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This book had an overall written feel of a YA novel. The was lots of detail in some places and not enough in others. It lacked that "fully fleshed out" feeling and felt unfinished or rushed at times.
Note: This book had insinuations and situations of rape, abuse, and group sex.... Which I do not feel is appropriate for young adults (I certainly wouldn't let my daughter read it).
My rating: 2 stars. One for a unique idea and another for the editing and (at times) lovely prose. But that's it. This should not be marketed as YA when it has mature content but was not fully realized or fleshed out enough to be considered epic or mature reading either.... It's something in between that had potential yet fell sorta flat. Also... Cliffhanger. I will not buy the next in the series.
Well, the soap opera who-begat-who twists were the highlight of the book. No, the opening chapters of a girl discovering her inner power were the highlight. Too bad she became weak and stupid and lost her best friend, who was the real star of the book. I did not enjoy the women-gladiators-fight-to-the-death plot. It just wasn't intelligent. And the rest of the plot feels artificial. Most of the time we are told things after the fact. Looking ahead at the sequels, they seem to be more of the same. I won't read them.
I got this book free in an Amazon promotion. The book is basically a chaste romance meets sword and sorcery. The main character is a member of a religious sisterhood when she is chosen to be the hundredth wife of the rajah. But she falls for the captain of the rajah's guards. It's love at first sight. When things are finally consummated there are no details.
I was able to finish the book because I wanted to see how it ended. Of course I could have easily guessed. I will not be reading anything else in the series.
This book was free with Amazon Prime Reads. It took a long time to get into this book, I thought it was slow paced and took along time to get anywhere. I actually started skipping pages to move the story along, if I didn't do that I probably would have stopped reading it. The main character seems kind of dumb at times and others times insightful. I was curious to see how it ended, so I did finish it. I will not be buying the rest of the series.
Better written than most but the heroine is rather dumb and not very likeable. I didn't care for the first person narrative. The plot was very predictable but I liked the world building and descriptive story. The focus on ending with a new protagonist and a cliff hanger robbed it of a more satisfying ending with resolution of what happens to the other characters.
To be quite honest, I only got 70% of the way through, so read this review with that in mind. It was perhaps one of the more predictable plots I've encountered recently. Ugly girl is considered pretty by everyone else, has secret power, all the women hate each other, some instalove, etc. The characters are pretty base level, and the worldbuilding is... dull. It was as if numerous Indian cultures were smashed into one. If you want a casual read where you gain absolutely nothing from it, read on.