eARC REVIEW: Furyborn by Claire Legrand // bisexual rep… i guess? and why was this book over 500 pages??

furybornTitle: Furyborn

Author: Claire Legrand

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult

Format: eBook

Page Count: 512

Release Date: May 22, 2018



When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed…unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable—until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire’s heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world—and of each other.



I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This in no way effects my overall rating of this book.

It’s been a while since I read a high fantasy book (as in not taking place in the real world), so going into this review, take that into consideration because this could have had a large effect on my thoughts. Also, this book came out yesterday, so guess who is only a day late with this review hehe! i’m way too proud of this

Firstly, I’d like to say that I was disappointed in the bi rep that this book was supposed to have. I say supposed to because it felt like it wasn’t really there? If I hadn’t been looking for it, I wouldn’t have even realized it was there, which isn’t really something that should be considered as rep.

With that being said, I did appreciate the gay couple that was incorporated into the book like it was something normal because IT SHOULD BE! I also appreciated the possible characters of color – these POC are just speculation on my part so I won’t be yelling it from the rooftops and won’t ask y’all to praise the author for it, but in my mind it was there. I like seeing how diverse the fantasy genre is getting, but it can always be improved on.

This book bored me throughout. I also didn’t care for either of the main female characters like I feel I should have. They had all of the elements to kick-butt heroines but… they didn’t wow me or make me root for them.

I also didn’t realize that the perspectives take place A THOUSAND YEARS apart until I was nearly halfway through the book?? If I hadn’t read reviews from other bloggers, I fear I wouldn’t have figured this out until the end.

no this is not a spoiler, no worries

Also, the “big reveal” at the end seemed a bit obvious due to the prologue?? I knew – or, well – suspected the big reveal at the end of the book since the first chapter after I read the prologue (which I was very confused after reading, might I add).

I was confused for the first… 20% of the book? And then from thereon out I kept jumping between “ah, this is kinda cool” and “uGH WHEN WILL IT BE OVER??” That kinda sums up my feelings for this book.

anyone know what drama this is from?

The romance. Okay, so I did kind of ship some characters, but those characters either ended up not getting together or one of them was evil, so my ships got sunk before they were even in the water. This got on my nerves a bit, but maybe something will happen in book two?? You never know.

Eliana and Rielle weren’t as awesome as I thought they’d be. Eliana is a bounty hunter for the Empire. She’s stone cold one second but then feels remorse for her kills the next second. The author was probably trying to make her a morally gray character,  but I don’t think it was quite executed to perfection. Rielle, however, I sympathized with at first and actually really liked her character but she began to get on my nerves a bit towards the middle.

I also didn’t much care for their love interests, if you can even call them that. They were so bland and just plain boring to read about. I didn’t feel a spark between Rielle and Eliana and their respective love interests that they ended up with. I think the love interests just weren’t anything special. They reminded me of all of the other YA love interests *yawn*.

I loved Eliana’s brother and Navi, but the other characters didn’t interest me much. I hope that they get more spotlight (and maybe even their own perspectives??) in the sequel.

The magic was cool (though nothing unique) and I thought it was cool how the alternating perspectives were set decades apart. It made the story a bit confusing, but it also helped shape the world, if utilized correctly (which it wasn’t, oops!). It did bring the book setting more depth which I appreciated.

I hope that in the sequel, the author will be able to make the characters more likable (or more interesting at the least), and expand on the world. I love fantasy worlds so seeing more world development would be nice.

Before I go, I would also like to mention the amount of sexual content in this book. It’s not frequent, but it’s basically smut when it does appear. At one point I had to skip roughly three pages because it was making me uncomfortable to read. Thankfully some other reviews I read before I picked up this book mentioned this so I was somewhat prepared but it was quite extensive for a book classified under Young Adult.


My Rating: 3 Stars

Overall this was a solid YA fantasy. I had my problems with the characters, page count, and some other small things but I can see myself picking up the sequel once it comes out. I recommend it to fantasy lovers because it will be a great addition to your fantasy library!

let’s be honest, rielle is basically an avatar

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20 thoughts on “eARC REVIEW: Furyborn by Claire Legrand // bisexual rep… i guess? and why was this book over 500 pages??

    1. The thing is I remembered his name after this post went live but now I’ve forgotten it again erghhhhh. Tbh if he doesn’t get his own perspective in book 2 I’m quitting hahaha


  1. I haven’t read this yet, but I’m thinking about it. It sounds like the author has great ideas, but needs a little more writing experience to be able to pull off some stuff she tried out. Maybe there’ll be a sequel and it’ll get better — at least the cover is gorgeous! :p Great review!

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    1. I actually think the author has a few books under her belt already, though this did kind of read like a debut. I don’t know, I’m optimistic about the sequel. Thanks for reading 🙂

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  2. It’s funny how different everyone’s opinions have been on this book. I just finished it last week and absolutely loved it! I think my biggest complaint with the book was that I just wasn’t as interested in Rielle’s storyline as I was in Eliana’s. I agree with the content of the book. I wouldn’t label this one as YA, as the characters are 18/19 years old and I feel like this book should clearly be considered NA instead. I’m pretty excited to see what happens in the next book though!

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    1. I read your review the other day and although I didn’t absolutely love it like you did, I liked the points you made. Yeah I liked having Rielle’s perspective at first but then it felt like the author just kept writing it because she had more of Eliana’s story to write and didn’t want to only write in one of the girl’s perspectives. NA would work much better as a label, or at least include a disclaimer for the sexual content! Thanks for reading 🙂

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      1. Yeah, I get what you mean. It was like she wanted to tell both girls stories and this was the only way to do that. I think it was unique but with Rielle’s finale being the prologue, it kind of made me lose as much interest in her story than if it hadn’t started like that. Though, I think it’ll be better in the next book since I bet we’ll get more of how her relationship with the angels develops. That’s what I’m interested in reading about most anyways, haha!

        I just wish more authors would push their books to be strictly labeled as new adult. The genre will never be recognized if everyone is afraid to label their books as NA due to the stigma it has as strictly romance.

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        1. I liked reading in her perspective, but with knowing how her story ended in the prologue, it felt a bit weird like we were being told her story backwards. Yeah, that would be cool to read about, I hadn’t thought about that!

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  3. Ahh this is a great review, Savannah!! ❤

    I've seen so many different opinions about this book, so I'm really confused and conflicted about whether or not I should read it. I'm glad you (somewhat) enjoyed it & thanks for pointing out the diversity that is included, that makes me a lot more inclined to pick it up.

    (Why do I feel like so many YA books are suddenly filled with sexually graphic scenes, though.)

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    1. Thank you ❤ I was conflicted at first as well! I think it's really a gamble – you'll either love it or not like it much 😦 Yeah… I have that feeling as well, though I haven't read any (YA-wise) that was THIS graphic. Maybe it'd SJM's influence? I've heard she writes graphic sex scenes.

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  4. Ugh I was initially excited to read this one, but after most of the readers on my feed complain about the length and bi rep of this book, I decided to skip it. It just sounds pretty generic :/ I hope your next read will be better!

    Also, that gif is from Dream High! Smol Suzy is so cute 😀

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    1. It was quite a generic YA fantasy – It was mediocre at best for me unfortunately 😦 I’m currently reading Legendary (Caraval #2) and am loving it a lot more so let’s hope that stays true! Oooh that’s on my to-watch list! Thank you!!


  5. This makes me nervous. I don’t know when I’ll have my copy because I pre-ordered a signed one from Books of Wonder and I don’t have any shipping information, but maybe that’s not such a bad thing if it’s just an ok book/

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    1. It’s cool that you got a signed copy! From pictures the actual physical book looks gorgeous, so even if you don’t end up liking it, it should look pretty on your shelf 😀

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