Just One More Chapter

Whenever you read a good book, somewhere in the world a door opens to allow in more light. 

-Vera Nazarian

 

I'm just trying to light up the world as much as I can one SciFi/paranormal/fantasy/space opera/time travel book at a time. 

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Devil's Thief -- not as good as book#1

The Devil's Thief - Lisa Maxwell

I would like to start off by thanking Goodreads and Lisa Maxwell for giving me this amazing opportunity to receive Devil's Thief in exchange for my honest opinion. It has taken me quite a bit longer than expected to get through this one and chime in with my 2 cents BUT life happens and it often impedes my ability to escape through the pages. Anyway, without further ado, here is my most humble opinion on the matter at hand.


My first impression, upon opening the parcel, was of the books' size... it is MASSIVE...this made me a bit giddy because I love love LOVED The Last Magician!! Next impression was about 25% into the book and already I found myself dragging...mentally sloshing through which made me profoundly sad. Undeterred and looking to resurrect my initial interest, I decided to spice things up a bit by purchasing the Audio book. Wellllll......I have to admit that the audiobook helped but not to the extent I had hoped. The alternating POVs were annoying. HEY, sometimes dueling POVs work and sometimes they go down in a blazing comet of confusion. This book, to my deepest chagrin, was the latter.


There were some good aspects though like the writing and world building, both were done well. The historical aspect seemed to be researched extensively and depicted authentically. Another bonus was that there were twisty turns, a story element that I not only look for but venerate.

On the otherhand, my search for a connection with any of the characters proved futile. There was a serious disconnect. This happens to be a major pet peeve of mine (after poor grammar) because it is one of those things that niggles and chafes. If I don't connect with the characters then I don't connect with the story as a whole and that is an unforgivable transgression in my opinion. I won this book through a GoodReads contest and I would have LOVED to rant and gush and rave about Devil's Thief but sadly I cannot.


Over all, this was a decent book. The writing and world building were well crafted and nicely detailed BUT I am saddened to report that it did not come close to the awesomeness of the first book. I might venture on to book# 3 with hopes of some sort literary revitalization but with my TBR pile teetering it seems unlikely.