A Confusing Attempt
We are about three days away from Christmas Eve and I'm trying my damnedest to get up my few reviews that are left before we go off grid for the next few days. So this one is over the ARC of Beyond The Shadowed Earth by Joana Ruth Meyer. This book was an... interesting attempt at something great. I feel like this book had all the components for something awesome but lets see why.
There were so many things about this book that I did think were solid and gave the story the kind of fiber it needed to have a strong base. Meyer really creates a stunning world and environment to really set the tone for Eda's journey and her strifes and successes. Not only that but she showcases a really wonderful writing style that moves the story along at a nice clip, she utilizes her minor characters well and that gives off just the right amount of friction to keep the reader invested.
These things were so so so important for me while reading this ARC because I had zero desire or pity for Eda as the main character. Eda is a selfish young and naive girl who truly believes that she is the center of the universe. Now I like to tell myself I love a good anti-hero as well as just really asshole-lish lead characters... but Eda really took it to a new level. She had no redeeming qualities to make me stick around and pull for her. This entire story centers around her making a deal with a God to become empress, murdering the other emperor and then attempting to get back at the Gods because they didn't do what she demanded they do. The book is literally built off of her telling everyone how she has been wronged and yada yada yada. Even at the end of it all where she is being forced to see the dark of all she's done.... SHE IS STILL SAYING OH WOE AS ME..... ugh. I hated her. Struggled the entire story cause I truly wanted her to be spited by them all. Not only that but she was awful the entire book and still managed to end up somewhat happy at the end.... but I wasn't super upset by the ending of it all. It felt like a proper ending to the story but.... I don't think she deserved it even thought it felt like a good closing.
Overall.... I gave the book a solid three point five because there was a lot of strong structurally sound points for this book... but the main character alone made the story so hard to enjoy... ugh. I have never read something I disliked only because the main character was horrid. First time for everything I suppose.
These pages take me places and I cannot wait to see where I go next!
All my love!