Just very "meh". The writing isn't bad, but nothing really stood out to me? Meira is just your typical bad-ass high fantasy heroineActual rating: ~2.5
Just very "meh". The writing isn't bad, but nothing really stood out to me? Meira is just your typical bad-ass high fantasy heroine, though I never really connected with her character (or any characters for that matter). The "twist" was also very simple, imo.
Might check out book 2 since I'm interested in the world building, but overall this seems like a very forgettable book....more
Again, not so much of a formal review as a collection of my thoughts.
A lot of GR friends seemed to enjoy this book a lot, but for some reason I reallyAgain, not so much of a formal review as a collection of my thoughts.
A lot of GR friends seemed to enjoy this book a lot, but for some reason I really did not :/ The book had a lot of things that could have made it amazing - a character with family issues and a tragic backstory, a dark fairy tale world, magic and murder in the castle - but nothing really worked for me.
Amy was just plain annoying to me. I usually enjoy seeing weak or frightened characters grow to be bad-ass, but, Amy's growth didn't seem real to me? She SAYS she's not the same girl, but she really felt like the same complaining girl we were introduced to in the beginning of the novel. Her issues with her family and revulsion against killing are usually things that make me care about a character; instead, her character fell flat to me and was frankly a pain to listen to.
Not to mention the plot?? It was slow and boring; that's all there is to it. There were a few scenes in the castle that felt exciting, but overall it just dragged on and on.... and then ends with a cliffhanger....
One more complaint - the romance. I didn't feel any chemistry and it definitely felt like instalove to me. Not to mention Amy's catty jealousy? Getting really tired of that in YA....
Honestly finishing this book was a relief to me, since it dragged on for so long. Not recommended....more
More of 3.5/5 Not as good as Dangerous Girls in my opinion, mainly because it was much easier for me to predict what had happened. It was also harderMore of 3.5/5 Not as good as Dangerous Girls in my opinion, mainly because it was much easier for me to predict what had happened. It was also harder for me to understand Chloe just because of my personal beliefs about family, though it's a part of what makes her an interesting protagonist. Nonetheless, a suspenseful, quick and exciting read!
This is more of a collection of thoughts rather than a review; I'm not quite sure how to rate it either. Maybe more towards 2.5 than 2? Also minor spoThis is more of a collection of thoughts rather than a review; I'm not quite sure how to rate it either. Maybe more towards 2.5 than 2? Also minor spoilers below.
The first part of the book just dragged on for me - anything that wasn't a drawn-out exchange between fine court ladies or lords was choppy action. I came to this book wanting exciting stories of thieves or spies, and you'd think the first part of the book, where Wil and Mel carry out their mission in the castle, would be full of that. But everything just fell into place almost too easily that there was nothing that drew my attention. I usually refrain from comparing books to other novels, but having binge-read The Winner's Crime and Six of Crows (both of which also center around much more cunning spies and thieves), I simply found their "missions" too simple and, quite frankly, boring.
The second and third parts of the novel did pick up for me, but I still had a few issues. For one, Wil's attitude towards her "people" and kingdom seemed very surface-level. She mentions it so many times throughout the novel and says she's devoted to her cause, but her actions seem to say otherwise? After reading so many YA novels about reclaiming kingdoms and rebellions, it's also very hard for me to believe that she can take back a kingdom with no deaths. As Patrick mentions, there's no reason a noble would simply hand back her land back to her without serious conflict. I guess this leads back to things being too simple for the main characters? A lot of things seemed to be handed to them, which is maybe why Wil may think she can win back her kingdom without war or rebellion.
One thing I did enjoy, however, was the Black Knife. It was painfully obvious to me what his true identity was (seriously - from the time the novel first introduced him to me, I knew it was him? I actually doubted myself a little because it just seemed TOO obvious), but his interactions with Wil, cliche as they might be, made my heart flutter and were much more entertaining than the drawl in the castle. There's a lot more that could be explored with the Black Knife, so hopefully the next book will do so.
I guess all in all: + Black Knife (hopefully we delve more into this later) + Action in second/third parts of the novel - Not much spying (everything comes to easily, imo) - Practically no character development from the Osprey Society (I LOVE bands of thieves and was sorely disappointed that we didn't really see any development from that here) - Wil's approach to getting back her kingdom (I suppose this could be different for other readers, but this was a negative for me - Patrick honestly seemed like a much more interesting character) - PAINFULLY obvious who Black Knife was - Nothing new I guess? As much as I enjoyed action, this was very mediocre to me...more
Came for a more action-filled heist and got a more mellow story about a girl with an identity crisis. Not quite what I expected, but though it was sloCame for a more action-filled heist and got a more mellow story about a girl with an identity crisis. Not quite what I expected, but though it was slow in the beginning, I surprisingly feel satisfied with how it ended? Bottom line, this novel wasn't really similar to Heist Society or Robin Benway's Also Known As series, but still turned out to be somewhat enjoyable for me....more
Really enjoyed the writing style but some of characters could use a lot more development; also kind of unsure about the lovMore like 3.5 to be honest.
Really enjoyed the writing style but some of characters could use a lot more development; also kind of unsure about the love square? Still planning on the sequel though - this series has a lot of potential!...more
Somehow didn't have the same charm as all of Ally Carter's other novels had for me - maybe because Grace was a different type of protagonist? (EDIT: ISomehow didn't have the same charm as all of Ally Carter's other novels had for me - maybe because Grace was a different type of protagonist? (EDIT: I've realized it's probably because I never really felt emotionally attached to the rest of the characters - unlike in Carter's other novels, I never felt like there was a true sense of camaraderie). Which is okay for me, but it didn't feel like the novel really roped me in, or that things were wrapped up by the end. I'll see if my opinion changes by book 2....more