amazon for ease.

I tried this book because it’s listed as free for a limited time. The description seemed ... promising, if not a little long-winded. I should have taken that as a sign because, unfortunately, the entire book appears to be that way. At least, the few chapters I attempted to read before giving it up as being one of those self-published novels that promises epic things but fails miserably to deliver. Sorry to say, but this book needs
The cover art is beautiful. That is the best I can say about this book. I got the free copy that was put on Amazon. I agree with the other reviewers about the numerous problems with this book. It was boring with way too much detail on mundane daily life. A personal gripe of mine was the accommodations on the ship to Paris. I know this was billed as ya so graphic sex scenes were inappropriate but come on different rooms and no fooling around after the wedding is just weird.
This is billed as book
Marta Ilieva
I received this eARC from the publisher through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own

The Wrythe and the Reckoning details a female protagonist who not only tries to solve a murder mystery, but also tries to fit in a society that is not necessarily open to opinionated and individualistic women. While the premise sounded interesting, the dialogue and the development of characters seemed forced, almost unnatural. I think that is why I had such a hard time connecting to
Dec 15, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dislike, dnf
While the premise of this was intriguing, I could not get past the odd dialogue tags, lack of significant concrete details & tangents. After seeing this author’s unprofessional behavior, I’m not inclined to support them in the future.
Dec 16, 2019 added it
Shelves: dnf
Dear Author:

Hun. Take a deep breath and step away from the keyboard for a few days. Do some damage control. Attacking us on Twitter and even here in Goodreads is bad bad publicity. ARCS are advanced reader copies. Which means it is in it’s FINAL draft right before publication. ARCS are used to create a buzz to get readers to buy your books in the future. Unfortunately the mess you have created online by attacking us reviewers calling us “entitled darlings” “GR gangsters” and calling us corrupt
Nicole momming_and_reading
Dec 16, 2019 marked it as abandoned
Me watching this entire saga is that Thomas the Tank Engine meme of "Thomas had never seen such a mess."

Won't read.
Shawna Oakes
Dec 15, 2019 added it
Shelves: no-thanks
Go check the author’s twitter before you consider reading this book. She’s posting rude messages about people who are writing negative yet honest reviews of her book. Those posts feel unprofessional and not okay to post. ...more
Grace Wilson
So I downloaded the free sample from amazon to see if what people were saying about it was true and couldn’t even force myself to read all of that.

There were so many errors in just the first page, sentences were drawn out and superfluous and it sounded like someone desperately trying to hit a word count for an essay when they have no idea how to write it.

For example lines like “the leaves on the trees were swirling overhead above us.”
Why use both overhead and above considering they mean the
Dec 16, 2019 marked it as stand-by
Shelves: problematic-shit
Just shelving this so I know to avoid it, since the author is harassing reviewers. No thanks.
Dec 18, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ya, historical, dnf
I saw this cover and was intrigued, but unfortunately, the writing is so poor that there's no way I could get close to finishing. An 800-page book has to offer something incredibly special, it has to hook from the very first line and never let go, or I'm not going to devote hours of my time to reading it. This book is not special. Repetitive word use, filter words, errors in flashback grammar, and unvaried sentence structure combines with no hook to render this novel mind-numbing in the first ...more
May 10, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Well...I thought the cover was beautifully illustrated & the description had me hooked to read it. But then I started reading it & it was not what I was expecting. I wanted to like it but it took me forever to read it & I just couldn’t really get into the story.

I do have to say that it is very detailed but the writing style or character’s voice, something was odd. And it was difficult to follow at times. The main character, Lina, would feel one way or talk about something & then
Midniteillusion (Desiree)
Don’t waste your time or money (even though it’s free right now). Too long for what it is. So bland and boring.
Hopefully an editor and beta readers are used for the author’s next book.

After seeing the way the author has been acting and treating reviewers/reader I’d say just stat far away from her in general even if she does manage to create a second better book for this series.
❤ Anj | ★☆ Hiding Behind Books Blog ☆★

ARC provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Ahh, I'm not really sure what to make of this story. To be honest, my attention just kept wandering every time I attempted to pick up wherever it is I left off, although I can't exactly say that it was bad.

There were certain elements to the story that I liked even if it was new to me, but maybe I just couldn't get over how bland the writing was. It wasn't the prose or grammar or whatever technical stuff, it was just that the
Dec 16, 2019 rated it did not like it
Very hard pass.
M.A. Fréchette
Dec 14, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, dnf
The book was available for free on Amazon, and so I downloaded it. Managed to read through the first two pages before giving up. Had to re-read a few parts because it just dragged on so much, it was impossible to focus. This could use beta readers, developmental editing, proofreading, etc. which it clearly didn't go through. This reads like a first draft that was never revised.
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A writer of epic romantic tales, Yvonthia Merah Leland is intrigued by all sorts of stories, including novels, movies, classic tv shows, music, and poetry. She believes that romantic books for young adults can be fabulous and also meaningful. Having studied sociology as her major in college, and history as her minor, Yvonthia developed a profound interest in helping to find ways to improve ...more