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Once & Future: Book Review

Once & Future: Book Review

Once & Future (Once & Future #1)

Published March 26th 2019


1 out of 5 stars


I’ve been chased my whole life. As a fugitive refugee in the territory controlled by the tyrannical Mercer corporation, I’ve always had to hide who I am. Until I found Excalibur.

Now I’m done hiding.

My name is Ari Helix. I have a magic sword, a cranky wizard, and a revolution to start.

When Ari crash-lands on Old Earth and pulls a magic sword from its ancient resting place, she is revealed to be the newest reincarnation of King Arthur. Then she meets Merlin, who has aged backward over the centuries into a teenager, and together they must break the curse that keeps Arthur coming back. Their quest? Defeat the cruel, oppressive government and bring peace and equality to all humankind.

No pressure.


Pages: 336

Publisher: Little, Brown and Company

Series? This is the first book in the series.

MY REVIEW OF A Once & Future:


Young Adult – Fantasy/Sci-Fi – Retelling 

Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC of Once & Future in exchange for an honest review. 

I ended up DNF’ing this book. I tried so hard to finish it, but I just couldn’t.

The pacing for this book is so bad. It was like a roller coaster of stop and go, and I never knew where the authors would take the story, and sometimes that’s a good thing, but this book was poorly executed.

I honestly didn’t like the characters, they were forced and we never really got to know them.

Morgan | Mashleas Reads states it perfectly: “The romance is extremely forced and written in a way that left me cringing. It did not feel realistic or genuine at all.”

It was kind of like the authors were trying to do too many things with this retelling of Merlin & Arthur, and in doing so, none of it was successful.

I wanted to DNF this book but I kind of forced myself to continue reading it to see if it would get any better, spoiler, it didn’t. I ended up putting it down with around 100 pages left to go.

I was excited for this book, but all in all it wasn’t the book for me.

I will not be continuing this series.

Thanks so much for stopping by and reading this book review!


Sarah June


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