BOOK REVIEW- The Thief of Cahraman

Raise your hand if you think it would have been cool for America from The Selection series to have been a BA thief. Is your hand raised? Then this book is for you. I am not trying to say that this book is EXACTLY like The Selection, I wouldn't have given it 4 stars if that were the case. It did feel like a mashup of The Selection and the TV show Once Upon A Time- in that the parallels between a lot of your favorite stories are evident. I won't spoil any of that for you other than to say I really enjoyed discovering who everyone was. I gave this book 4 stars for a lot of reasons, but I was also compelled to give it 3 (aren't I always). The beginning of the book was a bit tough to get through. A good analogy would be a rubbery steak-all the flavor was there, but chewing it gave my jaw a workout. As far as spelling and grammatical errors go, Tempest is pretty solid. There were a couple, but nothing so glaring that I had to put the book down. She does have that going for her. However, her sentences are long and can bog down pacing. That, paired with all the names being thrown at you in the beginning could have been grounds for a DNF in my book. There were also a few logical fallacies at the hands of flowery prose. I did not DNF this book, though. In fact, once the story really started moving, I was all in. There were compelling reasons to keep going, the biggest being the MC, Ada. Like other reviewers, I probably wouldn't call this an Aladdin retelling so much as inspired. Our MC has been a thief most of her life for survival purposes and now that skill is being used by someone powerful (NO SPOILERS!). The landscape changes throughout the book so you get a look at what seems to be a good chunk of the Folkshore-it is very diverse in climate. Finally, this book is pretty tropey. For me, this isn't a problem. Send me all of the tropes, I live for them. If you are open to that, among all of the other things I have mentioned, I think you will really enjoy this book. It was a fun read.

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