Wench by Maxine Kaplan

Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own.

Book: Wench

Author: Maxine Kaplan

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: ya readers, fantasy lovers

Publication Date: January 19, 2021

Genre: YA Fantasy

Recommended Age: 15+ (TW self-harm, violence, gore, sexual content)

Publisher: Amulet Books

Pages: 400

Synopsis: Tanya has worked at her tavern since she was able to see over the bar. She broke up her first fight at 11. By the time she was a teenager she knew everything about the place, and she could run it with her eyes closed. She’d never let anyone—whether it be a drunkard or a captain of the queen’s guard—take advantage of her. But when her guardian dies, she might lose it all: the bar, her home, her purpose in life. So she heads out on a quest to petition the queen to keep the tavern in her name—dodging unscrupulous guards, a band of thieves, and a powerful, enchanted feather that seems drawn to her. Fast-paced, magical, and unapologetically feminist, Wench is epic fantasy like you’ve never seen it before.

Review: For the most part I thought that this was an okay book. The plot is really interesting and the book hooks you in immediately upon reading it. And I also like the premise of the book and the ending was very satisfying I like some of the books that I’ve read in this genre.

However, there were some things that didn’t make this a memorable book. The character development is literally non-existent and the author takes no time to world build. The pacing is super fast and within about 30 pages I was in a completely different setting and very confused. the author also doesn’t explain the backstory and expects us to feel sorry for this character for the death of a father figure to her but yet we are given no information on how he was a father figure to her. I think that this book read more like a first draft than it did a book.

Verdict: It’s good, just needed more work.

Unchosen by Katharyn Blair

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Book: Umchosen

Author: Katharyn Blair

Book Series: Standalone

Rating: 3.5/5

Recommended For…: Dystopian reads, ya readers

Publication Date: January 26, 2021

Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

Pages: 416

Recommended Age: 16+ (violence, gore, romance, slight language)

Synopsis: For Charlotte Holloway, the world ended twice.

The first was when her childhood crush, Dean, fell in love—with her older sister.

The second was when the Crimson, a curse spread through eye contact, turned the majority of humanity into flesh-eating monsters.

Neither end of the world changed Charlotte. She’s still in the shadows of her siblings. Her popular older sister, Harlow, now commands forces of survivors. And her talented younger sister, Vanessa, is the Chosen One—who, legend has it, can end the curse.

When their settlement is raided by those seeking the Chosen One, Charlotte makes a reckless decision to save Vanessa: she takes her place as prisoner.

The word spreads across the seven seas—the Chosen One has been found.

But when Dean’s life is threatened and a resistance looms on the horizon, the lie keeping Charlotte alive begins to unravel. She’ll have to break free, forge new bonds, and choose her own destiny if she has any hope of saving her sisters, her love, and maybe even the world.

Because sometimes the end is just a new beginning.

Review: Overall, it was a good dystopian. I liked the not chosen one aspectout of the book and I felt like the world building was well done. I really like the plot of this book and I really liked the concept of the monsters as well.

However, I felt like the book was weirdly written. The book is really slow paced in my opinion and almost nothing noteworthy happens until the last third of the book. And then the book ends kind of quickly and I don’t think it’s tied up as neatly as it should have been. The book also didn’t do well developing characters in my opinion and I felt like the childhood crush who is dating our main character sister was wrote in a very wishy-washy way and I really don’t like that trip to begin with but it kind of led people on to believe that it would happen.

Verdict: It was good just needed a little more.