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    I'm So Glad I Found This

    *voluntarily and honestly reviewed the ARC I received from NetGalley* 4.5 for me. Wow. When I first started this book, I found it a little hard to get into because it was bringing up things and names I didn't know, so it was like coming midway into something. But like an epic story, The Tiger's Watch does start in the middle of it all, specifically, the ending of a losing battle in their own homeland. Tashi and their friend Pharo are escaping to the monastery, hoping to live another day and not die or be sold as slaves like the rest of their comrades. However, before they can even begin to think that they're safe in the cold mountains, a troop of enemy soldiers arrives at their door, and it's their commanding officer, Xian, that really starts off the story. I liked this a lot. The cover totally got me to click on it and when I read the blurb, I thought it was interesting. The beginning was slow only because I was getting the crash course in kingdoms and names and culture and 'should-already-knows', but I quickly caught on once things slowed down. Tashi was a very interesting character, and I liked that they knew they were weak but still tried to do better. I also enjoyed the fact that they didn't identify with only one gender, though reading it from their POV only took me out of the story once because of the whole 'I did this' coming from someone who wished to be addressed as 'they/them'. I don't know the rules or proper use of address, and most of the time, it was more of a fact like Xian having blue eyes, which was also a cool thing to do to make it normal despite the type of character not appearing all the time. I just really appreciated that this was done. Aside from their refusal to reform, I thought they were also strong in a sense that they refused to do what felt wrong to them. It's a war, and sides are not always black and white. I loved that they knew this without being told, because it made for a really interesting plot. This story of survival and struggling to understand that what you were always told was a lie made things a little suspenseful, while still keeping that chill, slightly romantic aspect of Tashi with Pharo and Xian. Loved the world that was built up, liked the tone and writing style. The characters were pretty interesting, as was their interaction with them. It was complicated, and it made sense to me. They're young, stuck in the middle of a more confusing time. It was overall an excellent story I'm glad to have stumbled upon because I so look forward to the second installment.
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    A Great Start to a New Series

    **I want to send a big thank you to Julia Ember who was nice enough to send me a copy of Tiger's Watch in exchange for a review!** Actual Rating 3.5 but rounded up to 4! Thoughts After Reading Way too short! Why did it have to end like that?! LIKES - LOVED Tashi. They were super cute yet kind of badass at the same time? It made for an interesting character. There was also a ton of development centred around this character. - Also a big yay for a non-binary main character, especially in a fantasy book! - I like the general idea of this book. The whole bond with animals was epic and I kind of liked that the plot took place in the middle of a war. - Ok but can we talk about the fact that people in this world can be bonded to animals?? Like how cool would that be? I especially loved that the humans lifespans were cut if they were bonded though. Magic isn't all butterflies and rainbows so I liked this consequence! DISLIKES - The only thing I disliked was that the book wasn't longer. I could have used more of everything. A little more plot, world-building, character development, and general explanations. It was fine without all that but that's what would have pushed it up an extra star for me. - Also as much as I loved Tashi, I hated their decision at the end and I wanted to reach into the pages and give them a good shake! Sadly that would have changed the plot for the next book. Again, not a bad thing, it just bothered me a teeny bit. SUMMARY Pick this one up! It's short and sweet but full of all kinds of great fantasy elements!
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