Before I start: a huge thank you to Netgalley for providing me this digital ARC!! I am so grateful for the opportunity to be one of the first people to read a book!!!
Sooooo I HATE negative reviews. I hate writing them, even if I do find reading them interesting.
CAN I JUST HIDE BEHIND THAT ROCK INSTEAD OF TELLING THIS AUTHOR ALL THE WAYS THEIR BOOK DID NOT AGREE WITH ME.
Um so first of all: the good!!
THAT COVER MAN. Look how pretty and alluring it is. It gives me the feeling of a dark, stabby book and I like me some stabby books that are dark.*
*What else is new.
So poor, unsuspecting me decided to ask for it on Netgalley and YYAY I was so excited to get approved.
Then I started reading.
Since it’s an e-ARC, I can show you some of my notes when I first started reading, before I gave up entirely. Be warned that I spent most of this book WTF-ing.
“The writing is bugging me…”
“Too many namessssss”
“Her power has zero explanation or precedence (GENETIC???? OF LEGEND??? WHERE EVEN DID IT COME FROM?!?!?) and seems ridiculous to me”
“I hate that she’s calling men who beat women ‘real men'”
TRUST ME THERE’S MORE WHERE THAT CAME FROM. I stopped trying at like 25% because NO but even in that first quarter there are straight up like 30 notes. All about things that bug me.
Thing that bugged me most: The writing. It’s trying too hard, and it’s all too ‘posh’. Like everyone is trying so hard to speak proper and even the commoners are like “Dear me, I cannot fathom that you have so many feathers adorning your cloak, here, let me fetch a pail of water to wash them away”
Okay, that didn’t happen but that’s pretty much what the writing felt like to me the entire time.
Second most: The world is SO FREAKING SEXIST. I can deal with sexist worlds. But seriously, if I wake up in the middle of the night and there’s a man in my bed and I think I’m about to get raped, I am NOT going to start seducing him???!?!??!!??!?!?!?!?!??!!?!?!??!!??!!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
I cannot with this. I just cannot.
I felt like there was an entire lack of plot, for way too long and the worldbuilding felt forced and flat and I was just so disappointed and I didn’t care about the characters really at all. Vesperi was devoid of feelings and basically all the time she was just having this inner monologue of ‘oh if he tries to rape me I’ll just seduce him’ and ‘I must become the heir to my father’s house’ and Serra just seamed really weak to me. Like. Rubber flailing around weeping and moping and being so very dainty. The only one I liked even a little bit was Janto, but he would see something totally bizarre and out of the ordinary, and once he literally yawned.
Okay so this wasn’t as mini as I was intending it to be. But I was just so rubbed the wrong way by this and I hate writing negative reviews but I also feel like I should be able to be honest and share my true feelings about a book. In any other case I probably would have DNF’d at about 20%, but I hate DNFing ARCs so here we are.
Have you read this? Do you DNF books? How do you go about reviewing books that you didn’t like?