Book Review: White Stag by Kara Barbieri

Wednesday Books
TBP: Jan. 8th, 2019
368 Pages

As the last child in a family of daughters, seventeen-year-old Janneke was raised to be the male heir. While her sisters were becoming wives and mothers, she was taught to hunt, track, and fight. On the day her village was burned to the ground, Janneke—as the only survivor—was taken captive by the malicious Lydian and eventually sent to work for his nephew Soren.

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.

Through every battle they survive, Janneke’s loyalty to Soren deepens. After dangerous truths are revealed, Janneke must choose between holding on or letting go of her last connections to a world she no longer belongs to. She must make the right choice to save the only thing keeping both worlds from crumbling.- Goodreads

Let me tell you about this book. In the most gentlest way possible, what I can say is that you are not missing anything if you choose to not pick up this book. This is not to say it was a bad read. It was alright.

There is nothing special about Janneke other than she survives a brutal massacre that killed her entire family and she has been able to survive in the permafrost. The author didn’t give her enough life for me to actually like her. Janneke is angry, scared and confused as to what to do next but that is all there is to her. When she is no longer all those things, she is some of them. Yes, she has drive but it switches on and off more than a light switch.

The author didn’t take the time to develop characters including Soren. She simply places everyone in their spots and then after a chapter or two there is a huge realization that everyone accepts. Its frustrating because the premise of this novel captures your attention but the execution doesn’t deliver at all.

The romance was lackluster and again that is chalked up the author just putting everyone the page and hoping the reader catches it. Janneke has been there for 100 years and there should be much more backstory in this novel but there isn’t.

The overall novel lacked focus, care for their characters and a clear path line for character development and growth of the plot.

However, despite all of this, the author made you want to keep reading in hopes that something different was going to happen and that you would find something more about Janneke and Soren.

Not a bad read but it needs work. Also TRIGGER WARNING. Rape is mentioned within this novel. The author does not go into detail but it is mentioned.


2 Pickles.

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