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This book had so many problems. Ending at 85% with filler crap pisses me off. Since this is a series, the author does not need to fill up nearly a quarter of a book with a stupid music reference list at the end. No one cares. How about writing enough story to take the reader to 99% instead? This comes in a close second for stiffing readers from a full book with 78% taking the lead in another recently read series.
Then the grandfather. It is child endangerment to beat up a child and against the law. It is CHILD ABUSE and nothing was done about it and it wasn't even mentioned. Even though Hunter talked to his mom at the end, his mother didn't even mention it. Grand pops should have been arrested or at the very very least been held accountable. You cannot beat up a 16 year old, leave bruises on his face and expect nothing to happen.
Also, his mother has custody of Hunter. It is illegal to kick out a minor. The custodial parent MUST provide a home, food and a safe environment until the age of 18. Not only did his mother not provide a safe environment (not doing a damn thing while his grandfather beat him up) she allowed him to leave the house. What if he couldn't go to the Merricks? You cannot legally kick a minor out of the house and if THEY leave, you must call the police. Nothing was mentioned about it all being illegal either. The grandfather could not legally kick him out and allow the mom to stay there. The mother would have to leave as well because she is the legal guardian. That mother was a freaking wus and a wimp. I hated her. I guess the author thought it was ok to write all this without mentioning a handful of laws being broken.
These elementals or whatever got away with way too much and the story wasn't believable. Calla standing in the middle of the trouble at the carnival should have been seen by many many people, yet somehow she gets away to plan an even bigger day of carnage? I don't buy it. The book made her seem invincible and some kind of demi-God. I love how "guides" can get away with countless murders too.
Regardless of it all being fiction, most of this just didn't work. Too far-fetched.