BOOK REPORT for The Impostor Queen (The Impostor Queen #1) by Sarah Fine

Cover Story: Questionable Text Placement

BFF Charm: Yay

Swoonworthy Scale: 7

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Talky Talk: She Said

Bonus Factor: Elemental Magic

Relationship Status: Fan From the Start

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Cover Story: Questionable Text Placement

The imagery on this book works perfectly with the story within—the snowflakes, the flames, the pretty redhead with the blue eyes, the cracked mask she’s holding that looks a lot like her own face. But the weird way the type is set up on this cover completely distracts me from all of that. I don’t get the seemingly random placement of the letters. To me, the N being on another line with the rest of Queen just makes me think they ran out of room and couldn’t be bothered to adjust the type size.

The Deal:

Elli has spent nearly her entire life preparing for the day when she’d become the Valtia, her people’s queen and wielder of both ice and fire magic. But the day comes sooner than she’d ever expected, and she prepares herself to receive the magic and lead her people. As the previous queen dies, Elli pushes back her grief and opens herself to the magic…but nothing happens.

To save herself, Elli leaves the safety of the only home she’s ever known. Little does she know that away from home is where she’ll finally figure out her place in a much larger plot.

BFF Charm: Yay

Elli was raised in comfort, her every wish catered to, her every need taken care of. A person like that could have grown to become a spoiled brat, but Elli appreciates all that she was given and more, and believes strongly that her lot in life is to serve her country. She never questions this role, until she no longer fits the mold. But even then, when she has to learn to fend for herself, she throws herself into learning what she never had to previously and serving those who would help her. I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be so quick to put others before myself, but it sure is a wonderful quality to strive toward, and to have in a friend.

Swoonworthy Scale: 7

As the heir to the Valtia, Elli knows that she won’t ever be able to have a normal relationship. That doesn’t stop her heart from falling, however, first with someone she’s grown close to over many years and then to someone who sees Elli for Elli, rather than a future queen. (One happens to be a woman, and the other a man, but that’s neither here nor there.)

Talky Talk: She Said

The Impostor Queen is told solely through the eyes of Elli, which, at times, can be a bit frustrating. She’s young, and therefore sometimes doesn’t see the whole picture (even when the reader is able to). On the other hand, not knowing all of what’s going on makes her more of a believable narrator, and her surprise at some of the plot reveals is echoed in the reader’s own. The other characters in the book are also well-crafted; the good guys are good without being Mary Sues/Gary Stus,the bad are shiver- and anger-inducing, and the ones that wavered somewhere in between are understandably conflicted.

In addition to creating believable, likable, and relatable characters, Sarah Fine also does so well with worldbuilding, and creates a place that feels real through all the fantasy. Fine also has a gift with creating swoon, and finding that correct balance between insta-love and “good grief, are they EVER going to realize their feelings?!”

Bonus Factor: Elemental Magic

Although elemental magic isn’t a new idea, the way magic users in The Impostor Queen wield it is pretty imaginative: some can wield fire, some ice, and the Valtia is the perfect balance between the two, and therefore can wield both.

Casting Call:

Rachel Hurd-Wood as Elli

Relationship Status: Fan From the Start

It can be hard to tell a new fantasy story, Book, especially when your main character was this close to being yet another in a long line of girls who don’t think they’re anything special but they’re actually more special than anyone could ever imagine. Thankfully, your story put a new spin on that trope, and breathed some fresh air into the fantasy world.

The Impostor Queen is available now.

Mandy lives in Austin, TX, where she's a technical writer by day and a pop culture junkie by night. When she's not ensconced in a book for Forever Young Adult, Mandy can be found swooning over superheroes, dreaming of The Doctor and grinning at GIFs.