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The Dark Days Deceit by Alison Goodman
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it was ok

My feelings toward Goodman right now...

I am so disappointed. Here are the reasons why:
1. Completely predictable. I knew who the Grand Deceiver (wait...let me repeat the phrase 20 million more times like in the book) b/c there was no way for Helen to become free otherwise. As the character says in the book, Helen was so afraid of her own powers, she led herself down this dumb path. Her wanting to coalesce to society in the first two books makes sense as she is brand new to all this and not equipped with elevated power. But, at some point, I wanted to see Helen rise above all of that. Because she doesn't, the plot is predictable, providing not one ounce of strain to either side (good or evil) in the way of surmountable obstacles. From the first page, I knew who the GD was.
2. I hear the word "ligatus" over and over like an ear worm from how many times it was repeated. Ok Ok we get it. She's the ligatus. They are the grand reclaimers. They're trying to kill the grand decivers. OMG! I KNOW what happened in the last scene, please do not recap it for me. The damn heart beats, mercy! PLEASE STOP REPEATING EVERYTHING!!!
3. I had no idea what was happening in the fight scenes, absolutely no clue. They were so overwritten with unnecessary detail that I couldn't get a picture in my mind as to what was actually happening. Fight scenes, because of the innate confusion of fighting, should be written as simply as possible. WHERE WERE HER BETA READERS???
4. There was so much potential for this book, but ultimately, it failed for me b/c Helen was so stuck on being accepted by society. It was frustrating to continuously hear her be concerned about something that has no consequence. If anybody knew that society meant jack squat when faced with mortal danger, it should've been Helen. Imagine the tension if she had shucked it. If she had decided to follow her heart but still needed access. I think this was Goodman's way of trying to keep Helen pure and good, but she needed some grit. Kisses are nice, but Carlston deserved more passion.
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November 26, 2018 – Started Reading
November 26, 2018 – Shelved
November 28, 2018 – Finished Reading

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Ilyse YES!!!

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