Book review – Beneath the Citadel by Destiny Soria

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Beneath the Citadel

3/5

CW: torture, abuse, death and death of a loved one, and anxiety attacks

I wanted to like this book more than I did.

That cover is gorgeous and so is the title. It definitely drew me in and made me want to find out more because it looks hella creepy.

The plot is, to be honest, pretty much like any new YA fantasy that I see. A group of teenage friends who are fighting the good fight to free a world from something bad/evil.

In this case, there’s Cassa who is the daughter of rebels who were killed. She has a few friends — Alys (plus-sized with anxiety attacks), Evander (Cassa’s old flame, Alys’s brother, and bi), and Newt (gay with an abusive parent) — that she ropes into doing something. They get caught and that’s where the story starts.

I don’t mind when books throw me into the story right away. Doesn’t really bother me. However, I never got the sense that things were well-defined. There’s a magic world were people can see into the future, get bonded with things, or take memories from people, but I don’t know much about it. Never did. I read the whole book and it’s still a mystery to me.

While I read the book very fast and it was an easy read, nothing stuck. I tend to read other’s reviews of books and see what they said, so while writing this I was looking at another review. Alys is on the ace spectrum… and I don’t remember that and don’t remember it being said. Newt, I know, had a shitty father but I don’t recall abuse in it. Also don’t remember Alys and Evander being PoC, but they are.

I’m the definition of

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Also, The Happening is a fantastic movie. Don’t @ me.

So, the plot. It was interesting but, again, I can’t tell you much about it. Stuff happened, but my brain didn’t quite care enough to give me clues. There’s double-crossing and fantastical power stuff and an ending that (apparently) was destroying, but yeah.

I think I’m doing a very bad job of saying I liked the book.

Basically, the characters were interesting, the plot held my attention while reading, the writing was very good, but I never enjoyed it enough to get invested and I could have just put it down without finding out the ending.

I liked it, but it didn’t impress me like it did most of my Goodreads friends.


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