ARC Review: A Place Beyond-Laura Howard


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cooltext1790897456 copyThe time has come. Allison’s quest to save her mother from Aoife’s wicked enchantment will test everything she believes in. Who is trustworthy in the land of the Fair Folk, the Tuatha de Danaan? It’s up to Allison, along with her ragtag host of allies, to unravel the truth.

Journey along and discover the power of love and duty as Allison faces the most difficult trial of her life.

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2.5/5 Stars

***I received this eARC as a gift in exchange for an honest review via the author

PROS:

  • The Danaan world is magical, mysterious, the perfect blend of dark and light. 
  • Allison seems far younger than her 22 years. She shy and soft and I really appreciated that her strength was not in a take charge, confident personality but in her willingness to sacrifice, her selflessness. 
  • Allison and Ethan are adorable together. Their attraction is easy and made of a little awkwardness but completely endearing. Ethan loses himself in Allison’s gentle beauty and she admires his protectiveness. Although they constantly get interrupted, when they do give into their passion it’s a warm glow of emotion and touch.

CONS:

  • The action scenes lacked urgency or terror. They sort of fizzled out before they began.
  • Overall, the story was slow-paced and dragged in some sections.
  • Everything was resolved extremely quickly and with limited conflict. Aoife as a villain wasn’t a vibrant presence, her malicious nature was muted and while her actions were pretty vindictive, her overall personality wasn’t developed enough to truly despise or like her one way or another. 
  • Parts were choppy and felt random, as if they were thrust into the story without a connection to the overall arch. 

If you like any of the following, you’ll enjoy this:

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Happy reading,

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