Monday, January 25, 2016

Book Review: The Golden Specific

TITLE: The Golden Specific
Book 2 in the Mapmaker's Trilogy
AUTHOR: S. E. Grove
PUBLISHED: July 2015
CATEGORY: Middle-Grade/Young Adult (crossover kind of series to be honest)
GENRE: Historical Fantasy
PREMISE: Sophia and Theo's adventures continue as she starts searching for clues about her parents and Theo gets apprenticed to an explorer.
MY REVIEW: Honestly...I don't have much to say about this one. Which is disappointing because I really liked the first book a lot. This book wasn't bad or anything it was just very much a middle book of a sequel and fell into all the traps that middle books can often fall into.
It stalled a lot for one thing. I think a lot of this could have been edited out easily and we wouldn't have lost anything. Most of the plot was just exposition. Illuminating exposition. We got a lot more details about this world. But exposition nonetheless and thus, the book felt like it was dragging a lot.
It's still a good series. It's just that this one stalled a lot and felt overly long to me. I still do love the author's imagination and attention to detail when it comes to this world though. Such fantastic world building.
WHO SHOULD READ: fans of the first book, alternative history fans
MY RATING: Three and a half out of Five

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