3.5 Briar Rose Stars
I had a lot of fun reading Malice. I love when retellings get really creative and change a lot of things, because reading the exact same story can be so boring. It was a great book to binge and was interesting and creative, but I could definitely tell that it was a debut novel.
Despite the repetition and the sporadic drawn out pieces, I did enjoy the world building, and all the background of Briar. There weren’t elements that I disliked enough to take out, it just felt like there was … kind of a lot of stuff happening.
I almost was willing to give this four stars, almost. I think for how drawn out some of it was, and how many things were happening all at once, that the ending was rushed. It felt a little, ahem, like Game of Thrones in the end. Most of you know the feeling.
Malice definitely a fun debut novel, with a fun twist on Sleeping Beauty, but perhaps missing that element of literary magic to all come together better. BUT I’m very excited for more books by Heather Walter. I can feel that she will grow as an author and she can blow us all away one day.
Thank you to the publisher and to Netgalley for the free review copy, I'm leaving this review voluntarily