My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Easy 5 stars. Good grief. What even happened? What did I just read?
I went into this book not knowing to expect. The first book was certainly unpredictable, and this one even less so. But holy crap guys, what a ride this was. Prepare for a rollercoaster.
Going back, I loved the first book. BUT. It took me til about half way to get into it. There were just so many characters and my brain got lost frequently. But once everything with Joseph hit though, I got sucked in to that river of feels. Let me urge you, if you DNF’ed the first because you had a hard time getting into it, go back and finish. I promise you, it’s worth it. SO worth it. And the end of book one? Holy wow.
So that brings me to this one.
You guys, you are not prepared. It takes off running and doesn’t slow down. I’m not trying to hype this up or anything, but it was damn fun and I was literally panting and sweating ALL through the book. The pacing was ten times the first. Absolutely perfect. The writing was gorgeous and raw. I’m not normally a fan of third person present, but it works here. But the best part? This story was so easy to follow, and before you know it, you’re right there in the plot with the characters. I WAS PANICKING FOR ALL THE CHILDREN.
Previously, I didn’t really hate any of the queens, though I was drawn to Arsinoe. That definitely didn’t change here. She just breaks my heart. She’s so badass, and like in the first book, she just expects herself to be the one to die. She’s been told she was weak, and my gosh, that’s the opposite of true. This girl has spirit and I can barely think about her without getting emotional. The choices she makes all throughout this story are just… I can’t. I can’t. ILOVEHER.
Can we also please just take a moment to appreciate the fact that her face is scarred but she literally OWNS it. Does not care.
And on that note? Billy? SDFJSL:DFKJ I did not expect him to become a favorite character. Holy crap. I wish I could say more, and I will down the road, but for now, I’m just going to wildly profess my love for Billy and Arsinoe. They are now my children. I am adopting them.
As for Mirabella, I was unsure of her in the first book. She’s the pretty queen who was told she was the only powerful one, and has every reason to act spoiled. But does she? Heck no. From book one, she remembered and cared for her sisters, but grew cold once she thought Arsinoe attacked her. Understandable right? But she surprised me time and time again. She’s perfectly imperfect but deep down, the sweetest thing. I think you guys will LOVE her in this book.
As for Katherine, well, you guys know what happened to her at the end of the last. We pick back up with the consequences of that, and her character becomes so fascinatingly eerie. I still can’t bring myself to hate her. I liked her from the beginning, and I was so into her and Peityr’s relationship, and oh man guys… just wait until you see what happens with all that. I don’t even know how to feel right now.
Omg. How could I forget Jules and Camden? Like Camden is my soulkitty. Holy wow. And Jules.. I did NOT expect the twist with her. I’m so nervous about her… I adore her so much. There is SO much potential there but she’s as much a main character as the three queens now, and I LOVED that.
I can’t find anything to complain about. I really can’t. Maybe there’s a few characters I still couldn’t keep straight from time to time, but it didn’t take away from my reading experience at all.
And as usual, you guys are in for a ton of bloodshed and a kick ass CRAZY ending. Also I’m still crying bye.
SO I realize this review is mostly a conglomerate of emotional fangirling but I can’t help it, that’s how I feel right now. I’ll certainly add more once the book has been released and I can talk more openly, but I feel like this will fly off the shelves. I can’t wait for the third book release.
All in all?
My heart is BLEEDING, and yet I LOVED every minute of it. And hated it. And loved it. WHAT EVEN.
This book was bat shit crazy, and one of the most unique and riveting stories I’ve ever read.