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The Storm Crow by Kalyn Josephson
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really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult-fiction, fantasy
Read 2 times. Last read June 23, 2020 to June 27, 2020.

Second read, fully bumped up to 4 stars because it was excellent!

2019 review

3.5/5

CW: scarring, burns, death of loved ones, violence, self-harm (related to religion), and depression

I'm starting off with my overall statement instead of sticking it at the end. Overall, it was a good debut! It had its pros and cons to it, but I'll be sticking around for the next book. I have a feeling that I'll reread this when the time comes for the next book.

Pros:
- Very interesting worlds. They were so in-depth and I loved that Josephson had a glossary in the back about them, including religion, trade, and important people.
- Characters. They were very interesting and I could root for them.
- Queer characters as a norm. It wasn't a huge deal that there were two queer characters and I love the normalization of it.
- Plot was compelling. A country loses everything, a girl (Thia) loses her mother. And now she has to marry the crown prince (Ericen) of the country that destroyed hers. And she wants to fight back.
- Ericen. He's a pro all on his own. He was my favorite character and the one who I got the most attached to, even though he wasn't a great guy.

Cons:
- Took me a while to get into it. It really did take a bit for me to sink into the world. But, I think that it'll be easier when I reread this to remind myself for the second book.
- Love triangle. Bleh. I wasn't here for it.
- Caylus. I don't know why, but my ass still doesn't trust him one bit. I do not trust him. He's sweet, but I do not trust. Like Alexei from Stranger Things. You dig me? (Also, he's the other side to the love triangle.)
- Basically all bad characters in the enemy country. I would have liked to see some more morally grey characters/that the world isn't all evil. (Ericen is the only grey character in the bunch.)
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Reading Progress

November 1, 2018 – Shelved
November 1, 2018 – Shelved as: maybe
November 1, 2018 – Shelved as: young-adult-fiction
November 1, 2018 – Shelved as: fantasy
July 19, 2019 – Shelved as: to-read
July 20, 2019 – Started Reading
July 21, 2019 –
page 107
30.4% "Enjoyable but I'm not invested yet."
July 22, 2019 –
page 177
50.28% "If your friend says not to trust someone, maybe believe your friend."
July 23, 2019 –
page 230
65.34% "I love that there are a couple queer characters and it's taken as normal. It's refreshing."
July 23, 2019 –
page 265
75.28% "I like Ericen more than Caylus."
July 24, 2019 –
page 311
88.35% "Holy. Shit. I kinda guessed it, admittedly. But still! And now I have to finish getting ready for work."
July 25, 2019 – Finished Reading
June 23, 2020 – Started Reading
June 23, 2020 –
1.0% "I have an ARC for the second book, so I gotta reread this because I don't remember enough to feel confident just jumping in."
June 23, 2020 –
30.0% "So far, I'm liking this even more on a second read!"
June 24, 2020 –
53.0% "Still don't trust Caylus tbh."
June 26, 2020 –
87.0% "This was the twist I could remember."
June 27, 2020 – Finished Reading

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Mary S. R. Ericen was defo my fave too! Glad you enjoyed it more the second time around.


Caidyn (he/him/his) I find him so deep, although I really did like all the characters! It definitely is a 4 star book on the reread. I tend to rate books higher the second time I read them since I can see more details that I missed the first time around.


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