Summer BiBib Day #4 – 3 Stars or Less

So far, this week has been a super-productive reading week and I can’t believe how well I’ve been doing! I didn’t expect to finish books in a day on weekdays and had planned a quiet weekend where I could fly through books, but I’m beginning to suspect that may not be necessary at all. On that happy note, let’s get a little critical on today’s challenge. It is hosted by Nikki and Amy from Bursting with Books and encourages us to talk about a book we rated 3 stars or less. A few words from the creators:

A lot of people seem to shy away from talking about books they rated poorly. But I find them to often be quite intriguing. If a reviewer only ever talks about books they loved, you don’t get to see that other side of the spectrum. And when you’re critiquing books, of course, you want to be as honest as possible. So I suppose I just wanted to hear what all of your guys’ thoughts on your lower-rated books are! I love hearing different opinions. It creates discussion. And that’s what we’re all here for, right? 😉

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Book Review – Quests of the Kings

Title: Quests of the Kings (The Quests of the Kings trilogy #1)

Author: Robert Evert

Genre: Fantasy

Published: By Diversion Publishing on March 14th, 2017

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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Summary

Plain and ordinary Natalie, a sixteen-year-old peasant girl, loves listening to stories about famous adventurers, but the thrilling action of the kings’ quests seems far removed from her everyday life. However, after a violent run-in with Brago, a ruthless adventurer who believes Natalie is a threat to his mission, she is dragged unwillingly into the latest contest. When one of Brago’s cruel plots separates Natalie from her protectors, she must become as strong and cunning as the adventurers of old to save her friends and stay alive.

Thoughts

Note: I received a free e-copy of the book via Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

The only thing I liked about the main character, Natalie, was her name. She was like a study in contradictions. I found her character problematic because she is portrayed as a man-hater and if that’s supposed to be a feminist view, I don’t agree with it at all. So much time is spent examining Natalie’s feelings that the bigger plot takes a backseat. This book didn’t quite meet the expectations I formed when I read the blurb. I just feel that I will not be continuing with the series because the characters didn’t appeal to me at all.

Read the detailed review here.

Recommendations

I would recommend this book to die-hard fans of the author.

I wouldn’t pair any food or music with this one because they might just turn out to be more interesting from the book itself and distract from the experience.

Links

Book: Amazon | Goodreads

Author: Website | Goodreads | Google+