If you are unaware what the Buzzword Readathon/Challenge is see my prior post HERE. Last month the buzzword prompt was to pick a book with a ‘animal/creature’ related word in the title and I ended up completing Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare for this prompt! For November the prompt is titles with ‘ing‘ and my options are:
After years of seeing her sisters suffer at the hands of an abusive prince, Marra—the shy, convent-raised, third-born daughter—has finally realized that no one is coming to their rescue. No one, except for Marra herself. Seeking help from a powerful gravewitch, Marra is offered the tools to kill a prince—if she can complete three impossible tasks. But, as is the way in tales of princes, witches, and daughters, the impossible is only the beginning.
I quite enjoyed Marra’s character. I think at the start she came across as quite naïve at times and refuses to see the world for what it is hidden away in her convent but as she became more aware of what was happening to her family and the hold the northern kingdom has on them she evolves and decides to take action. She is very much devoted to her course and won’t let her fears of other people and how she is being perceived stop her from trying to help.
The gravewitch was definitely my favourite of the characters. Her rapport with everyone around her was very entertaining and I appreciated how candid and straight out she was with Marra. She didn’t sugar coat anything and would call each of them out respectively when they were pushing themselves to much. Her knowledge of the magic within this world was highly necessary and a great way for us as the reader to learn more about it but I do wish we could of seen her wield it a lot more throughout the course of the story.
Fenris was just an ok kind of character for me. He felt a little cliché but I can appreciate how his presence was necessary to the plot line and how the story played out. He was just a little too nice and placid for me, I think if we would of seen him in action a bit more I would of liked him better. Agnes on the other hand was a pleasant addition for me. I liked how upbeat and carefree she seems and the fact that she lied about doing curses because she didn’t want to be affiliated with them even though she could be very powerful.
Overall I just needed a bit more development and time with each of the characters and on the journey. If this had maybe 100 more pages with exposition I would feel so much more grounded in the world and create more of a connection with all of the different characters. I loved the premise and the quest portion of the story but I found that I didn’t really care about the outcome because I wasn’t all that invested.
⭐️3/5 stars felt like a classic fairytale with a demon possessed chicken lol