Meh Chronicles: Shadow Queen, A Flame in the Mist, A New Darkness

Friday, February 26, 2016

Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine

Though I’ve heard some not so great things about Redwine’s writing, I thought I would give this a chance. I have been recently getting into a lot of retellings and even writing academic papers over them (you can check those out here), so I figured this one would be a good start for me. And can we talk about that cover? AMAZING!

I feel like I need to start off with the fact that I DNF’d this book at 17%. I just couldn’t do it guys. The writing was not what I had expected. There was such a large fissure between me, the reader, and the main character. I did not care about her, and I tried… I really really tried.

I felt like she could do so much more with her characters and some of the experiences they have endured. She had ample opportunity to make me care for her characters, but at every turn everything felt so very flat… and eerily similar to Snow White and the Huntsman movie, but I won’t get into that.

Overall, I sadly didn’t enjoy it so I have to give it a low rating.
I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

I gave this book 1 star.

The Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff

It is really rare that I do not finish a book. I’ve been known to put books down for months even more than a year, pick them up again and finish them. Something about a deep need to know how it ends and no matter what I just can’t let it go. But I could not force myself to care about finishing these books. Unfortunately given a few months time frame I was not able to finish these two books. There is nothing wrong with these books they just were not for me and I couldn’t force myself to be interested.

Written by a London popstar turned song writer, The Flame in the Mist by Kit Grindstaff just never connected with me. I really liked the premise of the book, defeating evil with the help of ghost and mistfits. Check. Set back in time. Love it, check. Strong female main character. Check. However I just couldn’t connect with Jemma and the telepathic golden rats thing was just strange. I could see how some fans of books like The Golden Compass or Warrior Cats might be fans of this book but it just wasn’t for me.

A New Darkness by Joseph Delaney

Unfortunately given a few months time frame I was not able to finish this book. There is nothing wrong with it, but it just was not for me and I couldn’t force myself to be interested in this book either.

I think Goodreads is a bit off. It would have been very helpful to have read the Last Apprentice series or at least have some knowledge of it before diving into this book. The whole time I was reading it I felt like I was missing some big chunk of information. While I found it interesting and will probably finish it at a later date I felt like I should go back and read the Last Apprentice series first and then start rereading this side trilogy. If you have read the Last Apprentice series I’m sure this book fits right and in and you will love it. But it’s hard to jump into a world that has already been so established somewhere else.

Reviews A New Darkness and A Flame in the Mist provided by a guest reviewer:

About the Reviewer:
Kristen is 29 years old and stays busy teaching 6th grade in a small town in Oregon. She loves her husband, dogs, cooking, and Harry Potter books. If she had more time, she would create her own book blog, but for now she collects books for her classroom library.


  1. Sad to hear that you didn't enjoy The Shadow Queen, I've been undecided on whether I want to read it or not, I still am!

    1. I've seen people who enjoyed this book and enjoyed her others as well. It just really didn't work for me. Hopefully, if you do take a chance on it, I hope it will work out in your favor!


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