Let’s Set the Record Straight on the Remnant Chronicles

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Well, this isn’t the first time I’ve been way, way, way behind the curve of popular YA books, is it? I’d say better late than never buuut while I kind of get the hype, I also felt a little underwhelmed by this series. I’ve decided the best ways to cover this is mini reviews. These won’t really be spoilery, but I will get into which ship sailed in the last review.

A Quick Peck From Kiss of Deception

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It’s safe to say the first book didn’t totally capture me. And, despite my picture of the series, for me this missed the magic I crave in fantasy. It did pick up at around the 60% mark and it was well written. I especially liked the execution of the different povs- using “the assassin” and “the prince” to obscure identities and keep the reader in suspense, so it was a real surprise when each one was revealed. In terms of characters, the protagonist was especially strong- not just cos she’s the spunky run away before an arranged marriage type, but because she generally relies on her rather sharp wits. For the record, this has a love triangle, which I can see becoming a problem (also for the record: I preferred Rafe by the end of this book- we’ll have to see where that goes…)

3/5 bananas

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Heart of Betrayal was a Little More Heartening

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Yup- still on #TeamRafe. I rarely change my ships though, so that’s par for the course. My main gripe so far is that I don’t care for the love triangle at all #sorrynotsorry. I did prefer the setting in this book though- it leant more atmosphere and mystery to the story. There seemed to be more magic lurking and the Song of Venda leant more intrigue to the tale. But generally speaking, the world building is like window dressing- not much to it beyond the surface. And that’s okay with me- but there’s not much to the story either- it’s simply like so many I’ve read before. The one saving grace for this series, I really liked Lia as the main character as well- she’s got far more personality than most YA mcs combined. She has a lot more agency and is the driving force behind the action. A pleasant enough way to pass the time, but nothing mind-blowing.

3½/5 bananas

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Beauty of Darkness was Less-Than Pleasing

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I baulked at the length of book 3. I just wasn’t loving the series enough for this much of a tome- and unfortunately I was right to be concerned. The action was decent- but it wasn’t enough to save the series- and I wasn’t that happy after all the build-up. Worst of all for me, the whispers of magic earlier in the series never really materialised. I think I was disappointed with that most of all. Thank goodness my ship sailed though or I might have sunk into a truly bad mood 😉 Sadly, I don’t think it was enough to keep the book or the series afloat for me.

2½/5 bananas 

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Overall, I did come away understanding why this series garnered a strong following and had a real respect for the author yet love triangles and the lack of magic left me less-than spellbound. I just wish they’d been as captivating as their titles and covers. Personally I could’ve done with a little more oomph from the setting as well- however I can see why this one would be a subjective read.

That doesn’t really leave me much to say other than- have you read this series? Did you enjoy it more than me? Let me know in the comments!

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20 thoughts on “Let’s Set the Record Straight on the Remnant Chronicles

  1. Debra Perrin says:

    This is exactly the reason I follow your blog and YA book review blogs on general. I have a limited library budget and limited reading time, you’ve just saved me time and money! I’ve just read Leigh Bardugo ‘a Shadow and Bone trilogy which I’d give your equivalent of 4/5 bananas but her Six of Crows duology gets 5/5.

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  2. bookwormmuse says:

    I have been on a bit confused with this one but I am still intrigued about it enough to pick it up in the future. Maybe. Still undecided. Oh well. However, the love-triangle bit does worry me, I have been over love-triangles since the Twilight era. *sigh*

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  3. Beth (Reading Every Night) says:

    I read this series ages ago now, I can’t really remember what I thought of it in detail but I do agree with you on the first book because it didn’t really capture me either (I wasn’t a fan of the main character and didn’t like the developing love triangle either). Still the series actually improved for me and I think I really enjoyed the second and third books. It’s a shame that wasn’t the case for you, but still great reviews. 🙂 ❤

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  4. Keira says:

    I liked this series when I first read it, although I also felt the final one was underwhelming, but it’s definitely a series I have outgrown and it has been passed down to the happy bookshelves of my younger sister.

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