So when I first looked at the book, I actually felt a bit nervous. I’m not really a fantasy person, especially when it connects with the modern world. The concept of magical realms and mythological characters kind of twists my brain a little, but I think the book is heading in a fairly interesting direction. (I’m only halfway through!)
First of all, I feel as though I’m travelling along a similar journey to Chess. Finding out things along the way, with memory flashbacks, it seems as though the reader is following along with Chess, not knowing the history or the reasons for the blankness of her memory. The way the author wrote the scenes was interesting, however, I felt that I was thrown in the deep end straight away. (probably because I’m not used to fantasy 😅)
Unlike most YA novels, the pacing was pretty fast. Almost too fast. The action built up immediately and several changes and issues were thrown at Chess. Personally, I love fast-paced books. The exhilaration. The turning of pages that give you paper cuts. The tension build-up. Yet, I feel that the beginning just needed a little bit more background information, a little bit more fuel to give the book a bigger push. Nevertheless, there is still a balance between the descriptions and plot progression.
To be honest, Chess is both likeable and not that likeable. I love her determination and energy, but that wasn’t really part of her own character until someone told her to ‘save yourself’ instead of ‘waiting for someone to save you’. True, sometimes we need someone else to give us a waking call, but her overall spirit was kind of low, particularly in the beginning. Moreover, I’m not a fan of the character voice. Sometimes, it rubs off as a bit cliché. Most of the time, it is the personality (please don’t hate me!) I hope that there is more information about the secondary characters!
In essence, The Girl Who Fell is, literally, spellbinding. I’m excited to learn more about the history of the conflict and Chess’ past, but I’m more looking forward to the character developments, and of course, the action!
How is everyone finding the book so far? 😀