Series: Ravenspire, #2
Published by Balzer + Bray on February 14th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, Young Adult
Also in this series: The Shadow Queen
Also by this author: The Shadow Queen
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I absolutely adored the first book in this series The Shadow Queen. I loved how strong and grown up the main character was, I loved the magic aspect, and I loved the romance. Naturally this has given me high hopes for The Wish Granter. I mean a Rumplestiltskin retelling in a YA fashion? I was definitely intrigued.
What I thought
- Overall, I enjoyed reading this book. It was a fun, light read and was quick to get through.
- This story felt a bit juvenile. If I were younger when I read this book I think I would have absolutely loved it. However, reading it at 27, it felt a lot more juvenile than it’s predecessor The Shadow Queen. This is a YA and it is aimed towards teenagers, however, I didn’t feel like the first book was in anyway juvenile, so I was surprised when reading this. What I mean by this is:
- Ari is very optimistic about beating the fae that no one in decades has beaten. She runs headfirst into doing everything she can to change the situation, with no thought of consequences. It’s all a bit too much; it’s unrealistic expectations with such massive consequences. I felt like this story should have been darker.
- The romance felt very cute-sy and cliche. Sebastian was all lovey-dovey for Ari in all of his chapters, and Ari was feeling guilty about wanting to kiss Sebastian considering she’s trying to save her brother.
- The dual POV chapters gave away half of the suspense of the story. I love when point of view’s change between chapters, it’s usually such an interesting way to progress a story. However, sometimes it gives away too much of the story and kills the suspense. In this book, the dual chapters killed the suspense of the romance.
- In my opinion, Sebastian’s chapters didn’t progress the story. Well actually, the first few of his chapters provided us more information & background story to what a monster Teague is and how he affects the Kingdom. But after a few chapters, Sebastian’s chapters became nothing more than him trying to keep it in his pants. I would have loved to see more of a story line with Sebastian, and then have both his and Ari’s story lines to converge into one. Unfortunately, that did not happen.
Have you read The Wish Granter? Did you like this book? What did you think about the retelling of Rumpelstiltskin?