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Ugh, I'm so gutted by how little I enjoyed this book. Given the massive hype and the exciting premise I was so sure I'd love it, and I really tried to . . .
What I liked:
- The magic system and the whole concept of the grimoires; it was really creative and for bookish folk, a love letter to books. - Nathaniel's wit.
What I disliked:
- Pretty much everything else. - The villain's motives were unclear until the last chapter, where they were revealed to be massively underwhelming. - I read this in short bursts, but kept forgetting what the plot was actually about; the central conflict was so paper thin that I had to keep flicking back. - Protagonist was a card-carrying Mary Sue. I liked that she was industrious, but she was completely bland. - The pacing was really erratic - almost nothing happened until the last 100 pages. - The insta-love. It doesn't normally bother me, but this gave me whiplash.
I honestly believed I'd love this, but the plot and characters felt so underdeveloped that I can't even see why others would enjoy it so much. Her writing is lovely, but don't think I'd venture into another of her books.
Minha capa veio com o corte errado, a parte frontal não tem o desenho completo e nem cobre todo o livro, não deveria nem ter passado no controle de qualidade, paguei caro e fiquei muito decepcionada com o defeito.
Honestly, this was a good book that I mostly enjoyed. But I disliked the main male lead - typical flat brooding YA hero - and the book did drag on a bit longer than was good for it. Furthermore, I think I expected this to be different from what it was. I wanted magic unique from but faintly similar to An Enchantment of Ravens: libraries, castles, magic, and a slow burn romance I could actually care about. Yet once again a Victorian steampunk influence snuck up on me yet again, and I HATE when that happens. It just feels...well, kind of like having a book turn into a malefict in your hands.
Many people will enjoy this book. I just wish I had as much as I'd expected.