Review: Huntress (Malinda Lo)

The Deets:
Audience: YA
Pages: 371
Publisher: April 5th 2011 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 9780316040075
Genre: fantasy
Source: Library book

HuntressNature is out of balance in the human world. The sun hasn't shone in years, and crops are failing. Worse yet, strange and hostile creatures have begun to appear. The people's survival hangs in the balance.

To solve the crisis, the oracle stones are cast, and Kaede and Taisin, two seventeen-year-old girls, are picked to go on a dangerous and unheard-of journey to Tanlili, the city of the Fairy Queen. Taisin is a sage, thrumming with magic, and Kaede is of the earth, without a speck of the otherworldly. And yet the two girls' destinies are drawn together during the mission. As members of their party succumb to unearthly attacks and fairy tricks, the two come to rely on each other and even begin to fall in love. But the Kingdom needs only one huntress to save it, and what it takes could tear Kaede and Taisin apart forever.

If I could describe how I felt while reading Huntress, it would be best described as a light, steady rain. The kind that is constant enough to eventually make wet spots appear on concrete, but never heavy enough to soak the ground. 

I know, weird description for a book, but that's how it feels. It was a steady, complete story but it never really saturated my senses. I never had that moment where I felt lost in the story. 

The author did a great job of creating the setting. At times I did feel as if I were seeing things from the characters' eyes. I also really liked the characters: Kaede, Con, and Taisin. Each character felt unique and had a different outlook. Con was probably the character that did not have as much sway in the story, but I still liked him. The idea of love was also different. I didn't know what to expect with this book, but it was good. It felt complete and believable. It didn't feel forced or fake.

One thing that started to gnaw at me as I read, though, was how the story seemed to drag on after a point. Then, suddenly, it shifted and ended. I was a bit annoyed by that, but I also see its purpose. I think I would have preferred if other parts of the story were cut and the ending developed a bit more. 

It's hard for me to put into words how I felt about Huntress overall. I was proud of myself for branching out and reading a book with a LGBT main character. But it just didn't astound me. It was good, but I don't know if I see what all the hype was about.


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