ARC Review: Oak & Mistletoe by J.Z.N. McCauley

Posted October 7, 2016 by Jamie in Reviews // 0 Comments

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ARC Review: Oak & Mistletoe by J.Z.N. McCauleyOak & Mistletoe by J.Z.N. McCauley
Published by White Moon Press on October 11th 2016
ISBN: 1619845318
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A Druid Curse, A Prophesied Love, A Consuming Vengeance…

Catherine Green, along with her twin sister and older brother, travels to Ireland on a college graduation trip. Her vacation takes a permanent turn when she lands her dream job at an art and history museum on her beloved Emerald Isle. She meets a handsome stranger named Bowen, an expert of sorts on local ancient studies. Though their first meetings are turbulent at best, Catherine finds herself drawn to him.

Unaware that she is the key to breaking a hidden curse, Catherine unleashes the evil madman Conall and his druid followers, imprisoned since ancient times. Tragedy and loss ensue, sprouting within Catherine the deep seeds of rage that thrust her onto the damaging path of vengeance. Confused by the enigma that is Bowen, his mixed signals, and her own feelings, she is swept away with him on an unexpected journey surrounded by myth and long-forgotten knowledge. In order to stop the evil plans of Conall and his reunified army, Catherine must entwine her fate with peril. Her survival is trivial to her as long as Conall dies. She’ll do whatever it takes.

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects my opinion of the book.

Jamie’s Review

DNF @ 6%

I had to force myself to get here to be honest. The sentences were choppy. They gave us information like this. So that we could see everything in small sentences. Rather than in one that would explain everything and flow nicely. As well, the situation just didn’t make sense to me. Why did the uncle randomly tell Catherine about magic? There was no prior mention of it and then he was just killed off with no real build up or tension to it. The dialogue was so stilted and I couldn’t ever see me having a conversation that way. I was reading it aloud to Dani while we were skyping and it sounded so fake. I really wanted to enjoy this one because it is new adult AND fantasy, but I honestly cannot subject myself to any more of it.

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