Saturday, September 21, 2019

DNF Review - The Antidote by Shelley Sackier

Title: The Antidote
Author: Shelley Sackier
Pages: 368
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: 5th February 2019

Blurb from Goodreads: 

In the world of healers, there is no room for magic.

Fee knows this, just as certainly as she knows that her magic must be kept secret. 

But the crown prince Xavi, Fee’s best friend and only source of comfort, is sick. So sick, that Fee can barely contain the magic lying dormant inside her. She could use it, just a little, to heal him. But magic comes at a deadly cost—and attracts those who would seek to snuff it out forever. 

A wisp of a spell later, Fee finds herself caught in a whirl of secret motivations and dark pasts, where no one is who—or what—they appear to be. And saving her best friend means delving deeper into the tempting and treacherous world whose call she’s long resisted—uncovering a secret that will change everything.

My Review:

*I received an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to HarperTeen/HarperCollins and NetGalley*

DNF @17%

Ten years ago, Fee's homeland was struck by a devastating plague that killed many people, and resulted in a quarantine.
Now, it is nearly time for the quarantine to end and for Fee's best friend, Prince Xavi, to become king and marry a princess from a foreign land.
Fee has magic that must be kept secret, but when Xavi falls ill, Fee wants to use her magic to help him. But using her magic attracts unwanted attention.
Can Fee save Xavi and hide her magic?

The blurb intrigued me, but unfortunately this wasn't for me.
From the very first page I struggled with the writing style.
I couldn't get into the plot and found it hard to connect with the characters who said things that didn't sound or feel natural to me.
The Antidote had an interesting concept, but it didn't reach its potential for me.
I'm disappointed that I didn't end up enjoying this.

Overall, this wasn't for me.

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