Review: In A Land Of Paper Gods by Rebecca Mackenzie

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I requested a copy of this from bookbridgr, and the was kindly sent a copy by the publisher in return for an honest review.  I really wanted to love this book, and everything I’d heard made me think I would …  Firstly – gorgeous cover.  And it’s set in China.  And more than that, it’s set in a boarding school in China.  But unfortunately the story just did not ignite my interest.

I can’t put my finger on exactly why I didn’t love it.  The characters were quite interesting and quirky, but ultimately I felt  they were a group of silly girls.  The teachers were more intriguing, but their part is not huge.  I feel terrible for not connecting more emotionally with the undeniably tragic aspects of this story.  It should be a heart-wrenching story, but it left me feeling … blah.  For some reason I just felt no empathy for any of the characters and I didn’t really care what happened to them.

I did enjoy the setting – the mystical Chinese mountain was atmospheric and quite eery, but again, the setting did not play a big enough part in the story for me.  So unfortunately this one gets a thumbs down for me, and a rare 2 stars – I finished it, and I liked some aspects of it, but in the end it was just not my cup of tea.

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