Partly a joke, partly not. (See Leagende)
4/5 Stars depending on how hard I’m being.
Unwanted by Cat Hartliebe
It’s part of a series, but easily stands on its own. It’s a story of self acceptance and finding friends. And how friendship really can make a difference in someone’s life.
The story falls into happily ever after category (HEA) which after reading more of Cat Hartliebe, you’ll find that common practice for them.
Bludi is a character most people can find a connection to. Unwanted is his place in society. His normal view is skewed. You miss most of the torment he receives because A he ignores it and B he knows how to not “step on toes”. He plays passive often just to not get hurt.
That passivity is what Richard, Ellone, and Queen Alaenia prey on. They definitely lean toward the good side of people, but it does not always lead to Bludi’s best interests.
Still, Bludi finds allies within them and a few others. Overall, even if in the moment he has fears, it ends up positive for him.
Pros: The book is well formatted with easy to read words. It doesn’t require a magnifying glass or magic to read. Each chapter has a distinct chapter name. The table of contexts give you the page number and chapter number, but you don’t know which number you are on when you reach a chapter break. The language used is easy to read without needing a dictionary.
It’s an easy to zoom through story. It’s short. I wouldn’t call it sweet, but it has that nice tied with a bow feeling.
Cons: The pronouns. Ugh, I had to stop a few times to figure out which he is he. The thing lacks in description. I don’t need a lot, but a little more would help. I don’t think it passes the Bechdel test. It seems to happen off screen a few times, but with a third person limited viewpoint on Bludi, he doesn’t know about it. Whenever he is around, the females pull him into the conversation. Mostly because he needs to be pulled into the story. Finally, the cover. Can’t ignore that this cover falls on the con side of the book. It’s weak. If compared to old school covers, it’s fine. It suits the genre and the story, but it’s a Wow Pick Me Up cover.
Overall I was happy to read this book. I look forward to reading more of Cat Hartliebe’s stories. They aren’t half bad.
What do you give me?