The Kinder Poison by Natalie Mae

Reviewed by Taylor H (Library Staff)

Something about this book fell a little flat for me, which was a bummer because I really wanted to love it. It was interesting and I wanted to know what would happen, but I wasn’t all that attached to the main characters. I actually was more interested in Marcus, Melia, and Maia—some of the various side characters. I also liked the setting and the magic system on which the world operates. I was intrigued by the book’s premise. However, the story as a whole felt underdeveloped. Many of the character relationships felt rushed and a little unrealistic (it is a fantasy novel, but I still expect the relationships to make sense). The big reveal surrounding one of the royal siblings was creative and interesting, but I didn’t feel like there was enough of a foundation established for that reveal to feel organic. There is supposed to be a sequel, so maybe this book was more about setting the stage for the main event. I will probably pick up the next book to see how everything comes to and end, but it won’t be high on my list of reading priorities.

Located in Teen Fiction (TEEN FIC MAE)

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