ARC Review: The Radiant Road by Katherine Catmull

the radaiant road

Title: The Radiant Road
Author: Katherine Catmull
Release Date/Publisher: January 19th 2016 by Dutton Books for Young Readers
Finished: –
Pages: 368-ARC Paperback-Given for review

Synopsis from Goodreads:

And sometimes the Strange came to visit Clare, and dreams walked through her waking life.

After years of living in America, Clare Macleod and her father are returning to Ireland, where they’ll inhabit the house Clare was born in—a house built into a green hillside with a tree for a wall. For Clare, the house is not only full of memories of her mother, but also of a mysterious boy with raven-dark hair and dreamlike nights filled with stars and magic. Clare soon discovers that the boy is as real as the fairy-making magic, and that they’re both in great danger from an ancient foe.

Fast-paced adventure and spellbinding prose combine to weave a tale of love, loyalty, and the strength we carry within ourselves.

What I Thought:

I received an advanced copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

This book started out great but really felt like a middle grade when I was reading. I wasn’t expecting that, so I kept trying to continue reading it and I just didn’t like it. I’ve read and liked middle grade before, but the writing for this one just put me off.

The book seemed to be told from the point of a narrator. They kept saying things like “she didn’t know this, but I did” or “she would find out soon” and random things added just so we knew some story points. At first I didn’t mind but after so much of it, it got kind of annoying. Like, really annoying. I didn’t really care if I was told that she would figure something out eventually, I wanted to actually see it happen.
The writing was keeping me interested at first but it felt like it dragged on and I wasn’t getting anywhere with the story. It did have some nice poems. But aside from that a lot of the book was pretty boring. I felt like nothing huge really happened. Stuff did happen, but it felt like there was no real impact and it just kind of fell flat.
I had  to stop reading because I just lost interest in what was happening. While some would probably love the writing in this, I just couldn’t.



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