Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Island Queen by Vanessa Riley: Review


Island Queen by Vanessa Riley 

I was so excited to read Island Queen, but unfortunately I didn't love it like I had expected. I do love a long book if the story is done well, but I think this could have been more tightly edited. The story itself was interesting but there were too many parts that felt like filler and made the story drag a bit. The story felt like it was both too much and too little at once. There are a lot of characters that orbit around Dorothy that are important to her and how and why she is the driven woman that she is, but there are so many that they don't feel as well developed and impactful as I thought they probably should have felt. There are also important historical events and people that Dorothy is associated with that felt almost wedged into the story. I'm having a hard time expressing exactly what threw me off of this one, and I almost put it down a little more than halfway in, but I'm glad that I pushed through and finished it.

Trigger warnings: incest, rape, death of children

***I received a review copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.***

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