(DNF) Review: A Throne for Sisters (A Throne for Sisters, #1) by Morgan Rice

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A Throne for Sisters by Morgan Rice | Rating: ★☆☆☆☆

As a note, a copy of this novel was sent to me via NetGalley by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not effect my opinions in any way.

This book. Where to begin? Ah, I should start with my usual disclaimer: if a book isn't my cup of tea, that does not make it a bad book. Taste is subjective and what did not work about A Throne for Sisters in my mind, might connect easier with you. It's that simple! So, keep that in mind and let's dive on in:

I can't believe I've put off writing this review since earlier this spring. A Throne for Sisters was VERY appealing to me when I first requested it. The synopsis was right up my alley and the genre? Don't even get me started on how appealing the genre was! And, to be perfectly blunt, the writing and world-building was fantastic--Rice clearly put forth a great deal of effort and development for the book, and forthcoming series.

So what made it not work for me? What made me add this to my DNF pile? A Throne for Sisters is not a bad a book. The truth is, I couldn't connect with the characters and this eventually put me off enough to make me just not read it. A lot of contributing factors were: I just didn't find myself drawn to anyone well enough to stick through it and maybe a little bit that it felt out of my age range.

It felt like the groundwork was all there, but the lack of emotional connection towards the characters and the flow of the first quarter of the book just wasn't for me. There was this uneven balance of, well, most things in this book--a lot of it felt well thought out and highly developed, while there was still a glimmer of something almost nonsensical that put me off.

And once I cast the novel aside, the less likely it became that I would pick it back up.

So, here we are.

Loretta over at Laughing Listener really put my thoughts into word via her own review, which fits in with a lot (if not all) of my reasons for not finishing it: "Right off the bat I could tell this world was well thought out. I was intrigued by it, but dang, we’re thrown right in the action and it was kind of jarring. The opening scene is of sisters Sophia and Kate fleeing their terrible orphanage in a high action chase. But having just met these characters, I found myself weirdly disinterested in the outcome. I wish there had been a bit more build up to it. It would have been great to have a small glimpse of their life in the orphanage and their familial bond before seeing them run away. I would have cared a lot more."

Ultimately, this wasn't for me. But, I still think you should give it a chance if the premise feels like a good fit for your personal preference.

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