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Once & Future by Amy Rose Capetta

I hate writing negative reviews, I really do.

This was an….interesting…..book. Watch out for spoilers.

I honestly struggled through this book. While I enjoy the story of King Arthur, I did not enjoy this adaptation. I think it was so far from the original that it was hard for me to accept. I also wasn’t expecting it to be as dystopian of a book as it was.

There were definitely parts that captivated my attention and caused me to not want to put the book down. However, they were few and far between. I found myself checking my phone every couple pages and being very easily distracted while reading. This does not happen when I am truly engaged in a book.

I do like the idea of King Arthur reincarnations, I also like that Merlin is aging backwards, ie getting younger with reincarnation. But that is where my enjoyment ended.

Ari and Kay’s moms being imprisoned, Kay dying, Ari being named a ceremonial king, Gwen becoming pregnant with her wife’s nephew, and on and on. My eyes were rolling so much during this book that I’m surprised I can still see straight. Maybe it’s been too many years since I read the story of King Arthur, but I do not remember it being that over the top.

I’ll probably add to this later on with more details, but for right now, this is all I can manage.

 

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The Memory Thief by Lauren Mansy

“…being brave doesn’t mean that you aren’t afraid of anything. Just that the fear doesn’t stop you from fighting for something you believe in.”

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review: 🌟🌟🌟 Thank you, NetGalley!

When the book started, I immediately thought…okay, another dystopian end-of-world type of book. And while, yes this is a good way to classify it, it was also different than others that I have read. I loved the way the Gifted’s Gifts worked and how their gifts could vary from person to person, even within the skill they had.

I would have loved to have more descriptions of the action scenes. There would be fantastic build up and then all of a sudden, it was over. I was very underwhelmed by the climaxes of the book, I would have loved more action and more descriptions of the action scenes rather than a couple paragraphs.

The book left me with a lot of questions on what actually happened because of this. I’m hoping the author will write more books that clarify some of these events more.

The book was an engaging and quick read and overall, I enjoyed it.