Audience: YA, no language, some detail-y kissing scenes, violence
Author: Kiersten White
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Release Date: June 28th, 2016
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WAY TOO LONG.
My thoughts and feelings are all over the place for this book. The main issue stands with the fact that this book did not need to be almost 500 pages. It took away from the action and conversations (which if you smashed together, make it more interesting).
I was intrigued from the beginning and thought these characters are dark. Cruel, conniving, and brutal, they set themselves apart from most YA books.
The focus was then dragged away for way too many pages. Pumped with politics, and who was fighting who (seriously, couldn’t keep up sometimes). I wanted more action. More Lada actually in battle, because she’s insane, and I LOVED that. The pulls from history were great, and made me curious as to the real history (the author notes she took some liberties with the historical figures, etc.).
I also got lost with sooooo many side characters. I mean, whoa. I had to flip back occasionally to remind myself who was speaking.
Overall, one dark and brooding book. I have sat on it for awhile (saw mixed reviews), and I understand why. It’s a book you’ll love or hate. And there’s nothing wrong with that!
No language, some of the detail-y-ish kissing scenes read more adult, but truly isn’t crazy detailed. Definitely some violence, but nothing gruesome.