I started this review two days ago, having to stop every so often, because the more I wrote, the angrier I would become, and before long, this reviewI started this review two days ago, having to stop every so often, because the more I wrote, the angrier I would become, and before long, this review will filled with enough obscenities to make a sailor blush. This is long, filled with spoilers, and basically one giant rant filled review.
Let’s start with a basic overview. This is the story of Trez Latimer and his brother, iAm, having been on the run and in hiding from the s’Hibse for many years. They’ve established a life for themselves in Caldwell, and have become good friends with the BDB. Trez was a former sex addict, but after his little encounter with Selena in The King, he has sworn off women forever. Selena, a Chosen, has a disease that was named as The Arrest in this book. It’s apparently incurable, even though the Chosen are supposed to be daughters of The Scribe Virgin. I don’t necessarily understand how this has come about, and Ward wrote it off as a result of the limited gene pool the Chosen hailed from since the Chosen were only able to mate with the Primale.
In this book, Selena and Trez decide to give their love a chance, dating, falling in love, and even deciding to mate. In the background, Xcor and Throe break up, Xcor and Layla continue to be annoying and tiresome, Rhage suddenly has anxiety issues, and iAm falls in love. We also have Assail being Assail and self-destructive with his cocaine use, because apparently vampires in Ward’s verse don’t know how to actually be functioning adults without the use of some substance. And because he can’t seem to give up being a drug dealer, he lost his One True Love. We’re also introduced to Paradise, Abalone’s daughter, and some mysterious vampire who is going to sign up for the BDB training program. Cue spin-off series here.
For some reason, Ward has decided that this series is no longer a PNR series, but an Urban Fantasy series. That would probably explain why the sex scenes in this book were luke warm at best. Ward used to really write a scene that’d leave me breathless and hot under the collar. I’m going to assume that’s the reason for that ridiculous facial cum shot scene between Trez and Selena. Someone was inspired by YouPorn.com. Don’t even get me started on the scene between Rhage and Mary where he talks about jerking off in the pantry to red potatoes because they reminded him of breasts. Are you fucking kidding me, Ward? This is the direction you’re going to go with Rhage? Do you even know the characters you’re writing anymore, or are you so caught up in your own hype that you feel you can do whatever the hell you want?
We also have the contrived and tiresome relationship between Layla and Xcor. This has gone of for the last three books, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to end anytime soon. Not only that, but now Ward has decided to add twins into the mix because Layla doesn’t have enough shit to deal with, and she needs to be Ward’s special snowflake of a character that will birth the first twins since Phury and Z. Alright, fine. But let’s not forget, Ward doesn’t want to be predictable. She’s tired of predictability in her books.
Yet, in the same breath as Selena dying, Ward makes the most predictable move ever. She has iAm fall in love with the Princess of the s’Hibse, who was Trez’s betrothed. We find out that she doesn’t want this either, and after pretending to be a maid, she and iAm fall deeply in love, after, you know, they have wild hot sex. Turns out, the happy ending isn’t for Trez, it’s for iAm with the now Queen of the s’Hibse.
We had 500 pages of Selena and Trez, and less than 50 with iAm and the new Queen, and we’re supposed to find that ending satisfying? We’re not supposed to be upset at all? I’m supposed to, as a reader, be okay with the fact that SHE KILLED OFF THE MAIN FEMALE CHARACTER?!?! The character that I had grown to really love. She fridged the main female lead so that Trez could have his man pain thus find emotional growth somewhere in the tripe that was the ending of this book. No, Ward. No, I am not going to accept your bullshit reasoning for killing off Selena.
Let me touch on Selena’s death scene. There was so much self-insertion in this scene that if you had written a golden retriever on the bed and a middle-aged blonde self-important hack of a writer by the bed, you’d have the exact same scene. Ward even admitted that the same line she told her DOG at the vet’s office is the same line she put in the book when Trez asked Selena if it was time to go.
Not only that, but she had Selena euthanized. She had a grown ass female being, vampire is irrelevant, euthanized. Let me repeat that. SHE HAD SELENA EUTHANIZED. LIKE A GODDAMN ANIMAL.
I didn’t read Ward’s spoiler post until after I read this book. I had already found it strange that Trez would allow that to happen, that he would all but put Selena down, until Ward explained that Selena was just a substitute for her dead dog. The problem isn’t that Ward doesn’t know how to write women. The problem is Ward hates writing women, and equates them to animals. This living, breathing person was put down by the man she loved, because Ward couldn’t separate her feelings from her writing.
Fuck you, Ward.
This book had a lot of potential, but Ward shat all over it with her self-insertion, pretending this was anything but a botched PNR novel, and for killing the characterizations of her current characters. To know that Mary and Rhage are yet getting another book just proves that she has run out of ideas, and instead of ending this series with The King (or better yet, Lover at Last), she is dragging this series through the shit until no one is recognizable, or she’s killed off every last character.
The only reason I gave this book two stars is because for the first 500 pages, it was a brilliant, beautiful book. Too bad self-indulgence and hubris got in the way. As far as I’m concerned, Ward has taken the last of my money.
Next item on my To do List: Build a funeral pyre for this series as it’s as dead as Selena....more
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