Wrong email address or username
Wrong email address or username
Incorrect verification code
back to top
Search tags: White-Hart
Load new posts () and activity
Like Reblog Comment
review 2017-02-15 00:00
White Hart
White Hart - Sarah Dalton Not the best stories I have read.
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
text 2014-12-18 18:49
Reading progress update: I've read 50%.
White Hart - Sarah Dalton

I've decided to DNF this one for a number of reasons.


First, I really feel like the story is going no where. The beginning of the book had some potential - we met the MC, Mae, and learned a bit about the world. Then there was a significantly traumatic event that forced Mae & the prince into a pursuit together. I think that occurred around 20%.


Since that point, we've basically followed Mae and prince through the forest confronting stuff that wants to kill them. This would seem like it might be interesting, but it really isn't. It's like a weird combination of the last section of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and a less charming Princess Bride. Mae knows almost nothing about her magical talent, and keeps stumbling into a solution to keep them alive. The prince is an unmitigated idiot who keeps mooning about a girl that he met for five minutes. I don't feel like we are getting anywhere.


So, the story isn't working for me.


The writing also isn't working for me. While it is fairly well-written, it feels both juvenile and stilted. I've read a lot of YA, and the writing doesn't need to feel juvenile, so that is a flaw that is, in my opinion, specific to this book, and not a genre/category issue. It's stilted, not fluid.


So, the writing isn't working for me.


Overall, I think that this book would shake out around a two 1/2 to three star read. A different reader could obviously come to a different opinion. I'd like to see something else by Sarah Dalton, because I think she has talent and potential.


I, however, am pulling the plug!

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
text 2014-12-17 03:54
Trying again
White Hart - Sarah Dalton

I requested this galley mostly because of the cover. Isn't it cool?


Ready to read!

Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2014-05-07 14:12
White Hart (White Hart #1) by Darah Dalton
White Hart - Sarah Dalton

White Hart is a phenomenal story. There's magic, a prince, a haunted forest, and frightening creatures all waiting inside. I love that the hero of the story, and the one doing most of the saving, is a girl. Mae doesn't always think of herself as strong, but she's smart and resourceful when it's needed most. I loved her relationship with her stag, Anta. I'm always more attached to a character that has a good bond with a favorite animal. 

Prince Casimir, on the other hand, was not what I would call your typical fantasy prince. He wasn't the amazing good hero saving the day, but he also wasn't the evil prince out to destroy the world. He just...was. The only thing he really seemed to have a strong opinion on was that he had to marry the craft-born girl - who he believes to be Ellen. 

Much of this story takes place in the Waerg Woods. It's full of creatures - some I had heard of and some I hadn't, but all had a very unique twist. I absolutely loved the birds!!! They had the perfect creepy factor going for them. The groups of people they encounter in the woods are also very diverse and really help to push Mae along her emotional journey. 

This story had plenty of action and was a very quick read. It does end with one heck of a cliffhanger though and I don't see a release date for book two yet. 

*This book was received in exchange for an honest review* 

Source: hotofftheshelves.blogspot.com/2014/05/review-white-hart-by-sarah-dalton.html
Like Reblog Comment
show activity (+)
review 2014-03-17 16:07
White Hart (White Hart #1) by Sarah Dalton
White Hart (White Hart series #1) - Sarah Dalton
ARC provided by the author through Netgalley

Mae and her father gather wood from the edge of the Waerg Woods. Poor, dark-skinned, and supposedly tainted by the woods' curse, they live as pariahs in Halts-Walden.

Mae is the craft-born, the one whose nature-connected magic can revive the kingdom - only Mae has to try her hardest to keep her powers secret, for the King has decreed that the craft-born shall marry his son, Prince Casimir. 

It seems Mae is in luck: Ellen, the miller's daughter, pretends to be the craft-born and the Prince is coming to get her. 

While venturing into the Waerg Woods with the Prince, to convince him not to hunt her white stag Anta, Wanderers from the Waerg Woods come into Halts-Walden to steal Ellen, whom they believe to be the craft-born, and end up killing Mae's father in the struggle.

This is an odd book to rate, and I struggled with it for quite some time. 
As a YA book it's mediocre. However, once I chose to read it as Middle-Grade, it's quite good. 
It's an entertaining fairytale-like story, but the characters' dialogue and actions, the very descriptions and world building, only work if it's read as MG. It's perfectly fine and reminiscent, in fact, of classical fairytales in its simplicity: this is the heroine, the heroine does this for straight-forward simple reason, heroine announces her thought-processes, we're told a lot because the audience is not meant to have the ability to analyse things in depth. 

This may sound critical, but I'm not trying to be. I'm trying to point out how this is being marketed to the wrong audience. As a YA book it doesn't work. As a MG book it's pretty good.

So that rating is the balance of the two. If I were to rate this as YA, I would give it 2 stars, as MG I'd give it 4 stars, so here we are, at 3 stars. 

There is a lot to recommend this book, chief of all the Waerg Woods. They are well written and creepy in a sort of la Motte-Fouqué way (for those of you who've read his Undine). The Waerg Woods are divided in sections, each harbouring a new evil: malevolent black birds that swoop into the sky and form clouds that pour down burning rain, a creature that attacks by preying on your fears, deadly cold fog that tries to lure you to a sleepy death, clinging vines that attempt to drain you of your blood.
This book is worth reading for the Waerg Woods alone.

However, there are also good things about the characters - if one reads them as MG, Mae goes from a whiny, arrogant, impetuous and tstl YA-type adolescent, to a young girl who doesn't know better and goes through the usual fairy tale tropes to learn valuable lessons. It's also nice that she never wanted to be Queen and wanted only to live close to nature, being true to herself.

One thing I can't help pointing out, be it YA or MG, is that if you're placing your story in a fantasy realm with a Medieval or Renaissance feel to it, do NOT use the word "okay" in dialogue! It's really, really absurd.

But quibbles aside, I really want to read the next one!
So, in conclusion, if you plan to read this as MG, I recommend it!

Sarah Dalton's official site

Buy White Hart
@ The Book Depository (with free worldwide delivery!)

More posts
Your Dashboard view:
Need help?