These books make me happy. They are not for reading in overly sceptical and realistic moods, they are for reading for fun and to feel good. I snickered on the parts regarding toilets (because washlets with glowy parts, button panels, and automatic lids are more of the norm around here even in some public restrooms), had a sad sigh on the topic of refurbishing an entire big dream house in 3 weeks for just half a million (I know people who can’t find a way/people to do it for almost 2 years already), pretended that I would’t myself run away and refuse to return to a room with a tarantula in it, wondered if 10,000 trashy romance novels would fit in my apartment even I got rid of all furniture and packed the books from floor to ceiling, like into a box … and generally had a lot of fun reading this disregarding of any realities.
Sadly, this might be the only MRC(wBC) book I wasn’t able to get behind 100% so far. My reasoning is very spoilery, read at your own risk.
(view spoiler)[ My foremost problem is, I really don’t think Kennedy should have been forgiven. If you are with someone seriously, and you’re serious enough and know them enough to agree to marry them and spend your life with them, you don’t just throw them away the second they get in some shit without questions. You don’t blow up and throw the ring (they saved pennies to buy) in trash, together with your relationship. And then, the moment you find out they’re actually a hero, waltz right back in (on a high authorities horse, to boot) to get back on that train. Yes, I’ve read all the protagonist’s reasoning why he had forgiven her, I’ve read that she did change her mind and how she rummaged through a dumpster to get the ring back. *(Also, am I blind (which is entirely possible, since I have a tendency to skip over text) or is there a plot hole where Kennedy has supposedly done something that was supposed to redeem her somewhat while he was in prison, and we get hinted about it but never actually learn what it was?) I still don’t think it can be swept under the rug as a ‘mistake’ she made, and I remain firmly in the ‘unforgivable’ camp, where I keep not liking the character of Kennedy at all. I’m glad she herself thinks what she did was unforgivable, but it still doesn’t change the direction of the book. To be honest, for a good chunk in the beginning I kept hoping for a twist where the Kitten would actually turn out to be the actual heroine of the book in disguise and Kennedy would be unmasked as a shallow and manipulative being I still can’t help but feel she is. (Why? Because whatever regrets she had and whatever she did to ‘make up’ for it, was never for him. She didn’t do a single thing that would actually affect Reed’s life and well being, until of course he became known as a hero and of interest to others. ) Besides, we are actually clearly told that the main character who has the sight clearly saw the hate in her. And that just the breaking point that rids me of any doubts concerning my beliefs on the subject of Kennedy. In the book, this is supposedly explained by the whole ‘love and hate are 2 sides of the same coin’ concept. I don’t know if human beings are really operated by this concept, but I never believed it to be true and always thought it was one of those sarcastic sayings everyone knows to be a joke. It takes me a while to reach either, but once I choose ‘love’ or ‘hate’, I can never switch to the other. Spikes of anger and frustration? Sure. Anxiety and irritation? No doubt. But actual hate towards the person you love? I don’t accept it as a realistic concept because it doesn’t work like that in my world. (hide spoiler)]
For this reason, I just couldn’t get behind the character of Kennedy with all her behaviour. It’s a personal preference. Sometimes some things just really don’t agree with you. Consequently, unfortunately, it also led to me being unable to fully get behind the main characters as well, with the whole stance on love-and-hate issue. And then…the book sort of just fell apart for me. The amount of ‘beatings’ I found excessive and boring at the same time didn’t help either.
I still think there are a lot of fun(pun) parts in this book, and the main ‘conflict’ wasn’t bad at all, but it sort of took too much of a background role to more uninteresting parts, inho.
At first I thought this book was remarkably similar to the first one (the auction, similar type of a heroine), but then, of course, the focus of this book turned out to be on an entirely different subject and of a very different direction. Incidentally, since I know very little about the cultures touched in this book, I was able to enjoy it as a fantasy without wondering if the historical/cultural details seemed believable enough.
P.S. Typos…I see you. I can’t unsee you. There is a place in this book where a typo level practically reaches a ‘fatal’ mark (wrong character’s name is used in a scene)…
You know those days when you just need something fun, fluffy, ridiculous, and with a bonus sprinkle of justice? This is a perfect book for one of those days. This is not an explicit romance. The romance is the driving force veiled with humour. There are games, designer clothes, Christmas presents, and some very bad people getting what they deserve.
I have to say I wasn’t sure I really liked this book for 90% of it. It was the feeling of constantly not knowing if every character with exception for the protagonist would die the next minute or betray her. It felt like there was not enough to grasp on, not enough solid ground. I suppose in some way it is actually consistent with the life the main character is living—disappearing and re-eventing herself, watching everyone die. Also, too many innocent people dying left and right might have something to do with that. Usually, ‘mind games’ is one of the themes I try to avoid in books. But I was also pleasantly surprised by the ending, which took me right back to being excited to continue reading this series.
The body count might be a bit larger than usual (than in previous books). The main characters are great – unique, complex, and fun. My only complain is that I wish we had more time with them. Learn more about Malcolm, more about Kanika’s transformations and origins, more interactions with beings other than Satin and archangels, and so on. Then, there’s the fact that the ending is hardly complete and the little details like that we, as readers, missed the parts of which Kanika has no recollection. So I do hope there’s some kind of a sequel, because the mix of cultures in these two characters is really interesting and it would be terrific to explore them more.
It is fun. It is heartwarming. It has a badass main character who works her ass off in not easy situations. It has a crowd of lovable and too-good-to-be-true side characters. I’m a fan.
I also have to say that I made my experience reading this better and more exciting by avoiding spoilers, and because I had no idea where the book was going to go for the whole first part of it. I thought this was one of the most unpredictable books I’ve read, since it’s wasn’t before about page 120 that I begun to guess where this was going. Of course, when I read the description on the back of the book after I finished the book, I realized that most of the turns I found most surprising were already spoiled on there… So my advise to you kids, trust your gut and try not to read descriptions and reviews that describe the plot before reading the book, don’t spoil your experience. I suspect I might not have had as much fun with this and might not have given this book 5 stars if I read it knowing what was happening beforehand.
This was such a pleasant surprise. This book is fun, thought admittingly sometimes to a chaotic degree, very detailed, very well-developed, and very unique. I really can’t help but admire the author’s imagination and humor. I gave it 4 and not 5 stars because I feel that sometimes it might have been just a bit too chaotic and crazy (and sadistic towards the main character, with whole decontamination business), and a bit too abrupt, but I still would recommend it to any lowers of fantasy who enjoy having books sweep them up and away somewhere else. Definitely a book to come back to from time to time.