When I first picked up this book, I was intrigued by the plot and I do like books that have an alternative history depiction. However, the book did noWhen I first picked up this book, I was intrigued by the plot and I do like books that have an alternative history depiction. However, the book did not live up to my expectations. In fact, I found the book as a mess and not in a good way.
The plot dragged and the characters were boring. I just couldn't focus on the book and I actually found myself nodding off at times. I did not get a real feel for the characters. For Cat, her dad was really important to her, but at the start of the book we knew very little of him. Was he still alive? Was he dead? There was no sentimentality linked to him (e.g. thoughts or memories of him when she would read his journals).
This book had elements of a coming-of-age and comes across more of Young Adult book, but it was marketed as adult fantasy. I didn't like the "romance" of the book. I am getting really tired of women "loving" or "falling in love" with men who treat them terribly. I really think that this trope needs to be done with. ...more
I thought the story was okay. The writing was fine. The constant sex and the Main Character wanting to have sex with everybody really turned me off. II thought the story was okay. The writing was fine. The constant sex and the Main Character wanting to have sex with everybody really turned me off. I looked into it and apparently Keri Arthur doesn't have her characters do monogamous relationships. I didn't know that when I picked up the book. ...more
Yay, I am finished with this series. I originally read Boundary Magic series first, without knowing that the two series were connected. So, I read theYay, I am finished with this series. I originally read Boundary Magic series first, without knowing that the two series were connected. So, I read the Scarlett Bernard ones in order to familiarize myself with it as I was greatly confused by the things that happened in Malediction and Boundary Lines.
I thought the story was fine, but I wanted to roll my eyes whenever Jesse would get mad at Scarlett for her job and would "take a walk." I really don't understand Jesse's love for Scarlett since she's basically anathema for everything that he represents and his own morals. Scarlett also finally made a choice between Eli and Jesse, which I don't really get either. (view spoiler)[ Even though I knew she was going to pick Eli since I was spoiled in Malediction, I can see why she chose Eli as he accepts Scarlett for herself and isn't an abusive ass like Jesse. I can see part of her attraction to Jesse cause of the odes to his beauty and he represents the normalcy of the human world that Scarlett wishes for herself. However, the series has mainly focused on Jesse with Eli basically shoved to the periphery. Eli basically has two scenes in this book. If Scarlett is in love with Eli and wanted to be with him, I wished that he would have been in the book more so that we would have seen that instead of being told it. Again, I don't see why these Eli and Jesse are in love with Scarlett. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>...more
The plot: Similar characters again, with the introduction of some new ones. Jesse is pulled back into Scarlett's world with the murder of two witches,The plot: Similar characters again, with the introduction of some new ones. Jesse is pulled back into Scarlett's world with the murder of two witches, two tourists who have the same name of Scarlett's, and the murder of a rabbi and the theft of witch artifacts. What this all means is investigated by Jesse and Scarlett, but they do know that Olivia, Scarlett's psycho ex-mentor and other null, is involved in someway.
Jesse has a girlfriend in the beginning of this one and I was hoping that the love triangle between Eli, Scarlett, and Jesse would be finished. But nope, it remains. I am not a big fan or Scarlett and I don't really see why Eli and Jesse see in her. Also, I don't get Jesse comparing her new girlfriend against Scarlett and seeing that Scarlett is so much stronger than her. I just wanted her to dump Jesse's ass.
The story was okay though at the conclusion I am still not sure why the two witches are dead. Thought I have my own thoughts regarding that (view spoiler)[ since they both saw the future, I think that the villains didn't want them warning anybody (hide spoiler)].
Throughout the book, Scarlett kept on trying to "protect" people from the baddies in here. But the thing was was that these people were more than culpable to taking care of themselves. She was making decisions for other people and that is not cool brah. Furthermore, the ending really made me mad. It went along the same line, but I thought it was so much worse. (view spoiler)[ Scarlett violated Eli at the end by making him human again. Yes, he hated being a werewolf and he was guilt-ridden about it. However, she NEVER asked him if he wanted her to do so. In fact, she'd been bitchy with Eli throughout the entire book. She took away his choice from him and that is not right. (hide spoiler)]["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more