momoj8's review against another edition
- Plot- or character-driven? A mix
- Strong character development? Yes
- Loveable characters? Yes
- Diverse cast of characters? Yes
- Flaws of characters a main focus? No
Didn’t quite meet 5 stars because I feel like some characters (especially Crane and Judas!) could have been developed better. But we’ll see what she does with what I’m assuming will be the second book.
the first thing that really stood out to me was the similarities between monsters born and made and skandar and the unicorn thief. firstly, we have aggressive magical horse like creatures that get used in racing competitions. (i could be wrong on the horse connection for monsters born and made, seeing as there’s also water creatures. but these things pull a chariot, so i’m assuming they’re horse-like). while this point is irrelevant because plenty of books feature it: they’re both dystopian in setting.
it’s probably a reach to call them similar, but i couldn’t stop thinking about skandar while reading it. it was off putting and kept disrupting my reading experience. (i’ve seen a lot of people compare it to the hunger games, but aside from the setting and a vague competition, there’s no other similarities). unfortunately, due to the similarities with other books, i found monsters born and made forgettable.
anyway. i enjoy competition books. it adds a layer of tension and creates a fast paced book. so perks for that. (i kinda wish they raced a different kind of creature though. race a polar bear or something?)
another thing i loved was the south asian inspiration. this is a popular trend at the moment, and i’m 100% loving it.
koral was an interesting character for the author to use as an mc. she wasn’t particularly likeable nor was she hate-able. i felt indifferent towards her. i didn’t really care if she lived or died (which isn’t a good thing. we need to be rooting for the main characters).
on a plus side, this book features ex’s to rivals to allies to something more? it’s a big confusing mess to explain, but it works really well within the story. i love characters with history! it makes their romance more believable.
my feelings for this book are a little all over the place. i wanted to love it so bad, but i found that it wasn’t particularly memorable or unique. i feel like there’s a lot the author can learn from this book, and i’m excited to see how her writing improves between now and the next book.
- Plot- or character-driven? Plot
- Strong character development? No
- Loveable characters? It's complicated
- Diverse cast of characters? N/A
- Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A
This was still enjoyable, but it felt a little too similar to The Hunger Games, and I think we could have used a lot more detail on the characters and the setting.
The pacing was also kind of confusing and the ending felt rushed and pretty chaotic.
But the monsters were so cool!
spazzz314's review against another edition
Full thoughts here! https://youtu.be/BtUNSLqWnFU
akacya's review against another edition
2023 tbr: 84/100
koral and her brother emrik risk their lives every day to capture the sea monsters surrounding their island. their family has been indentured by the ruling class to provide these maristags for a deadly chariot tournament known as the glory race. to save her family from starvation, koral decides to enter this tournament.
i’m so glad i finally got around to reading this! i was quickly drawn into this story. i love when main characters are driven by the motive to save their family, which was exactly the case with this book. the plot was also captivating and there was even a side of romance! i think this was meant to be a standalone but it’s one of those books i wouldn’t mind getting a sequel.