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ARC DNF Review: Go the Distance by Jen Calonita

Rating: 1 out of 5.

Well, that was disappointing. I had high hopes for this one for two reasons. First, I adore the movie Hercules. Second, I read the Mulan retelling from this series written by Elizabeth Lim and loved it. I hoped this one would be as good. Buuuuuuut… it’s not.

The writing is… not good. It reads young – much younger than in the Mulan retelling – but also is just sort of clumsy. Lines and nicknames and attitudes were all lifted from the movie, which meant they didn’t really fit in with the story around them. The rest is a ‘he said this, then he did this, then she did that’ sort of thing which grates on my nerves. Then there’d be a ‘Wonder Boy’ or ‘it’s been a real slice’ thrown in in an attempt to capture Megara’s saucy personality. Needless to say it didn’t work.

The good thing here is that I read an arc rather than spending money on it. Because if I had I would be pretty annoyed right now. More annoyed than I am at wasting my time trying to give this one a chance.

Thanks to NetGalley and Disney-Hyperion for providing an e-arc for review.

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