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Review: The Book of Bera by Suzie Wilde

I actually desperately wanted to love this book and I requested it before it was published. Then release day came and went. And I didn’t get accepted. I soothed my pain with other books until months later I was approved. That sometimes happens to me. But I just couldn’tlove this book, or even really finish it.


From Netgalley:

On a long winter night, Bera is left to defend her stark village alone, and in the ensuing battle, her dear childhood friend, Bjorn, is killed. When soon after her father weds her to the chieftain of a rival clan, Bera realises the unthinkable: his second-in-command is responsible for her friend’s death. Though she must now learn how to be a wife and a stepmother to a hostile boy, Bera vows her revenge and sets off on a path to grow in power and hone her skills in the rough, macho clan into which she has been sold.

As her gifts continue to grow, her visions of looming disaster become more and more ominous until she has to make the ultimate choice: Will she choose revenge? Or will she succeed in leading her people to safety before it’s too late?


book review The Book of Bera by Suzie Wilde(Before I list the reasons why I didn’t love this book, I want to say that I love the concept of the publisher, Unbound. It’s this site where you can basically crowdfund a book).

On to the quick and dirty reasons of why I couldn’t get into this book:

  • I couldn’t connect with the main character, maybe this had to do with the narration style, but I couldn’t get her. I didn’t see her perspective and there was a lack of introspection or her own thoughts.
  • I was lacking a gripping hook about why I needed to keep reading. There were events, but they didn’t seem monumental because I couldn’t get inside the MC’s head.
  • And I wasn’t sure the direction of where the book was going, unless you count revenge and I have read enough books about that to know that it has to be done really well

So unfortunately this was a miss for me (and most of the Goodreads community).

You can find The Book of Bera on Amazon(US) and add it to Goodreads.

Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review from Netgalley.


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