Reviewed in the United States on 26 December 2021
I must admit, I was very curious to see how book 2 in the series, would be handled, from beginning to end.
I know, that to some, the majority of this review may seem more negative than positive, but let me start off by adding that I am glad I stuck it out and finished it. I just wish it wouldn’t have taken half, or more, to finally get to the plot and the excitement.
From the description we’re told "…Through blood and sacrifice, Amora Montara has conquered a rebellion and taken her rightful place as queen of Visidia. Now, with the islands in turmoil and the people questioning her authority, Amora cannot allow anyone to see her weaknesses.
No one can know about the curse in her bloodline. No one can know that she’s lost her magic. No one can know the truth about the boy who holds the missing half of her soul."
By the end of Chapter 8, just shy of 20%, I’m already sick of the same spoiled, petulant, whining child, that was introduced in the beginning of book 1. It’s back to My kingdom, My people, My rights ( as far as now being "The Queen", versus "The Princess" in book 1.)
At the end of book 1 it appeared there would be a future for the main character and a certain "boy," who technically is a man. The usage of "boy" has played out already, and has become overworked and unimaginative at this point ! Not to mention that it comes across as condescending and derogatory.
And now it’s all about how angry she is, how she refuses to be controlled by another half, if it wasn’t her decision-with her now not being even sure about the one she seemed quite happy with in the last book. It’s all her fault, and she alone must fix all the injustices that have been done to Her, and Her kingdom.
Ugh already!!!! It made me come to the realization that it was time to take a break from continuing reading this one, just as I did so with the first book.
The self pity, and the constant self flagellation, has become too difficult. Also not much as far as adventurous plots to solve or find the main characters up against.
Suddenly it’s a romance novel. The typical "I don’t want, him, I don’t deserve him, oh he’s so hot, no, no, can’t go there…" Gotta find a husband to help me run My kingdom…
The book has become more depressing than the life I’m trying to escape from for a few hours.
UGH X 10=Total disgust.
And the extensive "love" scene that finally comes to pass, is filled with every last detail, preposterously graphic, and so voluminous, I skipped it entirely. It exceeded the TMI factor to the point of just wanting to poke out my own eyes, in order to not have to read another word.
Other than all that, it does have its moments that it gets back on track, and it did have its moments to be enjoyable to read.
If you’re looking for time to burn, this could be the book for you. I can’t really say I found it all consuming and making me want more. I was just glad it was over.
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