Five Wounds

Five WoundsFive Wounds
By: Katharine Edgar
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

(I received this book free from the author through Goodreads group {All about YA}[R2R] in exchange for my honest review )

I'm on the fence about this one.

I found the story interesting and a bit fascinating. It flowed very well, and stayed on point, but I'm not raving over it.

Nan, annoyed the hell out of me. For a girl that was raised in a nunnery, she's basically a harlot. Not so much as she slept around, but every damn second, that she came out of that nunnery, she was having crushes left right and center. I don't even know what to call it. For all her beliefs, that was nailed into her head since she was five and how she wanted to be a nun, I can't seem wrap my head around why, she was so quick to dishonoured it. She swore her loyalty to the cause, but couldn't keep her hands to herself?

She fell too hard, too fast. I guess being in that nunnery made her lose common sense.

Enough on that, I'll be here all day raving about it.

I did like some things about Nan. When she was captured she didn't break, lost hope and didn't give up. Though not loyal to herself, was loyal to the cause and her friends. There aren't many people in the world that could have gone through what she did and not break or thrown down in defeat.

I just can't get over some of the stupid decisions she made.

( Totally called that Will didn't die. I knew that after all that crap, that Nan was going to get her happy ending. )

I found that the synopsis and the book cover were misleading. I was expecting something totally different, more along the line of a Joan of Arc type of deal. But the story, as I said, though interesting, didn't have any impact and it fell short. Not only did it start slow, it felt at times, forced. Like the love quadrilateral, there was no substance, or for lack of a better word, emotion. Love was thrown around willy nilly, and I felt nothing for it. Nor did I feel anything for the characters. At one point I was sure Nan was going to die at the end, and I didn't care.

The only real thing that kept my interest and the reason this novel managed to scrape into the three star spot, is because of the historical references. A lot of research went into this book and you can tell just by reading the first few lines. I've always been fascinated by the past, and how far we've come. I also start to think "If I got transported back to that time, I'd be called a witch and probably get burned at the stake"

In all, this read wasn't terrible. In fact, it was very well written, and it had a slow but smooth rhythm. Though I didn't quite like it, and there's still something that's irking me about it, I do recommend it. It wasn't for me, but I'm sure it will make someone else's cup of tea.

Happy Reading


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