Book Review #131 – Beneath the Citadel

Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria
Rating: 3 Stars
Series: Standalone
Length: 480 Pages
Purchase: [Amazon] | [Barnes & Noble]

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. 

In the city of Eldra, people are ruled by ancient prophecies. For centuries, the high council has stayed in power by virtue of the prophecies of the elder seers. After the last infallible prophecy came to pass, growing unrest led to murders and an eventual rebellion that raged for more than a decade.
In the present day, Cassa, the orphaned daughter of rebels, is determined to fight back against the high council, which governs Eldra from behind the walls of the citadel. Her only allies are no-nonsense Alys, easygoing Evander, and perpetually underestimated Newt, and Cassa struggles to come to terms with the legacy of rebellion her dead parents have left her — and the fear that she may be inadequate to shoulder the burden. But by the time Cassa and her friends uncover the mystery of the final infallible prophecy, it may be too late to save the city

When I first received an eARC for this novel, I was really interested in the story and was excited to start. However, I did have to wait a bit to begin and dedicated the month of August to read the book. Unfortunately, when I did start Beneath the Citadel, I didn’t realize how hard it was going to read the book. I did not expect that it was going to be a battle.

Life has got in the way and I have entered a reading slump. My interest level went from the top to right down below. I read at every chance I had, but it was few in between and minimal progress. As I tried to continue, I couldn’t not retrieve the interest I had in the story. My interest was lost completely.

Nevertheless, I pushed back and was able to finally the story. I did not hate or dislike the story at all, but I never found the enjoyment I was hoping for either. I was interesting and I can see the goodness and potential of the story, but I just could not get into it as much as I would have liked to. The slump really defeated me for liking this story.

Based on other reviews, this novel has a lot of rep and should definitely be worth reading, which is why I kept pushing to read this novel. I only wished that I did not have the slump and I probably would have enjoyed this story a whole lot more.

2 thoughts on “Book Review #131 – Beneath the Citadel

  1. I recognize what you just wrote! I was reading Spinning Silver, but I was in some sort of reading slump and I couldn’t get into it and couldn’t enjoy it…

    I decided to quit reading the book and try again later, because I know I will love it when I’m not battling through that reading slump.

    Hope you’ll get out of it soon!!

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  2. I’m currently reading Beneath the Citadel! I’m only 7% of the way through it, but so far it’s captured my attention. I think the only thing I can say from my POV is that the characters seem to be a little young for me to connect with because they’re 15/16/17 and I’m 23. But that’s something that I can get past, I think!

    Great review, as always!


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