Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for this ARC.
This book was exciting in premise but it failed for me. I’d neve read anything by the author previously and I was hoping this would give me a new name to put on my shelves.
Instead what I read was awkwardly paced with weak characters. Our main character is the only girl out of seven children. She has six brothers and I couldn’t tell any of them apart.
I’m not new to books with large casts of characters. What makes those books work and this one fail is the depth of the characters. How different they are and how they stand out from one another.
Even when the brothers were being named, I still had no idea who they were after they were off the page.
There are characters I feel are under utilized. We’re introduced to one at the beginning of the story who seems like he’ll be integral to the story and that fizzles out. Then we meet the love interest and he’s just flat. I can’t root for a couple if half of it is just a boring piece of cardboard.
When it comes to the author’s style, it isn’t difficult to read. If anything it’s fairly simple. Her worldbuilding was decent. I could really see some of the things and got a decent enough understanding of the world at some points.
However, I’m not reading books for the worldbuilding. I want story, character growth, characters I can root for and cheer when they fall in love. And none of that happened.
It has a decently handled ending but that doesn’t make up for anything else. If I have to keep reading because “well the ending is good” that means the rest of the story isn’t. And the structural flaws alone made it difficult to get into.
I wanted to love this book but I just couldn’t. It had so much promise.
Maybe I’ll give Lim’s other works a shot at a later date.
All in all? 2 stars.