I was hopeful after book 1 that book 2 would be an improvement. I now find myself disappointed. While the world shows promise, the thin plot, shallow characters, and the unlikability of the MC really drag it down.
The like first book, this book seems to drag. I fought falling asleep during a lot of it and had to skim the last 60 or so pages in order to finish it. The story seems too get bogged down by unnecessary descriptions. Every room gets a detailed description even if there's not a reason to know that much detail about the room because you'll never see it again. There are a lot of descriptions about Snow, particularly what he is wearing it his eyes. Anne finally a lot of descriptions focus on how the MC is feeling or reacting, often using similes and metaphors to try and make the description more interesting. Instead I found the descriptions to be lengthy, dull, and/or occasionally jarring.
Meets focus on the secondary characters for a moment. They all seem to be super attractive (yawn), super insightful when Jo needs an opinion (convenient), and super forgettable. They are too two dimensional, making it easy to mix them up or forget some of them. I got two of them so mixed up I thought that they represented one person. I was convinced Wayne was somehow from the 15th century though he dressed like he was from the 1920s for kicks. Even then love interest, Snow, had about as much personality as a carrot.
On to the main character, Jo: totally unlikable. Her main redeeming quality is her love for her family. Too bad all that currency was spent in book 1. Book 2 sees her continuing her selfish ways and evening becoming worse. I disliked out she would push herself into the people around her to avoid her own issues. I was appalled when she would do that under the guise of caring about them but would then just spend her time asking probing quest is about their past, trying to force their stories out of them. Despite that doing so was against the unspoken rules. Despite that it was discourteous. In fact, her internal dialogue in these scenes is all about how it is against the rules and she should stop; note that she doesn't. As long as Jo gets what she wants, I guess it doesn't matter. what affordable trait in a !main character; it makes for a difficult read.
I also struggled with how fast her relationship moved with Snow. While the plot inches along, this relationship moved super fast. She literally knows his name and that he likes to give her sad looks and yet she jumps into bed with him? There is no real and !meaningful face time with him. There are a few scenes in which she loses her capacity to think anything other than omg he's so pretty, but conversation is practically meaningless. So...how is that a relationship and why is their connection meaningful? And please explain why she constantly whispers when talking to him. That last was absolutely ridiculous. If you can't even have a conversation, however brief, with him in a normal tone, my guess is maybe you should hold off on the physical stuff until you find your big girl pants.
My final issue related to the heavy handedness of the whole past life/romance thing with Snow and Jo. I got it after one or two hints, and the other hints that popped up every chapter of two were superfluous and added not value to the storyline. I felt bombarded with implications that never panned out into something meaningful. Given the pacing and easy plot, I would have expected some resolution on the part life topic of only to add color and depth. This must occur in books 3 and 4 instead.
I am both sad and relieved to leave this series behind. Dad because I truly enjoyed this author's Air Awakens series, but relieved because this series cannot hold a candle to the former and continuing to struggle through it would be an exercise in frustration. I am better off moving in and perhaps coming back later to attempt finishing the Wish Quartet.
- Paperback: 342 pages
- Publisher: Silver Wing Press (28 March 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1619849038
- ISBN-13: 978-1619849037
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.2 x 20.3 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 381 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 33,103 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)