Omens Bite by: P.C. and Kristen Cast

I requested this book not realizing it was a sequel so I borrowed the first from the library and read it.

And absolutely hated it. It’s on my blog and as you can tell, I did not enjoy it.

In short: White Saviorism, homophobia, atrocious writing.

This book is no different and I would recommend the authors donate to the Trevor Project. Slurs for lesbians are used in both books and neither has a trigger warning. Queer kids go through nightmares at school, sometimes even at home.

Books are meant to offer an escape from reality. Trigger warnings let them make informed decisions on whether or not a piece of media is for them. More things need trigger warnings. I’d hoped after the first, they would have added one. It was in vain.

As in the first book, the writing is impossible. Teenagers do not talk like this. It’s like these two have never actually spent time with teenagers of the current time. All they use is a ridiculous amount of slang. I’ve got a kid sibling this age and they hated the dialogue. It’s laughable.

Now, this book picks up where the first ended, not long after either. Hunter, after having betrayed her patron deity and Mercy on on the outs. Kirk, Mercy’s now ex-boyfriend is abusive, vindictive and borderline criminal in his behavior after their breakup.

It’s aggravating to read about. Just because they’re teens doesn’t mean it needs to be melodramatic. There’s also a romance that just falls flat.

In the first book there was a character who said “kitten” way to often. She said it 40 times in the first book. I couldn’t bring myself to count it this time. It was old.

When it comes to characterizations, it’s just one character angry at the other. Lot’s of showing not telling, similar to the first book.

I don’t have anything good to say about it so I won’t rip it to pieces because that would be rude. But it really is not a book I’d want anyone I know to read. Kids deserve strong writing and imagery and not to have slurs sprung on them. They deserve strong plots, good dialogue, and believable characters that feel real.

All of that is missing from this book. It’s just bad. I read these authors when I was in high school and I’m wondering now if they were even good then. If they were, something’s changed and they aren’t now.

I will not be finishing this series, nor will I be reading anything else they put out.

It gets one (1) star from me because I have to give it something.

I received this arc from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to them and the publisher.


Author. Reader. Reviewer. Interested in Sci-fi, Fantasy, and everything in between. Ya, and Adult. Looking for representaion where it matters! BIPOC, LGBTQ+, disabled, everything! We all deserve stories!

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