A Girl From Nowhere

A Girl From NowhereSurrounded By Fire, A Girl With Mysterious Powers And A Young Warrior Search For Safety Life In The Wasteland Is A Constant Struggle No One Knows It Better Than Taimin Crippled, And With Only His Indomitable Aunt To Protect Him, Taimin Must Learn To Survive In A World Scorched By Two Suns And Frequented By RaidersBut When Taimin Discovers His Homestead Ransacked And His Aunt Killed, He Sets Off With One Mission To Seek Revenge Against Those Who Stole Everything With Nowhere To Call Home, His Hunt Soon Takes A Turn When He Meets A Mystic, Selena, Who Convinces Him To Join Her Search For The Fabled White City Taimin And Selena Both Need Refuge, And The White City Is A Place Where Taimin May Find Someone To Heal His Childhood InjuryAs They Avoid Relentless Danger, Taimin And Selena Attempt To Reach The One Place That Promises Salvation And They Can Only Hope That The City Is The Haven They Need It To Be Told Not ShownI enjoy fantasy on occasion, and I m always looking for a new series to sink my teeth into I had high hopes for this first book of a fantasy series However, I found myself disappointed.As I started reading this book, something felt off and odd, and it took me a bit to puzzle out what was bothering me I finally figured it out, though The book feels like it istelling than showing There s a writing adage that authors should show rather than tell, but this author misses th Told Not ShownI enjoy fantasy on occasion, and I m always looking for a new series to sink my teeth into I had high hopes for this first book of a fantasy series However, I found myself disappointed.As I started reading this book, something felt off and odd, and it took me a bit to puzzle out what was bothering me I finally figured it out, though The book feels like it istelling than showing There s a writing adage that authors should show rather than tell, but this author misses the mark When authors tellthan show style, it puts an artificial distance between the reader and the characters and what happens in the book, and I found that to be the case here The book appears to be aimed at the young adult fantasy reader, as the language is simple and straightforward No problem there Even though I am far past that age, I often enjoy books written for the YA audience I don t let it deter me I just love good books, no matter who they are written for If only I could call this a good book If the book description and the promise of a new fantasy series interests you, I suggest you read the Look Inside atto see if this writing style works for you It didn t for me My book blog Buy the book or borrow it onKU I got this book fromFirst Reads I thought it started out really good and then I just got bored I didnt care about any of the characters or anything they were doing I had zero connection I did like the description of all the different species though Overall, very meh I dont care enough to finish the series Buy the book or borrow it onKU I got this book fromFirst Reads I thought it started out really good and then I just got bored I didnt care about any of the characters or anything they were doing I had zero connection I did like the description of all the different species though Overall, very meh I dont care enough to finish the series I came for trope filled fun, but instead was blasted with ableism and stilted writing that I found hard to believe came from a best selling author.Here are my two positive comments It was fast paced, and the concept of the firewall was cool pun intended Don t be mad at me please, I brought a cat GIF I hope this works, I m sort of new to Goodreads and don t know how to insert images DNF at chapter one, because I am merciless I might have given it so I came for trope filled fun, but instead was blasted with ableism and stilted writing that I found hard to believe came from a best selling author.Here are my two positive comments It was fast paced, and the concept of the firewall was cool pun intended Don t be mad at me please, I brought a cat GIF I hope this works, I m sort of new to Goodreads and don t know how to insert images DNF at chapter one, because I am merciless I might have given it some clemency if it was simply badly written which it was, very much so , but the unchallenged ableism was deeply unpleasant Even if the author did eventually challenge it, I don t want to read through pages of stilted, telling not showing, prose to get there.Here are some quotes If your inner grammar dictator does not stir, then you might be able to enjoy this when I could not I really hope someone manages to find joy in these pages A book universally unloved seems a tragedy to me As he scanned the vertical cliffs of the escarpment, he looked for nests where he saw nests he might find eggs Awkward semicolon, awkward phrasing in general They reined in a short distance from Taiman s parents, before one of them kicked the wherry forward Pretty sure that comma is not meant to be there Ah My only other positive comment the wherrys pseudo horses with floppy ears are cute.And these are all in one paragraph He felt himself pulled up he saw his mother s face and he didn t hear concern, he heard fear This tell not show style of narration meant I was firmly detached and did not even frown when both of Taiman s parents were killed in the first chapter Apparently, it s impossible for YA characters to have adventures without their parents dying Who knows, maybe one day we ll have satire about a villain who kidnaps all the orphans because everyone knows the Chosen One cannot have parents, and is then defeated by a girl with two moms I d love that And the ableism Come on world, we can do better This is 2020 You re crippled, you know what that means, don t you You re going to be a burden to yourself and to anyone you depend on HNNNNNNGGGG And that was the straw that broke the camel s back, folks I expected better from a best selling author of multiple series I would except better from a debut, even.Avoid unless you have a high tolerance for grammatical errors, ableism, tropes, and a tell not show narration style PS In case you re wondering how I m reviewing something which has not been officially released, no I am not in possession of a time machine if I was I d skip ahead to when the Name of the Wind and Game of Thrones series are finished , I am instead part of the cult, er, I meant club, called Kindle Unlimited Next time I ll let someone else be Guinee pig of the unreviewed books before pickingFirst reads I mean, it was okay Getting past the telling not showing style of writing did my head in, but it was fast paced, there was some basic world building largely off the back of post apocalyptic scarcity, so plenty of tropes in there and thanks to the telling not showing I didn t feel particularly attached to any of the characters bar baby Griff He was clearly the best of the bunch It wasfantasy than sci fi maybe it ll turn into sci fi in the later books and generally, it was a time f I mean, it was okay Getting past the telling not showing style of writing did my head in, but it was fast paced, there was some basic world building largely off the back of post apocalyptic scarcity, so plenty of tropes in there and thanks to the telling not showing I didn t feel particularly attached to any of the characters bar baby Griff He was clearly the best of the bunch It wasfantasy than sci fi maybe it ll turn into sci fi in the later books and generally, it was a time filler It was fine, it worked as distraction escapism I wouldn t have read it if it wasn t one of the freeFirst Reads I d read the next book if we re still in lockdown by the time it comes out, but generally I don t think this is a series I d revisit The writing didn t work for me It was all tell, no show No personality, no artistry Plot was predictable and dull If you don t care about that stuff you might enjoy this for the setting, but I almost DNFd this countless times I got this for free withPrime First Reads, otherwise I would have returned it immediately. I recieved this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I love fantasy so much and when I saw this cover and read the description I feel excited to beginning a new fantasy series But then I was very disappointed so, here we goThe positive It s a very fast reading and the world is fascinating, all the idea about this books it s amazing butThe negative I was a little boring while I am reading this book, like a said the idea and the world was amazing but the developing was boring I recieved this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.I love fantasy so much and when I saw this cover and read the description I feel excited to beginning a new fantasy series But then I was very disappointed so, here we goThe positive It s a very fast reading and the world is fascinating, all the idea about this books it s amazing butThe negative I was a little boring while I am reading this book, like a said the idea and the world was amazing but the developing was boring, this is my personal opinion This book istelling than showing BUT don t get me wrong This is only a warning for people who wants to read a bookshowing than telling because for me it s not a problem, my favorite books are like that The Hobbit, Dune, IT, etc About the characters I don t feel very attached to them, maybe Selena was my favorites but I am very sure I forget her in the next months It wasfantasy than sci fi but maybe it ll turn into sci fi in the later books And Taimin was very disappointed for me, I understand he feels bad because he is a cripple and all his life her aunt says he es weak and can t survived alone so she take the responsibility to train him I sincerely hoped that he could evolve during the story but clearly his condition was an impediment, and I think it is not a good example for any reader who goes through the same.So that s all This book is so far out of what I would typically read, but after reading a sample of the first few chapters I was hooked The descriptions are so vivid that it really brings this other world to life and the characters are so relatable through their struggles It is the characters relationships to each other that make this book so good. Strange yet fascinatingWhat a strange world this is, I am not, much for science fiction but this kept me reading, and I will read the nezt 3.5 Stars ARC received from Netgalley in return for an honest review Video Review world building in the story is wonderful This world, this wasteland, is completely surrounded by fire Nobody knows why It s a very arid desert like place where survival, water, food, and supplies are all mixed together Which is why everybody is in search of this White City There s also an introduction to the mystic system, which I quite enjoyed And later in thestor 3.5 Stars ARC received from Netgalley in return for an honest review Video Review world building in the story is wonderful This world, this wasteland, is completely surrounded by fire Nobody knows why It s a very arid desert like place where survival, water, food, and supplies are all mixed together Which is why everybody is in search of this White City There s also an introduction to the mystic system, which I quite enjoyed And later in thestory, a gladiatorial arena was introduced and this is when things really took off for me I struggled at the beginning to really get into the story There was a lot of telling instead of showing You had characters explaining other characters but we never really got to see what they were telling us about The story was told by the perspective of these two main characters Taimin and Selena but at the weirdest times, we d suddenly switch perspectives to some of the minor characters These transitions feel weird and this ended up leading to the relationship development in this story, even between some of the minor character friendships, not feeling authentic Some of these connections felt like they were forced there to move the plot along or because there needed to be a romance It didn t seem necessary The connection between the two main characters could have been built up a little bitThis story had the feel of an epic journey but with the number of pages we got and how much of the story that was told, we lost a lot of that development and that build So the connection, as a reader, to these characters dropped.I did really enjoy the story that was being told and the different creatures and races It seemed like it could have been fleshed outMainly because you were introduced to a lot of politics and characters with these backstories, quickly thrown at you that could have been something of weight and story all of their own I wanted to seeof that from this story.Some of the creatures in this world were so fascinating Griff is by far the one who stole thestory Griff and Taimin, I just think that dynamic there, if there wasof that in this book, I would have loved it so much Too tropey and clumsy writinvTaimin s story is a unique one As a child, he is crippled after he witnesses his parents murder That is traumatizing to watch for a child In response, his aunt abuses him in the name of survival This part of the book made me cringe the most because of how often she insulted him for being a cripple and told him he would die If that s the case, then why bother trying to help him At one point, she brings him home, then carries him back to the place he was injur Too tropey and clumsy writinvTaimin s story is a unique one As a child, he is crippled after he witnesses his parents murder That is traumatizing to watch for a child In response, his aunt abuses him in the name of survival This part of the book made me cringe the most because of how often she insulted him for being a cripple and told him he would die If that s the case, then why bother trying to help him At one point, she brings him home, then carries him back to the place he was injured originally so he could hobble home on his own Which clearly makes no sense because, in order for his leg to heal properly, he shouldn t be putting pressure on it This among other things was a major issue I encountered.The relationships between characters was clearly underdeveloped Many characters were there just to aid the main characters and served little else to the plot Lars never should ve existed because he is only useful for one part of the book Selena and Taimin were the only slightly developed characters They re both clumsily written, as they re completely dependent on every trope you can think of for a fantasy novel, but they re still the most thought out However, their relationship is not developed well and seems to come out of nowhere Just like the title of the book suggests At the end, there is a moment in which Selena nearly kills herself using her power and only Taimin is able to save her despite their being another mystic Again, this is all for plot reasons, but it s just painful to read through Why should a non Mystic be capable ofthan someone who is trained Overall, I think that the concept is what sells this book There were moments in which I did enjoy the story, but do wish the writing had been improved upon and certain elements were removed from the book It would ve made for a muchinteresting and better written story