Rating: 1.5 Stars
Synopsis via Goodreads:
Nadia, Mateo, and Verlaine have saved Captive’s Sound from the dark Sorceress Elizabeth…or so they thought. Despite their best efforts, a crack opened and a new, greater evil seeped through. With Mateo as her Steadfast, Nadia’s magic is magnified and she is more powerful than ever. But there is still so much she doesn’t know about the craft, leaving her open and vulnerable to a darker magic…which has begun to call Nadia’s name.
See below: How Nadia and Mateo deal with problems.
Step 1: Question EVERYTHING. Because Lord knows you don’t understand ANYTHING.
Step 2: Break down.
Step 3: Realize you don’t know anything. And that the bad guys know everything.
Step 4: Cry some more. Maybe the ocean your tears make will wash away all your problems. (Might as well try; it’s not like you’ve got a better idea.) This includes Nadia falling into Mateo in broken sobs, because good gosh, guess what folks, all this girl does is cry!
Step 5: Completely ignore Verlaine. Because to be a fully rounded character in this novel, you must, must completely ignore her when she’s standing right next to you and complete steps 2 and 4. This is crucial.
And that, folks, completes Nadia and Mateo’s five steps to take up 4/5 of a 346 page novel!!
I skimmed the last thirty pages or so because I just wanted to be done with it. The characters are completely flat, all the way through. Which is funny, because I don’t remember them being this bad in the first novel. I remember vaguely enjoying it, but not flat out hating it.
I could not tell you one unique thing about any of the characters if I tired. There are some sad attempts with putting a curse on Verlaine so that no one can ever truly notice her, and I suppose that was enough to make me not flat out hate her as I have come to despise Nadia and Mateo.
For starters, where in heaven or hell did their romance come from? I feel like I’m in the middle of poorly written soap opera what with all the hugging and crying those two do. Firstly, they confess their undying love to each other all the freakin’ time, but, of course, the second a third party with malicious intent shows up to break them up, it takes literally one conversation and a poorly drawn reason to divide them.
I mean, come on, I have lost count of how many times I have read about this exact couple. They love each other to smithereens (apparently and for no other reason than they’re hormonal teenage kids), but it takes next to nothing to make them question everything about their relationship. I’m no expert, but I would hope that a healthy relationship would be based on a steady amount of trust and faith in one another, and not be so childish as to doubt one another on a poorly drawn reasoning that has no backing.
Instead, every single time something bad happens, what happens?
See below: The pre-steps to the first set of steps:
Step 1: First thing you should do is not confront the problem or look for ways to fix it, but instead run into each others arms.
Step 2: Nadia has to cry. A lot.
Step 3: Mateo has to be so overcome with the sight of his love crying that he must pull her valiantly to him to hug all her worries away.
Step 4: Mateo has to comfort her and reassure her about every darn thing, because apparently this girl has no ability whatsoever to deal with problems herself.
Step 5: Continue with the first set of steps above. And then repeat this process at least six more times throughout the book.
I’m all for romantic scenes with the guy reassuring the girl and whatever, but Nadia literally cannot stand on her own two feet. She is the cardboard cutout of a weak, fragile protagonist that sets teeth on edge while reading.
The plot is so poorly written that I want to barf. There is no higher level of thinking about the witches spells and how the One Beneath (and that name? Really?) needs to be able to bridge himself to this world. Nothing was going to surprise me. There is a sad attempt to pull a plot twist about two-thirds into the book, but all it seemed to me was empty page space. It was completely random and didn’t seem to really add much to the story, besides giving Nadia and Mateo another reason to complete the steps above.