i received a copy of scarred from new south publishing in exchange for an honest review.

to read my review of book one (hooked), follow this link.

to read my review of book two (scarred), follow this link.

star rating

wretched review

compared to scarred, wretched was a step up. it was way more enjoyable than the second book in the series. while my rating for wretched is the same as hooked, i found i liked hooked more. for those who struggle to see which retelling this is of, it’s wizard of oz (the only book i figured out on my own was hooked, everything else i had to google).

one of my favourite things about this one was that the “bad guy” was the female, instead of the typical male scenario’s we see. i thought it was refreshing and interesting.

another positive i had with this book was the fast paced nature. scarred was relatively slow compared to hooked and wretched. i prefer a fast paced/action packed book, and this was right up my alley.

while being fast paced, the author didn’t skimp on any of the important world building. i loved the setting and all the backstory we got. i didn’t find it lacked in history nor was it a pile of info dumping. it was the perfect amount.

as for the things i didn’t like, i found the spice got weird. the author explored some kinky stuff, which didn’t work for me. i’m sure there’s readers out there who’d love it, but it wasn’t for me.

i also didn’t really like the poetry scenes. i found them cringy and awkward.

as a whole though, i enjoyed this book. i’m eager to read the next installment when it comes out. i’m excited to see what the author does next.

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  1. avatar
    WendyW says:

    Fast Paced and good worldbuilidng is hard to do. I’m glad this book had all this.

  2. avatar

    I had no idea the books followed different retellings (i assumed they were all peter pan-related based on the first book), these books I can tell aren’t for me, but I enjoyed reading your review on this one! <3

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      i thought so too, but was surprised that they weren’t! i like that they’re not “typical” retellings (ie, cinderella, beauty and the beast etc).

      these books aren’t for everyone – they have a very specific audience.

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