Life is almost back to normal for Harper Price. The Ephors have been silent after their deadly attack at Cotillion months ago, and her best friend, Bee, has returned after a mysterious disappearance. Now Harper can focus on the important things in life: school, canoodling with David (her nemesis-turned-ward-slash-boyfie), and even competing in the Miss Pine Grove pageant.
Unfortunately, supernatural chores are never done. The Ephors have decided they’d rather train David than kill him. The catch: Harper has to come along for the ride, but she can’t stay David’s Paladin unless she undergoes an ancient trial that will either kill her . . . or make her more powerful than ever. (Goodreads)
Again, I read and finished this book in April – actually on my birthday – but I procrastinated on the actual review of it, especially since I hadn’t reviewed Rebel Belle until earlier on today! I liked this book even less than I did the first and I am debating whether I actually want to read the next book in the series (which I only found out about after posting my earlier review on Goodreads!). I felt like this book suffered second book syndrome and just left me feeling more annoyed with my unanswered questions than anything else.
More than anything, I think this book made less sense than the first in the series. The lack of world building, answers to questions etc, made it impossible to actually enjoy. It was jumpy and there was no connection between the characters and the events taking place. It was almost like the characters didn’t care about anything that was going on. The connections that the characters had with each other in the first instalment also seemed to get lost in the muddle.
The events within this book happened way too fast, without any proper explanation as to what was going on and why it was happening. When I reached the end of the book, I was left wondering what on earth I had just read – and at the time, there was no mention of another book. So, to say that the ending was a disappointed is a major understatement. As I mentioned earlier on, I am not entirely sure I want to carry on with this series considering just how confusing everything is!
I really wanted to enjoy these books more than I did, but I feel like the Hype Monster stuck its claws into this one. I gave this book 1/5 stars.