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A Lesbian Romance Sounded Intriguing Unfortunately The lesbian romance sounded intriguing Unfortunately the was the only halfway decent thing about this nookThe complaints about this book are pretty similar across the board from the other reviews I ve read and I agree wholeheartedly There was no world building We are immediately plunged into ingdoms and political situations without nowing what the hell we re getting into Why is she betrothed to marry someone Is there magic in this world Why is magic reviled Is there a political situation that reuires such a marriage So on and so forth There is very little world building at all which is shameful considering the premise of *This World Could Have Been *world could have been fantastic one had it been properly written This lack of world building and specifically for the lesbian romance of this book made it unbelievable
"the characters were "characters were Black and white Good and bad Obedient and rebellious T I really want to get into ff books but nearly all of them are contemporary which I m really bored with atm I picked this up with mahana hi binch and read it somewhat on audiobook and somewhat physically and I really enjoyed it As a horse owner I was really happy that this centered around a lot of discussion about riding horses and training horses so it had my attention there I also loved the character dynamics the breaking of gender roles and the general rebellion of the characters and world against norms of fantasy was refreshing The world itself however I thought was a bit dry It bore no significant differences than any other run of the mill fantasy world out there with a pretty generic elemental magic system I m ind of tired of the I have magic and have to hide it trope so hopefully in book two Denna will embrace her magic and master itBut Denna and Mare s relationship was so slow burning and lovely and I loved all the side characters in this so they The Man Without a Face kept it afloat This definitely isn t a stand out fantasy world but I fell in love with the characters and the way they were written and I would definitely recommend this to people looking for ff romance in non contemporary settings Of Fire and Stars had the potential to be good as a YA fantasy with a lesbian romance but it all fell pretty flat Unfortunately the execution didn t hold up There s a huge lack of world building and character development And the biggest problem for me was how a lot of it just didn t make sense The plot doesn t add up Plus the adult characters are all very stupid for some odd reasonDennaleianown as Denna has been promised to the prince of Mynaria where magic is forbidden But Denna has a secret she must eep or risk being illed She has an affinity for fire and it seems to be harder to control since arriving in Mynaria This should be problem enough until she forms a friendship with the prince s sister Mare that soon grows into There are political situations among the Gone (Gone, kingdoms we re thrown into where they all differ on their views of magic causing tension There are groups unhappy about the alliance formed by Denna s marriage The issue here is there is no reason given for why Mynaria hates magic So there isn t any ground for these plot lines to stand on There are times when the book feels really juvenile with very little logic to it Scenes felt forced The characters lacked depth Denna and Mare s relationship was confusing how it went from complete dislike to friendship to oh we re definitely only friends Other than the prince I just don t understand why in a world where homosexuality is openly accepted you would try to pass something off as friendship for so longAlas the execution could have been better when she falls in love with his rogueish horse training sister instead sign me the fuck up DNF 31% I CAN T DO IT ANYMORE I FUCKING CAN T THIS IS ONE OF THE MOST SLOWEST BOOKS WITH THE MOST BORING PLOT AND ABSOLUTELY SHITTY WORLD BUILDING IT IS SO FUCKING SLOW I LITERALLY AM WILLING TO READ FIFTY SHADES OVER THIS I VE BEEN READING THIS FOR ABOUT A MONTH A FUCKING MONTH I NEVER TAKE A FUCKING MONTH TO FINISH A 400 PAGE BOOK I HAVE NO ENTHUSIASM TO READ THE WORDS WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK I CANNOT FORCE MYSELF TO TURN ANOTHER PAGE BECAUSE IT IS SO FUCKING BORING THE MAGIC ISN T EXPLAINED THE PLOT IS NOT CAPTIVATING THE CHARACTERS AND WRITING IS SO SO DULL AND I CANNOT FIND A FUCK TO GIVE TO CONTINUE READING THIS I AM BORED OUT OF MY MIND AND I M DONE It s pretty sad because this was such a cool concept An ff fantasy stand alone But the plot was so fucking slow and excruciatingly boring srsly Really enjoyed this book I LOVED the romance between the two princesses I literally DIED for the descriptions Also i loved the magic in this fantasy novel so uniue and easy Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria Princess Dennaleia has alwaysnown what her future holds Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland protecting her people from other hostile lands But Denna has a secret She possesses an Affinity for fire a dangerous gift for the future ueen of a ingdom where magic is forbiddenNow Denna must learn the ways of her new home while O understand WONDERFULWAY to much horse talk for me personally but thats my only issue with the story OH PLEASE I NEED A BOOK TWO Let s start with the positive there s an LGBT romance And also there s er nope sorry that s all I got for youOf Fire and Stars is a mind numbingly generic YA fantasy novel and the attempts to spice it up with a lesbian romance just don t work Take that aspect out and you are left with nonexistent world building poorly developed characters immature writing and just extreme boredom If you ve read a few fantasy novels this one adds absolutely nothing but paper to *the pileIn this Denna is betrothed to Prince Thandi of Mynaria She *pileIn this book Denna is betrothed Prince Thandi of Mynaria She in Mynaria determined to marry the prince and guard her secret fire magic from this ingdom that for no apparent reason despises magic but she soon finds herself falling for the sister of her future husband That would be Mare lover of horses yes I m seriousThere is absolutely no set up or world building we are thrown completely into this situation with no All Seated on the Ground knowledge of the land or world we are in no understanding of the political and cultural landscape no understanding of the magic system or why the Mynarians hate magic At times the book felt very juvenile written for an audience that presumably doesn t care about world details or character development The lack of any depth throughout simply made it uninterestingAnd very little actually happens If you are put off by YA fantasies that spend too long talking about pretty dresses and palaces then this one should put you to sleep Most of Denna and Mare s story features them horse riding learning about the horses and not really doing anything When we re not focusing on their snoozeworthy antics we have to listen to councils ie the adults being unbelievably obtuseBoth the characters and the relationships were one dimensional Denna is without uestion the good girl and Mare is the fiery and uick tempered one And on that latter note Mare is so so annoying Once again I felt like I was in a very juvenile story when Mare throws her shoes at doors and makes rude faces behind people s backs She s eighteen by the way not twelve Fine the liegeman said See that you do He turned on his heel and walked awayI made a rude face at the liegeman s retreating backside The whole book is silly and ill conceived Without getting into spoilers there were so many ludicrous moments when the adults of the novel behaved like clueless sheep when supposedly trained guards stood around twiddling their thumbs while shit went down and nothing was happening so the authorilled off another side character who we obviously didn t give a damn about because they weren t given a personalityThe romance is undoubtedly the best part It s a slow building climb from disdain to friendship to love But even that is marred by some poor plot choices on the author s part This is a world that seems to readily accept homosexual and bisexual relationships It seems pretty commonplace even And yet despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary Denna and Mare spend too long completely adamant that they are definitely absolutely just friends And then that they definitely absolutely cannot be together Perhaps there was a good reason for this but it was not explained well I felt like their refusal to be together was contrived plot angst rather than arising from a legitimate concernI m sorry to say it as this was one of my most anticipated reads of this year but Of Fire and Stars is neither thought provoking nor entertainingBlog Facebook Twitter Instagram Youtube Store I LOVED THIS BOOK SO SO MUCH I am 100% filming a video review because WOW people need to read this storyIf you re looking for a fantasy novel with an LGBT relationship I would highly recommend this one I can t personally speak for the representation but to my interpretation this world s view of sexuality is extremely balanced I feel the best way I can describe it is by this The problem is NEVER that these two girls have fallen in love with each other and that s bad because they are of the same gender The problem is that two girls have fallen in love while one is betrothed to the other s brother In an interview I read with the author she expressed that she created a world where homophobia does not exist hello this is what fantasy was created for so I can promise you the dismissal of sexuality will not be found within the pages of this book What I got out of it was in this world Love is Love and that was really refreshing to see especially in fantasyAdditionally the sexuality of my new favorite princess couple are never disclosed in the book I think it s wonderful that we have a book that does not enforce any sort of pressure to defi. Rying to hide her growing magic To make matters worse she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine called Mare the sister of her betrothedWhen a shocking assassination leaves the ingdom reeling Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit As the two become closer Mare is.
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WAY FOR INTERPRETATION *BY THE READERfor interpretation *by the reader it s an own voices LGBT novel shoots fist into airThis is sincerely one of *the reader Also it s an own voices LGBT novel shoots fist into airThis is sincerely one of best romances I have read in a really long time Just the combined presence of Denna Mare in the same room together had my heart fluttering Their chemistry is absolutely electric and you can really tell that there is a deep true love between the two I would probably give up my first born child or something if it meant I got to read of their adventures togetherFor a standalone fantasy novel I feel the magic system was really well developed I would have loved to see it expanded through an extended series obviously you can tell I m bitter I don t have books to look forward to but regardless it was uniue and well explainedThe only negative thing I really felt about
"this book is "book is political relationships weren t delved into as much This is something I almost ALWAYS have an issue with in high fantasy novels with expansive histories so it may just be me I would have liked some development on that end but I don t feel it significantly impacted the story in any wayIn conclusion This book was amazing I am obsessed It s at the top of my recommendations list I d do anything for a seuel NewFavoriteStatus Please pick this one up Thank you for your time 455 starsI will have many thoughts on this book when I do my video review but for now I just want to say that my heart feels like it is glowing I put the book down 10 minutes ago and I haven t been able to stop feeling so happy about the way this story developed and the way that Mare and Denna s relationship evolvedIf you are a huge fan of the dislike to love relationship trope I would highly recommend this book If you love horses you would love this book If you love UEER FANTASY and ownvoices at that you will LOVE THIS BOOK I can t get over how much I adored so many aspects of it A bit slow to start but the second half nocked me off my feet and I seriously can t wait to read by Audrey Coulthurst I received an ARC of this book through a giveaway all thoughts are my own 155Ah it s good to be back I must like writing reviews nearly as much as I love to read I d never realized thathttpsemmareadstoomuchwordpresscoAnyway let s get into this book I m disappointed yes but not slump worthily so I received this book in an Owlcrate and while it sounded liiiiiit and looks even prettier it hadn t really been on my radar beforehand So no I didn t like this But who has the time to be surprised by me not liking booksThe premise of this guy is sick At its most basic this is YA fantasy with a girl girl love story Which is like amazing Obviously So yes I wanted to like this I m giving it a little extra in its rating because it s so important in that way But the executionwell I ll explainThe fantasy of this is justpoorly done It s that weird fantasy trope where everyone has an INSANE name Here are the ones introduced in the first ten pages alone Dennaleia Alisendi Thandilimon Casmiel Amarinthine Aturnicus Mirianna Like what Oh and Amarinthine likes horses so her nickname is drumroll pleaseMare So like the names are that bonkers but the food is exactly the same as ours Down to tomatoes and chocolate cream pie and berries with whipped cream The only thing that s really changed is the time telling They use sunlength and moon WHICH IS JUST CONFUSING I think a sunlength is an hour And a moon might be two weeks or a month Give it up you re low fantasy JUST ADMIT ITNow for the most important part the characters IMO everyone is flat as hell Oh sorry I should say the Six hells I truly crack myself up Anyway instead of the audience being shown the two main girls traits we re just told what Dennaleia and Amarinthine are like I refuse to call them Denna and Mare It s just Here Is Dennaleia She Is Bookish And Here Is Amarinthine She Is Brave Oh my God it s like Divergent factions Or Hogwarts houses Hahahaha Second time I ve cracked myself up in this review so I m calling this a win already Anyway have I said that enough yet we re told they re like this but it almost never seems that way These characters also never feel bad about ANYTHING They re total sociopaths When Thandilimon finds out his betrothed is cheating on him with his sister too predictable to be a spoiler yes he literally starts crying and asks if there s anything wrong with him It s so sad And Dennaleia is just like OMG whatever view spoilerEven worse later Dennaleia KILLS about a half dozen people all but one of whom are semi innocent henchmen and feels FINE So does Amarinthine Dennaleia even says Only I Wiring knew the truth that all that death had been an act of love THAT DOESN T EXCUSE IT AT ALL So gross right hide spoile. Surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak And soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance important than ever acting on their feelings could be deadly Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts Mare and Denna must find a way to save theiringdoms and each other.