- Author- Mary Weber
- Title- To Best the boys
- Publisher- Thomas Nelson. To be released on April 4th 2019
I’ll put my hand up and admit to not having read any of her other books. Apparently her Sire song series is a spectacular read but somehow it had managed to pass me by.
But when I saw this available on Netgalley, I was pulled in by the description and I am so glad I was awarded an advanced read.
So, every year for the past fifty-four years, the residents of Pinsbury Port receive a mysterious letter inviting all eligible-aged boys to compete for a top scholarship to the
But she wants to be a scientist and save her mother and the only way she can do this is to enter the labyrinth in disguise and beat the boys. Aided by her cousin,
I’ll tell you one of the main reasons why I loved this book and it has nothing to do with the well-rounded characters, the eerie atmosphere or the fantastic pacing and excellent storytelling.
And that is all right.
Mary Weber doesn’t put her down, doesn’t make her less of a person because her choice isn’t to rally the forces and change the world.
Rhen’s story is compelling and you genuinely feel for her circumstances. You want her to win, to thrive and overcome the odds. You can feel her desperation for her mother and the way she feels choked by a restrictive society. You understand her motives and her actions and you are rooting for her all of the way.
Even the ancillary characters are well done. The requisite fiancee and the autistic brother, the overbearing uncle and the eccentric recluse all are excellently fleshed out. Even the villains of the piece have some redeeming qualities, although not many.
The main villain was well hidden and the reveal was nothing short of brilliant.
The only thing I wasn’t as fond of was the weird mist creatures which I really didn’t think were useful to the story.
That said I will highly recommend it and will buy it upon its release.