ARC Review: Luminous by Mara Rutherford

Happy Wednesday y’all! It’s super cloudy here today and I was supposed to go apple picking tomorrow, but it’s supposed to storm in the mountains where the orchard I always go to is, so it’s looking like I’m going to have to skip the apple picking and grab them from a farm stand or the grocery store.

So many books came out yesterday, so I have a review for another one of them ready to go for y’all today. I really enjoyed the other books I read by Mara Rutherford, so I was very excited to give Luminous a go! Thank you so much to Inkyard Press and Netgalley for letting me read an eARC of this book.

Luminous 3.5/5 Stars

Summary from Goodreads:

A witch who must learn to harness her power–or risk losing her loved ones forever.

Liora has spent her life in hiding, knowing discovery could mean falling prey to the king’s warlock, Darius, who uses mages’ magic to grow his own power. But when her worst nightmare comes to pass, Darius doesn’t take her. Instead, he demands that her younger sister return to the capital with him. To make matters worse, Evran, Liora’s childhood friend and the only one who knows her secret, goes missing following Darius’s visit, leaving her without anyone to turn to.

To find Evran and to save her sister, Liora must embrace the power she has always feared. But the greatest danger she’ll face is yet to come, for Darius has plans in motion that will cause the world to fall into chaos–and Liora and Evran may be the only ones who can stop him.

Man y’all, I really wanted to love this book. The magic system and the world had so much promise and the way it was written made it so easy to read, but the execution was not my favorite. I didn’t really care about Liora or sisters. I didn’t like Evran. I liked Darius (our villain) the most, which was kinda sad. I feel like his character was the most fleshed out, but even then, he wasn’t really very fleshed out. In terms of the plot, the whole first 40% of the book felt like a waste- I couldn’t even really tell you what happened in that section. Then an event happens at the 40% mark that I thought was going to be way more of a major thing in the book, but it wasn’t as major as I expected and then all of a sudden there was another giant plot point that was the main storyline from there on out and I was a little confused about why we were going in so many directions. I don’t think our characters were strong enough to carry on such a disjointed storyline. And everything about the stars was super confusing to me just in general. Overall, even though this wasn’t my favorite book because of the execution, I still liked certain aspects of it and I definitely think that there are people who would enjoy reading it, especially since it was such a quick read and there were some great spots of brightness within the book.

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