After being betrayed by those she thought she trusted and finding out everything she’d been told her entire life was a life, Poppy is stuck with nowhere to turn.
Spoiler Free Review:
Content Warnings: explicit sex, mentions of torture, sexual assault, and imprisonment
Even though I enjoyed this book quite a bit, I had some issues, so I think the first one is still my favorite.
The first book has a mysterious element, where you don’t really know what is going on, but once you (and Poppy) find out, the story lost that mysterious atmosphere that I enjoyed so much.
There was a lot of worldbuilding and lore at the end of the first book that went over my head a little bit, and I wish I understood it better because I feel like a lot of this book relies on the reader knowing that. There were a couple reveals that left me underwhelmed because I had literally no idea why they were important.
I also felt like the plot was quite drawn out. This is by no means a short book, and not a whole lot happens in terms of plot. There was also one very inappropriately timed sex scene that actually made me laugh out loud because I was shocked!
I still really enjoyed this book! The romantic relationship definitely progressed and gained some depth that I really liked. I also have a new favorite character – Kieran! His sense of humor and his loyalty to those he cares about made him so likeable to me.
I’m definitely excited for the next book! I don’t know how JLA gets these books out so fast, but man, am I thankful. I’m hoping I can get a better grasp on the lore beforehand, because I know it’s going to play a big role going forward. There was also a ritual mentioned in this book many times and if you’ve read it, I’m sure you know which one I mean. Anyway, based on how many times it was mentioned, I am desperately hoping that it will happen in the next book!
Anyway, this was definitely a good entry into this series, though I do think it suffered a little bit from middle book syndrome.