I’LL BE HONEST HERE MY CUCUMBERS. I am not even in the mood to write this review simply because of how utterly uderwhelmed I was by this book. SO MUCH DISAPPOINTMENT FOR ME. Oh dear. And I always feel so bad about being disappointed.
However, for those of you who like a lot of political intrigue and hints of magic, this book is for you.
If you are looking for lots of fantasy and magic and otherworldliness, stay away.
LIST TIME, BABY.
- The concept. Basically the family lives in a world where slavery is alive and well, but for literally everyone who does not have magical powers. You are required to complete 10 years of slavery in your life at a time of your choosing. 10 YEARS. It sounds so horrible it had me clapping my hands with glee by the first mention of it.
- The Club’s mission in the Millmoor Slavetown. They are all about helping people outside of the law, kind of like a version of Robin Hood. I’m all for Robin Hoods.
- THE PRETTY COVER. I know it is less than orthodox to say this GET OFF MY CASE. BUT HAVE YOU SEEN IT?? I can’t help but wonder what the naked hardback would look like!!! (PERVY MUCH?)
- I hate that I have to say this, but that’s where this list stops D:
- So. Much. Politics. My brain can’t handle who is supposed to be chancellor or who was king of what and history and political games and political chess pieces and who is supposed to do what when and why and AAAHHH STAAAHHHPP. This was one of the biggest reasons I couldn’t get that into it AND IT TOOK ME FOREVER TO FINISH.
- The weird, unnatural and strange romance??? I didn’t think it fit at all. All of a sudden there was kissing even though there had only been a small hint of feelings on his side and I was #confuse. And then at the end they were acting as though they were being parted after having a steamy romance but it was literally two kisses and awkwardness. #no.
- IS THIS EVEN YA??? There was a NAKED MAN ON A LEASH WHO WAS BEING FORCED TO ACT LIKE A DOG WITH MAGIC. Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for this kind of thing. Brutality. Torture. Killing. Stabbiness. I LOVE IT ALL. But I also think there is a limit when it comes to YA? Some unsuspecting 13 year old could pick this up and be scarred for life. #justsayin. Also the story behind why he was ‘condemned’. So extreme and not for young’un’s minds. (AM I AN OLD FART OFFICIALLY??)
- All in all I felt really detached from the characters. This is not a good thing in pretty much all cases.
Have you read this?? Will you be reading it? What are your expectations/what did you think??