ARC Review- The Mask of Mirrors by M. A. Carrick

Star rating: DNF; no star rating

Synopsis: via Goodreads

Nightmares are creeping through the city of dreams…

Renata Viraudax is a con artist who has come to the sparkling city of Nadezra — the city of dreams — with one goal: to trick her way into a noble house and secure her fortune and her sister’s future.

But as she’s drawn into the elite world of House Traementis, she realizes her masquerade is just one of many surrounding her. And as corrupt magic begins to weave its way through Nadezra, the poisonous feuds of its aristocrats and the shadowy dangers of its impoverished underbelly become tangled — with Ren at their heart.

General information: This book will be published on January 19th 2021 by Orbit Books.

My thoughts:

I really, really wanted to love this book. It started off strong and I loved the characters, but it just wasn’t for me. There was a lot of exposition in the first 100 pages or so, and it was hard to keep track of all the character names, places, and concepts mentioned. It felt like too much exposition but not enough actual information at the same time.
I really enjoyed the basic concept, that a regular girl is trying to con her way into a noble house, but it got to a point where it felt so bogged down by sideplots about cleaning a river and other intrigues that I was having a hard time keeping track of what was what, and I just couldn’t finish it.
Ultimately, the concept is great and the characterization was amazing! I love the main character and the side characters all really stand out. I wanted to finish this book for the main character’s sake but I was just getting confused and wasn’t excited to read it anymore.
I just don’t think this was the book for me. Someone else may love it, but ultimately I just couldn’t get past the first 200 pages. This was a DNF for me but it may be a 5/5 stars for someone else!

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