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332 pages, Hardcover
First published February 1, 2019
My journey to love Charlie Holmberg's work is not up to an auspicious start. While not necessarily a bad book, this book continually highlights that the YA genre takes little to no risks with their plot or characters. Granted this is better than one's i've read in recent years but honestly this could have been so so so so much better.
So rundown of my thoughts:
📌Little or no mention of this Numien mythology or whatever the heck their whole game in this is, just stringy basics. This Ireth creature that's on the cover of the book does very little in the grand scale of things. Also need..fire?? What was that supposed to signify? The basis of this book was supposed to be all about these mythical creatures but over 300 pages later and you're still no closer to figuring out anything.
📌This book felt like it was more about Rone (whose character i totally enjoyed by the way) than it was about Sandis. Sandis character was the equivalent of a potatoe and i get that she had been subservient for a long amount of time but did she have to have zero personality? The only thing she really did here was smile and thank Rone over and over and over again. She was so timid and it was frankly galling at times.
📌YA books continue to perpetuate this belief that two characters of the opposite sex cannot be in close vicinity with each other without developing strong emotional attachments that will lead to love. Never friendship always love. At this point, i'm strongly considering the angle that publishing houses or editors are forcing authors to always put in this angle because are you people not tired of making the female protagonists fall in love with the first guy they meet??
Not super impressed but at least it didn't completely fall my hand. As far as YA books go, it's actually not terrible.