Well, here was a fun, shallow ride with a greedy protagonist chock full of flaws.
Alessandra is a character who is materialistic, conceited, greedy, and bloodthirsty. She’s not meant to be all that likeable…which is why I immediately liked her. Seriously, the first few pages made me laugh out loud. “His last word was my name. I won.”
This book doesn’t try to be anything more than what it is – a romantic story with a vain main character who also stands strong as a woman who decides what she gets to do with her body. She doesn’t give a sh** about formality or virtue – she does what she pleases.
I know there are some people who didn’t like this book for some of the things it places in a positive light. But I recognize that the author simply wrote the characters the way she built them – flawed and vain.
I did want more of the magic system. Of the gods and devils. How does this world turn? There are guns, and mention of electricity. But carriages? It reads like a medieval fantasy but the science is there. I need more! Gimme mooooore.
Alessandra and her friend’s ranking system hilariously reminded me of me and my friends in grade eight. Felt a bit immature but it was silly fun.
And that’s really what this book was when you boil down to it: silly fun. 4 stars is a bit steep, sure, but it was easy to give it that rating because I enjoyed the ride. Books are allowed to be simply entertaining! I may be brutal with my reviews sometimes, but mostly that’s when a plot is oddly weak or the writing needs help. Levenseller does well on both counts.
Aaaand that’s all I have to say on this read. It was quick, digestible, entertaining, and interesting. Easy 4 stars!