ARC kindly provided by Giselle Simlett in exchange for an honest review.
I was REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY REALLY excited about getting to read this – and in amazing ARC paperback format, too! I loved the blurb and wanted to delve right into the pages and loose myself. I couldn’t wait to meet Korren and Leonie as a couple! And the two having a soul joining ceremony? *swoons* If you have trouble reading between the lines: I was already in LURVE! I was, however, having slight doubts because of the generally low average ratings on Goodreads.
‘Girl of Myth and Legend’ caught me from page one. I instantly fell in love with our snarky main character who seemed so much like the teens these days. I loved her spark and zest and the way she didn’t let things stand in her way. Her boldness and her strength. Leonie was vital and present. I never lost myself as a reader when I read from her point of view.
The novel is written in first person present tense: a really interesting choice and not one I see very often. I loved how IN THE MOMENT it all was. I could really see, feel, experience – no LIVE – as the characters navigated through the two realms that encompass this story: human and magic. Giselle Simlett has also chosen to narrate her story via two different perspectives: Leonie’s and Korren’s. It gave a wonderful view of life at its fullest and how often it’s incredibly different for everyone; how no two are alike. Leonie’s shows the human world and what it’s like to live as an elite persona, a Pulsar: a power. Korren’s, on the other hand, illustrates life in the magic realm and the struggles in living as the lowest of the low, a kytaen: a slave.
What charmed me before I even got to the story and what made me shout “Yippee!” within the first few pages. A table of CONTENTS! It is SOOOOO overrated that authors and/or book designers have chosen to exclude this major and important aspect of a novel. How is a person supposed to navigate a book without a contents page? It’s like telling a person where a street is without giving them a map! Ridiculous! I’m so HAPPY that the author chose to include one! I know including a contents page may seem ancient and out of date, but it’s a thing of my childhood and I remember learning to navigate ALL my books by falling back on this little page(s).
The pace was well chosen. It was quick and lovely without being overwhelming. I liked the way action progressed and how new information was revealed. It made me keep flicking the page and eager to see what would happen next.
Characters were AWESOMELY developed. Each was unique, real and just plain good. They didn’t seem fake or unreal because of qualities that are non-existent/too-much and just don’t appear in NORMAL people these days. Supporting character did just what they were supposed to do and SUPPORTED the main cast. Our two main characters both had loads about them that I loved about them. They have both experienced real, soulful sorrow yet have chosen to rise above the hurt and pain and do something they believed worthwhile. Korren’s and Leonie’s interactions with each other were downright hilarious as one experienced confusion and the other continued trying to evoke a response with stubbornness.
The ending was probably the weakest point of the novel. It really could have ended in a much needed cliff-hanger; the first novels in a series always need them. I felt like the whole action the novel was leading up could have ended with a much bigger SHAZAAM that would encourage readers to continue with the series. It didn’t compel me to pick up the next book straight away or made me groan with frustration upon its finale.
The fighting/battle/action scenes could have also used some improvement. Whilst dramatic and really emotional they could have used a more descriptive style to REALLY convey the adrenaline the moment contained. It would have also made the story more EPIC!
Congratulations to Giselle Simlett on publishing an awesome debut novel! I can’t wait for book two: ‘Order of Dust’!
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!