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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.

 

***Dragon from SofiasClayCorner***

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Perfect by Ellen Hopkins

Ellen Hopkins has a way of writing that is unparalleled. All of her books deal with tough and heart wrenching topics, and Perfect is no exception.

Relationships, sexuality, eating disorders, stalking, crime, pleas for help, suicide, and so many others are all involved in this book. The author’s way of writing makes it easy to grasp these topics and to feel what the characters are feeling. You experience the highs and lows with them, without even realizing how much time is passing as you read.

Without delving too in depth of each topic, Hopkins invokes feelings in the reader as they strive to understand what each character is going through. You can see the thought progression as each topic takes hold of you, and see how much each one is a struggle to handle.

The size of the book may intimidate, but it feels so much smaller than it is as you read.