“But once the competition begins, pirate… there will be no holding back.” –On Wings of Ash and Dust by Brittany Wang
Hello Goodie Two Shoes!
In February of this year, I was doing some research on serials, and Brittany Wang came up in my search.
I’d been following her friend Bethany for awhile, and now I’d found Brittany.
She had this series on YouTube going through her journey of trying to write a serial, but she didn’t do it the traditional way.
Serials used to be written in newspapers and magazines. They were published a chapter at a time, not a book at a time. That’s how Brittany did it.
She wrote her novellas, and published them.
I felt like I got to be a part of the process even a few months later, while watching her lives on YouTube.
Her book had been on my tbr for awhile. Recently, watching a reel on her Instagram about the romance subplot, I decided I wanted to pick it up right then.
So I bought it.
The cover is absolutely stunning. I think it’s my favorite cover that I own.
After reading the first episode, I don’t know if I’ll be continuing.
It didn’t work. I struggled to read it.
I like Quinn, and then I didn’t. Why make her a pirate and have all that drama with the past when the end goal is to get her to be in this trial? That doesn’t make sense to me.
I didn’t like the love interest character, and that was the whole reason I picked this book up. I’m not looking forward to reading the rest of their story.
I would have preferred a book about pixies, or pirates, or a book about a contest for the throne, but trying to force them all together doesn’t work.
There was too much happening too quickly.
The meet cute was forced.
I was really looking forward to this and then it was just really bad. I’m really surprised it’s rated so high.
And I read some reviews for the next episode, and apparently the test is very anticlimactic.
This book doesn’t work. Though everything that that happens technically makes sense within the narrative, it still leaves you with a lot of questions and whiplash.
There’s too much information, and a lot of things that shouldn’t be there.
The plot itself was very chaotic. There were a lot of scenes but there wasn’t much point to them, and we didn’t get enough information out of them. The plot dragged the main character along.
The prologue is weird. It’s only a set up to get Quinn to become a pirate, but we barely see her as a pirate.
The first episode should have focused more on Quinn’s new life, showing us her struggles and the things that she’s learned that will end up helping her in the trial.
Instead, we’re told about it a little bit, but it’s really only a ploy to get us right back where we started: in Quinn’s old home.
Once we get there, she’s double crossed. While that was sort of set up, again, we didn’t get to know this character enough to really feel anything about this scene.
So now, Quinn is forced to participate in the tournament.
She’s forced to go, but then she gets thrown off the boat taking her where she needs to go.
Then she’s saved by the love interest, and decides to just have him take her to the same place he’s going. Guess where that is. The tournament!
Why was she thrown off the boat if we’re just going to the same place? It’s only to meet the love interest.
It feels like a fast draft wasn’t cleaned up and polished.
It isn’t written like a traditional serial, and I don’t think it should be marketed as such when it’s published pretty much the same way as a self-published novel.
It’s really confusing for people who didn’t watch Brittany’s process on YouTube.
Some fantasy/pirate language and some fantasy violence.
I had to force myself to keep reading this, which is so sad because I really wanted to love it.
It didn’t make sense. Quinn was too many things. Her character wasn’t consistent. I don’t like her.
The meet cute was contrived. I didn’t like the love interest.
There was way too much going on in this story, and I really think that it should be more than one story.
All of the ideas are really cool, but they would have been better written separately.
I feel so bad about this. I think it could be a really fun story if it was reworked.
And if the writing doesn’t bother you, you might still enjoy this story, and you’ll find them all on kindle unlimited on Amazon. (Affiliate)
It’s very innovative, and Brittany has really done a great job with marketing.
I’d like to try reading some of her other books if she comes out with them, but for now, I’m only reading episode one.
Stay fun. I’ll see you in the next one.