The Unblessed Child
It doesn't help that on the broken island nations of Veros, Aardriyah has been tormented for ...more
The story is mainly told through the viewpoint of Aardriyah, a 14 year old girl. She is brought up being one of only few people in town who has no magical gifts. For that she is shunned and humiliated, for her society is built upon the gifts of elemental magic. Those who are water ...more
The plot is okay (though very cliché within YA literature), but in my case there are two major problems with this novel: the main character and the writing.
I really sympathised with the main character at the beginning, because she is a very solitaire and tormented girl. She's had to endure a lot of things due to the fact that she lives in the Water kingdom and she is not only unblessed, but also everything that Water people despise. She has red hair, ...more
Aardriyah is nothing special she is the middle child in a now broken family. Her mum seeks wealth and richers, however, her father wants to keep them grounded. This stems from the fact that her older brother was selected by the Queens to be an heir to the throne and as such he left to live with them. Thus leaving her with her dad and younger sister is their little house.
She has always been looked down on by the ...more
Underwhelming 1.5 Stars
This story follows Aardriyah an unblessed teen who struggles to fit into a world that despises her. The plot was pretty cliché and followed a predictable path. Aardriyah has faced a lot of diversity throughout her life but is still very kind and sweet despite being ignorant. I liked that she was very family-oriented and just wants the best for those around her. On the whole- I didnt appreciate her attitude, she comes...more
Although R J Kaldanis' writing leans towards what might be more enjoyed by a younger audience, such as the middle-grade range, as a YA reader and young adult myself, ...more
*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with a copy of this book for an honest review, all opinions are my own*
I did not hate this book because it's not a bad book, it was just not a book for me. There is nothing extremely bad in this book, the story is interesting enough that intrigues you to continue reading, the magic system is basically an avatar because of the divisions of people by elements, there is no romance which makes the story much rawer and real almost as ...more
This story was well written with a great plot and beautiful world, but I found it ...more
The concept for this story is really interesting. In a world full of people with (elemental) magic, main character Aardriyah is unblessed and goes through life without it. She tries to make the best out of her daily life but struggles because of prejudgements and the general idea that unblessed are not chosen by the Goddess and therefore beneath those with magic. In order to keep her ...more
The fight scene about 2/3rds of the way through the book was one of my favourite parts of the book, along with the Revelations towards the end of the book.
Not the kind of book I normally read but for was well worth it, looking forward to the next ones.
Although the writing has a tendency to be mess, and sometimes doesnt make sense, with guidance and advice for the author on how to change this it would be a great book.
I look forward to future work from this Kaldanis and hope she continues to progress and grows into a good author I know she can be! ...more
The concept behind this was fascinating from beginning to end. I also loved how the Pronunciation of the characters names was included in the very beginning. I am a sucker for a red headed outcast heroine and Aardriyah was no exception. I loved so many things about this book and will shout from the rooftops to get everyone I know to read it.
Looking forward to more in this series!
My favorite parts about this book:
1) Phenomenal characterization: All of the characters came off as super vibrant, especially Rachida and Sonas. I love how robust Aardriyah's inner monologue is.
2) Fun details: I loved how much detail went into describing the characters' clothing and the settings. I was easily able to get enthralled with the story due to these details.
3) Captivating magic system: ...more
Growing up in North Queensland, Australia, R J struggled a lot with identity and forever felt out of place. It wasn't until she started travelling that she began to feel the magic the world had to offer and her place within it all. Most ...more