downloadAs the heirs to opposing sides in a warring city, Kate Harker, and Augustus Flynn should never have met. A Romeo and Juliet-esque fantasy about the difference between good and evil and the blurry gray area in between.

This book was very good. I really enjoyed the whole book and can’t wait to read the sequel. Although this book wasn’t one of my favorites it will still hold a place in my mind as the first V. E. Schwab that I have read (but I still don’t want to read the shades of magic series). The whole book was amazing and I can’t wait to read the rest of the series.

The writing style was very different but also a bit like some other authors (I know that doesn’t make any sense and I’m sorry). Some things were very unique to Ms. Schwab and other things I have seen around as I have been reading fantasy and all things otherworldly. But I understand why people love Ms. Schwab’s writing and jump on her newest book (even if I’m not at that point). Her writing style was delightfully dark and I couldn’t wait for more.

The characters were very interesting. All of them were morally grey and conflicted from the first page. Which means that they all hold a special place in my heart now. I wish that there was a whole series about them but I think it’s only a duology. August and Kate were the perfect duo (but not in a romantic sense). They complemented each other perfectly and worked together as a team just like people who have been working together for years have. The side characters were very detailed and developed. I did wish that I saw more of them and I hope that I see more of them in the next book.

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Kate was a very interesting character. I enjoyed the chapters from her POV and I couldn’t wait to see what her next witty thought or sarcastic comment was. I wish that Kate was more true to herself though. But I understand why she couldn’t be. Kate was such a unique character and she starts a whole new category of characters. Kaz Brekker has a  category and so does June, but Kate doesn’t fit into these categories. She was also so realistic. I would totally have reacted the way that Kate did. Kate was so amazing and I can’t wait to see where her journey takes her in the next book. 

The plot was one of the most intriguing parts of this book. I wish that I had read this book slower and taken notes so that I could recreate a plot like this (in style only) in my book. This book was really action-packed and intense and that was part of the reason that I liked it so much. I wish that the side characters were more involved in altering the plot and not just the main characters. I couldn’t figure out many of the plot twists but that was okay. And the ones that I did figure out were pretty big. 

I really enjoyed reading this book and can’t wait to read the next book in the series. I highly recommend this book. I got the summary from the Library of Congress. Remember to fill out my survey. You can find the link to it on my About page. Thanks for Reading!!! Have a Great Day!!! -Annalee and Buttons

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