Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

Book: The Kingdom of Little Wounds
Author: Susann Cokal
Narrator (if applicable):n/a

Release date (if applicable): Published

Synopsis: Because this book is difficult to describe without giving too much away, I am using the description from Goodreads:
A young seamstress and a royal nursemaid find themselves at the center of an epic power struggle in this stunning young-adult debut.
On the eve of Princess Sophia’s wedding, the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches: brocade and satin and jewels, feasts of sugar fruit and sweet spiced wine. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne’s heirs, and a courtier’s wolfish hunger for the king’s favors sets a devious plot in motion.
Here in the palace at Skyggehavn, things are seldom as they seem — and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined with that of mad Queen Isabel. As they navigate a tangled web of palace intrigue, power-lust, and deception, Ava and Midi must carve out their own survival any way they can. 
My rating: 3 Stars
My opinion: This book started off much stronger than it ended. It came to a point that I felt that the book dragged on and detracted from the story. I must admit that it made it difficult to continue to read it. I do have Goodreads friends who have stopped reading it for this purpose.

One thing that truly stood out as I read this book was that it was being marketed as a young adult book. I would never allow my "young" adult to read this book due to the subject matter. I would say it is more a new adult and/or adult.

On a positive note, I must state that, overall, I did like this writer's style of writing and would definitely seek out more of her works. Seeing that this was a debut, I am sure her writing will "tighten" up with experience.
Source: Publisher for review
Would I recommend? : I have, but I don't know if I still would after finishing it.
Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Stand Alone

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