All about Books
This is the page where I will be discussing what I'm reading, reviewing those books and be open to suggestions to keep adding to my To Be Read pile. Honestly, I'm never going to get through that thing anyway, so the more the merrier.
In a round-up of my final few books of the year, I'm starting with 'A Promise of Fire' by Amanda Bouchet. Here we go.
Title: A Promise of Fire
Author: Amanda Bouchet
Part of a trilogy: Yes, book 1 in the Kingmaker Chronicles trilogy
Original publication date: 2nd August 2016
My Rating: 3-3.5 out of 5 stars (Read December 2017)
Somewhere between 3 and 3.5 stars. Minor spoilers to follow.
Ok, let's start with the positives. I adore the cover- and the other covers too. They're so pretty and each one is different in a nice way. We all know I fall for good covers all the time... :)
So much Greek mythology. Now, I'm not the biggest fan of Greek myth overall, but introduce darling Cerberus into anything and I'll be there. I loved the way the relationships between the Greek gods and characters were played out, and it made it new and interesting. I really liked the friendship/family dynamics going on with Cat and the others in the circus too, especially since she's in hiding and hasn't had much of that.
The magic was fun and felt fresh, and the world as a whole felt quite well fleshed out, though a map might have helped too.
I also really loved Griffin's family. His sisters were really sweet and I liked that they weren't your typical royals in this world, which made them far more relatable and likeable. Flynn, Kato and Carver were fun and like big brothers to Cat in many ways. I wish one of them had been her love interest instead.
I'm also looking forward to finding out how the plot will develop and how Cat's secrets will be revealed. I would like to see more of the dragons and Cerberus in the next book. More battles, ect.
Now the negatives- my biggest problem with this book was Griffin, but I'll get to him.
I liked Cat as the main character most of the time, though some of her reactions and only getting her thoughts were a little frustrating at times. She couldn't make her mind up for a lot of the book about Griffin, amongst other things.
The romance at times definitely took over while the plot took a break and went walkabout, which was also annoying. The sex scenes weren't as explicit as other NA books I've read, yet when having to deal with Griffin's attitude right before, they didn't have the right effect. I kind of skim read some of them and wished the plot would reappear, because it's actually really strong.
Warning: What follows will involve ranting.
Griffin is one of the most arrogant, possessive, pretentious, irritating characters I've ever had the misfortune of spending time reading about. In his family he's the Beta, and thereby one of the important people in it. He's also conquered places for them and many people are, generally, scared of him.
All of this apparently then gives him leave to be horrible to everyone else.
The attraction Griffin and Cat feel for each other is later explained away to be the work of some of the gods...um, no, sorry, but that's a crap excuse for them to be together when the man acts as Griffin does. He almost always disregards Cat's thoughts on different subjects, and even when she gets annoyed at him for it, he still acts like he's right.
Oh, and the best part? Griffin is immediately jealous of anyone who is male and jokes with her, makes sure she's ok, or even looks in her direction for more than two seconds. This includes his closest friends Flynn and Kato- and Carver. Carver, who is his freaking brother!!
No. No, I'm not ok with that in the slightest. I wanted to whack him with the book or something to get some sense into his skull. I'm sick of reading about the possessive guy whose behaviour is made out to be attractive. It's really not.
Overall, I had been looking forward to reading this for a good few months and was a little disappointed. But I will continue with the next book. At some point.
What are your thoughts on this book and trilogy if you've read it?
As always, all the best and happy reading. :)
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