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Furyborn

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This was one of my most highly anticipated books of 2018 but unfortunately....I was highly disappointed by it.  I was expecting it to be my favorite flavor of burning hot, cup of tea, but it was not that at all.

It had an AMAZING premise, and started off extremely interesting (like I was gripped! Intrigued!), but all too soon, it fell more and more flat, and I grew more and more bored with each turn of the page.

I tried, I really did.  Because I so wanted to love this book.  But I just couldn't lie to myself.  This book was painful to get through, especially at 400+ pages.  It is unnecessarily long, and even worse, it was told through alternating viewpoints, making it feel that much longer.  One character's chapters were more boring than that of the other main character's, because at least the other character had some action going on.  But, on the downside, all that action was pretty pointless. So.  Not much better.

I actually wanted to cry when I finished reading this, because I was so disappointed.  I'm hoping that maybe there's hope for better times to come in the sequels??  And i'm not going to completely write off Claire Legrand either, because the ideas were there, and the writing had promise, it just fell flat in this particular book.

This one just wasn't for me.
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I tried reading this book but sadly I didn't make it very far while reading this book. I think that the different point of views made it a bit difficult to understand . I usually love this author's books and I hoped that this one would work out for me.
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I really enjoyed the duel POV’s and the concept of this YA Fantasy. I liked each character individually but wish they were more closely related. I felt that the timelines being so far apart made the book feel like it should’ve been broken into books of their own. I think because of the timeline being so far apart it caused the pacing to slow down a lot. It felt like so much information and I started to lose interest. I pushed through and enjoyed the end but there was a lot of middle going on. I’m not sure yet if I’ll read the rest of the series as it is quite the undertaking.
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Reviews for this book are very polarizing. And I find merit in both sides. This book read like a high fantasy. I liked the the contrasts between the two main characters . And it was action-packed. However, some parts really missed. I either disliked them or were boring and felt unnecessary. That is my biggest criticism. The book felt unnecessarily long and became difficult to get through at time.
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Very late to the reviewing party (and we all have quarantine to thank for my mass catchup), but Claire is a genius and I would die for Rielle. That is all.
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Wow, wow, wow! Furyborn is absolutely one of my favorite fantasies I've read. Such a beautifully imagined world.
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3 - 3.5 stars

Okay...

I loved the idea of this book. Angels, time travel, two people forced to play out their destiny for good or evil. The story  immediately sucked me in, however, the book was 100 pages too long and lagged HORRIBLY in the middle. I found myself asking, "Why do I care?" multiple times around page 375-400.The dialogue in the sex scenes made me cringe. It would also be the only reason I would hesitate to adopt the title for my classroom library. Overall, I just did not care about the characters. They all fell a little flat for me. I also did not like how the mother was turned into a creature at the end. A plot twist I saw coming pretty early. 

All negatives aside, I like the ideas behind the story itself and the world building but in the end could not get behind the characters. I personally won't be continuing with the series.
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The alternating POVs in different time periods required quite a lot of exposition to ground the reader in the two seperate sets of stakes and get invested in the characters--I'll be recommending this book to hard fantasy fans who don't mind having to wait for the story to come along. As it is, it's not an accessible book, which is too bad because it's far more feminist than many YA fantasies.
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Furyborn is the first book in the Empirium triology.  It's a fantasy focused around two different women set in different times - Rielle and, 1000 years later, Eliana.  There is a legend that two queens, the Sun Queen and the Blood Queen, will rise.  Rielle has all 7 elemental magics that it's foretold the Queens will possess, so she undergoes a series of trials to determine which Queen she is.  If she is the Blood Queen, she will be put to death.  In the other storyline, Eliana has followed her mother's footsteps into the violent underworld to keep her family alive.  A bunch of women have been disappearing in her city, and now her mother's gone, so she starts to investigate what's been happening.  
Unfortunately, both characters are painfully unlikable.  Eliana was cruel and Rielle has no control over her powers, but is hailed as in control.  Both are horny as all get-out.  There is very minimal world building, which makes for a very confusing story when you're rushing through action and magic the entire 500+ pages.  This book was not thought out enough to warrant the length.  The premise was interesting, but this was such a let down.
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I don't think I've ever been so enthralled by an antihero as much as I was with Rielle. Her trials, love story, and slow succumbing to darkness were constant page turners. 

I found Eliana's chapters and story a lot more challenging to get into. For me, she wasn't as engaging of a character as Rielle.
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I was very disappointed in this book. It has a lot of potential but was too derivative and unimaginative for me.
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Really enjoyed this one! It's an original, fast-paced start to a trilogy. I grew attached to the characters very easily and couldn't decide whose point of view I preferred.
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This book was my most anticipated release of 2018, and while it was a bit of a letdown, I still really enjoyed it. It follows two women, separated by a millennia, one of whom is the queen of light and one of whom is the queen of blood.

Here’s my issues with this book: it was very slow, therefore hard to get into. It took me more than a year to read just because I couldn’t get into the story. Most importantly, though, I didn’t connect with the characters. I didn’t like Elliana too much until the end, and I was interested in Rielle—but it’s hard to love a character whose fate you know from the prologue. Still, this is my favorite book about angels that I’ve ever read, so I’m looking forward to reading the sequel someday.
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What happened? The prologue is fierce and compelling, I devoured it way to quickly, and then chapter 1. I can't even begin to describe the feeling of dread and regret I felt as a spent 4 days trudging through the first 30 pages. I kept expecting it to get better, some high magic, high drama, high destruction, and no just burning horses and morally grey characters that were not actually morally grey. The story ended up picking up after a bit, but I don't think I was reading it, more like skimmed it but more, but not at the same time.

Rielle is introduced in the prologue, so we know quite a bit about her and where her story will end up going, but later in the story she is to be the sun, the light of their people. Eliana is the morally grey, but not really, mercenary (is that the right word for her?) from 1000 years later. I don't know which girl annoyed me more though. One is good pretending to be bad, the other is good that will be bad eventually and it all just irked me. Also, the "sex" scene, oh gah I don't think I've laughed so hard in years.

In conclusion, I will probably end up hate reading this book again so I can continue the series and hopefully get to the part of the story that the prologue shows. I swear that prologue will be with me for LIFE.
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I tried to read this ARC MANY times but unfortunately I couldn't stay interested because the plot moves way to slow for my taste
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I really loved this book. Claire Legrand has created a world that I got lost in. Even though the author often changed the point of view, the book was easy to follow and this added to the story. I have already downloaded the second book, Kingsbane.
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I received this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Normally, a novel like this is exactly my sort of thing.  I love fantasy, I love YA Fantasy even more, and sprawling epic YA fantasy?  Yes, please!  Unfortunately, I just couldn't get into this book and I marked it as DNF at the 20%.  It really didn't grab me, and reading it felt like a chore.  I may give it another go in the future, to see if I was just in the wrong headspace for it at the time, but as of right now it's too much information overload and a too slow start to get me really hooked.  I'm sad because I went in really excited to read it.
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I do think the idea is very different and creative, but I think there might have been some execution problems.
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This is. a book that you don't know how to feel when you first read it. Upon re-reading it, I loved it more than the first time. I loved the description and two timelines, make for a very interesting read.
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Okay so the 1000 year dual timeline of this book is so interesting! Although that sounds like it may be confusing, it was actually rather easy to keep up with and the timelines flowed together very well!
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