Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Kindar's Cure

Kindar's Cure by Michelle Hauck. This book was provided free of charge in exchange for my honest review

Kindar is a princess without a lot of luck. The second of three sisters and born cursed with the affliction chokelung (a disease which usually kills in infancy), Kindar exists as an afterthought, a burden. Kindar's life takes a drastic turn following her eldest sister's marriage as life long truths come into question and motives become a swirling storm in which Kindar must find her footing or drown.

I tried so hard to like this book.


Even now as I reflect back upon the components of the story, I am perplexed why I struggled with this novel and why it took three times longer than it should have to read through.

Kindar is a likable enough character who shows all the necessary growth required of a fantasy heroine but her mindset and the way her disability was handled felt uncomfortable for me as a reader with a disability.

The plot with ancient omen's and a daring quest should hold the attention and, I know for many it would yet, I found the omen to feel, almost distracting at times, as though it were tacked on.

The male characters were equally disappointing.
The premise of Mal confused me greatly. Kindar's personality didn't not warrant, even in her initial desperation for the man's guidance, her continued tolerance of his presence as the story progressed.
Camden, though a secondary character still one of importance, felt like  yet another afterthought as his story intersected with Kindar's. Even Henry, the amore felt too one dimensional(one directional ?) after reading of the female characters.

I think Kindar's Cure has a strong potential audience as it does have so many strong qualities, unfortunately I'm not that audience.

2.5 stars

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