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“Brittle” was a fast-paced descent into the trickery and devious web-weaving faeries are notorious for. When Verve’s father returns from the war with a dangerous secret that costs him his life, the world turns upside down for Verve. Snatched by a faerie and brought into Letorheas, the world of faeries, Verve is held hostage and questioned about the location of an ancient faerie artifact. The characters are fascinating. It's easy to fall under the natural charm of the fae characters, who know how to sweet talk and tell half-truths until there is nothing more pleasing than to bend to their every wish and desire. Despite Verve's ruthless determination and strength, it is easy to see how even she can become lost in the web of deceit the faeries are so good at weaving.

Thank you to NetGalley and Flame Tree Press for providing me with a free e-arc of this book and the opportunity to write an honest review!

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Standard fantasy fare in the modern YA age. The writing is good but shifts between contemporary voice and ... "elfish" old. Although I had a laugh at "Fenn's deep, erotic chuckle." The characters are ... there. Simply present. I'm afraid I just couldn't feel the "anger" that our lead was supposed to embody. I kept getting confused between the two love interests. On more dire notes ... this text could have gone beyond a basic fae narrative in so many ways that I suspect flew past the author. Let's take gender for example. Now we have "she-fae" to demarcate women from the rest (menfolk?). A more compelling narrative that made use of the fantasy medium to tackle social issues would have been our lead deciding to stay in faedome as an ambassador of feminist upheaval and crusader against elvish sexism. Alas, our "Miss Springer" is left to a tired love triangle comprised of ancient beings and her woefully girlish self, poor lass. The cover is gorgeous, though, and I can just imagine the anime version ... if only it was worth pursuing.

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I think that Carissa Broadbent is a great comp author for this book, because I also do not care for Carissa Broadbent. The market for fae romantasy is absolutely saturated and I find almost all of the available titles to be mediocre; this book seems to fit perfectly and unremarkably among those ranks. Fae romantasy needs to do a lot more to stand out these days.

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This was okay, and I liked the characters, but it was too short for me to get fully invested in the world and the characters. It also started quite abruptly in what felt like the middle of the story. Just fine.

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I tried really hard to finish this book, but I could simply not connect with the main character. I skimmed the last 20%

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I thoroughly enjoyed Brittle, and found it an easy read to get into. One of my rules for myself is that I don’t read reviews for a book before I read it, so that I can into the story with no preconceived ideas.

Since I finished the book I’ve seen a lot of reviews compare this book to ACOTAR, but it actually reminded me more of The Cruel Prince in terms of the way characters treat humans and how the treatment is endured. The comparisons to ACOTAR come from the love triangle, which if we’re honest, was never a love triangle because she always hates the one guy.

Brittle also has very obvious parallels with Little Women, which very few people have mentioned, and it’s one of my absolute favourite classics so I was really excited about that.

I saw a review say that the love interest was a surprise, but if you know Little Women, the love interest is spelled out very early on in the book - he even has the same name.

I would love to delve into the magical systems a bit more in the next book, and I love that there is a residual scent to magic. (Hallo candle merch opportunity!) Needless to say, I have to know what is going to happen next with Verve, her family and the prophecy.

This may be for you if you enjoy :
- Little Women
- The Cruel Prince/ACOTAR
- Fae
- Closed door romance
- Magic
- FMC’s with fiery tempers

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This book was not bad but I just don’t think it was for me. The writing was a bit juvenile. The main female character was whiny af.

I think the book needed more world building.

The romance was kindof cute which is a big reason why I gave it 3 stars.

I think many will like this book, but unfortunately I am not in that category.

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Brittle was an interesting and fresh story with great character development and plot as well as pacing. I really enjoyed the book and am sure the author, Beth Overmyer is one to watch!

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for granting me free access to the advanced digital copy of this book.

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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I love fae stories and this didn’t disappoint. The world building is expertly done and the visual descriptions are stunning. Verve is an excellent main chat and she’s both well written and fully fleshed out. Both Dacre and Fenn and great characters too and I loved the mystery and intrigue.

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Didn’t finish it. I got to chapter 6 but haven’t picked it up for weeks, which is a sign it’s not for our box We want books we can’t put down.

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Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a free advanced copy of this book to read and review.

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An amazing action packed fantasy novel with a female main character trying to protect her kingdom from danger. Wonderful read, loved it!

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This was an interesting story. I do like premise and the plot. I think my problem is that it just didn't gave me what I was expecting it to be? Nor the level of depth needed I enjoyed in a book. Overall, I think this is pretty decent.

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Special thanks to NetGalley and Flame Tree Press for the ARC copy they provided.

Unfortunately, I just did not feel enough of a pull to read this book, and I did not finish it in time to leave a review before the publication date.

I read about 19% of Brittle and it is a well written book with a strong and well throughout main character I became invested in. The story was engaging, and, despite being one among many faerie stories, I do want to know what happens at the end. When I have more time, I will finish Brittle and leave a longer, more in-depth review.

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Interesting magical system, however it took nearly 1/3 of the book for me to get interested in the plot. Pacing could use work.

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Where did this comparison with Carissa Broadbent come from? I don't see it AT ALL. Overall, it was not great, the pacing was very off, the characters either annoying or so insignificant I didn't bother to remember their name. The plot was stupid and I just did. not care. 1 star.

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I liked this fantasy- but I feel like it was a bit basic, not super memorable. There was tons of action and the flow went nicely, but I feel like the characters fell a bit flat. Not my favorite, but not a hate either.

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I flew though that book! Verve is such a firecracker and really like her determination. I could feel her passion coming out of the pages.

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Brittle by Beth Overmyer is an interesting fae fantasy with a typical worldbuilding of both human and fae realms, Verity (Verve) is also a typical heroine trope in my opinion with secret powers and a reluctant hero syndrome that made her a bit whiny sometimes. There are multiple men in love with he. (of course) and she gets herself into more trouble than it seems she should be able to. I feel like the first half of the book was so slow that I lost interest before it got to the better parts. It would have been a quick read if not for that. Overall I felt like I had already read this book before but just with different character names.

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