A review by k_r_s21
Ruinsong, by Julia Ember

1.0

I thought about giving this book 2 stars, but I just can't. I really don't like this book.

There were a lot of things that annoyed me, like the inconsistent world building, the dead flat characterization, and the villainess who was evil for the sake of being evil, but the thing that was the most annoying was that almost every minuet character was bluntly described as white.

Not even a brief description of their skin color, just a plain, blunt, "They were white." It was so off putting and really took me out of the story every time. There were, like, two other characters that were black, but that's it. There's no other range of skin color found in this world.

As much as I love seeing WLW romance rep, it was not working here for me. Not only was it painfully slow, but the conflicts forcing the leads apart was so convoluted and drawn out that I wanted to smash my head through a wall.

1.5/5 stars. Do not recommend. If you want some good WLW rep in YA, then read How to make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake, or Far from the Tree by Robin Benway (I know they're both contemporary titles, but if anyone wants to recommend good WLW in fantasy, that'd be great).