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This book had so much promise, but the last 50 pages just ruined it. I am seriously so frustrated with the past two books I have read; If I could take this book out of my brain, I would. This book starts off well. Ivy is supposed to get in good with royalty, and then kill the prince, so her family can take power. That's all well and good, but Ivy has no back bone and doesn't know how to say no to her family.
Along with that, the author's writing is deplorable. Towards the end of the book I only read dialogue, skipping paragraphs. She continually talked about Ivy's duty to her family, how she couldn't love Bishop and blah blah blah, I was like dang, do you really need to beat that into my head anymore?! Along with the heavy handed writing, their was no world-building. Everything is casually mentioned and there are so many information spills I wanted to pull my hair out.
I used to be all for Indie writers and small publishing companies (like Entangled, which published this book), but I'm thinking about striking them from my to-read list all together. Not to say all traditional books are good (they certainly are not), but when it comes to quality they are a lot more consistent, they set the trends for how books are structured and produce books that are highly marketable and readable.
Ivy's family clearly uses her for their own means; her father shows his true colors towards the end, along with her sister. When she talks about giving him a wobbly smile I wanted to punch the mess out of her. How can she get mad at him for not saving her when she was dumb enough to put herself in that position in the first place?!
Oh my God, there are so many potholes in this book that I will NOT be reading the next one. Did she not think about not killing Bishop and telling him what was going, but making him keep it in confidence? Like what in the world, the only way she could see getting around the situation was framing herself? Seriously!? Why not frame someone she didn't like or foil her dad's attempts in general?! Didn't she give him the wrong combination to the lock?!
UGH, just no! No, no, no!
Ivy is so weak; a supercilious mess who's looking so hard for love when it's right in front of her. Sorry for the language, but this book frustrated the mess out of me. Ugh, so glad this book is over.
The concept was good and the characters were okay, but it was just so boring. The same exact conflict played itself out for the entire 90% middle of the book. I won't be getting the next in the series.