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Mini-Review Compilation #1

The Fate of the Tearling

This is the final book in the The Queen of the Tearling trilogy and I really enjoyed it! I’d probably rate the books The Invasion of the Tearling, The Fate of the Tearling, and The Queen of the Tearling in order of enjoyment. I didn’t like the first very much, but loved the second, and really liked the third! I thought the plot progression was interesting, although I got confused at times, and I love the characters. I thought it was really nice to see more of the background of the Tearling. I’d definitely recommend this trilogy to fans of fantasy stories.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Meursault Investigation

The three star rating is based on my personal enjoyment of the read, not an objective scale. I would 100% recommend this book to anyone who has read The Stranger by Camus. It provides a fascinating contrast and goes to show that there are many sides to every story. I struggled a bit with the meandering, rambling way it was written, but it served a purpose and it was well-done overall.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Their Eyes Were Watching God

This is another instance where my rating is very subjective. This book is great–it’s just not for me. I struggle with classics and with historical fiction and that’s really why this book didn’t work for me. I also think I would have enjoyed it ten times more if I had read it in a class, as that helps me get the most out of books I wouldn’t have otherwise enjoyed (see: The Awakening and Austerlitz). What I’m saying is, this rating is just for me and stars mean nothing.

Rating: ⭐️⭐️

Thanks for reading! Have you read any of these books? If so, what were your thoughts? You can also find me on Twitter and Goodreads.

4 thoughts on “Mini-Review Compilation #1”

  1. I was disappointed in way the Fate of the Tearling concluded the trilogy. I really enjoyed the trilogy right up until the last 100 pages of the last book. Then if felt like the author had written the characters into an impossible situation, so she just pressed the “reset” button. To me it seemed like a bit of a cop out. I still enjoyed the trilogy but I wished that it had wrapped up differently.

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    1. I can absolutely see why people would dislike the ending, but I enjoyed it! It did kind of feel like all three books went to waste, but I also got it. It felt like the entire reason they went through all of these struggles was to make the world a better place and the only way to do that was to sacrifice the world they already knew. [SPOILERS] Alternatively, we could interpret it as one of those “Kelsea actually died and this is her in heaven or whatever” things, which I feel like people do with stuff all the time, haha. But yeah, it kind of had a Mary Sue ending.

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      1. Maybe, but if it was her heaven it was depressing that no one remembered her! Also, each chapter throughout the series started with an excerpt from history books written in the “future” about Kelsea and her reign. Are we just supposed to assume that none of those books are written? Because that was one of my favorite elements going through: seeing how future generations perceived the events that we’re reading about. I was disappointed that we never really get to see how those future generations come to be. I do see your point about the sacrifice, but I just couldn’t quite forgive that it negated all that came before.

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