Furyborn by Claire Legrand // Panicking Action + Meh Characters + Just Being Bored

Have you ever read a book and then tried not to think about about it for a long time? Yes, maybe? Anyway, that is me thinking about Furyborn. Actually, I read it in January as an ARC. And my first thought was, I sure hope none of my fav book boxes make this the book of the month.

Not a good thought to start a review. Or to end a book with. And since I disliked this book A LOT, I avoided writing a review. But an occasional rant review is good for the soul, right?

Since I’m not a raging bottle of anger, we’re going to make this as engaging as possible. Without me bursting into flames of disappointment over Furyborn.

What I probably look like while talking about this book. 

book thoughts

Furyborn reads like a checklist. 

🔷 Compelling opening.

🔷 Killer assassin girl

🔷 Shady guys with mysterious backstories

🔷 Vague diversity

🔷 New Adult Scenes™ (GROSS)

🔷 Sword fights and killing games.

Now, let’s talk about this checklist.

A Pretty Great Opening

Furyborn starts with a BANG. Quiet literally. But it gives away the ending in the very first chapter. WHAT??? I was so confused????

Basically, the premise is an ancient prophecy told everyone that two Queens will rise. One is a Good Queen™ and the very bad Queen of Blood who will destroy the world.

You’d think we should be left in the dark about who the evil queen is, right? NOPE, NOPE, NOPE. The very first chapter tells us who the evil character/Queen is. She admits to killing her husband and destroying herself in the same chapter? In the very opening????

Maybe the author is giving us a morally shady character and the Evil Queen™ will actually be the Good Queen™? Did this happen? Not that I can see. Kind of hope the second book does this? But will I read the second book? Probably not. #sorrynotsorry

Also, quick rabbit trail about time jumps. The book supposedly takes place a 1,000 years apart. But other than different cities, the worlds feel very, very similar. There’s no noticeable change. A tad unrealistic. (WHY am I writing this. VERY unrealistic)

Okkkkkk….NEXT on the checklist. 

Assassins & Mysterious bad guys

I don’t have a problem with any of these ideas? But the executions just weren’t working in this story. First, the assassin character didn’t feel like an assassin. More like an angsty teenage girl who can’t figure out her own emotions.

Also, does anyone else think the King’s Assassin is a Teenage Girl trope is just overdone? The character is literally called the Dread of Orline. She wasn’t dreadful. Well, maybe having to read about her was dreadful

Author Rant – If you give a character a BIG SCARY NAME/TITLE, write something that backs it up. Don’t just tell us a character is scary. Make them actually scary.

And mysterious bad boys. I actually liked the one-dimensional prince, Adric? He was a sweet Gryffindor and I have a soft place in my heart for sweet teddy bears.
But the whole idea of the evil angel was gross. Just gross. (Content Warning) Corien is invasive of Rielle and she likes it??? He can speak into her mind and touch her body in a non-consensual way and she swoons? If this was completely portrayed as absolutely wrong, ok, maybe tolerable. But this was portrayed as something Rielle just accepted, even craved? (End CW)

Reading that part of the story, I almost completely DNF’d. Because it was just wrong.

Diversity & NA Scenes

There’s a lot of buzz around Goodreads/twitter world that Furyborn has bisexual rep. But I don’t think it does. I think it’s actually just poorly written and thrown in. And the way it’s written is super cringey.

If you want to know more about the rep, read May’s review. She goes into more depth and does an excellent job talking about this.

Now, to my favorite rant. Ever. Because apparently I love screaming about this. A lot. WHY ARE THERE NA SCENES IN A YA BOOK???????

^Me, raging about NA scenes^

And not just NA scenes. But the whole popular style of, let me write this as weirdly poetic as possible. Mountains tremble while we kiss and do…other things. SO unrealistic & so GROSS.

I promise you, guys. I WILL take off a star for ANY book that has adult sex scenes in a YA book. Because YA is for 13+ and even my 20+ self DOES NOT WANT NA scenes. Go buy adult romance if that’s what you want to read or write. STOP putting it in YA books. Just stop. 

Apparently, I’m waging a crusade against NA content in YA books. You can even read about me clarifying about overblown PDA verses PDA done right. I’m not a PDA hater, really, I’m not. (Kind of like to think people might agree with me???)

Sword Fights & Killing Games

I’m actually talking about the plot, now? Maybe?
Remember how I said the opening gave away the plot? Did you believe me? Well, you should have. Because it really, actually very much did.

This whole story revolves around Rielle doing these power trials, aka Killing Games. Will she survive? Will she prove herself? Or will the trials kill her? BUT jokes on you! Because the prologue already told you she survived and killed her husband, haha! Why am I reading this, again? 

Oh, but what about the other girl? The other girl a 1,000 years later? just a second…I need to google her name. The Dread of Orline, Celaena Sardothien, opps, Elianna, is running away. From what? I don’t know. She’s running. With a boy.
That’s all. Maybe she’ll whack somebody with her sword? Then she’ll feel guilty. Because of course, assassin killer teenagers have whacky emotional consciences.

I actually enjoyed reading Rielle’s story, because even though I knew she was going to survive, something was actually happening. Assassin running away was yawn-worthy boring. Rielle being catty and the politics and even the trials was interesting. I mean, the trials the magical element people created to destroy her was just fun to read. Also, Adric the Gryffindor™

Whew, I didn’t realize I could rant so well? But I do hope all my reasons make lots of sense. And if you don’t believe me, you can read Furyborn 🙂 The marketing campaign for this book was insane, just saying. I’ve been seeing it everywhere!

And truthfully, that cover is gorgeous.

Published May 2018

My rating – 1/5 stars 

When assassins ambush her best friend, the crown prince, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing her ability to perform all seven kinds of elemental magic. The only people who should possess this extraordinary power are a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light and salvation and a queen of blood and destruction. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven trials to test her magic. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

A thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a mere fairy tale to bounty hunter Eliana Ferracora. When the Undying Empire conquered her kingdom, she embraced violence to keep her family alive. Now, she believes herself untouchable–until her mother vanishes without a trace, along with countless other women in their city. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain on a dangerous mission and discovers that the evil at the heart of the empire is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world–and of each other.  

 to kill a kingdom cover everless 

lets chat

Have you read Furyborn? Agree/disagree with my rant?

Why is NA content such a thing in some YA books? What do you think about teenage girls being dreadful assassins? Are you a fan of Gryffindor guys? 

ARC of Furyborn received from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review. 

11 Comments

  1. May 28, 2018 / 12:54 am

    first of all, I love your blog’s aesthetics?? they are so gorgeous. I’m in awe. <3

    also, your review was super fun to read!! I currently have 0 interest in picking up Furyborn but it's still entertaining to watch you roast it to pieces. :'')

    I'm so glad I'm not the only one who winces a little at excessively poetic romantic scenes in YA!! like, I don't want to hear about "stars exploding" or "skies trembling" or whatever. I'm reading YA for a reason and my delicate vanilla eyes aren't interested in being exposed to exaggerated PDA.

    • May 28, 2018 / 9:16 am

      Haha, yes! If I’m going to roast something, I better make is very entertaining =) And thanks for visiting my blog!

      Please, send the over-the-top PDA far, far away. Back into NA where it belongs. I so hope this trend starts to go away. Or at least that editors and publishers start to listen! Maybe they’ll even begin to change the rating on some books?

  2. May 28, 2018 / 11:37 am

    OMG I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING YOU SAID!! Though I was more generous with my rating because it did hold my attention… somehow/? The NA content was so disturbing. Thankfully I read a few reviews before starting my arc copy so I knew to expect it but I still wasn’t prepared for it. And it was also terribly written too??? ErGH – ANYWAY, great review. You were able to touch on everything that annoyed the hell out of me.

    • May 29, 2018 / 2:11 pm

      Thanks so much! Glad we agreed! Some of it held my attention but then it was just not interesting in other places? I hadn’t read anything about it before I read my ARC copy and I wish I had, haha!

  3. May 29, 2018 / 12:58 pm

    Oh I’m so sorry this book ended up being, well…. not so great. I’ve been reading a couple bad reviews of this book lately and I have to say, I feel like I’ll stay away from that one now. I’m sorry the execution didn’t work well and these NA scenes, just, whyyyy.
    I hope you’ll love your next read better! I loved reading this review 😀

    • May 29, 2018 / 2:13 pm

      WHY do they keep throwing NA in YA books??? Thanks for reading! Glad you enjoyed the review =)

      • May 29, 2018 / 2:26 pm

        I don’t know, I DON’T GET THAT. They at least should just do something about it, or a little heads up or something would be appreciated by SO many readers, I’m sure.
        You’re welcome! 😀 <3

  4. May 30, 2018 / 7:30 am

    I’m so sorry this ended up being a disappointing read for you, Elizabeth! I’ve heard so many people rant about it, and I guess I’ll skip this one. I hope your next read is better. <3

  5. May 30, 2018 / 1:45 pm

    Great review!

    I seem to be reading the same thing about this book on multiple blogs which is not a good sign.

    It’s a shame because when I read the blurb and saw the cover I was interested, but I am getting the idea that this is not a book I will get on with. Think I will be avoiding!

  6. May 30, 2018 / 7:48 pm

    I haven’t read this (and probably won’t seeing as it’s a huge book and it seems like not worth my time? Also yes it 100% sounds like all the YA books out there), but I could just tell it wasn’t going to be from me. And now I feel very validated from your review. But I’m still so mad that the cover is gorgeous.

    It’s really nice to see another opinion about this book! Great review Elizabeth!

  7. June 3, 2018 / 2:21 pm

    Haha, I like your use of the Inside Out gif! Yea, there are a lot of books about female teenage assassins. I feel like it doesn’t really make sense because as teenagers, there’s probably more qualified people than them. Nope, I don’t understand why there’s NA content in YA books either.

Drop some knowledge!