August 4th, 2019

Crown of Feathers Book Review

Book: Crown of Feathers
Author: Nikki Pau-Preto
Rating: 1 Out of 5 Stars

I feel like 2019 has been the year of disappointing reads for me. I don’t know what it is, but I have been really struggling with getting into these new releases. I don’t know why or what is going on. Maybe I am starting to outgrow young adult books.

I just struggled with this book from page one. Rather than weaving in the backstory throughout the book, we are given all of the information right away. It makes for a rather heavy and dull read. This is a heavy information book with not a lot else going on. I mean, this could have been a really great read, but it just didn’t come out.  There was just so much of it that it stopped the plot, which makes for a very slow and boring story. I wish there had been more for the story instead of worrying so much about the information for the world. Well crafted fantasy stories do no need all of the information dumping that we got here.

The characters were dull as well. When I was reading this, it really felt like the characters were just going through the motions of being there instead of being allowed to be human. What I love most about reading is being able to connect with the characters and I just couldn’t do that here. I really had no idea who was telling what part of the story nor did I really care to put that much worry into figuring it out. If your reader cannot connect to your main characters, then the book just isn’t going to work. You have to make your characters seem real; you’ve just got to if you are going to make it in this business.

I know a lot of people are happy about the LBGTQ and disability representation in this book. Let me put it out there: I love seeing different people represented. Okay, we’ve got that out there. Listen up, authors and publishers, like with everything else, this has to be well fleshed out. You cannot let this fall flat or let it get lost in the story. I mean, take Magnus and Alec for example-gay couple and the story still moves. It doesn’t work here. It really felt like the author was just trying to include everyone and it cost her the plot.

This book was supposed be female lead. Don’t get me wrong, it is. However, with all of the inclusion and info dumping, we lost that. The action is flat and so are the motives. You cannot let this happen and hope for the book to secede. It’s just not going to happen.

I was really disappointed in this. This was one of my must reads of 2019 and I am just shaking my head at how this could had gone so wrong.