May 11, 2018

#BookReview: The Smoke Thieves (The Smoke Thieves #1) by Sally Green

About the Book:

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?

Publisher: Viking 
Recommended Age: Young Adult 
Genre: Fantasy 
How I Acquired this book: Publisher 
Overall rating: 
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About the Author:
Hi - I'm Sally Green. I'm the author of the real-world/ fantasy Half Bad Trilogy, which is made up of Half Bad, Half Wild and Half Lost. Most people read them in that order but there's always a few who don't. Many people who read them are teenagers but there's a lot who aren't.

I'm currently working on a new series called The Smoke Thieves, which is due to be published in spring 2018 and is definitely fantasy (there will be a map). 

I said I'd never write another trilogy after Half Bad but it seems I lied.

I live in a village in north-west England.

There's some stuff about the Half Bad trilogy at

Follow me on twitter@sa11eGreen 

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Could have been amazing! 

Check out author's other books? No 
Recommend this book? No 

Notes and Opinions: I have to say that I didn't really like the authors other trilogy Half Bad but I wanted to try this book out because it looked so amazing. Unfortunatly what I found was 5 POVs that really bogged down the story.  I really liked the first POV but the rest of them all fell off the board for me. The story felt more like a high middle grade novel vs. full on YA. It did have some more themes and langue at times that felt like young adult but for the most part it really felt like a middle grade book trying to be young adult.  I think if this would have gone full on middle grade it would have been a better story over all.  I also wish that we would have only gotten the one main POV that we started with. I really liked her and her situation and when it switched I almost lost total interest in the story at large.  

In the end I think this one was just trying to do to much and failed in my eyes. 

Go Into This One Knowing: 5 POVs, More Middle Grade vs. Teen

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this book does sound interesting to me. I'm really curious about the middle grade/YA issue too.

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