Review: Forgotten Rebel by Erin McDermott

Hello! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Although I don’t celebrate this day much other than wearing green (which weirdly I wore yesterday rather than today), its still a big thing in my home province of Newfoundland. Also, you know who is rocking a green outfit? Fanny on the cover of Forgotten Rebel!

Thats right! Erin McDermott has released a new book. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to write my review right away (dang school presentation had me held up) but no way was I going to miss this book. I received an advanced copy of this book and voluntarily decided to review it, so thank you Erin! I reviewed one of Erin’s previous books, Captive Rebel. This book was a little bit different – the characters that we met in the first book are hardly present in this book, which instead focus’ on Fanny (Ariston’s sister) and Charles, the rebel that Marylyn was friends with. I’m glad that we got to meet other characters. And of course, Orion, everyone’s favourite sass-master, was there. I wrote after reading Captive Rebel that I was excited to see Erin’s next foray into writing, and here we are! So without further ado let’s review Forgotten Rebel.

I honestly liked Fanny more than I liked Marylyn. She was really quick witted and sharp, noticing things that others didn’t, and adapting quickly to situations. Unfortunately at some times the dialogue between her and others was kind of slow – things would be repeated multiple times, and it wasn’t the most captivating. There was some really good scenes though – I thought that the encounter with sirens and the gladiator battle were both really fun and exciting. I especially liked the siren scene, because Fanny was literally like ‘god I have to do everything myself’. Honestly Fanny, you’re right!

I have to say though, I called that Aphie was Aphrodite right away. The name is not that much of a stretch, and it was a pretty easy connection to make. What I think was a more surprising effect of having Aphrodite there was that this is such an open door now – more gods and goddesses! I’m so excited because this means my faves (aka Artermis and Athena and Demeter) are waking up. And from the looks of it, they’re going to be fighting with the Rebels. Can’t wait to see them beat up Zeus and Poseidon haha.

The cause of the split was surprising too, and really interesting. The fact that it was based off of an inaccessibility to vaccination was a twist I didn’t see coming, and it will be interesting to see where Erin goes with this next.

Unfortunately, I feel like these books functions much better as a whole and view all the different books more as ‘chapters’ in a story than a fully stand alone novel in some ways. Although important stuff happens in Forgotten Rebel, it feels like not a lot happens – you only get two settings really, and two main action points. Fanny complains a lot, and is either thinking about Charles, or how she shouldn’t like Adonis. Reading this, and in the future, the book right after, would probably give a more satisfying read in the sense that more happens.

I also kind of wish that we had had more of Charles’ perspective in the novel – he seems like such a sweet and cool character, I want him to be happy but I also want to see how his experiences affected him.

Overall I think I would give this a 3.5 – again, I’m excited to see what happens next (I want my girls Athena and Artemis to raise a little hell!)

For now that’s all, but be sure to watch for my review of “The Room of Rue Amelie” next week!

Have a good weekend ducks!
– Mon

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