eARC Mini Review: Song of Blood & Stone by L. Penelope
Release Day, May 1, 2018!
In the beginning, there was silence.
Partial synopsis provided by Goodreads.
Song of Blood & Stone
Series: Earthsinger Chronicles #1
Author: L. Penelope
Publication Date: May 1, 2018
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Page Count: 384
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Cover Artist: ---
My Rating: Since this is a DNF read, I will not be assigning a star-review.
All included quotes have been taken from an ARC and may not match the finished publication.
“Not just cracks, not just a breach–the entire Mantle will fall. Soon. And the True Father will be unleashed on us all.”
DNFing at 30%
I’m not sure if it was the writing style, the concept, or the way the characters interacted with one another, but this read left me feeling confused. Reading more than a quarter of the book, I couldn’t get a good sense of the magic system, and the history behind it. Granted, there was quite a bit left in the book to uncover. However, the information provided simply wasn’t clear.
Not only that, the insta-love relationship that developed almost immediately between the main character Jasminda and Jack didn’t help. These instant attractions need more ground before they should be established. Furthermore, there is a graphic attempted rape scene that felt like it set the tone for the rest of the book as being incredibly negative. Maybe that is just my take on it, but from what I read, it doesn’t sound like a read for me.
I appreciated the fact that diversity is represented in these foremost characters. Prejudism immediately is identified as a main theme, as the main character Jasminda, although interracial, has dark skin which makes her an outcast in the small town that she now resides. Dark skin marks the Lagarmiri people with the ability to Earthsing, which is a magical ability that only they possess. What is unique is feared.
Overall, this just wasn’t a read for me. I can’t quite put my finger on exactly what it was, but the insta-love, graphic scenes, and confusing information weren’t to my liking.