White Stag by Kara Barbieri

Disclaimer: I received an e-arc of this book from the publisher and netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: White Stag

Author: Kara Barbieri

Book Series: Permafrost Book 1

Rating: 2/5

Publication Date: January 8, 2019

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 18+ (sexual assault, emotional and physical abuse, torture, mutilation, so much gore, and straight up rape)

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Pages: 368

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Synopsis: As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.

Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad—especially when it comes to those you care about.

Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.

Review: This book was okay overall. The story is a great concept and the idea of the book is very intriguing.

However, there was a lot of “wtf” from me while reading this book. First, there was so many trigger warnings that I, who doesn’t normally get triggered, had to put down the book and go to the eye bleach subreddit. The story is good, but there are so many inconsistancies with the plot. Like, is she living with these Goblins for hundreds of years? Is she really old recanting her tale? Is she still a teen? So confused by this and so many other things in the book, like the magic system. The book just didn’t sit well with me and I also didn’t think the characters were all that interesting. I managed to finish the book, but at what costs to me and my sanity?

Verdict: It was ok, but not for me.