This book just made me mad. I tried really hard to get on board and like it but no. It’s not for me. It’s not you, book, it’s me. Except it’s not.The story is so goddamn contradictory and annoying that I have thirteen pages worth of highlights. Thirteen. Not to illustrate anything other than why this books fails me.
Junco has to go through a “fledge” that is really just a hunger games for avians. Without the extra oomph that the capital made Katniss go through, and all for shock value. There was a little boy that Junco decided to take under wing and everything. And then (view spoiler)[she had to kill him just to show she could? It’s all for shock value and nothing more and further to the point, it failed to make me care (hide spoiler)].
Junco even points out the absurdity in having a fledge fight to the president (who happened to have all kinds of time to just give her randomly) and he’s like, “oh well blah blah it’s necessary because genes” and I’m just sitting there like, dafuq? There are so fucking many examples like that.
How about when Junco all of a sudden decides she’s actually in love with Tier, only to turn around and (view spoiler)[have sex with her friend right after crying her eyes out and saying something about how her sadness is never ending?! (hide spoiler)] And if you know me even a little bit you know I’m all for women and their libidos and it being all good, but that was total bullshit. No guilt either. Nothing. And that’s not touching the intimacy she exhibited with Ashur either: sleeping together (literally), cuddling in his wings, a make-out session, knowing he had feelings for her and doing nothing to dissuade him. So much garbage.
It’s like how in the synopsis for the first book we’re told straight up that there are no answers, but there comes a point in time where that plot device becomes much more detrimental to my enjoyment than it being clever or effective. There’s more, but there’s not much point to keeping this going because it’s pretty obvious I hated it, lol.