From the Earth to the Shadows Book Review

Book: From the Earth to the Shadows
Author: Amanda Hocking
Rating: 3 Out of 5 Stars

I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher, Wednesday Books, for providing me with this ARC.

This is probably the lowest rating I have even given an Amanda Hocking book. I loved the first book, but I did find this one to be lacking. I don’t know what it was, but there was a lot missing. I thought the plot was slow to build up with a rather rushed ending. Don’t get me wrong, I still love this world, but this one was just not up to Amanda’s normal standards.

I view this book as being kind of messy and not in a good way. The writing and plot just seemed really, really forced. I don’t know if there was pressure to meet a due date or what, but it just wasn’t up to Amanda’s normal standards. Whereas the first book seemed to be a bit more complex in terms of writing and plot, From the Earth to the Shadows just did not have that magic touch.

The plot was very simple and by simple, I mean simple. The situations the characters found themselves in were just convenient with very convenient outcomes. Nothing was ever very urgent because there was always a solution and one that was reached very carefully. Nothing felt like it was ever urgent. I guess to put it simply: there was really no extension to the world.

With all of this messiness, I found it really hard to connect with Malin. I loved her and the rest of the gang, but in this second book, I really did find myself not caring about them. I did find Asher’s story to be interesting, but even it kind of fell flat at the end. Like the world building, there was just really not character growth here either.

I did expect more from this book than what I got. While it is not a bad book, I do think there is still some work to be done before publication day, which is April 24, 2018. I do feel that my three star rating is fitting.