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review 2017-05-12 17:49
Foxheart (Foxheart #1) by Claire Legrand
Foxheart - Claire Legrand,Jaime Zollars

I will start off by saying I did not finish this book. I read up to page 139 and decided this book was not for me. I was not enjoying it one bit and I don't believe you should continue reading a book if you're not fully immersed in the story. That being said, you might like this book so if you're interested in reading Foxheart then go ahead and read it! I truly hope you enjoy it. 

 

Foxheart is about a girl who is shunned by everyone around her because of how different she looks. She decides that the only way to survive this world is to make it her own. That's when she becomes a thief... until she witnesses the Wolf King destroying the convent where she is staying. When she escapes and realizes that she has powers of her own, she must learn to control them and collect the bones of the ancient race of witches so that she might one day destroy the Wolf King and bring peace to her land.

 

From the beginning of the book, I did not like the writing style. It's extremely juvenile. Whilst I understand this is a middle-grade novel, I don't feel you should ever write in a way where you're talking down to your readers no matter how young they are. Children are intelligent individuals and will be able to sense when they are being treated as if they are dumb. The way Legrand approaches a subject, explaining to death, as if the reader couldn't figure out what was happening in the scene is demeaning. 

 

Also, the characters acted foolishly every single time. Yes, they're children, but a few of the actions taken were just stupid because "they're children." For example, one of the characters, Anastazia, warns both children, Quicksilver and Sly Boots, that they mustn't tell other witches what they are up to because witches like to hurt and kill one another. Then the boy, Sly Boots, runs off and tells the first pack of witches he see, putting his group in danger. Now that was stupid enough. And it could be explained "Oh, he's a child. He didn't know any better." Fair enough. But what about the scene immediately following that? Where Quicksilver cloaks them to hide from the witches and then Anastazia, an old woman, laughs at a comment one of the other witches make, alerting the witches that they were indeed in the area hiding. And that's not the only time she messes up either! Later, when talking with the witches, she nearly let slip that she can travel through time which is a type of forbidden magic! She's the oldest of the group and she was making stupid decisions left and right! I was never one to fall in love with stories where the characters made dumb decisions in order to "further" the plot. It's lazy writing.

 

In fact, throughout reading these 139 pages, I was just bored. I was bored with the writing. I was bored with the plot. I was bored with the characters. I was not enjoying it at all. Every aspect of this book was mediocre to me. And it's a shame because I saw the potential. I was looking forward to seeing how these characters were going to stop the villain, The Wolf King... until I saw how much of a caricature he was and how dumb the "heroes" acted. It was just a disappointment.

 

That being said, if you're still intrigued by the premise then, by all means, read this book. Just because I didn't like it doesn't mean you won't. I do think it's a very easy read so you could read it in one sitting despite its size. So give it a try. As for me, I was not a fan and will not be reading the rest of this series.

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review 2015-03-03 00:00
Foxheart (The Brothers Goodfellow #1)
Foxheart (The Brothers Goodfellow #1) - J. S. Hope i received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for a honest review.

First, the overall rating for Foxheart is 3.5. The reason for this is minor editing errors. Otherwise what a sweet story of loss and renewal.

Like the other items I've read from this author she is very descriptive and a good job was done in describing Michael Goodfellow's day to day life. There wasn't any romance to this tale and everything was really straightforward.

Boy looses family very tragically = running away from the pain of loss.

Boy lives in self imposed exile = can't properly heal from loss.

Boy meets girl (who happens to be a fox shifter) = leads to healing the pain he carries.

Boy + Girl = 2 More Goodfellows
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review 2015-01-20 00:34
My Thoughts - 4 out of 5 Unicorns - I really liked it!!!
Foxheart (The Brothers Goodfellow #1) - J. S. Hope

 

***Received a copy of the ebook for an honest review, but I do own the Taming the Alpha bundle where it is also published :)

 

The cover is beautiful :)  I really like it….especially the blue eyed fox :)

 

This is a novella and only around 40ish pages.  This is a story about one of the members of the family that is part of the Lord of Misrule serial series.  This is a prequel before those brothers are alive. 

 

This story has some very sad parts that had my heart breaking for Michael, but I am not going to give more details than it is sad.  I think it would be kind of cool to live way off in nature without human interference, but then I realized, I couldn’t do the whole kill my dinner thing….I’m too empathetic towards the wildlife for that.  The fox is still a puzzle for me, but I’m pretty sure we will see her and Michael in another story in the future.  I really enjoyed this story and getting to know Michael, but I did wish it was longer and that I learned more about the Goodfellow family and the fox….so many questions rolling around my head about them all, but I have to try to be patient…lol yeah right!!

 

I recommend this story to anyone who is reading the Lord of Misrule serial because I think you will enjoy this too and to shifter fans :)  I hope we don’t have to wait long for more about Michael :)

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