Book Review: White Stag

white stag
 White Stag
 Kara Barbieri
Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Version: ARC – ebook
Page Count: 368
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Synopsis: GoodReads
Notable Notables: MC with body dysphoria
Recommended Readers: No one, sadly
Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

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.

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Reading Challenge Update – February 2019

February is gone, and so is another month of reading challenges! February felt like a long month to me, despite its shortness, but at the same time, the last week barely existed. Isn’t time strange?

This month was a great success for me. While I didn’t get to everything I wanted to read (who does?), I did accomplish a great deal: Seven books during the shortest month, five of them ARCs! Catching up on ARCs has been a huge goal for me, so I’m happy to be doing it, and I’m finding some great books to be excited for release besides.

Let’s check them out!

The Five-Star Favs

language of thorns
Finished: 2/1/19 | Rating: ★★★★★

Challenges met:

Plants are a feature of both the title and that sexy black cover of The Language of Thorns. Leigh Bardugo has crafted a short story collection full of original fairytales inspired by our own but applied to her fictional Grishaverse, and they’re all amazing. I’m always super impressed with people who can create new fairytales like this and make them feel like we’ve forgotten them but are now remembering them because that’s never easy.

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