Dear readers, this was my first ever approval from NetGally. I received an eArc of this book in return for an honest review.
When I went on NetGalley, I will be honest this was the first book I saw. I got swept up in the excitement and got instant approval for this book and started reading it right away.
Title: The Jealousy of Jalice
Author: Jesse Nolan Bailey
In this dark fantasy, two women enact a scheme to overthrow a tyrant chief by first kidnapping his wife. The land and its people are corrupted. The Sachem, chief of the Unified Tribes, is to blame. It is this conviction that drives Annilasia and Delilee to risk their lives. Afraid of the aether magic he wields, they enact a subtler scheme: kidnap his wife. In her place, Delilee will pretend to be the chieftess and spy on the Sachem. Unaware of this plot against her husband, Jalice is whisked away by Annilasia. Pleading with her captor proves futile, and she rejects Annilasia’s delusional accusations against the chief. After all, the Sachem has brought peace to the land. Yet a dangerous truth hides in Jalice’s past. As she and Annilasia flee through a forest of insidious threats, they must confront the evil plaguing the tribes and the events that unleashed it.
I only really read this book whenever I was on the elevator or waiting for it. Since I take the elevator a minimum of eight times a day, and am able to read a minimum of three or four pages were elevator ride, I got through this book surprisingly quickly.
I enjoyed the world that the book took place in. It seemed large and like I, as a reader, was only scratching the surface. There was so much more that we could discover if we just kept exploring.
I liked the idea of the story, but for some reason I don’t think it stuck with me very much. It’s not that the book itself was bad, but I never really found any moments that hooked me in.
There was nothing that turned me off of the book, it just sort of felt okay the whole time I was reading it.
I honestly don’t have much else to say, and it kind of upsets me because I spent a lot of time reading the book, but I don’t want to just tell you that everything was okay.
The characters were hit and miss. I wasn’t a fan of Jalice. Her writing seemed inconsistent to me, and she brought down some enjoyment for me. But other than that, most characters were okay.
To counteract the mediocre character development, I will admit that I liked the story’s premise; Jalice at first believing she has been kidnapped, then realizing the truth behind all the lies she has been told.
It was a different take on a fantasy story that I enjoyed, but there just wasn’t enough to save it for me.
I commend Jesse Nolan Bailey on writing this book. From what I’ve seen a lot of people enjoyed it, I just think it wasn’t the proper book for me, so in that sense I’d say my review is out of the norm.