Monday, June 12, 2017

The Waking Land by Callie Bates

The Waking Land
by Callie Bates

My rating: 2.5 stars

Publisher: Del Rey (June 27, 2017)
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Genre: Fantasy | Coming of Age |YA
Print Length: 400 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

 Lady Elanna Valtai is fiercely devoted to the King who raised her like a daughter. But when he dies under mysterious circumstances, Elanna is accused of his murder and must flee for her life.
Returning to the homeland of magical legends she has forsaken, Elanna is forced to reckon with her despised, estranged father, branded a traitor long ago. Feeling a strange, deep connection to the natural world, she also must face the truth about the forces she has always denied or disdained as superstition powers that suddenly stir within her.
But an all-too-human threat is drawing near, determined to exact vengeance. Now Elanna has no choice but to lead a rebellion against the kingdom to which she once gave her allegiance. Trapped between divided loyalties, she must summon the courage to confront a destiny that could tear her apart. 

 The Waking Land by Callie Bates

The Waking LandElanna became a pawn in a game of political power tug-of-war when she was kidnapped by the king her father was leading a rebellion against. Growing up in the royal palace, actually being loved by the king tainted her view and her memories of the family she was stolen from. But Elanna is different than those around her, she has magic that she doesn’t understand and she must keep it hidden. When the king is murdered, she discovers who her true allies are when she is falsely accused and must run to the only place she can think to be safe, the family she lost, the family she was poisoned against and turned her back on. Could it be she was lied to for all those years? These people are not the monsters she came to believe, or will one prove her wrong?

In a world tainted by hatred, war and lies, Elanna will learn the truth about herself, her family and the land that calls to her, but with that truth could be the most painful betrayal she will ever face, even as she changes sides to become the leader of a rebellions her father started years before.

THE WAKING LAND is about change, opening one’s eyes to the world around them, about coming of age and learning to think for one’s self. Callie Bates starts out with a bang high tension, intrigue and the promise of a fascinating story to tell. I could not connect with the main character once she “grew up.” I realize she is struggling with a new world, a new way of thinking, lies and the terror of the unknown both within herself and all around her, but, something was missing for me.

Perhaps, it is just me, but I found that some scenes did not belong in a young adult read, which the tone of this book appeared to be. Other times, I wondered where I was being led in this chaotic world that failed to give me the magnetic action the editorial one-liners promised.

I received an ARC edition from Del Ray in exchange for my honest review.

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