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Rule by Ellen Goodlett
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Review copy generously provided by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers and theNOVL.

Rule is a case of whodunit reminiscent of Agatha Christie, with a dash of the fantastical, that will have you guessing up to the very end. If you are looking for a new fantasy series to obsess over, Rule has all of the key ingredients.

Goodlett was born to write and this is a fantasy debut you need to add to your shelves! With her enchantingly descriptive writing, Goodlett has created a richly colorful fantasy world, with nods toward Oceanic cultures. Within that fantasy world are Zofi, Akeylah and Florencia – three girls who have only just discovered they are half sisters and the only remaining heirs to a dying king.

Thrust into a world of court politics, each girl hides a secret that holds her life in the balance, should it be discovered. Bound by their shared blood but clearly dissimilar from each other and the picturesque heir, their differences to not go unnoticed. As each sister fights to prove herself a worthy heir to the throne, it is a struggle to keep their secrets close amongst the vipers at court and somebody has discovered what they hide.

From there the story keeps the reader guessing at every page turn. Who can be trusted? Who is the blackmailer? What secrets are the other courtiers hiding? Rule has an intriguing cast of supporting characters, including a fine dash of romance and the moment you begin to root for someone is also the moment you begin to question their motives.

In addition to the mystery at hand, Rule’s tithing based magic system was refreshing and meticulously fleshed out – with a fine balance between the positive and negative impacts of using such magic.

Additionally, Rule has a strong representation of cultural diversity with a cast made wholly of POC characters, plus some LGBT romance. There are themes of bigotry and oppression present, something each of the girls has tasted firsthand.

Overall, this is a new fantasy series I am pumped to continue! It has been compared to Three Dark Crowns and Pretty Little Liars, with a dash of King Lear and boy does that hit the nail on the head! If you’re looking for something exciting and twisty for your next read, this is it!
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Reading Progress

May 30, 2018 – Shelved
May 30, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
June 25, 2018 – Started Reading
June 25, 2018 –
page 0
0.0% "Need to read this by the end of the week! 🎊"
June 25, 2018 –
page 15
3.99% "Oh, no we are definitely going to be taking care of you before he book ends, you jerk."
June 27, 2018 –
page 66
17.55% "Awww. Audrina was willing to stab a man with her sewing needle should Ren require it.

That’s what besties are for. 😂"
June 28, 2018 –
page 83
22.07% "I did not see that coming. 😱"
June 28, 2018 –
page 160
42.55% "When all these suspicious characters conveniently start popping up. 😂

June 29, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Kelsey I'm SOOO jealous!! This sounds SOOO good!

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