Arrrrrrgg!!!! Why do I keep doing this to myself? I read a mediocre or unexceptional book but think it may have potential so I buy the second book just to be disappointed. I thought this series would get better and that the protagonist would get a personality but I was wrong.
This book was worse than the first book. Reading this book was like watching a slug move across from the lawn over the sidewalk to the other side of the lawn where a big cat is sitting waiting to pounce on it. You have to wait forever for it to get there, watching its slow process and you know the cat is going to pounce on it when it hits the other side which will at least be a little exciting, if not a little sad for the slug but when the slug finally gets to the other side, the cat sees a chipmunk and decides to run after it instead. It’s good for the slug but a letdown for the audience because let’s face it, slugs are gross and not good for the garden. I may have gone way off course with that analogy but the point is that this book was slow. I had to endure almost every minute of Merit’s life, from the minute she got up to the minute she went to sleep. It was agonizing.
The plot was predictable again…in fact, it was the same threat as the last book because of course, instead of killing the bad guy…or in this case…bad gal, they sent her away to the vampire council in Europe which is the stereotypical vampire council with powerful old vampires who are disconnected from humans and modern society so they let Celina go. So, of course, Celina is back to cause trouble. It appears the author is going to milk the Celina threat for a long time.
Merit, the protagonist, never did grow a personality…in fact, she just got worse. She has a best friend named Mallory who supported her and was by her side when Merit was turned into a vampire but when Mallory needs her help, she blows her off until the last minute. When Mallory tells her that she thinks she is putting Ethan who has been nothing but a jerk towards Merit before everyone else because Merit secretly wants him, Merit gets ugly with Mallory. I think Merit is pathetically obsessed with Ethan. I hate women like her. The author seems to be trying to make Ethan and Merit’s relationship be mysterious and romantic but to me Ethan’s power over Merit and the way he treats her is abusive. I hope readers, especially young adult readers, don’t think this kind of behavior is okay.
It took me days to get through this book. I wanted to just stop reading but I forced my way through it. I won’t be reading another book in the series.