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The Waking Land by Callie Bates
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Jun 29, 2017

it was ok
bookshelves: netgalley, fantasy, requested-reviews, young-adult

Synopsis: "Lady Elanna Valtai is fiercely devoted to the King who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder and must flee for her life.

Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reckon with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange, deep connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied or disdained as superstition powers that suddenly stir within her.

But an all-too-human threat is drawing near, determined to exact vengeance. Now Elanna has no choice but to lead a rebellion against the kingdom to which she once gave her allegiance. Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage to confront a destiny that could tear her apart."

My Review: I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Upon reading the synopsis this book sounded vaguely familiar but different enough that I wanted to give it a try. I have to say even with the interesting synopsis and beautifully detailed cover, the story itself fell rather short. I almost DNFed this book multiple times. The pacing is very slow, and not because it is building up to something either. We spend nearly 3/4 of the book following Elanna around as she waffles about who she wants to support, who she wants to be, what she believes or wants to do, all without knowing what exactly is going on. So basically she is in the dark, and so are we as the readers. We are always reading along the sidelines of the game changing events, always late to battles, hearing half whispered conversations, etc. until the very last battle so you aren't really invested in the outcome. The story also got lost with the romance, which should have stayed completely out of the picture because it came on sudden and then took over but with no real purpose in the long run. All in all this was really a long, slow read with no actual investment or excitement for the reader.
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Reading Progress

June 13, 2017 – Shelved
June 13, 2017 – Shelved as: to-read
June 13, 2017 – Shelved as: netgalley
June 19, 2017 – Started Reading
June 19, 2017 –
page 72
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page 126
June 27, 2017 –
page 203
June 27, 2017 –
page 176
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page 276
June 29, 2017 – Shelved as: fantasy
June 29, 2017 – Shelved as: requested-reviews
June 29, 2017 – Shelved as: young-adult
June 29, 2017 – Finished Reading

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