I decided to start reviewing books since I’ve been reading a lot lately and have words about words. Warning: Some reviews contain minor spoilers, but I keep the best parts vague. Check out my Reading Ranting page for more reviews and thoughts on reading.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5.

Let’s start off with what I did like… 

The world full of curious beings, and the characters’ relationships were fun to read. Their assumptions of what the other was doing were funny when they worked it out, and their gradually growing feelings felt realistic.

The male MC, Hunt, was my favourite character since he was the only realistic POV character in my opinion. 

I enjoyed the romance. I’ve since read several books where couples are forced into situations together and their initial hatred turns to something else. But this was the first of it, so I liked it.  

The plot was really good, though I did get a little lost a few times because it was quite complex. But when the time came for it to come together, it made sense with the right thoughts from the MC.

Bryce and Hunt | Crescent city, Sarah j maas, Crescent
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What I didn’t like…

I think some of the inner thoughts were overdone at times, and the world history… OMG snooze. I love world building, but I don’t need all the history when it’s not even relevant, then again when it is, and again later when it’s not relevant again. The love scene (sort of love scene) was way too technical for my liking. I love a good sex scene, but I don’t need a play by play of every muscle movement. 

The protagonist, Bryce, was too “perfect” for my liking and too much of a brat to sympathise with. Her only real flaw was her negative opinion on men, which I suppose was mostly founded considering every male was portrayed as a jerk, anyway. The constant mention of the passive and aggressive male got boring and repetitive. 

And as for her disdain over men eying her all the time… her high heels and skimpy dresses didn’t help. I’m not saying a skimpy dress gives men the right to ogle, but she wore the outfits on purpose to impress clients, so again, I found myself unsympathetic to her. 

I found it annoying that the two dominant POV characters kept secrets from the reader. Another ToG book 2 revelation kind of deal. Tsk, tsk, Sarah.

All it lacked was the kitchen sink of magical creatures from vamps, weres, witches, sprites, faes, angels, demons and even merpeople. I thought my brain was going to explode. I’m all for multiple beings and magical abilities, but the sheer number of magical folk was mind-boggling.

Honestly, I wasn’t too impressed considering this is a bestseller and has high ratings. But hey, I got through it, so it wasn’t all bad.

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