Review: Wanted by Betsy Schow

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Rexi Hood has a problem. As the perpetual sidekick in the fairy tales, she’s destined to be Forgotten. Her name will be wiped away and no one in Story will remember her. Rexi is determined to be more than a sidekick, however. She’s the daughter of Robin Hood and an outlaw. All it will take is a devious plan- and a whole lot of luck- but maybe Rexi can avoid being Forgotten.

WANTED is the second book in the Spelled series and I highly recommend reading SPELLED first. The events in WANTED strongly depend on the reader understanding the ongoing story threads as well as the character development already established. In fact, I wish Betsy Schow would have given us a short recap of the past events as it took me a while to reorient myself to the intriguing world she has crafted.

I really wanted to like Rexi as her underdog role appeals to me. I cheered her desire to become the hero of her own story, rather than disappearing from all memory as a forgotten sidekick. Unfortunately, WANTED seemed overly convoluted at times as the story twisted and turned, and then twisted and turned yet again. To further confuse things, Rexi’s own identity becomes dangerously entwined with Dorothea’s and it became difficult to distinguish what in the world was going on.

I finished WANTED with mixed feelings. The ending, although somewhat abrupt and unexpected, leaves me hopeful about the third book in the Spelled series. There are elements of WANTED that reminded me of the magic in SPELLED that first enchanted me and I’m hopeful Betsy Schow can rekindle those aspects in the third book.

Review: Incubation by Laura DiSilverio

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Reunion Day is approaching and Everly Jax is excited about the possibility of learning who her parents are. Unfortunately, everything she hopes for is shattered that day and Everly instead escapes from her home in the Kube. Everly and her two best friends, Halla and Wyck, struggle to survive the dangers lurking in the outside world, but each one of them has a different goal in mind. Can they forge a path in a world outside the Kube?

I love that Laura DiSilverio takes time to build up her characters as we begin to get a sense for just how much they have endured in this harsh, dystopian world. Everly is, of course, my favorite. She’s a spunky heroine, loyal to her friends even when that loyalty hurts. Halla and Wyck are interesting as well, but it is Saben and Fiere who intrigue me the most. I hope we see more of them in the second book as I’m fascinated by their stories so far.

INCUBATION is the first book in The Incubation Trilogy, and wow, what a way to kick the series off! I’ve read some of Laura DiSilverio’s cozy mysteries before but I think I love her writing style all the more in this genre. I can’t wait to start on the second book, particularly considering the major cliffhanger that ends INCUBATION. Easily recommended!

*A copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*