Title: White Stag
Author: Kara Barbieri
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Version: ARC – ebook
Page Count: 368
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Notable Notables: MC with body dysphoria
Recommended Readers: No one, sadly
Thank you, NetGalley and the publisher, for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I’m going to be honest with you: I DNF’d White Stag by Kara Barbieri at 56%. I normally don’t review books I don’t finish because it’s unfair, but I’ve made an exception for this book because it needs major editorial help, and I think interested readers should be aware of that before they buy.
First, the plot: A human girl named Janneke has been a slave in the Permafrost for one-hundred years. Her first goblin master was Lydian, who was endlessly cruel and malicious to her, eventually giving her as a gift to his nephew Soren. While Janneke’s current goblin master is much kinder than her last, she longs to escape to the human world, but without any family left to welcome her and her body undergoing monstrous changes from human to goblin, she is at war with herself about where she belongs. When the Goblin King dies and the White Stag that symbolizes his power flees from the throne, Janneke is forced to join the Hunt with Soren, who seeks to kill the stag, inherit its power, and become the new Goblin King.