Wednesday, May 2

Non-Review: The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves #1)

The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves #1)
Sally Green

Published By: Penguin
Publication Date: May 3, 2018
Date Read: March 29, 2018
Genre: YA - Fantasy
Source: ARC from Illumicrate
Format: Paperback
Pages: 512

From Goodreads:
A princess, a traitor, a hunter and a thief. Four teenagers with the fate of the world in their hands. Four nations destined for conflict.

In Brigant, Princess Catherine prepares for a loveless political marriage arranged by her brutal and ambitious father. In Calidor, downtrodden servant March seeks revenge on the prince who betrayed his people. In Pitoria, feckless Edyon steals cheap baubles for cheaper thrills as he drifts from town to town. And in the barren northern territories, thirteen-year-old Tash is running for her life as she plays bait for the gruff demon hunter Gravell.

As alliances shift and shatter, and old certainties are overturned, our four heroes find their past lives transformed and their futures inextricably linked by the unpredictable tides of magic and war. Who will rise and who will fall? And who will claim the ultimate prize?

The Smoke Thieves was a book that I was umming and ahhing about reading for so long. I previously read Half-Bad by Sally Green and I was of the very unpopular opinion as I didn't like it. I mainly didn't like the writing style which was why I was so unsure about reading this one. However, after seeing some ARC reviews stating that the writing style and everything was very different to Half-Bad I decided to give it a go. I mean, the storyline sounded amazing. Honestly... I wish I had gone with my initial instinct and stayed away from this one.

I wanted to like this book so so much. YA Fantasy is my favourite genre of all time and I seriously can't get enough of it. Add to that, the fact that the premise of this book is so utterly fantastic I really wish I loved it. Unfortunately I just didn't. I only made it around 70 pages into this book.

The Smoke Thieves is told from the perspective of five of the characters. For me this was just way too many. Honestly, I do think some authors can pull off so many points of view but with this one I felt like it was stretched a little bit too thin. I couldn't connect with any of the characters and as soon as I was getting to know one of them, BAM you were in the head of another. It just felt totally disjointed to me and if I can't connect with the characters then I have a really hard time caring about what's going to happen to them. Due to this, although I was very intrigued about the premise of this story, I just found myself getting really bored and not wanting to read it.

I am really disappointed that I didn't enjoy this one more and I know there will be masses of people who love it! I wish I was one of them but I am starting to realise that maybe Sally Green books and me are just not a match. I will most likely be staying away from her books in the future. I am really sad I didn't like this one, and maybe I'd have grown to like it more had I continued, but personally I'd rather spend my reading time reading something I enjoy, rather than struggling through and ending up in a reading rut.

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