*received from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*
I have a love/hate relationship with Maggie Stievfater. Although I love her writing, her books can be rather dull. I loved “The Raven Boys” series, but Shiver was rather meh. Even so, I still really loved Cole and Isabel and was interested in a book following their story. While I wasn’t in love with this story, I still enjoyed following Cole and Isabel’s journey.
Both Isabel and Cole are quite crazy, self destructive characters, miles away from Grace and Sam’s quiet peaceful personality. I loved how different they were from the usual YA protagonists. Isabel was such a sarcastic, cynical person who I probably would be bffs with in real life. xD Cole was such a charming, arrogant guy on the outside, but only Isabel could see the true Cole. An unhappy, miserable person who loved music. These two definitely understood each other and I could see the reasoning behind why they loved each other. However, While I liked the romance at first, after a while I stopped caring. I liked these characters, but I never quite loved them for me to truly note everything that happened.
As far as the plot went, I found myself bored at times.
As much I loved the idea of Cole as a rock star in LA, I didn’t actually end up loving it. Which is too bad, because I love music more than anything else and I love reading about characters who are true musicians. The paranormal element could have been ended better as well. His storyline just felt dull. Isabel’s wasn’t much better. I found I had the same issue with this book that I had with Shiver. I liked the characters, and the writing, but there was just something missing for me overall.
On the good side of things, I really liked the side characters. They were likable and helpful to the story. Leon and Jeremy were just wonderful.
This is not a bad book by any means. I still gave it three stars. But, this is probably more suited to hardcore fans of Shiver. While this felt a lot different than Shiver, it still felt rather slow at times. I really struggled to find a purpose for this story. Why was it written? I assume for the fans, but I don’t know. It just felt like If you were bored with that series, you might be bored with this. I still love Maggie Stiefvater and her wonderful “Raven Cycle”, but this series just isn’t for me. It just felt like one big meh. While I don’t regret reading this book, it simply felt not bad, but nothing special.