Review of The Queen's Rising / Some Books I Haven't Finished This Year Part One

Tuesday, 1 May 2018
I guess you could blame my lack of reviews recently on the fact that I've not had the best of luck recently. There were several books that simply failed to live up to my expectations. This by no means that these books are necessary bad, but they just weren't for me.

Warning for subtle spoilers ahead.

The Queen's Rising by Rebecca Ross

Summary: When her seventeenth summer solstice arrives, Brienna desires only two things: to master her passion and to be chosen by a patron.

Growing up in the southern Kingdom of Valenia at the renowned Magnalia House should have prepared her for such a life. While some are born with an innate talent for one of the five passions—art, music, dramatics, wit, and knowledge—Brienna struggled to find hers until she belatedly chose to study knowledge. However, despite all her preparations, Brienna’s greatest fear comes true—the solstice does not go according to plan and she is left without a patron.

Months later, her life takes an unexpected turn when a disgraced lord offers her patronage. Suspicious of his intent, and with no other choices, she accepts. But there is much more to his story, and Brienna soon discovers that he has sought her out for his own vengeful gain. For there is a dangerous plot being planned to overthrow the king of Maevana—the archrival kingdom of Valenia—and restore the rightful queen, and her magic, to the northern throne. And others are involved—some closer to Brienna than she realizes.

With war brewing between the two lands, Brienna must choose whose side she will remain loyal to—passion or blood. Because a queen is destined to rise and lead the battle to reclaim the crown. The ultimate decision Brienna must determine is: Who will be that queen?

Why I Didn't Finish It: This book is full of so many cliches and I normally don't even mind cliches, but this was bad. Also the synopsis spoils at least the first quarter of the book?? 

So Brienna casually isn't a child prodigy, but that is honestly so irrelevant and doesn't count as a character flaw because it doesn't hinder her in any way. Seriously, all the other girls like her and even though she doesn't get a patron, her life is still great because *spoiler alert* her teacher (WHO SHE MET WHEN SHE WAS TEN BY THE WAY SO OBVIOUSLY NOT CREEPY AT ALL) falls in love with her and she falls in love with him and I'm pretty sure she's still only seventeen. That just did not sit well with me at all considering their power dynamic and how old they were when they met.

The concept sounds so cool until you start reading and they leave the school at which point it turns into cliche fest 101. I would have enjoyed this more if she'd actually gotten a patron but had been sneaky about it or if the patron was specifically her dad (I'm like 99% sure it wasn't her dad but I might be forgetting some details sorry!) and then she was brought to live with him and had to get accustomed to whatever her new life with him would entail.

There were about a million different directions this story could have taken that wouldn't have mimicked a bunch of YA books before it.

I don't have the time or energy for tropes I don't like. Next!