Tuesday, January 8, 2019

#ARCReview: Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto

Crown of Feathers by Nicki Pau Preto
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: February, 12th. 2019
Format: egalley*
My Rating: ★ 1/2
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I had a sister, once…

In a world ruled by fierce warrior queens, a grand empire was built upon the backs of Phoenix Riders—legendary heroes who soared through the sky on wings of fire—until a war between two sisters ripped it all apart.

I promised her the throne would not come between us.

Sixteen years later, Veronyka is a war orphan who dreams of becoming a Phoenix Rider from the stories of old. After a shocking betrayal from her controlling sister, Veronyka strikes out alone to find the Riders—even if that means disguising herself as a boy to join their ranks.

But it is a fact of life that one must kill or be killed. Rule or be ruled.

Just as Veronyka finally feels like she belongs, her sister turns up and reveals a tangled web of lies between them that will change everything. And meanwhile, the new empire has learned of the Riders’ return and intends to destroy them once and for all.

Sometimes the title of queen is given. Sometimes it must be taken.

I was pretty excited to get access to this book early, because I love fantasy books that involve mythical creatures, and I haven't read a lot of books that deal with Phoenixes. They only one I can really think about is Fawks from Harry Potter, so this was a really cool concept to have a world completely built around Phoenixes and warriors that ride on them and bond with them. The concept of the Phoenix Riders and the world building in this novel about a Fallen Empire that is still waging war against each other is what really interested me in this novel. I love this about this novel, but I also had some issues with the actual narrative and execution of that.

I think this is a good start to a series, and I understand that this is a debut so I do think I am giving it a little more benefit of the doubt. I know this book is going to be a series, but I think in the narrative it takes on a little too much. Mostly I think the three different perspectives we get throughout the book is not necessary. I liked reading in Veronyka's perspective and in her friend Tristan's perspective, but I think adding the perspective of Sev didn't do that much for the overall story. There are some key things in there that just moved the plot along, but I felt like it added some unnecessary length to the novel. Also, I just didn't really care about Sev in this novel and was more interested in the other two characters and what they were doing.

I also think that parts of this novel could be completely cut out altogether. I found it starts to waver in the middle and there were parts of the novel where I found myself really bored. I hate that about a book especially when I really like the world building in it. Being bored at parts made it harder for me to get through the reading and to be interested in what was happening altogether. It felt like nothing happened for awhile and then all of a sudden a big battle happens at the end and there's a big reveal about certain characters. I think it would just benefit from a little more editing.

All my issues aside, I think this is a great start for a new series, but just think it needs a little more work that I hope gets improved upon in the next book.

*I received a review copy of this book courtesy of Netgalley, this is no way reflect my review.

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