Monday, September 7, 2015

The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

I grabbed this at the library last time I was there because I keep seeing the book all over bookstagram. Normally, I stay pretty much away from teen novels because I just don't seem to enjoy them as much as others do but I found it purely by accident so I figured I would give it a try.

The book is about a girl who on her 19th birthday must take over the throne that was her mothers. There are so many problems that face her along with an enemy who threatens trouble to her kingdom. I won't say more, but that is not all there is to it. It's quite an interesting and full read.

Straight up: I loved it. In no way did it feel like a teen novel to me. It was wonderfully written. The characters were believable and interesting, and the subject of the book was really quite neat. The library marked it as science fiction, but it felt more medieval, almost Game of Thrones-esque. Medieval times in the future, I think you would call it.

I've heard that some people find it slow but I didn't think so at all. It was really detailed and it kept my full attention. It took me longer to read than a lot of books I read because I found it to be a more involving story. It total, I think it took me more like 5-6 hours to finish. It was quite easy to forget I was reading a teen novel because it felt so much like an adult novel. That could be why some people think its slow. It does move at a pace more suited to adult novels which can be more intense possibly for some readers.

I loved how the author teased you with details and such but left a lot to be revealed later on. I am very curious to see what happens next. There were a couple bits (especially at the beginning) that could be said to be repetitive, but honestly, I didn't pay that any mind. The story worked out very well in my opinion!

Recommendation: If you've heard of this book before and are curious about it, give it a read. I thoroughly enjoyed it! I think you'll be happily entertained!

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