Of Beast and Burden by: Kelsey Kicklighter

Alright everyone, back with another review and this time it’s not a fun one. Of Beast and Burden had a fun premise. Our main character Faye is an almost adult and has been raised on stories of the fairies. The Folk as they’re called in the book. I was excited to get into it but that sort of died fast.

This book is boring. I hate to say it, especially for a book that had promised so much but comparing it to Holly Black, Sarah J. Maas and Elise Kova sets this book up to reach standards it just can’t reach.

Like I said. It’s boring. I don’t think I’ve ever been bored reading a fantasy book before. We aren’t given a book with great writing which might have helped at least a little bit.

The main character is annoying, a pain. It’s like she only has one setting on her personality and it’s the worst one. Then there’s Kellen and I swear if I had to read him saying “love” one more time, I was going to vomit. Men and teen boys giving girls a pet name when they know nothing about them and also using it to be condescending are infuriating and it happened so much. It’s infantilizing.

Then there’s a love triangle that wasn’t adequately fleshed out at all. It was so weak. I rolled my eyes through most of the book.

There’s also the matter of how characters are described. It’s mostly by skin-color. That’s it. When I read a book I want to know what people look like but I want to know more than they’re skin color. It’s already been proven that if a character isn’t described, the average reader will just assume they’re white. So describing skin color isn’t bad. But it isn’t the only way you can describe people. Are they attractive? Do they have scars? Are they wearing their hair in box braids? Does a color of fabric not mesh well with their skin? So many things.

When it comes to the end of the book, it’s a mess. It’s so rushed and it’s the only time the book isn’t boring. It’s just too fast paced for things to make it a fun read.

I’m giving this book a one (1) star.

I received this eARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to them and the publisher.


Author. Reader. Reviewer. Interested in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and everything in between. Ya, and Adult. Looking for representaion where it matters! BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, everything! We all deserve stories!

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