It is no secret that I adore Morgan Rhodes’ other series, Falling Kingdoms. While it is not a masterpiece by any means, these books are addicting and fun to read. Much to my joy, “A Book of Spirits and Thieves” gave me similar feelings. Now, I wasn’t quite in love with this book as her others (for reasons I will state later on), but I still managed to this book and I have a feeling that this new trilogy has a lot of potential. I also think it’s going to appeal to a lot of people. I’m excited, guys. Very excited!
The characters : Crystal came off as a very strong and likable protagonist. I enjoyed how far she was willing to go for her family, yet how vulnerable she could be at times. I also admired how she wouldn’t take any crap from Farrell. Veryyy nice to read about it in YA which typically romanticizes so many bad relationships and awful guys. Thank you, Morgan Rhodes. I appreciate it.
Farrell- despite how much I despise his name, (no offense to anyone with that name, but Farrell is just really unsexy sounding) I really really liked his character. Now, don’t be fooled, I hated Farrell as a person, he was an ass and honestly quite scary by the end of the novel, but he intrigued me immensely. I never knew who the real Farell was and there was a part of me hoping that he had some good in his body. By the end of the novel, he seems so different I didn’t know what to think of him! I really can’t wait for his storyline to be continued. My only issue was how incredibly sexist he was. I felt like even the “good” Farrell was still awful to girls. I get sick and tired of “whores” and “skanks” always hanging out with the main male lead and how the guy treats them no better than dirt. Good lord. I really hope this mindset of his is not who he really is. ”
I found the plot in the fantasy world to be more intriguing, but I did enjoy both worlds in this book. Maddox and Becca’s adventures in ancient Mytica were a lot of fun, and how their storyline ended makes me wanting to go back in that world. I also loved the whole secretive society aspect of the story in the modern world. There is essentially a cult held by a leader named Markus who is claimed to be a god, and how twisted and messed this society really excited me. I especially loved how everything unfolded in the end with Markus, Farrell, and Crystal. I could not put the book down at this point.
Maddox: while I loved Crys and Farrell’s complexity to their characters, I found Maddoxx to be incredibly boring. Which is a shame because I loved his storyline, I just didn’t love him. He seemed so flat and I never felt like I got to know him at all. I get that it’s only the first book, so maybe he’ll grow in me, but for now I simply didn’t like him. He was just whiny and kinda wimpy and just bland. :/.
Becca: Again, another bland character. I literally felt nothing from her. She is said to be so pretty and beautiful, but that seems to be the only thing about her. Well, she does love to read, so I’ll give her that, but other that that…
Romance: oh, God. The romance wasn’t the worst I read, but still pretty cringeworthy. Becca and Maddox have nothing in common, yet still fall in love?! The only thing they had in common is the fact that they both ended up in the same world with each other and are both “attractive” according to each other. Ugh. Very instalovey. Farrell and Crys weren’t that bad because of how it ended up, but I still was not wild about them together either. Maybe with time, I could see those together, but they would have a lot of issues to work on together, a lot.
But, Becca’s and Maddox together we’re a huge snore. They really dragged down the book for me.
So, in all in all, I did really enjoy this book! Sure, some things bugged me, but this book was very addicting and the ending left me wanting, no, needing more. Ugh. I’m already dying for the next falling Kingdoms book. Now, this. Why do you do this Ms. Rhodes? Whyyyy?
Some of the things I really liked
and disliked are quite spoiler filled, so I wrote them down below.
I loved how Crystal realized who Farrell really was- a dirtbag- and refused to be charmed by his good looks. She almost liked him, and I don’t blame her, what girl doesn’t want to feel special by someone, but she didn’t let that fool her. I was sooo happy when she dumped the water on him in the restaurant and slapped him in the limo. I literally clapped for her. Female empowerment for the win!
– I also couldn’t believe how evil Farrell became. I don’t think he is all evil, but I definitely liked seeing how low he became. I was even surprised that he killed Crys’ father! What? Even if he isn’t “Truly” evil, how the hell would Crys ever forgive him? I just can’t see Crys ever loving Farrell if only for that reason. But, I’m still intrigued to see how it will unfold.
– One thing that really irked me was how Maddox conveniently realized he was Eva’s son and his father was Barnabas. That was just ridiculous. Maddox does not strike me as that smart, and even a really intelligent person couldn’t figure that out that fast! How did he figure it out with practically no clues? Urgh.