Words can’t describe how excited I was to get approved for this on Netgalley. Everyone around me knows how obsessed I am with Fear Street. Those alongWords can’t describe how excited I was to get approved for this on Netgalley. Everyone around me knows how obsessed I am with Fear Street. Those along with Goosebumps were my entire childhood. I was extremely disappointed by ‘Don’t Stay Up Late’, but this renewed my hope a bit in this relaunch series. This book wasn’t really scary. I feel like it fell more towards suspense than outright creepy. I kind of expected more focus on the murders. The deaths and attacks were few and far between. However, when it finally did happen, they more than made up for it in creativity. I don’t know, maybe this sounds messed up or morbid, but I really appreciated the gruesomeness. There was one in particular that led to me and my mom having a full on discussion about the likelihood of something like that happening in real life and if it was even possible to die like that.
I don’t usually like interweaving histories, but I thought it worked in this. While I was missing the creepiness, I was so sucked into the mystery part of things. There were several things I saw coming a mile away, while other things had me wondering how the two different time periods related to one another. By the last 1/4 of the book, all the pieces began to fall together and I finally got it. The ending wasn’t the best, but it was nowhere near the worst Fear Street reveal I’ve ever read. I don’t want to spoil anything, so I’ll try to be super vague. Regarding the ultimate revelation, I didn’t buy a certain person’s motivations. Besides the obvious of this person and Michael, considering the storyline from the 50s, it made no sense for things to play out like they did. That said, I liked how things were resolved with the killer. Those few paragraphs were so well-written. I just loved the description and the grisly picture it painted in my head.
Overall, this was a step up from the previous book. I’m not a huge fan of the creature/monster or supernatural based Fear Street books, so this was an alright mix of the two. The references to the witch powers were so vague that it wasn’t a huge focus in the storyline. To be completely honest, I would give my firstborn for R.L. Stine to write another Fear Street book that was straight up psycho killer. He excels the best when he’s just writing about crazy people. Despite the strange ending that came out of nowhere, ‘Party Games’ is still my favorite of the relaunch, so I’m hoping he stays in that vein in any future ones.
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Hmm, to be honest, I’m torn about this. There were a lot of boring or slower paced scenes, but there were also really funny parts sprinkled throughoutHmm, to be honest, I’m torn about this. There were a lot of boring or slower paced scenes, but there were also really funny parts sprinkled throughout. One of the things I did love was how the language barrier was dealt with. I can’t count how many time travel romances I’ve read that didn’t even touch on that. At the most, the people in the past just talk in weird Shakespeare speak, but otherwise they can magically understand each other and speak the same language. My favorite parts of the book had to be those where you got to see the culture differences. I seriously laughed my ass off when (view spoiler)[Robert was confused about Katy’s wax job (hide spoiler)]. The whole holding up a candle to inspect had me sitting there, like ‘oh my god, did he really just do that?!’. Robert’s thoughts in general made me laugh, like when he mentioned Katy’s ‘badly accented’ English or instantly equated her shorter hair with having a criminal past.
The book lagged a bit in the middle. There was so much focus on clothing descriptions and it seemed like a huge chunk of the story was devoted to Katy and Robert wandering around the wilderness and making pit stops at random places. However, the final few chapters of the book were so good. The plotline involving (view spoiler)[Robert being jailed and sentenced to death (hide spoiler)] was very interesting. It was the type of action I had been wanting to read about. I loved how (view spoiler)[the end tied back into the legend from the beginning (hide spoiler)]. I honestly had forgotten all about that and I couldn’t stop smiling once it finally clicked for me. I was pretty disappointed when the book ended rather suddenly because I was getting really into it at that point. I almost wish that some of the filler feeling chapters had been edited down and more time had been spent with (view spoiler)[Robert being in the future (hide spoiler)] instead.
Overall, I liked this. I think I would have enjoyed this more if I was more into welsh history. I’m not going to lie, I did start to tune out a bit when the knights talked too much about the king and the politics of their time. I’ve never read a book with this time period or setting and it made me realize that my preference in historical romances tends to lean towards regency and highlander settings. At the very end of the book, there were a couple chapters from the previous book in the series and I think that would have been more in my interest lane.
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After being in a terrible book slump, I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The premise was cute and I liked the writing style. ThAfter being in a terrible book slump, I’m pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. The premise was cute and I liked the writing style. There was just something very easy about it. It didn’t feel stuffy like other historical romance authors I’ve read. I haven’t read the other books in the series, so I was really confused at first. The author recapped enough that I was able to make sense of things, but it probably would have been better if I’d read the previous books. It did feel a bit like someone had ripped the first couple chapters of the book out. I kind of had to play detective, piecing things together as I read.
The true star of the book had to be Roman. Oh my god, I loved him so much. He was frivolous, immature, and god knows he had made terrible life decisions. However, for some reason, I couldn’t help but like his character. He was a good balance of being charming while also having a vulnerable side. Since I didn’t read the other books, maybe I didn’t get the full magnitude of the bad things he’s done, but I felt so horrible for how he was treated. Like 90% of the people in the story were complete jerks to him. Every time someone was mean to him I just wanted to wrap my arms around him and protect him from all the bad things in the world. Even when he was trying to better himself, people were constantly thinking the worst of him. I know you’re marked by your past, but still. I wanted to punch people like Barton-Wright and Letitia for taking advantage and using him. Words can’t describe how happy I was when he finally got his happy ending.
Overall, this was a pretty solid historical romance. Roman was so wonderful that he made up for anything else that I didn’t think was as well done. You could probably get away with not reading the first two books and still understand what was going on. At the very least, I’d highly recommend reading the prologue novella the author mentions once it is released, if you don’t want to be super confused for the majority of the book.
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Oh my god. I don’t even know where to start with this. It was just really bad. I thought that the previous volume was boring as hell, but this one hadOh my god. I don’t even know where to start with this. It was just really bad. I thought that the previous volume was boring as hell, but this one had the opposite problem. The drama was just too much, so over the top and cheesy. The only way this would have been good was if it had been written as a spoof or comedy. There’s this scene where Hokuto’s family (view spoiler)[has Chiwa kidnapped by some thugs (hide spoiler)] and it’s honestly the most pointless thing ever. Basically, (view spoiler)[the uncle wants to videotape Hokuto bowing and apologizing (hide spoiler)] and I was thinking was, ‘wow you’re going to risk going to jail for THAT?’. Like, does this guy have nothing better to do with his time? It was made worse by the fact that it was supposed to play out as this deeply intense/romantic scene. The entire situation was so lame and I couldn’t take any of it seriously.
Also, I’ve always sympathized with Chiwa’s predicament, but after this volume, I seriously can’t stand her. The entire volume is basically Chiwa whipping back and forth between extremes. She’s either happy and on cloud nine or she’s depressed and running away. I mean, I can’t feel for a person that brings all their problems onto themselves. For example, Chiwa (view spoiler)[leaves and files divorce papers because she feels bad that (in a completely roundabout way that wasn’t her fault at all) Hokuto missed a business meeting (hide spoiler)]. I can see her feeling guilty that (view spoiler)[Hokuto got hurt (hide spoiler)], but her reaction to the situation was just the most irrational and melodramatic thing I’d ever read. There was no need to go to the lengths she did. Let’s be real, (view spoiler)[Hokuto was in the hospital with stiches in his head (hide spoiler)]. I highly doubt that (view spoiler)[the rest of the business world is going to hold it against him. It’s not like he skipped the meeting to go get drunk or something (hide spoiler)]. I felt terrible that Hokuto had to put up with a crazy woman like Chiwa. In a way, I was happy that those certain things happened because I thought he deserved better than her. But then (view spoiler)[the whole drama above was used to prove that Hokuto was madly in love with her (hide spoiler)] and I was just so over their relationship.["br"]>["br"]>...more
**spoiler alert** I must be in a book slump or something. There was so much hype about this and I just wasn’t feeling it. The majority of the book lef**spoiler alert** I must be in a book slump or something. There was so much hype about this and I just wasn’t feeling it. The majority of the book left me so indifferent. For a book involving a secret revolution, this was strangely boring. Initially, I felt bad for the Reds, but all the comparisons and constant complaining narrative kind of turned me off of them. It probably didn’t help that I was actually more interested in the Silvers. I loved the idea of the powers they had. The royal court and the families with their specific abilities was my favorite part of the whole book.
Things really picked up in the last 1/4 of the book, but then I went from extremely uninvested to being extremely annoyed. The climax of the story sucked. I totally didn’t buy the whole ‘Cal would choose you over his country’ thing. It came so out of left field because there was absolutely nothing in the story that would suggest that Mare and Cal were deeply in love. If the author had bothered to develop their relationship, the execution would have been so good and I would have believed the possibility of Cal turning his back on his family. After Mare’s ‘plan’ backfired, I seriously laughed my ass off.
There was so much potential in this, but that ending totally killed anything I liked about this book. It got so bad that I found myself rooting for Maven and the queen to win against the rebels. I probably won’t pick up the sequel to this, purely based on how much I disliked that stupid plan and Mare as a character....more