The Smudger (The Memory Trader Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Here was my major issue in this great book - Kioto seems like a really strong willed and tough girl, but all she manages to do in this book so far is to get herself into these problematic situations with no out. She talks tough, but that's all. Other people help her out of those sticky situations, so I can't really call her a strong heroine. She just seems like she is all bark and no bite. I get why she is bitter and why she doesn't trust, but I was hoping for more from her. Specially seeing as how she has managed to survive three years on her own up to this point. I was disappointed at her lack of insight and her inability to think through and plan things. Her reaction at the end when she finds out that her sister and her are indeed in danger, and that their long thought dead brood mother has betrayed her - was lack luster and disappointing. Defeatist. Again, things I know these things can be built upon and fixed in future installments, so I suppose it isn't that bad.
For everything else, this story is amaze-balls.
This is an unusual premise, but with Trevena's trademark well-written world building, magical - yet down to earth - storytelling and solid characterisations, this just grabs you from page one. You never know where the story is going to end up.
I'm so looking forward to the rest of the series because, if this first part is anything to go by, it will be exciting and so much will be crammed between the pages. Makes you think, as did her 'The Paper Duchess' series.
I received an ARC, which I voluntarily read and reviewed. Any opinions are my own.
(I received a free copy of this book and chose to leave a review.)
I loved it and can't wait to read the next book to find what happens next.