The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2)
It’s difficult to collect my thoughts to better understand if the real problem is me or the book itself. Maybe it’s a combination of the two that honestly didn’t mesh well. To say the least, my favorite part of The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was Felicity Montague. However, the writing leaves much to be desired and I don’t want to be burned again with poor pacing and character development. I mean, what the fuck is up with the whole playing coy and getting upset that the other person didn’t pick up on it? How is that healthy in any sexual relationship? Can I get some valuable communication instead of acting out in an almost abusive and manipulative fashion (I’m looking at you, Monty). And can I say that sending your boy on a cruise is not punishment and Monty deserves worse for being a general asshole. I want to give the sequel a chance, but I don’t want to force myself to do it.
One Dark Throne (Three Dark Crowns #2)
This series is more ambitious can it’s capable of handling. The characters are all muddled together and we hardly spend enough time on one princess’s perspective before jumping to another. Add to the fact that the author has to explain the rules of the curse and the mechanics of the throne war and everything starts to spiral. I couldn’t tell anyone apart so it was very difficult to keep track of all the moving pieces on this political chessboard. I think it would have worked better if the narratives didn’t run simultaneously but in chronological order so I’m not disoriented of the timeline which seems too fluid. I don’t think that the sequel would be any improvement.
The Fates Divide (Carve the Mark #2)
There’s a similar problem of too much at once in Carve the Mark, but on a grander scale of intergalactic importance. The magic system seemed insignificant and there aren’t strict guidelines to add weight to consequences. If anything goes then nothing matters and I don’t feel invested. This aspect annoyed me as well as the whole destiny cliche and this concept of star-crossed lovers to rectify years of imperialism and the justification of it. Honestly, I couldn’t keep up with the cluttered plot which is understandable to an extent since the fantasy revolves around war. It just couldn’t engage me and seemed neither serious enough or fantastic.
From Twinkle, with Love
Dimple and Rashi are the worst. The former hosts internalized misogyny and the latter holds sexist prejudice. Maybe it isn’t my place to throw around my ethnocentric beliefs, but what was the point of the book other than to reaffirm problematic traditions. It’s fine if your parents want to set you up because they know who you are and would pair someone who compliments your energy. It’s another thing to disrespect your child’s autonomy and force them into a life that restrains their potential. However, it is not okay to throw tantrums and instead have a meaningful conversation with the people who care deeply for you and if there’s no way to see ends meet than you can only bid your time. This novel is irresponsible in it’s message and superficial in its feminist ideas.
The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes #2)
I’m all for retellings with a twist and in this case Sherlock is a teenage girl. Well actually, in this universe, Sherlock Holmes was a real person and Charlotte is the descendent of the great detective. Yet, I fail to be intrigued by the mysteries and I think it’s such as bore to sequester the crimes to a high school level environment. That means we’re generally exploring the usual suspects with the usual tropes of cliques. Such as drugs and jocks in no other capacity then their archetypes. It’s uninspired and despite Charlotte doing coke, she manages to make it the most boring thing to do. Okay, not to glamorize drug use, but I think it’s equally bad to trivialize it too until you need it for some dramatic tension.
In the end, it’s more of a me not you situation. Let me know in the comments if I should reconsider picking up a series or which series I should start instead!