Title: White Stag
Author: Kara Barbieri
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy / YA Pages: 368
First published: to be published 8 January 2019 by Wednesday Books
Edition: e-ARC, courtesy of Netgalley and the publisher
Janneke’s survival in the court of merciless monsters has come at the cost of her connection to the human world. And when the Goblin King’s death ignites an ancient hunt for the next king, Soren senses an opportunity for her to finally fully accept the ways of the brutal Permafrost. But every action he takes to bring her deeper into his world only shows him that a little humanity isn’t bad—especially when it comes to those you care about.
This is actually a pretty hard book to review for me. There was a lot about this book I really liked, but also things that just did not work for me.
The world was really quite interesting, but also did not feel fleshed out enough. I would have liked the author to take a bit of time to explain the dynamics of this ‘split’ world a bit more.
I liked the spirited main character and thought the fact she had disfigurements (due to violence done to her) set her apart from your typical pretty girl and I really appreciated that. However, her actions and thoughts too often did not make much sense to me. The latter also applied to the relationship with goblin Soren. She was supposed to have been by his side for a hundred years, but they must have been asleep all this time, because they did not seem to know much of anything about each other prior to this story starting. Suddenly there were emotions…
The story also felt repetitive after a while. What was exciting in the beginning, became less so after the third time a similar thing happened.
At times, the writing was really beautiful, but at other times it felt a little heavy handed or unclear and confusing, which made reading it not an entirely satisfactory experience.
I did like the ending and I think this story had so much potential, but it just fell a little short of what I wanted from it.
4 out of 7 stars