Review: White Stag

White Stag by Kara Barbieri

Publisher: Wednesday Books
Publication Date: January 8th, 2018
Pages: 368
My Rating: 2.5 Stars ⭐️⭐️

The first book in a brutally stunning series where a young girl finds herself becoming more monster than human and must uncover dangerous truths about who she is and the place that has become her home.

As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.

Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad—especially when it comes to those you care about.

Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.

This book had a lot of potential. The plot was a good idea, I just didn’t really love the execution. Everything seemed kind of forced and a little all over the place. The main character is conflicted throughout the whole book, but it doesn’t do the greatest job of explaining why.

Half the time I couldn’t quite understand what was happening. I would receive random info that was never explained as well and that made reading this book a lot less fun. Also things are revealed almost too slowly and I was a bit bored while reading. Waiting to figure out what is going on while also continuously getting random information was not easy to keep up with.

But the overall plot was exciting. I haven’t read a lot about goblins, so I was surprised by all the things I was finding out about them. The ending was good, and set up the next book rather nicely. I have a feeling the second book will more than likely be better than the first book, but I don’t think I will continue with this series.

Have you read White Stag? If so what did you think about it? All opinions welcome!! Thank you and Happy reading 🖤

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