An Average Curse by Rue

Genres: Childrens, Fantasy
Publisher: Red Coat PR
Publication Date: June 20th 2016

2 OUT OF 5 STARS

Disclaimer: A copy of this novel was received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Flynn lives in a world full of magic, and all she can manage to do is watch. For some reason she’s never manifested powers, even though she should be the chosen one. Her birth fulfilled an ancient prophecy, but she lacks the magic that is meant to save her people. When Flynn realizes danger is imminent how will she fight when every witch is more powerful than she is?

Although this book classifies itself as YA, I think it’s more of a children’s novel. The characters are very young and it certainly reads as children’s literature – which isn’t a bad thing.

The main problem I had with this novel was the lack of introduction. This is high fantasy, a world entirely different from our own and, after reading the entire novel, it’s a world I can tell you very little about. It felt like being thrown into the middle of a story and the author barely bothers to explain anything. The protagonist has lived in this world her entire life so she rarely questions anything, which leaves the reader stuck only sort of understanding the world in which the story takes place.

The story itself is pretty stock. There’s a chosen one, an elderly mentor, the two best friends, professor Snape – oh I’m sorry Mistress Tamslin, and pretty much every other character fantasy stories generally have. The villain is ugly and very powerful and driven by nothing but the desire to be evil.

Flynn is “powerless” except that she isn’t. It’s very clear she has powers from the first few pages so any interest in that part of the plotline is lost to readers. Everything conveniently falls into place for Flynn, everything just manages to work out. The climax feels rushed and unsatisfying. Even in books where it’s obvious the hero has to win it shouldn’t seem easy.

The book just feels incredibly unfinished. It borrows tropes heavily and doesn’t manage to actually make anything of itself and the writing is far too fast paced for the sparse plot. It was a quick read, and not entirely unenjoyable, but there’s almost nothing here that you couldn’t find done better elsewhere.

Read this if you’re a fan of: The School for Good and Evil

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