My TBR List | Berls Reviews The Almost Queen

Posted March 27, 2021 by Berls in My TBR List, Review / 0 Comments

Each month you will make a post with three books from your TBR List (these books can be already on your kindle or shelf or books you might want to purchase) and add your link on the linky that will be provided on my post. Your followers and the people on the linky will help you choose which book you will read next. The following Saturday you will announce the book that won. Then read the book and on the last Saturday of the month post a review. MY TBR List is hosted by Michelle (Because Reading) so be sure to stop by her post to link up and vote for everyone!

My TBR List | Berls Reviews The Almost QueenThe Almost Queen by Laura Greenwood
Published by Drowlgon Press on August 27, 2020
Genres: Retelling
Pages: 154
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

I know my fate, but for some reason, that isn't stopping me from making the mistakes that will lead to my death.
As the future Queen Guinevere, I should know better. I don't want to break my best friend's heart, but I also don't want to give up the only man I'll ever love.
-The Almost Queen is set at Grimm Academy and is based on the Legends of King Arthur. It is an m/f non-bully academy romance.

My top thoughts:

I really wanted to love The Almost Queen. I know/knew Laura when she was blogging – before she started publishing – and really like/d her. So I was excited to finally read one of her books.

What I liked/didn’t like:

I think a a couple perfect coincidences conspired with a few elements to leave me underwhelmed.

  1. The cover – I am drawn to pretty covers like a moth to flame. And more often than not, they disappoint me. And still, I come, hoping that this one will be one of the few that I end up loving. This cover mislead me into expecting a story with more courtly intrigue and majesty. I found both lacking, though there were allusions.
  2. I recently started reading another Arthurian retelling and it is SO GOOD. Though they are not remotely the same – not in genre nor setting (though I found myself really uncertain of the setting of this book… was it historical? or were the characters living in a modern world but with some old world elements… reliving/rewriting mythical/historical moments? I was never quite sure) – I think I subconsciously compared the two.
  3. The plot didn’t pull me in really. I feel like I was more compelled by my knowledge of what was supposed to happen to Gwen, Lancelot and Arthur than I was by what was happening. Maybe it was just a bit too easy.

That being said – it was a light, easy read. If you’re looking for something sweet and simple, this is it. Maybe I was just in the wrong mood and wanted something a big more complex and challenging. I hope to try another book in the future by Laura and to love it

2.5 stars Meh

About Berls

Michelle adopted me as part of her blog when I decided to close down my blog, Fantasy is More Fun. The blog was dying, but my love of reading and the blogosphere was still strong as ever - so I found my new home here at Because Reading!

I'm not just a book lover, but a one time author (that hopes to be more in the future), wife, mom to the cutest, happiest, best 2 year old and step-mom to the craziest, sweetest 22 year old on the planet. My family mean everything to me and they appear frequently in the Sunday Post with Berls. So grab a glass of wine and chat books, blogging, and family with me!



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