Julia Elliston’s world has fallen apart. Her rediscovered father has whisked her away from a husband she believes has murdered her mother and now she is, in effect, a prisoner. Though her father has seen fit to reclaim Julia it has been done with a bit of deception. A new background is constructed for her and Julia must act the part or risk destroying both hers and her father’s reputations.
There has been a bit of a negative response in regard to this trilogy. So much in fact that I had almost put off reading it. Many readers have said that they liked the author’s style but found the whole story rather dull. Admittedly it does drag in some instances but no more than some of the books I’ve been reading lately (perhaps even less). Personally I loved it. It isn’t so much action-driven as it is character. Don’t be fooled though, there is plenty of action to go around. We are introduced to a vast array of flawed characters who have seen better days. It seems everyone is trying to pick up the pieces of their shattered lives and only succeed in making matters worse. Julia, for example, can be downright irritating with her naivete and impulsiveness; but she is only human and even if never outgrows such ways we need only remember that such people do exist and this allows us a peak into what it is like to be them. The air of mystery keeps readers in suspense and ever-guessing what will be around the corner. The story was nicely done and I really don’t know that I’ve encountered anything quite like it in its genre.
For a second book of three I had a little bit of trouble understanding some things, but as with all things, in time I was able to organize the details and characters. A cast of characters would have been a welcome addition. There are still some unanswered questions that presumably are answered in book three, which I look forward to reading.
I did feel that there was far too big of a love octagon (no, that is not a typo) going on, but hey, you’ve got to take the good with the bad I guess. Though the last page could have done without. Super uncomfortable reading.
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