Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen (January 19, 2016)
Genre: Fiction/YA/Romance/Fantasy (not really)
Rating: 2 stars
Raisa was just a child when she was sold into slavery in the kingdom of Qilara. Before she was taken away, her father had been adamant that she learn to read and write. But where she now lives, literacy is a capital offense for all but the nobility. The written language is closely protected, and only the King, Prince, Tutor, and Tutor-in-training are allowed to learn its very highest form. So when she is plucked from her menial labor and selected to replace the last Tutor-in-training who was executed, Raisa knows that betraying any hint of her past could mean death.
Keeping her secret guarded is hard enough, but the romance that’s been blossoming between her and Prince Mati isn’t helping matters. Then Raisa is approached by the Resistance–an underground rebel army–to help liberate the city’s slaves. She wants to free her people, but that would mean aiding a war against Mati. As Raisa struggles with what to do, she discovers a secret that the Qilarites have been hiding for centuries–one that, if uncovered, could bring the kingdom to its knees.
If you’re sensitive to criticism or don’t like meanness, or rants, I suggest that you leave now. Don’t bother reading this post because the shit is about to hit the motherfucking fan.
You’ve been warn.
As you can see I don’t give a fuck about this book. Yeah I was excited to read Sword and Verse but once I started I knew this was going to be a shitty experience. And I was right. From beginning to end this was a waste of my time. I know what you’re thinking. Why the hell did she continue to read if the book was so shitty?
Well as an avid reader I really hate DNF’ing books. It’s a peeve of mine. Besides, I wanted to give it a chance and see if it would get better. Nope it did not. It got continually worse with each passing page. So therefore, I’m suing for emotional damages, based on fraudulent advertisement. Yes I said it. This book is a straight fraud. Like what is the point of all this deception? So you will be hearing from my lawyer.** All I know is this book have made me reevaluate what I’ll be reading in YA. Because this bish is motherfucking tired of the bs.
Anyways, here are my 5 reasons for hating this book with a passion.
1) FALSE ADVERTISMENT- Listen here publishers in the publishing world. I need ya’ll to know the definition of Fantasy because you obviously don’t. So take out whatever dictionary you have on hand and look up the damn word because I sick and tired of being duped by you people. What in the hell make you thing you could place Sword & Verse in the Fantasy section in YA. There is absolutely nothing fantasy related in this book. It’s pure romance that is masking itself as fantasy. I get it. Fantasy is the new trend in YA and you want to make that money but still it’s a disservice to us Fantasy lovers out there.
2) THE PACING- Sword and Verse is slow as hell. On top of that it’s boring. You’re reading and reading and reading hoping something good would happen but it doesn’t. Which brings me to the writing.
3) THE WRITING- In my opinion it’s pretty bad. I know this supposed to be fantasy and author like to make up places and names and their own language but in this case it doesn’t work. If anything it was pretentious and I know that wasn’t the author’s intention. Plus all the made up names and places was too much for me. It let me confused and I started to skim over names and places by then.
4) THE ROMANCE- Can you say insta-love. Yup the dreaded insta-love is in this book. Pretty much 95% of the book is romance with a hint of romance. Look this book is all writing with kissing thrown in between every 10 pages. My eyes fell out a couple of times with all the “I Love Yous”. I talking about I love you within 30% percent of the book. And this is just book one. Can we at least get to book two before the feeling start getting deep? I mean damn, if I wanted to read romance I would have picked up a fucking romance novel.
5) THE CHARACTERS- I didn’t give a damn about any of the characters by the time I got 50% through the book I wanted it to be over. Besides they were too lovey-dovey and swoony for my taste. I wanted action and adventure with a bit of magic. Instead I got a Nicholas Spark novel. YAWN!
Overall, Sword and Verse didn’t live up to my expectations. The concept might be interesting but it just wasn’t captivating enough for me to give it a higher rating. At least not from the fantasy stand-point. However, if you love a book that is heavy on the swoon and romance and light on the fantasy, I highly recommend Sword and Verse. Fantasy lovers I suggest you skip this. Not worth your time.
*I receive a copy via Edelweiss in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own.
** It’s a joke. Not calling my lawyers