The Elemental Trilogy #1
Release Date: September 17, 2013
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Source: Publisher (Edelweiss)
Goodreads Stars: DNF
Pages Read: ~190 (41%)
In the past, I never used to post reviews of books that I didn't finish. I didn't feel like I could write enough about them for the post to be considered a review. But I have changed my mind, and decided to give this a try. Please don't class this as an "official" review, more of my jumbled thoughts on the book and why I wasn't able to finish it.
I was very excited to read The Burning Sky, because I had heard great things coming from earlier reviewers. Everyone said that it was a fantastic fantasy novel with great world building to boot, but unfortunately I did not get the appeal.
The first couple of chapters were good, I will admit. I loved the prologue, and the author’s writing style sucked me in at first, and I even raved about it on Twitter. But after that things went downhill – slowly – and I wanted to quit reading. By 20% I was skim reading, and I made it about 40% of the way through before I finally had to give up, because I was so bored and I had no idea what was going on.
I was just so bored. That's the main reason that I end up giving up on books nowadays. I can handle offensive or ridiculous content, but I can't handle boredom. At least the stupidity entertains me. It felt like this book wasn't going anywhere, and we hardly had a chance to be introduced to the characters before they were shooting out lightning and flying around in the sky. Or whatever it is that they were doing.
Like I said, the first couple of chapters were intriguing, until the prince's point of view was introduced and then it became very jumpy and I got confused. The world building wasn't very clear either. One minute they were in a fantasy world (or so I thought), and the next they were at Eton in Windsor, England.
I didn't feel any chemistry between the two characters, nor did I feel either one was particularly interesting on their own.
I should probably stop now before I find another way to reiterate that this book was dull. It's a shame, because I was so pumped for a great fantasy, and I hate being disappointed.