Author: Claudia Caren
Series: Red Rose & Black Ash #1
Genre: YA Fantasy
Publication Date: July 29, 2017
Goodreads Synopsis: For two years, her memories were lost.
For two years, she believed a lie.
For two years, thousands of lives rested in her hands. But she didn’t even know.
Because she can’t remember her past, Rose Kristal thinks she is an ordinary girl until her sixteenth birthday. On that day she discovers she is far beyond ordinary. On that day she remembers what she had forgotten. Now with thousands of people in peril, Rose needs to take back what has been stolen from her.
Second by second, time ticks down and challenges pile up as Rose struggles to reclaim her kingdom from a vile tyrant. One who is determined to vanquish her. And to make matters more complicated, she is falling for a kind guy with a deadly secret.
But Rose’s biggest fear—losing the one she loves to the prophecy.
After reading the synopsis for Fated Loss, I really felt like this would be a good book. Unfortunately, it did not turn out that way for me. From the beginning, I had many issues with the book and it only continued on from there. By around 50% completion, I was contemplating to DNF it. But I didn’t feel like it was fair to not finish the book and still review it. I’m glad I did continue as I found my favorite part of the book.
However, there were so many problems I had with this book that my favorite part was not able to save my feelings of this book. I really wanted to like it, but I was unable to do so. Let’s get to my thoughts about the book.
Things I Like:
This book is mostly told from Rose’s POV, however, we get a small glimpse into Logan’s POV in the middle of the book. I devoured the short time he was narrating. Everything that I felt wrong with this book disappeared right here. I honestly wish that Logan was the main character of the book and that the story focused on him. The chapters for Logan feel better developed than the rest of the book and I wish there was more of it.
Things I Don’t Like:
I’m sorry there are a lot, and I do have more listed. Though I know that I’ll get the point across with these points.
Books that use a thesaurus to write “bigger” words don’t work for me. It makes the reading sound choppy and not relatable. It’s easier to read something that flows naturally than sound intellectual. It’s not a college paper, and shouldn’t sound like one. For example, one sentence reads how Rose was “reloading [her] locker.” It simply doesn’t flow.
Every story has cliches. Except this one seemed to take every cliche in the world and jam it into a less than 200-page book. Now I don’t want to get specific because then I will spoil parts of the book, but trust me. Lots of cliches that we’ve all heard before.
This is supposed to be a YA fantasy book, so world-building is absolutely necessary to transition from the human world to a fantasy world. This never happened. It felt like I was in a Divergent-like town with empty streets and no one around doing anything to stop the darkness. There are supposed to be faeries living in Astella that have elemental powers, but it is brushed over. There are so many uses of explanation instead of plot to tell things that I feel like the author noted it down and didn’t take it out of the final product. I couldn’t connect with the world in this book.
Well, if the world-building isn’t good, then characters should be, right? No. The characters are very flat and unemotional. Within three seconds a character is spilling all of their secrets to their new best friend that they just met. Or falling in love, kind of, well, maybe sometimes. Honestly, that bit was confusing. The only time I saw some sort of character development was in Logan’s POV, but that was short-lived and didn’t go beyond that short section. The characters just don’t work for me.
Overall, Fated Loss is not what I expected it would be. I had a hard time connecting with the characters and the overall world of Astella. I feel like the world-building and character development need more work. This book has a lot of potential to be better, but I don’t think I would continue the series. I give Fated Loss…
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