Date Read: March 27, 2019
Title: Crown of Feathers
Author: Nicki Pau Preto
Rating: 2.75 stars
World Building: The idea of women phoenix riders as the defenders of an empire is fantastic. However, there was just too much background information dumped for me to get a very firm grasp on the world. This is probably because I skimmed. Info dumps make me lose focus, oddly enough. I get distracted and bored, and turn to other books that my hold my interest more. I ADORED the phoenixes, though, and wish I could become a phoenix rider myself.
Characters/Character development: Blergh. I’m not sure if this or the plot were my least favorite parts of the book. Honestly, my rating waffled between 2 and 4 stars for most of the book. The sisters were mostly eye-roll inducing. Even with the extenuating circumstances (which is a major plot spoiler, so that’s all you’re gonna get), Val is an asshole and abusive. There’s no better way of putting that. I did appreciate that Preto made the relationship complicated enough (realistic enough) that Veronyka still loved her sister even though she was overbearing, controlling, and mean. Val, that is.
Plot: 16 years before this story opens, a war between two sisters divided the country, and phoenix rider warriors were hunted down or fled into hiding. A secret band of riders is trying to resurrect (ha! Bad pun, my apologies) the warrior group, and Veronyka wants desperately to join them. But they only accept boys. Naturally. So she disguises herself as a boy
Writing Style: Way, WAY too many info dumps. I felt dragged down by the explanation of things, and that it took too long to get to the point. Overall, though, it was entertaining and told a good story.
This seems like a fairly negative review, but I didn’t really have super negative feelings about it. Again, it was a fairly entertaining read, and I have hopes that the sequel will have better…pacing? Plot devices? Anyway, I’ll definitely pick up the second book.