Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.
I gave this library book a good try. It had such promise of an interesting storyline.
So uneven. I couldn't get a fix on any of the characters between fluctuating personalities and dialogue (just jumped all over the place). Add in some bad stereotypes. I could even have gotten over the bits that almost seem like an author was tossing in little homages, sendups, bashings or anecdotes about their real life acquaintances. Worldbuilding was in pretty broad strokes, but had interesting bits I thought could make for a nice long series.
I'm not sure exactly how to put my finger on what went wrong for me. One minute the good guy was nice and the next a jerk, one minute the mc was capable and quiet but the next petty and prejudiced ... About the time I'd like the book, something would annoy me or break the immersion. Just couldn't get a feel for the characters and the storyline was better as premise than in execution.
Not completely giving up on author; later books might show more skills as they develop as writer. The writing and editing weren't the issues for me; just not connecting to the characters and the storyline uneven.
I'm usually good about library books, but for some reason this one got overlooked.
The reviews from people I follow are extremely mixed.
So could be a quick DNF or a new favorite series.
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2019 BAEN FANTASY ADVENTURE AWARD
"...The contest opens for submissions January 21st, 2019 and all entries must be received by midnight on April 30th, 2019. Each entry is limited to an original short story in the English language of no more than 8,000 words, and only one entry per author. .."
Not a huge cozy mystery or ghost story fan, but for some reason I'm into the heroine. So, I keep reading and enjoying them.
...remember I was reading this for a book club. I should have been discussing frequently here on the dashboard. I should be writing a good review.
Instead, I wolfed through this one, then book two and then immediately book three.
I did want more in the Honor-verse. I hesitated to start this before was a bookclub because I wasn't confident author could write for YA.
I was wrong; he did very well with YA. Excellent book, but possibly a bit lacking in some ... not sure "tension" is the correct word. Everything wasn't breezy and light; a few very possibly serious things just seemed a bit easily resolved with the M.C. often just that much smarter than others. Most places that worked well; just enough off that it's not quite a five star read for me.
Boy did I ever want to read this early backstory of the treecat world!