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2023 Book Review: Those Beneath

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Those Beneath by Almedia Ryan

YA Fantasy, 2023 by Lost Boys Press, 329 Pages 

What I Didn’t Like:

  • I never feel like a story needs an epilogue that wraps everything up nicely so I didn’t need this one either. But many readers like that! 
  • I wanted a bit more from the big confrontation that is the ending. This felt rushed and almost had an air of “too easy”. 
  • There were components of this story that felt familiar, like we’ve heard them before. I will say they came together in a unique way, though. 

What I Did Like:

  • Beautiful language. Descriptions and banter are equally well presented and make for a compelling story. 
  • From the moment where things change (I don’t do spoilers so I’m avoiding mentioning WHAT changed) I was completely hooked. This story had a great vibe right from the drop, but this change WORKED. 
  • The characters are amazing. Their individual natures come through, the romance works, and the descriptions are well done. I adored them! 

Who Should Read This One:

  • Fans who like when fantasy worlds collide with modern day. 
  • Fans of my 30 Days Without Wings will like this one! It’s got great similarities but enough changes to keep it fresh. Plus, great characters. 

My Rating: 4 Stars

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