My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ARC kindly provided by Utopia Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
The Charismatics was a very well structured, grammatically correct and wonderfully written. To my surprise this book had a lot more fantasy to it then I originally gathered from the blurb. The beginning reminded me a lot of Marie Rutkoski’s The Winner’s Trilogy, the worlds being alike, but where Marie Rutkoski’s had a more developed world which concentrated a lot on the geography of the world, Ashley R. Carlson’s was more concentrated on the problems of the characters, though you do see lots of travel going on in the book. I can really understand what made this book an award-winner and have such high ratings. The novel was a pleasure to read, beautiful and flowing…but…the idea behind it seemed too original – too overused, if you get what I mean. There was nothing that I could identify that would make this book different from the rest. There was no, ‘I know that book! I know where that’s from!’ that would grab the audience and make it memorable. But then, that’s just me. I really wish the author did it though, I would have given the novel a five star then. As a debut, this book was great. Feel free to pick it up and contradict me on my judgements for I may have been too harsh. Congratulations to Ashley R. Carlson for publishing so epically on an award-winning debut! Keep writing and I hope the next book is even more epic than the current.
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!