Published July 2016
Curses of VIII #1
I received Inherited in my July Fairy Loot box, and once I had this book in my hands, I had to read it instead of tossing it into my TBR pile.
First and foremost, this cover is entrancing. I am a sucker for a great cover, and for some reason, this one is mesmerizing. I also cannot stop touching it. I know that you can’t tell because this is simply a picture which cannot break the boundaries of texture, but the cover is this matte type material and its so unique! Look at me dedicating an entire paragraph to the cover of a book, but I can’t help it guys!
Secondly, I have NEVER read a fictional book about pirates (yes, I actually have read pirate hunting non-fiction books) so, I was curious to see what the life of a pirate entailed.
If saying ‘I love you’ meant death, would you still say it?
The Wilted Rose, of faery-tale and folklore, is a pirate ship filled with unfortunate souls-each forbidden to love. One such soul is Valencia ‘Lennie’ Roux. Raised in a brothel and an heir to a curse; Lennie never expected to pique the interest of any man. Yet with the arrival of vivid-eyed Nathaniel, she is torn between wanting to know him better and fearing what that knowledge would mean.
With Nathaniel bringing the crew’s total to six, the Wilted Rose sets off in search of the remaining two heirs. They hope that in reuniting, they will convince the faery Sorceress responsible for the curse, to end it. However lurking beneath the water is a long-standing enemy of the Wilted Rose; who is determined to thwart their quest and bring down its leaders.
Together the eight heirs fight for survival, friendship and love.
I am going to just come right out and say it: never before have I finished a book with such conflicting feelings. I wanted to like this book, I really did, but there were just too many things throughout the 530+ pages that kept knocking down my star rating, while I continued to look for more reasons to keep the rating up. I think those reasons are best described in a list, so here we go.
- There were WAY too many grammatical errors and mistypes in this book. I can understand a couple being sprinkled throughout, but there were upwards of 15-20 either misspelled words, or just the wrong word in general that wasn’t supposed to be there (for example instead of “an” it said “I”) and overall it added up to be a HUGE distraction.
- The plot was kind of all of the place. I couldn’t figure out who the antagonists were, or what their purpose was. Was it the Sorceress, or was it Hadnaloy? It seemed that they only served to make life difficult for the crew of the Wilted Rose, rather than being driven by anything else.
- I know this sounds petty, so I apologize in advance, but I just didn’t like the main character’s name. Lennie. I don’t know, it just didn’t work for me.
- Lennie was too confused and angsty in the beginning of the book to be likable. There is this scene where she kisses one of her crew-mates, and it was so out of the blue and bizarre that I legitimately thought it was going to be a dream sequence. It wasn’t.
- The book is just too long. There are chapters and chapters that serve no purpose, that nothing is happening in, and so it was kind of a dredge to get through. I thought I was never going to finish. I almost didn’t. I absolutely think this book could have been trimmed up to 350 pages and been just fine.
With all the negative points out-of-the-way, let me tell you why I continued to read the story even though it was so. damn. long.
The writing is phenomenal. Seriously, for a debut author, Freedom Matthews is a great writer. I felt like she really knew and understood the world that she was creating and navigating for us. Maybe a little too well actually, given the amount of pages in the book. But the sentence structure was varied, the word choices engaging, and the vocabulary advanced. (Meaning the conversations did not entail “he said, then she said, the he responded…etc)
When I was reading, I found myself drawn in, and I wanted to get to the end of the story. The problem was once I put the book down, I had a hard time convincing myself to pick it back up again. It is an easy read, though it may be a long one.
I am left trying to decide how to ‘sum up’ my thoughts on Inherited, and unfortunately I am failing. Maybe I just had too high of hopes to enjoy it thoroughly, or maybe the pirate life is not for me. Either way, it pains me to give this 2 stars. (Although, I will admit, if the sequel has the same type cover, it’s all mineeeeee.)