Mini Reviews: Harp of Kings, A Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue

Here’s a few not-so-quick reads. I think both of these books got such meh reviews from me is because I was really in a book slump for the past few months. It didn’t help that both kind of didn’t grip as much as other stories did, and this is coming from someone who adores historical fiction, travel, and devours fantasy books on a regular basis.

Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Juliet Marillier, and the books I’ve read of hers have been stellar so far. So I’d been excited when I got a Harp of Kings ARC from Netgalley last year. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to this book until a few months back, and by that point, the novelty had worn off. I would still read some of Marillier’s other books, though! She’s definitely an author I look up to when it comes to writing beautiful historical fiction stories.

As for The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, I was really excited to read this, as it was one of my first OwlCrate boxes. (I think it may have been my second or third, to be fair…). But since then, I’ve read bits of the book drama attached to this author, which–I’m not gonna lie–kind of disappointed me to the point where I didn’t really want to read the book. Despite my misgivings, I finally picked it up and read it. I will say I found the first third of the book entertaining, and I did like Felicity as a character. Unfortunately, the whole story kind of…ran away, and I didn’t see much point in all of the plot devices being thrown in the way. Also, Monty kind of pissed me off.

Have you read either of these books? What did you think?

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