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Friday, July 1, 2022

This Vicious Grace by Emily Thiede ARC Book Review

 Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book, my thoughts are my own.

This was a huge let down,

Maybe if I did not read as much as I do, if this was the first YA fantasy I have ever read and was in the beginnings of my reading journey I would've loved it.

Unfortunately for it, it is not the case here.

This is like a carbon copy of things I have already read in YA, with clichés and overly simplistic characters, wrapped in a story where everything conveniently happens for our MC.

The thing I was most looking forward to was the magic system and world building, there is little to none, what is said about the magic is overall vague when you are left with a compilation of questions and explanations that don't really make a lot of sense. The characters have no depth, the author confused character development with banter, I don't feel like I care about and know any of these characters. They have cliché dialogs, moments and realizations.

While I love a bodyguard romance, what is meant to be a fantasy novel should not be felt as an excuse to be able to have a romance. Everything felt like a set up for the romance, which made no sense since this isn't a romance or wasn't meant to be. The reading is nothing special, unfortunately is boring, again cliché and not particularly enjoyable. 

There are so many other books I love that have character building, depth, rich fantasy world and magic system with original storylines. 

Don't waste your time, probably one of the worst books I read this year this was mediocre to read at most. 

I cannot with a good heart recommend it when there are so many other  better books out there waiting to be read.

1/5 stars.