Genre: Young Adult/Fantasy
Page Length: 384 pages
Publication Date: January 19, 2016
About Sword and Verse (via Goodreads):
That would be challenging enough, but training alongside Prince Mati could be her real undoing. And when a romance blossoms between them, she’s suddenly filled with a dangerous hope for something she never before thought possible: more. Then she’s approached by the Resistance—an underground army of slaves—to help liberate the Arnath people. Joining the Resistance could mean freeing her people…but she’d also be aiding in the war against her beloved, an honorable man she knows wants to help the slaves.
Working against the one she loves—and a palace full of deadly political renegades—has some heady consequences. As Raisa struggles with what’s right, she unwittingly uncovers a secret that the Qilarites have long since buried…one that, unlocked, could bring the current world order to its knees.
And Raisa is the one holding the key.
DNF'd @ 28%
Let me start by saying that I absolutely ADORED the world MacMillan created in Sword and Verse. The world was so unique and fascinating, and I loved learning about the mythology. There was so much potential for greatness, and perhaps I missed out on a lot of it because I stopped reading at 28%, but the plot was quite rushed and I found myself getting confused quite a bit.
Within the first few chapters, there were already massive time jumps, and I felt like I lost so much time that I could have had getting to know the characters better. The romance between Raisa and Mati, although developing over a span of a year, seemed like insta-love because I couldn't see any of their prior interactions or their gradual development of feelings toward each other.
Even though Raisa and Mati's romance was kind of cute at first, it swallowed the whole first 100 pages of the plot and I started to become bored. Where was all the action? Also, even though Raisa did love Mati, she wasn't all that nice to him, and it bothered me so much. She was so obsessed with him, yet she didn't even know how to treat him right. She started demanding things from him that were completely out of his control, and honestly, it felt like she only cared about herself.
Sword and Verse does have an incredible concept and beautifully crafted world, but it just wasn't the book for me. I'm considering giving it another try later in the year, but I've just been really busy lately and don't want to take up my limited free time with a book I'm not fully enjoying.