I started rereading this book 30 minutes before bedtime, having forgotten what a compulsive read it truly is, which means I was up late and am tired today, though I don’t regret having stayed up to read the book straight through (again).
This story is full of drama and intrigue, a lot like The Bachelor, which is another guilty pleasure. It amuses me how the characters mirror behaviors you see from women thrown into the live version of this story, but it is still a compelling piece of fiction.
Is it fluffy?
Is if fun?
Is it dramatic?
IS LIFE DRAMATIC? Oh, sorry. I mean yes.
Yes, it is dramatic.
Is the dystopian aspect of the story pretty weak?
Do I care about that?
Nope. It’s not why I showed up. I’m just along for the ride, which is always twisty and fast-paced.
I mean, come on. I already know how the story ends up, but I still found myself stressing out over what would happen with America and Maxon in the middle of the night. And that’s what I want from a story–something that drags me in and won’t let me go.
Also, just like I do while watching The Bachelor, I couldn’t help shouting at the both of them a few times, to try to get them to comply with my wishes, which they rarely did. That’s unfortunate, because I feel sure I could have helped them avoid a few errors and delays along the way. 😉
Book 23 read in 2018
Somehow, I didn’t review this book the first time I read it. I suspect that was because I was too busy picking up book 3 to stop and write one. The same thing happened this time. As soon as book 2 ended, I immediately flipped to book 3. This series is so delightfully compulsive. I suspect I’ll revisit again, from time to time, because it makes me happy.
Book 24 read in 2018
This was just as much fun as when I read it the first time, perhaps more so, because I had some amount of certainty that it would end on a good note. Yes, I say some, because the best stories always make you worry, even when you logically know there’s no need.
Book 25 read in 2018
WARNING: Stupid grins, swooning, crying, racing hearts, yelling at the story, and flailing may occur (In the best of all possible ways).
I loved this final novel in the trilogy. It was exciting and satisfying in all kinds of ways. I was very worried, as I often am about a final book, but it was all for nothing. This book sucked me in from the moment I glanced at the first page until I read the very last words…which were perfect.
I enjoyed this just as much the second time. I really like that initially, it’s hard for me to like Eadlyn, and it takes some getting to know her (and her getting to know herself) for her to grow on me. It’s kind of a reminder that if you judge people on first impressions, you really do miss out on a lot.
Book 26 read in 2018
When I started this book, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to like it, despite enjoying the original series. I had trouble understanding the main character and didn’t particularly like her. However, I don’t feel it’s necessary to like a character, as long as I can love their story.
The more I read, the more this grew on me. I actually started to understand the MC more and more, and I appreciated the ways she changed and grew throughout the story. I also really enjoyed the wide variety of guys and all of their interesting personalities.
If you secretly love the bachelor, this book is probably for you. If you haven’t read the original trilogy though, I recommend you do that first. It’s a bit light on the dystopia and heavy on the romance and drama, so I often wish that balance was reversed. However, it’s a different, fun read. I’m happy I kept going long enough to give this story and its characters a chance.
Yep. Still love this. It’s just fun on so many levels, though on this second read, I would have liked a bit more resolution at the end, even though it ends well, overall. That may just be me being greedy.
Book 27 read in 2018
This was a great finale to a series that’s perfect for anyone who is secretly or publicly addicted to The Bachelor on ABC.
Also, I think while the first book had some weaknesses (particularly in world building), despite being enjoyable, I could really see how the author has grown and improved her writing across the series.