Series: One Dozen Daughters 1
English \ eARC, 304 pages
Debut: August 5, 2014
Snuck from: Kimberly @ Turning the Pages
Read: July 3-19, 2014
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 123
I'm not so sure what I'm to do with this review. Yes, the story was adventerous and magical, but it wasn't at all what I'd expected to get, since it was neither all that piratey nor all that deep.
The world build started really slowly, but that was very good, since it is a really big, new world. However, once in the story full force, the heavily detailed descriptions don't get any shorter which hems the pace big time -- and an action movie in slow motion is just, nah! There are alot of pages filled with trivial things that could've been well better used to go into more character depth.
There were alot of characters, and most of them defined themselves by their actions/speeches. They showed, let's say, two layers. Then there was Clarice, protagonist and basically narrator of the story, who could tell us so much more about herself or the others by monologue, yet she only reveales one, maybe two more layers about herself, which could've easily been four. It's rather disappointing, because I really liked Clarice. She is kind-hearted, well-mannered, smart, and a good leader. I would've loved to get even more insight into her.
The same goes for Dominik, the male lead. Definied by his actions to be of a kind heart and fair, and by his story about his past to be prudent, but not a coward, he made a good match for the oldest princess. But we don't get to know him all that well beyond that, either. Not one tab into his head, despite the third person narrator.
The plot went through several stages, but the arc of suspense wasn't holding up. It was going up quite good, but then went into a slump of exloring things that lead to nothing exciting, before the next good part started to build, and then another slump at the end. It wasn't really captivating, and it really wasn't all that piratey. After the first part, I thought it would come to a great tale of pirates looking for adventure and for treasure, but since thier quest was forced, it missed all the good thrill, and not even the treasure could make up for it. At least not in my eyes. So since the quest started off on the wrong foot, I just couldn't get into it, although the twist was basically interesting, and so I muddled my way through the whole second half without really caring how it ended.
So overall, there was alot of talk that came to nothing, and plot as well as characters had so much potential which just wasn't explored to the fullest. At least the vocab and wit were something for the mind, if you are someone who likes to admire the handiwork of the word.
Area Scan: Idea: 4/5 -- Flow: 2.5/5 -- Vocab: 5/5 -- Plot: 3/5 -- Heroes: 3/5 -- Sidekicks: 3/5 -- Villains: 3/5 -- Romance: 2/5 -- Drama: 4/5 -- Action: 3/5 -- Suspense: 2/5
Discovered: Barely 3 Hoods
One Dozen Daughters:
#1 The House of the Four Winds -- #2 (tba)