I wanted to like this book. I actually really tried to like this book. Especially because I wanted C.A. Gray to rep my hometown of Tucson, AZ well…..haha NOPE. For me, this was one of those books that sounded good in theory, but was really poorly executed.
So here’s my mini story about how I came across this book: I picked this book up (figuratively) because it was a NetGalley ARC that had gotten really good reviews on Goodreads. The back of the book blurb intrigued me. From what I gathered, this book would be an action/adventure/fantasy novel, which would weave in bits of Arthurian Legend. Other reviewers who gave the book good reviews said they weren’t interested in Arthur Legends until they read this book. So I was like: PERFECT. Because I actually love the legends of King Arthur, Camelot, and the Knights of the Round Table. But this book did NOT live up to the hype I created for it.
I was super disappointed because the high fantasy genre has been letting me down a lot these days. And now, after reading this book, I’m fed up with it.
I don’t even know where to begin with my review. I don’t want to rip this book apart, but at the same time I really did not enjoy reading this book. I mean, I can crank out books, fast. Like, I can read a book every 2 or 3 days. But this book? It took me 3 WEEKS. That’s the longest I’ve spent reading a book in probably…like, 8 months. Seriously. That’s how…umm, I want to say “boring” but instead I’ll say “not gripping” this book was.
I can’t honestly say it was “boring” because a lot did happen… Gray just didn’t make me excited about what was happening. She didn’t make me care about her storyline, or her characters, or the fate of Carlion/Avalon/etc.
A lot of people liked this book because they liked the way that fantasy and science were imbedded together. But I thought the science was pushed way way too hard in this book. And, Disclaimer: I love science. It’s my jam, my bread and butter, and all that jazz… But seriously, I started to get annoyed with Peter trying to explain everything as science. I was like: Yo, homeboy, listen up: You are in a freaking fantasy novel, let loose and enjoy the ride.
Seriously. Holy hell. That kid was so annoying with all of his theories. I was like: Man, just STFU. UGH.
Which sort of is the best lead-in I’ll ever get to talk about my least favorite character ever, Peter.
(ATTN: SARCASM) I just love the premise: Peter is a 14 year old kid who has a knack for quantum physics?! LOLZ . OH YEAH, I’M SURE. SOUNDS REAL PLAUSIBLE DUDE. Basically, I just didn’t like him. Which is probably half the reason why I didn’t care about this book.
This book was pretty hard to get into and it took forever for things to start happening. Also, for one of the first times in my life, I was reading this book and I was like: WOW. I am too old for this. I can’t even describe it. The dialogue was juvenile, the characters were annoying, and the general plot and interactions between characters seemed petty.
My only weird comparison is that this book sorta had a Harry Potter-like feel to it. (mostly because of the whole “three amigos” thing and having a “chosen one”…) But, I mean, I’ve reread the entire Harry Potter series past the age of 18 and still really enjoyed it. But this book? I was like one of those kindergarteners that hates story time and just wants to play on the jungle gym. I was like: NOOOOO, I DON’T WANT TO READ THIS DUMB BOOK.
This ARC was provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.