Forestborn by Elayne Audrey Becker

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

Book: Forestborn

Author: Elayne Audrey Becker

Book Series: Forestborn Book 1

Diversity: 1 time mentioned m/m relationship

Rating: 3/5

Recommended For…: young adult readers, fantasy, magic, shifting

Genre: YA fantasy

Publication Date: August 31, 2021

Publisher: Tor Teen

Pages: 368

Recommended Age: 13+ (violence, gore, animal gore, slight romance)

Explanation of CWs: This was actually a fairly mild book. There was a lot of violence and gore, some animal gore as well.

Synopsis: Rora is a shifter, as magical as all those born in the wilderness–and as feared. She uses her abilities to spy for the king, traveling under different guises and listening for signs of trouble.

When a magical illness surfaces across the kingdom, Rora uncovers a devastating truth: Finley, the young prince and her best friend, has caught it, too. His only hope is stardust, the rarest of magical elements, found deep in the wilderness where Rora grew up–and to which she swore never to return.

But for her only friend, Rora will face her past and brave the dark, magical wood, journeying with her brother and the obstinate, older prince who insists on coming. Together, they must survive sentient forests and creatures unknown, battling an ever-changing landscape while escaping human pursuers who want them dead. With illness gripping the kingdom and war on the horizon, Finley’s is not the only life that hangs in the balance.

Review: This was an ok book. The book had a good magical system and the character development was well done. I also thought that the plot was well executed.

However, I really hated reading this book. The book doesn’t explain the backstory and I feel like it’s one of those that you have to read the blurb before you read the book. For most of the book until after 50% of the way through there wasn’t that much magic or shifting. At 40% of the way through the book slows down significantly, only to pick up at about 75%. And finally, I just found the book extremely boring until about 80% of the way through the book. It was incredibly bland and just not interesting for me.

Verdict: Definitely not for me but maybe for you.

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