Rating : ★ ★ ★
It’s probably time for me to call it with Kiera Cass. I like her writing, it’s easy to read and it is enjoyable but between this and The Betrothed, I feel that sometimes the way her plots seem to zig-zag is a little jarring.
I get the backdrop of the series, but I can’t help but feel it was shoehorned in behind the love triangle that frustrated me beyond all, especially the way it was wrapped neatly in a bow close to the last 10% of the book. Everyone gets their sort-of happy endings in a way.
There is A LOT that happens that I feel could could have been paced better if it had started in the second book and finished up in the third just to have it feel like more of a complete picture. The will they won’t they aspect was a bit tired by the end and sometimes I just felt that they’d be better off without the other. It feels a little shallow.
I probably won’t be continuing on with the other books since I have heard that people prefer the first three to the last three and would suggest skipping them or forgetting they exist. I’m going to skip them.
My main motivation to read the series was the Netflix series and I do feel this will shine in that respect. It does feel like it’d be better as a mini-series or series of movies than a book. It was quick to get through and didn’t really leave me with any lasting impressions other than this feeling of, “Well, that was a thing that happened.”