ARC Review: Stray

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Title: Stray
Author: Elissa Sussman
Series: Four Sisters #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy
Publication Date: October 7th, 2014
My Rating: 2.5 Stars

  I am grateful for my father, who keeps me good and sweet. I am grateful for my mother, who keeps her own heart guarded and safe. I am grateful for my adviser, who keeps me protected. I am grateful for the Path, which keeps me pure. Ever after.

  Princess Aislynn has long dreamed about attending her Introduction Ball, about dancing with the handsome suitors her adviser has chosen for her, about meeting her true love and starting her happily ever after.

  When the night of the ball finally arrives and Nerine Academy is awash with roses and royalty, Aislynn wants nothing more than to dance the night away, dutifully following the Path that has been laid out for her. She does not intend to stray.

  But try as she might, Aislynn has never quite managed to control the magic that burns within her-magic brought on by wicked, terrible desires that threaten the Path she has vowed to take.

  After all, it is wrong to want what you do not need. Isn’t it?

  When I got a copy of Stray from Harper Collins for review, I was immediately excited because it sounded like a fairytale story, what with being from a royal family and the fairy godmothers and all. But boy was I wrong! Clearly, Stray is different and definitely much darker in a sense.

  When I started reading the book, it seemed so interesting and full of potential, yet as I read on, I slowly became more and more disappointed. There was not enough world building. For the main character, everything was an every day occurrence, but it seemed like the author forgot that the readers know nothing about that world. I was confused numerous times, and I had a hard time figuring out what was happening. It's like the plot was not clearly thought of and the ideas were scattered. I found myself going back a number of times to check if there was anything indication of a particular thing, only to look back and find out that there really wasn't.

  Mainly, those were the only problems I had. Despite those though, I couldn't help but want to find out more because I was interested in the story. The concept is amazing, and I believe that it has the potential to become an amazing series. I just hope that the next book would be better, because the story is truly unique and I do believe that it has potential.

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7 thoughts

  1. It's always so disappointing when a book that you're so excited for turns out to be not so great. :( On the other hand, it's always great when a series has potential to be amazing. :)

  2. Oh I'm sorry that one didn't work out for you. I got excited when I read the premise. And the cover is gorgeous.

  3. Yeah, I wasn't a fan of this one either! I just got bored way to quickly with this one :(

  4. I was really interested in this one but I keep putting it off because of all the not so great things I've heard. I still think I'll pick it up eventually because I love the premise and it sounds really unique, which I'm a sucker for unique books!

    It always sucks when something you've been looking forward too isn't quite what you hoped! Great review =)

  5. I'm sorry that you weren't able to enjoy this one as much as you'd hoped, that's always a shame when that happens. But thank you for the honest review! :)

  6. Hmm, I am a bit nervous about this one to be honest. I mean, I agree, the concept sounds great! But if we don't get answers and the world building is off, then I am wary for sure. I hate not knowing what is going on a book either, that is a huge turn off! Great review, sorry it didn't work out better!

    Shannon @ It Starts At Midnight

  7. Oh, it's a shame you couldn't like this book as much as you wanted to. Thanks for the heads up on it being darker than expected! It's a shame about the confusion and the plot being a disappointment.


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