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Ostracized or incarcerated her whole life, Juliette is freed on the condition that she use her abilities in support of the dictatorship, but Adam, the only person ever to show her affection, offers hope of a better future.
Allow me to rip this book apart so you don't have to.
I used to love this book when I was younger. Underline younger, highlight it, and save it for later, because that's my excuse for not seeing how bad this book was.
Because it's bad. Very very bad. Even without the writing, which I feel to be incredibly over-the-top because it's used everywhere, it's a not-so-good book. Our love interest was genuinely the worst, especially considering how quickly they fall from "hey I barely know anything about you," to "hey let's make out for a very long time and let me talk about how you're so good at it it's better than breathing air."
You think I'm joking about that.
There's also the main love interest being a complete douchebag. He can't handle anyone even daring to look at Juliette, he's just that possessive. His friend makes an inappropriate joke about her and he actually points a gun to his head. And other than that, there's nothing about him. Nothing.
Juliette is so annoying, and also super horny, she just goes on and on about how attractive she finds Adam and how hot he is when it's 100% not relevant. When she's not doing this, she's talking about how monstrous she is and how she doesn't deserve to live and talks about death so much I want to give Tahereh Mafi a personal call about her mental state because EVERY SINGLE ONE of her characters act like this save for Kenji in this series.
Then there's the fact that somehow, despite being likely malnourished after being underfed while in an asylum, and also being physically mistreated, everyone says she looks beautiful. There is no description of scarring anywhere on her body, or of malnourishment. She's perfectly fine, and still drop-dead gorgeous.
Now, let's talk about Warner. Oh Warner, who definitely acts a little rapey at one point in this novel because he somehow confuses shivering and whimpering in a fearful way to be the sexual way, and he then begins to kiss them, and when they shove him away, he grabs them back and just kisses them again, and had it not been that this person then agrees to the kiss, it would have been attempted rape, if it wasn't already. Which, unsurprisingly, isn't the best way to paint someone to be when you will attempt to redeem them later.
Aaaaand that's all the ripping apart I'm going to do today, for this book at least.