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After really liking the first book, I was really looking forward to this one. At the end of "The Beautiful" Bastien is turned into a Vampire and Celine loses all her memories of him. So, that promised to become an interesting book.
Well, surprisingly, it was anything but. All the build up, story wise and romance wise, went nowhere. I was hoping for relationship development and a lot of Celine/Bastien time. Unfortunately Celine was very absent in this book. She seemed more like a side character. When she finally appeared and interacted with Bastien, it was a highlight. But those moments were spare and they didn't really advance their relationship.
Bastien was more present, but boy, was he annoying. He went from mysterious to whiny and his self loathing was not really believable. I mean, seriously, he didn't even do anything bad. I didn't really feel for him and just wanted him to get over himself.
Celine was still a great character, but like I said, she was barely there. Her whole story ark was done with quite quickly and I didn't really understand the point of making her lose her memory, if it has no consequence.
We get a lot of POVs from side characters I didn't care about and who didn't really bring anything to the story. One, was simply an inner monologue and really had no useful information in it. I mean, why. Michael, who was a great contrast to Bastien in the first book, was just boring. I really liked him before. He was a real rival and could have been a real love interest for Celine. But he was pretty much sidelined here and lost all his allure.
The book wasn't bad, but really disappointing. I felt rushed and disjointed.
The next book won't even be about Celine and Bastien anymore, at least not primarily. It feels like the author wanted too many things at once, to make it more "big". But the simplicity of the first book was the good part. Not too many characters, no overarching plot, a promising romance. I don't know, if I will read the next book. Maybe, to get some closure on the story.
I'm not sure much happened in this book until it hit about 65% and even if it did, I'm not really sure I cared for it. The characters are disappointing, and I felt like this book was worse than the previous one, that I'd loved. Thank God for Bastien though. He's a gem.
So let me preface this by saying “The Beautiful” was a five-star read for me and I thoroughly enjoyed it. “The Damned,” not so much. She lost me when she started introducing all these other creatures like fae, goblins, werewolves, and monsters in the fairy realm like “twig men,” and I just couldn’t get into it. It’s too bad because this was one of my most anticipated books of this year. Don’t get me wrong, the book wasn’t all bad, and there were some parts that held my interest, but I feel like adding all these other elements took away from the story and the relationship between Celine and Bastien that you had in book one.
Same interest problem for me as the first one. This time the author introduces a lot of new elements that I don’t remember being much hinted at in the first one (it could be me, there was a gap between reading them). Either way, the POV and tense switching back and forth was confusing and a tad jarring. I started to like the story toward the end, so, knowing me, I’ll probably pick up the last book (for some reason, I thought it was a duology, not a trilogy?).
I am not a fan of books with five plus POVs. It's really hard to tell a story that way. The reader doesn't really get to connect with the main characters, so I was disappointed that this book went that route. It was fine, but could have been better.