The Girl Of Myth And Legend

Girl of Myth and Legend (The Chosen Saga #1)Girl of Myth and Legend by Giselle Simlett
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’m REALLY torn on whether or not I should give this book 3 or 4 stars and it has more to do with the author than this book. This book wasn’t awesome. It was a good start. It was a slow build and a different take on common tropes like a “chosen, witty, girl with latent powers destined to save the world” and “beauty and the beast”.

Sometimes how creative the author can get in the retellings of those classics (or tropes) is what I value about a story. I mean, certain tropes are popular for a reason. I like witty heroes and I like romances where the love interests come to the table with a strong prejudices only to have them torn down. I just do.

So here’s the thing- Simlett does make Leonie repetitive but that’s a quality her character can grow out of. It can be fixed and that flaw wasn’t the end of the world to me. I REALLY appreciate that there isn’t a love triangle and that the relationship isn’t thrown in my face. It’s a slow build with a lot of quick vulnerable moments that I feel are going to make the gravity of their love all the more impactful when they (hopefully) let their guard down fully to each other.

Leonie is a different character from the common YA trope in that there is a kindness in Leonie as a result of her life experience. She can be both gentle and quick-witted and that is a delicate and interesting balance to work into a character without making those qualities seem conflicting. Korren is a different love interest. I would like to see more complexity in his character and more personal driving motivators outside of his slave status and immortality. He feels pretty basically like the “beast” from Beauty and the Beast whose heart is being softened, slowly but surely.

The world building and social classes were good but pretty basic. There were some world “rules” that the author seemed to bend to her own advantage and I think that affected consistency and understanding in how the new world Leonie lives in, works.

All in all, I think this was a pretty decent debut. Granted, with a little more work and a willingness to keep working on characters, I think we could have a cool new series on our hands. I’ve seen a lot of rough debuts only to be flabbergasted (in a good way) by the improvement in the sequel.

I’m invested enough to want to at least know what happens to Leonie and Korren and am waiting to get my hands on Order of Dust!

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