February 23, 2017

Review: The Valiant by Lesley Livingston

The Valiant by Lesley Livingston
Hardcover, 372 pages
Expected publication: February 14th, 2017 by Razorbill

Jessa has spent her life dreaming of other worlds and writing down stories more interesting than her own, until the day her favorite character, Finn, suddenly shows up and invites her out for coffee. After the requisite nervous breakdown, Jessa learns that she and Finn are Travelers, born with the ability to slide through reflections and dreams into alternate realities. But it’s not all steampunk pirates and fantasy lifestyles…Jessa is dying over and over again, in every reality, and Finn is determined that this time, he’s going to stop it… this Jessa is going to live.


The Valiant is an unexpected absolute GEM. If I decided I wanted to nitpick, I might be able to find a couple of things I would have liked to have seen done differently, but I’m not going to do that. Nope! Not this time!

The Valiant goes full speed from the first page, and while it does slow down slightly in the middle, it never really loses steam. There is a lot of action and I thought the fight scenes were handled brilliantly. It doesn’t get particularly gory, especially for the circumstances, but to be honest I think that’s perfectly okay.

The theme of sisterhood and girl power is strong in this one, but never in a sanctimonious way. It just…was. It’s who these characters were, and I loved that it didn’t feel forced. They are not perfect, and they don’t always get along. Friendship doesn’t have much of a place in their world, but they are fierce and loyal, with no shortage of character growth throughout the story.

There is a slight romance but it takes a backseat to the rest of the story, which is my favorite kind of romance!

Unfortunately, my gut feeling is this is one of those books I will have LOVED, and the rest of the world did not. Every time I walk past my bookshelf I will see it and just get sad about the fact that everyone on the planet didn’t love this book like I did. I sincerely hope I’m wrong!

Cover: 4 | Characters: 5 | Plot: 5 | Pace: 5 | Creativity: 5

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