Friday, May 22, 2020

Faith: Taking Flight by Julie Murphy

DNF @ p. 57

This one just isn't grabbing me and I think it's for a number of reasons. First, the writing seems really young-- and not in an authentic young adult way, but in an artificially breathless, iCarly sort of way. Second, the aggressive way that fandom is shoved down the throat of the reader. I am a fangirl and even I thought it was too much. I knew there was going to be trouble when she describes Oscar Isaac as a "literal cinnamon roll." Third, all of the side characters have ridiculous names and feel like two-dimensional characters. A good YA has you engaged and wanting to know more about everyone and I just didn't feel that way about the heroine, Faith, or her way-too-numerous sidekicks.

I'm shocked I didn't like this because an F/F romance with a plus-size superhero who volunteers at a dog shelter and likes Star Wars feels like it should be it for me, because it ticks all my boxes and many of those things describe me, as well. But I just couldn't get into this one at all, and that made me feel sad and angry.

I hope you enjoy this more than I did. Keep in mind, also, that the Goodreads shelves are wrong: this book is not a graphic novel, it is a novel based on a heroine from graphic novels. That does not factor in my rating, btw, but is just an FYI for people who might take a look at the cover art and be confused about what they're getting, since it is kind of stylized like a comic book. It isn't.

Thanks to the publisher for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!  

1.5 to 2 out of 5 stars

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