Saturday, January 4, 2020

Book Review: Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh

Flame in the Mist
by Renée Ahdieh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Actual Rating: 3 1/2 stars

Ever read a book and think that was terrible, but I loved it? Well, I'm super conflicted right now.

You see, I love Renee Ahdieh, I love the premise of this book, I love the characters and what happens to them. However, the plot holes, the story gaps, the lack of continuity. I'm confused.

I LOVED Ahdieh's other duology and didn't see any of these issues, but it was like entire pages that would have blended the story together are missing. We are sort of at an ending point to a scene, but then we make a big jump, leaping forward into another scene that has already started and we were not apart of. I found myself going back, trying to see that I was missing. But it wasn't me, the content itself just isn't there.

World-Building: 3 Stars
Character Development: 5 Stars
Plot: 2 Stars

I love the characters of Mariko and Okami. I really enjoy reading hate-to-love even when you spot it from a mile out (like the moment he pulled her onto his horse I knew). I felt like the twists and turns were a little predictable, but that doesn't ruin a story for me as long as they are done well.

That's the problem, the book is well written, but it is like an editor chose sections at random to remove to make the book shorter creating these gaps in the story. They aren't vital to following the plot, they just interrupt the flow.

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