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632 pages, Kindle Edition
First published September 1, 2020
“I don’t believe in happy endings. Whoever is peddling them is a crook. Whoever trusts them is a fool.”
“Forgiveness is not sought—it’s built, stone by stone, over whatever it is you’ve broken.”
“All the best stories have happy endings, you know. You should really keep that in mind when you’re writing it. Otherwise, who will want to read it?”
“It didn’t matter what cards you were dealt. The City of Sin was a game, and the only way to win was to stack the cards in your favour.”
"Twenty-six years after the tyrannical ruling class had been slaughtered, a Mizer had been discovered alive. A Mizer in known partnership with an orb-maker, both of whose ancestors had governed the world side by side. Partners who'd assassinated the man who'd started the Revolution."The City of Sin is built on its legends, and Queen of Volts is where they come out to play. We've heard the legends of the Mizers, the Revolution, the street war: and now new information will come to light that changes everything.
"His desire and pain and grief were so intertwined that his heart could no longer tell them apart."Do you like idiots in love who can't seem to trust one another enough to share their feelings? If so, this book is for you! Enne and Levi have been locked in this will-they-won't-they dance since book one with a variety of obstacles keeping them apart. But somehow in this one it's their inability to communicate and share their feelings. Sure, they each betrayed the other on more than one occasion... but still! I spent a lot of my time hoping they would hate kiss hahaha.
"Her entire story, her entire identity seemed to slip from her grasp as her memories were cast in a harsher, grimmer perspective."King of Fools was largely centered on Levi's goal of becoming a legend and putting (insufferably) everything at risk to achieve that aim. It's Enne's turn to act a fool in Queen of Volts : her inability to accept ownership over her actions and constantly looking to others to assign blame is insufferable. "It was the Omerta." "It was bad information." Enne's very much having a bit of an identity crisis as she tries to cope with the consequences of her choices but it only leads to more and more bad decision making (girl, stop listening to your gut - you weren't born in this world), isolating herself more and more from those who care about her. A central developmental theme is about choices and owning them instead of blaming others. Her journey in this book is a painful one to read but her development out the other side is fantastic.
"'It doesn't feel good to question who you are."Lola is still my absolute favorite, a traffic-law abiding knife collector with a gruff personality and a heart of gold for those she loves. And my poor girl goes through it in this book. Lola's POV and storyline is by far my favorite in Queen of Volts.
"Turns out tragedy is always tragic."The truth is despite enjoying the book and reveling in all the loose threads being tied up in a bow, I kind of struggled with the book and didn't enjoy it as the prior two books. It's hard to put my finger on but I think I narrowed it down to 2 key things: 1) there are five (5!) perspectives in this finale and 2) I lowkey found the characters insufferable. While the Harvey, Lola, and Sophia POVs provide some necessary revelations and welcome breaks from Levi and Enne being idiots, I always struggle with multiple POVs (it's definitely a me thing).