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  • Needed more from the ending...

    3.5 stars — I started this one by listening to the audiobook, but it really did not capture my attention in that format. It wasn’t that the narrator was bad, I thought she was quite good. But I think there was something about the narrative that just didn’t work for my distracted mind. So I switched to reading my Kindle copy, and things went much better. I still found it hard to get sucked in to this one. There were moments that I absolutely loved! But there were so many secrets, so much mystery, and from our heroine too…it just had me losing interest instead of drawing me deeper. I knew this was a series, so I wasn’t surprised that there were still questions unanswered at the end of this one, but I *might* have needed a bit more… It’s like, part of me is interested in where this series is going, but there’s another part that could totally see forgetting about it and never finishing it and not clamouring for more. I think another problem for me was that there wasn’t a strong romance component. Which it doesn’t have to have, by any means…but I wonder if I’d become invested in Guinevere with someone then I’d have been more invested in general. I had suspicions and reservations about SO MANY characters, and it turns out with good reason (for most of those characters), that in the end I just kept myself apart from it. The strongest component for me was wholeheartedly the friendships that Guinevere develops with so many strong and different female characters. And with that, the few twists and turns of diversity that I DIDN’T see coming AT ALL! I don’t want to give anything away, but there were a few surprises that just absolutely delighted me. Which is why I will inevitably round up. Without all of this, I probably wouldn’t have enjoyed this book that much. One other thing that delighted me was the way that magic was represented, specifically how Guinevere used her magic. I appreciated that there was a trade off — that using magic wasn’t without consequences for her. That was fascinating. SO yeah. I have suspicions about a few things, but I almost wish I’d gotten a few more hints before the end. I don’t know what I think about how everything turned out.

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  • Enjoyable

    I didn't know what to expect as I have not read anything by this author before. I enjoyed the different approach to a story that we all know. Will definitely read the next book in the series.

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  • Brilliant retelling

    I haven't been a huge fan of Arthurian legends since Merlin went off air. They're often annoying to me because the women are so badly treated. And here is a fantastic retelling that has a great place for women and tells a new and fascinating version of magic in Camelot. I loved every relationship being formed and I have so many questions I need answered! Hopefully the next book will have the answers!

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  • Love this new version of the classic Arthurian tale

    I love Arthurian tales and this one didn't disappoint! It told the age old story with all the beloved characters with a different view! Can't wait to continue this story.

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  • A magical retelling!

    The Guinevere Deception was my first book by Kiersten White and it took a different direction than I thought it would. Kiersten gives the King Arthur legends an unexpected twist that will leave you wanting more from the last page. Also, let's note that the cover of this novel is absolutely stunning! Though the story had a bit of a slow start, I was immediately intrigued by Guinevere and Mordred's chemistry. Guinevere is sixteen and has been raised in a convent. She leaves home to wed King Arthur; however, turns out this young woman isn't the real Guinevere but a changeling witch sent by the great Merlin to protect Arthur. I didn't feel much chemistry between Arthur and Guinevere. Arthur was brooding. He wasn't the main focus in the story. Alot of the plot dealt with Guinevere hiding her true identity and the fact that she was a witch for magic has been abolished in Camelot. This was definitely a book that gave me a lot of mixed feelings but it is also a book that readers should go into with an open mind because Kiersten will hands down surprise you, especially with her writing!

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